Sunday, April 12, 2009

Arizona State Has Some Nerve

Stung by criticism of its decision not to award President Barack Obama an honorary degree when he makes a commencement address next month, Arizona State University announced Saturday it will rename a scholarship program for the president. University spokeswoman Sharon Keeler told The Associated Press on Wednesday that ASU's practice was to give honorary degrees to people who had a body of work and had been in their positions for a long time. "His body of work is yet to come. That's why we're not recognizing him with a degree at the beginning of his presidency," Keeler said. ASU President Michael Crow announced that the school would name its "most important" scholarship the President Barack Obama Scholars program. Crow also said ASU was expanding the program to offer thousands of its most needy students a chance to attend the university.


So...the good people at ASU feel that the President of the United States has not accomplished enough to receive an honorary degree. Essentially, the ASU administration believes that an unaccomplished or moderately accomplished person can hold the highest office in the land. WOW! President Obama has a stellar public service record and degrees from some of the most elite universities in the country. I am sure it's no coincidence that this stunt was pulled in John McCain's state. The university's creation of a scholarship program in Obama's name is a weak attempt to save face. Jill Scott's third studio album, The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3, features a song called "Hate on Me". I'm sure President Obama can relate to it.

If I could give you the world
On a silver platter
Would it even matter?
You’d still be mad at me

If I could find in all this
A dozen roses
Which I would give to you
You’d still be miserable