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    Nice speech, but way too long to hold the attention of smaller children.

    When you're speaking to younger kids, you need to keep it short and sweet, or they zone out.

    Two versions would have been better, one for younger kids and one for older ones.
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    Most of the parents who'll keep their kids at home are too dumb to understand his speech. Lord, this is depressing.
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    This is TOTAL embarrassment to the birthers and other morons who are raising such a ruckus and fuss over this innocuous speech. Even the president knows the future of our nation rests with our kids, the internet video game generation that seems to be underachievers in the most important of endeavours, going to school and being good students and citizens. Wow, such a horrible socialist message, when our kids seem to be doing worse and worse in school every year in important subjects like science and math.

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    Text of the school speech *** Put the children to bed before reading!!!! ***
    Obama exhorts kids to pay attention in school - Yahoo! News

    WASHINGTON – In a speech that drew fire even before he delivered it, President Barack Obama is telling the nation's schoolchildren he "expects great things from each of you."
    "At the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world," Obama said. "And none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities."
    The White House posted Obama's remarks on its Web site at midday Monday. He's scheduled to deliver the talk from Wakefield High School in suburban Arlington, Va., Tuesday. It will be broadcast live on C-SPAN and on the White House Web site.

    Obama's planned talk has proven controversial, with several conservative organizations and individuals accusing him of trying to pitch his arguments too aggressively in a local-education setting. White House officials, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, have said the allegations are silly.

    In a Labor Day speech in Cincinnati, Obama mentioned his upcoming address. "I'm going to have something to say tomorrow to our children telling them to stay in school and work hard 'cause that's the right message to send."
    "It's a sad state of affairs that many in this country politically would rather start an "Animal House" food fight rather than inspire kids to stay in school, to work hard, to engage parents to stay involved, and to ensure that the millions of teachers that are making great sacrifices continue to be the best in the world," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday. "It's a sad state of affairs."


    In the prepared remarks, Obama tells young people that all the work of parents, educators and others won't matter "unless you show up to those schools, pay attention to those teachers."
    Obama made no reference in his prepared remarks to the uproar surrounding his speech. Nor did he make an appeal for support of tough causes like health care reform. He used the talk to tell kids about his at-times clumsy ways as a child and to urge them to identify an area of interest, set goals and work hard to achieve them.

    The president also warned students that if they quit on school, "you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country."
    Obama acknowledged that "being successful is hard," but told the students the country badly needs their best effort to cope in an increasingly competitive global economy.
    "What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country," Obama says. "What you're learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future."


    The president noted that he was raised by a single mother, who made him buckle down and work harder at times. He said he's glad she did.
    Some conservatives have urged schools and parents to boycott the address. They say Obama is using the opportunity to promote a political agenda.
    Schools don't have to show the speech. And some districts have decided not to, partly in response to concerns from parents.
    Duncan's department has also taken heat for proposed lesson plans distributed to accompany the speech.
    On Sunday, the secretary acknowledged that a section about writing to the president on how students can help him meet education goals was poorly worded. It has been changed.
    "We just clarified that to say write a letter about your own goals and what you're going to do to achieve those goals," Duncan said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

    Former Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush delivered similar speeches to students, the White House has said.

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    I wonder, when all this hate and furor reaches its logical end and Obama gets shot, how will all these assholes feel? Will they be secretly smiling and think that he brought it on himself?

    If you can't make a distinction between the office of the President and certain policies of the individual holding office with which you may disagree, then you need to go back to kindergarten yourself and start the fuck over.
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    Yes, I believe they'll be smiling, and won't bother with "secretly" smiling. They'll be cheering in the streets of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Montana, Idaho, and wherever the hell else these yokels are from.

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    People are motivated by a lot of things.
    I truly think most of this bullshit is driven by racism which is deep and strong and can't be changed by one election.

    I suspect many parents refuse to acknowledge that a black man is president.
    They probably make disparaging remarks about him all the time in the home.
    They don't want their kids to acknowledge that either.

