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Truth to Power

Jean Sara Rohe spoke truth to power with force and conviction. The response to truth in this instance revealed a lack of character, a pitiful lack of character.

The senator does not reflect the ideals upon which this university was founded, I am young, and although I don't profess to possess the wisdom that time affords us, I do know that pre-emptive war is dangerous and wrong...

And I know that despite all the havoc that my country has wrought overseas in my name, Osama bin Laden still has not been found, nor have those weapons of mass destruction


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How freaking rude!

Rohe did not embarass herself. Period. The bit that we hear on this clip make her sound rather intelligent, with proper criticism for the school administrators lack of concern or caring for the students beliefs.

There is hope for the future with articulate young ladies such as Jean Sara Rohe out there who are willing to speak up and not be intimidated.

Kudos.

This scares the hell out of me. I commend this young woman for standing up like this. She did the right thing and with smarts! But... am I way off base to think that progressive liberals who are trying to offer some kind of affront against Bush and repubs should probably start thinking of a better form of ammunition. This only shows me how great the divide really is between ALL politicians and THE PEOPLE. Sorry if I’m too vague. I can’t think straight living in this kind of fear. tgs

I was so furious with McCain's attitude and the New York Times' implicit endorsement of that attitude, I wrote about it on Friday, and Eric Alterman was good enough to quote it at Altercation. McCain's superciliousness was bad enough, but the media's treatment of these kids was even more offensive to me.

Whether liberal or conservative, it's annoying as hell to see politicians and pundits use university commencement speeches as platforms to spew their own agendas onto the graduating classes. It's the students' day, so give them a speech that matters instead of talking point and campaign rhetoric.

Rohe did indeed come off as intelligent and courteous (a rare trait in political discourse these days), and she should be commended. However, I think that Olbermann's coverage of it was as lopsided as we often accuse Fox News of being. Every one of these were softball questions, and didn't strike at the really issue, which is "Exactly what values of Sen. McCain's conflict with those of the New School enough to mount a public and vocal protest?"

she is an opportunist little wanna-be.

I've no idea of what the useful part was of her impetuous little protest speech.

She clearly saw a self-promotion opportunity and decided to pull the rug from under McCain.

Quite a shabby way to behave.

I expect she has a shitty career ahead of her as a potential whistleblower or union member in any organisation wise enough to reject her after her first interview.

McCain is one of the decent human beings in power. He should never have trusted his open flank to these sort of student hacks looking for some air time.

Her abuse of the microphone she was invited to speak at is not a democratic act.

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I've read a little bit about this now, but I don't get what her complaint was. It's hard to tell from those sound bites what McCain's and her tones were like at the actual commencement

"It's the students' day, so give them a speech that matters instead of talking point and campaign rhetoric."


Yeah! I completely agree. Politicians pushing their agenda at every damn event annoys the hell out of me. (still a student)

Re: This only shows me how great the divide really is between ALL politicians and THE PEOPLE.

Heckling only embrasses the hecklers. People looking to better ways to get their opinion out should look for less derisive methods. I agree that these protestors only speak to those already converted to progressivism.

I imagine--or hope, rather-- McCain was referencing these jeerers, in his post-accessment, and not the intellegent Rohe. And, if this is the case, he should fire that arse-faced weasel from his staff.

I say this because it seems unlikley that one like McCain would stoop to the level of the current president, whom, with help of sweaty-hands Rove, used equally unconvincing slander during the primary election

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Daily Rev: Good news for you! Having just made a coin toss and determined that you like women, I have located a female for you just as shameless, smug and self-promoting as you! Her name? That's right--none other than our favorite new darling, Jean Sara Rohe! How about that? She even comes complete with her very own pretentious name! Imagine the witty, fresh banter in which the two of you might engage! Get crackin', Daily Rev--her stock is going through the roof.

What, pray tell, has Mark Salter sacrificed as a speech writer for John McCain that earned him the privilage to speak his opinions that isn't afforded to Jean Rohe?

