I'm off to Ann Arbor to see Obama's commencement address Saturday at the University of Michigan, whose spring grads gather in the modest confines of the structure below. With a seating capacity of 110,000, Michigan Stadium is the biggest football stadium in America, larger than any fields in the NFL. Whenever U-M alums get wind of a planned expansion at another U.S. college, they pony up for yet another expansion of the Wolverines' home field to keep its place in the Guinness book.
No idea what Obama will say, other than the theme running through his previous commencement talks going back to U.S. Senate days - personal responsibility, prepare for a 21st-century "knowledge economy" (especially relevant in the waning automaking precinct of Southeast Michigan) and it's good to be among fellow, honest Midwesterners and far from Wall Street. Mr. O is in pre-midterms campaign mode in a swing this week through the Midwest. But I don't expect much "red meat" for the true believers. ("Rush made more sense before he kicked that hillybilly heroin habit" etc etc.)
Must leave Gus behind, alas, as he is truly post-partisan and has sworn off a stateside visit until Obama delivers on that promise. I've explained it takes two for that to happen. He's explained that the gourmet pet food at Whole Wallet Foods is worth a try out.