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Published: Sunday, May 19 2013 10:58 p.m. MDT

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Californian#1@94131
San Francisco, CA

--- "I had a tendency to make excuses for me not doing the right thing. But one of the things that all of you have learned over the last four years is, there's no longer any room for excuses." ---

What a great message for every President of the United States to take to heart. No more excuses. No more dodging responsibility and accountability. Tell the truth, and if necessary, take your medicine. Better yet, do the right thing to begin with.

As for inspiring those who look up to you, too many Presidents in recent decades have disgraced the White House and disappointed or even betrayed the people who trusted them. It has been an awfully long time since I could honestly look up to or be inspired by anyone holding that office.

JimInSLC
Salt Lake City, UT

Sounds like it was a good speech. That is one of Obamas strengths, he gives impressive speeches. That is why I voted for him the first time. Unfortunately, he does not walk the talk. His speeches turn out to be more the "Do as I say, not as I do" variety. When he did not follow through on the promises that he made in his speeches, I could not vote for him a second time.

Michelle Obama also gave a commencement speech recently. Her message was "Do not be afraid to fail". she could have added, "Look at Barack, he wasn't afraid to fail. He failed in many things as president and he is still doing very nicely for himself."

I can't fault the men too much. There are forces in Washington that are probably beyond control now. Eisenhower warned of the military industrial complex. Kennedy warned of the secret societies. These forces are still influencing and likely controlling in Washington. Until we elect men that want to serve for the good of the country, and posses the courage to oppose these forces, things will not change.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Having lived in ATL I really wish Morehouse would have taken the appearance fee paid to the President and used it to help the local neighborhoods. I've driven past Morehouse and in the surrounding neighborhoods countless times and it's just a shame that WestEnd is in the sad state that it is. There is so much poverty and crime that it's amazing that anyone makes it out and into a successful, contributing life.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Sounds like Johnny knows his way around the ares pretty well. BTW, which party governs GA these days?

jsf
Centerville, UT

First republican Governor in 130 years elected 2002, Atlanta Mayor democrat, last knows republican Mayor 1879. I am sure you were making a point about the poverty and connecting party affiliation were you not?

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