Rep. Tom Lantos won’t be honored at City College of San Francisco’s commencement, reports the SF Chronicle. A few instructors and students had threatened to stage a protest. Lantos didn’t want to spoil the ceremony for the graduates.
The litany of complaints against Democrat Lantos included everything from his unwavering Iraq war stance to his support for the Patriot Act to his “one- sided” backing of Israel, including his recent handshake with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
A Hungarian refugee, Lantos is a liberal Democrat on most issues, but as a survivor of Hitler and Stalin he’s hawkish on fighting fascists. And he’s Jewish.
At San Francisco State, alum Chris Larsen, co-founder and CEO of E-Loan, was the speaker. He told the audience:
“You don’t have to be like Ralph Nader to change things.
“Not that there’s anything wrong with being a delusional egomaniac that’s responsible for all this deep s — that we’re in right now.
“That guy was such a hero when I was growing up,” Larsen continued. “And he’s such a (rhymes with hick). What’s up with that?”
The university president said Larsen’s comments were in the SF State tradition.