TEMPE, ARIZONA: April 10, 2009
Arizona state University, which invited President Barack Obama to speak at its upcoming graduation commencement ceremonies scheduled to take place May 13, announced that it will refuse to bestow an honorable degree, as is its tradition, upon Mr. Obama, explaining that the president simply isn’t “worthy”.
Past honorees have included politicians, government officials, TV Personalities, singers, movie directors, heads of other universities, artists, writers, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, talk show hosts, news anchors, humorists and ASU alumni.
According to University spokeswoman Sharon Keeler, ASU grants such degrees based on lifetime accomplishments, which in Mr. Obama’s case, simply fall sort of ASU standards. “Because President Obama’s body of work is yet to come, it’s inappropriate to recognize him at this time,” Keeler said.
ASU’s website describes its selection process, stating “Harvard was the first university to confer honorary degrees in 1692. Since then it has become a recognized function of degree granting institutions. Honorary degrees are an opportunity for universities to single out people who have made contributions to society. At ASU, honorary degree recipients are nominated by faculty members. The six-member Academic Affairs Honorary Degrees Committee reviews faculty nominations for the honorary degree. It then recommends candidates to the president. The committee is appointed by and responsible to the president.”
In other words, even though past honorees have included politicians who aspired but failed to be elected to the U.S. Presidency, best-selling authors (like Barack Obama) and public servants, Mr. Obama doesn’t cut muster at Arizona State.
Considering their history, they should spend more time reading Barack’s bio and reconsider. What a slap i the face.