Delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University in New Jersey today, President Barack Obama told the graduates that “the good old days weren’t that good” and that both America and the world are better than they were “even eight years ago.” “When you hear someone longing for the good old days, take it with a grain of salt, take it with a grain of salt,” Obama said in his address.

“In fact,” he said, “by almost every measure, America is better and the world is better than it was 50 years ago or 30 years ago or even eight years ago.” Here is a transcript of part of the president’s speech at Rutgers where he said that America and the world are better than they were “even eight years ago:” Point number one: When you hear someone longing for the good old days, take it with a grain of salt, take it with a grain of salt. READ MORE