In the highest profile event since he left office, President Barack Obama used the platform of a virtual commencement speech for the class of 2020, for whom experiencing traditional graduation ceremonies is precluded by the Coronavirus pandemic, to deliver a masterful speech outlining a vision of leadership of what the post-pandemic world can be.
“Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy, that’s how little kids think,” Obama said. “Unfortunately a lot of so-called grownups, including some with fancy titles, important jobs, still think that way, which is why things are so screwed up.”
NBC News said: It was part of a special called “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020” that included appearances by numerous musical stars, celebrities and athletes, including the Jonas Brothers, Megan Rapinoe, Pharrell Williams, Maren Morris and Malala Yousafzai.The event aired on NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX simultaneously at 8 p.m. ET. It was also be livestreamed on NBC News as well as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. It is produced by Done + Dusted and James’ SpringHill Entertainment.
“I’ve always loved joining commencements — the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice,” Obama wrote on Twitter earlier this month. “Even if we can’t get together in person this year, Michelle and I am excited to celebrate the nationwide Class of 2020 and recognize this milestone with you and your loved ones.”
I’ve always loved joining commencements––the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice. Even if we can’t get together in person this year, Michelle and I are excited to celebrate the nationwide Class of 2020 and recognize this milestone with you and your loved ones. pic.twitter.com/ngR2ykx3A2
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 5, 2020
Obam is slated to give a third commencement address on June 6 with his wife Michelle in an event hosted by YouTube.