They’re barely old enough to vote, but graduating seniors at a Massachusetts high school were encouraged Wednesday by President Obama to boot Republicans from office and help the administration enact more of its agenda.
Speaking at the commencement service at Worcester Technical High School in Worcester, Mass., the president slowly transitioned from delivering a pep talk to leading a political pep rally.
After praising the school’s focus on career-centered education and encouraging graduates to give back to their communities, Mr. Obama addressed the rising cost of higher education, blasting Senate Republicans for stalling a Democrat-backed bill that would allow borrowers to refinance their college loans.
The bill failed in the Senate on Wednesday, a defeat the president blamed on Republicans.
At the mention of the GOP, some graduates began to boo.
“Don’t boo. Just remember to vote,” Mr. Obama said. “I know it’s frustrating for parents, for students who are working hard and doing everything right. There are too many politicians in Washington who don’t have the right priorities. We need to straighten them out. Maybe they forgot where they came from, and who invested in them along the way. And when a bill to help you pay off your college doesn’t pass, it’s a disservice not only to your generation but to our history as a nation that strives to put quality education within reach of every American.”
In lieu of legislation Mr. Obama on Monday took executive action to allow more Americans with student loan debt to cap payments at 10 percent of their monthly income.
Some students cheered when the president mentioned his executive moves.