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Obama exhorts kids to pay attention in school
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Posted on 09/07/2009 9:28:41 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama plans to tell the nation's school children that they ultimately are most responsible for their own education.

The White House posted Obama's remarks .. on its Web site.

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.. Obama tells young people that all the work of parents, educators and others won't matter "unless you show up for those schools, pay attention to those teaches."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


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HaPPy LaBoUr Day, Workers! Yur KidZ are safe in the public skool systum..
1 posted on 09/07/2009 9:28:42 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before his departure September 7, 2009. Obama is going to address the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Day Picnic in Cincinnati, Ohio. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES POLITICS)


2 posted on 09/07/2009 9:31:05 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

September 8, 2009 is National Keep Your Kids Home Day


3 posted on 09/07/2009 9:32:27 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: NormsRevenge

That speech is WAAAAAYYYYY too long. Does he expect to hold school chidren in rapt attention for 20 minutes?


4 posted on 09/07/2009 9:32:47 AM PDT by RightFighter (Sarah Palin - we love you and can't wait to see you again.)
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http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/

 


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.
 
 
 

5 posted on 09/07/2009 9:34:07 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey wanker! I tell my kids that already. Don’t need your interference!


6 posted on 09/07/2009 9:34:11 AM PDT by vpintheak (4-times an extremist)
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To: NormsRevenge

Is this supposed to be another one of his ridiculous “teachable moments?” Ha Ha Ha!!!


7 posted on 09/07/2009 9:35:58 AM PDT by SierraWasp (Obama Targets Medicare Advantage Plans (Seniors Are Getting Screwed!!!))
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8 posted on 09/07/2009 9:37:32 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: NormsRevenge
We don't need advice from a despicable person like Obama.

Had HE PAID ATTENTION to proper education, then he wouldn't be such a failure. Following Obama will lead to losing your soul and being an evil failure while on this earth.

9 posted on 09/07/2009 9:40:02 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: RightFighter

I bet my daughter that my 6 year old granddaughter will nod off after the third paragraph.


10 posted on 09/07/2009 9:40:23 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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a more easily read version of remarks

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.


11 posted on 09/07/2009 9:40:30 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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Obama exhorts kids to pay attention in school

OK and I'll check the air in my tires also...you freakin moorrrrooooon

12 posted on 09/07/2009 9:41:51 AM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (o)(o)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thank you for posting this.

I don’t want the WH using my internet account.


13 posted on 09/07/2009 9:41:51 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thank you for posting this.

I don’t want the WH using my internet account.


14 posted on 09/07/2009 9:42:00 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: NormsRevenge
"I" - 41 times

"I'm" eight times

"my" nine times

"me" four times

15 posted on 09/07/2009 9:42:16 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: NormsRevenge

With the country going down the tubes and our military bogged down in Afghanistan, BO telling kids to stay in school (no matter how ineffective it may be) is certainly something they have never heard before from their parents, teachers, etc.


16 posted on 09/07/2009 9:43:09 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: vpintheak

“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. “

Sure, the Kenyan Impostor had a Saudi controller greasing the skids for him as he became the Manchurian candidate.


17 posted on 09/07/2009 9:43:55 AM PDT by y6162 (uish..)
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To: BenLurkin

thanks for the Narcissism tally for the I one.


18 posted on 09/07/2009 9:44:17 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: BenLurkin

I think they are setting us up. He is going to give a non-political speech that is inspiring. We are going to then be portrayed by his stenographers in the media as paranoid. They are going to then use the occasion to bury the Van Jones story (not that they ever really covered it)and promote socialized medicine because this and the birther movement prove we are all nuts and not to be trusted. I’m going to spend days wretching while the media play up this speech as one for the ages and thousands of schools change their name in his honor.


19 posted on 09/07/2009 9:49:02 AM PDT by willk
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To: vpintheak
I don't want other kids to be emulate the loser Obama is. It was his SKIN COLOR that got him into better colleges. The same is true of Michele, my belle.

His mother abandoned him. She was unfit. His dad was a polygamist. I've yet to see any papers he wrote in college or proof that he graduated from any college or even evidence that he is a U.S. citizen.

No, Obama, you won't influence anyone in this household. we aren't dazzled by a pathoclicigaic, naricsiistic LIAR that is good for nothing.
You will NOT take over the role of a parent, no matter how hard you try to butter up kids. YOU, Obama are everything I would NOT want ANY kid to be. You are confused and EVIL.

20 posted on 09/07/2009 9:50:58 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: BenLurkin

Good catch!

It’s all about Obama!

The ONLY background information we have on him, is what OBAMA wrote about himself with no evidence to support - even his place of birth.