As I recall it was Mark's dad, Pete who served in the military, not Mark. Just because Mark wrote about veterans and worked for one right out of college, doesn't make him any less of a civilian than Jean Rohe.

//However, I think that Olbermann's coverage of it was as lopsided as we often accuse Fox News of being//

Great! The media is dominated by right-wing lopsided coverage. Keith Olberman is the only news source to represent the other side. The only other people who have the balls/ovaries to speak their minds are comedians such as Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher.

Lopsided is what the sheeple want.

If you have been a student at a university with a small "Free Speech Zone" (only place on campus where you may freely speak) like I have, you will understand her outrage. The students paid for him to speak. He did not speak to them, nor customize his speech to them.

I am a McCain supporter most of the time, but I see him as a paid speaker putting forth his agenda during these speeches and that is not what he is paid to do.

As for jeering and protesting...

We live in an America where it is ILLEGAL to protest the President to his face. You must be 300 yards away in a fenced off Free Speech Zone, where the Media may not interview you. If you may not enter into a civil discourse legally, then step into the realm of the 'socially ungraceful'.

In a land wehre 70% of the nation disagrees with the President, we no longer need converts, we need a Plan, a Purpose and a Candidate.

btw: The only valid justification for this war is keeping Oil from China to keep America on top for another decade. I wonder if Sheeple would understand that or vote for that?

Bob Wood,

How is the way she behaved shabby? What have you got against whistleblowers? Hate seeing people doing the right thing? Following their conscience, instead of kow-towing to the power structure they find themselves in? Realizing they have power and responsibility? If you were a Nazi, would you just blindly goosestep, and commit atrocity? You fascinate me.

In 1969, Hillary Rodham at Wellesley used her speech to chide the women's college's commencement speaker, Republican Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, for his support of the Vietnam War. Rodham took it to Brooke in a way that's surprisingly similar to how Rohe took it to McCain.

Here's Jene Rohe's response:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jean-rohe/response-to-mccains-aideb21442.html

I can relate to what she is talking about. Senator Coleman gave a similar speech at our commencement where he basically ignored our accomplishment and instead talked about politics and himself.

could be worse. I live in San Diego and a friend of mine just graduated from San ZDiego State University, well, the speaker was a US general. Can you guess what he talked about? if you guessed 9/11, how we have to love and resepct the military and how important homeland security is to defending the country you would have guessed right. This of course has nothing to do with the graduation, which is pretty rude in it's own right. I think that these political speeches are the norm. the reason the mainstream media was so "ofended" by the student above is because she spke out against a fairly common practice that no one usually questions. Kudos for her, but it will take an army of people like her to change this type of practice.

McCain is starting to show his true colours.

He could of been a man about it and just shrugged it off with "Well its America they are entitled to thier opinion" instead of this "Shut up, little girl".

She was speaking her mind, she didn't have a go at him only said what the situation was, and that was to show that the students union didn't ask for him to be there.

McCain is starting to show his true colours.

He could of been a man about it and just shrugged it off with "Well its America they are entitled to thier opinion" instead of this "Shut up, little girl".

She was speaking her mind, she didn't have a go at him only said what the situation was, and that was to show that the students union didn't ask for him to be there.

could be worse. I live in San Diego and a friend of mine just graduated from San ZDiego State University, well, the speaker was a US general. Can you guess what he talked about? if you guessed 9/11, how we have to love and resepct the military and how important homeland security is to defending the country you would have guessed right. This of course has nothing to do with the graduation, which is pretty rude in it's own right. I think that these political speeches are the norm. the reason the mainstream media was so "offended" by the student above is because she spke out against a fairly common practice that no one usually questions. Kudos for her, but it will take an army of people like her to change this type of practice.

I am torn from this incident. My take on McCain's speech was that it was relevant to their graduation and that he wanted to give these graduates some of the advice of lessons that he's learned in life - stay humble and be respectful to others.

I thought McCain was pretty humble, but his statement in reaction was a little off target as to what was really going on - a simple misunderstanding of each other's sides of the story.

