BROOKLYN - President Barack Obama gave some insight into what it was like to grow up without a father during his commencement speech yesterday at Morehouse University.

“Sometimes, I wrote off my own failings as another example of the world trying to keep a black man down,” said Obama. “I had a tendency to make excuses for not doing the right thing. But one thing you all have learned over the last four years is there is no longer room for excuses.”

The president also said that it was time to break the cycle of many people of color growing up without fathers.

It was the first time a sitting president has spoken at the university.