"inspiring this nation to heal its divisions of religion, culture, race and politics in the audacious hope for a brighter tomorrow." (1)
"an inspiring leader who faces many challenges . . . and is addressing them with intelligence, courage and honesty" (2)
"He's a remarkable figure in American history" (3)
"Mr. Obama has been a healer" (4)
Where is the evidence that earns Obama such words of adulation? This, and Fr. Jenkins' intent to dignify Obama with the tribute of an honorary degree (making Obama only the 9th President in the university's 164 year old history to be elevated with such an honor) you'd think Fr. Jenkins believes that Obama is "changing the marshmallows into magical shapes and colors":
Fr. Jenkins stated in a letter to graduates of 2009: "The President’s visit to Notre Dame can help lead to broader engagement on issues". Not if all you're doing is enchanting pro-abortion politicians by handing out rare honorary degrees willy-nilly. And without even once publicly challenging Obama on abortion - not once! Perhaps Obama has converted Father Jenkins into believing that he too can change marshmallow orchards into magical shapes and colors. Studying Obama's 100 day track record, it's going to take more than "rainbow magic" to change Obama's view on abortion.
Hint to Fr. Jenkins: There are no leprechauns with pots of gold at the end of the rainbow.