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Obama's Demeaning Commencement Address
American Thinker ^ | 05/10/2013 | Janice Shaw Crouse

Posted on 05/10/2013 8:24:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

As a presidential speech writer for the first Bush White House, I am always very interested in what presidents say in their formal speeches. They know, of course, that their remarks will be widely covered by the press, studied by analysts, and influential in contemporary political debates.

For that reason, presidents rarely speak off-the-cuff, and their every word is carefully chosen for exactly the message the White House wants to convey to the public.

Their graduation speeches, like all presidential addresses, go through many drafts and are reviewed by high-level administration officials to ensure that they accurately reflect the administration's policies and priorities.

That's why President Barack Obama's speech at Ohio State University's 2013 Commencement should trouble all Americans. The speech was permeated with his distorted sense of America; he baldly stated -- as though it were the essence of this country -- that we need to "reject a country in which only a lucky few prosper."

A typical commencement address is focused on lofty ideals and challenges graduating students to live up to their potential as they enter the workforce and assume adult responsibilities. But not this one! The Ohio State speech was billed as a defense of democracy and a challenge to students about the importance of citizenship. Mr. Obama, however, chose to be, once again, very political; he delivered a speech that stands out as uniquely partisan with the "us-against- them" rhetoric that has become all too predictable.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: commencement; obama; speech

1 posted on 05/10/2013 8:24:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

What did you expect from Ohio State?!


2 posted on 05/10/2013 8:28:11 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: SeekAndFind
It is who Obama is. Why is anyone surprised by this? He is a small, spiteful and bitterly partisan. This is who Obama is to his core. It is simply covered up or camouflaged by the corrupt MSM, the 60’s radicals who now control the media.
3 posted on 05/10/2013 8:28:19 AM PDT by Obadiah (High speed, low drag.)
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To: SeekAndFind
... Mr. Obama, however, chose to be, once again, very political; he delivered a speech that stands out as uniquely partisan with the "us-against- them" rhetoric that has become all too predictable.

Surptise, surprise...


4 posted on 05/10/2013 8:29:17 AM PDT by WVKayaker ("...once a bell is rung by a biased media, it's impossible to un-ring it."-Sarah Palin 11/7/12)
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To: Obadiah

What’s even sadder is that the speech wasn’t boycotted or that no one walked out. I’m sure at least a dozen graduates got it and understood the attack on the US. Most of the others will be obie lovers no matter what. Enjoy flippin’ them burgers (if you can get hired) there mr. PhD. But not to worry. The big government non-tyrannicals will take care of everything. Don’t listen to folks like the tea partiers.


5 posted on 05/10/2013 8:36:33 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: SeekAndFind
The life of Julia.

Now the goal of most college grads.

Embracing the fedgov from near miss abortion to death panel termination.


6 posted on 05/10/2013 8:37:53 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: SeekAndFind

If you ask me it was simply his most TRUTHFUL speech in a LOOOOOOONG time.


7 posted on 05/10/2013 8:40:35 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: lonevoice

ping


8 posted on 05/10/2013 8:41:31 AM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: Obadiah

[[It is who Obama is. Why is anyone surprised by this? He is a small, spiteful and bitterly partisan]]

The presidents before him all had class- somehtign he severely lacks- Any president that goes to gradeschools, highschools and tells the kids to do his dirty work for him has no class- nor does his wife- poledancing in front of reporters and thrusting her unmentionables in their faces as they all giggled and teee-hee’d abotu iot- Yep- What a classy family we have runnign htis coutnry


9 posted on 05/10/2013 8:42:51 AM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: SeekAndFind

the “deteriorating climate that threatens everything we plan to leave for our kids and our grandkids.”

Here we see the global warming keywords slipped
in as an innocuous reference, but very effective
to young minds who are programmed to respond to it.

This guy is a menace to every thing we hold dear.
A dispensor of class warfare and envy, he paints
our history as filth, and our way of life as
something that must MUST be changed for the “better”.

Certainly fits my defination of a demogogue.


10 posted on 05/10/2013 8:43:20 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SeekAndFind

despicable speech, completely depraved without grace


11 posted on 05/10/2013 8:45:46 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: US Navy Vet

when I 1st saw this speech it reminded me of Hitler


12 posted on 05/10/2013 8:46:35 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: SeekAndFind

Ya have to hand it to this buffoon in chief-—he can always oneupmaneship himself in the stupid department.


13 posted on 05/10/2013 8:47:57 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: SeekAndFind

I expect nothing less from the kenyan usurper. He didn’t take this JOB to do great things for this nation, he took it so he can do great things for himself.


14 posted on 05/10/2013 8:48:11 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Is the ministry of information creating a red herring, a crisis to take attention away form Barrys other failures?
15 posted on 05/10/2013 8:50:55 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: CottShop
The presidents before him all had class- somehtign he severely lacks

I think you've inspired a new tagline.

16 posted on 05/10/2013 8:52:19 AM PDT by kevkrom (Obama: less class than Bill Clinton)
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To: rktman

I was thinking that same thing- wasn’t there even ONE student who stood up and asked “what the hell is so bad about this country already?”


17 posted on 05/10/2013 8:55:37 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Puleeeze... its “The Ohio State University”. Thanks...


18 posted on 05/10/2013 8:55:43 AM PDT by Mashood
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To: SeekAndFind

The speech was the classic undermining of his betters. Anyone with a record of high achievement is to be ridiculed and belittled—hey, it makes the obamas, maos, stalins, chavezs, and Idi Amins of the world look better.


19 posted on 05/10/2013 8:58:03 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Mr. K

The almight king hussein would respond: “Everything. That’s why we must fundamentally change it.”


20 posted on 05/10/2013 8:59:23 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: kevkrom

LOLOL!!!

Of course, many of these graduates will just leave for the summer on European trips and then come back and live at home for a few years until the next election cycle.....very SAD but we’re in the shape we’re in cause of the shape we’re in and that is without Christianity.


21 posted on 05/10/2013 9:03:37 AM PDT by YouGoTexasGirl
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To: Mashood

Thank GOD there’s only one!


22 posted on 05/10/2013 9:03:46 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SeekAndFind
"reject a country in which only a lucky few prosper."

With the exception of inherited wealth, most of the lucky few made their own luck.

Obama is a trashy President. I am embarrassed.

23 posted on 05/10/2013 9:06:32 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Mashood

Ohio State University
Ohio State University
Ohio State University
Ohio State University
Bwahahahaha


24 posted on 05/10/2013 9:08:31 AM PDT by yawningotter
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama said, simply, “Ignore the Bill of Rights and why we have them; and ignore the principle of enumeration that limits gov’t and why we used that principle as the cornerstone of our Constitution.”


25 posted on 05/10/2013 9:21:08 AM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Fence Test

You can’t get any more accurate than this!

This is straight forward country thinking.

by Jeff Foxworthy

Which side of the political fence are you on?

If you ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.

If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.

If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.

If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.

If a Democrat is down-and-out he wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a Republican doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.

A Democrat demands that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.

A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.

If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.

If a Democrat decides he needs health care, he demands that the rest of us pay for his.


26 posted on 05/10/2013 9:29:09 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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To: t1b8zs

Been that way from the git go!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp7lGqWRnls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqw7kXG0kxU


27 posted on 05/10/2013 9:41:01 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (CONGRESS, GROW A PAIR. IMPEACH THE USURPER!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ohio....what can you expect from that festering pus pile of Democrat election corruption?


28 posted on 05/10/2013 9:51:23 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind

If you don’t like it, go back to Kenya where you came from!


29 posted on 05/10/2013 11:10:04 AM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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