Obama invokes Rawls

In a commencement speech at Howard University, Obama does an implicit shout out to Rawls and the Veil of Ignorance:

If you had to choose one moment in history in which you could be born and you did not know ahead of time who you were going to be , what nationality, or it gender, what race, whether you would be rich, poor, and a or straight — gay or straight, what faith you would be born into, you would not choose 100 years ago. you would not choose the 1950’s, the 1960’s, or the 1970’s. he would choose right now. If you had to choose a time to be in the world to be younger, gifted and black in america, you would choose right now

While I don’t necessarily agree with his conclusion, the fact that he invokes the Veil of Ignorance is what I find interesting.

See the clip here (starts at 12:45)