Letter to the Editor | Tuesday, April 21, 2009
To Brendan Durr (“Cover Up the Crosses,” April 20):
I know that those of you who oppose President Obama’s appearance at Commencement are looking for any fuel you can add to your fire. You have missed a key distinction between that appearance and recent appearance at Georgetown. Yes, signs of Georgetown’s identity, not just as a Catholic school but as a school period, were covered during the address, which was a speech about the United States economy. The move was made in order to avoid the appearance that the President was giving economic policy advice from Georgetown’s “pulpit.” At Notre Dame’s Commencement, which is all about celebrating Notre Dame and its graduates, you can be certain that no such “cover-up” demands will issue from the White House. Let’s try to keep the debate sensible. Obviously, you can see a distinction between a political speech and a commencement address, can’t you?