Obama Visits The Ohio State University as Commencement Speaker (VIDEO)
Matt | On 06, May 2013
President Obama kicked off his 2013 commencement speaking schedule by delivering remarks at one of America’s great universities.
On Sunday, the president spoke to over 10,000 spring graduates of my alma mater, The Ohio State University, in Columbus. (Can you tell I’m biased here?) He also became an honorary graduate of the university with a doctor of laws degree.
The president touched on a few themes in his speech — including citizenship and service. He reminded the class of their commitment not only to themselves, but to the larger global community. His speech wasn’t partisan, but he definitely referenced some current events, such as 9/11, Newtown, the auto recovery, and middle class struggles.
Striking a lofty and optimistic tone, the president said:
“I dare you class of 2013 to do better. I dare you to dream bigger.”
The sentence pretty much summed up what Obama wanted the graduates to do as they began the first day of the rest of their lives.
Obama is the third sitting president to deliver remarks to graduating Buckeyes. His predecessor, George W. Bush, spoke to the spring 2002 class. Former President Gerald Ford addressed students in August 1974, shortly after assuming office.