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Our Love-Hate Obsession With Commencement Speeches

Our Love-Hate Obsession With Commencement Speeches

They appear every spring, like crocuses or robins or perhaps black flies: commencement addresses. Thousands of them, across the country and across the variety of American higher education—two-year schools, four-year schools, small colleges, universities both public and private, schools of every kind. And they will appear again, despite how unusual this spring has been. Many campuses have been roiled by protests about the war in Gaza, and some institutions will curtail graduation ceremonies. But the members of this undergraduate class, who had their high-school graduations shut down by COVID in 2020, have long looked forward to a second chance at a commencement ceremony. Over the next month or so, even in the face of disruptions or cancellations, commencement addresses will be delivered to about 4 million students earning some kind of college degree. Most of these addresses will pass into oblivion. It is a cliché for commencement speakers to open their remarks by confessing that they remember nothing about their own graduation: They have forgotten not just what was said, but who said it. Yet …

Legal advice, speeches and Covid cures – POLITICO

Legal advice, speeches and Covid cures – POLITICO

Not all MEPs have participated equally in the potential bonanza. Transparency International found that MEPs on the political right and center were more likely to take cash, and earn more, than those on the left. (Top outside earner Uspaskich isn’t aligned with any political group — since being kicked out of Renew in 2021 for making comments the liberal group deemed homophobic.) MEPs raking in the cash include Geoffroy Didier, a French MEP with the conservative European People’s Party. He makes €115,200 a year working for a law firm, CARLARA, which boasts offices in Paris and Brussels. The firm’s specialties, according to its website, include the life sciences and chemicals sectors, litigation related to EU regulation and assistance to “EU public authorities before and after regulations.” Didier did not respond to questions about how he avoids conflicts related to his legislative duties, which includes membership on the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs and substitute membership of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. Socialist and Democrat MEP Marek Belka, a former prime …

Republicans’ pro-democracy speeches after January 6 had no impact on Trump supporters, study suggests

Republicans’ pro-democracy speeches after January 6 had no impact on Trump supporters, study suggests

In the wake of the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a study tested whether speeches by Republican politicians could bolster support for democratic norms among party voters. The findings revealed that despite the perceived initial effectiveness of the speeches by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mitch McConnell, they did not significantly impact the attitudes of Donald Trump’s supporters. The research was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Political Science. The violent breach of the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump marked a stark challenge to democratic principles. In response, prominent Republican figures delivered speeches advocating for the core tenets of democracy, including the peaceful transfer of power. This period saw varying reactions from Republican officials and voters, with some downplaying the events and others publicly supporting democratic processes. The attack on the Capitol raised profound questions about the stability of American democracy and whether political elites could reinforce a waning commitment to democratic principles. Before this incident, various indicators suggested that allegiance to democratic norms was declining among Republicans, influenced by elite …

Gingrich says he hopes Trump will plan speeches in large cities

Gingrich says he hopes Trump will plan speeches in large cities

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Wednesday he hopes former President Trump plans to make speeches in larger cities to attract members of President Biden’s base. Gingrich was responding to Fox News host Sean Hannity, who said the sitting president is losing members of his base “in massive numbers.” Hannity added that he sees it as an “opportunity” for Trump to reach out. Asked how the former president could appeal to them, Gingrich explained that Trump should travel to large cities to make his case. “Well, this may surprise you, I think that the country wants ideas more than anger. I think that the country wants to see a presidential candidate in the big cities,” he said on Fox News’ “Hannity.” “I hope that Trump will plan for seven or eight or nine speeches from Philadelphia to Baltimore, to New York, to Boston, to Chicago, to San Francisco,” the former lawmaker added. Many of the bigger cities in the U.S. are led by Democrats and tend to lean Democratic in presidential elections. Gingrich suggested …

Who gets mentioned most in Oscars acceptance speeches? We counted

Who gets mentioned most in Oscars acceptance speeches? We counted

Clint Eastwood had just won an Oscar for directing “Unforgiven” and, with golden statuette in hand, was struggling through a long list of people he needed to thank. Studio executives. His crew. His agent. “You get a little flustered,” he said on that night in 1993. Acceptance speeches are a big part of the Academy Awards, every bit as iconic as the red carpet and the In Memoriam montage. They can also be nerve-racking for winners. Even a famous tough guy such as Eastwood fretted: “I’m leaving out a whole mess of people I’m gonna regret when I sit down again.” As the motion picture academy reconvenes for its 96th annual Oscars ceremony on Sunday, who will the winners remember — and forget — to mention? Mom? Spouse? God? The Times sifted through an academy database of more than 1,500 speeches, using various keyword searches, in a wholly unscientific quest to determine who gets the most shout-outs. The academy itself — as in “I’d like to thank the academy” — topped the list with 864 …

