Skip to comments.Democrat Congressman heckled/booed at UW commencement for "self-serving speech" "pompous puffery"
Posted on 06/14/2007 8:18:02 AM PDT by XR7
I was in attendance last Saturday at the commencement activities at the University of Washington.
I was both embarrassed and angered by the pontification and obvious self-importance of Rep. Dicks.
Never could I have imagined a commencement speaker at a major university being booed and heckled while speaking to the graduates. Then again, I could never have imagined anyone giving such a self-serving, self-glorification speech as he did.
A speaker at such an event is supposed to inspire the graduates who are now going out into the world to seek their own destiny. They did not come to listen to someone expound on their past or name-drop.
Brian K. Garrett, Marysville
Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Bremerton, did more to help the Republican Party at the UW Commencement than the Republican National Committee could have ever hoped for.
Undoubtedly, he assumed that speaking to a crowd at a liberal college campus would be the perfect forum to conduct his own Democratic campaign rally.
I imagine he was surprised to find that the ethnically, socially and politically diverse crowd was not receptive to his pompous, political puff piece and instead opted to jeer, stomp their feet and walk out rather than hear 15 minutes of a nonrelevant, self-centered speech.
The UW prides itself on being a top university and needs to ensure that commencement speakers inspire the graduates, not disillusion them and their families with extreme, one-sided political speeches.
Diane Bonifaci Shaw, Redmond
(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...
These idiots in DC are going to drive blithely their speedboat right over the waterfall, aren’t they?
Good idea for anyone running in 2008. Run as the candidate who will go to DC and clean out the corrupt, incompetent machine politicians. The country is angry right now. The time is ripe for a Conservative revolution ala Reagan in 1980.
UW will probably invite him back.
He obviously didn’t get his point across to the unruly children who must have been listening to too much talk radio.
UW will join the call for limiting talk radio now.
“More like POMPOUS BUFFOONERY!!”
This is a lefty/Democrat politican disease. It’s imprinted in their DNA. The only one I knew who didn’t have the full fledged disease was Lieberman and Conneticut threw him out of the Democratic party
The demonstration of disrespect given to Rep. Norm Dicks as he generously accepted the invitation at the last minute to be the keynote speaker at the University of Washington commencement has to be one of the most egregious ever reported ["At graduation, the best and brightest (and wettest) jeer congressman," Local News, June 10].
In this current environment of higher education, where the current "entitlement" students whine about almost everything, and show similar disrespect for faculty, this seems an extension of that selfish behavior.
To penalize the congressman because the weather wasn't perfect for the ceremony was childish. This wasn't a baseball game, but a solemn ceremony mixed with celebration. Too bad that a few missed that distinction.
Pamela Pasquale, Seattle
He played football at the UW some years ago, apparently before helmets were greatly improved in quality.
Well, OK, but what did Mr. Dicks say that was so objectionable? I can imagine, but letters to the editor really don’t flesh out what he said to the graduates.
There’s nothing wrong with disillusionment. It helpd counter the National Socialist brainwashing college kids receive.
Well, OK, but what did Mr. Dicks say that was so objectionable?
Here's an excerpt:
The second environmental challenge you and all of your generation will face is the Inconvenient Truth. My friend Al Gore has done an incredible job with his slide show and the movie to explain to the world that the planet is at risk and how carbon dioxide emissions not only cause global warming but also result in dangerous changes in the oceans, particularly acidification. Over the last century, the oceans rose between four and eight inches, ten times the average rate of the last 3,000 years. This alarming trend threatens all of the nation's coastal communities, where more than half the U.S. population lives, and obviously it threatens coastal populations and communities all across the globe. In my Committee this Spring we have studied the issue; we have consulted with experts such as the Climate Impacts Group run by Professors Ed Miles and Ed Sarachik here at the University. And we conducted hearings to assess the impact of climate change on public lands and wildlife in the United States and the evidence was sobering: we see increased wildfires, changing precipitation and water availability patterns, increasing evidence of invasive species, severe bug infestation in our forests, changing migratory patterns for many animals and birds, and significant loss of habitat. Its just not possible, anymore, to deny that climate change is real its happening and our challenge now is to find ways to deal with the impacts that these changes have on our lives and on our environment. We also have to move forward to begin solving the problem as a nation and as individuals we must work to dramatically reduce greenhouse gases. The hybrid car I drive today emits far less carbon dioxide than the one I drove ten years ago and in your lifetimes its entirely possible to imagine zero emissions automobiles, along with other new and creative ways to reduce the so-called carbon footprint and thus reduce one of the root causes of global warming...blah, blah, blah.
Have never heard of Rep. Dick (D). Obviously he is a well represented orator—NOT.
It sounds like its a case where some virtual nobody is granted center stage and then proves precisely why he is...well a nobody.
I love it when RATS are so arrogant as to assume they can send their brain on a prolonged vacation before appearing in public.
As if we don’t already have enough Dicks in Congress.
Yeah, students want to sit there and hear lectures on ‘global warming’ while sitting in the freezing Washington spring rain!
This guy came to Baghdad a few months ago. Lucky me, I got to eat lunch with him. He was totally ignorent of what was happening here. And his idea on winning the war was to tax the rich more to spread the sacrifice. On the Bible, he said we could win in Iraq if we Taxed the Rich more. I couldn’t make this up. Very disappointed, but for some reason not suprised.
