Monday, September 07, 2009

Obama's Speech To Students

" ... 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..."



Anonymous said...

Hey SCATS, where's Obama's next line: And if you do none of these things, you can still sit back on your a**, have several kids, and just assume that the rest of us will flip the bill for you (just as we've done for your parents)!

Anonymous said...

6:35 is typical of the narrow minds that are too common around here.

Anonymous said...

Where were you 6:35 when George H. W. Bush delivered almost the identical message to children in schools via television?

Oh yeah, probably drooling over the possibility of having Mr. Ejumakation George Jr. being your President.

Of course, there was no greater symbol of educational perfection that little George: (my apologies to David Letterman)

10. "Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" --Florence, South Carolina, Jan. 11, 2000

9. "As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured." --on the No Child Left Behind Act, Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2007 (Watch video clip)

8. "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." --Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000 (Listen to audio clip)

7. "I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the Secretary of Defense." --Washington, D.C. April 18, 2006 (Read more; listen to audio clip; watch video clip)

6. "There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that says, fool me once, shame on --shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." --Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002 (Watch video clip)

5. "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." --Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004 (Watch video clip)

4. "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." --Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004 (Watch video clip)

3. "You work three jobs? ... Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." --to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005 (Listen to audio clip)

2. "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." --to FEMA director Michael Brown, who resigned 10 days later amid criticism over his handling of the Hurricane Katrina debacle, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005 (Listen to audio clip; watch video clip)

1. "My answer is bring them on." --on Iraqi insurgents attacking U.S. forces, Washington, D.C., July 3, 2003


Anonymous said...

curmudgeon: a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man (6:35 you might be either gender...).

Anonymous said...

"That ain't no 'Tea Party' ma'am. That's a bunch of rich old white people who can't accept that fact STILL that they have a black president."

Anonymous said...

It's funny how anyone that expresses the notion of disagreeing with the President is assumed to be white and/or old. In addition to that is the notion that because one doesn't buy into Obama's every thought, that they must have been head over heels in love with everything former President Bush had to say. To qoute 6:41, "typical of the narrow minds that are too common around here".

Anonymous said...

This is what the kids in Greece need to hear since their parents are not doing a proper job being parents. Take a look at the crime reports and you will get a clearer picture.

For all those parents objecting to this speech, it is just plain ridiculous.

SCATS said...

To 9:22AM ~~ At this point, maybe it is ridiculous, but don't forget, the speech was changed.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't be quoting all of Bush's "misquotes" ....we all know he had his "way with words"...but Obama has many mistakes himself (youtube is filled with them)...and he had to take practice lessons because of his "uh uh uh's".

So much for the pot calling the kettle black.

Anonymous said...

I believe that the point 6:35 was making is that not one nickel should go to people or families that don't make attempts to improve their situation. Seeking and maintaining employment, living within one's means, making responsible choices involving having children used to be a given in our country, but the fact is this is no longer the case in too many households/apartments. Many of us know of a situation or two or even three where people have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own, and in turn can use some financial assistance to get by TEMPORARILY. However, your foolish to think that these cases are the majority, or even a large minority. I can't begin to wrap my head around the ideas of those that say it's insulting to choose what people spending OUR money are allowed to spend it on. Try to find the statistics involving the percentage of children raised in homes using public assistance, and how that becomes an even greater number of households using public assistance once those children reach adulthood. Before you explain this trend, I'll do it for you: It's not because a lack of responsible decision making in different areas of life breeds more of the same, it's because of the Republicans and the economy, right?

Diane said...

I read the speech and thought it was very inspiring...I don't understand why the objection to it from places like Texas and Florida (Fla used to have a 50% drop out rate-they had to tell kids "no graduation=no driver's license" in order to keep them in school.)

More kids need to feel that they are important and that they can create their own destiny and attain goals. Many kids don't get that kind of "pep talk" at home; so I see Obama trying to do that with this speech. Isn't it supposed to be aired at 12:00 noon today?

Anonymous said...

Stop being hypocrites If your family is well off you never have to prove anything. Plenty of air heads and fools have positions of power and authority and have high paying jobs because of their starting point on the social ladder. Enough of the dime store social darwinism. The poor aren't poor because they are unworthy and they don;t need to prove their worthiness to you or anybody. They have the same equal rights to respect and dignity we all have.

There but for the grace of god go you or I

SCATS said...

To 11:37AM ~~ Respect is earned, not mandated or demanded. If Joe Taxpayer is working 2 jobs to eek out a living and pay his mortgage, he doesn't "owe" it to Jake Cityslicker to support him on welfare, his non-working "ex" on food stamps & WIC and 6 kids who have the state paying their health care. Some of the poor have learned they don't have to work to pay their way and that's wrong.

Anonymous said...

"Plenty of air heads and fools have positions of power and authority and have high paying jobs because of their starting point on the social ladder"

Does 55k a year make me someone in a position of power? Does the high school diploma or GED needed to take my job mean that I must have started at a higher point on the "social ladder"? Does the fact that simple civil service tests are being offered 3 times a year in an attempt to find others to work my job (because they can't find enough) mean that there's not work available? Your right 11:37, I never have to prove anything, unless of course you count getting to work each day in an effort to support myself and the kids I brought into this world "proving" something. 11:37, you forgot to mention the other segment of "airheads", you know the one's that blindly defend a system that rewards laziness and irresponsibilty. If you ever wish to be commended for your "good work", I suggest walking down Ave. D this evening any time after sun down, and letting all the good people know your on their side. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

@7:45 pm - and the left beat the crap outta Bush for doing so. What changed your leftist minds?

Oh, that's right. Obama's...


I was gonna say "a Democrat."

Stop playing the race card. But please feel free to keep dumping on senior citizens and people of a particular race (isn't that racists?).

It's gonna do wonders for you in this year's elections. ;)

Anonymous said...

Not for nothing, but HMO consists of three white seniors.

Got anything to say about them?

Didn't think so.

Anonymous said...

7:41 & 7:42, I'm not sure I understand what your saying. Honestly, could you clarify. I think (hope) your responding to 7:45's idiodicy.