Obama Bumps Female Commencement Speaker at Barnard

Monday, 05 Mar 2012 02:25 PM

By Tim Plaehn

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Barnard College in New York City tossed aside the prominent female executive it had scheduled for its commencement speaker when the White House offered President Barack Obama instead, The Daily Caller reports.

The college was happy to replace New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson with the president, who also will receive the school’s highest honor, the Barnard Medal of Distinction, at the ceremony.

Before the speaker switch, Barnard President Debora Spar had told students that she was “certain that . . . graduates will be energized by [Abramson's] words and personal story.”

The White House’s offer appears to be part of a campaign to increase the appeal of the president to female voters, according to the Caller. The administration has been under fire for the controversial attempt to force organizations with a religious affiliation to cover contraception services even if the practice is against an organization's religious beliefs.

Meanwhile, students at Columbia University, who had organized a year-long campaign to have the president speak at their commencement, expressed outrage. Columbia is the president’s alma mater and Barnard’s parent university. Colombia students expressed their chagrin — sometimes strongly — through several online media venues. The students were quick to point out that women also attend Columbia.

Abramson would have been the fourth consecutive woman commencement speaker at the all-women Barnard. The three previous speakers were Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, actress Meryl Streep and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Army Loosens New Hair Rules After Backlash

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 21:44 PM

The Army is loosening its new rules on soldiers' hair, bowing to fierce criticism of racially charged references to trad . . .

Lawmakers Take Aim at NFL's Tax-Exempt Status

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 20:56 PM

Lawmakers are questioning whether the National Football League should retain its tax-exempt status in the wake of severa . . .

Poll: Obama's Chicago Perceived as Most Dangerous in US

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 20:31 PM

President Barack Obama's hometown is America's worst nightmare - perceived by the public as the nation's most dangerous  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved