N.J. legislator irked by Obama’s ‘inappropriate’ Rutgers commencement address

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).

howarth“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.”

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48 thoughts on “N.J. legislator irked by Obama’s ‘inappropriate’ Rutgers commencement address

  1. Thk u…the 1st person I heard talk against it…I thought it was supposed to have been a commencement not a political ‘hack’ talking abt elections…can’t wait til he’s GONE!!!

  2. The speech, like the man, SUCKED. He concluded with telling a bunch of millennial pansies who need safe spaces to make the next 250 years better than the last 250 years.

    I don’t know about you but I think that the last 250 years saw AMAZING achievements for America. In that time we:
    1) overthrew a tyrannical government for taxing us without giving us representation;
    2) we fought the bastards again and won only 30 years later;
    3) we outlawed the importation of slaves after being a country for only 14 years and then banned it altogether in 1864;
    4) we started the rail roads, learned to fly, developed radio and radar and millions more;
    5) we gave the deciding blow that ended WW I;
    6) we gave the deciding blow that ended WW II;
    7) we saved our vanquished foe from strangulation with the Berlin Airlift;
    8) we saved South Korea from communism;
    9) we put men on the moon;
    10) we caused the collapse of the Soviet Union without firing a shot, and
    We have done a lot more STUPENDOUS THINGS.

    What will be O’scumbag’s crowning achievement now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the method of funding for O’scumbag Care is illegal? I guess it will be to allow men to use the ladies’ room.

  3. You forgot to tell us if he mentioned the problems he is having with the bathrooms!lol.
    Good thing he has speech writers and teleprompters….
    We all know from his actions what he is capable of ,he should save the rhetoric for his daughters graduations.Glad I was not there.

  4. For someone who claims to be an Abraham Lincoln devotee, one might think Obama would have learned the following from Lincoln :
    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
    Obviously, the Prince of Fools never learns!

  5. …have ya seen the footage of students unable to tell a white MAN that he is NOT a 6’5 Japanese WOMAN? Yeah, read what I wrote there, again, it was no typeo.

  6. I do not agree with 99% of what the President does……like him or not I went yesterday for my son and the family and I respected the office which he represents…..I stood and clapped when he arrived and a few times during his commencement speech…..also when he finished…..after all he is the President……like him or not…..and I am on the side that doesn’t…..that speech should have never been given……I’ve spoken at graduations and I would never, let me say that again never breach the trust of the graduates, their parents or the school administration…..but then again that’s me and the way I conduct myself…..

  7. He’s a politician, what do you expect, and it’s an election year. I would expect any politician chosen to speak at a commencement during a time for elections would pull the same stunt. He had other fine points as you noted. Personally, it should have been someone else and not someone in the political realm. Turn it around and we would hear the same story. Just sayin.

  8. If were my son I would be ve upset also. My granddaughter graduated from Monmouth University and the Commencement Speaker was U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony R. Foxx. His speech as interesting and on point to the class of 2016 but he also told us about his life.

  9. with Obama’s ACA plan you should all be able to receive the mental health care many of you need (p.s. You can keep your health care provider but the government can’t force your employer to not change your plan.) His speech was perfectly acceptable but I look forward to the exegesis you’ll perform on every single word he spoke and its relationship to the demise of humanity and the cause of cancer.

  10. THIS IS GOING IN ALL CAPS BECA– USE THIS MAY BE THE ONLY WAY YOU SEE THIS……I TOLD YOU NOT TO LET THIS DUMB FUCK GIVE A COMMENCEMENT SPEECH…I WARNED YOU BECA– USE THE ONLY THING THAT CAME OUT OF IT WAS HIS DUMBASS RHETORIC AND FAILED POLICIES HE INFLICTED ON THIS COUNTRY……OBAMA JUST MADE THIS GENERATION THAT MUCH DUMBER AND CLOSED MINDED….REMEMBER THAT OBAMA WILL BE FORGOTTEN THE SECOND HE WALKS OUT OF THE WHITE HO– USE. PEOPLE WILL BE GLAD TO FORGET BOTH HIM AND HIS RACE BAITING WIFE…..I HAVE LOST SO MUCH RESPECT FOR RUTGERS THINKING IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE THIS TOOL SPEAK…….YOU DISGUST ME….

  11. I heard Obama trashed Trump often too.!
    It was his agenda for nj election to keep us blue! When i heard this, i immediately signed up for Trump campaign center to make calls !!!

  12. Whiny petulant child Donald Trump is mentally deranged. Read his twitter feeds. President Obama was just #TellingItLikeItIs concerning the knuckle-dragging, anti-intellectual elements of the right-wing.

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