President Obama Delivers the Commencement Address at Howard University

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  1. 1 amk for obama
    May 7, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Hi vc.

  2. 12 GGail
    May 7, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD famiy.
    YAY ManU!!! They won with key players out with injuries.

    Congrats amk on First 🙂

  3. 13 arapaho415
    May 7, 2016 at 10:40 am

    GM TODville.

    I swear I get teary-eyed at every. one. of PBO’s “last” events.

    I know he’s giving two more commencement speeches, but this one is SPECIAL.

    The look of pride in the audience makes me very emotional (also, it’s drizzlingly [yay!] overcast now, which encourages a tear or too).


  4. May 7, 2016 at 10:40 am

    OH, YES!!

  5. 17 JER
    May 7, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    Things just got Presidential! #POTUS #HUPrez17 #HowardU16 #HUBison

    A post shared by Howard University (@howard1867) on

  6. May 7, 2016 at 10:44 am

  7. May 7, 2016 at 10:51 am

    A nice weekly address by President Obama.

  8. 27 desertflower
    May 7, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Morning everyone! Congratulations to all the college graduates today!! 🙂 🙂

    This is extremely, extremely important read…and goes to the “anger” percolating in the country. If Hillary can voice this and demand change….she really could put this thing away early. Please pass this along and Tweeters….maybe pass this to Hillary or her staff?? TY!


    • 28 Roberta in MN
      May 7, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      DF, I think that may be part of it. But the anger is there is a Black Man in the WH and no other reason that the nastiness has gotten so vitriol.

  9. 29 arapaho415
    May 7, 2016 at 10:58 am

  10. May 7, 2016 at 11:03 am

  11. 34 amk for obama
    May 7, 2016 at 11:08 am


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    • May 7, 2016 at 11:14 am

  13. 40 amk for obama
    May 7, 2016 at 11:12 am

  14. 43 amk for obama
    May 7, 2016 at 11:16 am

    wow, hammers are getting hammered by swans. 3-0.

  15. 46 amk for obama
    May 7, 2016 at 11:20 am

  16. 47 GGail
    May 7, 2016 at 11:29 am

    They should not have Ms Tyson standing for a long period of time. She is in her 90’s.

  17. 48 amk for obama
    May 7, 2016 at 11:39 am

    lol @ bs rule.

  18. May 7, 2016 at 11:47 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Thanks Chips for posting the link for our President at Howard U!! 🙂

  19. 52 vcprezofan2
    May 7, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I ❤ ❤ ❤ the description of President Obama!!!!

    • 53 vcprezofan2
      May 7, 2016 at 11:52 am

      To me the respect and pride revealed in these accolades to President Obama reinforce for me that no matter what the MSM & GOP did or try to do, *NOTHING* can tarnish PBO’s accomplishment in the eyes of people who truly look at him!

  20. 57 amk for obama
    May 7, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Paul Ryan’s primary opponent: I’ll support Trump


    lol. now the granny starver has to tack to even more right. karma b.

  21. 58 GGail
    May 7, 2016 at 11:51 am

    PBO is so very cool – and – he’s President of the United States. He’s a hard act to follow in the White House

  22. 59 amk for obama
    May 7, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    whether I trust these polls? no. but as a gotv motivator ? yes.

  23. 60 mtmarilyn
    May 7, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    What a commencement speech!!! He is speaking truth to power!! I hope many are listening to it. Everyone must vote!!!! Oh how we are going to miss this man!!!

    We have a vet who comes to our house. Yesterday she came to look at a lump on Lady. She has been out vet for 25 years. She is very far to the left. I try not to talk politics with her because she didn’t think Obama should have been elected, he wasn’t left enough and he didn’t even try to get universal health care. It doesn’t matter that it couldn’t have passed, she said if he had tried it could have. My husband is the one who started talking politics and of course she is a Bernie supporter and Hillary is to far to the right and Trump might not be that bad. I had to keep my mouth shut because I knew nothing I said would change her mind. I just said I didn’t agree and let it go. I know we all will be running into this more as this primary ends. We have 6 months to go to November. I am already tired.

