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Memo to Arizona State University

Way to go, guys…way to stand on principle:

Arizona State University appeared to backtrack Saturday in the controversy over not giving President Barack Obama an honorary degree, and said it would pay tribute to the president by expanding its most important scholarship program and naming it after him.

“I apologize for the confusion surrounding our invitation to President Obama to address ASU students at commencement,” said ASU President Michael Crow said in a news release from the university.

At least CNN tried to make it sound nice by saying you “appeared” to backtrack. Let’s call it what it is…you backed down.

A reminder of why you didn’t want to offer the good President an honorary degree in the first place:

The school faced criticism after it said it would not give Obama an honorary degree, something the university describes as a way to acknowledge people who have made contributions to society.

The university said earlier that the president’s achievements have yet to rate the honor, and directed reporters to use a statement given to the Associated Press. “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,” Media Relations Director Sharon Keller told the AP Thursday.

That’s a fair statement. Even allowing for his campaign-which pretty much rewrote everyone’s textbooks-he’s been president for a little under three months. Let’s be honest; his most signficant accomplishments to date are getting the Democratic Party’s nomination and getting elected president. That’s not a knock on President Obama, but nothing else he’s done to date has affected the course of history.

That’s the reality of the situation.

Let me guess: someone either suggested you guys were racists, or threatened a protest or phone calling/letter writing campaign. Don’t worry, I know the usual suspects.

But I would’ve had more respect for y’all had you made your decision and stuck by it, rather than talk big and show yourselves punks at the end of the day.

Like one Hootie Johnson, who made this statement when people protested why there were no female members at the Augusta National golf club…

“There may well come a day when women will be invited to join our membership, but that timetable will be ours, and not at the point of a bayonet,” Johnson said.

…and to this day, that policy stands. Agree or disagree with it as you will, but he’s made his decision, stuck by it, and-probably more importantly-survived through it.

So much for your opportunity to do the same.




Written by Coby Dillard

April 13, 2009 at 9:14 am

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  1. Crow has a long history of mistreating minorities. See the case of Chichilnisky vs Columbia where Crow served as vice provost before coming to ASU. He tried to ruin her career. The case dragged on for 16 years and finally resulted in a favorable settlement for the professor. He does the same thing at ASU. According to the university’s website, in 2002 at the time of his hire 13 African American women had tenure. In 2007 there was no difference. Crow fired 1/3 of the minority faculty at ASU West. He fired a tenured African American in spite of the unanimous recommendation of a faculty committee that the prof. be reinstated. No dean or vp ever served under Crow. I could go on but what’s the point? He is an unapologetic bigot. His disrespect of Obama should be proof of that.

    Debra J. White

    April 13, 2009 at 5:09 pm

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