Quid pro Crow (and update)











Michael  Crow, president of Arizona State University, tells POLITICO that the school is reconsidering its widely ridiculed plans not to give President Barack Obama an honorary degree when he speaks at commencement on May 13 and will “honor him in every way possible.”

“There was no intended slight,” Crow said by telephone from his office in Tempe. “We had not yet talked about what honors we might give him as our commencement speaker, and we still have a month to work all that out. We don’t want anyone to think we do not recognize what he has achieved and what he means in America.”

University spokeswoman Sharon Keeler was quoted as saying that the University awards honorary degrees to recognize individuals for their work and accomplishments spanning their lifetime. “Because President Obama’s body of work is yet to come, it’s inappropriate to recognize him at this time.”

Crow said the resulting brouhaha “kind of wounded my heart.”


In this news release announcing a new scholarship honoring President Obama, ASU President Michael Crow appears to be eating a bit of it himself:

“I apologize for the confusion surrounding our invitation to President Obama to address ASU students at commencement,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “The entire ASU community has been electrified with excitement since we learned of his participation in our commencement ceremony. We hope that the recent discussion of honorary degrees will not detract from the honor and thrill that ASU – and indeed all of Arizona – is experiencing in anticipation of his visit. I am honored, as are our faculty, staff and students, that President Obama will give his first commencement speech as president of the United States at ASU.”

Confusion? Electrified? Thrilled? Calm down, Mr. Crow and eat your plateful.

7 Responses to Quid pro Crow (and update)

  1. Jim Dandy says:

    Keeler got it right! I suspect she might find her job has been part of the university RIF (reduction in force) for “wounding Crow’s heart.”

    Crow’s wife, Sybil Francis is still is on the payroll as a “senior advisor” making $160,000 as of last year.


  2. Maggie says:

    “Honor him in every way possible?” The visions are endless.

  3. Sally Forth says:

    The article says: “Four days after addressing ASU, Obama will give the commencement address at Notre Dame, which is conferring an honorary degree despite some local criticism of the choice of speaker.”

    Local criticism? Well over a quarter of a million irate Catholics, and others, nationwide have signed a petition, called and faxed, demanding the pro-abortion, Obama not speak at the Catholic University’s commencement ceremony.

  4. Jason says:

    Bury Quo’s heart at Wounded Knee.

  5. Hometown Guy says:

    Michael Crow is a high paid – with our tax dollars – liberal ass.

  6. RA says:

    Just another case where even when ASU tries to do the right thing (fairly rare in itself!) it does so in entirely the wrong way.

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