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September 8th, 2009
08:15 AM ET

The President and Your Kids

Millions of school children will listen to President Obama’s back-to-school message on TV today. The White House released the text ahead of time after some parents complained it might be more political than motivational.

Click here to read the president's speech and tune in to CNN at 12pm ET to hear it live.

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  1. leslie hearn

    Every president should speak ! And reverence should be given to the office.

    September 8, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  2. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Of course Jim Grear has had a change of heart because he put his foot in his mouth causing panic across the country.

    September 8, 2009 at 9:04 am |
  3. ramon

    the School District of west allis – west milwaukee in the state of wisconsin will not let its students listen to the Presidents live broadcast, because of the fact that the White House does not plan on releasing the content of the speech until, Monday Sept. 7.2009, Labor,Day, when school is not in session, the district and staff will not be able to review the material and its apporiiatness for instructional use in school.......... I bet if President Obama was white then all the kids would get to listento this speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  4. Mary

    There is a clip of George Bush in one of his speeches to school children asking kids to write him a letter. There is also Ronald Reagan talking to children in schools...my own among them at the time...about guns, prayer in school and taxes. Why haven't what these presidents and others said in speeches to school kids been brought up in the media? Why are the lies about the Obama speech being changed after this uproar still being circulated? The speech wasn't changed except for omitting asking kids to write him a letter. Why is the media participating in turning this country into a complete insane asylum where ignorance, hatred and racism rule the day? I feel very sorry for the children whose parents are so narrow-minded and full of hatred that they deny their own children a chance to hear a president and quite possibly hear something that could change their lives for the better. It is sad. Very sad.

    September 8, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  5. Cindy

    It's really too bad some parents are more concerned about an inspirational speech by our country's leader than what their children are watching on YouTube!!! The suggested lesson plans were just that, "suggested". There is no mandate from the federal government that anything be forced upon students. Racist views by these same parents will always produce the same reactions...no matter what this president does or says. Whether I agree or disagree with a president, my children will always be taught to respect the office, listen to all viewpoints and learn to establish their owns stances on issues. Seems to me the "brainwashing" is being done by the fear-mongering parents.

    September 8, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  6. M. Lewis

    It's simple a joke. As a former Republican, now Independent, it's clear that the republicans are "chasing their own shadow" when they are willing to hold their children out of school in fear that their chidren may find out, or be exposed to thinking that might not align with their ultra conservative idiology. The republicans are getting just what they deserve and unfortunately they insist on continuing to shoot themselves in the "political foot".

    September 8, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  7. devon

    President Obama made being smart cool. My seven year old son loves our President and talks (for the first time) about wanting to be president. Mr. Obama should talk as much as possible about the importance of a good education and working hard in school. His speech is inspirational and welcome in my home. For parents to politicize his message is doing their children a disservice. If they disagree with the President speaking to their children about such an important topic, they should allow them to hear it and then talk to their children about the government's relationship with its citizens. They are teaching them the wrong way to deal with a person or idea that they disagree with and raising a generation of close minded people.

    September 8, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  8. critter

    This is so silly, we had president come talk to high school students on his choice and speech to run for president. Yet we can't have him talk to billions of kids without republicans listen to fox.

    Every time i go over to my dad house i see him have fox news on. it sickings me i have forgot i had fox news on when i was listen to red sox game.

    Than i change the channel cause it so obvious bad i rather listen to people who know what they talk about. I believe M lewis hit it on the head

    September 8, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  9. Howard Sanders

    The rest of the world is shaking its head in disbelief at this partisan, obviously racist response to the President's school speech by his own citizens. Communist? Socialist? What's next, another House Committee on Un-American Activities? Another Joseph McCarthy? And those angry, angry parents? Wow...their arguements are so illogical that it baffles me how such a large section of the populace can be so desperately uneducated about what various political doctrines actually mean. Stop getting distracted America. There are real issues you have to deal with and you have President Obama for four years, like it or not.

    September 8, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  10. Louise, Long Island

    We finally elected a leader with intelligence and now the people are rebelling. I truly believe the people of this country want dummies to be their presidents (actors, fumblers, liars, crooks, generals who lose wars, etc.).
    Now we have a president who wants good things for Americans, and Americans are calling it socialism. Maybe those decryers should give up medicare and social security, public education, public transportation, etc. – all government run.
    And the enlightened educators of this country want to prevent children from hearing their country's leader give a speech encouraging them to stay in school and work hard. Isn't this censorship? Is the tail wagging the dog here?
    We are turning into an ugly country, xenophobic and hysterical – all because the American people are being manipulated by talk-show hosts and other extremists who are using scare tactics to convince them how to think.
    What a shame that we have fallen so far!

    September 8, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  11. Bill

    JFK spoke to Vanderbilt in May 1963. His comments are still ressinet today.

    For educatiion he said:

    "Of the many special obligations incumbent upon an educated citizen, I would cite three as outstanding: your obligation to the pursuit of learning, your obligation to serve the public, your obligation to uphold the law"

    For conservative and liberals he said:

    "We live in an age of movement and change, both evolutionary and revolutionary, both good and evil–and in such an age a university has a special obligation to hold fast to the best of the past and move fast to the best of the future."

    September 8, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  12. marsh

    school kids need all help and advice from top leaders of the country as never before. when the president addresses school kids to stay in school and failure not an option or acceptable thats what thewy need to hear. what other top offical have and will do it willingly

    September 8, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  13. Mike Armstrong TX.

    The denouncement to our president to address our countrys children is shameful to the respect of our country the speech has been tarnished by untrue rumures of socialism.

    September 8, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  14. Scott Stodden

    I read the speech and not one word says anything about President Obama trying to push his political beliefs or politcial agenda on our kids. This speech is a speech letting children know not to give up, stay in school, say no to drugs & to become successful in life. The parents, school teachers, school administration officals, etc... that have been on national T.V. should be embarressed, ashamed & disgusted with themselves by saying they dont want there children to hear the President speak to the children who need to hear this message now more than ever. I believe people dont want there kids to hear the President speak about this because of one of two reasons, either there afraid of there kids hearing the truth from the President or its a racial thing. We remember past Presidents and First Lady's have spoken to kids in schools such as George W Bush reading to kids at a school on 9/11, or Bill Clinton speaking to children, or George H.W. Bush speaking to kids in the classroom, or even Nancy Reagan continually telling kids to say no to drugs. I really believe this is racism at its fullest because President Obama is black and he's telling the truth to the kids and god knows these kids nowadays need to hear the truth from somebody cuz the parents and schools are not doing the job. Stop the madness and the racism America.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    September 8, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  15. Michelle Kaplan

    I am appalled at the decision of some schools in Palm Beach County not air the president’s speech to schoolchildren.

    How awful that politics has to influence this decision. The illusion to some that the president is pushing some hidden agenda discusses me. As far as his so-called ‘socialist’ idea of health care, our educators should look to the system that they themselves work in.

    Would you call it ‘socialized’ education…technically it is. It is offered free to EVERY child in this country. What a horrible idea! Is the system perfect – certainly not, however it was an issue that they found important in 1867, back then they made a small start, that went through major changes over the years, but they were wise to know that you had to start someplace and willing enough to do so.

    This state has nothing to be proud of with the ‘success’ of its students with Palm Beach County’s dropout rate. So bad in fact the ACLU sued the county. It is especially evident with regard to the minority population. So, how important would it be for a minority student to hear encouraging words from President Obama telling children to work hard, respect your teachers and stay in school? Not to mention ALL students. I would think that, especially at the elementary school level when the children’s zest for learning is especially high, this presidential address would make a big impact as well as lasting impression.
    To quote from ACLU sues Palm Beach County school district over poor graduation rates:

    Low graduation rates in Palm Beach County show the school district has failed its students, especially minority children, by not providing a "uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high-quality education," according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. The lawsuit addresses a topic never before challenged in the courts. The ACLU and other organizations have sued school districts for not distributing resources equally, but no group has pursued legal action for dismal graduation rates. "We're really making a more basic point," said Chris Hansen, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU. "Graduating from high school is virtually the minimum requirement for success. A large percentage of the students are being essentially written off."

    "The three high schools with the highest percentage of black students – Palm Beach Lakes, Glades Central and Boynton Beach – also had the three lowest graduation rates in the county last year.”

    According to U.S News & World Report (May 2008)

    Florida, like other states, undercounts dropouts and inflates its schools' graduation rates by including students who earn nonacademic credentials…no one in west Palm Beach County…can agree on the district's real high school graduation rate. The School District of Palm Beach County says 71.8 percent of its students graduated on time last year. But independent researchers say the graduation rate was less than 60 percent across the county and lower still for minorities and low-income students.

    Non-participating schools only seem to further the lack of respect for the institution of government and the office of the presidency. I know that having a president address my class, that he actually cared enough to speak directly to me and my peers would have given me pride, that he showed such concern.

    Therefore, I am completely disappointed with this decision, and I think it only serves to promote a distrust of our system. That some schools feel the need to preview the material before airing it to students is ridiculous to be sure, but I’m sure after this ‘careful review’ that they will end up airing it to their students. In fact, please see the following, it is a copy of President Obama's highly controversial speech. We all should have been as lucky to have such a positive message to begin a new school year.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  16. B.Martin

    It's very nice to see someone take more responsibility than just naming a faulty program "No Child Left Behind." This is an attempt to get the education system working better by inspiring the students to achieve potential as opposed to scaring them with standardized testing.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  17. Bill

    I think it's sad that we live in a world where telling kids to stay in school, to keep trying if they don't succeed and to work hard is a negative thing. People act like he was going to tell kids to drop out, burn down the cities and revolt in the streets.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  18. Mandi

    Why not let him speak to the children? With so many lacking a true motivational person at home and need a good role model and Obama might just be the person they need right now.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  19. Monica Marin

    I no longer have children who are of school age, but if I did I would certainly encourage them to listen to the President at his address today. He came from nothing and worked his way up to the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, that in itself is encouragement to our children saying they can do anything if they work hard enough, cudos to President Obama.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  20. Becky

    I think there are a lot of parents out there who probably shouldn't be parents. The fact that the conservatives attacked this speech also frightens me. I don't want people like that involved in my government. The president encouraging children – of course he should be be heard! The threat of his attemption to politicize them? Come on! Who's stupid enough to believe that. Sadly, a lot of people.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  21. gina fox

    I don't understand the whole argument about the President speaking to the children. It is not like we do have the most educated students in this country and a nice prep talk will just help. Some parents just need to find their way back to reality!

    September 8, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  22. Montgomery

    Hello Tony, once again the Republicans have shown they have NOTHING to offer but scare tactics. This speech from Americas President is wonderful. I certainly hope it motives just one student to do his or her best in their school career. God bless the United States. J. Montgomery-Ft. Meyers

    September 8, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  23. Johnny

    What has this country come to where a Jack Daniels and Captain Morgan commercial can be aired with no problems, but the President of the United States is trying to tell kids about the importance of staying in school and their is an outrage?

    Unbelievable

    September 8, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  24. Mitra McKinnom

    I read the speech. My child started school on Sep. 1st. His school has decided not to show it at school. I am keeping him home to watch it and discuss it with us. I am not happy with the private school that has sensored The President of The United States of America. I will be looking for another school. Kids need to debate these things and goals in the classroom envioronment with the guidance of their teacher.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  25. Alice

    I think the speech is excellent!! I wonder where these protestors were when previous presidents addressed the students in our schools. It is obvious that this is strictly political. I think these protestors would serve all of us better by spending this time getting an education themselves.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  26. Monster Zero

    There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with this speech! Quiet your flapping jowls, Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck! You give all Americans – no, all HUMAN BEINGS – a bad name! Go, Obama, go! Don't let loud mouths get in your way! The President is for EVERYBODY, not just certain groups!

    September 8, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  27. Dee Munson, Texas

    I don't think I have ever been so disappointed in some Americans in my life. To say that our President has an "agenda" or is forcing politics on our children is the most ignorant thing I've heard in ages. Frankly it smacks of racism. It was okay when Reagan and Bush spoke to our children. And PLEASE don't tell me President Obama was going to force our kids to write letters supporting his agenda. For crying out loud his agenda is the education of our nations children. That every child has a right to a good education. It is obvious to me that it is much needed after some of the moronic statements I've heard on the news and in public.
    My grandkids will see/hear his speech and do so with pride.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  28. Ivette

    Absolutely agree with it ! Young kids need more people to look up as an inspiration, if someone tell my kids to study hard and be a good person, I will definitely allow my kids to listen to advise.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  29. Mark

    Can anyone give me one reason why children should not listen to the president's speech today? Anyone at all???

