Georgia Tech student: Yeah, my convocation speech was pretty epic

posted at 9:11 pm on August 22, 2013 by Guy Benson

An obligatory follow-up to yesterday’s items from both Erika and Allahpundit, who jokingly (I think) asked whether Georgia Tech student Nick Selby’s message to incoming freshmen constituted the “greatest speech ever.”   The producers of Neil Cavuto’s Fox News program tracked Selby down and booked him, resulting in this lighthearted interview about America’s mega-viral hit du jour (via Greg Hengler):

Watching the original clip engendered a sense of respect for the guy, at least in me.  It doesn’t get much tougher than impressing a college audience during new student week; Selby took a real risk in front of his peers.  Virtually every person in that room was inwardly grappling with the jumble of emotions associated going off to college, while straining to project an outward sense of studied nonchalance.  Selby’s routine absolutely could have bombed.  But he went all in, and it didn’t.  Props.  The Cavuto interview makes me like the kid even more, for a few reasons:

(1) Points for self-awareness.  Selby transparently understands that he’s living out his personal ’15 minutes of fame,’  and makes no apologies for enjoying the ride.

(2) Major kudos for giving full credit to his high school speech teacher back home, from whom he borrowed the concept for the fired up/musical crescendo approach.

(3) Love the authentic surprise that flashes across Selby’s face when he learns that Microsoft is trying to get in touch with him (right around the 6:00 mark).

(4) When he’s asked about a possible future in politics, Selby’s reply is gracious yet pointed:  No thanks, I think I can accomplish “a little more” through engineering than through politics.  A nod to the private sector, perhaps?  Could Mr. Selby be…one of us?   After all, whether intentional or not, his entire message is a refutation of a certain someone’s “you didn’t build that” mentality.

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a speech for the low info voters.

renalin on August 22, 2013 at 9:12 PM

He just hasn’t been kicked in the testicles much in life. Don’t worry…he will eventually receive the repetitive blows and accompanying humility. Mom and day have told him he is special and he still believe it.

trs on August 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Engineers make the World Runs… We need more and more engineers…

mnjg on August 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Attention whore

Mark1971 on August 22, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Go Dawgs!!!

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Wait till he loses out on a job because of Affirmative Action.

Yes, people can do anything. But, along with that and as my dad always told me, “The world owes you a living but you gotta work like hell to get it.”

Still, it was a good speech. Contrived, maybe, but workable and useful for 18 year olds.

Liam on August 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Allah has left the building?

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

If this were my first time at Hot Air, I would not come back after reading the first four comments here.

Sheesh.

IrishEi on August 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Allah has left the building?

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Lay low – they meet with the NSA today.

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 9:22 PM

He just hasn’t been kicked in the testicles much in life. Don’t worry…he will eventually receive the repetitive blows and accompanying humility. Mom and day have told him he is special and he still believe it.

trs on August 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Dude’s an engineering student at Georgia Tech, and by all accounts, one of their best.

He is special…

JohnGalt23 on August 22, 2013 at 9:23 PM

IrishEi on August 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Ritalin’s just a loser. Ignore it.

wargamer6 on August 22, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Go Dawgs Gators (chomp, chomp)!!!

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Fixed, for national championships…

JohnGalt23 on August 22, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Virtually every person in that room was inwardly grappling with the jumble of emotions associated going off to college, while straining to project an outward sense of studied nonchalance.

Yep, and as a convocation speech it hit the target.

And his high school speech teacher has reason to be proud.

INC on August 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

JohnGalt23 on August 22, 2013 at 9:25 PM

:)

INC on August 22, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Who is more inspiring? Him or Rachel Jenteal?

SouthernGent on August 22, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Son, anytime some a**hole tries to pi** on your fire, you just go ahead and spit gasoline on him.

Drive on.

M240H on August 22, 2013 at 9:28 PM

He is still just a virgin that attends the trade school on North Avenue. Sic em Bmore!

Ellis on August 22, 2013 at 9:30 PM

This guy is awesome. He’s every bit as fun and down-to-earth talking about it here as he was hilariously over-the-top delivering the speech.

I find it inconceivable that people could’ve singled this speech out for criticism in the other thread (seriously, somebody ACTUALLY WROTE that “it’s not as good as the Gettysburg Address” and meant it as a real critique). This was great, this kid is nerd-cool, and everybody wishes they could’ve had a speaker give a stemwinder like this for their convocation.

