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Text Of Barack Obama's Speech To Children For Sept. 8, 2009

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The extreme Right wing fringe, in desperate fear of their new Black president, are in a panic over the speech below. They believe this person who's the president who was born in Kenya and who may be the anti-Christ is bound and determined to indoctrinate their children and maybe make them Black by listening - or lefties - or parent haters - or Kenyans - or vegans - or environmentalists - or seekers of public assistance - or socialistcommunistfascist Hugo Chavez Fidel Castro Cubanezuelans - or readers - or lovers of science - or atheists - or lovers of education - or independent thinkers....


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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.
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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.
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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.

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Linda Milazzo was a Managing Editor of Opednews until Fall 2014, and a Los Angeles based writer, educator and activist. Since 1974, she has divided her time between the entertainment industry, government organizations, community development (more...)

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So, there were people who saw Harry Potter for the... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 12:50:05 PM
"and stay home from school when you don't feel wel... by daveys on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 1:48:20 PM
Loved your intro Linda! Made me laugh!... by Cheryl Abraham on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 1:54:56 PM
...beware that your government lies to you and has... by abe ramsay on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 3:51:43 PM
WHERE will the next crop of Republicans come from!... by Bia Winter on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 9:10:57 AM
I am so proud of this amazing, humble man and than... by Alexandra Bonifield on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 4:36:56 PM
Obama's latest GIMMICK! Like all his redundant spe... by gordon nelson on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 7:42:30 PM
...What a Radical speech, Huh? ... by Bia Winter on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 9:06:34 AM
I will give credit where credit is due... Children... by steve scheetz on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 11:56:11 AM
It is wonderful to be able to read this speech. Th... by rini920 on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 1:50:51 PM
Well the right was certainly correct right to fear... by Michael Chavers on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 2:44:37 PM
Ho-hum. Wake me when it's over.... by Carol Thompson on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 9:30:53 PM