Obama School Speech: Lighten Up, Folks

There are many good reasons to disagree with Barack Obama.

You may wonder just how long we’re going to squander precious American lives on a corrupt regime in Afghanistan.

You may have qualms about the cap and trade bill.

You may have legitimate concerns about just what is going to be in this Big Kahuna Health Care Bill that may be getting firmed up right now, and how we’re going to pay for it, and whether or not we will be adding  millions of people to a system  struggling with terminal dysfunctions.

All that’s fair game. These are huge questions to which nobody, including the Administration, can pretend to have all the answers.

But this education speech? Granted, a couple of the lesson-plan activities ginned up by Ed Dept. bureaucrats were pretty dumb. But did anyone really think Obama would use this speech to America’s schoolkids to slip in some kind of subliminal or overt propaganda? Please.

This is the kind of thing he’ll be saying, according to the transcript released today:

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.

And this:

My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in.

So I wasn’t always as focused as I 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. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn’t have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.

Hey, this is really some wild-eyed radical stuff, isn’t it? Here’s one more bombshell.

I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work — that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you’re not going to be any of those things.

But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject you study. You won’t click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. 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. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Pretty far out, huh? For the rest of this subversive document, check it out here. If there’s anything dangerous in these lines, it must be hidden like a “Paul is dead” message played backwards.


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