Senator Barack Obama’s Commencement Address at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, May 25, 2008
Text of remarks here
And two years ago:
Did he scold those graduates as well?
Yes, it was awful. (Not.)
They were weeping – especially those who could not get close enough for a hug or a handclasp!
Great smartypants article (aren’t they all?)
Thank you Mary for sharing smartypants very spot-on posts. To this day I don’t quite get it why some black pundits and other academics are attacking the President for the Morehouse commencement speech. As far as I am concerned, that was an inspiring speech deeply rooted in love for, and faith in, those young men graduating from Morehouse – and by extension all young people graduating everywhere.
I was in a discussion group on race a couple of years ago – teachers and administrators from around the county. I remember the shock on the faces of the other white people as one very middle class black man spoke about his experience being tailed by security every time he went into a tony national clothing chain and another man told of the talk he would have with his boys when they reached driving age about DWB. I can’t see those two men doing anything but applauding President Obama as he validates the everyday experiences of people of color.
BTW… Happy Towel Day everyone!!!
As always, Don’t Panic.
I’ll confess LL, my first reaction was “Huh?!?!?!”
But, to feel part of it, I got out:
Then I clicked the link:
You silly non-Douglas Adams geek person you.
And, really, “Don’t Panic” is a perfect motto for us Obots.
Whereas “PANIC!” is ideal for Chelsea fans …… /scarpers
We’re getting Jose, you’re getting Moyes. Let’s see who “panics” come August!
No, no, no – it’ll be an all-conquering double-act: be afraid.
Yeah, after we trashed your new guy in his last match. We’re sooooooo “afraid.”
*Cough* You scraped a 2-1 win at home to Everton. Which is a different team to Manchester United. Apart from that…..
I see somebody’s jealous of Chelsea’s
Don’t mess with me in the meme game.
If Sir Alex ever leaves his wine cellar…
God, I miss Teddy Kennedy something awful. He was a giant amongst riffraff. His flaws made him even more admirable.
Totally agree. He didn’t have to work for our country his whole “flawed” life, but he did. Works for me. And when he came out so vigorously, in support of candidate Obama, it was all like, “What flaws?” Never spotted another one!
You want to know Barack Obama's character? Listen to this bus driver speak about the man we call president. youtu.be/GQXF2Qs6tBo— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) May 25, 2013
that is just wonderful! That’s our Barack whom we know and love.
mahalo, UT & Nerdy Wonka!
Oh, had forgotten about that stand in commencement address for Sen. Kennedy. We in Mass still do miss Sen. Kennedy. And he will always have a special place in my heart for really embracing then Sen. Obama
Here’s To Teddy Kennedy…..Aug 25, 2008 at the Dem Convention in CO. Soldier On Teddy…..RIP. He passed on Aug 25, 2009.
He was introduced by Sweet Caroline Kennedy.
Bittersweet, but please enjoy TODers.
I miss Ted. I think he would have been able to keep some of the Senate repugs in line and convinced them to work with the Dems instead of blocking everything. He was a powerful voice for the poor and middle class. I wish some of the current Senate Dems would be more like him.
Two senators that I miss today. Teddy Kennedy and Paul Wellstone (gone Oct 25, 2002). Two of a Kind, at least in my Political Lifetime.
They would both be appalled by what Cruz and Rand Paul are doing to their beloved Senate.
watching that interchange between Cruz and McCain…it looks like some of the GP have grown weary as well….although they have enabled the extremist elements of their party by their own inaction…
Both McTurtle and Boehner are so consumed with hatred towards the President that neither of them have provided any leadership in either the House or the Senate. They have let the lunatics take over, sadly the sane repugs could have fought back earlier. Now they are stuck with the extremists and it is too late for them to do anything about it.
I feel like when people keep rehashing their so called wrongs committed against them they just keep refueling those feelings instead of getting past them and moving on. Sort of like mean girl gossips in high school.
Okay, I’ve painstakingly uninstalled all of the ‘strange’ looking stuff I saw in my listed programs ( I found 4(!!!) anit-virus programs and 3 Apple programs even though I’ve never yet owned an Apple). Thank you to all who commiserated with me and shared insights. Thanks heaps to CarolD & Utal! Now, hopefully, I can settle down and read this post PLUS Rise & Shine which I haven’t had a chance to do yet. Falling behind when I’m right here at home. Humpfff!
Good, good, VC, you are through it…. Way to go, indeed!
Congrats on 1st Mary!!
