Obama takes jab at U.S. gov't over coronavirus response

Monday, 18 May, 2020

Former President Barack Obama on Saturday advised 2020 graduates to give up on the adults now in charge and chart a new way forward for the world.

It was the former USA president's second commencement speech of the day - and his second rare public rebuke of Trump - after he earlier addressed graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

After keeping a relatively low profile since leaving the White House in January 2017, Obama has become increasingly vocal in recent weeks as the Democratic Party coalesced around the man who served as his Vice President, Joe Biden, to challenge Trump in the November election, Efe news reported. "I just want to thank all the teachers out there".

As communities across the country emerge from stay-at-home measures and people clash over how much freedom they should have, Obama suggested that Americans needed to be considerate of others.

In the university commencement speech, the former president also addressed racism in the USA and the case of a 25-year-old black man killed while jogging in February.

"With everything suddenly feeling like its up for grabs, this is your time to seize the initiative".

"Injustice like this isn't new", Obama went on to say.

Former President Bill Clinton told the class of 2020 that the Covid-19 pandemic "has given you a graduation you will never forget and it's released you into an uncertain future". "As you go out and change the world, don't leave them behind".

Two graduation specials Saturday - CNN's "Class of 2020: In This Together" and LeBron James' "Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020" - were held Saturday to honor the graduates.

Speaking to graduates of historically black colleges and universities, Obama criticized some leaders' response to the coronavirus.

Graduate Together comes from the Entertainment Industry Foundation, The LeBron James Family Foundation, XQ Institute, and extra companions, who all organized the occasion to make up for canceled commencement ceremonies throughout the nation.

Former President Barack Obama told the class of 2020 they've overcame many obstacles including illness, losing a parent or having a parent that lost a job.

Trump said on Friday the USA government was working with other countries to develop, quickly, a vaccine to prevent infection by the coronavirus while also preparing for its distribution once one is ready. Turns out they don't have all the answers. Former president Barack Obama delivered some hope and inspiring words to students, while the Jonas Brothers, Bad Bunny, H.E.R, Pharrell Williams, and more entertained the viewers.

"Whether you realize it or not, you've got more road maps, more role models, and more resources than the Civil Rights generation did", he said.