Obama: Students Don’t Need to Be ‘Coddled’ From Different Views

President Obama says he doesn’t agree with people who "don’t want to have a speaker because he’s too conservative," or don’t want to read a book because it may offend people’’

  • College students don’t "have to be coddled" and protected from different points of view, Obama says at town hall at school in Des Moines, Iowa
    • "Anybody who comes to speak to you who you disagree with, you should have an argument with them, but you shouldn’t silence them"
  • NOTE: Several Duke students rejected voluntary summer reading of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel "Fun Home" over sexual themes; Former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice, who served in George W. Bush administration, withdrew from scheduled 2014 commencement address to Rutgers University in N.J. over protests from some students and faculty

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