Iranian President Speaks; He’s Kind of a Big Deal

The circus has descended upon Columbia University this week, as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Monday speech rained controversy, protesters, angry fliers, reporters, and Geraldo Rivera onto the school's New York City campus.

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The circus has descended upon Columbia University this week, as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Monday speech rained controversy, protesters, angry fliers, reporters, and Geraldo Rivera onto the school's New York City campus. At least two student-run blogs, the Bwog and the Ahmadineblog, have provided constant coverage of the day's events, including a live feed of the speech, impressive campus photos of the massive mob ("Everyone from firefighters to Yeshiva University to guys in kilts playing "God Bless America" on bagpipes are thronging outside the gates. ... Classes are being cancelled left and right, and South Lawn is stuffed like a frat party"), and pithy commentary appropriate for the arrival of one of the world's most notorious leaders. With headlines like "Here Comes the Iranian," there's really no reason to seek out other, possibly more credible, publications.