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President Obama Says Kids Must Work Hard for Success (Despite What “The Hills” Teaches Them)

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President Obama Says Kids Must Work Hard for Success (Despite What “The Hills” Teaches Them)

Despite concerns from conservative organizations and some parents that President Barack Obama would try to sell his political agenda to the youngins, Obama forged ahead with his plan and spoke to the nation’s schoolchildren today.  His pep talk steered clear of politics, instead challenging students to take pride in their education.

“Every single one of you has something that you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer,” Obama told students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., and children watching his speech on television in schools across the country. “And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. . . 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.”

A seemingly appropriate and innocuous message.  And, hey, kids, there’s something BIG in store for you one day with good grades and hard work:  Our nation’s debt.  Woo-hoo!

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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