NBC's Williams Tells Grads U.S. Broken, 'Need You to Fix the Country'
Delivering the commencement address Sunday at Ohio State University in Columbus, where we was awarded an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams implied America is broken as he told the graduates: “We need you to fix the country.”
That clip, squeezed in between Al Gore at Carnegie Mellon and Martin Sheen at Notre Dame, aired as part of an annual compilation of commencement advice run at the end of Monday's NBC Nightly News. NBC also aired this from Williams: “We need you all now to step up. And every adult in this place has every faith that you're up to the job.”
Video of a commencement story on the Web site of NBC's Columbus affiliate, WCMH-TV, featured a longer version of the line from Williams: “We need you to fix the country -- and I'm sorry to ask this of you.” In another soundbite aired by the local station, Williams paraphrased Bill Clinton: “There is nothing wrong with America that someone from Ohio State can't fix. Go get them OH!”
Like Michelle Obama, if you are unable to be proud of this country, if you feel as if we are some kind of decline because you are not getting your political way about something, or because we're not some communist utopia (which have never been utopias), then that is on you. You are what is diminished in our country; our country is not diminished in what it offers you, or any of us--or the world.