Friday, April 27, 2007

Wakko packs away the snacks

I'll be heading down to the stadium tomorrow to hear Bill Clinton give the commencement address to the class of 2007. He's basically the most high-profile speaker the University would reasonably get aside from a sitting president or prominent politician in office.

This is a direct response to the complaints that the speakers from the last few years weren't popular enough. Obviously, they consider achievement over popularity, but the two aren't mutually exclusive. The classes of 2005 and 2004 saw the chief scientist from Xerox and the founder of Automobile Magazine speak. While their merits were substantial, the bar could certainly be set higher. Last year, the speech was offered to Colin Powell, who turned it down, and eventually CNN goddess Christiane Amanpour accepted. She gave a fantastic speech, but the masses still grumbled that she wasn't high-profile enough. (My parents had always been fans of hers, and I'd grown up watching her on TV, so I was excited at least.)

Bottom line is, this is certain to be better than last year's commencement, where I hadn't slept all night and couldn't speak or swallow because of an abscess on my tonsil that required an 8 hour trip to the ER to fix later that night.


Laura Bell said...

Our graduation speaker is the Director of the Center for Disease Control. Before I found that out I was planning on attending the big general I'm not.

Bill Clinton would be much more entertaining.

Anonymous said...

You get to hear a message from a living president, something that no one else in our family has ever been able to do. Politics aside, it is an opportunity to see the person who led the country at one time. And yes, your health is 100% better than that day. Enjoy the experience. And stay away from ER's.