Have you ever wondered what class looked like? Well, look no further than this photo.
This woman, Condoleezza Rice had been invited to speak at the commencement at Rutgers University. Unfortunately, the tolerant left leaning faculty and students don't believe in giving voice to a conservative person, no matter how accomplished that person may be. Ms. Rice is a concert pianist, she was the former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor in the George W. Bush administration. I don't like pointing out "the first" anything since it takes away from someone's actual accomplishments, but she was the first female African-American Secretary of State. She was also a professor of political science at Stanford University and is now a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty along with being a director of the Global Center for Business and the Economy. She has accomplished more than most of the students and faculty of Rutgers could ever dream of.
The objections stem from her part in the administration during the Iraq war. Because of the various protests and sit-ins, she has graciously declined the invitation. Here are her words:
"Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers' invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time."
In her statement, Ms. Rice also defended her record, saying that she was honored to serve her country and that she had defended America's belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas, but that she didn't want to detract from the commencement ceremony.
I guess now Rutgers will have to search for another speaker, one who has the credentials and accomplishments acceptable to the left. Maybe Snookie or Miley Cyrus is available. They seem to fit the standards of some of the faculty and students.