Michelle Obama came to tiny UC Merced to give a commencement address, and it was more of the "Obama(s) will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual" routine, with a touch of racial division thrown in for good measure, of course:
In her debut as a commencement speaker on Saturday, Mrs. Obama evoked the struggles of California's founders — settlers and former slaves, trailblazers and immigrants — to encourage the 493 members of the school's first full graduating class to use their newfound skills to lift up those around them.
"Remember that you are blessed. Remember that in exchange for those blessings, you must give something back. You must reach back and pull someone up. You must bend down and let someone else stand on your shoulders so that they can see a brighter future."
The must, you say? Hmmm....Baracky is selling kids the same thing, incidentally:
He told the Class of 2009 to "give back and contribute to the life of your community and your nation," briefly suggesting that it was okay to start companies but steering them to "teach in a high-need school" or get to work "registering voters," "tutoring children" or leading "a green revolution." "Help our struggling non-profits find better, more effective ways to serve folks in need," the president urged.
Sounds like he's looking to add to his ACORN army...
Kyle Smith begs to differ, thinking Obama should be pleading for our future community organizers to become ruthless capitalists instead, using billionaire Warren Buffett as his guide:
[Buffett] pursued his own interests and made more than he could ever spend, to the world's great benefit. Buffett put capitalism before community. Do you agree, Africa? Before you answer, who would you rather have on your side: 22-year-old Warren Buffett teaching English in a hut, or 78-year-old Warren Buffett, sending gargantuan checks?
We know what path the Obamas would pick. But then, whom would there be left to tax to pay for their liberal welfare state?
Alas, as with most ideologues, the Obamas lack a sense of...reality. And after all, it's all about sacrifice and grievences, and if you've rise to the top of a capitalist-driven field, you've failed, in their eyes...