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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 06/ 8/2010

Schieffer named Whitman grad speaker

By Washington Post editors

Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda has arranged for a new speaker to replace Helen Thomas for its graduation exercises next Monday: Bob Schieffer, the veteran CBS television journalist.

Whitman Principal Alan Goodwin planned to make the announcement Tuesday morning in an email to parents. Thomas, who covered the White House for decades as a correspondent and columnist, withdrew from the speaking engagement Sunday night, by mutual agreement with the school, when controversy emerged over her recent remarks about Israel. More to come on PostLocal.

--Jenna Johnson

By Washington Post editors  | June 8, 2010; 10:37 AM ET
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Bob, keep your mouth shut until after the speech. Burn all your papers.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 8, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

ANOTHER LIBERAL ID!OT.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | June 8, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

wow, Bob Schieffer is awesome. they certainly got an upgrade.

Posted by: MarilynManson | June 8, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Wow. How is it that Bob Schieffer can fill in like this with just 6 days' notice? Wouldn't he already be booked for another gig?

Posted by: drb177 | June 8, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Bob Schieffer spoke at my law school graduation in 1975. The Walt Whitman HS graduating class is in for a treat. He could even give the same speech, bits of which I still remember. He's a true professional.

Posted by: johnjorg | June 8, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

These students surely are getting a better deal.

Posted by: hsanders1 | June 8, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

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