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Sun May 18, 2014, 02:14 PM

Sec. Kerry delivering class day address at Yale NOW

Livestreaming through youtube. Yale student now introducing him. . on youtube, will probably be kept up as archive



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Reply Sec. Kerry delivering class day address at Yale NOW (Original post)
MBS May 2014 OP
MBS May 2014 #1
YvonneCa May 2014 #2
mylye2222 May 2014 #3
MBS May 2014 #6
karynnj May 2014 #4
MBS May 2014 #5
mylye2222 May 2014 #7

Response to MBS (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 03:39 PM

1. yup, it's been archived. The above link takes you to the tape.

Glad to see that the student intros are still in there, too.
First half is quite funny; second half is serious.
Recommended!

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Response to MBS (Reply #1)

Sun May 18, 2014, 06:01 PM

2. Thank you for this...

...MBS. Will watch it this afternoon.

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Response to mylye2222 (Reply #3)

Mon May 19, 2014, 04:11 PM

6. Thanks for this! n/t

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Response to MBS (Original post)

Mon May 19, 2014, 02:36 PM

4. Thanks so much for the link -- he was fantastic

Watching it, all I could think at parts was how very much it was the essence of who he is. I remember long ago, someone here - maybe Tay Tay - remarking that after years in politics, Vietnam etc, Kerry is at heart an idealist. That shines through here. The solutions he sees as possible stem from a real belief in people. Nowhere was that clearer than when he identified "cynicism" as his most disliked of the three forces against change. ( Yeah - I doubt certain posters in DU would see themselves there - even though their constant but implicit claim is that those of us willing to believe in anything are just not as clear eyed or smart as they are. )

I have watched the many speeches that he has given at commencements, all with the same playful banter and jokes -- but all with a serious message. Many speeches were tailored to where he was speaking. In some ways, this is the one that seems the most personal of those I have heard. Maybe because it is Yale or maybe because having spent the last year working to make the world better, he is to some degree explaining why he fights on -- even on things that seem hopeless. Not accepting cynicism, hopelessness and indifference are all what makes Kerry different than most other political leaders of our time -- as the student introducing him said.

One last observation. Kerry's description of felt needs as the basis for people pushing for change and leaders then making it happen is something that would be good for many people unhappy with where the country is on several things. However, a large contingent seem to prefer to whine and to see people saying things could be different as lying when seen through their own cynicism. (Some might listen - as long as the comments were attributed to Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders - who likely would agree, however, there now seem to be so many on DU who really belong on libertarianundergound. For them, the idea that any good could come via government is impossible.) PS - as you can see from this, I should banish myself from the main forum today or at least any Kerry or Obama thread.

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Response to karynnj (Reply #4)

Mon May 19, 2014, 04:10 PM

5. Kerry is an idealist to his very bones.

Without that faith in his country and in people,there is no way that his fighting spirit could have survived as long as it has.

You've got my thanks and support for your contributions elsewhere in DU : )I just added to that thread myself.
Really, in many ways, Kerry's speeches (at both Yale and BC, but especially Yale) were really speaking to the people you addressed in your posts.

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Response to MBS (Reply #5)

Mon May 19, 2014, 04:13 PM

7. I just cannot support they way thos kind of people

 

treat him! Its pure abuse!!!!!

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