In Michigan
3:41 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Obama to K'zoo high school grads: 'Don't make excuses'

KALAMAZOO, MI –

President Barack Obama is telling high school graduates in Michigan not to make excuses, and to take responsibility for failures as well as successes.

In excerpts of remarks to be delivered later Monday at Kalamazoo Central High School, Obama says that it's easy to blame others when problems arise. "We see it every day out in Washington, with folks calling each other names and making all sorts of accusations on TV," the president says.

He says the high school kids can and have done better than that.

The 1,700-student high school in southwest Michigan landed Obama as its commencement speaker after winning the national Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge.

According to Obama, America could learn a lot from Kalamazoo Central High School.