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Notre Dame students modeled civility

Obama Notre DamePresident Obama told University of Notre Dame graduates Sunday that he was inspired by their maturity and responsibility in dealing with the controversy surrounding his giving the school's commencement address. Too bad more national groups and commentators — both pro-choice and pro-life — don't always model the same behaviors.

Obama, who was welcomed by the students with loud cheers and respectful applause, spoke about the need to find common ground and to extend the presumption of good faith to others. He called for open hearts, open minds and fair-minded words. And though  he acknowledged that some viewpoints about abortion are irreconcilable, differing sides should be able to make their cases with passion and conviction but without "reducing those with differing views to caricature." As Obama told the students — and everyone should  heed — "religion and conviction can co-exist with friendship, civility, hospitality, and especially love."