    September 8, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  30. Tia Beta

    Some people, mainly from the moderate to extreme conservative see Mr. Obama as an illegitimate president. For them he being in the Oval Room is the result of some kind of complot or twisted conspiratorial maneuver. They think he is an illicit president. Therefore, he cannot be THE President of the USA, but just the leader of those who put him there with the only purpose of harming the country. So, their dutiful work is to take him down by any possible mean. Those like me that saw the election of Mr. Obama as a defeating blow to bigotry and racism are awaking to a new reality: his election only took intolerance and narrow-mindedness to presidential level.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  31. kevin sianga

    Tony 2 b sincere those parents who r objecting to this idea r trying to tell there kids that they may as well direspect the most powerfull man on earth. The president is the symbol of a country locally 'n' globally so if u don' t respect your own then even people outside the U.S. cannot respect him n that will b aproblem for not only the U.S. but its allies. So parents should b carefull wit wat they r doing.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  32. Janissa Allen

    I'm 14 years old I go to Rancho High School in Las Vegas Nevada.
    I think President Obama speach is a good thing because we have a great drop out rate in our schools.

    -thankyou

    September 8, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  33. Tom Joad

    The Journal had an article showing those who disagreed with President Obama's speech to school children were from municipalities that he didn't win in the November election. That being said, any parent who read the speech and still disagrees with the President speaking to their children may want to have a long look in the mirror and question their parenting skills and patriotism.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  34. Jan

    If anyone followed President Obama's campaign, he has spoken on the issue of education many, many times with the same message of personal responsibility. I wish the media would have balanced the criticism with advocacy from the perspective of inner city schools.
    Why does no one go to the inner city schools to report this perspective? If the students who attend any urban schools actually come to school today, President Obama's speech will affect at least one student, and hopefully one class, then a school, and finally a nation...Last comment - It seems the critics do not "get" education.
    If President Obama even attempted a speech dealing with public policy with an audience of school children from 4-17, they would have been asleep.. Their criticism also did not respect the professionalism of teachers. No lesson plan from anywhere binds any teacher to use it! Nothing would be forced on a teacher. Teachers would have only used any lesson plan if it contributed to the learning of the students in their classroom. Those opposed treated teachers as fools.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  35. Kent Torch

    How can anyone say it is bad to encourage our young people to stay in school and strive to become a contributing member of society, besides makes a better life for themselves? Why was these presidential speeches for the school children not protested before now? I say there are many evil members in our ranks who are determined to create as much havoc as they can for the president and to bring him down if they can. I call these people the new terrorists and need to be addressed and treated as such. Here in the south, in TN, there is a real problem keeping our youth in school and this message is needed more than ever before. I fear this hate and fear mongering has gone too far. As for me I thank the president for all he is attempting to do, and give him my full support.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  36. Teresa Goebel

    I applaude the President for caring about this nation's kids enough to tell them that they are smart and all it takes is responsibility. As for the parents that are outraged I think that there will just be more room for those children that listen and take responsibility to get accepted into higher education. As universities get more expensive and competitive, myself and my husband would not pass up the opportunity for the President's message to boost our 2 daughters. Well done President Obama!!! Finally a President for the people!!!
    Houston, TX

    September 8, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  37. curious1966

    I have read President Obama's speech over and over. I cannot find ANYTHING in it, that I would not want my kids to hear. Instead of teaching our children to have open minds, those ignorant parents who are keeping their kids home today, are closing the minds of their children, who are the future. Such a tragedy. What do you think the kids will learn by keeping them home? They will learn that it is ok NOT to listen, it is ok NOT to stay in school. It is ok NOT to better their lives through education.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  38. Artistik

    Keeping it simple, its a shame that we are having one of the most important and influential figures in our lifetime about to follow in the footsteps of former leaders of our country give a message that will only inspire or encourage our young children to do better in school... And we have parents, adults, guardians, grands, and politicians, who are against such a moment. How do we explain this? We should seriously look and think about what the problem is. If positive words to our children are a problem from our leaders, then who should children look to besides their parents for leadership? (Bobby the weed smoker, or how about jenny the young prostitute, or here's a better one, the lying and cheating Senator/Governer? You tell me... SMH!

    September 8, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  39. Kathy, Andover

    All the hysteria has been absurd.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  40. cory Bradley

    The president’s speech is necessary to the nation’s children. Children must hear from not only their parents and teachers that going to school and taking real interest in their studies are also their responsibility. I support the president’s interest and concerns in the nations’ children’s education; I believe that all students should listen to this speech

    September 8, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  41. gtekam Jacksonville Fl

    Is this the nation where free speech is guaranteed except for the president?
    Cheer up America. A new form of democracy is born. Only in America is the president less citizen than anyone else. !!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  42. Ray Otaibi

    If the president of the United States is not the right person to talk to our nation's kids, then who is?

    September 8, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  43. Jeff Winton

    I think it's a really good thing. It is always good when the president comes to talk to children. I had to do an exercise program when I was in fifth grade that gave me an award signed by Bush Sr. in the early 90's and I didn't hear republicans trying to stop that, oh no. The right has become very dirty. When Jim Greer came out and said "indoctrinating children" every single parent you saw on t.v. used that word to describe why they would pull their children out of school. It was only a couple days later that the curriculum became the main point. So it's like the Republicans will attack anything they can spin, and many people will listen and those people always repeat what the other dummy told them. You have to use the word dummy because it's just like high school with rumors and dummies telling other dummies. When you have people like Rush and Sean and Mark who have big audiences it's really easy to see why we have so many people out there who are just not clued in at all with reality. Then they say that Obama changed the speech. Where is that proof? The White House changed the curriculum issue, but the speech was never altered. Just more nonsense from the dwindling right. I'm not a Democrat nor a Republican. Both parties are faulty. The real Americans who can see what's going on for what it is are why Obama won the election. So the right will continue to act like piranhas at any morsel of hatred they can about anything and everything the administration do, and the Democrats will continue to let them and also not explain everything clearly. Mark my word though, the Republicans may have a lot of people showing up at town halls and have a few million robots repeating their slogans, but in the end it is destroying the right. Keep this up and all will come to light and people will start disregarding everything that spews from that festering blister of a party.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  44. Ann

    I am a retired teacher who taught in an inner city school. Many of the boys in my classes were intelligent, beautiful children who had little or no support from home and no interest in academics. They were going to play football for the NFL according to them. This speech from and African American president is big. He makes a wonderful role model for these children and hopefully they will heed his words.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  45. Jennifer

    I think it's great that we have the president speaking to our children. There are so many children giving in to and losing their lives to gang related violence/drugs because that is all they know. If they have someone to give them encouragement it will help them to do better and make good choices no matter where they are or what the situation. What better way then to have it come from the man in charge (President Obama)! He knows what it's like to come from a poor neighborhood and GROW to the White House. I hope that my children's schools allow them to watch. These are our children...THEY ARE OUR FUTURE...They deserve to hear something positive...they deserve to know that they matter...they deserve to know that they can succeed.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  46. Ann

    Why is this speech being shown in school during school hours? Why not at home where parents can sit and watch and discuss with their children? Is it not our job to have this talk with our children? Why would the government or president ever think it's necessary to parent my kids? I deliver this message on a regular basis to my children and have no doubt they know the consequences of not working hard and doing well in school. Quite frankly its insulting and slightly creepy.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  47. jim spray

    tony i see no differance in president obama telling our kids to do their best in school and someone having pro athletes go around to all the schools and telling them to do their best and stay in school. i think all of the republicans and other nay sayers should get a life.

    jim spray,
    vicksburg,mississippi

    September 8, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  48. Kayla

    People who keep their kids home because of a 20 minute speech need to go back to school themselves.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  49. Patty Leondaridis

    It's a shame because if a republican iconic president like Ronald Reagan were giving this speech no republican would dare say anything ... in fact if anyone did comment negatively on the issue (especially democrats) they would be flogged as being un American and un patriotic. We should encourage our kids to listen to the President especially since we have such a highly educated and articulate one in Barack Obama !! I also think that since he has children of that age, he would be more sensitive to what he says ... the republicans are just trying in any way to sabotage this wonderrful president ... Keep up the good work Mr. President ... the previous administration has left you with a huge mess ... WE ARE WITH YOU !!!

    September 8, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  50. Nancy

    The flap over the Presiden'ts education speech is another example of the news media fanning an ember into a wildfire. A small minority with extreme opinions get to dominate the news. This is just nuts. People who object to the legitimately elected President addressing students should go back to school on the principles of democracy.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  51. Shirley Furr

    I am embarrassed that the critics in this country are ANTIi President Obama speaking to our school children to encourage them to take responsibility and do their best in school. They need all the encouragement they can get!

    Either these are the people who are against the President succeeding at anything OR they are very narrow minded people.
    How Silly they are!

    I guess people forget President Bush was sitting in a classroom reading to school children when 911 happened or Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush making similar speeches to our school children.

    Shirley
    Atlanta

    September 8, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  52. Mark from Rural Virginia

    It is clear that no matter what the President does the Republican party will find something wrong with it. It is VERY CLEAR that this is a POSITIVE message and I can't understand why this is an issue. Many other presidents have address the kids before, with no issue, what is the PROBLEM. The message is clear, staying in school and getting an education is actually COOL.
    We need to stop the IGNORANCE and stop listening to the Republican Party NEGATIVITY.
    Everytime they talk, they put their foot in their mouth. I'm a former Republican voter and am happy I voted for someone with sense, what is wrong with a pep talk for kids ? GO PRESIDENT OBAMA !

    September 8, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  53. Sarah Rosal

    I am astounded at people & parents reaction to the president's address to the students! This is the President of the United States of America, regardless of whether he is of the same race, religion, or political preference, he is our leader! We as parents have no right to censor our president, that would be an injustice to them and our nation. How dare we consider teaching our children to not honor or respect the highest office of our nation. We leave in a free nation and regardless if we agree with policy or not this is our nation and we elected our president. America has become such a politically correct society we are beginning to self-implode. Our country was founded on a basis of freedom, not censorship, was founded on God, not a censorship of one. If parents find religion, and freedom so horrifying, homeschool your children so they are not exposed to what the our backbone is built on. I am appalled at the schools in my area for even considering censoring this. Perhaps some who no longer love our nation and belief systems should move to another country so they are no longer offended by the American history and culture

    September 8, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  54. ANGEL HICKS

    Hello Tony, I am so frustrated and upset at the people in America. I am single mother with a three year old daughter in Indianapolis. I am a full time student and I work full time for the record.. I love the fact that Barack Obama is addressing the student is what a President should do.. Its no different from past Presidents who've addressed education.. To me I can relate to President Obama more than someone who has been given everything right in front of them. I have the upmost RESPECT for the President.. I think he's doing a GREAT job! If more would stop looking at the color of the man and look at the man you'd notice he's doing great things!

    September 8, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  55. Courtney Anne

    President Obama has done nothing wrong in this matter. His speech should be listened by everyone without it being called a form of "socialism." Past presidents have done this without all of the controversy. It just shows how immature the Republican Party is right now. Also, those conservative parents' are ignorant for not allowing their children to hear the speech. May god continue to bless our president for doing the right thing.

