The first daughter planned to tell the 759 graduates that it was okay to grieve but that they should think of themselves as “wartime graduates.”
“America’s fate is never dictated by fear — our future is written by the love and courage of our citizens,” she planned to say.
“No person will be unchanged from living through this present hardship. I am confident that the bonds between us will be stronger, our admiration for each other will be deeper, our gratitude for the gift of life will be ever new, and our resolve to build an even brighter future will be greater than ever before.”************
The speech was written before the riots. Kumbaya moments between and among people were sent up in the smoke from the riots.