“Oh, no we’re not! We’re (Rep.) Dicks! We’re reckless, arrogant, stupid (Rep.) Dicks!”
Dick isn't just a Richard, he's a MORON.
This guy’s last name also represents what he’s been doing to taxpayers.
Watch out where the Huskies go...don’t eat that yellow snow!
what were some of the things he said that the students booed??????????????? what a dumb article...
This type of Democrat Sloganeering at any event now has a name.
It’s called “WELLSTONING”...
One of the letters to the editor linked the original article. Apparently, Mr. Dicks talked about environmentalism and how we have to “save the planet” from the destructive forces of man. It seems that even in Seattle, the envirowhackoism preached by the Goracle so widely accepted in DC doesn’t sell.
The first thread I posted on FR back in the X42 days, referenced Norm Dicks and a fellow congresscritter meeting at the White House. The thread is long gone, but the title created a bit of humorous responses.
The title... “Cox and Dicks meet at the White House”
Well, at least these poor students weren’t forced to listen to Dick Cheney. </sarc>
Everyone is missing an amazing point here, Normy, who is a UW grad, never had a real job, ICONIC reputation in his district, has a government building named for him in his hometown, known as a guy who BRINGS HOME THE BACON for Fort Lewis and Sub-base Bangor is a die hard liberal in a decidedly blue state was booed by students at one of the most liberal schools in the nation for pushing radical enviro-nazi nonsense. There’s hope for us yet, folks. This was way cool.
Never heard of the guy myself. I guess I just don’t know Dick.
As if your time in Iraq weren't sacrifice enough, you had to sit and listen to this jerk?!? Our military is not only brave, courageous, honorable, intelligent, and strong, but also infinitely patient. We thank you for your service, and may God bless you and and all our courageous men and women in uniform. We pray for your safety, and for the success of your mission.
mornin boss.......I do not believe polls and never will because of common sense and the lie that Clinton had and left with a 60% approval rating. That # is still quoted
Note to self: Never invite Dicks to commencement activities
Clearly there is a great deal lacking in their "education."
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
* House Committee on Appropriations
... o Subcommittee on Defense
... o Subcommittee on Interior and Environment and Related Agencies - Ranking Minority Member
* House Committee on Homeland Security
... o Subcommittee on Economic Security
Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity
... o Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness
Science and Technology
... o Subcommittee on Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attack
Dicks told students he was inspired by a young John F. Kennedy, who "challenged my generation with the words: 'Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.'
"Those were the clarion calls for young people throughout the nation in the early 1960s, inspiring many to consider public service."
First elected to Congress in 1976, Dicks serves on appropriations subcommittees in defense, the environment and the military. As his speech bored in on environmental concerns cleanup of Puget Sound, global warming, the planet at risk the crowd grew increasingly restless.
"The charge for your generation is to combine the technical knowledge you learned here ... as well as a sense of environmental stewardship to make the Puget Sound a national model," he told the students.
"... Your ideas and your determination will ultimately determine the environmental legacy you will leave to your kids and their kids."
From the back, Lance Charette, who flew from Indiana to watch his stepdaughter Laura Wright graduate with a degree in English, yelled something about this being a graduation, not a political gathering.
Later, he said he thought Dicks was campaigning, not inspiring young peop
As usual, science by anecdote.
That’s one I missed but just waaaaay too funny!!
Some may not be aware of exactly how far to the Left the UW is....it was the first school in the entire nation to offer an accredited degree program in "Women's Studies"....as a result, it's become the Mecca for all of the militant-feminists who want the title of "Doctor Bi***" and the associated sheepskin to hang on the wall of their Soho loft "practice".
It's one of the reasons why Seattle is infested with militant lesbo / feminiazis.
Nancy “None of your business” Pelosi ran on it too—look where it got her.
No, we need ACTION. That alone will put one party or another (not necessarily “the” other) in the electorate’s good graces.
Every politician since the founding of this country has run as 'the candidate who will go to DC and clean out the corrupt, incompetent machine politicians'.
Yeah, well, I can understand why kids waiting in the rain for their diplomas might get a little cranky at a stem-winding politician dislocating his shoulder by patting himself and his party on the back. I’da booed the stupid sumbitch too.
All Dick; no nuts.
I will be sending a letter to the President of the (”my”) University in the next few days asking that they tell the commencement speakers that they cannot politicize their speech. You would think that the speaker would have to submit a draft of the speech before giving it. I went to the 2004 graduation - August Wilson, a pure leftist, gave the same kind of speech, insinuating that we were having our rights taken away by President Bush and the War on Terror. Almost booed and almost walked out. I will tell the President of UW that if that ever happens again, I will boo, and I will walk out. His contact information:
MARK A. EMMERT; +1 206 543-5010; Box 351230
PRESIDENT, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
301 GERBERDING HALL
FAX: +1 206 616-1784
Look on the bright side, the grads will always remember their commencement speech. ;^)
Sheesh, can’t liberals ever be classy? I remember one of the commencement speakers at my alma mater was Howard Cosell. He was big leftist, but he gave a great inspirational speech. Although he said “John Hopkins” instead of “Johns”.