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Sun May 17, 2020, 07:45 AM

Obama's best line last night was when he subtly called the Con a little kid/ child

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I couldn't be prouder of all of you in the graduating class of 2020—as well as the teachers, the coaches, and most of all, parents and family who guided you along the way.

Now, graduating is a big achievement under any circumstances. Some of you've had to overcome serious obstacles along the way, whether it was an illness, or a parent losing a job, or living in a neighborhood where people too often count you out. Along with the usual challenges of growing up, all of you had to deal with the added pressures of social media, reports of school shootings, and the specter of climate change.

And then, just as you're about to celebrate having made it through, just as you've been looking forward to proms, senior nights, graduation ceremonies, and lets face it, a whole bunch of parties, the world is turned upside down by a global pandemic. As much as I'm sure you love your parents, I'll bet that being stuck at home with them and playing board games or watching Tiger King on TV is not exactly how you envisioned the last few months of your senior year.

Now, I'll be honest with you. The disappointments of missing a live graduation, those will pass pretty quick. I don't remember much of my own high school graduation. I know that not having to sit there and listen to a commencement speaker isn't all that bad. Mine usually go on way too long. Also, not that many people look great in those caps, especially if you have big ears like me. And you'll have plenty of time to catch up with your friends, once the immediate public health crisis is over.

But what remains true is that your graduation marks your passage into adulthood. The time when you begin to take charge of your own life. It's when you get to decide what's important to you, the kind of career you want to pursue, who you want to build a family with, the values you want to live by. And given the current state of the world, that may be kind of scary.

If you planned on going away for college, getting dropped off at campus in the fall—that's no longer a given. If you were planning to work while going to school, finding that first job is going to be tougher. Even families that are relatively well off are dealing with massive uncertainty. Those who were struggling before, they're hanging on by a thread.

All of which means that you're going to have to grow up faster than some generations. This pandemic has shaken up the status quo and laid bare a lot of our countries deep-seated problems. From massive economic inequality, to ongoing racial disparities, to a lack of basic healthcare for people who need it.

It's woken a lot of young people up to the fact that the old ways of doing things just don't work. That it doesn't matter how much money you make, if everyone around you is hungry and sick. And that our society and our democracy only work when we think, not just about ourselves, but about each other.

It's also pulled the curtain back on another hard truth. Something that we all have to eventually accept once our childhood comes to an end. All those adults you used to think were in charge and knew what they were doing? Turns out they don't have all the answers. A lot of them aren't even asking the right questions. So if the world's going to get better, it's going to be up to you.

That realization may be kind of intimidating, but I hope it's also inspiring. With all the challenges this country faces right now, nobody can tell you "oh you're too young to understand," or "this is how it's always been done." Because with so much uncertainty, with everything suddenly up for grabs, this is your generation's world to shape.

Since I'm one of the old guys, I won't tell you what to do with this power that rests in your hands. But I'll leave you with three quick pieces of advice:

First, don't be afraid. America's gone through tough times before. Slavery, civil war, famine, disease, the Great Depression, and 9/11. Each time we came out stronger. Usually because a new generation—young people like you—learned from past mistakes and figured out how to make things better.

Second, do what you think is right. Doing what feels good—what's convenient, what's easy—that's how little kids think. Unfortunately a lot of so-called grownups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way. Which is why things are so screwed up. I hope that instead you decide to ground yourself in values that last, like honesty, hard work, responsibility, fairness, generosity, respect for others. You won't get it right every time, you'll make mistakes like we all do. But if you listen to the truth that's inside yourself even when it's hard, even when it's inconvenient, people will notice. They'll gravitate toward you, and you'll be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

And finally, build a community. No one does big things by themselves. Right now, when people are scared, it's easy to be cynical and say let me just look out for myself, or my family, or people who look or think or pray like me. But if we're going to get through these difficult times, if we're going to create a world where everybody has opportunity to find a job and afford college, if we're going to save the environment and defeat future pandemics, then we're going to have to do it together.

So be alive to one another's struggles. Stand up for one another's rights. Leave behind all the old ways of thinking that divide us: sexism, racial prejudice, status, greed. Set the world on a different path.

When you need help, Michelle and I have made it the mission of our foundation to give young people like you the skills and support to lead in your own communities. And to connect you with other young leaders around the country and around the globe.

But, the truth is you don't need us to tell you what to do. Because in so many ways you've already started to lead. Congratulations, Class of 2020. Keep making us proud."

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Reply Obama's best line last night was when he subtly called the Con a little kid/ child (Original post)
malaise May 2020 OP
gademocrat7 May 2020 #1
malaise May 2020 #2
monmouth4 May 2020 #7
Kahuna May 2020 #3
oldsoftie May 2020 #4
malaise May 2020 #5
Aviation Pro May 2020 #6
marble falls May 2020 #8
PubliusEnigma May 2020 #9
malaise May 2020 #11
Nimrod900 May 2020 #12
paleotn May 2020 #10
malaise May 2020 #13
paleotn May 2020 #14
niyad May 2020 #15
malaise May 2020 #18
niyad May 2020 #19
malaise May 2020 #20
Hermit-The-Prog May 2020 #16
malaise May 2020 #17

Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 07:47 AM

1. It was glorious!

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Response to gademocrat7 (Reply #1)

Sun May 17, 2020, 07:49 AM

2. Yes it was

Most uplifting night in ages

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:57 AM

7. I slept so well last night and I credit our President with that. Thanks Obama..lol. n/t

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 07:55 AM

3. Oh yeah...

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:12 AM

4. please post it!

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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #4)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:18 AM

5. Full address here

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:51 AM

6. That's my muthereffing President

Not the fucking toddler playing vroom-vroom and drooling on the carpet.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 10:16 AM

8. That was the best thing I'll watch and read all day today!

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 10:31 AM

9. Let's make #LittleKidTrump stick!!

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Response to PubliusEnigma (Reply #9)

Sun May 17, 2020, 10:39 AM

11. What a great idea

but I'm not on Twitter. go for it.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 10:33 AM

10. That was so good!

When he said it, I thought Ooooo, that's gonna leave a mark.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #10)

Sun May 17, 2020, 10:43 AM

13. Obama makes it pellucidly clear that

he understands the art of subtlety.

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Response to malaise (Reply #13)

Sun May 17, 2020, 11:00 AM

14. That he does....

most of us are battleaxes. Obama is a razor sharp rapier. The opponent's been sliced and doesn't know it yet...."That was good......what?..hey! Wait a minute!"

I do love that man!

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 11:12 AM

15. Thank you, President Obama.

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Response to niyad (Reply #15)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:29 PM

18. Looks like Kid Con is pissed

there's a tweet

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Response to malaise (Reply #18)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:32 PM

19. I keep hoping that his uncontrollable rage will cause him t.o stroke out. . Fatally?

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Response to niyad (Reply #19)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:35 PM

20. Wasn't a tweet - was a response to a reporter

Says Obama was an incompetent President - mirror mirror on the wall - please answer KidCon

Jackie Speier responding now.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:14 PM

16. Thank you for posting the transcript!

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #16)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:26 PM

17. You're welcome

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