In spite of many minor annoyances (I think the Minor Annoyance Fairy was spending the day with us...such as dropping my underwear in a sink full of water...dropping a spoon in a crack by the stairs while feeding the kitties, dropping the hose getting sprayed while putting fresh water in the bird bath, McDonald's forgetting my straw as we stopped for road food, one small detour....) we made it to the stadium by 10:00 AM and met our friends who saved us great seats. We had a perfect view of the podium, and I took many pictures. Here are a few.
No matter what politics you may follow...I think that having the President of the US speak at your commencement is an honor. While sitting in the stadium I did a lot of people watching. I heard that some people had brought a big sign saying something negative...I think it was about Obamacare...but I did not see that sign. It could have been behind me in C deck. That is the only thing I have heard negative about our President. Most people I observed were excited and talking about how great it was to have the President there.
I liked his speech. He talked about how the students need to follow these two things: Participate and Persevere. He spoke about citizenship and its responsibilities. It was a fine speech for a commencement with enough humor scattered through to balance the serious message. The crowd was enthusiastic and responded with loud applause many times.
President Obama was given an honorary doctorate of law from the Ohio State University. After that, he donned an OSU baseball cap bringing loud cheers from the crowd.
I feel fortunate to have been able to be there. I am glad that our country has a great leader in President Obama. There are times he has disappointed me...but on the whole...I feel he has overcome many obstacles...not only to become the President...but to lead us. Thank you, Sharon, Dan and Jon Harris for inviting me.
I could say more...but have decided to add some of the pictures I took.