21 posted on 09/07/2009 9:52:31 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: NormsRevenge
It doesn't matter what he says. The education department needs to pull back their "materials" at a minimum. I'm not sure he's even on legal ground.

20 USC 3403 - Sec. 3403. Relationship with States

No provision of a program administered by the Secretary or by any other officer of the Department shall be construed to authorize the Secretary or any such officer to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, over any accrediting agency or association, or over the selection or content of library resources, textbooks, or other instructional materials by any educational institution or school system, except to the extent authorized by law.

http://vlex.com/vid/sec-relationship-with-states-19199590

22 posted on 09/07/2009 9:54:02 AM PDT by Kenny
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To: willk
It's too late for that. Word leaked out about HOW kids were supposed to HELP Obama and those lesson plans to be inserted into the classroom. He did clean up his act but the problem is his life is a LIE. He's been a FAILURE in everything has has done as President. He's a loser from a dysfunctional family and it shows badly. Look at what he dwells on - his dysfunctional childhood.
23 posted on 09/07/2009 9:55:30 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: BenLurkin

Also:

“You” + variants = 201

Ratio of first-to-second person references = 30%

Total words ~ 2,400


24 posted on 09/07/2009 9:56:12 AM PDT by mikrofon (Enjoy the fruits of your Labor (Day) while you still can.)
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To: Kenny
Since when does Obama obey our laws?

Where is his proof of citizenship?

Where in the Constitution does it say the government should buy a company? And the questions keep coming. No one is holding him accountable. THAT is the problem.

25 posted on 09/07/2009 9:57:13 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: NormsRevenge
I-I-I-I-I me-me-me

Just scanning the speech without reading it, all those self-referencing statements pop out...

26 posted on 09/07/2009 9:58:57 AM PDT by Mamzelle (Who is Kenneth Gladney? (Don't forget to bring your cameras))
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To: willk
Nah. Maybe that's their hope NOW, but I find it hard to believe that was their plan from the beginning.

I don't think Obama has the pull he used to.

27 posted on 09/07/2009 10:02:41 AM PDT by Mamzelle (Who is Kenneth Gladney? (Don't forget to bring your cameras))
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To: NormsRevenge

>> WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama plans to tell the nation’s school children that they ultimately are most responsible for their own education

What difference does it make if one need not reveal one’s grades?


28 posted on 09/07/2009 10:04:30 AM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: nmh
Anyone who has ever talked to children knows that there is a huge difference between kindergarteners and seniors.

I'm thinking most elementary kids are going to tune out very quickly.

29 posted on 09/07/2009 10:05:56 AM PDT by Dianna
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To: BenLurkin

There is NO “I” in TEAM!!!!


30 posted on 09/07/2009 10:06:29 AM PDT by unojook
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To: NormsRevenge

I honestly doubt this is the original “message” he
intended to give. He more-than-likely sanitized the speech to make the conservatives appear wrong in their objection to his attempt to influence school children. He is a con artist to max.


31 posted on 09/07/2009 10:09:52 AM PDT by beethoven
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To: NormsRevenge

.. Obama tells young people that all the work of parents, educators and others won’t matter “unless you show up for those schools, pay attention to those teaches.”
___________________________________

LMAO! Seems to me someone better go back to English class!

I’m beginning to accept that he really does think he is the only one who can save America’s soul - just like Michelle said during the campaign.


32 posted on 09/07/2009 10:11:39 AM PDT by JavaJumpy
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To: NormsRevenge
Why isn't his "school speech" Czar giving the speech?

Hasn't he appointed one yet or is he still in Havana getting vetted?

33 posted on 09/07/2009 10:11:56 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: NormsRevenge





34 posted on 09/07/2009 10:13:09 AM PDT by Deo volente ("By August (1992) I was a communist." Van Jones, Obama's former Green Czar.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Emil Faber said it just as well and more succinctly:

EMIL FABER
FOUNDER - A.D.1904
KNOWLEDGE IS GOOD


35 posted on 09/07/2009 10:13:48 AM PDT by DManA
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To: NormsRevenge

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day.”

He needs help putting his feet on the floor every morning.


36 posted on 09/07/2009 10:14:49 AM PDT by goldi (')
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To: Deo volente

Exactly!


37 posted on 09/07/2009 10:16:03 AM PDT by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: Kenny

20 USC 3403 - Sec. 3403. Relationship with States

No provision of a program administered by the Secretary or by any other officer of the Department shall be construed to authorize the Secretary or any such officer to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, over any accrediting agency or association, or over the selection or content of library resources, textbooks, or other instructional materials by any educational institution or school system, except to the extent authorized by law.

http://vlex.com/vid/sec-relationship-with-states-19199590

*********************************************************

Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH) introduced an amendment, which passed, to the Serve America act. This amendment allows Americorps volunteers to monitor physical education teachers and food programs at school - for the sake of the child’s health. Won’t be long before it’s history teachers, too, I’ll bet. I wonder how many teachers are aware they’re about to be monitored and have their records sent to the government on how they teach and if it’s effective?


