Saturday, September 30, 2006
One year ago today we covered Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's speech at Princeton University, in which she set forth the case for the democratization strategy, among other subjects.
I'm wondering if anyone there would really take her comments seriously in 06, a whole nasty year later. We would have loved to have seen her speaking at this past weekend's Looking Back, Moving Forward conclave of black alumni. The Q & A would have been something for The Daily Show or the Colbert Report! Turn away from the Dark Side, Condi! She could've sat down with an African American graduate of he class of 54, who said he escaped egg throwing by classmates only because (1) he spent a lot of time shovelling coal in the boiler room of Dial Lodge, and (2) they were busier beating up Jews. When we hear the lovely pitch and smell the timbre of what constitutes social consciousness in the burbs and Red States these days, and our President's cupidity for the conformity and dogma of the 1950s, I wonder if this guy must feel he's in a time warp?
About 500 of us took a panoramic photo on the steps of Clio Hall Saturday 9/30. From a visiting cadre of 1980's minted white alums present for some event at the Woodrow Wilson School was heard mumbled "what on earth is this?" To which there came the shrill reply "What Princeton...and the world...really looks like in the 21st Century, fool!" Hyperbole, but funny hyperbole. I caught President Tilghman snickering and bravo for her. I'm sure events like this weekend and the end of Earlier Admission was meat for quite few facist...er...thoughtful conservative/analytical blogs. See http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S15/95/28C43/index.xml?section=featured
As for Condi, I wonder what she says about Colin Powell's soul searching, now revealed in The Washington Post Magazine 10/1; now we would have loved to have him at Princeton this past weekend. We'd rise in applause and exhort: "Welcome back, Colin. We knew you had it in you..."