NEW SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY ERUPTS INTO BOOS WHEN McCAIN SPEAKS
I used to teach at the New School. Actually I was teaching darkroom classes at the Parsons School of Design at the New School. The Parsons students were incredibly dull but I got tremendous stimulation from talking with the much more interesting New School students. I would have guessed they wouldn't have been too pleased to have corporate whore John McCain show up to give the commencement address at their graduation today. (I'm sure the Parsons students wouldn't have cared one way or the other.) A few days ago I had the honor of having dinner with THE NATION's brilliant young writer Ari Berman. Sensing it might be explosive, Ari just covered the New School graduation ceremony and wrote a story called "McCain at New School: Honeymoon is Over."
"The school's tradition of dissent carried on today. Scores of New School students held orange signs, and a few banners, reading 'McCain Does Not Speak For Me,' and 'Our Commencement Is Not Your Platform.' What began as mild rumblings of disapproval before McCain's speech soon exploded into boos, catcalls and turned backs... The Senator spoke in a dull monotone, without his usual charisma or charm. He was noticeably deflated by the crowd's harsh reception towards him. Remarks such as 'I supported the decision to go to war in Iraq,' were met with loud boos."
Maybe McCain really was deflated-- or maybe he was just out looking for a Sister Souljah moment. We'll see if Rove or whoever will be running his campaign uses the footage in an ad.
THURSDAY UPDATE: McCAIN STILL WHINING ABOUT THE NEW SCHOOL
The Republican's biggest hypocrite, McCain was crying crocodile tears for the New School students today. Yes, he acknowledges that he was boo-ed but claims that it is their lives that will be worse now. "It's unfortunate, because these young people now will have a duller life because they won't listen to the views of those that they disagree with. And that's unfortunate because the whole theme of my speech was interestingly and ironically is that we should strongly disagree with one another." What a straight-talker! He told CNN he hasn't seen Al Gore's movie yet. He hasn't mentioned when he plans to go check it out. Maybe he can take some of his Senate colleagues (who also vote to imperil the actual earth we live on with their consistent policies putting Big Business' voracious greed above planet habitability) with him. Sure.