Although he didn’t mention Donald Trump by name, President Obama used his commencement address at Rutgers University on Sunday to make his most forceful case yet against the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee.
My father could have been a great comedian but he didnt believe that that was possible for him. And so he made a conservative choice, instead he got a safe job as an accountant and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job. And our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learn’t many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, you can fail at what you dont want, so you might aswell take the chance at doing what you love
“When your journey seems too hard, and when you run into a chorus of cynics who tell you that you’re being foolish to keep believing, or that you can’t do something, or that you should just give up, that you should just settle, you might say to yourself a little phrase that I’ve found handy these last eight years: Yes We Can.” —President Obama to the Howard University Class of 2016
“Take care of each other. Take care of those under your command. And as long as you keep strong that Long Blue Line, stay true to the values you’ve learned here—integrity, service before self, excellence—do this and I’m confident that we will always remain one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Congratulations, Class of 2016.” —President Obama at the Air Force Academy
Yet we know that success is not about simply running faster than everyone else in some predetermined direction. It is about finding a passion, taking risks, running in new directions, and dealing with failure.
10 ½ Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said, Charles Wheelan