For a few hours on Saturday, it was almost possible to imagine that Barack Obama was back in the White House and Michelle Obama was still first lady. The 44th president was the keynote speaker at two different virtual commencement speeches, one given for college graduates and the other for high school seniors—both of whom were robbed of their graduation ceremonies because of the coronavirus pandemic. The first came at the end of a two-hour event honoring the graduates of historically black colleges and universities, sponsored by Chase and hosted by Kevin Hart, that was streamed on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Ben Platt, Chika and the Jonas Brothers. The background for both speeches were the same—partially filled bookshelves—but the former president changed from a grey shirt to a blue one for his second appearance and swapped out a basketball for a family photo. At both, Obama showed that three years out of office has not dimmed his oratorical skills.
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Obama throws subtle shade at Trump in his commencement address and sets off a 5-alarm outrage fire at Fox News. Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grownups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way, which is why things are so screwed up. I cannot stress enough: this will kill you. In other tentatively good news, a potential coronavirus vaccine by the company Moderna has shown promising early results on a human trial of eight people. At some point, like so many other women, you will go away. Bragging about testing now is like showing up to a house that already burned down and offering to water the grass.
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The former president and first lady had the same message: They, too, have been grappling with anguish and uncertainty and loss. Obama said in her commencement address after a joint video message from her and her husband. Celebrities, athletes and performers also appeared at the special. Obama said. You can make it into the world as it should be and could be.
Former President Barack Obama gave a virtual commencement address to graduating high school seniors across the country Saturday night during a televised event hosted by NBA star LeBron James. The focus of the commencements is on graduating students, but Obama's words might garner much interest as well. Earlier Saturday, Obama participated in another virtual commencement ceremony for graduates of historically black colleges and universities and offered his most public and direct criticism yet of the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.