    • May 7, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Marilyn, I so understand what you are saying. That’s exactly the kind of rigid attitude PBO was addressing in his speech. Gets you nowhere. Those folks make me tired too. They don’t know the word compromise.

      • 62 mtmarilyn
        May 7, 2016 at 9:48 pm

        That is so true vetivera24, theses folks make me so tired. They don’t look at the whole. We know and we must keep fighting as we can.

    • 63 0388jojothecat
      May 7, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      These so-called “far-left-liberals” drives me crazy when they prefer IL Douchebag or any GOP over Hillary or PBO, makes no sense and that’s what I tell them. I don’t argue with them because THEY know it makes NO SENSE.

      My neighbor was saying how the dislike for PBO is NOT racism but his policies….and with all due respect I said BS! If the PBO was a Republican they would LOVE his policies! Because he is AA, a Democrat, and would not cut the 1% taxes, they do hate him. PBO calls BS and so do I. Then he went on to say he wished the IRS would be abolished and how having a degree only “harmed” him. All those years getting degrees and he’s still POOR. I told him that without those “degrees” he could be sleeping on the street instead of having a pension, SS, a roof over his head. I told him that HE made all of his decisions and no one else. If he failed to PAY for financial planning to keep from paying too much taxes after investing in properties, selling them and paying huge capital gains, don’t blame the IRS. The tax code FAVORS the people he wants to protect where they could care less about him. They are GLAD he paid the taxes they didn’t have too. He may never speak to me again but I hate it when people blame others for their choices in life…blame Democrats, blame PBO, blame IRS, blame my education at Berkley, boo hoo fucking hoo…..

  24. 64 GGail
    May 7, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Good speech, President Obama!

  25. May 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Mr. Obama never fails to inspire. Shakes hands with University brass but shakes hands with sound engineer on the way out too. That is a man of the people.

  26. 66 vcprezofan2
    May 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    My very short summary of Prez O’s commencement speech – V O T E!!!

  27. 68 Don
    May 7, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I just can’t take him speaking anymore, I’m done.

  28. May 7, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    All I can say is WOW WOW WOW, what a tremendous speech, one of his best among many, many, many great speeches. BRAVO

    • 70 jacquelineoboomer
      May 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      I enjoyed each and every word of the President’s commencement address. Each.Word. ❤

  29. 71 arapaho415
    May 7, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    GM/GA TODville.

    We have just witnessed an historic moment in the US.

    This speech was beyond amazing, iconic — it had the sweep of history and true wisdom of the ages delivered in colloquial, conversational terms — it wasn’t a lecture, but it was a revolutionary call to action and (IMHO) marks a turning point in US history.

    Notable that with the exception of @MarkKnoller and @DavidNakamura WHPC twitter feeds were ABSOLUTELY silent on this event (their tweets were personal, weekend stuff — talk about short-sighted, self-centered smug, worthless elite).

    • 72 arapaho415
      May 7, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      Meant to include this tweet:

      • 73 Don
        May 7, 2016 at 12:56 pm

        I absolutely loved what he said about compromise; merely shouting down your opponent won’t cut it if you’re trying to make true change.

        • 74 arapaho415
          May 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm

          GA Don.

          Absolutely, there was so much packed into this speech, it was mind-blowing how much territory PBO covered.

          A direct assault against emoprogs dudebros (include the likes of pampered Hollywood elite like the despicable Susan Sarandon) #Berniestans… PBO went there against “moral purity” — you’ll feel good about yourself, but you won’t get what you want…

          A speech that I’ll need to listen to again many times to contemplate everything PBO had to say, and how he said it.

  30. 75 Nerdy Wonka
    May 7, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Come through, POTUS!

    • May 7, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      When POTUS said that his grandmother said that every time a fool speaks, they are just advertising their own ignorance.. I thought of Donald J. Trump.

      May 7, 2016 at 5:40 pm


  31. 81 Ladyhawke
    May 7, 2016 at 1:11 pm

  32. 82 JER
    May 7, 2016 at 1:17 pm

  33. 83 MadameSoph
    May 7, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I love my President! I love TOD!
    Will watch this when I get home from work today.

