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Obama Commencement Speech Right On

May 9, 2010

I’ve copied and pasted the following from this AFP news release. What I like about it is that Obama is noting to the graduating class of Hampton College seniors in Virginia that their education enhances their ability as a responsible citizen to think critically about actionable information in a time of information overload.

Obama argued that from the days of the pioneer politicians who founded the United States, until the modern day, education and knowledge had been the key to progress and US democracy.

He drew a line between Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and today’s challenges.

“What Jefferson recognized… that in the long run, their improbable experiment — called America — wouldn’t work if its citizens were uninformed, if its citizens were apathetic, if its citizens checked out, and left democracy to those who didn’t have the best interests of all the people at heart.

“It could only work if each of us stayed informed and engaged, if we held our government accountable, if we fulfilled the obligations of citizenship.”

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