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tv   Presidents Weekly Radio Address  CSPAN  May 7, 2011 6:15pm-6:30pm EDT

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strong today as ever. so hold on to that sense of optimism. hold on to that belief in your future. our free and open society that can respectfully embrace debate, coupled with a free-market system that rewards risk and innovation is still the envy of the world. we are still as full of potential as ever. just remember this -- when the oppressed are fighting autocratic regimes, they look to america for inspiration. when overseas entrepreneurs built companies, they still look to united states practices as the gold standard. when young people around the world want to attend the best colleges and universities, where do they go? the travel here. and playwrights, filmmakers, and the creative classes of broad imaginations are
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fuelled by america's example. so the world to step into tomorrow, regardless of where on this globe become from, should bring you excitement, not fear. anticipation, not anxiety. the prospect for breakthroughs in conquering human disease, lifting the poor from desperation, and bringing about greater world peace -- those are challenges worth your efforts. our system needs new thinking. we need a fresh generation of innovators, leaders, risk takers, and entrepreneurs, scientists, and activists. that issue. you are not just taking ownership and responsibility for your own pathway, but for all our futures. one person who's pathway i want to celebrate today is my daughter, who is also graduating from college this month, and is here with me today.
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lydie makes live look easy with her contagious laughter and energetic personality, but few know she has faced great adversity. lydie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was just eight years old, and she has spent every day since giving herself numerous insulin shots. there were times when she wanted to give up and call it quits, when life seemed so unfair, yet her courage and determination kept her going. i want to dedicate my comments to her today. she is an inspiration and a hero to me. [applause] so before you officially stepped foot in the real world, let me leave you with just a few thoughts i have collected over
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the years. number one -- be you. find the genius that is uniquely your own, nurture it. is your passion. don't let anyone brownout your inner voice. take that leap of faith and trust your instincts. your uniqueness can change the world. don't stand in front of the mirror and try to look like everybody else. be you. no. 2 -- remember others. the greatest exercise for the human heart is not jogging or aerobics or weight lifting. it is reaching down and lifting another up. find a cause larger than yourself, then speak out and take action. never let it be said that you were too timid or too weak to stand by your calls. learn what that feels like to give 100% to others. it will change your life.
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no. 3 -- embrace failure. some of you probably have not landed the job you wanted. i am sure many of you have faced hardships. i have. failure only hurts if you cannot turn it into a learning experience that makes you stronger and wiser. sometimes that momentary setback, that failure, seems like the end of the world. my heart has broken more than once when friends of my kids, in moments of despair, have taken their own lives. please remember, when you encounter an obstacle in life, four of the most powerful words in the english language are "this, too, shall pass." no. 4, find someone to love. it is power -- it is lives most
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powerful emotion. i ever saw my wife across the courtyard in high school. i tried to get her attention by running for class president. i lost. it did not work. but when we unexpectedly found ourselves working together at marie calendars pie shop, i have a little more luck. this dishwasher, the eye of the cell liberal -- caught the eye of the salad girl. i have two adopted daughters, one from india, the other from china. we got to visit their orphanages and meet any of the women who care for them while they were there. we saw how low can transcend race, geography, religion, and class. some people need friends, others need hope. you will find some that just need love. reach out your hand and give
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them your heart. fifth, and finally, give back as much as you are able. work to keep america great. serve her if asked. i was, by a president of a different political party, but in the end, what we might not all be of one party, we are all part of one nation, a nation that needs your generational gift of energy and confidence. never forget how lucky you are to be sitting here in america today, even with student loans and may belah uncertainty about your future. we live in the greatest, most freedom loving place on earth. embrace it. you might not succeed the first time, and you might fail a few times, but it will be the pathway you choose. no one else will force it on you.
