But today isn’t about how my presence here devalues this fine institution

“Thank you Mr. President, I had forgotten how crushingly dull these ceremonies are. Thank you.

“My best to the choir. I have to say, that song never grows old for me. Whenever I hear that song, it reminds me of nothing.

“Today is the day you enter into the real world, and I should give you a few pointers on what it is. It’s actually not that different from the environment here. The biggest difference is you will now be paying for things, and the real world is not surrounded by three-foot brick wall. And the real world is not a restoration. If you see people in the real world making bricks out of straw and water, those people are not colonial re-enactors—they are poor. Help them.”

For the curious, Jon Stewart’s commencement address at William & Mary is available online. It’s great. I’m just barely resisting the urge to quote from the whole thing, so you should really read it.

(via MeFi)