ND President Jenkins: “We Are Tremendously Proud” to Honor Obama at Notre Dame

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By Kathleen Gilbert

SOUTH BEND, Indiana, April 21, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – University of Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins heaped fuel on the fire yesterday by gushing that President Obama’s highly controversial platform at the school’s commencement would be a “tremendous event” for Notre Dame.

“We are very proud and honored to welcome the first African-American President of the United States in a few weeks as our commencement speaker,” said Fr. Jenkins at a town hall meeting celebrating 60 years of black student-athletes at Notre Dame, according to the South Bend Tribune.  Obama will also be receiving an honorary law degree from the school during the May 17 commencement exercises. 

The audience received Jenkins’ remarks with cheers.

“This is a tremendous event for us.  We’re tremendously proud,” said the Notre Dame president.  “President Obama clearly could have chosen any university in the country to give a commencement address, and they would have been just delighted to have him, but he’s coming to Notre Dame, and we’re exceptionally proud.”

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