Barack & Michelle Obama Address Class of 2020: Do Not Despair — ‘You All Are Exactly What We Need’
Today. he shared a message of optimism with the Class of 2020 as a part of “Dear Class of 2020,” a virtual commencement to celebrate graduates, their families, and their communities. Obama called on the Class of 2020 to seize the opportunity to create a new normal, one that is fairer, gives everyone opportunity, treats everyone equally, and builds bridges between people instead of dividing them.
“First,” he told graduates, “do what you think is right, not just what’s convenient or what’s expected or what’s easy. You don’t have to accept what was considered normal before. You don’t have to accept the world as it is. You can make it into the world as it should be and could be.”
He later said: “I’ll admit that it’s a little unfair to lay such a heavy burden on you. I wish that my generation had done more to solve some of our country’s big problems, so you didn’t have to. But the good news is that I know you’re up to the challenge. You are the best-educated generation in history.”
In her own remarks, Mrs. Obama said: “The tough part is, nobody has all the answers — if my generation did, trust me we’d have fixed all of this a long time ago.”
“Life will always be uncertain,” she said. “It is a lesson that most of us get the chance to learn over the course of years and years — even decades — but one that you’re learning right now.”