Today is commencement day at Notre Dame, and you know what that means: the long-awaited/apprehended moment of President Obama’s address and award of a honorary doctorate is finally at hand.
I will be participating in a group live-blog for USA Today. Here is the page on the Faith & Reason blog introducing the participants. I will update this post once I have the link we’ll be using.
I’ll note that I’m not sure how much we’ll be able to fit into a live-blog, because everything will happen so quickly. Part of the reason I am skeptical of Notre Dame’s suggestion that the commencement will be an opportunity for dialogue is that time and security restraints make it impossible. One 2001 Notre Dame grad told me about the experience of George W. Bush’s commencement appearance. He mentioned that Bush didn’t even arrive in South Bend until all the undergraduates had been seated, and he was scooted out the door before anyone else at the end of the event. According to this 2001 grad, by the time the undergrads exited the venue, they could see Air Force One already winging its way back to D.C. overhead.
UPDATE: Here is the link.
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