Because this is such a huge speech for us, I've been following this whole Notre Dame controversy fairly closely. Yesterday, Kenneth Woodward, a man I'd never heard of, but clearly important because his op-ed appeared in the print edition of the Washington Post, wrote about Big Guy's appearance at South Bend. And he was spot on. But I digress.
Big Guy looks at the Notre Dame trip as what he calls a "teaching moment." We know he's right on all of the issues, it's just that the Notre Dame faculty, students and alumni haven't heard him make the case for stem-cell research, abortion, and other forms of human rights and social advancement. And we expect they'll come away persuaded, even if Big Guy doesn't say a word about those issues. That's the kind of power Big Guy has.
What they won't come away with are the new, individually wrapped condom packets with the Presidential seal on them. We only hand those out at public-school commencement addresses where we know they won't go to waste.