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Notre Dame valedictorian praises Obama as ‘great leader’

April 20, 2009

The University of Notre Dame’s class of 2009 valedictorian is praising President Barack Obama, who will receive an honorary degree there, as a “great leader.” Debra Haight told her hometown newspaper, “First and foremost, for the university to have the opportunity for the president of the United States to speak here is unbelievable and incredible.” She added:

The reason it's so meaningful for many of us to have this president speak is because we see him as someone who lives by example. He began as a community organizer and he continues to live by those values. I can only hope that my graduating class can live our values throughout our lives as he has done. He sticks with his values and his ideals … The dignity of all human life at all stages is important to uphold, including helping those in poverty.


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