Esoteric on August 22, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Man, that was awesome.

p0s3r on August 22, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Engineers make the World Runs… We need more and more engineers…

mnjg on August 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Surely. But there needs to be companies and capital to employ them. Even Siemens has been laying off employees:

Siemens Said to Prepare 1400 Job Cuts Amid Profit Push – Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/…/siemens-said-to-prepare-1-400-job-cuts-amid-p…‎
Mar 19, 2013 – Siemens AG is preparing to eliminate 1200 to 1400 jobs at three sites of its energy and infrastructure businesses to bolster profitability, ..

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Dr. ZhivBlago on August 22, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Virtually every person in that room was inwardly grappling with the jumble of emotions associated going off to college, while straining to project an outward sense of studied nonchalance.

Yeah. Virtually everyone was scared and trying to look cool.

You put a lot of lipstick on that pig. :)

Axe on August 22, 2013 at 9:37 PM

You put a lot of lipstick on that pig. :)

Axe on August 22, 2013 at 9:37 PM

lol..

bazil9 on August 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM

IrishEi on August 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Props to that young man. Not only well done, but he ran some big risks, so he deserves the rewards that accompany success. And he seems to have a good head on his shoulders and is keeping things in perspective. His parents should be very proud of him.

novaculus on August 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

When he’s asked about a possible future in politics, Selby’s reply is gracious yet pointed: No thanks, I think I can accomplish “a little more” through engineering than through politics. A nod to the private sector, perhaps? Could Mr. Selby be…one of us?

No. This is like when others here defend progressives using conservative themes to advance their own ideas.

It was amusing to watch, but he’ll go on to make the Xbox2 suck more than Xbox1 (if that’s even possible).

nobar on August 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Go Dawgs Gators (chomp, chomp) Cardinal!!!

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Fixed, for national championships…

JohnGalt23 on August 22, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Fixed again, for truth.

John the Libertarian on August 22, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Go Dawgs!!!

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Why do you have to roll your windows up when you drive through Athens?

To keep UGA from throwing a degree into the front seat of your car.

urban elitist on August 22, 2013 at 9:44 PM

It was amusing to watch, but he’ll go on to make the Xbox2 suck more than Xbox1 (if that’s even possible).

nobar on August 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I’m so waiting for him to put on that Iron Man suit and kick your arse…

JohnGalt23 on August 22, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Fixed again, for truth.

John the Libertarian on August 22, 2013 at 9:44 PM

But what is truth? Is truth unchanging law?

Unlike national championships, which are forever…

JohnGalt23 on August 22, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Engineers make the World Runs… We need more and more engineers…

mnjg on August 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Are you serious? Really? What did they ever build?

We need more social workers! More welfare caseworkers! More ObamaCare Co-coordinators and more IRS agents to make it all run smoothly!

Get with the program!

JellyToast on August 22, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Ah, Brown paper bag time. Got it. ; )

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Is pro-amnesty Guy Benson now going to be posting on the main blog?

Ugh. Wish we could have voted for the people we wanted as new bloggers.

bluegill on August 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM

make the Xbox2 suck more than Xbox1 (if that’s even possible).

nobar on August 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I’m told the idiots dropped the mandatory online and Kinect elements of Teh One, but unless there’s a killer app I want, I’m thinking of going Playstation and checking out their titles for awhile.

John the Libertarian on August 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Fine. I guess to be fair.. Go Bumbling Bees!!! Ick!

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Cool kid, obviously smart and very aware of the world at large. His sense of humor and humility will carry him far in life. And the speech was perfect . . for its intended audience.

Scotsman on August 22, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Is pro-amnesty Guy Benson now going to be posting on the main blog?

Ugh. Wish we could have voted for the people we wanted as new bloggers.

bluegill on August 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Guy, the gauntlet has been thrown down. What say you?

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Unlike national championships, which are forever…

JohnGalt23 on August 22, 2013 at 9:47 PM

True, true, but it would be nice if the NCAA stopped rigging it for the SEC by gutting Pac-12 teams like USC.

John the Libertarian on August 22, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Ah, Brown paper bag time. Got it. ; )

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Hey! You’re not allowed to say that in Seattle, it’s offensive!

