Enthusiastic Obama supporters + supporters of dialogue + deft handling of the obnoxious heckler = great day for the Doctor.
On the protest side, there were plenty of gruesome posters (links withheld); Alan Keyes getting arrested; and more tape reminiscent of the bad old days. But what earns an honorable mention, besides the white roses and those well broadcast pro-life mortarboards with the cross-separated infant feet (intended to signify an aborted fetus, I’ve repeatedly read) was the scene — front-and-center at the so-called “alternative commencement ceremony” — of the honest-to-God, tummy-tending, out-to-here pregnant student.
(image 1: Scott Olson/Getty Images. caption: Notre Dame University students hold an alternative commencement cermony held to protest President Barack Obama’s visit to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes on the campus of Notre Dame University May 17, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. Students chose to skip the commencement after the school decided to invite President Obama, who supports abortion rights, to deliver the commencement address and award him an honorary degree. image 2: Charles Rex Arbogast/A.P.)
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