Touch the Hem of His Glorious Garment

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The First Citizen of the World, Herr Obama, is going to be speaking at the commencement ceremony of Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan next month. But this is no ordinary man, and certainly, no ordinary appearance. Any opportunity to shake the First Citizen’s noble hand will come with a price:

Seniors are being asked to provide their birthdates, Social Security numbers and citizen status to the Secret Service so background checks could be performed. Such a check is required for anyone who gets within an arm’s length of the president, students were told at their senior breakfast Friday.

…K-Central seniors also were told Friday that graduation tickets will come from the White House, and the tickets will have bar codes to heighten accountability and prevent them from being sold. “Any irregularities can be traced back to the student who was given the ticket,” Boehme said.

4:20 am on May 22, 2010