You are part of that horrid expression, the best and the brightest. It can be a terrible burden if you let it be, but it is the great challenge of your time. And being a warrior in that challenge should be wondrous.
We are a continuum. Just as we reach back to our ancestors for our fundamental values, so we, as guardians of that legacy, must reach ahead to our children and their children. And we do so with a sense of sacredness in that reaching.
No one on his deathbed ever said, I wish I had spent more time on my business.
Journey with me to a true commitment to our environment. Journey with me to the serenity of leaving to our children a planet in equilibrium.
America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.
This land, this water, this air, this planet - this is our legacy to our young.
Let's try winning and see what it feels like. If we don't like it, we can go back to our traditions.
Two hundred years ago, our Founding Fathers gave us a democracy. It was based upon the simple, yet noble, idea that government derives its validity from the consent of the governed.
Our destiny is greatness and we must return to its fulfillment.
A commencement is a time of joy. It is also a time of melancholy. But then again, so is life.
I want to deploy the leadership to meet the challenges that face us and to restore America's greatness.
In this era of the global village, the tide of democracy is running. And it will not cease, not in China, not in South Africa, not in any corner of this earth, where the simple idea of democracy and freedom has taken root.
It was a myth that's often perpetuated at commencement that holds that only hope and promise lie beyond the halls of academe. Don't worry, be happy. Everything is fine.
Don't fear your mortality, because it is this very mortality that gives meaning and depth and poignancy to all the days that will be granted to you.
Thinking in generations also means enabling our young to have a decent standard of living.
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