by Barnard College president Debora L Spar



Audience members applaud President Obama as he appears on a taped episode of The View

62 Responses to “Citation”

  1. 6 Liberal Librarian
    May 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm


  2. 7 Liberal Librarian
    May 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm


  3. 9 collegekay
    May 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm


  4. 11 57andfemale
    May 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm


  5. 12 vitaminlover
    May 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    My goodness he even makes college regalia look good!!

  6. 13 SueBee
    May 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    That Elizabeth shouldn’t even be in that pic!

  7. 20 utaustinliberal
    May 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    C-SPAN has uploaded Pres. Obama’s commencement address at Barnard.


  8. 21 Hannah Simon
    May 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I watched the entire ceremony on a live stream provided by Barnard (I am Barnard Class of 1958). It was wonderful. His speech was great, so was Barnard President Spar’s introduction.

    • 22 theo67
      May 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      Barnard sounds like an amazingly inspirational college. I was impressed with every single one of those young women. Lucky you to have this school as your alma mater!

  9. 23 utaustinliberal
    May 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    This is a BFD. Once again, PBO knocks the GOP and his detractors for six.

  10. 24 Linda
    May 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Apparently there is a ” hot mic” moment making the rounds.

    He said ” shit “…..STOP THE PRESSES.

    • May 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      You see? They will look for anything, but what he actually said. We have seen this when he goes on Trips overseas, very successful ones.
      And yet, they only tell Americans of trivial and embarrassing stuff.
      Gives the impression that he failed, which is a lie!
      Sadly, this is the Media…

    • 26 Linda
      May 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      oh geesh….never mind….you cannot even hear what he says……

      • 28 Linda
        May 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

        They have it on HP….but you cannot even hear anything other than “sh ” when he went back to take his medal…..he said I have to get my sh……….with his back to the camera…


    • 29 collegekay
      May 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      Huh? what? when?

    • 31 Hannah Simon
      May 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      I watched the whole thing, he was given a medal in a little box before he spoke. He put it on a shelf under the dais. As he walked away he obviously remembered that and went back to get it. He said I forgot my ….something indistinct, it makes no sense that he said shit. He said it to Debra Spar the President of the college. Give me a break. I wrote to HP that they should be ashamed of themselves. Talk about undercutting his message!

  11. May 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday that a House-passed bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank could stall in the Senate later today, and said a stall would be caused by Republicans who want to terminate the bank.

    “There was a time when legislation that would reduce the deficit and support hundreds of thousands of jobs would fly though the Senate with bipartisan support, but not so any more,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “Instead, a worthy measure that would support 300,000 American jobs, the Export-Import Bank, may stall in the Senate this evening. The holdup? More Republican obstructionism.”


    The Republucans are killing the Import/export Bank. Why? Because, FREEDOM!

    • 33 57andfemale
      May 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Sorry, Harry. You could have done something about the filibuster when you knew what they were up to and you didn’t. You were too busy preparing for when the Dem’s were in the minority rather than being effective when we had the majority of the Senate. How did Republicans pay you back for that particular gesture of fairness? We can’t get judges confirmed unless they exact a price, which now includes giving up recess appointments enjoyed by every President except Barack Obama.

  12. 35 vcprezofan2
    May 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Woot! I’m moving up the ladder, closer and closer to the first, and I suddenly remember that anything worth having, is worth working for…or whatever. 😆

  13. 36 collegekay
    May 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Elisabeth’s dress is very short lol

  14. 41 GGail
    May 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Good west coast afternoon Chipsticks & TOD family!

    YES. WE. CAN!

  15. May 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    What is going on with the conservative queen’s dress? Come on now!

  16. May 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

  17. 46 theo67
    May 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I really wish the Obama Administration would put a moratorium on anything related to Barbara Walters, but I guess they have every available medium willing to broadcast their message. I just can’t stand Barbara, and when she’s with Hasselback – even worse.

    • 47 HZ
      May 15, 2012 at 12:15 am

      I do not care for Barbara anymore, however, remember that Joy, Whoopie, and Sherri are supporters and we need those who will connect other voters within their “knowing banks” for the president. We know where Elizabeth and Barbara stand in public, however, we do not know how they vote when they get behind that curtain. We will think for the best.

      The dress that Elizabeth is a lack of respect for herself and for the office of the Presidency. She is a defiant person. But really on this one, she came across as a very unlady like respect for the President of the United States of America. That is the shameful thing, in my opinion about it all.HZ

      • 48 theo67
        May 15, 2012 at 1:04 am

        You’re the voice of reason, HZ. I’ll try to be as generous as you with these ladies from the View. I just won’t watch.

  18. May 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

  19. 51 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    My President looked super youthful yet distinguished in his commencement robe at the same time.

