So, you’ve worked tirelessly to win President Obama’s “Race to the Top” video competition. Therefore, is there some excuse to gently nod off to sleep during your class of 2010 commencement speech? Perhaps so. But what if the commencement speech is the President Obama Kalamazoo speech, at your very own school?
“To sleep: perchance to dream…” Shakespeare
Yes, you’ve guessed it. Some unfortunate student was filmed falling asleep as his classmates listened to the rousing rhetoric of the President.
As the President regaled the class of 2010 at the Kalamazoo Central High School with the call to action, “Your country needs you,” he slept.
That’s right. In the full glare of the commencement speech. The young man chose to take a well-earned sleep. And, of course, because he sat directly behind the President, he was in full sight. Priceless. And it wasn’t even a lengthy speech.
We can, of course, only guess at how long he had to wait before the commencement speech started. But everything about the Obama Kalamazoo speech suggests the usual tight security. Perhaps the audience had to wait several hours before the speech started. Still, no-one was hurt! Apart from the young man’s pride. And perhaps the President’s feelings.
A priceless introduction to highbrow political speech making for the young man.
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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+
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