    Fort Myers, FL

    September 8, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  56. Hiwot

    I am very sad amercans have no respect for their presidant. I support he should speak for the students.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  57. Felicia

    Tony, I work with Juvenile deliquents. I see the children that are broken and have no hope. Most of the children have home lives that are unexceptable to society. With that being said, what make people think that these children will get the push they need to stay in school. The parents aren't there to guide them, because their to busy with their own lives or thier caught up in drugs. Who will tell them they can succeed? Who will tell them they are somebody important? Who will tell them they can, they must, and they will make it if they try hard, not their parents. This may very well be the moment a child changes his/her view of life. Let President Obama give a speech of hope. This just might be the day that a child(ren) will stand up and say YES I CAN! Children don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

    Felicia,
    Gastonia, NC

    September 8, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  58. Hiwot

    Its like being part of history. I am sad because I am new to this country and was told to start school on Tursday. I was hopping i would be in class while every student hear the Great MAN speak. Thanks to CNN I will see it trough TV.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  59. Kristie

    I think that no matter whom our president is it is our responsibility to listen to what they have to say and to allow our children to hear their words. It is our responsibility as adults and parents to teach our children how to think. What a great opportunity for learning allowing them to hear these words and discussing thoughts afterward. Not only is this an opportunity to teaching them what it means to be an American Citizen but to be free thinkers and understand how we can work together whether republican, democrat or independent to be a productive person.
    I may not have agreed with many of the decisions that President Bush made but I darn well would have allowed my children to listen to him. He was the president, and they need to heart from all sides.
    I have read the speech that the president will use today and I actually became very emotional it is a heartfelt message. Those who do not allow their children to listen to any president of the United States when they are specifically address them, whether one agrees with the president or not, are not only doing a disservice to our country but most of all our children.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  60. Tom Joad

    One day today's children will be all grown up and will be very angry with their parents for not allowing them to be part of this historic event. Or, they will be very angry that their parents will be noted in history as being intolerant – just as there are those who are too embarrassed to admit that their parents either participated or did nothing while minorities were not allowed to vote, attend the same schools, eat at the same restaurants or even lynched.

    By the way... I just got to work after driving in on the "socialist" Hwy after dropping off my mail at the "socialist" Post Office. Now, I'm in the break room having my coffee watching the "socialist" fire department in California.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  61. Leyton Lindsay

    Initially I thought this whole thing was a bit silly. Then I learned that my son was being denied the opportunity to hear the President's speech because of pressures put on his teacher. As an Afro American I was not at all pleased to hear my son was going to be denied the opportunity to hear what hard work, dedication and setting goals could do for him. This was clearly a 180 degree change from the messages I received when I was in school. Yes we were told you could be anything you wanted to be, but then there were a list of exceptions. You can be anything you wanted to be except the President of the United States. Once you begin that list, it simply goes on and on. Now my child has the opportunity to hear from an Afro American President you can be anything you want to be if you work hard...that is a message we should all get behind and support. But because of some idiot in Florida that want to deny him that opportunity? How sad is that! BTW I called the school and insisted they made arrangements for my son to see the address. He will see this message in a school setting.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  62. Stephanie Hammer

    If the school district did NOT show this to my daughter, I would yank her out so fast. As a disabled vet I did my duty to my country without questioning the orders given by the commander in chief. No school will dictate to my kid what she will hear from our President and what she won't. I fought for this country's right to elect their president, and now I support the man my fellow citizens elected! That's patriotism

    September 8, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  63. Dawn Payne

    After reading the Presidents speech, I cannot imagine ANY parent not wanting their child to hear what he has to say. Some of these students may never hear the positives, just the negatives from their parents, or whoever is in charge of them (foster parents, grandparents etc.) Yes, it is up to us to educate these young people, yes it is up to us to try and set good examples, and yes we ALL fail sometimes. What a shame and what a narrow mind example that has been set.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  64. Melina Espiritu

    This President actually seems to care what happens to the next generation as many before him have not. Should we really prevent that? I think NOT! The problem is that no one ever really wants to see the real picture which is ignoring our youth will result in our demise as a country. Let’s stop making them suffer and start to promote their growth; our President wants to do this and is prevented from doing so. What a terrible way to abuse our youth by preventing them to have the opportunity to see our Country’s leader encourage them to become successful! . Since when is taking responsibility for your education considered a “political agenda?”

    September 8, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  65. Debbie

    The uproar over this was rediculous. My kids have all been encouraged to watch this. He's the President and should be respected.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  66. Albert L. Mole II

    5:28 AM 9/8/2009
    From Albert L. Mole II
    Yuma Arizona 85364

    Reguarding Health plan:

    1st issue that needs to be fixed. is " control the ambulance chasing lawers/incurance sharks and the big life sucking medicine providers...
    All they want is the ALL MIGHTY GOD. the green back paper called MONEY.."

    2ND quit bailing out the banks/auto makers or any other faling companies that made bad judgements.. quit bailing out porr mistakes that use the money to pay bonuses for those on boards or those earning 250,000 a year.

    3rd bring back AMERICAN MADE no more out sourcing because the compaies want to avoid paying taxes....

    4th BE HONEST WITH THE PEOPLE : they are not stupid and know that some taxes would need to be raised to help pay medicare/medicaide as long as you are up front and honest they may accept it or may not..." let the people decide"
    as for the senetors and congress persons, quit lineing your pockets with big business or special intrests groupes. YOU elected people in public offices, " WORK FOR US not us work for you..."
    How many BILLS have what you call pork in it? Call it what it is SWINE MEAT and how many of you elected people are dirty?

    lets see if this can be proven wrong or ignored..

    Mr Mole

    September 8, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  67. Marianne

    The Department of Education is a Cabinet of the Executive Branch!

    The President of the United States is entrusted with our public school system. That's how the Executive Branch, our country's leadership is structured. To deny him to speak to the children is basically denying
    his right to do his job as to the responsibilities of the Department of Education.

    It would deny him the ability to provide leadership and inspiration that we have elected him to do.

    It would be denying the fact that he heads up the Department of Education now!

    This is from http://www.whitehouse.gov/our_government/executive_branch/ :

    "The mission of the Department of Education is to promote student achievement and preparation for competition in a global economy by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access to educational opportunity."

    Let the President do his job!

    The argument that people can show their kids at home doesn't fly for low income families who may not have cable, or internet or a VCR to tape the Student Address. It's on at noon on CSpan. Kids could watch it during lunch at schools in the cafeterias! To deny them this would be an opportunity lost for many a child to be inspired to work harder, study harder, and stay in school.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  68. Mark Merritt

    My child's school system is segregating the students into groups, those that can watch and those that cannot. This is political racism. Pretty soon the democrats will have their own waterfountains and will have to sit in the back of the schoolbus.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  69. Lori Celaya

    This morning I contacted Farragut Middle School in Knoxville Tennessee, where my two children ages 12 and 14 attend 6th and 8th grade, respectively. I was deeply saddened to learn that this school has chosen not to carry President Obama’s speech. When I first contacted the school this morning, the secretary informed me that it was a choice made by the superintendent of schools. Upon calling the superintendent of schools office, I discovered that this statement was incorrect , and that in fact, the option was left up to the principals and furthermore to each teacher. The assistant principal whom I spoke to informed me that if I wanted my children to hear President Obama speak, we could hear his speech on YouTube after school.
    I firmly, believe that Farragut Middle School and its principals have chosen to politicize this issue in opting not to show this very important and motivational address from the president to our children. I wonder, were Barack Obama a Caucasian Republican President, would our children still be denied this opportunity to hear this presidential address as part of a classroom curriculum. As an educator, I can’t help but to see the range of possibilities for discussion within the context of the classroom.

    Respectfully,
    Lori Celaya Ph.D
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    September 8, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  70. Gilbert Sanchez

    Tony, I'm a Founder of a non-proofit youth organization that's been attempting to help kids and start-up for over 20 years now. I've tried to contact Pres. Obama, over half a dozen times this year. For 20 years I've been seeking some type of direction that will give my organization a chance for funding. I've also stated that my organization would give kids better programming and be most affordable so all youth can participate in programming.

    GPYS is here to change our nation's youth for the better by healthier lives, becoming productive citizens. I've also been stating that we have an issue with obesity for 20 years and no one has listen- GPYS still has the answers for youth issues and problems- because it's not political and does something for someone- no one will listen- http://www.gpys.org to learn more about GPYS.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  71. James Nolen

    I believe the president is using very important time to speak to school children. They are the most important group for the future of America.

    The fighting among elected officials hurts this country beyond repair.
    The voters of America should replace House and Senate until they begin to represent the American people.

    James nolen

    September 8, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  72. Rick

    The "Boogie Man"...i.e. demonized Black man is not an uncommon occurrence. Historical...this demonization is the reason that Black men are followed in stores, clear sidewalks of other citizens, and are often categorized as criminal. Our honorable President is also a victim of such demonization.

    Don't be afraid little children. He won't say anything to corrupt your thinking.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  73. Todd

    I think that it's great that he wants to talk to the future of this country by speaking with our children. However the President has more pressing issues to be concerned with. It's time to stop running for office and get to work.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  74. Karen Peterson

    Each child in America gets a free public education. The founding father's did this so citizens would be capable of making the decisions necessary for our democracy to succeed.

    When a president talks to schools he or she is giving a valuable civics lesson.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  75. Jeff Baker

    Forsyth County is such an embarassment to the state of Georgia, they surely have not evolved much from the civil rights fiascos of 1987. What would we expect from a state that still wants the confederate stars and bars on thier flag?

    September 8, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  76. SaddenParent

    I'm very sadden to learn that Stafford County Schools in Virginia will not be showing the Obama speech. I'm a parent of two students that attend these schools and was very shocked and sadden by this development. When asked who decided this? I was told the school board. This is a disgrace! Me as a parent was made aware of this and didn't have any input on this decision. Had I known they weren't going to see it, I would have picked them up early so they could veiw it at home. We are 45 minutes from the White House and it's not being shown in our schools. This is such a shame and disservice to our children!

    September 8, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  77. Mary

    America's children should be taught to respect their president no matter which political party he/she comes from. I'm appalled that parents have tried to censor our new president, who deserves to be heard. This is just another example of how the right-wing is trying to diminish respect for our president and his policies. Shame on the school districts who bowed to their protests.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  78. christopher papanicolas

    Some one please explain to me how Obama's speech on staying in school indoctrinates children into socialism. How stupid can people get? Do they want their children to not be uplifted and motivated by their own president to stay in school? I respect their decisions as parents and as the United States citizens to have the right not to watch the speech, but I don't understand why they wouldn't let their children listen to Obama's speech to take responsibility and stay in school.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  79. Bob

    It is ironic President Obama gives a speech of the importance of staying in school, and people are keeping their children out of school-maybe that is the problem-they need to be in school.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  80. Mahaley Bowles

    I believe our president should address our students annually. Students like adult professionals who attends various motivational workshops to keep on top of their game can benefit from the president's advice. I do motivational seminars in schools - I often use elected officials as "Just like me" Role Models to share with students their academic story and why it's so important to focus and do well academically. President Obama makes the perfect "Just like me" Role Model. I tell my students daily, "It's easier to THINK HARD NOW, then LIVE HARD LATER. -Mahaley Bowles

    September 8, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  81. Beatrice

    My husband is a Republican, I am a Democrat. I have always respected other opinions. Disagreements bring discussions and debates. They are at the base of a Democracy. I am concern by the polarization in this country. Let's face it nobody has a real answer. Society changes, sometimes it needs to be more on the left sometime more to the right. When we become close minded and too extreme in our beliefs (right and left) we put our democracy in danger. President Obama has a good message right now, one that all parents I am sure tell their children. He is backing them up. Why turning his message into some king of Government propaganda? The conservatives are not being honest right by manipulating what Obama is trying to do.

    How many times do I hear parents complain about their struggles in a society that is often against them? ...and what about the children who don't have parents and any roles models? Nobody talks about them, who is taking care of them? Are we becoming so selfish that what happened outside our house and family doesn't interest us?

