Katie Couric poked fun at her "cougar" label while giving the annual Class Day address at Princeton University on Monday.
"I've been called a cougar lately … but today … I'm very happy to be an honorary Tiger instead!" Couric, 52, said, referring to the school's mascot. (Her boyfriend, entrepreneur Brooks Perlin, was 33 when they began dating in 2007.)
She then made a subtle dig at Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whom she interviewed last year: "Coming here was a real no brainer! After all, I can see New Jersey from my house!"
Kidding aside, Couric told the crowd, "As you head out into this daunting job market, at least you have many illustrious alumni lighting the way." She cited Michele Obama as an example: "She was class of 1985, and now she's wowing them in Washington."
Couric continued, "There are a few noteworthy men who were proud to go to Princeton as well…a list that reads like a who's who of American History. James Madison, John Foster Dulles, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Malcolm Forbes, James Baker….and Lyle Menendez, who's currently serving a life sentence at the Mule Creek State Prison in California. Hey, you can't win 'em all!"
"Don't be a hater," Couric later added. "Princeton has taught you to think critically, to approach things with a healthy dose of skepticism … and that's a good thing, as Martha Stewart would say. … Rise above the collegial nastiness and instead celebrate excellence." Read Katie Couric's entire speech
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