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“I don’t pretend to have all the answers,” President Obama told Ohio State students at their commencement on Sunday. “I’m not going to offer some grand theory on a beautiful day like this — you guys all have celebrating to do. I’m not going to get partisan, either, because that’s not what citizenship is about.”

President Obama, stressing the theme of “citizenship,” said he would ask two things from the class of 2013 — “to participate and to persevere.”

“After all, your democracy does not function without your active participation. At a bare minimum, that means voting, eagerly and often,” Obama said. “It means knowing who’s been elected to make decisions on your behalf, and what they believe in, and whether or not they delivered on what they said they would.

“And if they don’t represent you the way you want, or conduct themselves the way you expect, if they put special interests above your own, you’ve got to let them know that’s not okay. And if they let you down often enough, there’s a built-in day in November where you can really let them know it’s not okay.”

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