Re "Columbia's farce," Opinion, Sept. 28
I agree with Rosa Brooks criticizing Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger for denouncing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during opening remarks at a Columbia campus meeting. Correct or not, the Iranian president was still an invited guest and should have been treated as such. However, I do find fault with her assertion that this could not happen to our president because Bush's minions protect him from such attacks. I wonder if she has ever watched one of the president's news conferences, where the media spend a great deal of time playing "gotcha" with him without those purported "elites" who "collude to keep our own president in his safe little bubble." In this country, the president is not immune from ridicule for malapropisms and misstatements, which is much more than I can say for Ahmadinejad under similar circumstances in Iran.
So Brooks thought Bollinger was "prissy" and "infantile" when he admonished Ahmadinejad, but if he had "made those same unvarnished remarks" to President Bush, he'd have practiced "free speech at its best." Can she not set aside her liberal stance long enough to see the double standard?