    Last night I found “Inside Obama’s White House”, the BBC doc part one, accidentally as I was watching something else on YouTube. I had thought it wasn’t available w/o subscription in the US so I stayed up to watch it for fear it would be taken down (I can get YouTube on my TV, so it was extra nice to see it). It was amazing! Everyone in the US should see this. It should be required viewing in High School history or Poli Sci classes. I’m going to watch parts 2 – 4 this weekend.

    • 84 desertflower
      May 7, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Is there a link?? Would love to binge watch this on Mother’s Day:) His mom would be so proud. SO,SO PROUD!

      • 85 MadameSoph
        May 7, 2016 at 1:54 pm

        Gotta go to work. Here’s the first one. The same YouTube channel has the rest. Be careful where you post links – don’t want this taken down b4 I get to see the rest 🙂 Ok off to work!

          May 7, 2016 at 9:40 pm


  34. 87 JER
    May 7, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    President Obama motorcaded to the Army-Navy Country Club in Fairfax, VA for a round of golf. (‏@markknoller)

    • May 7, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      I know exactly where that is. Used to drive by it frequently. 🙂 So glad he’s playing golf this afternoon.

      May 7, 2016 at 5:51 pm


  35. 90 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    WOW! I’m going to have to rewatch this speech later tonight, when the world has gone to sleep, and all is quiet. No disruptions or distractions…just me, my President, and his nourishing words.

    • May 7, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Imagine Trump and Melania Trump trying to give commencement speeches like President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. There isn’t a President or First Lady who could compare to them.

      May 7, 2016 at 5:43 pm


  36. 93 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2016 at 2:47 pm

  37. May 7, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    GA, TOD! A trumpster strikes again…

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  39. May 7, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    back to work ….

  40. 101 Neena20409
    May 7, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Hello TODable Community.
    Thanks for the Video #HowardU16.
    Fantastic speech. #ThanksObama!
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners since Friday.

  41. May 7, 2016 at 5:26 pm

  42. May 7, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    I am getting my post Obama picture album together. Looking for an intimate pic of POTUS meeting up with FLOTUS in the basement of WH on her birthday maybe 2009 or 10. If anyone knows it or has a copy would appreciate it.

  43. 110 Neena20409
    May 7, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    May 7, 2016 at 5:54 pm


  45. 114 Neena20409
    May 7, 2016 at 6:12 pm

  46. May 7, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Some of my friends have a twisted sense of humor…

    “I can’t wait for St. Patty’s Day, when Donald Trump will dress up as a Leprechaun eating a bowl of Lucky Charms, and talk about how he’s great friends with the Irish Peoples.” ~ MK

  47. 118 jacquelineoboomer
    May 7, 2016 at 7:17 pm

  48. 125 99ts
    May 7, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    And the media has now decided Paul Ryan is the savior who will rebuild the GOP. They really have to find the reason to support the GOP – even with the horror of Trump. I should have stayed in bed.

  49. May 7, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    This always chokes me up. If only she could see her beloved son now, her pride would be immense.

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  52. May 7, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    I’m not exactly sure but I think the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games will be shown tomorrow night on ESPN2.

  53. 136 amk for obama
    May 7, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    john cole over at bj.


    ignore the whiners in the comments.

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  57. 140 vcprezofan2
    May 7, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Well! I just finished 4 great hours watching the BBC documentary ‘In the Obama White House’. Time well spent!

  58. 141 vcprezofan2
    May 7, 2016 at 9:50 pm

  59. May 7, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Comments from folks feeling the effects of the President’s Howard U commencement speech….

    but really the President has spoken about these issues from the beginning of his Presidency…

    One of my top 5 speeches from the President includes his commencement speech at Notre Dame in 2009…

  60. 143 amk for obama
    May 7, 2016 at 9:58 pm

  61. 145 amk for obama
    May 7, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    jeez, when did us of a turn into a country of such cowardly critters?

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