The announcement that President Obama will be Ohio State University's commencement speaker on May 5 could hardly have uplifted the editors of the Columbus Dispatch to a state of chest-pounding hometown pride. No paper in Ohio worked harder to defeat Obama in last November's election with its editorial endorsement of Mitt Romney, a candidate it credited with possessing "real-world experience to lead nation out of economic malaise".
As for Obama, the paper complained that he had traveled in the "left lane" all of his life, had no real-world experience and was an absolute failure in correcting the national economy's dismal course during his first term. The president's health care plan, it declared, was nothing more than a " ham-fisted power play". When it comes to attacking Democrats, the paper always adds a lot of etc. etc. etc's.
Well, as history will show, the paper's home county of Franklin was hardly persuaded by the Dispatch's eternal struggle against Democrats and voted for Obama anyway.
So now, with the kindly attention of OSU President Gordon Gee, who invited him, Obama will arrive as the national five million vote victor over the wealthy what's-his name opponent in the last campaign.
I don't mean to be churlish or anything about the Dispatch, but I did want to point out that the Obama visit will present itself more as a Mayday for the paper's deep thinkers.