June 12 2014

Disgraceful: President Uses High School Graduation Speech to Blast Republicans

Charlotte Hays

This is too much: President Obama has used a speech at a high school graduation to attack Republicans.

The president was speaking at the commencement exercises of the Worcester Technical High School in Worcester, Mass.

After praising the school’s focus on career-centered education and encouraging graduates to give back to their communities, Mr. Obama addressed the rising cost of higher education, blasting Senate Republicans for stalling a Democrat-backed bill that would allow borrowers to refinance their college loans. …

At the mention of the GOP, some graduates began to boo.

“Don’t boo. Just remember to vote,” Mr. Obama said. “I know it’s frustrating for parents, for students who are working hard and doing everything right. There are too many politicians in Washington who don’t have the right priorities. We need to straighten them out.

“Maybe they forgot where they came from, and who invested in them along the way. And when a bill to help you pay off your college doesn’t pass, it’s a disservice not only to your generation but to our history as a nation that strives to put quality education within reach of every American.”

Notice that the president doesn’t ask them not to boo because that is nasty thing to do at graduation exercises. How could he? His own speech was nasty.

I suppose it would have been hard for the president to deliver a speech on taking advantage of opportunities—opportunities for young people graduating from high school today are so diminished that that speech is officially inoperative. So why not blast Republicans and deflect blame for the lousy economic future these kids are facing?

The president has addressed the subject of college loans with an executive order. Students cheered when he mentioned it. So we can assume that either Worcester Tech doesn’t offer a course on the Constitution—or that it is taught by a teacher with President Obama’s freewheeling approach to the Constitution.

According to Worcester’s website, eighteen percent of the student body will go “directly into the world of work.” This segment of the school population will be hit immediately by President Obama’s lousy economy. The others will find out that the president didn't do much to actually help lower the cost of college later on.

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