I can't say the same for the reaction that his aide provided in the huffingtonpost website. It was an act of frustration on his part that probably should not have been aired out.

Still I thought she was a little out of line for knocking the man down before he even had a chance to address it. I kind of like McCain and I didn't think he deserved that kind of treatment.

regardless of what you think of the senator, that took a lot of chutspa doing what that girl did. she should get a medal and an oped column. i really respect her for that, and presently, there are very few respectable people left on the planet.

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Also, from her original post, it was clear that her intention was to embarrass McCain, and she picked through his speech the night before for items to criticize. It had a kind of bad faith feel to it. Still not sure where I come down on this one

//However, I think that Olbermann's coverage of it was as lopsided as we often accuse Fox News of being//

//"Great! The media is dominated by right-wing lopsided coverage."//

NOT GREAT when the guy feeds this girl her reply to McCain's aid. O'Reilly is upfront about his opinions. This guy pretends to be "just" an interviewer.

Nonsense. KO does not pretend to be anything other than what he is.

Bill O'Reilly claims to be fair and balanced and calls his show a no-spin zone. Uh huh, yeah, right. (rolls eyes)

Another impressive interview was Brit Hume interviewing Dick Cheney. Now there's a man who pretends to be an interviewer. What a joke.

Jean's intention was not to embarass him. A foolish objective as it may very well close dooors in yoour future.

She merely held McCain to task for his statements i.e. supporting an illegal war and invasion based on false premises.

Politicians need tlo be held accountable for what they say and do, otherwise they may very well abuse power.

Jo Ann - I agree with you about the hume/cheney "interview", but are you saying that stroking the interviewee is appropriate just so long as you like the interviewer's viewpoint?

John McCain has inadvertantly shot himself in the foot by pandering to the right. Then again he might be the sacrafice for the Repugs. 'member 'Swift boat veterans smear against Kerry and how McCain tried to downplay its significance.

It took me a full day of mental digestion to actually filter out the most disturbing part of this discourse; in his defense of Senator McCain, the Super Senator Staff inSultor defended McCain saying, "He has over and over again risked personal abitions for what he believes rightly or wrongly, are in the best interests of the country." It took me a full day, of course I'm not too sharp, to realize the inSultor values McCain's stubbornness over his correctness? When the FUCK did "sticking to ones guns no matter the costs" become more important than being, say, RIGHT or ACCURATE about what the fucking you're discussing? This has a firm seat in the Republican camp; since they have no other basis for defense, they argue that their operatives...err...politicans, aren't bad because they follow their beliefs indefinately. Pardon me if I hark to the days when decisions were made based on the merits of the choices and THEN followed in strong belief. That fundamental gap leaves us with a generation of less-than-impressive campaign mottos surmised in; "I'll believe anything--STRONGLY!"

Well put, Alex : >

What would have been messed up was if she could not sing, and then gave the speech -- a little light humor. With all kidding aside, Ms. Rohe sunk my heart and sucked me in with her lovely voice and then her creatively, brave speech to put the icing on top the cake so to say. Now that's what I call talent and thinking outside the (cake) box. I applaud her courage, and her bravery for standing up and speaking out. No since in trying to shut her mouth now boys (hahaha) she's out the gate and well on her way to success.

I applaud you Jean Sara Rohe.

To a new Spring Chic from an old Hen whose still on the loose -- a real Salt-n-Light, die heart here, keeping the flames to their feet. You're never too old to fight, that coming from a late bloomer who found her footing and purpose even in her gracefully gray years, she's still kicking. Don't you forget that young lady!

You make me proud!

Give them hell Girl!!!

A Woman's Libral College Grad, Class of 96

This young lady is awesome. Her comments on fear are such an important truth and her speech is beyond courageous. Jean Rohe - you are my hero!!

...McCain has lost all integrity in his obvious bid for the Whitehouse...he now cow-tows to the monsters that took him out of the 2000 election.

We need more people like Jean Sara Rohe.

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