Tuesday, June 8, 2010

No joke: Obama warns graduates not to blame others for their problems

In the commencement address to the graduates of Kalamazoo Central High School on Monday, the President urged the young adults not to make excuses.  Henry Payne at the Corner and other bloggers and broadcast media have taken him to task for his hyprocrisy:

Yesterday, Obama was at it again at another southeast Michigan school. In a speech to Kalamazoo High School graduates, the president advised the Class of ’10 not to “make excuses. Take responsibility not just for your successes, but for your failures as well. When you screw up…it’s the easiest thing in the world to start looking around for someone to blame. We see it every day out in Washington, with folks calling each other names and making all sorts of accusations on TV.”

Did the impressionable young men and women in the audience know that “those folks” included the man standing before them?

“Angry Obama Seeks to Deflect Blame for Gulf Oil Spill Crisis” was the headline on CBS News’s Chip Reid’s report last week about the president’s strategy of blaming George Bush for the BP oil spill.

Obama diverted responsibility to prior administrations, claiming “a decade or more” of “a cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency that permits them to drill.”

“But,” Reid noted, “Mr. Obama’s been president for nearly 16 months. Does he get at least a little piece of the blame? Not a bit, he made clear.”

Do as I say, not as I do. Not a very inspiring message in this graduation season.
I actually found another line of his speech stupefying:
So, today, you all have a rare and valuable chance to pursue your own passions, chase your own dreams without incurring a mountain of debt. What an incredible gift. So you've got no excuse for giving anything less than your best effort. (Applause.) No excuses. (emphasis added)
He actually said that.  What chutzpah.

As of yesterday, the nation's debt was $13,052,204,878,286.76.  That's about $42,000 for every man, woman and child in the U.S.  The interest on that debt is about a billion dollars a day.  The Congressional Budget Office projects that the debt will increase by nearly $10 trillion in the next decade under Obama's proposed budget.

Through no fault of their own, these poor kids have already incurred a mountain of debt.

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