Monday, September 07, 2009

Obama's Lecture

Here's the prepared text for Obama's lecture to America's school children. And an excerpt,
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.
Interesting order. Teachers inspire, parents babysit and government sets the standard.

Obama also mentions that his mother woke him up at 4:30 AM to give him extra lessons but that he wasn't always as focused as he 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....Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up....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."
Now would be a perfect time for Obama to become exhibit a little humility and release a copy of his transcripts and tell how he still was able to go on to Harvard and eventually the White House. But instead he looks to Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowlings and basketball great Michael Jordan. An inspirational opportunity missed.

Finally, he tells the youngsters not to be afraid to "ask questions" and closes with the salutation, "God bless you, and God bless America." I hope a student takes the opportuntiy to ask which God he is referring to and why he's allowed to mention Him but the rest of the country must abide by the separation of church and state.

HotAir's Ed Morrisey ran the speech through a word fequency counter and found
"Barack Obama referenced himself more than school, education, responsibility, country/nation, parents, and teachers combined. "
In other words, a pretty typical Obama speech. Parents you are free to hit the snooze button.

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