President Barack Obama didn’t shy away from the “snub” by Arizona State University officials who said he hadn’t accomplished enough yet to earn an honorary degree. In a commencement speech Wednesday to a stadium full of young graduates, he said the officials were right.
“I come here not to dispute the suggestion that I haven’t yet achieved enough in my life,” Obama said. With a smile he added: “First of all, Michelle concurs with that assessment. She has a long list of things that I have not yet done waiting for me when I get home.”
“But more than that I come to embrace the notion that I haven’t done enough in my life. I heartily concur,” the president said. “I come to affirm that one’s title, even a title like ‘president of the United States,’ says very little about how well one’s life has been led.”
The title (and the life) of “President of the United States” really. ought. to. say. a. lot. about. how. well. one’s. life. has. been. led. Truly.
Lost on President Obama is the fact that the Arizona State U faculty wasn’t referring to his lack of accomplishing home duties. That was just an arrogant snub to intelligent people — and a cool deflection. They weren’t inferring he hadn’t done enough tasks in his life — the honourary degree would have been conferred, I’m supposing, had what he had accomplished in his life thus far been worthy of the degree. Now if ASU offered Red Herring degrees…
But, apparently, they’ve read that book… and they just don’t see the fine gold threads either.
You know I’ve used that story as an analogy of this president’s life/policies for some time… and, I’ve just gotta say, lately, I’m coming to think that it seems he’s playing both parts: the emperor and the deceiving clothiers.