“Immigration, guns and national security are dominating the discussion on Capitol Hill, but Americans by and large are still focused on their bottom line. So President Barack Obama is launching a series of quick jaunts around the country to remind Americans he’s still got jobs and the economy on his mind,” the AP writes. “Obama will kick off the effort Thursday with a trip to Austin, Texas, the White House said. While in Texas, the president will visit a technical high school and meet with entrepreneurs. He'll also drop in on a tech company and talk with blue-collar workers.”
USA Today says Obama will be visiting “growing areas.”
Politico on Obama’s commencement speech at Ohio State: “President Barack Obama is the most powerful man in the world, but he still laments that there is so much still out of his control. Obama told Ohio State University graduates Sunday that it will be their responsibility to make the world a better place, because forces aligned against them still hold substantial power. The dour commencement address touched on Obama’s familiar we’re-all-together theme and included shots at his regular bogeymen: Wall Street, an obstinate Congress and, of course, the press.”
Said Obama: “As you’ve studied and worked and served to become good citizens, the fact is that all too often the institutions that give structure to our society have, at times, betrayed your trust. In the run-up to the financial crisis, too many on Wall Street forgot that their obligations don’t end with what’s happening with their shares. In entertainment and in the media, ratings and shock value often trumped news and storytelling. In Washington – well, this is a joyous occasion, so let me put it charitably: I think it’s fair to say our democracy isn’t working as well as we know it can. It could do better. And so those of us fortunate enough to serve in these institutions owe it to you to do better, every single day.”
USA Today: “President Obama urged Ohio State graduates Sunday to practice citizenship and perseverance in confronting a society in which the only constant is change. ‘If there's one certainty about the decade ahead, it's that things will be uncertain,’ Obama told more than 10,000 newly minted Buckeye graduates.”
Wayne LaPierre over the weekend at the NRA convention to applause: “Frightened citizens, sheltered in place, with no means to defend themselves or their families from whatever might come crashing through their door. How many Bostonians wished they had a gun two weeks ago?”
USA Today looks at Jim Porter, the new president of the NRA. From the story: “The election of James Porter — ensured after the endorsement of outgoing President David Keene last week — is one of many defiant signals to come out of the NRA's annual meeting in Houston over the weekend. The organization vowed to continue to fight any compromise on gun-control legislation in Congress.” Porter said Obama wants “revenge” on gun owners.
Porter said this in a 2012 speech: “The NRA was started in 1871 right here in New York state. It was started by some Yankee generals who didn’t like the way my southern boys had the ability to shoot in what we call ‘the War of Northern Aggression.’ Now y’all might call it the Civil War, but we call it the War of Northern Aggression.”
First Lady Michelle Obama was interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning.