Skip to comments.White House reacts to critics of Obama’s Notre Dame Honors
Posted on 05/14/2009 1:45:52 PM PDT by NYer
.- The White House has responded to opposition to President Obamas appearance at the University of Notre Dame, claiming that only "one group" is organizing a boycott and pointing to other groups who support the presidents commencement speech and reception of an honorary degree.
"I think there's one group organizing a boycott and, as best I can understand it, there are 23 groups that have formed in support of the president's invitation," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, according to ABC.
The "one group," ND Response, is a coalition of 11 pro-life groups including Notre Dame Right to Life, the Notre Dame Law St. Thomas More Society and the Notre Dame College Republicans.
Gibbs reference to 23 groups concerned a letter written to University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins by groups such as the African Student Association, the College Democrats, the Notre Dame Peace Fellowship and the Spanish Club.
The letter criticized "those who would rather divide than work together for common ground and for the common good."
"We are concerned that in narrowing the focus to one aspect of life that has often proven polarizing and divisive many have lost the ability to recognize the other aspects of President Obamas work that continues to uphold the principles of justice and solidarity," their letter said, according to ABC.
Gibbs claimed that 97 percent of the students supported the decision. However, ABC reported that this claim misstated an Associated Press story which said that of the 95 Notre Dame seniors who wrote to the student newspaper The Observer, 97 percent were positive.
Gibbs also cited a Pew poll reporting that 50 percent of Catholics supported Notre Dames invitation to Obama, while only 28 percent opposed it.
However, that poll also reported that 45 percent of those who attend Mass at least weekly disapproved of the decision, while 37 percent approved.
"The president understands the right of anybody in this country to disagree and to exercise their disagreement in that way. I think it's important to understand it appears as if the vast majority of students and the majority of Catholics are supportive of the invitation the president accepted. And I know he's greatly looking forward to seeing them," Gibbs said, according to ABC.
More than 2,900 students will receive degrees on Sunday, of whom 2,001 are undergraduate seniors.
"There are no organized protests at ND ... only Catholics that love 0bama!"
LOL great post!
Why is the Whitehouse even responding to the issue? Hmmmm....
The New Math. Just right for the Pravda Media.
The Left’s default mode when they are criticized is to cite polling numbers.
EVERYTHING can be explained away and justified via a strategically quoted poll:
“Yes, but 64.7% of Americans now actually support child torture”.
Is he blaming the issue there? One could say all ethics, being concerned with good and evil, is polarizing, and when good insists on calling evil by its proper name, the good is "divisive." However you slice it, one side thinks it's okay to kill innocent babies, the other side thinks it isn't. I should say that's a bigger issue than the distastefulness of polarization or division.
If Obama had any class whatsoever, he would have agreed to speak but politely declined the honorary degree.
yeah. they are called “Catholics”
Giving honors to an illegal pretending to be president who has a disreputable past and doesn’t display any allegiance to our country is unconscionable.
“those who would rather divide than work together for common ground and for the common good.”
If only he would practice what he preached, what he was really saying was
those who would not go along with my evil works divide between what is good and evil and know we can not work together because you can’t serve two masters, you will either love one and hate the other.
Day after day the Obama admin is chipping away at the bulwark of democracy----all the solid enduring institutions that make us the nation we are, are being targeted for destruction. These people are not running a gov't; they are controlling a chaos-driven agenda.
Obama is being pushed and pulled by his cunning calculating COS---Rahm Emanuel. They see themselves as "The Wrecking Crew"-----anything remotely connected with the founders, with Christianity, with the Constituton MUST be destroyed..... crushed under the jackbooted heel of the Obamatons until it is dead and and buried.
Obama's calculating, conniving COS--Rahm Emanuel---trots out Obama in the plan to create chaos. Obedient Oba mechanically marches out on a round of public events, pressers, travels......always smiling and grinning.......then robotically reading speeches from a teleprompter.
Messiah of the Church of Whatever Works For Me.
those who would rather divide than work together for common ground and for the common good.
This is RACIST BS. We knew this was coming...On and On and On.
Obama, the perfect candidate to KILL AMERICA. No one will stop him.
Infanticide seems pretty demonic. Don’t really know how someone can fight for it, as Obama did, and not be kind of evil.
We may surmise that Jack the Ripper believed it was morally acceptable to exterminate prostitutes, and if you'd interrupted him in the act he might have objected to your objections, and lamented your divisiveness. Or Raskolnikov, while killing a pawnbroker (and a witness), might have been aggrieved by your polarizing of the issue, because his hatred of parasitic pawnbrokers is equally valid with your respect for life. Or Margaret Sanger, who thought certain races and classes needed to be winnowed out. Or Michael Schiavo for brain-damaged wives... Or Adolf Hitler for Jews... Or Barack 0bama for babies born alive when the abortionist botches their killing.
You call any of that evil, you're flunking sandbox, not getting along with others, rocking the boat, being divisive.
Damage control. Same tactic they used with the TEA parties.
