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Obama’s Notre Dame commencement robe: Will there be another ‘cover-up’ at the highest level?

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By Doug Powers  •  April 28, 2009 03:02 PM

Ever since the announcement that President Obama would deliver the commencement address at Notre Dame, and the subsequent “Georgetown/Jesus cover-up,” people have been been asking, “Will he, or won’t he?”

As of today, he will:

President Barack Obama is expected to wear the traditional doctoral robe featuring the cross and prayer of the Virgin Mary when he speaks at the University of Notre Dame next month, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told CNSNews.com on Monday.

I have no doubt Obama will wear the robe. What he’ll have on over it is anybody’s guess.

The commencement will be in the Joyce Center. The plan was to have it in the football stadium, but replacing “Touchdown Jesus” with “Touchdown Teleprompter” would have proven to be too daunting an engineering task:

Before:

After:

Whatever ends up happening at Notre Dame next month, if the White House plays their cards right, they could get another kick-butt photo-op out of the visit:

Actually, now that I think about it, that picture might look more like this:

Update: Ken K. wrote in and said the scene we’re most likely to see is this:

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