Obama Tells Graduating Class, ‘Don’t Make Excuses,’ Drawing GOP Taunts

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President Obama delivers the commencement address for Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, Mich., on June 7. (AP Photo)

Don’t point fingers. Don’t make excuses. Don’t pass the buck.

That was the advice President Obama gave to a graduating high school class in Michigan Monday night — advice that sent off an irony alert among Republicans who accuse the president of having “spent his tenure” doing exactly that.

Obama offered his guidance during the commencement speech at Kalamazoo Central High School.

“Don’t make excuses. Take responsibility not just for your successes, but for your failures as well,” he told the graduates. “The truth is, no matter how hard you work, you won’t necessarily ace every class or succeed in every job. There will be times when you screw up, when you hurt the people you love, when you stray from your most deeply held values.

“And when that happens, it’s the easiest thing in the world to start looking around for someone to blame. Your professor was too hard, your boss was a jerk, the coach was playing favorites, your friend just didn’t understand. We see it every day out in Washington, with folks calling each other names and making all sorts of accusations on TV.”   Continue

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