President Obama delivered the commencement address at Ohio State University and the hypocrisy is almost stunning. He railed against income inequality, special interests, Wall Street and lobbyists. I guess he expects people to forget that the White House has a revolving door for lobbyists, or that under his watch the rich keep getting richer while income inequality is worse than ever. It’s amazing that he managed to keep a straight face.
The dour commencement address touched on Obama’s familiar we’re-all-together theme and included shots at his regular bogeymen: Wall Street, an obstinate Congress and, of course, the press.
“As you’ve studied and worked and served to become good citizens, the fact is that all too often the institutions that give structure to our society have, at times, betrayed your trust,” Obama said. “In the run-up to the financial crisis, too many on Wall Street forgot that their obligations don’t end with what’s happening with their shares. In entertainment and in the media, ratings and shock value often trumped news and storytelling. In Washington – well, this is a joyous occasion, so let me put it charitably: I think it’s fair to say our democracy isn’t working as well as we know it can. It could do better. And so those of us fortunate enough to serve in these institutions owe it to you to do better, every single day.”
And while Obama said he’s “not going to get partisan,” he included reminders that it’s not his fault Washington focuses on the desires of the rich over the needs of the poor and middle class, that even modest gun control reforms failed in the Senate and that his quest for a grand bargain is perpetually delayed by “small things.”
Read the whole thing. He even had the nerve to bring up the founders, as if he has anything but disdain for those men.
Oh, and despite the heat, nobody was allowed to bring in liquids, not even bottles of water.
You can watch the speech at Mediaite, that is, if you can stomach it.
The speech is on YouTube, you right-wing, delusional traitors. Just like all of his other commencement addresses, the President was inspirational and called for hard work and diligence from the graduates. You're just jealous.