    Obama's speech in the context of the classroom is a definite acknowledgement, and they can't deal with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManxMouse View Post
    I wonder, when all this hate and furor reaches its logical end and Obama gets shot, how will all these assholes feel? Will they be secretly smiling and think that he brought it on himself?

    If you can't make a distinction between the office of the President and certain policies of the individual holding office with which you may disagree, then you need to go back to kindergarten yourself and start the fuck over.
    They'll be overjoyed and they won't hide it. But then the shitstorm that follows will make their joy short-lived.

    But what these idiots don't get is even if some nutjob takes Obama out, it won't change the fact that he broke through the nation's biggest 'old-boy club,' which was the presidency. And that changes the dynamic forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManxMouse View Post
    I wonder, when all this hate and furor reaches its logical end and Obama gets shot, how will all these assholes feel? Will they be secretly smiling and think that he brought it on himself?
    That's a terrible thing to say. I don't think that's going to happen. The Secret Service don't play around.

    The nutjobs have already changed their tune.

    Florida GOP Chair on Obama's Speech to Students: "It's a Good Speech, I'll Let My Kids Watch"

    September 07, 2009 3:20 PM

    ABC News' Steven Portnoy reports: The Florida Republican party chairman who last week accused the president of trying to “indoctrinate America’s children to his socialist agenda” now says he’ll let his children watch what he calls a “good speech,” one the president “should give.”

    “It’s a good speech,” Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer said Monday. “It encourages kids to stay in school and the importance of education and I think that’s what a president should do when they’re gonna talk to students across the country.”

    In a telephone interview as he headed to Tallahassee for a round of TV interviews ahead of tonight’s FSU-Miami football game, Greer said the White House made “changes” to teacher prep materials – and the speech itself – as a result of the political pressure he applied.

    “The speech that’s out today is one that he should give, and I’m pleased to see that the White House has made changes to what was gonna happen.”
    Despite his conciliatory tone today, Greer says he has no regrets for issuing a statement last Tuesday, in which he said he was “absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology.” The statement also accused the president of “bypassing American parents through an invasive abuse of power.”

    Now that he’s read the text of the speech, Greer says he’ll gladly let his own children watch it – if their school chooses to participate.

    “The speech that [Obama’s] gonna give tomorrow to students I really don’t find to be a problem. I just wish the White House had done things differently and not tried to send out lesson plans that would have pushed teachers to lead students in a direction that maybe I and many other parents would not like students to be led in.”

    “This was clearly moving in a direction that would have not been satisfactory to me as a parent, and I know many other parents across this country. The White House has changed, the Department of Education took it all out, but when they submitted it, when they sent it out, when they created those lesson plans – the objections from me, the statement from me, and the objections from many other parents was warranted and they should’ve thought about it more carefully before they tried it.”
    Florida GOP Chair on Obama's Speech to Students: "It's a Good Speech, I'll Let My Kids Watch" - The Note

    He just couldn't come all the way to normal could he- still clinging onto his little conspiracy theory. Uhg.

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    Right. They're claiming that they're not crazy because they stopped Obama from following his evil plan and made him change his speech. Fucktards.

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    ^^^

    Sadly, their retard followers will probably believe them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoAmI View Post
    Yes, I believe they'll be smiling, and won't bother with "secretly" smiling. They'll be cheering in the streets of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Montana, Idaho, and wherever the hell else these yokels are from.
    You can respectfully bite me for including Montana in that list - we do have a Dem Gov and 2 Dem Senators.
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    Oops, sorry! I was thinking about Mormon-populated states in the West, so maybe I typed "Montana" instead of "Utah" because my fingers were thinking "Mo"? Sounds plausible??? Plausible-ish? I do admit fairly wide-reaching ignorance about Western demographics, however.

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    Thanks, Fluffy--those made me laugh. (I still think of your picture as being an angry beaver, though. It scares me some.)

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    Just pretend that beaver tail is going to slap out some Belgian waffles.

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