WES WE MOTHERFUCKING CAN

BARACK OBAMA TO SPEAK AT COMMENCEMENT

NYTimes has an article about it already:

“Ted and I talked about me filling in for him at Wesleyan University earlier this week,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “Considering what he’s done for me and for our country, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for him. So I’m looking forward to standing in his place on Sunday even though I know I won’t be able to fill his shoes.”

EDIT: President Roth confirms via email:

It gives me great pleasure to announce that on Sunday, May 25, 2008, United States Senator Barack Obama will deliver the Commencement Address at the 176th Commencement Ceremony at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Senator Obama is honored to speak on behalf of United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who was previously scheduled to deliver the address.

. . . (quotation above follows)

[Marianna, 4:29]

EDIT: Some anonymous prefrosh (psst kid wanna write for us?) compiled a list of media links:

Associated Press
Boston Globe
Washington Post (check out the comments thread for more on Wesleyan vs. Wellesley)
The Guardian
ABC News
MSNBC
Fox News (note the mispelling in the URL)
. . . and click here for more.

[Xue, 9:26]

84 thoughts on “WES WE MOTHERFUCKING CAN

  1. Anonymous

    can someone please videotape the ceremony and put it on wesleying for those of us who cannot attend?

  2. Anonymous

    can someone please videotape the ceremony and put it on wesleying for those of us who cannot attend?

  3. johnnycakes83

    This is a nothing more than a shameful attempt by Obama to woo the prized Methodist vote.

  4. johnnycakes83

    This is a nothing more than a shameful attempt by Obama to woo the prized Methodist vote.

  5. Mad Joy

    To those asking questions about whether they’re allowed to come to commencement: The answer is that they don’t know yet. Apparently there is a meeting going on right now to decide just that – how attendance will be regulated. As soon as we (wesleying) find out anything, we’ll update you :)

  6. Mad Joy

    To those asking questions about whether they’re allowed to come to commencement: The answer is that they don’t know yet. Apparently there is a meeting going on right now to decide just that – how attendance will be regulated. As soon as we (wesleying) find out anything, we’ll update you :)

  7. Anonymous

    To the frosh who lives near campus: You should DEFINITELY go. Sit on the hill. Eat free sandwiches. This is totally a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Also, SO jealous of the class of ’08. -’06

  8. Anonymous

    To the frosh who lives near campus: You should DEFINITELY go. Sit on the hill. Eat free sandwiches. This is totally a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Also, SO jealous of the class of ’08.

    -’06

  9. Anonymous

    Anyone can come to commencement! This place is going to be packed…Wonder what security measures will be in place…

  10. Anonymous

    Anyone can come to commencement! This place is going to be packed…
    Wonder what security measures will be in place…

  11. Anonymous

    4:00/4:12~ i doubt this is meant to broaden his support; if it is, it hardly matters who he’s talking to (short of neo-nazis or what have you), as his primary action is filling in for ted not campaigning to some target demographic. Any support it fosters will be nationwide(not on wes campus alone or even just among people who care about wesleyan/liberal arts schools) by showing he is caring/a good friend etc.

  12. Anonymous

    4:00/4:12~ i doubt this is meant to broaden his support; if it is, it hardly matters who he’s talking to (short of neo-nazis or what have you), as his primary action is filling in for ted not campaigning to some target demographic. Any support it fosters will be nationwide(not on wes campus alone or even just among people who care about wesleyan/liberal arts schools) by showing he is caring/a good friend etc.

  13. Anonymous

    4:00 here again. I’m apparently a total downer. But this doesn’t seem like the smartest move on his part – he’s trying to broaden his supporte away from upper-middle-class educated liberals…by speaking at Wesleyan?

  14. Anonymous

    4:00 here again. I’m apparently a total downer. But this doesn’t seem like the smartest move on his part – he’s trying to broaden his supporte away from upper-middle-class educated liberals…by speaking at Wesleyan?

  15. Katey

    On behalf of all recent alums who have watched a bunch of random academics give the commencement speech… “Fuck you guys.”But seriously. Enjoy it. For once, everyone will pay attention to the commencement speech. And does this mean he’ll wear a crazy robe?!?

  16. Katey

    On behalf of all recent alums who have watched a bunch of random academics give the commencement speech… “Fuck you guys.”

    But seriously. Enjoy it. For once, everyone will pay attention to the commencement speech. And does this mean he’ll wear a crazy robe?!?

  17. Anonymous

    This is unbelievably exciting, but I donno…anyone else find it a little ethically iffy that we’re having a presidential nominee as a speaker..? I sure do.(still. WOWEE!)

  18. Anonymous

    This is unbelievably exciting, but I donno…anyone else find it a little ethically iffy that we’re having a presidential nominee as a speaker..? I sure do.
    (still. WOWEE!)

  19. Mad Joy

    I’m still really sad Ted Kennedy won’t be there, but uhh, as replacements go… FUCKING SWEET.

  20. Mad Joy

    I’m still really sad Ted Kennedy won’t be there, but uhh, as replacements go… FUCKING SWEET.

  21. direland

    My hallmate, on hearing the news, “Wait, ACTUALLY? WAIIIT, ACTUALLLLY?”Apparently so. I was hoping for Gallagher myself.

  22. direland

    My hallmate, on hearing the news, “Wait, ACTUALLY? WAIIIT, ACTUALLLLY?”

    Apparently so. I was hoping for Gallagher myself.

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