Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Viva El Presidente Summers!

To show support for Harvard's embattled President Lawrence H. Summers, (background here) a number of students have taken to wearing t-shirts that feature a design similar to those bearing the likeness of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara. According to the Harvard Crimson:

In the realm of political defeats, last month’s no-confidence vote in University President Lawrence H. Summers probably ranks somewhere below the Bolivian government’s execution of Ernesto “Che” Guevara in 1967.

But after three months of battle with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Summers has risen to Guevara’s height of pop-culture martyrdom with a new t-shirt modeled after the famous image of the Argentinian guerilla leader.

“The only similarity is that they’re both revolutionaries,” said Aaron J. Mowery ’08, who began selling the Summers tees last week. “Granted, Che was a communist,” noted Mowery, a member of the Harvard Republican Club, “and we don’t think Summers is a communist at all.”

We don't know about Dr. Summers' credentials as a Communist Revolutionary, but we can hypothesize that since these shirts have surfaced, the likelihood that the ACLU will rally to the defense of Lawrence Summers must surely be greater.

Get your "Che" Summers (Counter) Revolutionary gear right here.

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