    September 8, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  82. Cheryl Coronel

    I have no doubt that our President, this very well educated, brilliant speaker will be a motivation for teachers and students alike. I understand the school districts my grandchildren attend will not be airing it, so grandma here will tivo and have a private showing. When will we ever be able to take each other by the hand and share.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  83. Deborah

    I think that what he is doing is such a contradiction to his actions in the white house. He encourages the children to stay in school, but he won't provide the funding for schools to stay open 5 days a week. Education is not on the top of his priority list. It has taken such a drastic hit in funding that it is obvious that it is not a priority in america. He is being insincere when he tells children to stay in school but won't fund public education so that they decent schools to attend.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  84. ken simzyk

    if you play obamas school speach backwards . he confess to being born in kenya and that he wants to kill old people haa. the people who made this event political are the ones who wony\air it

    September 8, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  85. Amy

    I highly recommend that parents let their children of all ages listen to the President speak. It may affect them more than they think. Just like any kid, they may not listen to their parents but may do so if hearing it from someone else.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  86. JAMES THOMAS

    HELLO TONY!!! I WATCH U AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY,,,MY ISSUE IS THAT WITH EVERYTHING GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY WE R CONCERNED WITH EVERYTHING BUT GOD AND HE'S THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN STRAIGHTEN OUT THIS PROBLEM WERE IN. PRESIDENT OBAMA CAN PUT PRAYER BACK IN THIS COUNTRY SO JESUS CAN COME BACK IN OUR LIVE'S AND GET US BACK IN ORDER AS A PEOPLE(WE NEED PRAYER) WHEN PRAYER LEFT THE SCHOOLS GUNS & CAOS WENT IN WE NEED GOD....THAT'S OUR PROBLEM...NOTHING COMES BEFORE GOD!!!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  87. Sharon

    I am a very concern Citizen, I need to know if President Obama is still the President of the United States or is it Vice President Biden? I when to a Social Security Office on Lee Blvd Lawton Oklahoma, and Vice President Biden picture was place on the wall from right to left in the President place on the right and President Obama, picture was place on the left side of vice President Biden, as if he was Vice President. I found this very disrespectful and racist as a citizen of the United States. In the military if someone out rank a person in The Chain of Command, there is never a confusion of who is in charge, wither person is White or Black in the Battalion or headquarter area with pictures of our Chain of Commander; when it comes to placing those pictures on the wall. Our Chain of Commander always the President at Present who is Obama on the right and not Vice President Biden, Picture on the wall as or leading commander, with all other in that Chain of command following by rank in charge. Let give our President Obama, his rightful place and stop showing our racist asses in Government by doing silly s… like this to our President. Keep your personal feeling home and stop bringing them to work and displaying it on the government departmental walls, because this is disrespectful to a President of the United States because of the color of his skin is not white or Black, whoever our President maybe. Give respect where it is due, deserve. President Obama, deserve his place because he fought fair and square for his position into office with all those haters out there not giving him his place as President.

    Very Concern Citizen!

    September 8, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  88. Laurie

    Hi Tony,
    It was just stated that Cherokee county, Georgia was leaving it up to the schools, if they want to show the speech. This is not true, on Thrusday of last week the parents received a letter saying they would not be showing it. That if the parents wanted their child to watch the speech, it was to be done outside of school.

    This is totally disrepectful. No matter how you voted, he is the President. Here in Republican Cherokee county, we were told that us democrats, were disrespectful of Bush for not liking his policies. Now when Barack Obama wants to give a speech to our children, and tell them to good in school, they are not allowed to see it. The narrow minded right wing up here in Cherokee county, don't want there children to think for themselves and form their own opinions.

    Please inform everyone that Cherokee County is lying when they say they are leaving it up to the schools, to decide to show the speech....I have the letter to proof it!

    Shame on the right wing Repubilcans for keep their children in the dark and in a box! A speech about education is not brainwashing or political!

    September 8, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  89. Dany Robichaud Montreal Canada

    It's funny how american likes to make a big thing of such a small thing. Mr Obama is not gonna compromise his integrity by trying to convince young children to believe in his party over the other party. I think he wants what is the best for the american people, and if speaking to young american to convince them to work harder and stay in school than BRAVO Mr President.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  90. Deborah Sawtell

    I am a Republican. Have never voted for a Dem. in any election. But I am FED UP with my party. Have they all lost their minds. Are they really trying to convince me that by watching President Obama speak today my grandchildren are endangering themselves or being exposed to brainwashing? If it was Mrs. Obama or Laura Bush, traveling the country and speaking at high schools with the same message there would be no out cry. Of course if it was Newt Gingrich the democrats would scream bloody murder. Shame on Republicans who fall for this scare tactic. We are becoming all that we've said the Dem. party is for the last 20 years.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  91. Paull V

    Obama should not speak to our kid, we have parents and Teachers who do that, I have been a democrat for 25 years..... tired of these new democrats who think if you not for them your against them or really republican, WOW , gee sound like the Bush Era and how they handle things,

    paul

    September 8, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  92. Regine

    I dont't understand what the controversy is all about. Why can't my child listen to the President of the U.S.A. encourage her to stay in school and motivate others to do the same? Why was it ok to have school kids watch the OJ Simpson Verdict live on TV during school, but not able to watch this President.
    Alot of people are afraid to say the real reason this is a controversy, Simply put it is because this man is BLACK. Unfortunately we have some ignorant folks in this country who do not want to see a black man in this office.

    Thank you.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  93. John Stacey

    While I did not vote for this president, he is the president. I see nothing in this speech that is political for those too young to understand those issues. For high school children, it is time for them to start developing their own political views and not those of their single minded parents or other influences in their lives. Let them listen and learn.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  94. Jamall

    I think it's sad that some parents in this country won't let there child or children hear an inspiring message from a great leader. He was elected to direct and lead a great country into the right direction, and thats what he's trying to do with the chilren today in this world. Most children need that uplifting in their lives to know that they can succee in life no matter what comes in your way.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  95. Eddie

    Tony, this speech will be missed by more than half of our public school kids today due to a population of parents who share their racial feelings about this President with their children. This is not constructive at all for this country!!! The Republicans are also feeding this racist monster called the right wing. We have districts in Georgia who are not even giving our kids the right to see the Speech!!! That is just wrong and not good for race relations in this country!!! President Obama will turn this country around and we will be in better shape than we were 8 years ago.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  96. eyvel

    I thought I've heard it all. I guess not. This is a frustrated party using the airways to stub the president with this low blow. I will say this will seal the faith of a party that ran out of ideas to oppose the president. It doesn't matter what he does or do, is not enought for this party.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  97. Nicholette

    As a Mississippi educator, I am never amazed at our parents or district/ state policies. I love the way they wrap racism in beautiful paper (cheap talk, staying within everyone civil rights) and a huge bow (we just want to make everybody happy). When Gov. Barbour, members of Senate and Congress visited our school my civil rights and my students’ civil rights weren’t taken into consideration. I am not a Barbour supporter, nor were a majority of my students’ parents; however, my principal and most of my colleagues are supporters. Our views are kept at bay, and we often agree to disagree on certain forums.

    The speech is only encouraging our future to take responsibility into their hands and become better citizens. I can’t wrap my head around this thing we call society. Morally, we are shot, we allow convicted sex offenders, drug and alcohol abusers to entertain our kids nightly. From Lindsay Lohan to the Kardashians, we allow these people to invade our lives with ignorance and immorality. Then you get offended when the President wants to encourage your child to be a great citizen and to stay in school, like it’s a bad thing. Really, it’s the President of the United States, enough said! It’s about RESPECT. It’s a speech, not a cult meeting. We allow our students to view current affairs for class, is this not considered a teachable moment?

    September 8, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  98. Mike Armstrong TX.

    The truth to this mater is that it should have never been an issue in the first place who started all this properganda in the first place was it Jim Greer or some other idiot.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  99. JAMES THOMAS

    CHILDREN DONT KNOW WHAT THEY NEED SO IT'S OUR OBLIGATION TO GIVE IT TO THEM,,,THEY NEED PRAYER ,,PLEASE PUT IT BACK IN SCHOOLS,,TODAY!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  100. Dr. Chris. Grant

    The controversy around the Presiden't's speach is totally a media created event. The media proved this by demonstrating zero interest in asking kids what they think. Almost no-one has voiced the opinion that kids really are smart enough to make up their own minds, and they certainly are.

    What happens at schools where the parent's actually want their children to hear the speach, yet the school has refused to show it?

    A total fiasco, and a demonstration of exactly what is wrong with the news media these days. They are creating the stories they then report!

    September 8, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  101. Nicki Rollins

    I feel it to be racist and unamerican for the schools not to show the speech which is specifically geared toward their students. Tony, you know that race, is the reason for this and not anything else. People are so afraid of a Black man talking to their children. White people in general rather see a Black man in a negative way(to keep their lies alive) than to see an educated black man in a possitive way. Rather speaking to them but especially to their children and it is ASHAME!

    September 8, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  102. Dana S.

    It is unfortunate that we as Americans no longer respect the president of the United States. The fact that adults that run the school systems, let their personal beliefs stand in front of the good of the future of this country.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  103. MARILYN - FLORIDA

    One role of the President is to motivate the entire country, including children, to be the very best. This President can speak English without grammatical errors, he can inspire. We haven't had that for the prior 8 years of "goofy-in-chief". ANY parent should be honored that the President cares enough about children that he wants to help them contribute to a strong country, to be educated, to be informed.

    Of course, the bushes (Jeb, in particular, in Florida) set up privatization of PRISONS. They gave those contracts to their buddies. They have a vested interest in keeping children ignorant, uneducated, unemployable, motivated by drugs, and filling up those prisons. It is the Bush-legacy of prison "cottage industry."

    September 8, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  104. Eric Armstrong

    What type democracy can we be if the only opinion that matters is our own personal views. I thought we welcome opposing views, it allows for different vantage points. How can we elect a leader and refuse to let him lead. The message give parents an opportunity to open political content and responsibilty talks with their kids. Vaules are not inheredited, they are taught. If your child grows up with different political views thats fine. I teach my kids to be well informed adults, not a political parties. Isn't that democracy???

    September 8, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  105. marsan

    I was raised to have respect for all adults in an authoritative position.
    I think that it is very sad that a child will miss out on a positive message today due to personal politics.Education is the key to success.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  106. Jean

    It is disappointing to hear some parents state that they will keep their children away from school today so that they do not listen to President Obama's educating and encouraging speech. What a shame and a disgrace it is to hear parents and others who oppose his speech. They are disrespectful people.
    The world comprises of all sorts of people and parents. There are those who are disciplined and there are those who lack discipline. There are also those who discipline their children and who want what is best for them. There are others who do not discipline their children and appear that they want nothing good for their children. Those who lack discipline and who do not discipline their children will reap what they sow in time. It will get right back to them and with tears in their eyes.
    President Obama is "The US President". He does not have to beg certain Americans to speak to their children which is for their very own good.
    My conclusion is that these people have no respect for their US President, for themselves and for their children. They are showing themselves to be just what they are. They have depicted not only to Americans but to the entire world that they really do not want what is best for their children. It appears that they do not care if their children dropped out of school, become wards of the State and also commit crimes, murders and end up in prison. Parents who care for their children and care about what they should aspire to will always want what is best for their children. They will encourage their children to listen intently to President Obama, learn from him, be encouraged by him and whom he has aspired to.
    President Obama knows too well the struggles that he himself went through and his diligent "hard work – studies" and how far he has arrived.
    President Obama is a great example to all; not only to children but to adults alike. President Obama has greatly influenced everyone in the world. Children of all in other countries, as Canada and some American good ones who want something good for themselves and a good career will listen to him and take his speech to heart and practice it.
    As for those parents and other opposers, I view them as ignorant people. I would leave them just where they are which is where they belong. They are not benefiting themselves, their children and their country. I reiterate, this is what they depict to those who hear and read about them. I do not think much of them, if nothing at all. I would not wish to associate with such people. As an adult, I will listen intently to him and place myself as a youth who wants something good for myself and for my country.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  107. Jamall from Alabama

    I think it’s sad that some parents in this country won’t let there child or children hear an inspiring message from a great leader. He was elected to direct and lead a great country into the right direction, and thats what he’s trying to do with the chilren today in this world. Most children need that uplifting in their lives to know that they can succee in life no matter what comes in your way.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  108. Dana Styles

    I have a daughter who is a Junior in a school district considered to be low income and a very high rate of minorities. i am keeping my daughter home long enough today to hear the President's speech. I am truly saddened her high school does not see this as an opportunity to provide motivation for so many of their students who will not make it through the end of this school year, or who will not go on to pursue a college education.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  109. k cox

    how senseless this controversy. shame on these radical, gun carrying, tea party, ignorant trouble makers who are raising their children to be idiots like themselves. children have the right to hear their president give such a positive speech... these are the children who will be educated and successful.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  110. Stephanie Ross

    I live and have a child in Forsyth County School Georgia district. I am happy Forsyth County Schools did not participate in the President's address today. I think parents should be asked what they want their children to be exposed to. If Forsyth County School was participating, I was going to keep my child home.
    Just like the school and government feel that church and state doesn't need to mix. I feel President Obama does not need to mentor or encourage my child. That is the parents job and we do a good job. No POLITICS need. Next thing President Obama will be trying to take away parents' rights of their children, thinking he can be a better mentor.
    First a predator get the trust of the child and the parents, next the predator approach the child by themselves-then they dominate the child. I feel that President Obama need to do his job on the economy and play mentor to his own children. LEAVE MY CHILDREN ALONE.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  111. MGrant

    Dear Paull V,
    were you this upset when George Bush, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush and Reagan gave similar speeches to children? I'm guessing the answer is no. Please grow up. This is not a form of parenting, this is encouragement from someone who worked hard and stayed in school on the benefits of both.

