Graduation speaker stuns crowd, gets standing ovation for shaming ‘arrogant’ liberal student protesters

Richard Berkow
BizPac Review

…Birgeneau had refused to travel to the ceremony, replying to the radicals’ letter with a curt email. Bowen upbraided this behavior also, saying, he should have made “proper allowance for the immature, and yes, arrogant inclinations of some protestors. Aggravated as he had every right to be, I think he should be with us today.”

While Christine LeGarde, Condoleeza Rice, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and other commencement invitees have withdrawn recently due to leftist protestors, the veteran ex-Princeton president told his listeners better outcomes were possible.

Then-Secretary of State George Shultz had been spurned at his campus during the Vietnam War, he related, by students standing and turning their backs during his speech, but that Princeton “emerged from this mini-controversy more committed than ever to honoring both the right to protest in proper ways, and the accomplishments of someone with those views on some issues many disagreed.”



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P. J. O’Rourke,  My Commencement Speech to Rutgers’ Geniuses: Go Forth and Fail.  

Greetings, Class of 2014. So Condoleezza Rice was too offensive for you. Just wait until Monday morning. Did you learn how to spell KFC?…

…You should be able to do the math—if you’re still repaying your student loans when you’re 50, college education probably wasn’t a good investment.

Do you know Milton Friedman graduated from Rutgers? Do you know who he is? Won the Nobel Prize for economics. I checked your Department of Economics website. Courses are offered in “Economics of Crime,” “Income Inequality,” “Women in the Economy” (Condoleezza Rice won’t be getting her honorarium for speaking at this ceremony), and “Game Theory.” (Useful on Xbox?  Or not so much?)  But I don’t see a course called “Capitalism and Freedom,” also the title of the book by Milton Friedman that has been shaping economic debate in this country for half a century…



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