McCain Speech at the New School Turns Ugly

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John McCain [left] during a lighter moment at the Time 100 party

We apologize for not pointing this out sooner, but I think we can safely say that the reaction to John McCain‘s commencement speech at Madison Square Garden for the New School over the weekend was not quite the same as the feedback to Arthur Sulzberger Jr.‘s at SUNY New Paltz.

The Nation reports:

Scores of New School students held orange signs, and a few banners, reading “McCain Does Not Speak For Me,” and “Our Commencement Is Not Your Platform.” What began as mild rumblings of disapproval before McCain’s speech soon exploded into boos, catcalls and turned backs.

Then, later:

Remarks such as “I supported the decision to go to war in Iraq,” were met with loud boos. “I stand that ground because I believed, rightly or wrongly, that my country’s interests and values required it.”

“Wrongly!” one student boomed from the back. Sitting directly behind us, Maureen Dowd and Adam Nagourney of the New York Times chuckled. As McCain droned on, students became increasingly restless. One cried, “This speech sucks!”

McCain at New School: Honeymoon is Over [Nation]
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