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one of my favorite musicians is ben folds. i love this lyric. i don't get many things right the first time. in fact, i am told that a lot. now i know all the wrong terms, the stubbles and falls brought me here, and i know that i am the luckiest. be you, remember others, embraced failure, find someone to love, giveback, never forget to rock-and-roll, and in closing, i want to leave you with my favorite chinese aphorism from long ago. it is one of those that does not translate directly, but let me get as close as i can. in english, it translates roughly into, and you may have
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to help me on this one, though, fight, when -- go, fight, win. best of luck, graduates. thank you very much. [applause] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] >> thank you, jon huntsman. your words were powerful, and we thank you for them. we will remember them. i can assure you as well that a millisecond after this commencement ceremony is over, there will be thousands of google searches with two words, huntsman, and wizard.
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let's thank john huntsman one more time. [applause] >> this week, attorney general eric holder answered questions about the use of enhanced interrogation tactics. he also talked about the osama bin laden mission during a house judiciary committee hearing. here is a portion. >> for the public record, whether we can therefore be assured that any intelligence which led to this capture and killing of osama bin laden was not the result of enhanced interrogation techniques. was not the result of enhanced interrogation techniques? >> well, i think as has been indicated by other administrations, there was a mosaic of sources that led to
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the identification of the people who led to -- >> i understand that. but were any pieces of that mosaic as a result of enhanced interrogation techniques? >> i do not know. >> if that wer the case, would that have made the action we took against osama bin laden illegal? >> no, i mean, i think that in terms of the attenuation to the -- let's assume that were true, the attenuation between those acts that might have been problematic and the action that was taken just two days ago, i think was sufficiently long so that the action would still be considered legal. >> could we use the same tactics against khalid sheikh mohammed that we did against osama bin laden. would that have beenawful? >> could we have? >> used the same tactics against khalid sheikmommed when we captured him in pakistan as we did against osama bin laden. that is killed him rather than captured him? >> well, the aim with regard to
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bin laden was to kill or capture him. i would think that with regard to khalid sheikh mohammed, we could probably apply those same standards. we have the ability there. >> does it seem some ways inconsistent or difficulty for more relevance to say that it is per se so shocking to the conscience that one would subject khalid sheikh mohammed to waterboarding, but it would not shock the consciee to put a buet in his brain? >> one has to take into account a variety of things. and when you're on the scene, you want to get the person you're trying to capture. but you also have to make sure you're protecting the lives of the people who are on our side and who put themselves at risk. and it is for that reason that there's a safety component there. and the kill or capture component raises itself in a way that would not of somebody else. >> since you imposed a military
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commission trial for khalid sheikh mohammed, would you have imposed a trial for osama bin laden had he been captured and not killed? >> well, that's a hypothetical. i'm not sure it's particularly relevant. >> well, you're taking a strong position against the military commissions and the reluctance that you showed towards closing guantanamo, you issued a rather strong statement about the disappointment with the congress with respect to our efforts to keep guantanamo open and the efforts to military tribunals. i think it's an important question to ask you whether or not since you imposed a trial, whether you would have imposed a military trial for osama bin laden and rather given him the protections of a civilian trial. my position is often times mischaracterized.
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>> i sent five or six other cases to military tribunals. i don't have a problem with the commissions. but the decision i made in the khalid sheikh mohammed case was based on my review of the facts and tactical decisions that no member of congress had the ability to see. >> so it was tactical rather than civilian courts being the one that can uphold the constitutional notionsf fair play as opposed to a military tribunal. >> i think our military commissions are, in fact, especially since they have been modified are constitutional and can give fair trials. but the decision with regard to khalid sheikh mohammed dealt with a whole variety of things that i uniquely had access to. and that's why i made that decision and why i would have be
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>> we will show this house judiciary committee tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> the discussion on the potential value of intelligence gained from computer seized at osama bin laden compound. then a look at the 2012 gop presidential field with eric hauser. later, reaction in the arab- american community to the killing of osama bin laden with james zogby of the arab-american institute. sunday on "q&a", a former navy seal, the couch. he became a member of the underwater demolition and seal team following his 1967 graduation from the u.s. naval academy. he now acts as adviser to the


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