Barack Obama's commencement address at Barnard College
confirms at least one thing: The Democratic president - shockingly - has locked up the vote among students at a women's liberal arts school in New York City.
Barnard students on Monday transformed their graduation ceremony into a campaign rally for the sitting president, showering Obama's speech with applause and cheers while he touted his administration's female-friendly accomplishments. It was almost surprising they didn't start chanting the president's signature slogan, "Yes we can!" when he walked away from the podium.
That Obama was well-received at the liberal-friendly school, of course, was expected, particularly after embracing same-sex marriage last week. But his reception nonetheless represents a telling contrast from the one his opponent, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, received Saturday when he delivered the commencement address at the evangelical Liberty University
in Lynchburg, Va. Both schools are representative of each man's political base - for Obama, college-educated women and youths, for Romney, socially conservative Christians.