TEMPE, Arizona (CNN) – President Obama on Wednesday turned a flap over his commencement speech at Arizona State University into a joke - then a lesson about never being satisfied with one's accomplishments.
The university said last month that it would not be awarding Obama an honorary degree at the ceremony, saying that "his body of work is yet to come."
Saying he wanted to address "the little controversy everyone was talking about a few weeks back," Obama said, "we all learned an important lesson."
"I learned to never again pick another team over the Sun Devils in my NCAA bracket," he said, referring to the school's basketball team. "It won't happen again."
"President [Michael] Crow and the board of regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS," he joked.
This guy has gravitas. He walked into a storm and not only eased the tension but taught a lesson without being defensive or rude. Thus the lesson to doubters and Republicans about the meaning of character.
Obama is a joke. The Court Jester in Chief.
The Court Jester in Chief representing the "Party of D'oh!"
Sounds about right, the first four months has been one big joke.
If they think he's joking about the IRS, they are in for a rude awakening. How can they dream of not granting another honorary doctorate on our supreme leader? Wht do they mean he his body of work is yet to come? You telling me the american peoples elected us a president with no credentials worthy of an honary doctorate?? Yep, IRS will be calling you next year, hahaha!
The President's speech at ASU was brilliant!
He is the President – respect him as such!
The president is doing what he does best making the stupid members of Arizona state feel stupid. Booozoes.
Well said, Mr. President!
I voted for Clinton.He was the greateast republican in sheeps clothing ever.He sold our tech jobs to India,Manufacturing jobs to China, allowed insourcing with visas that took millions of jobs.He was not good for the American workers.His best was sellout was Nafta.