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This is what might be called a warm welcome:

President Barack Obama takes the stage at the Miami Dade College North and West Campus graduation, April 29

45 Responses to “miami dade”

  1. 1 Pragmaticadult
    April 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I love love love that picture. Thank you for the heads up.

  2. 2 GGail
    April 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you for the heads up for I had forgotten – too much to remember. That man is busier than the Energizer Bunny!

  3. 3 P
    April 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks Chips! Those students are really jamming to that music I wanna join in 😦 lol

    • 4 UT Austin Liberal
      April 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      Thats soo true, P. They just played Hey Ya by Outkast and now they are playing Hot in Here by Nelly. I have to pinch myself and remind myself that this is indeed a commencement ceremony… it’s like a freaking party.. 😀

  4. 6 Sonjia Duncan
    April 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you, this is great!

  5. 7 CEB
    April 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    And when he is draped with the PHD cowl, we know that it is not merely honorary; he earned his academic honors long ago, unlike many others that I could name. And unlike the silver-spoon-in their mouths group, he and Michelle were not able to pay off all of their student loans until his first book sold so many copies after he was introduced to most of America after that fateful keynote speech at the 2004 dem. convention. They know first hand how important it is to keep and increase Pell Grants and other types of financial aid for our students.

  6. 8 Sel
    April 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Service Secret guy in behind POTUS with a cowl and presented as member of MDC faculty…so funny!

  7. 9 theboysisters
    April 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Did I miss it?

  8. 11 P
    April 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Here I am all airy fairy, smiling looking at the President with thoughts like ‘Yay go baby, he’s so cute and funny’ then there goes the President joking about his love Michelle crashing my thoughts lol. Damn he really loves that woman you can see it in his face whenever her name is mentioned. Lucky you Mrs Obama! Anyway back to listening to my intelligent Prez!! 🙂 Bdw he looks real handsome in that graduation gown 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  9. 12 P
    April 29, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    PREACH brother preach let these racist people know!!!!!………… lol never mind me I’m just having fun lol 🙂 OBAMA2012!!

    • April 29, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      I know what you mean P.

      That was such a personal speech by the President.

      I am so in love with this man. Sorry but I can’t help it.

      • 14 anniebella
        April 29, 2011 at 10:09 pm

        You ladies really are not in love with President Obama are you? I hope not. I mean I love the President, but I am not in love with him. I think alot of him, I think he is cute, he has a smile that would light up the sky. But I like to think that women respect the fact that this is a married man.

        • 15 P
          April 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm

          Of course we respect Mrs. Obama anniebella! Well I know I do sometimes I feel like I admire her more than the President but it doesn’t take away from the fact that the President is exactly what anyone wants in a man…so yes I will speak for myself I am in love with the President. It doesn’t mean that if one day I get to meet him personally I will approach him in a sexual or disrespectful manner NO WAY!! I am surely not a home-wrecker (especially with kids involved). I know it sounds confusing but its hard to explain..its a different type of love!! PBO is fineeeee 🙂

        • 17 EDP4BHO
          April 29, 2011 at 11:10 pm

          Yes, I am in love with my President. His mind, his nature, his smile, his heart, his pain, his triumphs and letdowns. It’s a love that’s spiritual, more than physical. There are oh so many ways to love a person, and I pray for him as I do a family member. Now that is love the way God meant for us to love one another. But, I would say also, I have an infatuation about him that does not hint at lasciviousness. He’s just so darn cute 😀

        • April 30, 2011 at 3:31 am

          Hey Anniebella,

          I really do love the president but not in a disrespectful way. And yes he does embody all the qualities I would like in a lifelong partner.

          But I know he would not be this great guy without the support and love from his lovely wife Michelle and his two beautiful daughters as well as other members of his family.

  10. 19 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Those graduates sure love their president!

  11. 21 GGail
    April 29, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    OH MY GOSH! That man can weave a story that makes you so proud. Yes, I have tears in my eyes. The faculty and the students were so happy to have him as their commencement speaker. I am gonna listen to it again when Chipsticks posts it. They gave him an honorary Associates degree and the school medallion and he showed sincere appreciation. We won’t have to guess who those thousands of people (those who are legal to vote) will be voting for in 2012. He made them all feel proud of their struggles and he encouraged them onward. That speech was inspiring to every one that had the privilege to receive it. Thank you Chipsticks for the heads up.

    • 22 kelly
      April 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      Yes when he told the story of reading his father’s uni letters I cried. The speech was very emotional and he choked up a bit too.

  12. 23 kelly
    April 29, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Wow what an amazing commencement speech. one of his best. God bless those new graduates and our exceptional POTUS. He said a few things that made me super sad/emotional but I appreciate his honesty. I stand with this man forever.

  13. 24 UT Austin Liberal
    April 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I just finished watching his speech and it was more than a speech…. It was magnificent and yet so personal. Gosh I had tears in my eyes.. because I really needed this kind of hopeful speech today and I felt as though he was speaking to me personally. I’m still kind of speechless. All I can say is Thank you Thank you soooooo much President Obama. 🙂

  14. 25 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    The graduates were still shouting “yes we did!” after they were asked to be seated!

