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Bill Clinton to Grads: 'Diverse Groups Make Better Decisions'

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 05:35 PM

Former President Bill Clinton told graduating students at their commencement that they must decide whether "our common humanity is more important or our differences matter more."

Clinton spoke Sunday at the ceremony for Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, about 40 miles west of Syracuse.

Clinton, who received an honorary degree, focused his remarks around diversity, saying it was a strength but that the differences between people were vastly outweighed by what all people share as human beings. He told students they didn't need an America that focused more on "us and them" instead of trying to expand the definition of who fell in the category of "us."

Clinton told the graduates there were no permanent victories or permanent defeats, only lives of "permanent possibilities."

"Diverse groups make better decisions," Clinton told the graduates.

"I am not arguing for any specific position," he said. "I am just trying to say you don't need a world that will put the American experiment… in peril by saying us and them is a better model than by expanding the definition of us and shrinking the definition of them."

Clinton also addressed terrorism, saying, "Does it mean we shouldn't be tough on terrorism committed by Islamic radicals? Of course not.

"But it means we shouldn’t go around in a blind stupor mixing apples and oranges and terrifying some of the talented, most devoted people in this country who want to make their contribution and who help make us better because diverse groups make better decisions.”

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