I have little to add: the point has been well made. This is a black guy who has built a career on blaming other black folks for their own situation, so the only thing left to be surprised about is how explicit and banal the Rotary CLub message is. My expectations of him were always low, but it’s amazing, even so, how often he amazes me with the unforeseeable depths to which he can sink.
A few quotes — really, the horrible thing speaks for itself:
Sure, go get your MBA, or start that business. We need black businesses out there. But ask yourselves what broader purpose your business might serve, in putting people to work, or transforming a neighborhood. The most successful CEOs I know didn’t start out intent just on making money — rather, they had a vision of how their product or service would change things, and the money followed.
With doors open to you that your parents and grandparents could not even imagine, no one expects you to take a vow of poverty.
All of you are heading into an economy where many young people expect not only to have multiple jobs, but multiple careers.
If you stay hungry, if you keep hustling, if you keep on your grind and get other folks to do the same — nobody can stop you.
Whatever success I have achieved, whatever positions of leadership I have held have depended less on Ivy League degrees or SAT scores or GPAs, and have instead been due to that sense of connection and empathy.
That last quote brings out what is for me the most repellent aspect of the speech — more repellent even than all the finger-wagging Horatio-Algery of it — namely its insistent tone of preening self-congratulation.
I’m sure the guy was always secretly like this, but being president has brought it out, as it has brought out his inner serial killer.
Here’s the message, in the immortal words of Richard Pryor: I got mine. You get yours.