Zero simply CAN’T STAND any criticism. I’m sure he threw the MOATT ( Mother of all temper tantrums) behind closed doors.
These are "accidental" Catholics, baptized as infants but never truly catechized in the faith by their parents. More adult education is needed, especially for parents. Until then, we educate them one at a time, assuming they show up for Mass.
Hopefully, the protesters will make as much noise as possible and pull off some creative stunts to get on the news.
The more attention the better.
It is sickening that Notre Shame is even letting him speak.
True:)He kinda uses polls like Clinton.Maybe Hillary is given him a few pointer’s.Just sayin.
SOUTH BEND, Indiana, May 6, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Following is an alphabetical list of bishops who have so far expressed disapproval of the University of Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to give the commencement speech and receive an honorary law degree May 17. Included are links to the original source as well as LifeSiteNews.com coverage.
Current count: 76 bishops
Bishop Joseph V. Adamec - Altoona-Johnstown, PA
Bishop John D'Arcy - Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN
LSN Report: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/mar/09032408.html
Bishop Samuel Aquila - Fargo, ND
Bishop Gregory Aymond - Austin, TX
Bishop Robert Baker - Birmingham, AL
Bishop Gerald Barbarito - Palm Beach, FL
Bishop Leonard Blair - Toledo, OH
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua (Archbishop Emeritus) - Philadelphia, PA
Bishop Lawrence Brandt - Greensburg, PA
Archbishop Daniel Buechlein - Indianapolis, IN
Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz - Lincoln, NE
Archbishop Eusebius Beltran - Oklahoma City, OK
Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantú - San Antonio, TX
Archbishop Charles Chaput - Denver, CO
Bishop Paul Coakley - Salina, KS
Bishop James Conley - Denver
Bishop Edward Cullen - Allentown, PA
Bishop Nicholas Di Marzio - Brooklyn, NY
Statement: http://thetablet.org/05092009/columns_bishop.html )
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo - Houston, TX
Archbishop Timothy Dolan - New York, NY
Bishop Thomas Doran - Rockford, IL
Auxiliary Bishop John Dougherty - Scranton, PA
Bishop Robert Finn - Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO
Bishop Joseph Galante - Camden, NJ
Bishop Victor Galeone - St. Augustine, FL
Bishop John Gaydos - Jefferson City
Cardinal Francis George - Chicago, IL; President, USCCB
Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger - Evansville, IN
Archbishop José Gomez - San Antonio, TX
Auxiliary Bishop Roger Gries - Cleveland, Ohio
Bishop Bernard Harrington - Winona, MN
Bishop Robert Hermann - St. Louis, MO
Bishop William Higi - Lafayette, IN
Archbishop Alfred Hughes - New Orleans, LA
Bishop Michael O. Jackels - Wichita, KS
Bishop Sam Jacobs - Houma-Thibodaux, LA
Bishop James V. Johnston - Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO
Bishop Peter Jugis - Charlotte, NC
Bishop Joseph Latino - Jackson, MS
Bishop John LeVoir - New Ulm, MN
Bishop Jerome Listecki - La Crosse, WI
Bishop William E. Lori - Bridgeport, CT
Bishop Paul Loverde - Arlington, VA
Bishop George Lucas - Springfield, IL
Bishop Robert Lynch - St. Petersburg, FL
Bishop Joseph Martino - Scranton, PA
Bishop John McCormack - Manchester, NH
Bishop Robert Morlino - Madison, WI
Bishop William Murphy - Rockville Centre, NY
Bishop George Murry - Youngstown, OH
Archbishop John J. Myers - Newark, NJ
Archbishop Joseph Naumann - Kansas City, KS
Bishop R. Walker Nickless - Sioux City, IA
Archbishop John C. Nienstedt - St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN
Archbishop Edwin O'Brien - Baltimore, MD
Bishop Thomas Olmsted - Phoenix, AZ
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk - Cincinnati, OH
Bishop Reymundo Pena - Brownsville, TX
Bishop Glen Provost - Lake Charles, LA
Bishop David Ricken - Green Bay, WI
Cardinal Justin Rigali - Philadelphia, PA; Chairman, USCCB Pro-Life Committee
Bishop Kevin Rhoades - Harrisburg, PA
Bishop Alexander Sample - Marquette, MI
Bishop Edward J. Slattery - Tulsa, OK
Bishop John Smith - Trenton, NJ
Bishop Richard Stika - Knoxville, TN
Bishop Anthony Taylor - Little Rock, AR
Bishop George Thomas - Helena, MT
Bishop Robert Vasa - Baker, OR
Bishop Michael Warfel - Great Falls-Billings, MT
Bishop Thomas Wenski - Orlando, FL
Archbishop Donald Wuerl - Washington, D.C.
Bishop Emeritus John Yanta - Amarillo, TX
Bishop David Zubick - Pittsburgh, PA
crash and burn, obama.
Well it isn’t like they could say Obama wasn’t aware of the protests like they said about the Tea Parties.
I pray at least some students stand and turn their backs on Obama during his speech. I also pray Fr. Jenkins receives the punishment he deserves.