    In reading your email, you may have benefited from such a speech if you had received one during your school years.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  112. Peter Gerlach, MSW

    The unspoken REAL issue here is that many Ameicans distrust politicians, their govenment, and Obama. We need well-run town halls about what it would take to raise our collective trust that our elected representatives are honest, moral, dependabable people who want to do a good job for us! The speech is a red herring.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  113. Shelly in Colorado

    Last week I was very much against having my children watch the speech to be given by President Obama today. After revieving the content and hearing from Jim Greer and Laura Bush (on CNN), I changed my mind about this. I trust Mrs. Bush & Mr. Greer, I approved of the posted content and so my kids have the green light to see the speech today. I am also as Republican as they come...

    September 8, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  114. CANADIAN WOMAN

    Hi Tony,

    All this fear of Pres. Obama is racially motivated. Am a Political Sciene graduate and nither Bush or Clinton were treated this disrespectfully. Some white America is a fraid of the Pres. Obama and the commects says it all. "We want our America back" as if it has been taking away from them. Comparing health care to Nazism is so insane.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  115. JUBI MAGGIORE

    I have to express my disappointment that schools have been pressured to decide that any students' viewing of President Obama's speech should be strictly voluntary (with parents' permission), or not to show it at all.. He is the PRESIDENT of our United States. He wants to speak to the children of this country about how important it is to work hard to get their education and to stay in school.

    Now please, really, why in the world is this so scary? What are we teaching our children? That they only have to be a loyal, respectful citizen if they voted for or believe in the President?

    Well, that's a great life lession. Guess that means they don't have to listen to, or show respect for the teacher they, or their parents, don't like or agree with. So, what about that coach they'll have, or their minister or priest, Doctor, co-workers, boss? Not the best lession we can teach them, in my opinion. All this unreasonable distrust and polarization is fracturing this country's long history of tolerance, decency, open-mindedness, unity and basic patriotism.

    If I still had children in school I would be protesting the limitation of the viewing of a message from the President of the United States (no matter WHO he, or she is), when his intention is to encourage my children to work hard, and stay in school.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  116. Hiwot

    Obama is our leader, we should respect him and hear what he have to say.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  117. Nadine Medved

    I read President Obama's Education Speech this morning. I wholeheartedly support the President, the contents of the speech is very necessary. I am extremely saddened to know that some schools have chosen not to show the telecast to their students. That attitude is misquided, an open mind is required to learn.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  118. Mike, Florida

    This battle has now gotten to the point of totally ridiculous. The conservative right will now do anything in their power to undermine the president! The problem is, they don't seem to understand that blocking every move he makes is not really in their best interest! Nothing can be accomplished, and nothing will be improved with these groups constantly standing in the way of progress, or at least an attempt at progress. This speech should NOT be banned anywhere! If they want to make it optional, fine, but to totally ban it from schools is a travesty!
    The hard core, religious, right really needs to wake up and remember that the freedoms afforded in this country are NOT just for them!

    September 8, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  119. sandi

    In the area I live school does't even start till tomorrow. So I guess it is a non issue around here. But I think people are making to much of this. If you disagree with the president you could use this as an opportunity to let your children know why you disagree.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  120. Toye Smith, Bridgeport CT

    All these ongoing theatrics being staged by the people on the right have never been about a perceived threat that an Obama-school address pose to their kids. Indeed you'll find that there are no significant philosophical or moral differences, if you compare the obama speech to the one's given by his predecessors. Which makes makes me wonder what their discontent is really about

    September 8, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  121. Buzz 0101

    It seems like the president is either on vacation, or spending the weekend at camp david.If he is not doing that he is always on tv.I dont see how he ever finds time to work.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  122. Mark Thompson

    Nobody wants to call this thing what it is, RACISM. CNN and all the rest are tip toeing around why there is even a controversy, choosing to use the ever popular "its the political climate". Well its not the political climate. Its the element in this country who resent a black person being President of the United States, case closed.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  123. Tony Leal

    I've heard people say America isn't racist anymore, because we have a black president & I'd have to strongly disagree in light of these facts: when white presidents speak to school kids it's ok, but not for Obama. Everyone supported Bush getting us into 2 wars that has cost thousands of american lives, not to mention his administration has caused the worst economic downfall since the great depression, but yet they can"t support the man who's trying to get us out of it solely because of the color of his skin! And the republicans are the worst! They can support the downfall of our great nation, but not the one who's trying to lift us back up. Their tea parties & actions in town hall meetings show their true colors & truly degraded character. And don"t get me started on pastors who wish for our black presidents death, because if the roles were reversed we"d likely see a modern day lynchin' within our broken court system. Wake up America before it's too late!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  124. Pascale

    Here in CANADA, we respect our prime minister. We would never question him if we would decide to speak to our KIDS. WE TRUST HIM EVEN IF we don't agree with all his policies.

    The president of USA Should be respect by his own citizens first....

    We, Canadians, admire PRESIDENT OBAMA SO MUCH and feel so sorry that some americans are trying to boycot his good inspiration and his good goals for USA childrens.

    Some parents don't even control their kids on internent and youtube but they turn stupidly crazy against the good and inspirational speech of PRESIDENT OBAMA. IT'S A SHAME!!! AMERICANS WAKE UP, STOP BEING STUPID!

    RESPECT YOUR PRESIDENT!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  125. Sue from Canada

    If you don't want the Pres – send him to us – we'd love him!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  126. Stephenie, Wilson

    It is a great speech from Pres.Obama to grab the attention of the lost souls. The demons don't understand anything good. They are very xenophobic and evil. Their aim is to keep African Americans kids off balance and confused. So it like the little white boy said in one of the schools, lets hear Obama out. He's a kid that has more smarts then the negative adults, who always talking loud and saying nothing! We no longer have the rightious role models. The Replubicans and there supporters are not ready for change. Bottom line we are! Stop teaching our future lies so they will know the truth, in schools, business etc; God bless this world of mess! Amennnnnnnnnnnn

    September 8, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  127. Mark Jacobson

    I just read the president's education speech. The parents that said they were going to keep their kids out of school have reinforced my belief that any moron can be a parent. What amazes me even more, is that they believe that 20 minutes with President Obama will influence their child's thought process more than the influence they exert on a daily basis.

    I was taught to respect the office of the President, my father was still the most important single male influence in my life. Do these parents believe that their influence over their children is so weak that a 20 minute speech from the president will destroy everything? If they truly believe that, then they have a much bigger problem going on in their household that they need to address.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  128. ted

    tony, did we provide advance notice to students about the illegal war in iraq before we bombed it. these people talking about this as communisim are wrongly advised by the right wing radio hosts.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  129. Dr. Philip J. Rogers

    Tony,

    As a veteran educator I am dismayed about how persons are using the so called "political climate" as an excuse to disrespect a sitting president who happens to be black. This is no coincidence. The backlash since his election with consistent untruths being circulated and continual racial outbursts and acts across the country is no surprise. But when these people use their children as pawns in their ignorant tirades I see proof of their lack educationally that they desire to pass on to the next generation. This is yet another a sad day in our history. Segregation revisited.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  130. Art

    Tony, why don't you think the senior class president is important enough to hear what HE has to say? Come on! Give the kid a chance.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  131. Charlene F.

    In the 50's we were taught to respect our president. The negative reaction to our president encouraging our kids to do their best in school
    defies all good sense and logic.

    IMHO, any teacher or parent who doesn't encourage their kids to
    respect the president is dropping the ball!

    OMG–the lady who cries about her kid hearing the president talk
    is out of touch with reality!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  132. LaVette

    It is a sad day in America when a president's speech to kids have to be screened before being released; then after being pre-viewed, our kids are still denied this knowledge, because of pure hatred. We all know the underlying reason for this opposition against the President's speech, we just dare to say it; with that being said, How many of the previous president's speeches to America have been off limits to children? NONE!

    I wonder if the parents who oppose this president from speaking to their kids are also opposing all other audio visuals, filmstrips, and TV programs that is included in most school curriculums. At least we do know that the President's speech will not include talk of killing, profanity, or sex. These parents need to take a look at what their kids are exposed to on You-Tube, Face-Book, and My Space. Let's be honest America, what is the world coming to? This is pure hatred for the man, not his plans.

    Thank You for your speech Preident Obama! My kids appreciates the knowledge that you share with them each and every day. We will continue to pray for our president.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  133. Laura Estrada

    I am so excited about his speech. Saddened that my niece is one of those percentages of young ones who dropped out her sophmore year. Maybe if she had had a president who cared about her education instead of the war, she would of maybe stayed in school. Also, she moved from Southern California to Texas. Horrible mistake on my sister's behalf, but that's another blog. Anyways, I am baffled at the STUPIDITY on the behalf of right wing liars and also the closed minded parents. Watching it right now, what a great kid that Tim Spicer!! Godspeed to Obama.

    Laura Estrada
    Monrovia, California

    September 8, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  134. Dr. Chris. Grant

    If the President of our country is to be suspect when addressing our children, then precisely who will do so?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  135. ted

    i agree with mary, why do these few intentionally belligerent, ill informed people even get the air time? most people agree with this speech which is needed. surprised cnn is contributing to the insane asylum factor. i see hatred under the viel.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  136. Dawn

    I don't see what the problem is with having our children hear the president of the USA speak. We voted him into office as a nation. As long as we have a democracy where we can choose our president I don't see why people are so upset, it is not like we are in North Korea with a dictator at the reigns. Also, these children are not old enough to vote for him and I doubt that they could influence their parents to vote for him. If we supress information because we don't like it, are we not as bad as the people that we fight over human freedoms?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  137. save our Constitution

    Hey Eddie! Why is it that when somebody disagrees with what Obama says they are then labeled as "racist"? I don’t agree with anything that man says but my friend; I'm not racist! I'm an American that believes in the United States Constitution and in the freedoms our men and woman fought for and I live and believe in what the constitution says. I believe that Obama is Slowly tearing that apart from the people. with that said; does that make me racist? that always seems to be the only thing the left uses as a defense when opposition stands tall against the Obama administration; the race card! now with that said; who's the real racist? If Obama stood for and protected what the Constitution stands for and protected it; i would be 100% behind Obama. but I'm sorry Brother, I'm an American and our Constitution is falling apart with our current Administration. My God Brother! We have Czar’s Now! We're turning into Russia!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  138. Miriam Gill

    Tony, This is so sad. All of this hoopla about the President's address to America's school children can be summed up in one word: racism. As a nation, we've come a long way but obviously we have a long way to go when parents protest that the President of the United States wants to encourage their children to stay in school, work hard and believe in themselves. I feel like crying.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  139. Ginger Blymyer

    What is wrong with those who don't want their children to listen to encouragement. Education is the key to everything. Inspiration is the needed thing in young peoples lives and one who becomes president is the most inspiring. The closed minds of the ignorant filled with fear, listening to others who spread fear, are the saddest thing about our country today. The truth is always the truth and hate and fear are more destructive than any terrorist. Life takes work and that is what we need to teach our children and that work is worth it and when you lift yourself up you lift all. Let us remember that. Obama is trying to make us understand. Those who won't understand are losers and making losing choices for their own children

    September 8, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  140. olga

    I feel sorry for those who alway are against of the Presidente. Like it or not, These conservatives who destroyed our Country with the horrific war and all the mess in the ECONOMY. they want know to stop Barack, with thos despicables slogan telling that is comunist socialist. The good part is most of the inteligent part of this country the real good ones, knows about the liars of the republicans. remember nobody is going to stop Barack Obama. He is LION

