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Prepared Remarks of President Barack ObamaBack to School Event
The White House ^ | September 7, 2009 | Various socialist hacks

Posted on 09/07/2009 9:15:27 AM PDT by buccaneer81

Edited on 09/07/2009 4:33:05 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Back to School Event

Arlington, Virginia
September 8, 2009
 

The President: Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I’m glad you all could join us today. 

I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it’s your first day in a new school, so it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you’re in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could’ve stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.

I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday – at 4:30 in the morning.   

Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, "This is no picnic for me either, buster."

So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I’m here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I’m here because I want to talk with you about your education and what’s expected of all of you in this new school year. 

Now I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked a lot about responsibility.

I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn. 

I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox. 

I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve. 

But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. 

And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself. 

Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide. 

Maybe you could be a good writer – maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper – but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor – maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine – but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.

And no matter what you want to do with your life – I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.

And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future. 

You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy. 

We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that – if you quit on school – you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country. 

Now I know it’s not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.

I get it. I know what that’s like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in. 

So I wasn’t always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I’m not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse. 

But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn’t have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.

Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don’t have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there’s not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don’t feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren’t right. 

But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying. 

Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future. 

That’s what young people like you are doing every day, all across America. 

Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn’t speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.

I’m thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who’s fought brain cancer since he was three. He’s endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer – hundreds of extra hours – to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and he’s headed to college this fall. 

And then there’s Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods, she managed to get a job at a local health center; start a program to keep young people out of gangs; and she’s on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.

Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell aren’t any different from any of you. They faced challenges in their lives just like you do. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same. 

That’s why today, I’m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education – and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you’ll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you’ll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you’ll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope you’ll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don’t feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.

Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it. 

I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work -- that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you’re not going to be any of those things. 

But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject you study. You won’t click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.

That’s OK.  Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, "I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." 

These people succeeded because they understand that you can’t let your failures define you – you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying. 

No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. It’s the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in. 

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust – a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor – and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals. 

And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you – don’t ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.

The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best. 

It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.

So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?  

Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I’m working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you’ve got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don’t let us down – don’t let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.


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1 posted on 09/07/2009 9:15:28 AM PDT by buccaneer81
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To: Admin Moderator
can you update the link? Thanks...

http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/

2 posted on 09/07/2009 9:16:45 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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Where? That is just the homepage of the WH.


3 posted on 09/07/2009 9:17:53 AM PDT by PghBaldy (http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/06/president-obama-visits-wounded-troops.html)
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To: buccaneer81

Can someone just post the whole thing on free republic? I don’t want to soil myself.


4 posted on 09/07/2009 9:18:12 AM PDT by Mercat (Scary middle aged people take to the street)
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To: buccaneer81
LEAVE THE KIDS ALONE - They have no stake in whatever you have to say...it is you with the agenda to take over their young minds - a la hitler - and recruit for your "youth squads" in your quest for communism/socialism.

Parents - if he does not cancel this speech, keep your kids home in national protest against this travesty against America.

Just do it!
5 posted on 09/07/2009 9:18:54 AM PDT by FrankR (We are only enslaved to the extent of charity we receive....INCUMBENTS OUT!!!)
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To: buccaneer81

“And we’ve got....”

Okay, I got to here and had to comment. I HATE it went he says this. Is it just me, but shouldn’t it be “we have...”? It sounds like his 50% white trailer trash talking here.


6 posted on 09/07/2009 9:19:18 AM PDT by 21twelve (Drive Reality out with a pitchfork if you want , it always comes back.)
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To: 21twelve

at least he didn’t say ... “gots”


7 posted on 09/07/2009 9:20:29 AM PDT by goodnesswins (George Orwell would be proud. Truth are lies, Slavery is Freedom, Oppression is Feminism.)
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To: buccaneer81

Long and boring. All about The Barack. What a turn-off.

Obviously he was trying to work in a health care pitch, but it got half-scrubbed out.


8 posted on 09/07/2009 9:20:36 AM PDT by bvw
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9 posted on 09/07/2009 9:20:39 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: PghBaldy
The Speech
10 posted on 09/07/2009 9:20:46 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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All cleaned up and shiny bright! We probably won’t ever know what was in the original version, but you can bet your bippy it wasn’t this fairy tale.


