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Let The Boycott Begin!!!

Back in April it was announced that Arizona State University would not bestow upon President Barack Obama an honorary degree.  (I’m sure President Obama didn’t lose too much sleep over it seeing as he’s already earned a degree from Harvard.)  There was a social uproar of course.  People were shocked that the school deemed him suitable to deliver the commencement address, but not suitable to receive an honorary degree.  *rolling eyes now* Now I’m a die hard Obama Mama, so maybe I’m biased, but I’m just saying….

The powers that be at Arizona State University had the nerve, the audacity, the unmitigated gall to actually say and I quote: honorary degrees are given “for an achievement of eminence” and Obama was not considered for an honorary degree because his body of achievements, at this time, does not fit within that criteria. WHAT?!?!?!  The man wrote how many best-sellers?  His campaign efforts registered how many new voters?  I am not even going to mention the part about him being the first Black President of the United States (because to me that is just far too obvious)!

In an effort to save face, the University instead created a scholarship in President Obama’s name, with the first recipients being announced in conjunction with this year’s commencement.  President Obama is a humble man, so I’m sure he is not tripping over their little funky honorary degree anyway.  I’m sure he is much happier knowing deserving students will be able to attend college because of this scholarship created in his honor.  That’s good for him, but I’m not so easily swayed!

In honor (or dis-honor) of ASU, I shall boycott all things Arizona and ask that you join me.  Let me first shout out my friend Fiona, as she brought this travesty to my attention, and together we hope to “shut it down” in Arizona!

•    Arizona Iced Tea, I’m through with it!  I’d rather drink a tall glass of dirty dish- water, thank you very much.
•    Sorry Amare Stoudemire.  You got game and all, but I can no longer cheer for you or the Phoenix Suns.
•    Sorry Larry Fitzgerald, but I will no longer be considering you for my Fantasy Football team.  I know you had a good run this year, but unless the Arizona Cardinals trade you, I’m not interested!
•    No Grand Canyon tour for me!

I’m not saying being the commencement speaker automatically entitles you to an honorary degree, but this is President Barack Obama after all.  If Yale gave George W. Bush an honorary degree ASU should not only have given President Obama an honorary degree, but they need to be naming a dorm and a library after him.  I wonder how much of this is sour grapes on ASU’s part because President Obama decimated McShame? The whole thing reeks of some sort of Republican/ Red State set up.  It’s all good though, because the boycott is on! Who’s with me???

May 13, 2009 - Posted by | Education, Obama, Opinion, Politics


  1. I am with you! It’s just so disrespectful and no one seems to care. It brings to mine the rule that when your black you have to be twice as good. I take a little comfort in knowing that history will protray ASU will as the villain much like a Hitler or Jim Crow Laws.

    Was that an urban myth or was arizon the state that refused to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a state holiday. Or was it thier federal representative that voted against the federal holiday?

    Comment by Fiona Edwards | May 14, 2009

  2. I’m right there with you JC…no more Pheonix Suns for me!
    LMAO at the dirty dishwater comment tho

    Comment by JBlaze | May 14, 2009

  3. @Fiona: no it was not a myth. As a matter of fact john McCain (or McShame as Jerzee puts it) voted against it.

    Comment by Samantha | May 14, 2009

  4. There goes my spa trip…

    What other states have great spa retreats? I didn’t like Arizona Tea anyway…

    There is really not much left but to boycott because there was nothing in the state the interested me…maybe the Grand Canyon but I can look at the urban potholes…

    Shaking my head….

    Comment by Venom Patton | May 15, 2009

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