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President Barack Obama [2013 file photo].

President Barack Obama [2013 file photo].

An excerpt from President Obama’s commencement address at Rutgers on Sunday.

For Immediate Release
May 15, 2016
Remarks by the President at Commencement Address at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Brunswick, New Jersey
1:04 P.M. EDT

….Facts, evidence, reason, logic, an understanding of science — these are good things. (Applause.) These are qualities you want in people making policy. These are qualities you want to continue to cultivate in yourselves as citizens. (Applause.) That might seem obvious. (Laughter.)….


….We traditionally have valued those things. But if you were listening to today’s political debate, you might wonder where this strain of anti-intellectualism came from. (Applause.) So, Class of 2016, let me be as clear as I can be. In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue. (Applause.) It’s not cool to not know what you’re talking about. (Applause.) That’s not keeping it real, or telling it like it is. (Laughter.) That’s not challenging political correctness. That’s just not knowing what you’re talking about. (Applause.) And yet, we’ve become confused about this….