As if I really needed further realization that I am an old fart, the opportunity was provided to me just over a week ago.

I, along with about 50 — a very disappointing number — fellow graduates of the University of Maryland, College Park, were recognized and feted as “Golden Terps.” We were the Class of (shudder) 1969, at our 50th reunion. Each alum and his or her guest was treated with much deference and respect by the hosting committee during the festivities.


We were treated to a sumptuous brunch, which was followed by a short ceremony where we each were awarded a medal declaring us “Emeritus Alumni.” Next, we were chauffeured on a tour of the campus — vastly different from the one we left lo these many years ago — on the luxury motor coaches that normally are used by the athletic teams on road trips. Our final destination on the tour was the Xfinity Center, where the commencement was held. We were robed in gold robes with black accents, mortar boards and all, and followed the faculty representatives in the procession to our seat in the front rows.

President Wallace Loh, in his opening remarks, recognized the group and, much to my surprise, we got a rousing ovation from the members of the Class of 2019. Philanthropist and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the keynote speaker and gave an address that was both relevant to the new grads and stirring to us “Golden Terps” as well.

All in all, with the weather cooperating, the manner in which we old grads were treated, and the opportunity to reconnect with the old alma mater, it was a splendid day, even if it made me feel even more ancient.

I was hoping to stay away from the political arena this week, but something that I felt was important to comment on hit the newscasts and the papers. Special Council Robert Mueller finally broke his silence of more than two years to address the Russian interference in the 2016 election and the administration's efforts to influence his investigation — in a span of just under 10 minutes.

Mueller stated that — contrary to tweets by the president and utterances by his spokespeople, and sycophants in the Congress and on the right wing media — his failure to come to a conclusion was not an exoneration of Trump on the question of obstruction of justice. To indict a sitting president, he said, would be unconstitutional. He also stated that the question of obstruction of justice by Trump and his campaign was of “paramount importance.”

Mueller went on to restate that “if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” However, because the Justice Department prohibits the prosecution of a sitting president, charging Trump “was not an option we could consider,” according to the Special Council.

Mueller went on to suggest clearly that it is the responsibility of Congress to investigate further, and if facts warrant, call for articles of impeachment to be filed. In this case, however, most Republicans in Congress are aiding and abetting the president in his stonewalling of the committees charged with the responsibility of getting to the facts as to whether obstruction took place. This action looks to me like a clear case of obstruction of justice.

Once again I say, if he has done nothing untoward, let the facts come out. If the facts show that he is simply a self-absorbed bully, so be it. If the facts show that he did wrong, then it's high time to remove him from office in disgrace.

Bill Kennedy writes every other week from Taneytown. You may contact him via email at