Girl Gone Smart: Obama Commencement 2020


It started with one tweet from 17 year old Lincoln Debenham on Tuesday, April 14.

"Hi @BarackObama! Like most high school/college seniors, I’m saddened by the loss of milestone events, prom & graduation. In an unprecedented time, it would give us great comfort to hear your voice. We ask you to consider giving a national commencement speech to the class of 2020."

It turns out Mr. Debenham spoke for a nation. The tweet quickly went viral, and last night on May 16, 2020, President Barack Obama delivered the commencement speech for millions of high school and college seniors around the world.

Trump, in an unusual display of self restraint, didn't tweet or retweet one thing during the commencement special.

However, earlier in the day, Trump tweeted a pirated video of the movie Independence Day with his head poorly photoshopped onto Bill Pullman's head. Really. That happened.

In true President Obama fashion, he delivered his message with grace, integrity, empathy, and intelligence. And we can't forget the slight to the current administration that is beyond warranted:

"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 & important jobs still think that way. Which is why things are so screwed up."

He's completely right.

Thank you President Obama for allowing us to hear your voice, accept your comfort, and for a few moments, to feel like the leader of our nation has more than disdain for the American people.

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