    September 8, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  141. Tonya

    I think it is sad that the main news story of the day is the controversy over the President of the United States making an inspirational speech to our kids and not the 8 brave U.S. soldiers that died today defending our nation. Wake up America and get your priorities straight!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  142. Jean

    I'm discouraged that the administration at my children's schools have not mandated the veiwing of the address for each and every child. I remember being hauled into my grade school auditorium to watch the Apollo missions. I didn't know at the time what that meant, but it is something that my generation now shares. I wanted my children to remember the day the President of the United States spoke to their generation. The admistration gave the choice to show the address to the individual teachers. Their excuse was that it was during their lunch time. What a cop out!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  143. John - California

    K Cox – Did you read you own message?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  144. ronnie mckay

    I think it is a literal disgrace that people are acting like the President is doing such a horrible thing, talking to Schoolkids.If anyone can inspire Students , it would certainly be the first African American Presdient. Any other President that has talked to school kids has not had this much polarization. Id like to know who the think tank is behind this uproar everytime the President wants to do something that is obvious for the betterment of this country- whether its healthcare or education.
    His speech is A++!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  145. Cherie Gratzer

    Bravo President O'Bama. Send Positive information to our children in the United States. We sure need more Positive information.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  146. Nicholette

    Paull V,

    Some kids don't have parents to talk to them nor do they teachers have time to talk to them. We teachers are too busy trying to undo what most parents aren't doing. We can't do it all! Teachers today are busy chasing numbers for the states, to keep the schools' numbers and credibility up to par. Then we have to deal with behavior, things that should be taught at home. And if the President of the United States wants to tell the students to stay in school and hard work pays off, then I say let him. This is a good thing. Are you talking to total strangers' kids, encouraging them to do their best?

    As far as being Democratic or Republican... Black or White... our society has enough hate amongst these parties and races! Our society now needs togetherness and compassion towards each other. Let's stop the bickering, and handle our society that is quickly going to hell in a hand basket because we are too busy whining!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  147. save our Constitution

    Olga, Wake up! Lions can be stopped too; they are not Invincible. Both the left and the right are Damaging what Americans believe in, not one side is better than the other.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  148. Mark

    Great speech!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  149. Hiwot

    WOW! I love it. He is the best preisdent ever. I love it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  150. Victoria Wolf

    Came to tears, at least three times! Be all that you can be with what you have at hand. Never quit!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  151. Mahaley Bowles

    Feel sorry for the kids that were not allow to hear Obama's speech!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  152. Kathy, Andover

    The parents and schools, who did not let their children and students watch President Obama's speech today, robbed them of a great opportunity today.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  153. R Boyd

    What an inspiring speech the president gave. You could have heard a pin drop in that room. Any parent who would deny their child the right to listen to that speech, well, I think it is almost a form of child abuse.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  154. Michael

    Don't tell Obama that the guy who made Facebook dropped out of college...

    September 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  155. Paul Segreto

    it’s sad that many parents don’t want their kids listening to the president of the united states… it’s sad that many parents are hesitant and will listen first before allowing their kids to listen… like him or not, he is the president and should be looked up to as the leader of our country… what kind of message does this send to our children? and, what’s next? do we edit the gettysburg address or, jfk’s “my fellow americans” speech?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  156. Mike Armstrong TX.

    If this is racism it needs to stop I my self didnt want Obama to be my president and it wasnt because he was black it was because im a republican and I thought Mc Cain could do a better job but I didnt get my way but the fact is Obama is my commander and chief and its mine and your duty to be critical but is also our duty to follow his lead and respect him.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  157. S Verner

    I think it is CNNs responsibility to show both sides (on this an other controversial issues like health care). If you are going to show the schools that wont allow the speech, like North Carolina, how about a school that is welcoming the speech with open arms? Not as exciting but at least people will understand that not everyone is anti-Obama. Same for health care –

    September 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  158. Jammie

    My concern today is in reference to the Presidents speech that has caused such controversy. You know I have to say I am extremely unnerved by the fact that for years students have had to listen to past presidents in the classroom even when they didn't want to! and now when there is a President who actually has a speech that speaks to our youth and not at them we have a problem with this! I just don't understand? I mean its always been almost like a rite of passage! You know!? in class, presidential speeches these things were a part of our culture. Our children want to be a part of our decisions for the future! Why has the constant news broadcast about this speech not addressed the fact that simply watching a speech in the classroom is actually something that is done with every president since TV was invented!

    Sincerely,
    A mother, wife and Citizen of the United States of America
    Jammie

    September 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  159. Ryan

    While a pep-talk will not turn our country's schools around, if it motivates just one student to succeed who wouldn't have otherwise, then the speech was worth giving.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  160. Chris

    anyone who did not want their child to see this inspirational message is most likely a racist.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  161. MARILYN - FLORIDA

    This speech is fabulous! I'm just saddened that none of the 'networks' are carrying it. Poorer people who don't have access to cable didn't get to hear it at all. Maybe they'll air it later tonight to people who don't have cable.

    The speech contained nothing that EVERYONE could or should criticize. VERY inspiring speech. Very motivational. It was awesome!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  162. Carlos

    He did NOT stick with the speech word for word. Obama Opposers will have a field day with this.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  163. Anonymous

    You'd think it was Larry Flint and not the POTUS making a speech the way some on the right wing are carrying on.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  164. Mark

    President Obama just gave me the same type of lecture I heard from my Republican parents in the 1970's.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  165. John

    Great Talk... the kids really needed this talk.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  166. Kim Mangin

    What is wrong with this country? How did we become so divided that we are "afraid" to let our President address our children? Why do we only come together in the wake of tragedy? Anyone that can make an impression on our children to stay in... school, encourage them to be whatever they want to be, enlighten them to the fact that they can achieve more than they give themselves credit for... how can that be a bad thing? Kim Mangin, Houston, TX

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  167. Mark

    Thats seemed like a typically beginning on the school year motivational speech to me... dont see why such a big deal...

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  168. victoria

    WONDERFUL SPEECH!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  169. Jack

    Its about time president obama aknowledged the real problem. if students dont start helping themselves. then no one can help themselves.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  170. Shaun Daily, Las Vegas

    A great motivational speech not only to the kids but to all of us.

    I dont feel indoctrinated in the least, Tony

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  171. mirna

    I LOVED DA PRESDIENT SPEECH IT WAS AWESOME AND I JUST FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL AND HE REALLY TOUCHED ME I DONT SEE WHAT THE BIG DEAL ABOUT PEOPLE SAYING THAT THERE KIDS SHOULDNT WATCH HIS SPEECH

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  172. Laura

    I don't think people realize how many children don't have someone at home telling them these things. If it reaches or inspires one child – it was a succes!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  173. Howard Smagler

    EXCELLENT:

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  174. MARILYN - FLORIDA

    This speech is fabulous! I'm just saddened that none of the 'networks' are carrying it. Poorer people who don't have access to cable didn't get to hear it at all. Maybe they'll air it later tonight to people who don't have cable.

    The speech contained nothing that ANYONE could or should criticize. VERY inspiring speech. Very motivational. It was awesome!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  175. lisa

    Obama: Don't let your failures define you, let your failures teach you how to do something better. Don't EVER give up on yourself.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  176. Jennifer Coleman

    Regarding Obama's speech – I must be a radical socialist mama because I tell my kid this stuff every day!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  177. Joe

    The whole point is to make the president seem un-presidental. If he didn't start the hysteria, Karl Rove must be smiling.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  178. Jeff

    I'm 51-years-old and I was inspired by the speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  179. Eric Armstrong

    I wonder if the people opting out of the speech for their children. Respect the Leader of our country. I have heard a lot of treason type statement. People were not on national television talking about George Bush getting killed. These are our mainly our conservative christian voters. This is sad that we let little things stop positve act. You may hate the messenger, but respect the message.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  180. Rosa Lee

    I thought it was a great speech and a pep talk that was needed for a lot of kids who does not have mentors to encourage them.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  181. Fancime

    Just listened to Obama's speech and it was GREAT!!!!. I can't wait to watch it with my child.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  182. John Evans

    Thank you President Obama for encouraging students to stay in school and do well. Great way to start a school year!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  183. Michael Wagner

    If young adults aren't inspired by that speech, then you are not listening and you don't want to accept responsibility....Barack is awesome!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  184. Eli

    As a student, I think Obama's speech really encouraged myself and other student I know to do their best. Some students really need that push to do their best and don't receive it at home.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  185. Levik

    good speech and to the point. its a shame that so many parents had their kids miss it. good job OBAMA!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  186. Bonnie

    Alright, good speech but I still don't trust him. And the problem is, so many people don't trust him that the speech may do nothing to inspire anyone. And we didn't ALL elect Obama...some of us were smarter than that.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  187. Sherene

    I think it was a great speech! It was very inspiring and very clear cut. It's too bad there are some children that were prevented from viewing the speech. I think all can agree that education is the key. Well done.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  188. Gibbons Dyson

    Very good speech. Make an old man like myself want to go back to school!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  189. Wm. Scott

    What about crime and black crimes? In order to address black crime and most other crimes,Obama will have to end the drug war and replace it with "harm reduction". Otherwise there is no use trying.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  190. christian sesma

    Stil in shock at how the minority of ignorance can affect the masses...Obama's speech is nothing different than what we've heard growing up our entire lives...do your best, stay in school and work hard! How is that un-American? That IS America!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  191. Doug Monahan

    Great Lesson. Every child has potential. I hope children listened. I am proud Obama continues to reach out – despite any criticism he may receive.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  192. Ginger Blymyer

    I think the speech was perfect. It was simple to the children who are hard to get to respond when you speak to them. But from experience I know that things sink in and they will think about it later. It is so true that education makes a difference for us all. Less kids and people in jail. Check out the relationship between education those in jail have. It should be fun to learn, along with some difficulty. I have self taught myself for seventy five years and been able to do anything I wanted to do, by learning about it. Looking back I realize how many people inspired me and still do and finding those successful happy people in your life is also a part of education. Listen to them, not the fear mongers. Thanks Obama for stating so simply what works for us all.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  193. Ingrid Cheely

    What a wonderful speech! How absurdly ridiculous do those critics look now. They should be ashamed of themselves,

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  194. Nate Boogie

    That was one of the greatest & most needed speeches ever!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  195. taco

    I like the speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  196. Jason

    It's ok for an uneducated president (Bush) to talk to school children. However, you have an eloquent and articulate President who wants to inspire children, and people refuse to let him be seen. It's so ironic that those who vehemently are against his speech didn't vote for him or support him. I bet when those areas need money for schools, they'll be scrambling to get his attention. Just a shame shame!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  197. Just another conservative

    I was completely against this speech, even called my children's school and made sure they wouldn't show it, which they didn't.

    Surprisingly, I agree with pretty much everything he said. It was a good message - TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF.

    Tonight, I will allow my children to see it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  198. Gwendolyn Rafter

    The speech was great. The children of this country need to know that they are capable of being all they can be and that we have a leader who has walked in thier shoes at one time in life. I am impressed with President Obama and his interest in the school childern of this country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  199. David Burgess

    I thought his speech was very inspiring for students, teachers, and parents alike. Nothing partisan about it! I hope the right-wing nuts are red-faced over all their paranoia over this!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  200. Anika Hutchinson

    Parents who do not allow their children to view this speech are directly teaching their children to disrespect the office of the Commander in Chief. Perhaps, we should question the patriotism of such people.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  201. Deanna

    I am home schooling mom, and my two children, ages 10 and 12, watched the speech together.

    My kids enjoyed it and I thought it was heartfelt and inspiring. I would have loved to have this kind of support when I was in school.

    Thank you President Obama for caring.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  202. Chuntel

    Tony,

    I believe this speech was very encouraging. Even though it was designed for the children, I too benefitted from some of the encouraging words.