11 posted on 09/07/2009 9:21:34 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Mercat

Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Back to School Event

Arlington, Virginia
September 8, 2009

The President: Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I’m glad you all could join us today.
I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it’s your first day in a new school, so it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you’re in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could’ve stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.
I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday – at 4:30 in the morning.
Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, “This is no picnic for me either, buster.”
So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I’m here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I’m here because I want to talk with you about your education and what’s expected of all of you in this new school year.
Now I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked a lot about responsibility.
I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.
I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.
I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.
But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.
And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.
Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.
Maybe you could be a good writer – maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper – but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor – maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine – but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.
And no matter what you want to do with your life – I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.
And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.
You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.
We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that – if you quit on school – you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.
Now I know it’s not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.
I get it. I know what that’s like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in.
So I wasn’t always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I’m not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse.
But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn’t have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.
Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don’t have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there’s not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don’t feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren’t right.
But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying.
Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.
That’s what young people like you are doing every day, all across America.
Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn’t speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.
I’m thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who’s fought brain cancer since he was three. He’s endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer – hundreds of extra hours – to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and he’s headed to college this fall.
And then there’s Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods, she managed to get a job at a local health center; start a program to keep young people out of gangs; and she’s on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.
Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell aren’t any different from any of you. They faced challenges in their lives just like you do. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same.
That’s why today, I’m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education – and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you’ll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you’ll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you’ll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope you’ll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don’t feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.
Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.
I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work — that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you’re not going to be any of those things.
But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject you study. You won’t click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.
That’s OK. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
These people succeeded because they understand that you can’t let your failures define you – you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.
No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. It’s the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust – a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor – and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.
And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you – don’t ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.
The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.
It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.
So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?
Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I’m working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you’ve got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don’t let us down – don’t let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.


12 posted on 09/07/2009 9:22:42 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: buccaneer81

“I get it. I know what that’s like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in.”

It’s ALWAYS about him, isn’t it?


13 posted on 09/07/2009 9:22:51 AM PDT by Baladas ((ABBHO))
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To: 21twelve

The guy is an “articulate” “professor” /s


14 posted on 09/07/2009 9:22:53 AM PDT by omega4179 ( -11)
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To: buccaneer81

I read it. It’s not bad.


15 posted on 09/07/2009 9:23:06 AM PDT by ContraryMary (New Jersey -- Superfund cleanup capital of the U.S.A.)
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To: PghBaldy
So he decides to lie to the kids? I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills His mom was married to two different guys and he was later raised by his grandparents. His mom did OK moneywise, as did his grandparents.
16 posted on 09/07/2009 9:23:21 AM PDT by PghBaldy (http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/06/president-obama-visits-wounded-troops.html)
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To: Baladas

He fit in alright, with the campus Marxists, the only people that ever really accepted him, besides Larry.


17 posted on 09/07/2009 9:24:01 AM PDT by omega4179 ( -11)
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To: buccaneer81

Talk about being raised in Indonesia, missing his father throughout his life, being raised by a single parent, help in solving homelessness and AIDS. He surely is not promoting conservative values here.

I will eat my hat if he closes as it it is written...”God Bless America”. I am pretty sure his his lips would fall off.


18 posted on 09/07/2009 9:24:11 AM PDT by lovesdogs (9/6/09 - 1120 days left until obama is toast/421 until midterms)
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To: buccaneer81

I got down to this paragraph:

“You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free.”

Then I stopped. He was even doing fairly well up to here.

Regardless, I’ll still be exempting my kids.


19 posted on 09/07/2009 9:24:18 AM PDT by TheZMan ("I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.")
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To: PghBaldy
Lib crap: You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free.
20 posted on 09/07/2009 9:24:48 AM PDT by PghBaldy (http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/06/president-obama-visits-wounded-troops.html)
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To: PghBaldy

Isn’t it great how he cuts the whole BARRY SOETORO part of his life out of the current narrative.


21 posted on 09/07/2009 9:24:50 AM PDT by omega4179 ( -11)
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To: buccaneer81

We don’t need in-doctrination
We dont need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.


22 posted on 09/07/2009 9:24:52 AM PDT by TurtleUp (I believe that America is good and that human life is good, so I'm a conservative.)
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To: ContraryMary

The problem comes when the questions are posed to the children.


23 posted on 09/07/2009 9:24:54 AM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: buccaneer81

I’m no English teacher. Is starting sentences with and, so or but now considered correct? This is being given to students by a so called educated person. Can’t they even proof read? Where’s the punctuation czar?


24 posted on 09/07/2009 9:26:09 AM PDT by pnut22
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To: ContraryMary

Yeah, I agree, it’s simple and inspirational enough. Good. However, kids will tune it out, blah blah blah, another adult blathering on about staying in school and doing my best, yadayada.

I think we scared Zero out of what he really wanted to say.

Now all we have to do is keep an eye on the teachers and their plans for our kids. Some will still go through with his initial intents.


26 posted on 09/07/2009 9:26:43 AM PDT by swatbuznik
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Reading through it, it doesn’t read correctly in the first third or so of the speech - I’m betting that’s where it was scrubbed. Something is missing in there... a LOT of something.


27 posted on 09/07/2009 9:26:58 AM PDT by TheZMan ("I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.")
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To: Baladas

Did The Kenyan mention anything in this speech about his Islamic school days in an Indonesian madrassa being educated on how to hate America and to behead Christian and Jewish infidels?


28 posted on 09/07/2009 9:27:01 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: buccaneer81
"it is essential that the new Office of Child Control have access to you at all times, and that your parents should never be notified lest they interfere with our progress towards a better, more peaceful world....Place the Hope Chip in any item your parent will be eating, preferably a soft roll or cake..."

