- In the first of three scheduled commencement speeches this month, President Barack Obama delivered an optimistic message to Ohio State University graduates and 57,000 others at Ohio Stadium, telling them that the country is on the road to recovery with a "steadily healing" economy and job market.
- He quoted former President George W. Bush during the speech, imploring the graduates to be "more than taxpayers, spectators and occasional voters" and to be "full-time citizens."
- The most important thing the 10,000 graduates could do, he said, was participate and persevere, noting that they had seen events that he and their parents never imagined when they were sitting in the same position, adding that the graduates embody the idea "that people who love their country can change it."
From the article:
... “You are graduating into an economy and job market that are steadily healing,” Obama said.
He cautioned them, though, to remember: “If there is one certainty about the decade ahead, it’s that things will be uncertain.”
“Change will be a constant, just as it has been throughout our history,” he said. ...