Full text of speech: Obama School Speech Text
I am utterly appalled at those schools that will not allow students to watch or listen to, or feel the need to â€œapproveâ€ before showing, President Obamaâ€™s school speech.Â I feel that as an American citizen it is our right to hear the Presidentâ€™s speechâ€”no matter what age group.Â The schools do not have the right to censor the President.Â He is not propagandizing and brainwashing students with a â€œsocialistâ€ political agenda, he is simply giving them a hope and a drive to work hard and continue their education. Â
In Obamaâ€™s school speech, according to the transcript released Monday by the White House, he says, â€œIâ€™m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your educationâ€”and to do everything you can to meet them.â€ Â
Even Laura Bush on CNN stated that Obama should deliver his speech to all schoolchildren, saying itâ€™s â€œreally important for everyone to respect the president of the United Statesâ€¦I think there is the place for the presidentâ€¦to talk to schoolchildren and the encourage [them].â€ Â
Previous presidents have addressed schoolchildren, and President Obama had thought his personal narrative would be inspirationalâ€”relating his story of a disadvantaged background, of being pushed by his mother to wake up at the crack of dawn, of his wife Michelleâ€™s rise from underprivileged roots to attending an Ivy League University.Â President Obama is really leading by example, a great role model for schoolchildren.
It really is a shame that the political back-and-forth has infringed on anyone speaking to schoolchildren, teachers and parents about the responsibilities that they have entering a new school year.
Peace, Love & Obama