  15. 26 Sonjia Duncan
    April 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I love it when he told the graduate to reach back and help the next generation up. Love how he inspires our youth to be our brother’s and sister’s keeper.

    I really love this man so much.

  16. 29 bjw2
    April 29, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Oh darn i missed it!

  17. 30 Lovepolitics2008
    April 29, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    A very moving speech. You just KNOW he wrote it thinking about the peddlers of hate, the birthers, the screamers of the right. He’s pushing back with full force against the xenophibia, the division and the hate. It was a personal speech, a moral speech, and a political speech all at the same time.

  18. 31 Ceb
    April 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    The best parts of the speech were the personal connections and how he wove the day’s events into his wishes for the grads. There were some familiar themes that he has been discussing since the budget speech. The president has such a command of tone and pacing and emotional appeals. At some points it was almost like a revival. The president is truly gifted. Now, compare and contrast his speech and his audience with the profanity laced histrionics of Trump and the howls of the jackals that follow at the side show that was all over the media this evening. Light vs. Darkness;the choice is clear.

  19. 33 CTGirl
    April 29, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    2012 new voters!!! Yes We Can! So proud of the new grads!

  20. 34 lochelle
    April 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Loved the speech to these graduates. Very inspirational, upbeat and historical. Loved how he talked about his father and his dreams of coming to America, how he emphasized we are a country of immigrants, and how he interlaced the histories of how different ethnic groups came to America. One of the great things about President Obama is how he always talks about what binds us together, no matter race, religon, gender, sexual orientation, or even political party. I know these young people heard his message tonight and I hope they hold fast to this message, despite the challenges they may confront in their lives.

    • 35 majii
      April 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      It’s because he knows the history of our country and has learned the most important lesson it teaches: we are different, but we’re all one nation. It never ceases to amaze me how much the republicans speak of our nation and it’s founders but do not embrace the founders’ vision for this country. I think they’d be very pleased and surprised to know that PBO is our president because it would confirm their vision of what they wanted this country to become via the Constitution. They set up a social and political experiment in the Constitution like no other the world has ever seen, and it has manifested itself in the presidency of BO. I still believe in the Constitution even if the republicans don’t.

  21. 36 lisa
    April 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    hey guys!!! wasn’t that great? my cousin was one of the graduates! but i couldn’t go because they were only allowed three tickets each and her parents and my step-father took those 😦 but it was still great to see! i loved when he told personal stories, the one about his dad and the college application letters was one I’d never heard before. Plus there were some campaign lines in his speech that I remember from some of his more recent fundraiser speeches. Oh baby, baby, I can’t wait to really start campaigning!! woohooo!!!

    • 37 GGail
      April 29, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Congratulations for your cousin Lisa! They will have memories – oh boy will they have memories. We are proud of your cousin!

  22. 38 mtmarilyn
    April 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Oh Lisa, I can’t wait for you to report what your family reports aboit being there.

    I can’t wait to watch the speech. We have such a wonderful President.

  23. 39 anniebella
    April 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    In picture nine he looks tired. Hopefully he is on his way home to get some rest.

  24. April 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I wonder how long President Obama can keep this up? How long can each speech turn out to be better than the last one which was better than the one before that. He is incredible. The young people love him, and the young people are the ones inheriting this land of ours. How I wish we could have President Obama, just as he is, for the rest of our lives. Well, it’s possible for the rest of MY life.

  25. 43 Kasai
    April 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Yes I was just going to say the same thing….Wow I get tired just reading his schedule…I don’t know how he does it.

    Bless him:-)

  26. 44 Lisa
    April 30, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Okay guys, so my cousin said that security was ridiculously tight. They opened the doors at 2 when the event didn’t start till around 7. All the families were waaay in the back and my step-father and cousin didn’t get meet/ shake his hands. She said the room was electric when he came in and it stayed that way. She was really excited to be in his presence, she’s voted for him but she’s never really paid attention to politics so it was surreal for her to realize what her one vote could do. I think that was the moral of the entire event: no matter how tiny or insignificant you think you are, you can still do big things- like getting a brown skinned guy named Barack Hussein Obama elected on 2008 and re-elected in 2012 as president of the US; like being one of the few to graduate college in your family, like realizing that the world doesn’t define you, you can do that all on your own. I was very proud of her and the way she was talking, it was like he turned on a light for her and she can now see like never before. Hey, like I said, this man is pure magic on tv, in reality? Oye!!!! I’ll probably have a heart attack. I’m so proud of my cousin, but boy do I wish I’d been there.

    • 45 GGail
      April 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      Lisa, thanks for reporting back! I bet what your cousin experienced is what many in that crowd felt. They will carry that impression with them for the rest of their lives. It’s better than meeting a movie star! You can vote for this person and he will make a difference in your life. I bet she becomes involved in the re-election process if nothing more than to talk positively about POTUS and vote of course. Tell her congratulations and to be sure to make her one vote count AGAIN.

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