From Obama’s graduation speech in Kalamazoo…
Don’t make excuses. Take responsibility, not just for your successes, but for your failures, as well. The truth is, no matter how hard you work, you won’t necessarily ace every class … or succeed in every job. There will be times when you screw up, when you hurt the people you love, when you stray from your most deeply held values.
“And when that happens, it’s the easiest thing in the world to start looking around for someone to blame. Your professor was too hard; your boss was a jerk; the coach was playing favorites; your friend just didn’t understand; your wife … well, I’ll discuss that with Michelle. We see it every day out in Washington, with folks calling each other names and making all sorts of accusations on TV.