President Obama delivers the commencement address Sunday at the University of Notre Dame. The president's support for abortion rights has triggered protests from some, both on and off campus.
Anti-abortion activists have picketed, signed petitions and even flown an airplane trailing a protest banner over the nation's most prominent Catholic University. But that hasn't stopped the president from accepting Notre Dame's invitation. And most of the students on campus say they're glad he's coming.
Obama has said he hopes to tamp down the anger over abortion by seeking common ground. But White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the president will not ignore the controversy Sunday at Notre Dame.
"The president is somebody who's taught in a university setting and will understand that this is exactly the type of give and take that's had on college campuses all over the country."
At the same time, Gibbs said, the president sees commencement as primarily a celebration for graduates and their families and he won't try to overshadow that.