Today, President Obama appeared on the stage of St. Xavier College of the Canyons, to accept an honorary degree.
The president, beaming, shook the hand of the chancellor of the college, and went to the podium to say a few words to the graduating class, a group consisting of 222 students dressed nattily in their cap and gown, as was the president.
"Today, I'm being presented with a honorary degree in speech."
The president looked away from the teleprompter, and survey the graduates.
"It's true I wanted a degree in astro-physics, to go with my degree in cosmology, that I got from Oxnard University. But,"the president returned to the teleprompter and continued, "that's the way the cookie crumbles."
A few members of the graduating classes shouted encouraging remarks to the president, like Vivo-Viva--St. Xaviers and, "May the saint be with you."
"So," the president continued, "I need to do something to justify my receiving this degree in speech."
Here, the president stepped back and stood tall. Then he approached the microphone and held it in his hand and said, "Nuclear."
Then he stood on his toes as said it again. "Nuclear. I can say it."
The graduates shouted back at him, "Nu Cue Lar; Nu Cue Lar. And they laughed and laughed.