Most graduation / commencement speeches put the B in Boring and fall into three categories: (1) standard “go change the world!” blah-blah you’ve heard 20 times before, (2) people trying to be very Deep, and Meaningful, but are mostly Confusing as they push their personal pet thing and (3) speakers trying to be funny when they have no experience or business being funny, ever, if their life depended upon it.
This man avoids all of those pitfalls.
It doesn’t hurt that he’s actually funny, and that he used to write speeches for some woman named Hillary and some dude named Barack.
Also: We need a similar magazine on the West Coast full of such smart things about literature and politics and life. I say we call it The Pacific.
Also-also: Hat tip to my speechwriter buddy Jen Waldref (on the Twitter: @olywordsmith) for sending this my way. Jen, you rock.
Also-cubed: If you know of an epically bad graduation speech, I’d love to see the text or YouTube clip.
Reformed journalist. Scribbler of speeches and whatnot. Wrote a thriller that was a finalist for some award.