Ten days later, President Obama himself told a town meeting, “Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security.”
By August, then White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters: “I hope people will take a jaundiced eye to what is clearly the Astro Turf nature of so-called grass-roots lobbying. This is manufactured anger.”
And in mid September, Mr. Axelrod had advice for the tea party on CBS: “My message to them is they’re wrong.”
Conservatives are a very rare breed indeed on the roster of college commencement speakers. For the 20th year in a row, Young America’s Foundation has compiled an ideological breakdown of speakers, only to reveal that the podiums are dominated by left leaners. As usual. At the nation’s top 100 colleges and universities, 67 liberals will speak at graduations, compared to 17 conservatives. The other slots are occupied by student speakers, incidentally.
“As tuition and student-loan debt grow at historic rates, what are students getting for their money? An education from leftist professors that — combined with the Obama administration’s policies — has left 53 percent of recent grads unemployed or underemployed. These commencement speakers are just the icing on higher education’s indoctrination cake,” observes Ron Robinson, president of the conservative student interest group.
See the complete list here: YAF.com
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POLL DU JOUR
• 47 percent of Americans believe that gays and lesbians are “born with” same-sex preference.
• 33 percent of conservatives, 48 percent of moderates and 67 percent of liberals agree; 35 percent of Republicans, 48 percent of independents and 56 percent of Democrats also agree.
• 33 percent of Americans overall say the same-sex preference among gays and lesbians is due to their upbringing and environment.
• 48 percent of conservatives, 30 percent of moderates and 15 percent of liberals agree; 49 percent of Republicans, 29 percent of independents and 23 percent of Democrats also agree.