Along with the usual challenges of growing up, all of you have had to deal with the added pressures of social media, reports of school shootings, and the specter of climate change. And then, just as you're about to celebrate having made it through, just as you've been looking forward to proms and senior nights, graduation ceremonies -- and, let's face it, a whole bunch of parties -- the world is turned upside down by a global pandemic. And as much as I'm sure you love your parents, I'll bet that being stuck at home with them and playing board games or watching "Tiger King" on TV is not exactly how you envisioned the last few months of your senior year. Obama made light of seniors being forced to miss their graduation ceremonies, joking that few people look good in graduation caps anyway, "especially if you have big ears like me. Who you want to build a family with.
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The U. African Americans have been disproportionately affected. The event included a stream of prominent Black athletes, politicians and entertainers — many of whom attended HBCUs themselves. Graduating from college is a big achievement under any circumstances. And so many of you overcame a lot to get here. You navigated challenging classes, and challenges outside the classroom.
Former President Barack Obama appeared to take a rare dig at the Trump administration during a speech on Saturday, decrying what he called a lack of leadership when it came to handling the coronavirus pandemic. Obama spoke at a virtual commencement address for historically black colleges and universities, suggesting that graduates could not rely on current leadership to make the changes they hoped to see. A lot of them aren't even pretending to be in charge," Obama said. Obama didn't name President Donald Trump in his criticism, but the remarks were widely perceived to be about the federal government.
Read his speech to the class here. Try Rev for free and save time transcribing, captioning, and subtitling. Barack Obama: Hi everybody.