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Live Streaming Video- President Obama Delivers the Commencement Address at the United States Coast Guard Academy 1130a EST

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Video- President Obama Give Commencement Address at Booker T. Washington High School

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I really enjoyed this speech and it wasn't too long either.

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VIDEO: Over 100 law school grads walk out to protest anti-gay speaker Sen. Rob Portman

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Why any law school-- let alone the Michigan Law School-- would ask Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) to speak at a graduation where the grads understand the Constitution better than he does is beyond me. He is no friend of the gay community, and clearly has no grasp of “the equal protection of the laws.”

Two words, Rob: Civil rights. Welcome to 2011.

Ann Arbor Journal:

Portman came under fire for his voting record. He has opposed gay adoption in Washington, D.C. and opposes gay marriage. A number of students who took part in the protest said that such views are incompatible with basic, human dignity. [...]

Almost immediately after announcing Portman as the Senior Day speaker, Caminker was contacted by students who took objection with the choice. [...]

About 60 percent of the graduates wore rainbow buttons or ribbons on their gowns or rainbow tassels on their caps.

Via Think Progress, here are Michigan Law grads walking out of Portman’s speech:

Two recent polls find that a majority of Americans support marriage equality, as opposed to just 36 percent shortly after Bush won the 2004 election.

I recently had an argument (the usual frustrating one) with a YouTube commenter who insisted that being gay is a choice.  And yes, I did ask him when he made the choice to be straight. I never did get an answer to that.

More here.

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Students turn their backs on Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder during commencement speech

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King Rick Snyder of financial martial law infamy isn't exactly the education governor. Yet he managed to get himself a spot as keynote speaker at the University of Michigan graduation day.

His bad.  Via the Detroit Free Press:

As Rick Snyder began delivering his commencement address in the Big House this morning, about two dozen students turned their backs to Michigan’s new governor... Outside, several hundred protesters gathered.

Oh it got better. Check out this photo:


A graduation cap with a message during a rally and protest against Michigan Governor Rick Snyder held at the football field at Pioneer High School across from Michigan Stadium before the spring commencement at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 30, 2011. / ERIC SEALS/Detroit Free Press


At the morning rally, out in the parking lot, people were wearing union tee shirts and buttons, holding signs protesting cuts, and chanting "recall Rick". But they were respectful of the graduates, so remained quiet and low key. And at the graduation itself, nobody interrupted the king's speech (apologies to the producers of the Oscar-winning movie).

U-M graduating senior Zach Goldsmith was among those who spoke at the rally. He said Snyder has been unmasked as a reactionary conservative instead of the moderate Republican he claimed to be while campaigning for the job.

"Rick Snyder does not speak for me."

Psst! Rick Snyder doesn't do much of anything for you, Zach.

UPDATE via @IDphilosopher:

There were 1,100 of us protesters circling The Big House for 1.5 hours while Gov Snyder was there! Lots of support from others!

More here.

And for more on what's been happening in Michigan under King Ricky's rule, here are all of our posts.

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President Obama pledges help for illegal immigrant grads

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Want to talk about a permanent Democratic majority? Take care of the Hispanics and we're in.

MIAMI -- Stepping up his demand to change the nation's immigration laws, President Barack Obama on Friday promised graduates at a vast, multicultural community college that he'll keep working to help students not legally in the U.S. to become American citizens.

The president's renewed endorsement of the DREAM Act, which has become a rallying cry for Hispanic and other students around the country, drew enthusiastic applause from more than 3,000 graduates of Miami Dade College at their commencement ceremony. The students are part of an increasingly important political constituency in a state that will be crucial to the president's 2012 re-election hopes.

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"Some were brought here as young children and discovered the truth only as adults," he said. "They put their futures on the line in hopes they will spur the rest of us to live up to our most cherished values."

It was Obama's first commencement address of this graduation season. He called on students to take responsibility for the future and portrayed the United States as an optimistic land with vast opportunities. But the speech had a clear political tone as well, demanding that older Americans have proper access to health care and calling for an overhaul of the immigration system.

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