Regarding the President at Howard University:
I read the account in the Times, but I was more struck by how the White House itself handled the reporting of President Obama's appearance at Howard.
Obama took the White House communications office to new levels - into the stratosphere, especially compared to the paper and pen format of his predecessor. Obama's talk to Howard University graduates was full of wisdom, and he put it out there for the world to see and hear. Cheers to his press people and his tech team. (God knows Hillary would need them.)
He made allusions to the Black Lives Matter movement and the need to blend thoughtful compromise with impassioned activism. The students obviously will remember his words forever. What was significant to me, in a personal way, was seeing actress Cicely Tyson there with him (photo). Tyson is from my maternal family's native island of Nevis, with a rich history that includes being the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton (and of my granddad Bertram Baker, who succeeded Hamilton some two hundred years later in the New York State Assembly!) I'm in fact a citizen of Nevis. So cheers to the Caribbean.
What's significant to the communications landscape of today is that I'm offering you below a video of Obama's speech, not from CBS or ABC or even (bow to the modern world) CNN, but from the White House itself, which threw it up on YouTube right away. Back to work, and mom.