By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Not everyone was impressed by Barack Obama’s Rutgers commencement address, Save Jerseyans.
In fact, plenty of folks in attendance this weekend thought it sounded more like a canned campaign speech than a solemn address tailored to a new generation of American leaders.
One of those disappointed attendees was N.J. Assemblyman Joe Howarth (R-8).
“So my son graduated today from Rutgers and to tell you the truth I went in hoping the POTUS would take this opportunity to say something meaningful to the class of 2016,” the former freeholder told me on Sunday. “Although he started out strong and I truly enjoyed what he was saying it quickly turned into a ‘State of the Union’ lecture.”
“Yes, the Rice mention was appropriate,” he added, referencing the President’s voiced disapproval of past efforts to bar former Secretary of State Condi Rice from headlining the university’s commencement services. “He quickly followed up with ‘bring them in and grill them.’ I’d give his commencement speech a D+ because I felt it should have been more about the graduates instead of his talking points!”
“He mentioned minimum wage, not building a wall, women’s wages, global warming, crazy people with degrees, voting, same sex marriages…,” Joe complained, noting how little attention was given to graduation-related topics. “What also was upsetting was the multitude of people that left, including some graduates after he was finished.”