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Obama Slams Campus Political Correctness

Okay, this is good. I like. If only President Obama, however, hadn’t done so much himself to demonize conservatives – and not listen to the opposition – I might like more. But let’s give some credit where credit is due.

From remarks Monday at North High School in Des Moines, Iowa

Sometimes there are folks on college campuses who are liberal and maybe even agree with me on a bunch of issues who sometimes aren’t listening to the other side. And that’s a problem, too.

I was just talking to a friend of mine about this. I’ve heard I’ve of some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative. Or they don’t want to read a book if it has language that is offensive to African Americans, or somehow sends a demeaning signal towards women. And I’ve got to tell you, I don’t agree with that either. I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of views. (Applause.)

I think that you should be able to — anybody should — anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with them. But you shouldn’t silence them by saying, you can’t come because I’m too sensitive to hear what you have to say. That’s not the way we learn, either.

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32 Responses to Obama Slams Campus Political Correctness

  1. Thank you Keith. This is the first I am hearing about this. Yes very good advice. However the list is still quite uneven.
    Not to make light of the important issue of students learning both points of view before the judge is the way it should be.
    However, I think he may feel like he running for a position again. What position. Who knows?

  2. “But you shouldn’t silence them by saying, you can’t come because I’m too sensitive to hear what you have to say.”

    But…you can call them terrorists/racists audit them, stall approval for non-profit status…

  3. You know what impresses me more, that his actions don’t match his words.

    Bernie Sanders accepted an invite to speak at Liberty University (Jerry Falwell’s, well, Jr. now). The school was thrilled and even invited Bernie supporters to sit in the first few rows. (the video’s on Cspan in the Road To series). And Bernie was Bernie, no pandering to the religious right, best of all, the students were warm and receptive to him.

    Obama, Biden and Hillary have all been invited to speak over the past few years….they never even responded.

    • I really admired that about Bernie. no, you won’t see Hillary speaking to any potentially hostile audiences.

      it’s too bad Bernie’s so far to the left he’s in danger of falling off the planet. he’s a pretty decent guy.

  4. Obama cannot open his mouth without lying. I assume he is lying about this as well.

    And if he is not, then his actions do not support his words.

    Soon he will be gone. And we will be left with his mess.

    • Still lying, still talking about “folks”, still making every issue all about him (“…there are folks on college campuses who are liberal and maybe even agree with me on a bunch of issues…”), still using those big words like “bunch”. Yep, he’s the smartest man in the room, alright, and he’s lying through his pearly white teeth.

      • Bingo, I’mNo. I am so sick of his folksy, let-me-just-edge-mah-lil-ol-opinion-into-our-pleasantly-contesting-conversation-FOLKS tone — damned phony — that I’d prefer to have Donald Trump say my face is too ugly to be elected. That would at least be straight forward.

  5. I do remember when he shouted down Lamar Alexander. Ole’ Lamar got about 10 words in, and then Barry just launched into his disagree-tirade.

    Oh, that don’t count……that was about healthcare.

  6. He’s full of it…his whole presidency has been based on political correctness, identity politics and silencing/condemning any opposition to his views.

  7. Another instance of him being able to find really good words to say. If only he would govern like he sometimes talks. My belief is someone wrote this and got it onto the teleprompter and Obama read it. He doesn’t really believe it and he sure doesn’t practice it. But they are good words, anyway.

    • Who is this person, and where has he been for the past six years?

      This talk sounds about as sincere as Hillary telling women who have been victims of abuse that they have a right to be heard.

  8. Obviously, the sentiment is correct but the execution of said sentiment by Obama is a complete failure. Obama does the exact opposite of what he is advising here. There are thousands of examples. He knows that even as he speaks the words.

  9. I have to agree with the other comments on MrO’s former actions and words about differing opinions.
    IMO, he finds everything that he’s done, his “legacy” if you will, is not appreciated by most Americans, so he’s trying to clean up his image as a partisan, devisive President by pretending that the “other side” might have something worthwhile to say.
    Phooey on him, his words mean nothing.

  10. Keith, had you posted the speech and not told us who delivered the remarks I dare say we would have never guess they came from Obama. This just not sound like him.

  11. This is a little OT but still involves deceit so from the comments it’s probably aligned.

    Anyway, like most of us probably I have been reading a lot here and on other sites. What caught my attention was a discussion of immigration, illegal immigration which has overwhelmed us at our borders, and the huge influx of “refugees ” into Europe and eventually here.

    There was a discussion about the elites being protected by gates, security etc. and thus more open to open borders to serve their needs and the rest of us who have to live with that.

    At one time I suppose we trusted the government to keep us safe. But especially now with almost 8 years of Obama trying to keep this country down, trust in him, the government, both political parties and the “elite” is seriously eroded. For some of us, it is clear that we are irrelevant to them. That it has become the rulers and the ruled.

    And for me, the tipping point is Iran deal. Clearly there is so much that has gone on before, and behind closed doors, that to put it kindly has been duplicitous. This President has now done a deal with our most deadly enemy, dumped our allies, continues to consort with dictators world wide and spits on this country and us. To say nothing of exposing us to terrorism and destruction.

    Democrats and Republicans alike have deserted their constituents for their own well being. McConnell’s unwillingness to use the Congressional nuclear option to oppose the Iran deal speaks volumes.

    So, although this is not about Trump, it is clear that there are very few good guys who care about the country or the people. We have reached a tipping point where it is all about the self interests of the elite — within and without government.

    My 2 cents.

  12. first of all, this is a very weird thing for him to say 6 years into his presidency. did he just notice it now? but second, does anyone really think Obama cares whether a conservative speaker is dis-invited to give a commencement speech? please.

  13. “I think that you should be able to — anybody should — anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with them.”
    Interesting word choice – “argument.”
    Not “discussion” or “conversation” or even “debate.”
    Pay attention to every single word that this man speaks.
    His words are not chosen extemporaneously…they are always deliberate and meant to incite.