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President Obama Back-To-School Speech Transcript

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

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  • Isn't it wonderful that after four days of mainstream Americans raising hell with the initial "Lesson plan" to go along with Obama's speech that they come out with the text of the speech. I wonder how late they were up re-writing the speech after they realized their indocrination wasn't going to fly. What a freaking joke. Obama's handlers will try to push their agenda to the hilt until they're backed into a corner and then they come out with something 180 degrees from where they start More..

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  • Liberalism is organic. It's a consequence of education. You don't have to brainwash people to support you if you are all about Democracy and Community. You just give them mental tools.

    The brainwashing occurs at 'Young Republican' after school clubs.

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  • Bitch, bitch, bitch. He is trying to inspire the students to succeed. And what is the problem with that? A lot of parents and teachers seem to have a problem doing just that. Seems as if we are being academically "blown away" by Asians and Indians since they are most of the Doctors we see.
    Seems as if the conservatives don't want the public schools to teach at all. Just keep lowering the standards. The dumber the populace, the easier you can spoon feed them your BS.

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  • I can't for the life of me understand why this is an issue. The president is going to give a speech to some school kids. That's it. It's barely newsworthy.

    Republicans, get in here and explain yourselves.

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  • gee where is the political agenda talk that conservative parents were so afraid would be pushed onto their children?

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    • You mean the bs political agenda in his speech they were lied to about?

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    • well i did see posts that he revised it when the news of this speech aired "rethinking the speech" i believe was the headline. But if you saw the overview for the day it clearly showed questions to ask students about how they could HELP the president. How they could help serve him I dont think so... he serves us.

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    • This is the re-edited version, thanks to conserative parents...

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    • Well my last post failed to stick. So hopefully this one will.

      Ya I saw those posts to, but I question their credibility considering all the other lies that have been debunked since Obama took office. Obama is a Muslim, Obama was not born in the US, Obama is going to take your guns away, Obama is trying to create death panels etc....and now Obama is asking what students can do to help the president to stir up more fear. Considering the reputation of republicans the past 8 plus years I say bs. I More..

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    • Couldn't have said it better myself.

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  • Absolutely nothing wrong with the speech.
    NO indoctrination
    NO reason tokeep kids out of school except for fear and ignorance on behalf of the parents
    none of the things the right-wing nuts and FUX news said were true
    Another example of right -wing lies proven false, but they'll make up something new next week.
    They always do.

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  • work hard at school so you can get a job and work hard the rest of your life and just hope that you live past your retirement

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  • All the hype, and that's the "indoctrination" speech? WTF? Reads like something from long ago, a kinda boring pep talk. The hysterical over-reaction to this perfectly Babbit-like evocation of self-determination and the "American Dream" would cast doubt on the intelligence, scruples, and motivation of those who have promoted this insane resistance; would, that is, if the followers had even a grain of sense or spark of intelligence. Alas, that is too much to hope for. What More..

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  • If you move the words around and squint your eyes, it shows Satan.

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  • Come on, back off Obama a bit. All he is doing is trying to prepare these youngsters for the massive taxes they will be paying when they get jobs later in life.

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  • am I gonna have to write to him...again?

    "Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country."
    no, you give up on the WORLD too.

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  • So the White House staff removed the instructions and lesson plan for students to describe, in writing, how obama inspires them or how they believe they can help obama.

    Is it not THAT nuance which ignited this issue.

    After being busted, this morphed into a benign Presidential address to students. Now the left are full indignation with accusations of right wing hysteria.

    Meh, business as usual in "The Swamp".

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  • What I find interesting is more often than not you wont find any other websites, blogs, articles that are not conservatively biased posting information on such atrocious behavior or action by the Obama administration. Yet, that tells those who believe all the bullshit nothing

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  • I remember when the democrats kept their children home to prevent them from hearing Lincoln's speech.....remember that?

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  • The political agenda is establishing the precedent that the President of the United States has a place in the classroom at all.

    "I%u2019m working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn."

    He's inserting himself and the federal government as an essential part of educating the nation's children.

    That's bullshit. That's him smiling and furthering his agenda of advancing the scope and control of the federal government.

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    • Don't let anyone ever tell you that your not creative.

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    • Don't let anyone tell you your'e not a useful idiot.

      The federal government has no Constitutional mandate to be involved in education...and yet the federal government increases it's reach into local classrooms via various federal funding programs and the strings attached to them.

      This little speech is just a way to further insert the presence of the federal government into the classroom.

      My kid, however, won't be subjected to it.

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    • Is that how you talk to someone who gives you a compliment?

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    • That's just a stupid comment. Think that one over.

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    • --That's just a stupid comment.

      Not if you know the history of education in this country.

      The federal government had no involvement at all originally, but since the 1940's has increasingly increased its influence over the public educational system.

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  • Why was there some overwhelming need to speak to the school children of America? Was there not more pressing issues that need to be addressed than this? Does he have nothing better to do? Was this a diversion to get people to forget about the health care fiasco for a minute? Bigger question, does anyone remember a president being this controversial right out of the gate? Sounds like Barry is doing an excellent job of getting ordinary people to dislike him more and more every day.

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    • your comments amount to shit if you didn't even read the speech

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    • Not so much of a comment as several questions one could ask themselves and ponder. Continue banging your head into that wall, retard.

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    • are you kidding......GW had to have the votes counted again in a state his brother was the governor of....it doesn't get too much more controversial right out of the gate than that........the only people that made this a "diversion" were the far right wingers who will take anything they can get and run with it as long as it attempts to portray their political rival in a bad light.....if it wasn't for them half the country wouldn't even know he's even giving a speech.

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  • "You%u2019ll 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."

    "And along those lines, I hope you%u2019ll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don%u2019t feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter."

    Scares about swine flu and globalwarming to grade schoolers?

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  • I, I, I, me, me, me, I, I, I, me, me, me, I, I, I

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  • The first three sentences bored me to sleep. Now that I'm awake, can anyone give me the cliff notes? :)

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  • Foam

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  • The fact that he initially allowed a 'lesson plan' to be included with it shows his true colors.

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  • Obama is the worst president in the history of the United States. His failed policies have ruined this country. He knows that we all hate his bogus guts so now he has to indoct the kids into his army of socialized prickness. I like how he tells yets another unverifiable story about his childhood. He got up at 430 am so he could LEARN MUSLIM~ thats why his loser mother got him up so early. Or maybe it was to smoke some crack or weed. What a douche bag this moron is.

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    • worst president in history? im gonna have to call you on that one and recommend you read a few good history books.....read up on William Harrison (lasted 30 days) or John Tyler, a stalwart defender of slavery who abandoned his party's platform once he was president.

      How about Franklin Pierce who set the stage for the civil war.....maybe Andrew Johnson who survived impeachment after opposing Reconstruction initiatives including the 14th amendment....

      Then there's good old Warren G. Harding, he More..

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    • Good point. So far he's only ON TRACK to be ONE OF THE WORST Presidents in American History.

      Let's see if he can sustain the momentum.

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    • He has yet to falsify intelligence and start a war on lies.

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    • lol some funny presidential history there :)

      have you ever looked up "drunken history"? you should watch the one with william harrison, here ill find the link for ya..

      http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/b7155c20fe/drunk-history-4-featuring-paul-schneider-from-drunk-history-derekwaters-steve-agee-and-jeremykonner

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    • but wow, you sound really intelligent............
      No early reading for you....huh??????????

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