President Barack Obama performed a controversial ceremony yesterday at Notre Dame University in Indiana, designed to absolve former president George W. Bush of the sins he commited during his presidency. The ceremony took place amidst howls of protest from a small core of demonstrators, who objected to the fact that the 44th president was formally forgiving his predecessor. Obama, in a speech preceding the ceremony adressed the concerns, saying: "Each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction. But surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature. Open hearts. Open minds. Fair-minded words."