Kickass, the doorstop dog, having never graduated from anything, including obedience school, joined the keeper in appreciating the outstanding TV program Saturday night aimed at replacing, in some sense, the thousands of graduation ceremonies across the country that were brutally eliminated by the coronavirus. Since the floodgates of his memory have yet to rust completely shut, the keeper and other old grads were inspired by the youthful exuberance of the student performers, the upbeat music and the speech by Barack Obama. In light of three and one-half years of narcissistic blather and divisive lies coming out of the White House, the keeper says that listening to the calm, compassionate and reassuring words of a respected former occupant was almost enough to make you cry. But then, with those memory flood gates creaking open and bringing the remnants of graduation thrills from long ago, it was better to laugh at the wonderful universal arrogance and enthusiasm of youth than to cry over the greed and stupidity of incompetent and uncompassionate older white adults. As Obama said to this year’s grads, it is up to them to repair the damage that has been done. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Do what you think is right. Build a community.”
Not since Pearl Harbor has a graduating class been faced with such awesome challenges.