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!