What Obama Should Have Said

By Jeff Utsch

What Obama Should have said.

Over the weekend our Commander in Chief for over 7 years gave a speech at Howard University that was so revealing, so despicable, so un American, so divisive, and so full of vitriol and such a wasted opportunity to teach that a response needed to be made.

If his goal was to further divide our nation according to race – he succeeded
If his goal was to take away individual responsibility – he succeeded
If his goal was to diminish the role of personal effort in success – he succeeded
If his goal was to stifle hope and opportunity – he succeeded
If his goal was to tear down America in the eyes of his listeners – he succeeded
If his goal was to tear the bands of loyalty the audience felt towards their country – he succeeded
If his goal was to stifle the drive and dreams of those in attendance – he succeeded
If his goal were to make amends with the black community – he failed miserably

If anyone has failed to see what kind of a man we have had leading our nation, and have been asleep like Rip Van Winkle since 2008, and woken up to this latest speech, all the answers to questions as to why we are where we are would be answered. Such a shame and such a wasted opportunity for greatness.

Obama could have said something like this.

“It is great to be here among the best and brightest of a new generation of Americans ready to start the pursuit of your own happiness and your own journey of personal growth and fulfillment.

This nation has not always allowed those of our color to rise to certain levels but I am here to tell you that you can do it. I am living example of what one can accomplish through hard work, education, perseverance and of course….. good timing a little luck never hurts!

It is amazing though to realize that the harder one works the more luck one seems to find! It is not easy out there but we live in a nation that will eventually reward you for your efforts and contributions to society. There will be setbacks along the way and times you may feel unjustly treated but if you keep getting up and decide not to become the victim you will succeed. We do not live in a time free of racism altogether but look at the progress we have made. Most people will not judge you by the color of your skin but by the principles you live and the value you bring to your community and your own family one day.

In the race of life, we don’t have the time to stop and focus on those who would slow us down and impede our progress. Ignore them! That is my advice. Just ignore those fools and eventually they will go away. A life well lived and the opportunity to reach your potential, whatever that may be, is within your grasp right here and now. Understand that and reach for it! When you are raising your own children teach them the same that each and every glass ceiling that once existed will be broken.

This is all possible because we live in a nation that has always strived to the ideal. It is true that we have not always lived the ideal but that has been our aspiration and over time we have made progress to that end.

Yes, we’ve had set backs but now is the time and yours is the generation to make that ideal a reality. You are the greatest influence on your own success. You hold the future of where America heads. You can create who you want to become. You will determine your own happiness. More than at any time in the history of this nation it is you…YOU who can make a stamp and impact on the future for the better.

It is because of those who came before you that I am able to say that at this time. Never forget their sacrifice. It was not just those of our own skin color that make these opportunities happen either. Remember that as well. It is time that all Americans come together as Americans first and looked towards the ideal.

In conclusion I’ll give you one thought to ponder. Remember the doughnut tastes much better than the hole. Let’s focus on the doughnut as we move forward.

Thank you!”

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Jeff Utsch is a Leadership and History Instructor at the Leadership and Freedom Center in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he teaches leadership lessons learned from the battle and forging trusted teams and leaders. Jeff also teaches professional development and "leading with a purpose" courses to law enforcement and other agencies around the country. He is the Founder of Heirs of the Republic Educational Foundation a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to “Securing the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and Our Posterity.” He previously served as a Director and Ambassador for the Navy SEAL Foundation, where he assisted in establishing an endowment within the Foundation. At the Foundation, Jeff chaired the Development Committee and organized and assisted with benefit galas in Tucson, AZ, Coronado, CA, and Virginia Beach, VA. He also has 27 years’ experience as President and CEO of a small company and 25 years’ experience training U.S. military personnel. Jeff graduated from University of Arizona in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, where he also served as captain of the Swim Team. During his swimming career, Jeff was a member of the US National Team 1984-87, Top 10 World Rankings 1984-1988, and NCAA All-American in 1988. Using the skills, he developed as an All-American swimmer and Captain of the University of Arizona swim team, Jeff currently serves as an Instructor to the Navy SEALS/Naval Special Warfare community where he teaches Navy SEALS and support personnel specialized tactical swimming. In addition, Jeff has taught Air Force Para Rescue Jumpers, Combat Controllers, Force Recon Marines, Coast Guard MSST, and other military personnel.