Words of perspective amid the precipitation

From the Daily Herald:

By Chuck Goudie, Daily Herald columnist and ABC 7 News (Chicago) investigative reporter

When you have gone mano-a-mano with the Gambino crime family, slogged through the wreckage of an embassy bombing, pursued Osama bin Laden and Scooter Libby and strung up two Illinois governors, what’s a little precip?

“Timing is everything,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, the seemingly fearless federal prosecutor, as the rain began to fall Saturday on his commencement speech at Knox College in Galesburg, northwest of Peoria.

“I’m truly honored and humbled to be able to speak to you today and to receive a degree I didn’t earn, but I will certainly treasure,” Fitzgerald said, standing in the rain, after the graduates made the first good decision of their post-college lives: To get wet so they could hear what he had to say.

When a United States Attorney comes to speak at a college graduation, there usually aren’t protests as there were a few weeks ago when a United States President showed up at Notre Dame.

Then again, Pat Fitzgerald was just there to talk about public service.

As he spoke under a darkened sky, the lanky lawman noted that another proceeding was underway about 300 miles away in Chicago: The funeral for a fallen Chicago policeman, shot down in the line of duty.

What Fitzgerald then had to say about the role of police and prosecutors in stopping all the shootings and murders, the corruption and organized crime, was surprising.