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Posted 08 September 2009 - 07:34 AM

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Controversy has followed President Barack Obama to the Virginia school where he's getting ready to address the nation's students returning to school for the fall....View the full article


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Posted 08 September 2009 - 08:06 AM

It's a good thing we have people to warn us about some dude stressing the importance of education. What would we do without the watch dogs?


http://www.whitehous...dSchoolRemarks/


Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Back to School Event

Arlington, Virginia
September 8, 2009

The President: Hello everyone Ė howís everybody doing today? Iím here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And weíve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. Iím 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, itís your first day in a new school, so itís understandable if youíre 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 youíre in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you couldíve 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 didnít 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 Ė at 4:30 in the morning.
Now I wasnít too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, Iíd fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever Iíd 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 Iím here today because I have something important to discuss with you. Iím here because I want to talk with you about your education and whatís expected of all of you in this new school year.
Now Iíve given a lot of speeches about education. And Iíve talked a lot about responsibility.
Iíve talked about your teachersí responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.
Iíve talked about your parentsí responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and donít spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.
Iíve talked a lot about your governmentís responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that arenít working where students arenít 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 Ė 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 thatís 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 youíre good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. Thatís the opportunity an education can provide.
Maybe you could be a good writer Ė maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper Ė but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor Ė maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine Ė 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 Ė I guarantee that youíll 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? Youíre going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You canít drop out of school and just drop into a good job. Youíve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.
And this isnít 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 youíre learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.
Youíll 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. Youíll 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. Youíll 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 donít do that Ė if you quit on school Ė youíre not just quitting on yourself, youíre quitting on your country.
Now I know itís 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 thatís 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 wasnít 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 didnít fit in.
So I wasnít always as focused as I should have been. I did some things Iím 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 didnít 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 donít have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and thereís not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you donít feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know arenít right.
But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life Ė what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what youíve got going on at home Ė thatís no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. Thatís no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. Thatís no excuse for not trying.
Where you are right now doesnít have to determine where youíll end up. No oneís written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.
Thatís what young people like you are doing every day, all across America.
Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didnít 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.
Iím thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, whoís fought brain cancer since he was three. Heís endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer Ė hundreds of extra hours Ė to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and heís headed to college this fall.
And then thereís 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 sheís on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.
Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell arenít 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.
Thatís why today, Iím calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education Ė 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 youíll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe youíll 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 youíll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope youíll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you donít 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, youíre not going to be any of those things.
But the truth is, being successful is hard. You wonít love every subject you study. You wonít click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you wonít necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.
Thatís OK. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones whoíve had the most failures. JK Rowlingís 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 canít let your failures define you Ė 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 doesnít mean youíre a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesnít mean youíre stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.
No oneís born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. Youíre not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You donít hit every note the first time you sing a song. Youíve got to practice. Itís 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 itís good enough to hand in.
Donít be afraid to ask questions. Donít be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isnít a sign of weakness, itís a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you donít know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust Ė a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor Ė and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.
And even when youíre struggling, even when youíre discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you Ė donít ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.
The story of America isnít about people who quit when things got tough. Itís about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.
Itís 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, whatís 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. Iím working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But youíve 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 donít let us down Ė donít 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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Posted 08 September 2009 - 08:14 AM

Stressing personal responsibility - no wonder the Birther loons and the hard-core Republicans don't want their kids hearing that.

Fucking socialist.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 09:18 AM

Without the watchdogs, Jeramiah Wright would have adminstered the Oath of Office and Van-9/11-Jones would be leading an investigation into WTC7...

frigging kooks.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 09:51 AM

Without the watchdogs, Jeramiah Wright would have adminstered the Oath of Office and Van-9/11-Jones would be leading an investigation into WTC7...

frigging kooks.


I'd have bought the pay-per-view of that just to see BK's head explode.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 11:18 AM

Funny how there was none of this controversey when the First George Bush did the same thing.

The other day Glen Beck had a guy on his show who claimed Obama would be attempting to excersize a form of mind control over the children.

Do any of these people realize how incredibly uneducated they sound?

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 11:43 AM

It's very important in infotainment to know your audience.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 11:57 AM

Funny how there was none of this controversey when the First George Bush did the same thing.

The other day Glen Beck had a guy on his show who claimed Obama would be attempting to excersize a form of mind control over the children.

Do any of these people realize how incredibly uneducated they sound?


what's funnier, is thinking about the generations of children that languished in poverty and ignorance because someone with a "D" in front of their name claimed someone with an "R" in front of theirs was saying the same exact thing was really a sheet wearing bigot that only wanted to "keep blacky down"...

Uncle Tom Cosby comes to mind as well....

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 02:12 PM

Funny how there was none of this controversey when the First George Bush did the same thing.


