Young America's Foundation keeps track of the commencement speakers at the nation's top 100 universities, and reports that every year colleges use their commencement ceremonies as platforms to showcase leftwing personalities. This year, 13 of the 100 leading colleges and universities had commencement speakers who are conservatives or business executives. That was a slight increase from last year w hen there were only three. The colleges selected quite a number of Obama's White House officials, including Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Obama's Chief of Staff Bill Daley, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. Former President Bill Clinton was on the list, but former President George W. Bush was not. Media personalities are big as commencement speakers. This year's speakers included Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw of NBC, Katie Couric of CBS, Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central, Conan O'Brien of TBS, and Wolf Blitzer and Larry King of CNN. Somehow the top colleges didn't choose best selling authors Ann Coulter or Michelle Malkin, or Fox News hosts Bret Baier or Sean Hannity.
There's nothing new about selecting leftwing commencement speakers at major universities. Years ago, after we had paid top tuition dollar to put one of my sons through four years of Washington University Engineering School and then four years of Washington University Medical School, the speaker at his commencement inappropriately told the audience that Missouri should hurry up and ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Fortunately, the Missouri State Legislature rejected this advice.
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