Along with the usual challenges of growing up, all of you have 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 and senior nights, graduation ceremonies -- and, let's face it, a whole bunch of parties -- the world is turned upside down by a global pandemic. And 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. Obama made light of seniors being forced to miss their graduation ceremonies, joking that few people look good in graduation caps anyway, "especially if you have big ears like me. Who you want to build a family with. The values you want to live by.
How to Watch Barack Obama’s Commencement Speeches This Weekend
Obama criticizes virus response in online graduation speech
Former President Barack Obama gave two virtual commencement speeches on Saturday, one to graduating seniors at historically black colleagues and universities, and the other, broadcast on major TV networks, to graduating high school seniors nationwide. Doing what feels good, what's convenient, what's easy — that's how little kids think. Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way — which is why things are so screwed up. Whether or not those were references to Trump, Trump evidently took them as such — although he claimed hadn't seen Obama's comments , widely repeated on TV and Twitter. Obama has stayed out of public politics for three years, but last week he privately told about 3, former staffers that the White House's handling of COVID has been "an absolute chaotic disaster. You can watch his high school remarks below. More stories from theweek.
Obama Delivers Commencement Address at West Point
Click here to read the full article. Barack Obama has kept a relatively low profile since leaving the White House more than three years ago, but today the former President will deliver not one but two virtual commencement addresses for this season of coronavirus pandemic. Donald Trump may not like seeing his old rival getting so much exposure and will undoubtedly try to pull the spotlight back to himself as the Associated Press and Reuters carry Graduate Together. A s well, the USO is making the show available to every American military base around the world to see.
His remarks were unexpectedly political, given the venue, and touched on current events beyond the virus and its social and economic impacts. Obama did not name President Donald Trump or any other federal or state officials in either of his appearances. The commencement remarks were the latest sign that Obama intends to play an increasingly active role in the coming election. He has generally kept a low profile in the years since he left office, even as Trump has disparaged him. As he congratulated the college graduates Saturday and commiserated over the enormous challenges they face given the devastation and economic turmoil the virus has wrought, the former president noted the February shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, 25, who was killed while jogging on a residential street in Georgia.