What does all that mean?

29 posted on 09/07/2009 9:27:09 AM PDT by montag813
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To: swatbuznik
I think we scared Zero out of what he really wanted to say.

I agree that we scared him -- which isn't a bad thing either.

30 posted on 09/07/2009 9:27:45 AM PDT by ContraryMary (New Jersey -- Superfund cleanup capital of the U.S.A.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

This last line spoken in a school will have the left wing's panties all in a wad.

31 posted on 09/07/2009 9:28:27 AM PDT by noexcuses
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To: Baladas
How long was he actually raised by a single mother? She remarried, but divorced again and he went to live with his grandparents.

Anyone know how many years he actually lived with a single mother? I don't want to read his autobiography to find out.

32 posted on 09/07/2009 9:29:00 AM PDT by FR_addict (www.conservativesinactionusa.com)
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To: buccaneer81
Oh Goody! The link is on the Barry Soetoro domain too (who knew?) http://www.barrysoetoro.com/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/

Does anybody have this off the WH site or the Soetoro mirror so others won't have to get their PCs infested with Hussein's cookies?
33 posted on 09/07/2009 9:29:06 AM PDT by thecraw (Follower of Jesus by choice, American by the grace of God. Oh yeah, a proud Birther too!)
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To: buccaneer81
I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday – at 4:30 in the morning.

Really???
34 posted on 09/07/2009 9:29:21 AM PDT by LA Woman3 (Barack Obama hates old people...)
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To: buccaneer81

Did he say anything about the proper tying of shoes and whether all the milk in one’s glass should be drunk or not? What about flossing? What a guy!


35 posted on 09/07/2009 9:29:44 AM PDT by dr_who
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

“You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free.”

This is what concerns me the most...our kids’ history and social studies textbooks are distorted and paint America as a country that has much to be ashamed of...

He wants us to “make our nation more FAIR...and more FREE?”

And Socialism is the way to do that??? I think NOT!!

Soooo glad Virginia is NOT airing this video to our children!!


36 posted on 09/07/2009 9:30:38 AM PDT by Lisamei62 (Right Wing Extremist Mom)
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To: buccaneer81

I think:

“I” gets used a whole lot in the speech the worst being “I’m trying to get you more books and better classrooms.

Comes off like a campaign speech.


37 posted on 09/07/2009 9:30:47 AM PDT by MNlurker
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Man, what a snoozer.


38 posted on 09/07/2009 9:30:48 AM PDT by HIDEK6 (T.")
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To: TheZMan

Yeah I got the same sour taste from his example of AIDS being the great disease of our time.

Its not like curing Cancer or Heart Disease is any kind of big deal, right?

I mean, didn’t his OWN Mother die of Cancer?

But of course, AIDS is THAT ONE disease that is officially sanctioned by the Politically Correct Intellectuals on the Left as THE GREAT SCOURGE on the WORLD.


39 posted on 09/07/2009 9:30:58 AM PDT by R0CK3T
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To: noexcuses

Obama is going to say GOD in school? Well now Liberals will be up in arms about this speech too.


40 posted on 09/07/2009 9:30:59 AM PDT by RatsDawg (At least we don't have to worry about riding in Ted Kennedy's car anymore...)
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To: noexcuses

LOL, God bless you? God bless America? . . .

(channeling Rev. Wright) . . .

NO!NO!NO!NO!NO! (you know the rest)


41 posted on 09/07/2009 9:31:21 AM PDT by Baladas ((ABBHO))
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To: ContraryMary
It’s not bad.

I guarantee it bears absolutely no resemblance to what was prepared three days ago.

42 posted on 09/07/2009 9:31:34 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: dr_who

You got something there doc. Flossing and brushing would have been appreciated.

What a tool this fool talking in our schools!


43 posted on 09/07/2009 9:31:47 AM PDT by jhw61
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To: buccaneer81
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Tell that to Glenn Beck, Mr. President.

44 posted on 09/07/2009 9:32:17 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Baladas
the last paragraph alone has about 7 "I's" in it.

I, I, I...me, me, me.

45 posted on 09/07/2009 9:32:59 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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46 posted on 09/07/2009 9:35:03 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

After reading this, I’m wondering why he’s even doing it. What’s the point? Unless he’s got something else up his sleeve and wants to endear all Amerikkka’s kinder to him now...


47 posted on 09/07/2009 9:35:13 AM PDT by Feline_AIDS (Boop boop hoop yeah!)
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To: Baladas

What guarantee is there that the original speech isn’t the one he’ll actually say tomorrow after sending out this front = dampened down speech?


48 posted on 09/07/2009 9:35:25 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

“First, let’s talk about me.”


49 posted on 09/07/2009 9:35:57 AM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: thecraw

You can access the transcript here as well without having to access the whitehouse.gov site...

http://whitehouse.blogs.foxnews.com/


50 posted on 09/07/2009 9:36:03 AM PDT by Lisamei62 (Right Wing Extremist Mom)
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