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To the class of 2020: “If the world’s going to get better, it’s going to be up to you.”

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More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Mr. Obama said in an address streamed online. “A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

It was one of his few public addresses to a national audience during the outbreak, and he said a leadership void had created a clear mandate for the graduates:

“If the world’s going to get better, it’s going to be up to you,” he said.

Barack Obama, president


More excerpts from Washington Post: Obama Says U.S. Lacks Leadership on Virus in Virtual Commencement Speech,  Audra D. S. Burch and May 16, 2020

Since leaving office three years ago, Mr. Obama generally has avoided publicly criticizing Mr. Trump. But his jabs at the pandemic response could further inflame tensions between the…

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