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TEXT of Obama School Speech: USES THE WORD "I" 56 TIMES. IT'S ABOUT HIM
The White House ^ | 9-7-09 | President Obama

Posted on 09/07/2009 10:20:39 AM PDT by joinedafterattack

President Obama makes his school speech all about himself. Uses the word "I" 56 times.

Text of School Speech Below.


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President Obama makes his school speech all about himself. Uses the word "I" 56 times.

Text of School Speech Below.



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.

1 posted on 09/07/2009 10:20:39 AM PDT by joinedafterattack
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To: joinedafterattack

sorry, that should read “HIM” not HIME. I type too fast.


2 posted on 09/07/2009 10:21:40 AM PDT by joinedafterattack
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To: joinedafterattack
TEXT of Obama School Speech: USES THE WORD "I" 56 TIMES. IT'S ABOUT HIME

BRIT HIME


3 posted on 09/07/2009 10:22:19 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: joinedafterattack

***So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be?***

After saying “I” so many times it’s obvious what he wants their contribution to be, serve him.


4 posted on 09/07/2009 10:23:09 AM PDT by tobyhill (The Communist has arrived)
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To: joinedafterattack
You missed one.

/s
5 posted on 09/07/2009 10:23:16 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: joinedafterattack

Can you say “God Bless you” in a public school? Isn’t that a violation fo the First Amendment? /liberal mode. ;)


6 posted on 09/07/2009 10:23:17 AM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan (Mary Jo Kopechne - the first patient of Kennedy Care; Terri Schiavo - the updated model of treatment)
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To: joinedafterattack
sorry, that should read “HIM” not HIME. I type too fast.

I don't know if you are aware of this, but you can hit "abuse" and ask the mod to correct your title.

7 posted on 09/07/2009 10:23:25 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Obama, the cow patty version of Midas. Everything he says is bull, everything he touches is crap.)
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To: joinedafterattack
So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself

You would think for someone who was "homeschooled"... 'Bama would be more supportive of it.

8 posted on 09/07/2009 10:24:18 AM PDT by John123 (If Teddy was the lion of the senate... then we were the prey.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Image and video hosting by TinyPic "I! I! I! I! It is part of their conditioning -- they need to learn to respond with 'aye-aye!'"

9 posted on 09/07/2009 10:25:00 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: joinedafterattack

We knew what you meant.

This POS cares only about him


10 posted on 09/07/2009 10:25:04 AM PDT by RWGinger
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To: joinedafterattack
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.

Hey, BamaKennedy do not ever forget these words. WE the people smell from long distances those of YOU who think they can overlord US unto submission the COMMIE way.

11 posted on 09/07/2009 10:26:08 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: joinedafterattack

A long time ago, I attended Wakefield in South Arlington (one year, 1961). Sad to see it has become such a ________ to be used by this affirmative action fraud so brazenly.


13 posted on 09/07/2009 10:26:46 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Dems, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: joinedafterattack; Lazamataz; weegee
TEXT of Obama School Speech: USES THE WORD "I" 56 TIMES. IT'S ABOUT HIME

This is Hugh.

14 posted on 09/07/2009 10:26:47 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Lazamataz
Safe @ Hime!


15 posted on 09/07/2009 10:27:09 AM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: joinedafterattack

90% of the students will be asleep or playing tiddly-winks before the midway point of that yawner.


16 posted on 09/07/2009 10:27:44 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: joinedafterattack; Kenny Bunk; swarthyguy

“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.”

Little bits of psychodrama and resentments leak through about Barry.

He has a thing about “grandmas” too.


17 posted on 09/07/2009 10:28:04 AM PDT by Shermy (Space For Rent)
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To: Final Crisis

Oh please, n00b, straighten us out at FR!


18 posted on 09/07/2009 10:28:24 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Dems, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: Final Crisis

Funny stuff!

An I for an I!!!!!