    Chuntel

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  203. Joni Klopp

    I am very satisfied with President Obama's speech this afternoon. It almost disgusts me that the POTUS needs to remind children to do well in school, but I feel like this will make a big impact for many students. Except those schools who will not let their own president echo in their halls, best of luck to them.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  204. D. Johnson

    I think it is wonderful that our President would think to take his time to speak to our children about their future. What a wonderful President we have!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  205. Rory

    Sad that the President had to point out the success of an ENGLISH writer in order to tell kids how important it is to follow your American dreams. Maybe Harry Potter is all he expects the kids to know.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  206. Don

    Great! Can't remember the last time a president spoke only/directly to school children.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  207. Tonia

    I thought the President's speech was awesome. It brought tears to my eyes. We all can benefit from the content of his speech because we should be striving to improve ourselves on a daily basis.

    Great job Mr. President!! You make me proud.

    Tonia

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  208. Samantha

    Americans should be embarrassed by their view of their president. He is trying help your country and this is you repay him. Every American that viewed this speech as wrong and feared it, should hang their head low and feel nothing but shameful.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  209. Lisa

    We tell our kids the same thing. Maybe they will listen when it's coming from the president. Great Speech!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  210. Shannon

    Very uplifting. I can just see the interested eyes of the children as they listened to him. I hope they take to heart everything that he said.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  211. Erika Dorsey

    Tony, we all know what this is. It is not the message, but the messenger.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  212. Jennifer Kime

    The speech and idea for it were great! I did think it was better for the older kids and less appropriate and applicable to the K-2 crowd.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  213. Neel

    Like many others, I was apprehensive about the presidents speech. After hearing it, I have to admit, I was somewhat wrong.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  214. Emily Wylie

    Very Good OBAMA~! My family loves you so much! Sad when certain parents wont allow their kids to watch a peptalk just because they didn't vote for him or don't like his color. UGH.. ignorant bigots. Bet if DUBYAH was giving the same speech.. theyd be watching it. Thank you obama for caring about my kids!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  215. Pamela Paul

    the President's speech was inspiring – RIGHT ON. How sorry I am for the children whose parents piously kept them home today on the pretense that this sort of message should come from their parents and their parents alone. WHY is there still so much racial hatred in this country?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  216. Aaron Tyner

    While I don't agree with most of Obama's policies, his speech to the children of our nation was very good and to-the-point. Too many people believe that success will come to them – It's good to see the president reinforce that success is earned.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  217. Chuck Welch

    Are we to understand that the conservatives now believe responsibility and hard work are socialist values?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  218. michael holmond

    ALL THOSE WHO OPPOSE THIS SPEECH GOT TO FEEL VERY UNAMERICAN .

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  219. Dustin

    I feel that saying "don't let our country down" is a bit over bearing for children. He also went on to say that the chances of being an athlete or a musical performer are not going to happen. That could have been said in better terms as I'm sure that hurt many kids across the country.

    Who ever writes these speeches for him should be replaced by some one with more competence.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  220. Lisa

    Those who stubbornly keep their kids out of school today are teaching their kids to grow up as stubborn adults who are intolerant of other people's beliefs. We certainly don't need more adults like that!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  221. Joshua

    Shame on anyone who has a problem POTUS saying you have to work hard to be what you want to be. At the end of the day, these are still the Birthers and Just Say No conspirators. Its only appalling that the media while trying to be objective, spends too much time on this nonsense. Lets call a spade a spade.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  222. Robert May

    I thought that Obama's speech was excellent. As a Senior in High School, I can appreciate what he's saying about not giving up. Last year I had almost enough credits for two years of a high school education, and to be frank, was quite overwhelmed. But I never gave up. Now I'm on track to be Valedictorian of my track. I really respect Obama for what he said, and was disappointed that some kids weren't able to watch the speech, which I'm sure touched many kids' lives.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  223. Michelle Converse

    i thought it was very important for alot of students to hear this speach to show the importance of schooling and what is expected of us...

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  224. Peggy Newman

    I raised three sons with the belief that children rise to the expectations and what a refreshing delivery of this principal. It worked. I predict that this will make a difference in many young peoples minds.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  225. vicki

    I think that anyone that did not let their child hear the Presidents speach has done their child a serious disservice.
    Vicki
    SCarolina

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  226. Erin

    Pres. Obama's speech made me cry. It was moving and inspired. I hope the students that weren't able to watch it can now have that opportunity.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  227. Briannah

    As a recent college graduate, I don't see the problem in what he has had to say. Everything he said is the truth, concerning children and education, and what's wrong him the President showing that he cares and even bothering to give this speech? what other president has!? No other president bothered to get that personal with us, and he's right, there's no excuse for not trying. I think people are just being overly critical, how about show us students some support and let the president speak his piece.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  228. Carrie

    Thank you, Mr. President, for CARING about our kids!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  229. Nancy Ellis

    It was a good motivational speech and the reasons for the objection to anybody hearing it is totally irrational, racist, political and downright stupid.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  230. Rachel Thompson

    I thought it was a wonderful speech and I'll definitely look for it on YouTube so my son and I can watch it together after he gets out of school. It was motivating and completely positive. It should have been heard by students across the nation...no questions asked!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  231. A. Sopina

    speech geared more for older and at-risk children – would not want my kindergartner, who would not understand about these issues, to watch this yet.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  232. Marian

    The president should be addressing the parents....they have the most immediate and important impact on their children. His speech was a good solid pep talk for our children. It was what he would say to his own children,,and probably has, many times!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  233. Judith MacLaren

    I liked the President's speach, but he forgot to include GOD in any of his comments. The more people include GOD in their lives ,the better the world.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  234. Cara

    Tony,
    I just want to say that I am proud to have a President who takes the time to talk to our kids and encourage them. So often they are taken for granted or forgotten and President Obama addressed them directly! I am impressed with this and I think shows us what a great father he is to his own kids.
    Cara, SC

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  235. Jay

    I wish we had a shot in the arm like this when I was in school. No doubt this is what some kids need – that extra push from the leader of the free world. He was genuine and poised. Gave me goosebumps.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  236. Wendy Rodgers

    I feel that the President's speech was just terrific and I do not see how anyone could get upset with it. As Americans we need to remember our civic duty, that it is up to 'us' to fix the problems in our country, not some government panel or committee. Kudos to President Obama!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  237. Jean

    What could anyone possibly find wrong with the President's speech? It's so refreshing to hear from a President who is a real person...not perfect like some others

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  238. cheryl marske

    great speech. all the kids should have heard this. inspiring

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  239. Grace Smith

    Great speech from Obama!!!! I hope my daughter was able to watch in her high school classmates. She would definitely be inspired.

    LOVED IT!!!!!

    Grace from Michigan

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  240. Melody B.

    I just finished listening to President Obama's speech about education. I am not sure why folks are so up in arms about having him speak to students about something so important such as education. In listening to his speech, he just basically told students to do their best and put their best foot forward! So, to the folks who have issue with him speaking to students, then you must have issues anyway.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  241. C.J.

    I think that everybody has the right to make their own decisions and choose whether or not they want to tune in to the president. Not everybody is a fan of him and if somebody decides they do not want to listen to what he has to say, they have that right

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  242. Ceinha

    President's speech was inspiring and EXTREMELY positive for ALL children of America – why parents would NOT agree with his message today?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  243. Guillermo

    There's no problem with Obama's speech to school kids, the problem was the lesson plan which had the question "What can you do to support President Barrack Obama".

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  244. sharima

    It's a Sad in America!
    It's sad the children weren't allowed to hear such a positive and uplifting message from the president! We all know what this is about!
    Racism and the Conservatives and Republicans should be ashamed of their selves for trying to tear down any and everything The President does.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  245. Jatinder Saini

    Well I am honestly enforced by Obama's Speech this afternoon. I come from a family where I am told to complete school everyday. Now Hearing it from The President of the United States only makes me stronger and can't wait to get to school to do my work.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  246. Jim Gribble

    I thought this was an inspiring speech directed to the youth of America, helping them realize they are the future of our country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  247. The Real Issue

    Tony....This is why this man was elected president. Wonderful Wonderful Speech and to those youngsters who listened, he is truly inspirational!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  248. becky scott

    regarding the presidents speach to our school children.

    AWSOME

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  249. Jackie Manigault

    I thought the President was right on Target. What more can he say? Peace

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  250. Alex Martin

    Leave it to politics, in this case Republicans, to censor what our kids learn. Obama's speech was a much needed "call to action", and a lot of kids never heard it because of politics, mostly ignorant. Wake up America! The country is more than your political beliefs.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  251. Martrell

    President's speech was amazing. I believe every student should have had the opportunity to watch it. He encouraged young people to work hard to become successful. What's wrong with that?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  252. Alex

    Being a college student right now, I think it is a good thing that the President decided to speak to children about continuing their education. Especially with the way the system is right now and the cost of attending post secondary school, I would think people want to hear about how good it is for students to continue their education. I see nothing wrong with it, and really, it wasn't that bad of a speech to get so crazy about not showing it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  253. Maher Abduselam

    As a student i found the speech inspirational and also made me realize that our countries future is in our hands.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  254. Dwayne Collins

    I appreciate the President taking the time to speak to students, however, here in Los Angeles, public school starts tomorrow. Why didn't someone think of having this speech on a day when ALL kids are in school?

    Most kids here in Los Angeles are still asleep. I liked the speech and thought it would be received well by kids. I just wish it was broadcasted to schools that were in session.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  255. Paul

    I watched the speach and did not see what all the fuss was about. Personally I thought it was a great pep talk to the kids today that life is not easy.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  256. Christina Sanchez

    The only reason that the conservative Republicans and their minions opposed this speech by Pres. Obama is because here is a black man, who is the leader of the free world, who has overcome staggering odds, and telling other children that they too can overcome. The greatest enemy of freedom is ignorance, which is what those backward hillbillys depend on.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  257. art

    Good speech, a bit much for the K-5 crowd perhaps. Would love to see a comparison with Carter, Reagan, or others.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  258. Dave

    No wonder the rest of the world sees the USA as a Joke!! I cant believe people are getting upset, because the POTUS told them to stay in school and work hard. This country is getting ridicules.!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  259. Markie

    Well, I think I'm definitely going back to get my master's now. Great speech. As for as the lesson plan, people need to get real. The president wasn't going to read all of them or take any advice for them.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  260. Linda

    Wonderful speech from a wonderful President!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  261. Scott

    Whoever let their child miss this speech really did them an injustice. Not just kids needed to see this but also adults. Maybe it will encourage someone to get their life in order.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  262. Stacey

    Good Speech! Wow that is what the right wing was scared of. Seriously people get a grip. Get a life.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  263. Karen

    I thought the president did a wonderful job on what should be a VERY INSPIRING speech to our school children. I myself recorded the speech, just in case my 7th grader's school is one that did not particpate, as thier first day of school was today so that he can watch it when he gets home.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  264. Debbie Iverson

    I loved the president's comment about asking questons. He said asking questions doesn't mean you are stupiid...it means you are smart because it is providing an opportunity to learn something new!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  265. Ken, Oregon

    I could have use a speech like that when I was in school. What're people who can't look past political affiliation and denying inspiration to students actually doing for our kids?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  266. jean hausmann

    How inspiring!! Aren't we blessed to have such an enthusiastic, intelligent and inspiring president.
    Jean Hausmann

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  267. Wendy Kolar

    As a professional in child development, I found President Obam's speech to be appropriately inspirational, clear, and meaningful for children of many ages.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  268. william candelaria

    i believed that the words the president spoke where perfect our kids need a good pep talk why not get it from the commander in chief who is african american and had to overcome so much to be where he is today i thought the speech was directly to the kids it should be done yearly for the kids

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  269. Robin

    Shame on those of you who thought the President had a hidden agenda.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  270. Denise

    The speech was great for the kids. I am speechless about this, because its very well said. Thanks President

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  271. Mrs. Hall

    As an elementary school teacher I feel that the President hit the nail right on the head. I am thrilled with his speech calling for students to take responsibility for themselves- do their homework, get to school, participate and do all that they can. He said it all when he said we determine our futures not our circumstances. I give his speech an A+!

