President Obama gave an outstanding speach at Morehouse:<quoted text>What scandals? What has he personally done? Give me facts, not fox New/Republican talking points/lies/innuendo.
We know that too many young men in our community continue to make bad choices, Mr. Obama said.And I have to say, growing up I made quite a few myself. Sometimes I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a black man down.
But one of the things all of you have learned over the last four years is theres no longer any room for excuses, the president said to the roughly 500 graduates in a downpour, his words punctuated by claps of thunder.
Wearing academic robes in maroon and black he was later awarded an honorary law degree Mr. Obama singled out a graduate, Leland Shelton, who, as a four-year-old had been taken away from his mother by the state. By 14, he was in foster care.
On Sunday, Mr. Shelton graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors and is enrolling at Harvard Law School. The president said that Mr. Shelton planned to use his law degree to advocate for other foster children.
Above all, Mr. Obama exhorted the graduates to extend a hand to other black men, noting that his own success depended less on his Ivy League credentials than on the sense of empathy and obligation he felt, as a black man, to his brothers.
But for the grace of God, I might be in their shoes, the president said.I might have been in prison. I might have been unemployed. I might not have been able to support a family.
Reflecting on his turbulent childhood, Mr. Obama said,I sure wish I had had a father who was not only present, but involved; didnt know my dad. And so my whole life, Ive tried to be for Michelle and my girls what my father wasnt for my mother and me.
Declaring that there are some things, as black men, we can only do for ourselves, Mr. Obama urged the graduates to keep setting an example for what it means to be a man. And he asked them to extend their sense of justice to other minorities.