The media wanted to turn this into a bitter controversy. But it turned out to be far less than that. Aside from a few hecklers, the crowd at Notre Dame’s graduation gave Barack Obama, the commencement speaker, a genuinely warm reception. And what the president gave back is a speech whose moral content is hard to take issue with, no matter where you sit on the political spectrum. A uniter, not a divider. Part 1 above. And then Part 2 and Part 3.
As a quick aside, while Notre Dame had the tact to give Obama the perfunctory honorary degree, Arizona State didn’t, and here’s what Jon Stewart’s Daily Show had to say about that.