Obama 'Flattered' by Student Request That's Going Viral

High school senior asks former president to give a national commencement speech
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2020 4:45 PM CDT
Updated Apr 17, 2020 2:28 AM CDT
Student Floats Unusual Idea for 2020 Commencement
President Obama waves to the crowd at Rutgers University graduation ceremonies in May 2016.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – A high school senior thinks he has a way to take some of the sting out of missing graduation ceremonies this spring. "Hi @BarackObama!" he tweeted Tuesday. Saying "it would give us great comfort to hear your voice," Lincoln Debenham of Eagle Rock High School in Los Angeles asked the former president to give a "national commencement speech to the class of 2020." The hashtag #ObamaCommencement2020 quickly took off, notes People, and it had more than 200,000 likes and 40,000 retweets by Thursday afternoon.

An Obama spokeswoman tells CNN that the Obamas are aware of the tweet and "very flattered," but there's no answer yet. Obama delivered many commencement speeches while president, the Washington Post points out. In 2016, he told Howard University graduates that the challenges awaiting them include disease, terrorism, and climate change, then asked them to "flip the script." (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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