Just like I commented here on a recent journal entry about why I didn't congratulate someone who graduated high schools, I said I follow Chris Rock's philosophy that you shouldn't get credit for something you're supposed to do.
Today, Barack Obama also quoted the same Chris Rock segment, in relation to people giving their daughter a big party for graduating 8th grade. In his prepared speech, there is no Chris Rock reference, but he mentioned it on the video. His prepared notes read:
"You know, sometimes I’ll go to an eighth-grade graduation and there’s all that pomp and circumstance and gowns and flowers. And I think to myself, it’s just eighth grade. To really compete, they need to graduate high school, and then they need to graduate college, and they probably need a graduate degree too. An eighth-grade education doesn’t cut it today. Let’s give them a handshake and tell them to get their butts back in the library!"
So, you know, just saying, great minds and that... :-)