John the Libertarian on August 22, 2013 at 9:53 PM

John the Libertarian on August 22, 2013 at 9:53 PM

: )

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 9:54 PM

I’m told the idiots dropped the mandatory online and Kinect elements of Teh One, but unless there’s a killer app I want, I’m thinking of going Playstation and checking out their titles for awhile.

John the Libertarian on August 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

No native recording of games. It’ll be a massive failure. PS4 will dominate due to lack of proprietary games on the WiiU (not that Nintendo really needs anything other than the ds line anyway).

nobar on August 22, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Guy, the gauntlet has been thrown down. What say you?

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 9:51 PM

I say, bluegshrill deserves a vacation on Moderation Island! :)

Anti-Control on August 22, 2013 at 9:57 PM

nobar on August 22, 2013 at 9:54 PM

I get my used games from a hardcore gaming shop — nobody wants it, they’re offended by it.

John the Libertarian on August 22, 2013 at 9:58 PM

When I saw the video, my first thought was “Aspergers”.

But what is truth? Is truth unchanging law?

Unlike national championships, which are forever…

JohnGalt23 on August 22, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Truth was served at the 2013 Sugar Bowl, followed by more truth during March Madness. 2013 is/was the year of the Cardinals!

joeeddie on August 22, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Anti-Control on August 22, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Guy will never read this.

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Obama is a big liar

crosshugger on August 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Are you serious? Really? What did they ever build?

We need more social workers! More welfare caseworkers! More ObamaCare Co-coordinators and more IRS agents to make it all run smoothly!

Get with the program!

JellyToast on August 22, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Amen ;)

mnjg on August 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Guy will never read this.

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM

I am not as sure as you about that! :)

Anti-Control on August 22, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Ugh. Wish we could have voted for the people we wanted as new bloggers.

bluegill on August 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM

…like they let us vote for the people who pms post here?

KOOLAID2 on August 22, 2013 at 10:04 PM

I love the part,right at the end,when he throws his arms up,and stares towards the heavens,just priceless!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on August 22, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Maybe the coolest engineering student ever. About time we get to enjoy some light hearted fun in this depressingly downward spiraling nation without a compass.

Bradvanhalen on August 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM

About time we get to enjoy some light hearted fun in this depressingly downward spiraling nation without a compass.

Bradvanhalen on August 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM

On the 1% chance you were serious — I agree.

Axe on August 22, 2013 at 10:10 PM

I wonder if there are a lot of libs at GA Tech? I just can’t imagine that your typical lib who majors in women’s studies or theater would be interested in going to Tech.

WarEagle01 on August 22, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I see where this thread’s going. I would tell you about LSU, but —

It’s clearly time to do The Gopher.

Axe on August 22, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Obama is a big liar

crosshugger on August 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM

There is more truth in those simple 5 words than all the magazines and newspapers printed the past 5 years.

JellyToast on August 22, 2013 at 10:14 PM

For your enjoyment. There’s just something about this song. Perhaps I’ve had too much wine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHYn7LHV7fg

JellyToast on August 22, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Is pro-amnesty Guy Benson now going to be posting on the main blog?

Ugh. Wish we could have voted for the people we wanted as new bloggers.

bluegill on August 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM

bluegill:

I hope you know,that Guy Benson,has a new Stealth Drone,
with a Ban-Hammer Laser Weapon Pod Targetting System,that
is the target tracking,and weapon system built as one unit,

that will toast you back to Moderation Cove,or worse’er yet,
Purgatory Lagoon,in Ban-Hammer Island!

Good Luck!!
(snark)

canopfor on August 22, 2013 at 10:20 PM

He old skool… We new skool…

PointnClick on August 22, 2013 at 10:24 PM

ALL of ENGINEERING and EVERY ASPECT of IT:

Is A REFUTATION of the “You Didn’t Build That” Philosophy of Obama

williamg on August 22, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Ahhh…

No it wasn’t.

Skywise on August 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Engineers make the World Runs… We need more and more engineers…

mnjg on August 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

+ 100, LIKE!

williamg on August 22, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Go Dawgs!!!

Blah! GO COUGS!

wsucoug on August 22, 2013 at 11:07 PM

I’m thinking of going Playstation and checking out their titles for awhile.
John the Libertarian on August 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

No native recording of games.
nobar on August 22, 2013 at 9:54 PM

The only thing that’s more “it’s come to this” than adults playing with kids games is adults wanting to record the games.

whatcat on August 22, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Go [insert favorite sports team here]. Because that is what is really important!