The Most Unusual State of the Union in Living Memory

The Most Unusual State of the Union in Living Memory

Few leaders have so visibly enjoyed being president as Joe Biden. That might explain why he took so long getting down the aisle of the House chamber tonight, shaking hands and taking selfies. When he finally made it to the dais, he soaked up the applause and then grinned. “Good evening! If I were smart, I’d go home now,” he said. The joke acknowledged the stakes of the evening’s State of the Union address. Conventional wisdom held that Biden had little to gain—the speeches rarely give presidents much boost—but much to lose if he seemed lost, old, or incoherent. But Biden delivered an energetic and pugnacious speech, one of the strongest of his career. “In my career I’ve been told I’m too young and I’m too old,” Biden said to laughter. “Whether young or old, I’ve always known what endures, our North Star: The very idea of America, that we are all created equal and deserve to be treated equally throughout our lives. We’ve never fully lived up to that idea, but we’ve never walked …

Biden attacks Trump, defends democracy in fiery State of the Union address

Biden attacks Trump, defends democracy in fiery State of the Union address

President Joe Biden turned his State of the Union speech Thursday night into an animated argument for a second term as he laced into Republican front-runner Donald Trump for espousing “resentment, revenge and retribution” and jeopardising freedom at home and abroad. Revelling in the political moment, Biden fired multiple broadsides at “my predecessor” without ever mentioning Trump by name – 13 times in all – raising his voice repeatedly as he worked to quell voter concerns about his age and job performance while sharpening the contrast with his all-but-certain rival in the November US presidential election. It was a far different tone from Biden than in his previous State of the Union address, and it was designed to banish doubts about whether the 81-year-old is still up to the job as he bids for a second term. Biden goaded Republicans over their policies, invited call-and-response banter with fellow Democrats and seemed to revel in the fight. “Freedom and democracy are under attack both at home and overseas at the very same time,” Biden said as he appealed …

Oscars 2024: 12 of the shortest acceptance speeches ever delivered

Oscars 2024: 12 of the shortest acceptance speeches ever delivered

Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse Loughrey Get our The Life Cinematic email for free In a missive sent around to Oscar nominees a few years ago, stars were instructed to “read the room” when delivering speeches at the Academy Awards. Translation: Get off the stage before the orchestra is forced to awkwardly play you out. In 1943, Greer Garson set a Guinness World Record for Longest Oscars Acceptance Speech, with her address upon accepting her Best Actress award forMrs Miniver clocking in at five and a half minutes.  Garson isn’t the only winner guilty of indulgence though. Hilary Swank, Adrien Brody and Al Pacino have all ignored the 45-second limit and consequently found themselves at the receiving end of a passive aggressive “Will you wrap this up?” stare. Some actors, however, know that not every story needs to be so long and that brevity is an undervalued quality. Franklin D Roosevelt’s adage – “Be sincere, be brief, be seated” – could very well be …

CNN Reporter Reveals Biden’s Filthy Term For Describing Trump’s Speeches

CNN Reporter Reveals Biden’s Filthy Term For Describing Trump’s Speeches

President Joe Biden apparently has a very specific and off-colour term for the things former President Donald Trump says in his speeches — and a CNN reporter revealed it in all its foul-mouthed glory without getting bleeped. CNN White House correspondent MJ Lee appeared on Tuesday to discuss how Biden has directed his campaign staff to deal with the Trump campaign. The key is to apparently let Trump be Trump. Lee said that Biden has asked senior campaign aides to highlight the “crazy shit” that Trump says in public, according to sources Lee spoke to for a CNN story published Tuesday. Some examples Lee cited in her piece include Trump’s recent suggestion that he would “encourage” Russia to “do whatever the hell they want” to other NATO members and his attacks on Nikki Haley’s husband, who is currently on military duty. In response to the article, Ammar Moussa, the Biden campaign’s director of rapid response, sent CNN the following statement: “The president knows the stakes this November could not be higher for the American people. …