Poor old man never had a chance when student Jean Rohe took him head on in her address:
“The senator does not reflect the ideals upon which this university was founded,” Rohe proclaimed to loud cheers, with McCain sitting just a few feet away.
She added that she knew what McCain would be saying to the graduates since he had promised to deliver the same speech he gave at Rev. Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University last weekend and Columbia University on Tuesday.
“He will tell us we are young and too naive to have valid opinions,” Rohe said. “I am young and though I don’t possess the wisdom that time affords us, I do know that pre-emptive war is dangerous. And I know that despite all the havoc that my country has wrought overseas in my name, Osama bin Laden still has not been found, nor have those weapons of mass destruction.”
When McCain got up to speak, it was to a smattering of boos and hisses. Many graduate wore or carried orange to signify their disapproval of McCain’s war-mongering stance and his continued support for intolerance.
Thank you New School graduates for exhibiting the disgust at McCain that all moral Americans would if they new the straight truth.
Calling it an “Orange Revolution” (and cribbing just a bit off the Ukrainians) some students at Columbia University plan to show their dislike of Senator John McCain’s policies and positions by wearing orange buttons that read, “John McCain Does Not Speak For Me”:
“Our goal is to show our opposition to McCain’s policies and voting record in a peaceful silent demonstration during his speech,” one of the graduates planning to protest, Ari Rosmarin, said. “We want to be as visually powerful as we can.”
Mr. Rosmarin said that although some students feel a protest is inappropriate on Class Day, Mr. McCain is a likely presidential candidate and thus fair game. “If he has a right to come and be political, we have a right to respond in a political manner,” he said.
Mr. Rosmarin said some family members of graduating seniors also might participate by holding up protest banners. “We hope that what we’ve been taught in our four years at Columbia is to think critically about the world around us, and engage with it directly.” He said he disagrees with Mr. McCain’s support for the war in Iraq and for a ban on gay marriage.
Good for them. As Senator McCain continues to shake of any vestiges of moderate rhetoric that he might have once embraced, audiences need to call him on it at every turn.
American voters need to know that McCain is no maverick!