Five years ago today….

Senator Barack Obama’s Commencement Address at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, May 25, 2008

Text of remarks here


And two years ago:

77 Responses to “Five years ago today….”

  1. May 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Did he scold those graduates as well?

    • 8 nathkatun7
      May 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you Mary for sharing smartypants very spot-on posts. To this day I don’t quite get it why some black pundits and other academics are attacking the President for the Morehouse commencement speech. As far as I am concerned, that was an inspiring speech deeply rooted in love for, and faith in, those young men graduating from Morehouse – and by extension all young people graduating everywhere.

      • May 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm

        I was in a discussion group on race a couple of years ago – teachers and administrators from around the county. I remember the shock on the faces of the other white people as one very middle class black man spoke about his experience being tailed by security every time he went into a tony national clothing chain and another man told of the talk he would have with his boys when they reached driving age about DWB. I can’t see those two men doing anything but applauding President Obama as he validates the everyday experiences of people of color.

  2. May 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    BTW… Happy Towel Day everyone!!!


    As always, Don’t Panic.

  3. 26 utaustinliberal
    May 25, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Aaaaaaah memories.

    God, I miss Teddy Kennedy something awful. He was a giant amongst riffraff. His flaws made him even more admirable.

    • 27 Asher in Boston
      May 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      True dat.

    • 28 jacquelineoboomer
      May 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Totally agree. He didn’t have to work for our country his whole “flawed” life, but he did. Works for me. And when he came out so vigorously, in support of candidate Obama, it was all like, “What flaws?” Never spotted another one!

  4. 29 utaustinliberal
    May 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    • 30 Cha
      May 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      that is just wonderful! That’s our Barack whom we know and love.

      mahalo, UT & Nerdy Wonka!

  5. 31 Asher in Boston
    May 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Oh, had forgotten about that stand in commencement address for Sen. Kennedy. We in Mass still do miss Sen. Kennedy. And he will always have a special place in my heart for really embracing then Sen. Obama

    • 32 Nena20409
      May 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Here’s To Teddy Kennedy…..Aug 25, 2008 at the Dem Convention in CO. Soldier On Teddy…..RIP. He passed on Aug 25, 2009.

      He was introduced by Sweet Caroline Kennedy.

      Bittersweet, but please enjoy TODers.

      • 33 debz
        May 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        I miss Ted. I think he would have been able to keep some of the Senate repugs in line and convinced them to work with the Dems instead of blocking everything. He was a powerful voice for the poor and middle class. I wish some of the current Senate Dems would be more like him.

        • 34 Nena20409
          May 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm

          Two senators that I miss today. Teddy Kennedy and Paul Wellstone (gone Oct 25, 2002). Two of a Kind, at least in my Political Lifetime.

          • 35 debz
            May 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm

            They would both be appalled by what Cruz and Rand Paul are doing to their beloved Senate.

            • 36 prettyfoot58
              May 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm

              watching that interchange between Cruz and McCain…it looks like some of the GP have grown weary as well….although they have enabled the extremist elements of their party by their own inaction…


              • 37 debz
                May 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm

                Both McTurtle and Boehner are so consumed with hatred towards the President that neither of them have provided any leadership in either the House or the Senate. They have let the lunatics take over, sadly the sane repugs could have fought back earlier. Now they are stuck with the extremists and it is too late for them to do anything about it.

                • 38 Obama Grandmama
                  May 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm

                  I feel like when people keep rehashing their so called wrongs committed against them they just keep refueling those feelings instead of getting past them and moving on. Sort of like mean girl gossips in high school.

  6. 39 vcprezofan2
    May 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Okay, I’ve painstakingly uninstalled all of the ‘strange’ looking stuff I saw in my listed programs ( I found 4(!!!) anit-virus programs and 3 Apple programs even though I’ve never yet owned an Apple). Thank you to all who commiserated with me and shared insights. Thanks heaps to CarolD & Utal! Now, hopefully, I can settle down and read this post PLUS Rise & Shine which I haven’t had a chance to do yet. Falling behind when I’m right here at home. Humpfff!

  7. May 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Congrats on 1st Mary!!

    Excellent R&S, Chips 🙂

    Very fine of Tomasky to recognize Congresswoman Barbara Lee – she bravely spoke for many of us and we must always honor the depth of her insight, ethics and leadership.

    And, yes Chips, the real scandal …


  8. 45 mtmarilyn
    May 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Good morning TOD family and Chips!!! The speech he gave before Parliament is one of my favorites. I get so emotional listening to it. Especially hearing about his father’s father cooking for the British and here he is speaking to them as POTUS!

    It is a chilly day here in MT, but it is warm enough for my husband and son to go fly fishing.

    Have a beautiful weekend everyone and remember to thank a Vet.

  9. 51 Nena20409
    May 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    This is the song, I could not remember the title: I Want You, to commemorate Bob Dylan’s 72nd B-day 5-24-13…..so please pardon me.

  10. May 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Ok, I have a Chat Away post ready for when this one gets crowded.

  11. 56 desertflower
    May 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    HA! Tomorrow CAN’T be Sunday! No sight of McCain on talking heads tv??? I think the earth must have fallen off its axis!


  12. 58 yardarm756
    May 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Good afternoon mates. it is fitting that I present this at this time for those who have never seen it.

  13. 74 Jovie
    May 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

  14. 75 jacquelineoboomer
    May 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Here’s the website for Monday’s National Memorial Day Parade in D.C., if you want to “virtually march”! Will also be televised on some channels and in some areas. I “march” with the Sailors, since I worked for the Navy for 30 years and I’m a little biased!


    … The event celebrates all those who have served in uniform from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and seeks to educate the public about the meaning of this hallowed day …

    The parade includes nearly 200 elements, including marching bands, active duty and retired military units, youth groups, and parade floats—as well as hundreds of veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom …

  15. 76 Jovie
    May 25, 2013 at 3:28 pm

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