Next Level Dazed And Confused: Biden Appears UTTERLY Lost As He Claps For Ceasefire

By Alan Hume | Monday, 20 May 2024 04:30 PM
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President Joe Biden, during his attendance at the Morehouse College commencement in Atlanta on Sunday, applauded a call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

The call was made by valedictorian Deangelo Fletcher, who, while not directly criticizing the president, urged his fellow graduates to use their platforms to advocate for peace and justice.

Fletcher, in his speech, invoked the legacy of Morehouse alumnus Martin Luther King Jr., stating, "It is only right for the class of 2024 to utilize any platform provided to stand in solidarity with peace and justice." He further highlighted the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict, noting that it has "plagued the people of its region for generations." Fletcher added, "It is important to recognize that both sides have suffered heavy casualties in the wake of October 7."

President Biden, 81, has previously advocated for a pause in the fighting in Gaza, while also expressing support for Israel in its conflict with Hamas. This stance has stirred controversy among progressives.

In the lead-up to his commencement address, some faculty and students at Morehouse College, a historically black, all-male institution, expressed their discontent with the invitation extended to Biden. Their dissatisfaction stemmed from the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. Steve Benjamin, head of the administration’s Office of Public Engagement at Morehouse, met with students who were upset about the invitation, assuring them that Biden's address would focus on their accomplishments as students, not serve as a campaign speech.

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However, a small group of faculty members reportedly pledged not to attend the commencement address. Political science professor Andrew Douglas told NBC, "I’ve spoken with several faculty members who say under no conditions are they going to sit on a stage with Joe Biden."

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Biden's visit to Morehouse was his first significant appearance on a college campus since anti-Israel protests began sweeping across elite institutions. However, protests at Morehouse were generally more subdued compared to other campuses such as Columbia University.

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Morehouse College planned to award President Biden with an honorary degree, a decision supported by 50 of the 88 faculty members. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre described Biden’s speech as an opportunity to inspire future leaders and address the future of the country and the community they represent.

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Biden's speech came amid political challenges related to the Israel-Hamas war and declining polling numbers among younger and black voters. According to an NBC News April survey, Biden's edge over President Biden among black voters has dropped from 87% to 71% since the 2020 election exit polls. Furthermore, only 36% of voters aged 18 to 34 expressed high interest in the 2024 presidential election, signaling potential challenges for the President.

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Before his speech, Biden announced $16 billion in new funding for historically Black colleges and universities. He is the first President to deliver the Morehouse College commencement address in 11 years, following former President Barack Obama in 2013. Biden is also scheduled to deliver a second commencement address on May 25 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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