38 posted on 09/07/2009 10:20:29 AM PDT by JavaJumpy
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To: NormsRevenge

And if you do coke and smoke cigs, too....along with a beer or two....that’s okay, too. Look at me for the perfect example. And if yoiu get your girl pregnant...no problem...we’ll kill the baby for her...free of charge. Then you won’t get stuck with child support.


39 posted on 09/07/2009 10:21:59 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: RightFighter

Maybe some of the high-schoolers will, but most of the younger kids will start drawing or nodding off.

I suspect that some teachers will give their kids extra credit or assignments based on what he says, making them pay attention.


40 posted on 09/07/2009 10:22:00 AM PDT by digital-olive
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To: mikrofon

About 2000 words too many

Nice speech but as normal he thinks way too highly of himself and believes his mere words will transform their minds and hearts so he drones on and on and on thinking the kids will be transfixed by his voice

I’m sure about half way though most kids will be thinking “when is this going to be over”


41 posted on 09/07/2009 10:22:45 AM PDT by Popman (Obama "may" be a US citizen, but he's not an American)
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To: NormsRevenge

“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.”

He fails to mention his mother was married at the time to a man who, by all accounts, did OK financially.


42 posted on 09/07/2009 10:23:28 AM PDT by JavaJumpy
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To: NormsRevenge
Out in my neck of the U.S.A, there was without doubt parents upset. I called the School District Board inquiring about the O and if at ANY time will this be shown (say, Sept. 23, or Oct. 1, pick a day). They assured me no.

Two days later, a formal letter arrived to all parents informing them the school district will NOT (bold type was in their letter) be showing this at all.

I don't care if Ronald Regan II was in office, I still don't like the idea of Presidents having carte blanch access to the youth of this country.

43 posted on 09/07/2009 10:28:56 AM PDT by Michael Barnes (The synonym decides above the combining remedy.)
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To: beethoven

He more-than-likely sanitized the speech to make the conservatives appear wrong in their objection to his attempt to influence school children.

___________________________________

The bit about his mother getting up at 4:30 am to teach him lessons and the “buster” comment was used during the campaign not only in speeches, but in television ads. Another copied and pasted - but oh so inspiring - speech.

In any event, if he couldn’t go to American schools that explains why he misspoke and talked about 57 states during the campaign.

AND, I hope the young high-school aged man who was volunteering at my precinct last November - the one with sloppy clothes who was sound asleep while the other kids were alert and helpful - is listening. No doubt they all ended up with the same credit for their ‘service’. Another teachable moment here in Amerika!


44 posted on 09/07/2009 10:30:55 AM PDT by JavaJumpy
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To: NormsRevenge

“President Barack Obama plans to tell the nation’s school children that they ultimately are most responsible for their own education.”

If that’s true, then the Big O should come out and support school vouchers so parents can choose what school their child should attend.

I don’t believe a word this guy says. Neither should you.


45 posted on 09/07/2009 10:31:52 AM PDT by veritas2002
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To: BenLurkin

and “God” twice, even though he doesn’t believe in one.


46 posted on 09/07/2009 10:35:33 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: willk

Stop with the quislingism.


47 posted on 09/07/2009 11:04:49 AM PDT by bvw
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To: JavaJumpy

I bet that those “4:30” sessions were an experiment that lasted for about a week at most and then abandoned. But then they could be used to make the illusion that this was a long term effort by his mother.


48 posted on 09/07/2009 11:09:27 AM PDT by Albertafriend
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To: NormsRevenge
You can bet you butt that this is not he original speech. The changed it and he is keeping the so called "assignments" that are to follow it. What is so important that he has to address schools personally, what would be wrong with a 2 minute message on the WH website, open to anyone who wants to watch, saying simply, keep studying and stay in school, it is to your benefit to do so?

Nope, this whole plan was an attempt at brain washing our children and setting them on the road to indoctrination.

49 posted on 09/07/2009 11:17:09 AM PDT by calex59 (Hope for a new job counts for creating a job! The dimwits are truly insane.)
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To: beethoven
That is what I am thinking as well. This is likely a sanitized speech sanitized in response to conservative outcries. Actually I have no objection with this speech and consider it to be perfectly proper and in line with my own sentiments. Media types have to realize that with people like Van Jones and Valerie Jarrett in this administration. With a lot of lib teachers who are Brain washing the kids, we have every reason to be leery and suspicious of something like this.
50 posted on 09/07/2009 11:17:22 AM PDT by bilhosty (Tax payers for change)
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