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Obama addresses to college and high-school graduates wade into politics but don’t mention successor Trump by name

Former President Barack Obama accepts the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a ceremony in New York in 2018. WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama on Saturday told college graduates in an online commencement address that the pandemic shows many officials “aren’t even pretending to be in charge.” ‘More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing. A lot them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.’ — Barack Obama Obama spoke on “Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition,” a two-hour event for students graduating from historically black colleges and universities broadcast on YouTube GOOG, +1.25% GOOGL, +1.19% , Facebook FB, +1.96% and Twitter TWTR, +1.54% . His remarks were unexpectedly political, and touched on current events beyond the virus and its social and economic impacts. “More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama said. “A lot them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.” Later Saturday, during a second televised commencement address for high-school seniors, […]

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