19 posted on 09/07/2009 10:28:31 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Just say no to Soylent Green health care)
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To: joinedafterattack

I’m not worried about the indoctrination thing. It was pretty clear that wasn’t what this speech was going to be about.

It’s the ARROGANCE. It sets a bad example for our children. I don’t want my child seeing this and thinking, “That’s how I should be: self-aggrandizing, pompous, self-important.”

“I expect great things from you.” So? Who cares? Who are you? You don’t even know me.


20 posted on 09/07/2009 10:28:35 AM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (El mundo entero se cansó de Chávez)
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To: joinedafterattack
“I Wanna talk about me”

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

21 posted on 09/07/2009 10:28:51 AM PDT by 444Flyer (Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.-Ferris)
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To: joinedafterattack
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.

Is he talking to elementary school kids or his therapist here?

22 posted on 09/07/2009 10:29:14 AM PDT by AAABEST (And the light shineth in darkness: and the darkness did not comprehend it)
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To: Final Crisis; Admin Moderator

Zot?

I know the leftists have been using this as defense for Obama’s original indoctrination plans.


23 posted on 09/07/2009 10:29:28 AM PDT by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: joinedafterattack
Geez, what a load of excessive drone-blather. I can shorten this into ONE frickin' sentence:

"Kids, if you want to succeed, don't be like me."


24 posted on 09/07/2009 10:30:03 AM PDT by kromike
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To: Final Crisis
This is silly and petty

Hi BO!

25 posted on 09/07/2009 10:30:06 AM PDT by 1000 silverlings (everything that deceives, also enchants: Plato)
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To: Final Crisis
This is silly and petty

You ain't seen nothing yet Himeboy.

26 posted on 09/07/2009 10:30:26 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Lazamataz

It’s Brut Hime, silly.


27 posted on 09/07/2009 10:30:35 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (This tagline excerpted. To read more, click on MyOverratedBlog.com)
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To: Final Crisis

My problem with the speech is just how pathetic, depressing and demoralizing it is for my three sons (1st, 2nd and 7th grades). They go to a decent public school, do great in school and are happy to be going to school.

The speech is probably appropriate for a segment of the stundent population (I would argue middle school or high school) that is struggling in school.

Why give this speech to Kindergartners and elementary school students? Simply does not make sense.


28 posted on 09/07/2009 10:30:40 AM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: Final Crisis

No Reagan said “I” 25 times. I checked.


30 posted on 09/07/2009 10:31:07 AM PDT by joinedafterattack
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To: aft_lizard

Not so quick, there’s plenty of beat down opportunity left.


31 posted on 09/07/2009 10:31:21 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: joinedafterattack

I wanna talk about me, I wanna talk about i,
Wanna talk about number 1 oh my, me, my.
What I think, what I like, what I know, what I want, what I see.
I wanna talk about me! (me, me, me,) I wanna talk about me-e-e (me, me, me)


32 posted on 09/07/2009 10:31:47 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: joinedafterattack

In 139 sentences, comprising 2436 words, “I” occurs 56 times, “my” 11, and me four times. A total of 61 occurances of the first person singular pronoun, more than once every fortieth word. He can barely stagger through two sentences with out invoking some form of the word “I”.


33 posted on 09/07/2009 10:32:33 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Don't anthropomorphize the robots. They hate that.)
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To: Final Crisis

He took questions from the students, but nobody can question Obama. Were all those “I”’s Reagan”s?

You know, you defend Obama an awful lot . . .


34 posted on 09/07/2009 10:32:42 AM PDT by Baladas ((ABBHO))
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To: Lazamataz

“IT’S ABOUT HIME”

I thought that meant it was going to be Revum Wright style. All about “them himeys” (is that the correct spelling of Jesse Jackson’s “himey”?)


35 posted on 09/07/2009 10:32:57 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds .)
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To: joinedafterattack

Thought experiment: Let’s pretend it’s early in the Bush Administration 8 years ago. George Bush asks for access to the schoolkids of America to deliver a similar speech. What would have been the reaction of the teachers union and the media?


