Bell County High School valedictorian Ben Bowling said in his speech Saturday that he wanted to “share some inspriational quotes” which he had found on Google.
Mr Bowling then went on to say:
“‘Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.’
— Donald J. Trump.”
The audience then burst into applause, before Bowling revealed who he was actually quoting. He said: “Just kidding. That was Barack Obama.
Ben Bowling later told The Louisville Courier-Journal, “The crowd erupted in applause and before they could even finish clapping I said I was kidding and the applause quickly died, I just thought it was a really good quote. Most people wouldn’t like it if I used it, so [I] thought I’d use Donald Trump’s name. It is southeastern Kentucky after all.”
As a matter of fact, about 153 miles southeast of Louisville, overwhelmingly supported Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Nearly 80 percent of ballots were cast for the current president. So the valedictorian probably chose wisely. Bowling’s speech went viral almost instantaneously, and was trending on twitter.
Crowd cheers when Kentucky HS valedictorian Ben Bowling quotes Trump, then groans when he reveals the inspirational quote was actually from Barack Obama 😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/7GL14IIb1S
— ManSitChoAzzDown (@AngryManTV) June 4, 2018
The quote Bowling chose actually originated from a commencement speech Obama delivered at Barnard College in 2012. Well done, Mr. Bowling. Your joke stands as an abridged course on bias.