President Obama Notre Dame Commencement Speech Video

President Obama gave the Notre Dame Commencement Speech on Sunday, March 17, 2009. His speech tackled the abortion debate by calling for civility in debate. Referring specifically to the divisiveness that has come from both sides, he said,

Each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction, but surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature.

Later in the speech he asked,

As citizens of a vibrant and varied democracy, how do we engage in vigorous debate? How does each of us remain firm in our principles, and fight for what we consider right, without demonizing those with just as strongly held convictions on the other side?

The speech ran about 30 minutes. It is worth the investment to watch.

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3 responses to “President Obama Notre Dame Commencement Speech Video

  1. Richard Hodge

    Check the last minute(s) of the part 2 video of Obama’s Notre Dame speech which is a link at the conclusion of the part 1 video on this webpage. It contains messages and images relating to the president which I doubt you were intending to represent on your webpage.

  2. Thanks Richard!, we swapped it out.

  3. FREEDOM TO SPEAK, TO INVITE SOMEONE TO SPEAK, TO LIVE OR LIVES THE WAY WE CHOOSE IS GOD’S GIVEN GIFT TO US WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE ONE ANOTHER OR RESTRICT ONE ANOTHER FOR SIMPLY EXPRESING THEMSELVES IN THEIR FULL MEASURE TO SHOW THAT WE HAVE BEEN CREATED DIFFERENTLY IN EVERY WAY FROM ONE ANOTHER. AND IN SO DOING WE CAN CREATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW OTHERS THAT IS NOT JUST YOUR WAY OR MY WAY BUT THE POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER WAY TO SOLVE OUR DIFFERENCES, AND COME TOGETHER AS ONE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS THE ONLY WAY FOR THE HUMAN RACE TO SURVIVE AND PRESERVE LIVES.WE ARE NOT GREATER THAN OUR CREATOR TO TAKE AWAY FROM ONE ANOTHER THAT GREAT GIFT GIVEN TO US WHICH IS “FREEDOM”.

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