Ceteris Paribus on August 23, 2013 at 1:28 AM

whatcat on August 22, 2013 at 11:36 PM

I agree, especially from the outside looking in. But when I finally threw myself into the games, I was astounded by the creativity and other-world imagination that goes into the medium. The credits at the end of a $50 game are three times longer than any film I’ve ever seen.

John the Libertarian on August 23, 2013 at 2:21 AM

Poor guy doesn’t realize Obama, democrats and republicans are trying to give his future job to cheap foreign labor.

xblade on August 23, 2013 at 4:21 AM

He’s a kid, we’ll cut him some slack. He did seek to attract attention and his motives may have not been selfish.

What this does point out, however, is the zany new world we live in where a rather nebulous event that in reality effects very few people had gone viral and entered so many other’s lives.

The power of new media to influence people becomes not only awesome but frightening when one considers how the unscrupulous politicians have access to such easy mind manipulation, influence and control.

The next thing you know we may see some of them trying to play a messiah or give speeches with foam pillars as if they were mighty leaders or something.

Don L on August 23, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Iron man suit. Wonderful. Thank you David Letterman and the popular culture. Keep them in perpetual adolescence.

Hopefully, when the SHTF he’ll be able to reach deeper down inside of him and find those qualities he’ll need to survive.

Cleombrotus on August 23, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Still more stupid than “epic.” But Nick Selby is refreshingly human.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2013 at 7:40 AM

I’m thinking of going Playstation and checking out their titles for awhile.
John the Libertarian on August 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

I just bought a ps3. I’m better at pc games, tho. I don’t play a lot but they’re so much smoother on the pc.

The only thing that’s more “it’s come to this” than adults playing with kids games is adults wanting to record the games.

whatcat on August 22, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Honestly.. there are games that are truly epic. Better than any movie. The opening cinematic of even some of the old Mech Warrior games were gorgeous and mini movies in themselves.
Many in the game industries are actually trying to please their audiences and they produce quality work. Unlike Hollywood.

JellyToast on August 23, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Actually it sucked the big weenie.

Bubba Redneck on August 23, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Still more stupid than “epic.” But Nick Selby is refreshingly human.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2013 at 7:40 AM

As a very proud Georgia Tech grad, I agree this isn’t exactly “epic.” But not stupid either. The guy knows his audience and will probably end up doing very well in life. Good luck to all the new “RATS” and THWG!!!!!

VA Jacket on August 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Engineers make the World Runs… We need more and more engineers…

mnjg on August 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM
+ 100, LIKE!

williamg on August 22, 2013 at 11:02 PM

relax geeks. 2 words: galloping gurdy and mars climate orbiter.

t8stlikchkn on August 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Public speaking is the scariest thing i know.

gerrym51 on August 23, 2013 at 10:32 AM

He is much more extroverted than the vast majority of my engineering classmantes

krome on August 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Go Dawgs!!!

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 9:19 PM

To Hell with Georgia!!!

lovesthesun on August 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Could Mr. Selby be…one of us? After all, whether intentional or not, his entire message is a refutation of a certain someone’s “you didn’t build that” mentality.

It’s possible. I worked at GA Tech for a while, and it did seem to me that the kids there skew a bit more conservative than the average college kid. I’m sure it’s not for lack of trying, but it’s a little harder to politicize engineering classes than liberal arts.

Farmer_Joe on August 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM

lovesthesun on August 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Which one?

Bmore on August 23, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Which one?

Bmore on August 23, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Not exactly sure what you’re asking here, but the traditional interpretation at Georgia Tech is, “To Hell with (the University [sic] of) Georgia!”

lovesthesun on August 23, 2013 at 7:29 PM

This guy is awesome. He’s every bit as fun and down-to-earth talking about it here as he was hilariously over-the-top delivering the speech.

I find it inconceivable that people could’ve singled this speech out for criticism in the other thread (seriously, somebody ACTUALLY WROTE that “it’s not as good as the Gettysburg Address” and meant it as a real critique). This was great, this kid is nerd-cool, and everybody wishes they could’ve had a speaker give a stemwinder like this for their convocation.

Esoteric on August 22, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Heck of a job. Loved it.

Dasher on August 23, 2013 at 8:35 PM