Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh today criticized President Barack Obama’s commencement address to black students graduating from Howard University over the weekend, calling it “hideous.”
First, Limbaugh recalled in utter bafflement a statement the president made downplaying the fact that many assumed he would be a post-racial leader.
“Be confident in your blackness” Obama said in the speech, adding, “That’s a pet peeve of mine, people who’ve been successful and don’t realize they’ve been lucky, that God may have blessed them. It wasn’t nothing you did.”
The president asserted that the students likely had relative who "were just as smart and just as talented as we were, but somehow got ground down by structures that are unfair and unjust."
Limbaugh compared Obama’s comment about “structures” to the 2012 “you didn’t build that” campaign speech in which he referenced a progressive economic theory delivered by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2011. The speech received staunch backlash from conservative entrepreneurs and free-market advocates.
The radio host explained why he found Obama’s statements so disturbing:
He wants people to realize that … without government — and without “betters” and without people in command-and-control authority — you’re not gonna have diddly-squat.
‘Okay, so I’ve spent four years or however many years here in this university trying to equip myself for success, and now I’m told that’s not a factor. I gotta go out and learn luck. Where do I go to study luck? Where do I go to get my degree in luck?’ And the unspoken message is: If you’re black, you aren’t gonna have it, ’cause the people in charge of luck aren’t gonna pass it out to you.
“This is hideous, folks,” he added.