Obama slams Trump administration's leadership amid coronavirus pandemic

Obama slams Trump administration's leadership amid coronavirus pandemic

Curated by Los Angeles Laker LeBron James alongside high school students, educators and the American Foundation of Teachers, the special's list of notable participants includes Pharrell Williams, The Jonas Brothers, Malala Yousafzai, H.E.R., Lena Waithe, Olivia Wilde, Megan Rapinoe, Maren Morris, Olivia Wilde, Zendaya, Ben Platt, Henry Platt, Jonah Platt, Yara Shahidi and more, all of whom will contribute performances, commencement messages and/or inspirational vignettes dedicated to the graduates. Right now, when people are scared, it's easy to be cynical and say, 'Let me just look out for myself or my family or people who look or think or pray like me.' But if we're gonna get through these hard times, if we're gonna create a world where everybody has opportunities to find a job and afford college, if we're gonna save the environment and defeat future pandemics, then we're gonna have to do it together he said. "So I ask you to remember them today as you out and change the world, don't leave them behind", she added. "The values you want to live by", Obama said. Accordingly, he encouraged them to become active participants in their country's future.

Because of the global health crisis, traditional American high school and university graduation ceremonies, a popular rite of passage, are out of the question.

In his commencement speech, former President Barack Obama told students that they've already faced big challenges to get to this point. It will be livestreamed at 2 p.m. ET. Former "Office" co-stars Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak hosted the show, which acknowledged every high school and college in every state and shared stories and inspiration from graduates, parents, principals and more. "Let's start by celebrating the graduates of the Class of 2020 and the pivotal role they will play in rethinking and reshaping the path forward".

Winfrey assured them, "It's really OK to not have all the answers".

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. But earlier this month, he harshly criticized Trump's handling of the pandemic as an "absolute chaotic disaster" in a call with 3,000 members of his administrations obtained by Yahoo News.

"No generation has been better positioned to be warriors for justice and remake the world", Obama said.

Obama also touched upon the governments efforts to counter the pandemic noting that leaders "aren't even pretending to be in charge".

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