Oh Really?

Congressional Hearings?

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 02:34 PM

what's funnier, is thinking about the generations of children that languished in poverty and ignorance because someone with a "D" in front of their name claimed someone with an "R" in front of theirs was saying the same exact thing was really a sheet wearing bigot that only wanted to "keep blacky down"...

Uncle Tom Cosby comes to mind as well....



and that about sums it all up, doesn't it?

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 03:09 PM

Oh Really?

Congressional Hearings?



The author is not factually corrrect in his article.

And therein lies the problem with these debates.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 03:21 PM

The author is not factually corrrect in his article.

And therein lies the problem with these debates.


But - it's on the Internets - it must be true......

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 03:57 PM

The author is not factually corrrect in his article.

And therein lies the problem with these debates.

Wow where did that come from? I have not found 1 article or correction stating York has given bad facts. While the Washington Examiner is somewhat conservative leaning in its editorial opinions, it seems to be a respected source of news, articles and opinions. Seems like the liberal bloggers would be all over him if he were just making shit up.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 04:09 PM

Wow where did that come from? I have not found 1 article or correction stating York has given bad facts. While the Washington Examiner is somewhat conservative leaning in its editorial opinions, it seems to be a respected source of news, articles and opinions. Seems like the liberal bloggers would be all over him if he were just making shit up.


Actually, if you read the comments at the bottom of the article, you will see several stating the inaccuracies. That's how I started my research.

Now, I am waiting for guest to stream some spittle strewn verbiage at me.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 06:28 PM

Actually, if you read the comments at the bottom of the article, you will see several stating the inaccuracies. That's how I started my research.

Now, I am waiting for guest to stream some spittle strewn verbiage at me.


You must mean the one where the guy said the Dems did not control the house and senate in 1991. Therefore the story was inaccurate. I think he called the author an idiot. But as it turns out the Republicans took over in 1994 with Gingrich and the contract with America after a 40 year Democratic majority. If you had read a few more comments you would have seen that he pretty much got pasted.

Actually now that this piece has come out in the Washington Examiner, the rest of MSM is starting to follow. There might be just a little hypocrisy in the wind.

Edited by tastinglife75, 08 September 2009 - 06:31 PM.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 06:53 PM

Stressing personal responsibility - no wonder the Birther loons and the hard-core Republicans don't want their kids hearing that.

Fucking socialist.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

That is not the reason people were upset and you know it. It is just so much easier to say so now that the uproar caused him to change his program, and very likely his speech as well, we will never know.

The program which came with the speech, was to spend the afternoon writing essays and asking yourself what you could do to help the Dicta.....er I mean President. Young kindergartners and second and third graders, being asked to absorb the speech, bask in aura of it's afterglow, and be led down the path of enlightenment, by the liberal teachers union led, do gooder, granola eatin', Birkinstock wearin' Earth firster, global warming believin' no nukes never preachin' From each according to his ability, to each according to his need indoctrinator.

I know that sounds crazy, but You don't have to make too far of a leap to get there. Name one time you have heard the President or any of his army of spokespeople not sing out the praises of the good works he has done so far. And the great things to come if we can all just relax and let it flow over us..................

But some stood up and called Bullshit.......... And the program went away, and the President made a good speech. And I congratulate him.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 07:24 PM

OMFG - he wants to get our children thinking about how they can help others?

WTF?????

Where's the corporate profit in that? How the hell can you make derivatives out of good deeds and package them up for Wall Street?

Next he'll have them loving their neighbors, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and then Jesusô will be out of a fucking job.

Fucking Christian.

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 08:11 AM

I'm sorry...I just don't understand the objection to TOTUS having a chat with American children about getting an education...oh well...I reckon some things are just beyond me. :(

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 09:58 AM

I'm sorry...I just don't understand the objection to TOTUS having a chat with American children about getting an education...oh well...I reckon some things are just beyond me. :(


You and I are in complete agreement.

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 02:55 PM

I'm sorry...I just don't understand the objection to TOTUS having a chat with American children about getting an education...oh well...I reckon some things are just beyond me. :(



Clearly, this is beyond you. This is about mind control. Indoctrination. This is about subliminal messages in the President's oration meant to twist young minds.

Don't you watch Glenn Beck? Don't you listen to his radio show? Don't you see what's going on in this country. The loss of our rights, our freedoms, I'd say more, but....

.......out my window there's a retinue of military trucks. Soldiers sitting facing each other, fully loaded, guns at the ready. They've stopped in front of my company. They're jumping off the trucks. I can hear the cartridges being loading into the breaches. They're screaming something at me as they're charging down the hall, guns and lazers forming an asymetric grid on my walls.

.....what's that they want? My airgun?! How am I going to keep the stray cats away...........



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