ANOMALIES OF THE OBAMA YOUTH VOTE: “You must give something back!” (2009, 2010 speeches to graduates in debt and unable to find jobs)
Why does Obama have ANY of the youth vote?
Does no one remember when Michelle Obama told graduates in 2009 that “you must give something back”? Before it goes into the Obama memory hole, I’d like to revisit the incredibly naive advice of “give something back” to an audience awash in student loan debt and unable to find jobs.
USA Today, on May 16, 2009, “Michelle Obama urges graduates to give back,” reported on Michelle Obama’s commencement speech at the University of California Merced:
“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.”
You must? Why must you? To whom must you “give back”? Can’t you just get a job and save some money and repay your student loans and start your own family? That’s hard enough!
One of two college graduates will be either unemployed or underemployed in this economy. Many graduate with over $100,000 in debt. You are blessed!
The next year, Michelle Obama doubled down that graduates in this pitiful economy must “give back.” Also from USA Today:
Michelle Obama to G.W. graduates: ‘Keep giving’
Updated 5/18/2010 1:29 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama challenged George Washington University graduates at their commencement Sunday to “keep giving” through community service work and to “keep engaging” with the world.
Obama spoke to some 5,000 graduates and their families at the ceremony on the National Mall. She agreed to be their speaker after students, faculty and staff met her challenge to complete 100,000 hours of community service.
“I have one more request to make of you, one more challenge,” Obama said during her speech. “Keep going. Keep giving. Keep engaging.”
Keep giving! Volunteer yourself and work for nothing! Don’t you dare be greedy and get a job and try to back your student loans! THAT’S THE MESSAGE TO GRADUATES?
Here are two sensible comments from the 2009 speech:
ikabod wrote: 5/20/2009 3:29:12 PM
The First Lady’s suggestions are a nice idea and make us feel all warm and fuzzy, but the reality is that the majority of graduates are coming out of school with massive students loans that will take decades to pay off. We do not have the luxury of taking low-paying, but socially beneficial, jobs. Unfortunately, we have to take what will pay the most. Besides the loans, there’s also rent, food, transportation, and other living expenses. How does Mrs. Obama propose we pay our bills? She is woefully out of touch with lower and middle-income graduates and their families.
free8765 wrote: 5/19/2009 4:30:44 PM
When my parents get old and I take care of them….that’s “giving back”. Otherwise….when I give I give….but I can’t “give back” because I’ve paid for everything I have ever received.
On the other hand, anything that the government gives us is “giving back” because everything the government has they took from us.
Here’s more Michelle Obama, from that 2009 commencement address:
As advocate and activist Marian Wright Edelman says, “Service is the rent we pay for living… it is the true measure, the only measure of our success.”
Service to whom? Does service to your children and your parents and other members of your family count for anything? That’s not a “true” measure or “any” measure of success?
How can any young American ever vote for Barack Obama?
We’re $16 trillion dollars in debt. The May jobs report was pitiful. College graduates are unemployed or underemployed and have crushing financial debts.
The Obamas say to “give back,” “keep giving” and “volunteer.” Remember, young people, you are blessed and you MUST do this!
Maybe Romney needs to hit harder on this message. This isn’t “hope and change.” This is misery!
Again, how does Obama get ANY of the youth vote?