Tuesday, May 15, 2007

A Final Note From Philly


On Monday morning, I attended my niece's graduation at the University of Pennsylvania. The commencement speaker was James Baker, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and later Secretary of State under George Bush, Sr. Much of the speech was a tedious justification of the policies of the Republican presidents he served. However, it seems obligatory to open a major speech at Penn with some quotes from Benjamin Franklin, the founder of the university. The quote at the bottom of the video screen was much more meaningful to the students.

TOMORROW: What's Greek, Egyptian, Assyrian and Babylonian and overrun with lawyers?

2 comments:

U "R" Us said...

Ugh. I think most graduation speakers just plain suck. The grads and their families are there for this momentous day, only to be subjected to some schmuck's agenda. I'm sure some of them are inspirational, especially if you happen to agree with the agenda of the schmuck you end up with. But you never know. Katie's speaker is going to be Alex Kotlowitz, which I'm actually really excited about. But I'm sure some people in the crowd will find fault with him.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Did they serve free beer after the commencement exercise? I mean, it's only fitting, don't you think?

BF would have been proud!