36 posted on 09/07/2009 10:33:19 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: Choose Ye This Day
"“I expect great things from you.” "

Yeah, like all their income and their children's income for the next 200 years. "What's your contribution going to be?" How about, "Everything we might be able to earn, provided there are any jobs left by the time we are old enough to work."

37 posted on 09/07/2009 10:33:39 AM PDT by redhead (Obama: LAME DUCK IN 2010. (...amen...))
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

It’s all good fun until someone loses an I.


38 posted on 09/07/2009 10:34:37 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: joinedafterattack

I’ve noticed his love for the word “I” for quite some time. The man is not ready for prime time.


39 posted on 09/07/2009 10:34:54 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: 1000 silverlings

Check the posts . . .


40 posted on 09/07/2009 10:35:19 AM PDT by Baladas ((ABBHO))
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To: Final Crisis

It was 25 times, DUmmie.


41 posted on 09/07/2009 10:35:26 AM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: joinedafterattack

Obama’s Memorial day speech was almost as bad as this.

Compare it to any of Bush’s and you will find that Obama is all about himself AND NO ONE ELSE.


42 posted on 09/07/2009 10:36:13 AM PDT by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan
Can you say “God Bless you” in a public school? Isn’t that a violation fo the First Amendment?

It's like the 'n' word, it's okay when I black guy does it.
43 posted on 09/07/2009 10:36:44 AM PDT by BJClinton (One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Final Crisis

Maybe, but Reagan wasn’t a commie/muslim out to destroy the USA.


44 posted on 09/07/2009 10:36:46 AM PDT by PghBaldy (http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/06/president-obama-visits-wounded-troops.html)
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To: joinedafterattack

Nice of him to talk yet again about his shaky start in life, eh?

He left something out though — kind of important: he forgot to mention that it was something more than hard work that got him (and wifey) into their respective high fallutin’ colleges....

However, since he is clearly aiming this at the supposedly downtrodden (no examples of kids named Tommy or Susie or Josh or Buffy heard in this speech) I suppose whatever those downtrodden kids take away from this is OK —

If I had any kids in school, though, I think I’d say NO, thank you, to their hearing the speech. It seems doubtful that he will read the script verbatim.


45 posted on 09/07/2009 10:36:58 AM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: 444Flyer

Talking to these kids about Jordan is akin to talking to my elementary school about Babe Ruth. They kind of know who he is, but its ancient history

And yes, I live in Springfield MA. I am aware he is coming to town.


46 posted on 09/07/2009 10:37:04 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Ein Volk, Ein Riech, Ein Ein.)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

Exactly! Most people want to do well for themselves, or their families, or their community. But this narcissist decides to indoctrinate the kids into thinking it’s him personally they owe—I mean he’s getting them all those books, and computers and classroom materials? WTF! No he’s not! The vast majority of school money comes from local and state taxes, not the federal government!

How about instilling a little personal gratification and reward for a job well done—not, “oh, look what the president did for me, so now I must do for him.” This is exactly what everyone feared-—subtle brainwashing.

And don’t get me started on the ‘poor me, look at me, my life was hard, feel sorry for me, worship me because of what I’ve done because I worked hard’ pile of crap. He had wealthy benefactors helping all along the way.

Puke.


47 posted on 09/07/2009 10:37:05 AM PDT by erkyl (We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office --Aesop (~550 BC))
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To: Final Crisis

So, a lying newbie... you’ll last long.


48 posted on 09/07/2009 10:38:06 AM PDT by PghBaldy (http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/06/president-obama-visits-wounded-troops.html)
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To: Final Crisis

I didn’t count any where near that number. Obama likes to talk about himself a lot and you seem to like to defend him a lot.


49 posted on 09/07/2009 10:38:12 AM PDT by jennyjenny
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Snort.

Figgers.

50 posted on 09/07/2009 10:38:12 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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