Obama in the Notre Dame University controversy


Obama’s controversial speech at a Catholic university. Parts 2, 3 and 4 below. Full text here.

The US president pleads for open hearts, open minds and fair-minded words over some of the bitter debates that divide American society. See also ‘The real scandal of Notre Dame‘ by the head of a Catholic university.

Obama, however, doesn’t touch on the US military adventures in Afghanistan (and the rising death toll) and Pakistan and the US Occupation of Iraq. Neither does he mention the massive and scandalous Wall Street bailouts – the result of easy and uncontrolled credit and financial deregulation and liberalisation.

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31 May 2009 4.11pm

We think that what Obam did about the Notre Dame Universty was so wonderful as there was an nonenderstandng in that Universty, so, they must respect the Obama’s calling to the Unity! Anywhere, you should not remove this video because many people were in need of this accordingly to their absence at that Universty on that day. This meesage is coming to from Africa by a Burundian one, so, thanks a lot.

anna brella
anna brella
22 May 2009 2.20am

Excellent speech from someone who IMO, speaks like he just might be that rare, elusive creature that the dirty world of politics sorely needs to give it an ounce of credibility – a true statesman. Although a bloody-minded cynic, I tend to live in some foolish hope that perhaps one day I just might come across such a living, breathing human creature here on earth during my lifetime, even if only just ephemerally, who will just for once turn out to be the real McCoy. However, as it’s not the Bushwhackers standing there anymore – spine-chillingly cool father or insufferable… Read more »

20 May 2009 11.19pm

Ya. Lets abort BN. We dont want to be impregnated by corruptions and all evil doings on BN/umno baru.

20 May 2009 7.27pm

Obama talks about how to save the God’s creation, isn’t a child conceived intentionally or unintentionally is alo a God,s creation? He talks about future, long term thinking, but the idea of stem cell research and abortion itself is a short term thinking to solve problem of teenage pregnancy. Why? If we listen to what Pope Benedict The Sixteen is saying, that will be a long term thinking to solve this two controversial debate. First, the Catholics with Pope Benedict never against the stem cell research. But, he is against the stem cell research which aquires the cells from a… Read more »

20 May 2009 4.29pm

Studies show abortion among women who get pregnant after being raped or incest contributed only 1% from the overall stats. Abortion occured on Women who unmarried contribute up to 45.6% in USA with various reasons including rape and incest. In China, 2004, Nine studies have been conducted, of which seven were conducted in the urban areas, one in the rural areas, and one in both urban and rural areas, met the inclusion criteria. In the seven studies in urban areas, the majority of unmarried women had experienced sexual intercourse, with estimates ranging from 54% to 82% in five studies. Estimates… Read more »

20 May 2009 3.37pm

“Fair minded words”… “grea area”… all kind of nonsense from a man who said that it would be a tragedy if the option of abortion was not available for his daughter if there caught in that situation….the tragedy would be him not bring his daughter up well instead of prancing around as the world’s messiah… It’s not right-wing of left wing. It’s about life and death. Once u make the murder of babies and option.. anything and everything else is ok Where is the famous feminist shouting their throat hoarse… when one of the Scandinavian country last week okayed abortion… Read more »

20 May 2009 2.54pm

i say let them abort if they want to. all for a better future for everyone.

i am an advocate of abortion. if abortion is the way to go, then go.

20 May 2009 2.29pm

Haha, didn’t think your blog was closely followed by american right wing foot soldiers.

I don’t think it’s the free market advocates who are the intellectual bankrupts. It is the Christian right wing who are really anti-intellectual. They are anti-science, reject evolution and global warming and insist that the earth is 6000 years old.

How is Obama a baby killer? Pro choice doesn’t mean pro abortion. You are just saying that women who get pregnant after being raped should have the baby anyway. Obama did say in his speech of making the effort of helping women prevent unwanted pregnancy.

20 May 2009 12.43pm

Obama advocating the killing of babies and abortion.

How unsurprising.

I don’t know how you can have a “fair-minded” debate, as Obama mentioned, about killing babies.

Of course, with Obama, anything goes, since the media is still so ga-ga and googly eyes over Obama.

I remain unimpressed.

20 May 2009 11.57am

I’m not sure – was it his speech or the honorary degree that caused the controversy? or both?

20 May 2009 11.45am

Obamam must show the new face of US or else he would be the same as previous US President

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit
20 May 2009 10.17am

Dear Anil

Obama is a “centrist” and therefore not as politically progressive
as many people initially thought (or projected their hopes onto).

Nevertheless, he is a stark contrast to George W. Bush, of course.
That’s why he is so popular (so far). This reminds me of the early days of Abdullah Badawi (AAB being genuinely popular) after the two decades of rule and misrule by Mahathir.

Here’s a good article on the intellectual bankruptcy of right-wing
“free market fundamentalism”:


Major (Rtd) D.Swami
20 May 2009 10.12am

Whatever Jenkins’ reason for inviting Obama, I have little doubt about Obama’s true motivation. Barack Obama, as I have extensively documented elsewhere, is a hardcore, doctrinaire communist. Conservative Catholics, Christians and other Americans committed to the sanctity of human life, i.e. the pro-life crowd, are some of the most principled and dedicated opponents of Obama’s radical designs. What better way to disrupt, demoralize and divide that formidable group, and indeed the entire country, than to strike at the heart of this cherished bedrock Catholic institution? That the President of Notre Dame, in a disgustingly servile, supplicating manner singled out one… Read more »