Excellent R&S, Chips
Very fine of Tomasky to recognize Congresswoman Barbara Lee – she bravely spoke for many of us and we must always honor the depth of her insight, ethics and leadership.
As we thank #PBO for ending perpetual war & seeking to repeal AUMF, let's recognize @RepBarbaraLee for her courage youtube.com/watch?feature=…— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 25, 2013
@mtomasky Yes. As we celebrate #PBO is ending the NEOCONSTERS perpetual war & seeking repeal of #AUMF, Rep Lee's bravery must be remembered.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 25, 2013
And, yes Chips, the real scandal …
@Lawrence the real #Scandal is #FOX #NEWSTAINER James Rosen manipulating US foreign policy & outing CIA assets in NK. cc @VP @TheReidReport— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 24, 2013
Helloooooooooooooo Bob, happy Saturday!
Hiiiiiiiiiiiii Chips I see you have selected an ideal towel to carry with you through your journeys, today
All prepared, Bob!!!!
Good morning TOD family and Chips!!! The speech he gave before Parliament is one of my favorites. I get so emotional listening to it. Especially hearing about his father’s father cooking for the British and here he is speaking to them as POTUS!
It is a chilly day here in MT, but it is warm enough for my husband and son to go fly fishing.
Have a beautiful weekend everyone and remember to thank a Vet.
To our war dead and our past, present, and future veterans: Those are the patriots! The rest of us are just the witnesses, here, alive and free, left but to thank and remember them in our thoughts!
Very well said, job!
Thank you. Have a good weekend!
Very nicely said, JOB.
Thank you, Barb.
This is the song, I could not remember the title: I Want You, to commemorate Bob Dylan’s 72nd B-day 5-24-13…..so please pardon me.
Dear #PBO "as we act let us not become the evil we deplore" – had GWB heeded @RepBarbaraLee many fewer would be grieving today. @Pfieffer44— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 25, 2013
Typo corrected ….
Dear #PBO "as we act let us not become the evil we deplore" – had GWB heeded @RepBarbaraLee many fewer would be grieving today. @Pfeiffer44— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 25, 2013
Ok, I have a Chat Away post ready for when this one gets crowded.
Thank you LL!
HA! Tomorrow CAN’T be Sunday! No sight of McCain on talking heads tv??? I think the earth must have fallen off its axis!
h/t Political Carnival
Good afternoon mates. it is fitting that I present this at this time for those who have never seen it.
Just wanted to say thank you for your service, yardarm. We can never say thank you enough.
Once again I say, It was my honor! It was also a blessing. Had I not followed the course I did, I might not have met the wonderful people on this blog. For that I am grateful.
We’re grateful for YOU:) so the feeling is mutual!
The Feeling is mutual!
A blessing for us to meet you, Shipmate.
Very fitting, Yardarm. Thank you for your service, and, speaking for those left in my generation, in particular: we appreciate all of you who served in Vietnam! Welcome home, Sailor.
Thank you jc. It’s good to be here.
Thanks yardarm – ever a beautiful thing to see.
And it is so.
Thanks so much for your service.
It was due to men like those memorized there that my parents got out of WW II unscathed and were able to raise me.
And then Dr. King rose amongst the people of the US and inspired my parents – weary as they were for the injustice done to the Jews – as my father watched in person; which they could not prevent due to their youthly age. There was a leader who taught a new lesson: Do not be afraid and oppose those who use race as an excuse to injustice. And they followed him; and then he was slain.
I was 11 years old at that time, and I still recall that dreadfull message on the morning radio news ….
Thank you for your service, Sailor, and your support of our President.
Little-noticed Schumer immigration amendment wins support from NAACP j.mp/19cdbCC by @KevinBogardus— The Hill (@thehill) May 25, 2013
Here’s the website for Monday’s National Memorial Day Parade in D.C., if you want to “virtually march”! Will also be televised on some channels and in some areas. I “march” with the Sailors, since I worked for the Navy for 30 years and I’m a little biased!
… The event celebrates all those who have served in uniform from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and seeks to educate the public about the meaning of this hallowed day …
The parade includes nearly 200 elements, including marching bands, active duty and retired military units, youth groups, and parade floats—as well as hundreds of veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom …
RT @PollsAndVotes: Obama approval post-Benghazi hearing still not moving. pollsandvotes.com/PaV/ http://t.co/IMKxJSheel— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) May 25, 2013
New post: http://theobamadiary.com/2013/05/25/chat-away-happy-towel-day/
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