  20. May 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm

  21. 53 Sharon
    May 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Just checked in with CBS to see if they might have the first fundraiser. Is streaming now, but just the audience waiting.


  22. 54 Linda
    May 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Mitt Romney 2012

    Mitt Romney’s campaign is running Google search ads targeted to New York City users who go online looking for information about the commencement ceremony at Barnard College, where President Barack Obama is speaking Monday.

    “Obama’s Wasteful Spending,” the ad blares, arguing that the president is “leaving graduates with an economy not creating the jobs they deserve.”

    The ads show up when a user in New York City and its environs searches for any number of terms. Searches for “Barnard commencement,” “Barnard College,” “commencement” and “directions to Barnard” all yielded the ad.

    Users who click on the ad are directed to a page on Romney’s campaign website titled “Youth and the Obama economy.”

    The Romney campaign is also running ads on YouTube for users in the area, a 15-second teaser drawn from a page on Romney’s website that highlights the number of new college graduates who are unemployed.

    The campaign is running ads on mobile phones in and around Barnard as well,

  23. May 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Vodoo economics, indeed!

  24. 56 Linda
    May 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island’s governor on Monday declared that the state will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, giving gay couples the same rights as heterosexual ones when it comes to health insurance and a slew of other benefits.

    The order signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee in a Statehouse ceremony directs state agencies to recognize marriages performed out of state as legal and treat same-sex married couples the same as heterosexual ones.

    Some gay couples married outside Rhode Island – where civil unions are allowed, but gay marriage is illegal – have not been afforded certain rights because state law is not clear on the subject.

  25. 57 donna dem 4 obama
    May 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Conference call with First Lady Michelle Obama about to begin.

    Its not too late. Sign up here: http://www.barackobama.com/women-for-obama-national-call

  26. May 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    WASHINGTON – Advancing President Obama’s ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy to develop domestic energy resources, Deputy Secretary of Interior David J. Hayes and Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Tommy P. Beaudreau today announced a finding of no competitive interest for the proposed Mid-Atlantic offshore wind energy transmission line. The decision clears the way for the project to move forward with the environmental review necessary to grant the company, Atlantic Grid Holdings, LLC, a right-of-way for the proposal to build a “backbone” transmission line that would enable up to 7,000 megawatts of wind turbine capacity to be delivered to the grid.

    “As part of the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, we are moving ahead to responsibly evaluate and expedite appropriate projects for America’s offshore areas, particularly the wind power-rich Atlantic coast,” said Deputy Secretary Hayes. “The first-of-its-kind Atlantic Wind Connection is an encouraging sign of significant industry interest in developing the infrastructure to support offshore wind development. It’s the type of project that will spur innovation that will help us stand-up a clean energy economy to power communities up and down the east coast.”

    The proposed project is a high-voltage, direct-current subsea transmission system that would collect power generated by wind turbine facilities off the Atlantic coasts of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The first such offshore infrastructure proposed in the United States, the system’s parallel, redundant circuits would total about 790 miles in length. Major investors in the Atlantic Wind Connection proposal include Google, Inc.; Good Energies II, LP; Marubeni Corporation and Elia.


    The Future!

  27. 61 Ladyhawke
    May 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm


    The wrong message, the wrong messenger

    By Steve Benen


    At different times over the last four years, Obama’s detractors on the right have said he’s a ruthless Chicago thug and a weak pushover. He’s a bystander who goes golfing too much and an activist president who engages too much. He’s sticking to the Bush/Cheney script on national security and he’s putting us at risk by abandoning the Bush/Cheney national security agenda. He’s cutting cherished entitlement programs like Medicare and he refuses to cut entitlement programs like Medicare.

    He’s too mean to Wall Street and he’s too nice to Wall Street.

    If the right would just pick a caricature and stick with it, their criticisms would at least be more coherent.



  28. 62 Linda
    May 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    CNN is trying to lure ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper away from ABC. FishbowlDC has learned that Executive V.P. and Managing Editor for CNN Worldwide Mark Whitaker and CNN Senior V.P. Amy Entelis have been making serious overtures to Tapper and his reps. We hear the network is trying their best to figure out a “game changer” and have their eyes on Tapper.

    Entelis obviously has a strong tie to ABC — she was a 30-year network veteran who was V.P. of talent and strategy. She left ABC in January. Tapper is presently under contract with ABC. CNN is also trying to recruit ABC News Correspondent John Berman to do news on a morning show.

    Tapper is legally bound to ABC until his contract runs out, but it is not unusual for other networks to begin the poaching process well before future contractual decisions are locked into place.

    Industry sources say the collective wisdom is that Tapper is waiting patiently in the wings to one day host of “This Week.” We’ve requested comment from both CNN and ABC.

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