    Sincerely,

    Leigh Hall

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  272. Andrea

    This was the message that some parents forget to give their children. And sometimes young people need to hear a message from someone besides their parents to really "hear" it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  273. MARY ANN BALE

    HOW WONDERFUL WAS THAT SPEECH. INSPIRING TO AMERICAN YOUTH. SHAME ON THOSE WHO THOUGHT OTHERWISE.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  274. Almeca Ross

    Parents who did not want their kids to hear the president should have their kids in private school. In public school it should not be an option to hear the president of the free world.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  275. Helen Jensen

    I thought the Presidents speech was wonderful. I provided child care for over 30 years as a career and I think anyone that can encourage kids is only a plus in the children's lives. We need more national pride and I have to say right now Mr. President I am glad you are leading this country and providing an excellent role model for our Nations children.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  276. Acanthus Fairley

    It is an abosulet shame when people are not in aggreance with the President in encouraging students to stay in school. There was nothing wrong with the President's speech, in fact it was wonderful. I sure hope the people who had 'concerns' felt the same when two previous presidents did the same.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  277. Delton

    I believe the Presidents speech sent a valuable message to students across the nation. I think that his message was informative and interesting.

    (I allow you to say this comment aloud on CNN)

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  278. Marilee

    I love the fact that our president is reinforcing my on-going challenge to encourage my children to do their best in school!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  279. Dave from Columbus, Oh

    Awesome! I'm a registered republican and I love it. This is what our students need to hear! I am an Obama fan and

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  280. Phoebe Samet

    The presidents speech was amazing. He made some excellent points ans it was very well written and thought out. I think the people that think that this speech was "silly" and "Useless" have no morals whatsoever.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  281. Catherine

    I can't see how anyone could be opposed to a man of his stature, the leader of the most powerful nation in the world, giving your child encouragement to succeed. I'm willing to bet any amount of money that those who opposed didn't bother to read the speech ahead of time. It's much easier to be ignorant and argue than to get informed and understand.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  282. Gina

    I just watched OUR President address the students of America and felt so very proud that he took the time with all that is on his plate to let the youth of American know that they are part of our society and issues also. For those who were ranting and raving like ignorant clowns, they should hold their heads in shame, that they did NOT want their children who are part of America to receive this inspiration because of their IGNORANT and I am going to call it like it is RACIST views, that is how the KKK keeps going!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  283. Frank

    I think it is criminal that naysayers, and do nothing lobbied against this speech. His words were great, were needed and were NOT political. Grow up, America!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  284. Jan Harrod

    That was an excellent speech! How inspiring for our kids to hear that they CAN do anything, and that what appear to be insurmountable obstacles (no parental support, challenging coursework) can be opportunities! How wonderful to hear these words on the first day of school.

    Especially at a school that is majority minority, in an area where there is tremendous ethnic diversity - great to embrace that diversity as an opportunity for the students, their families, schools and our country!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  285. Joanie

    Tony..I am ashamed at the parents who refused to let their children listen to our Presidents message...It all boils down to...

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  286. Donna

    Thank you, Mr. President, for your speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  287. Sarah Thorsteinson

    I thought the speech was wonderful and inspiring. I am a republican and don't understand the big deal. I am a strong believer that education is the root of all of the problems in this country...If people were better educated, there would be less crime, less poverty, and the country would be better off. I hope the President's speech inspired millions of kids across the country!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  288. Travis Hall

    Great speech! I'm glad my boys were able to hear this. I just hope they listened.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  289. Ellen

    Watched Obama's speech and found it to be exhilarating!!! Quite uplifting and even makes an adult want to get up and be the best they can be. He is quite the mental cheerleader, and shows true passion, compassion, hope, faith, and strength. Nothing wrong with him speaking to the children! How encouraging!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  290. Arline Hernandez

    President's Speech
    Join a gang go to jail
    Stay in school become President!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  291. Bill

    I thought it was a good speech for children to hear. Does this mean I'm turning into a socialist?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  292. Andrea

    As a nation falling behind other countries everyday, we need to do what we can to get these kids to follow through with education. I made my 4 year old daughter watch, even though she doesn't know half of what he said. It was the first thing our President has done that I was proud of.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  293. John Doherty

    An excellent speech and much needed pep talk to our children. There is no controversy here just partisan politics interfering with a President who truly cares about our future generations. Bravo President Obama!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  294. Brooke Schultheis

    What a wonderful and encouraging speech for Americas youth! It even makes me want to do better and get involved!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  295. Bobbi Smith

    I wish I had a President that had given that speech to me when I was in Junior Hight or High School since I had no one to help or encourage me. I could have done so much more in my life. I cried watching him feeling all my regrets.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  296. Luis Barros

    Just another great speech from a Great Leader.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  297. catherine dalisera

    Bravo President Obama! It's about time somebody cares.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  298. Rich

    Do children of parents who did not allow them to view the speech now have an excuse not to do well in school?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  299. Ondre C.

    I didn't think he said anything that america's kids haven't heard before. But maybe, just maybe hearing it from the President of the United States will make them live up to it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  300. brenda lapoint

    Great speach from our president.its definately a shame that some ignorant parents denied their kids to listen to this words of wisdom

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  301. Chris

    i beleive that this day an age that we can begin to let ourselves down as a nation we should have the right to decide what we want for our future and that we should all do what we think is our best with that i say we as a nation have not yet begun to "grow up" because you cant grow if u cant develope if u dont develope u wont grow

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  302. Paul Tuggle

    I am an independant who has yet to find something the President has done that I approve of, TILL TODAY!!! The president has targeted the group of people who need the most inspiration of all. This is a seed that has been planted that will get him re-elected in 2012. This inspired me as a 34 year-old American Veteran. WTG Mr President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  303. Christopher Merken

    I am a high school student, and I think that President Obama game a motivational speech. I am more motivated to do well now, and I think that he should give a speech every year on the first day of school. It sent a clear message and did not promote a "socialist agenda". Good job President Obama

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  304. matt

    i think the speech was very motivating and if anything it was what some students need to hear that someone actually cares about what they are doing and how they apply themselves in school , congrats to the president for taking the time to show the students that he cares

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  305. Yvonne

    I thought the presidents speech to school kids was great. I thought it was designed to inspire kids be the best that they can be. He was thoughtful and allowed kids to believe no matter who you are, where you come from or what you look like you can be whatever you want with a good, quality education.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  306. Joan

    GREAT SPEECH! Kids have a lot to gain, if they are allowed by the hypocrites of U.S.A to listen to it. I think this is a much better thing to do than reading "My Pet Goat"

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  307. Rebecca

    What a wonderful speech. Republicans should be ashamed for attacking our President's credibility. What do you expect–politics knows no shame.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  308. Zeke Dorr

    It sounded positive, came across as positive but it sounded like he was just trying to get votes again. Obama has yet to do something right so this was a chance for him to look good by doing and and an attempt at getting more people to like him.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  309. Trish Emig

    I am so proud of my TeamEmig family. My 5th grade grandson was collected by his mother from his school in Norman, OK to be taken home to hear the President's message with his parents because the school was taping and screening the President's addess. Amazing! President Obama's words were inspirational. My cat, Lucy, was my child this morning and watched the address with me! Trish in Stillwater, OK.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  310. dana

    I think what the president has done is great. many children have no clue how important going to school is.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  311. Kelly Haazen

    i challenge the parents who opposed president obama speaking to kids about such critical issues as staying in school and doing their best to consider what OTHER media their kids are consuming? Violent video games? Sponge Bob? Miley Cirus pole dancing at the teen choice awards? GET REAL.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  312. Ann Leighty

    I find it amazing that parents will allow their children to listen to music, watch television show and not once think of screening them, however, the President makes a speech regarding education and they are in an uproar over their children viewing it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  313. deb

    Nothing in the speech was offensive.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  314. Henry 1011

    Opposition, E-A-T -Y-O-U-R-C-R-O-W!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  315. Natalie

    I think the President's speech was powerful and I hope the students take it seriously. Our students need to be more focused and determined to do well. We need to put more importance on education the way other countries do and this speech was a great step!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  316. Alejandra

    don't understand what was the big fuzz of President's Obama speech. As a former teacher I did not see anything wrong with it. In fact this is a great motivation tool for kids to stay in school and do better. I'm glad he made the speech as we have some parents out-there that never do their part as parents.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  317. alma kesling

    My grandson was so excited when I told him the President would be speaking to him in his classroom today, he wanted to look his best. We called to make sure the speech would be aired in the classroom, because it's important to my grandson that it be live and not recorded. He wanted to see if when he said it. I personally thought it was awesome and think that it will stick with a lot of kids throughout this year.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  318. Audrey

    It's ridiculous that the right insinuated this speech would "indoctrinate" schoolchildren to a "socialist" agenda. It was all about personal responsibility! Any kids whose parents or school administrators didn't allow them to watch this inspiring talk missed out.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  319. Pat

    How lucky the students are to have the President of the US speak directly to them and encourage them! I can't imagine why anyone would not support the Mr Obama.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  320. Todd - Dacula, Georgia

    A good spech and well on point. Being un-american has been tossed around plenty of times during this political period sinc Mr. Obama has ran and won the Presidency. Whats u-american are those who refuse to respect the proceess that has been in place. IT seems that some only want to respect the presdency when their candidate wins.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  321. LaVette

    The president's speech was very inspiring and up-lifting. All kids in America should have had the opportunity to hear it; hopefully those who missed it, will be allowed to go home and read it or view the replays that I am sure the media will accomodate.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  322. Scott Babcock

    Well done! I support The President speaking to school children today!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  323. Alex Kramer

    A great speech by the President today. I would be surprised if we do not see greater things from at least a tenth of the student body specifically due to increased motivation from this speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  324. Diane

    This was a fantastic speech. I'm glad millions of kids will still get to hear this message. I thought he was very Kennedy-esque by reminding these kids the fate of the country rests with our young people and their involvement in our society. I thought 'personal responsibility' was a conservative/Republican idea – what a bunch of hypocrites to oppose this speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  325. cwhite

    I think that the speech was very encouraging to students, especially minority students who have the higher incidences of school dropouts and single-parent households.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  326. Mary

    What an awesome speech and what a shame that so many children were denied the opportunity to be inspired by our President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  327. Maggie Neal

    I'd like to work harder in school and pay more attention after hearing President Obama speak. I think it was a very good speech. I could understand what he was saying.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  328. Rev. Ethel

    Whatever our political proclivities, we in America have been known throughout the world to respect the Office of President. In recent months and days, we have seen the worst (at least in my lifetime) and the most volatile, hostile and nasty public display of disrespect for President Obama. That's what the opposition is about–our President and not his much-needed message to our children.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  329. Debbie Richards

    I bet theres a whole lot of people with egg on their face right now. Bravo to the parents who wanted their children to see this message. Any message to our children that is positive we should welcome, regardless of the source! Virginia Beach, shame on you for not airing it

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  330. Carol Furlong

    The President's speech was the best pep talk I've heard to get our students motivated to work in school. I am appalled that our school district, the Woodland JUSD, in CA opted out entirely. When we don't show the President's speech, we show a giant lack of respect for the President, our commander in chief.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  331. John Bacchus

    The President is always a man of power, i believe he did well in giving this speech. I see nothing wrong with this speech, and i even recommended my Son to watch it.. He said it made him feel accomplished, and how failure is not a option, and how he will now look at things from a entire new perspective

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  332. Betty Brewer

    The President's speech to school children just now was great.
    I am a retired teacher and getting children to do these things he just stated is very difficult. Some want to do everything but pay attention and do homework and they don;t have home support.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  333. Kendall

    I'm very proud of our President for taking the time to make this speech to the children of America in spite of the partisan politicing that attempted to derail it.

    Any parent who wants their children to excel in school and in life should have no problems with this speech. It needs to be discussed and followed up on.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  334. Terrie

    I think it's refreshing to have a President care about and encourage our children to get an education. I saw nothing "political" or offense about his speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  335. Alex

    Wow. That was an incredibly appropriate speech ... something I would have definitely been able to relate to as a student in school ... simple yet effective ... I'm really pleased. Excellent.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  336. Jimmy

    I found the speech to be positive, thoughtful, and inspiring. I especially liked the part about not getting some of what you're being taught right now, but it will be something you use later on. I've lived that reality over and over! I also feel it's something that teachers need to drill into students on a regular basis. Overall, great speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  337. D.

    I am were I am today because I refuse to give up on myself. This was an excellent speech and I wish that more children could have heard him speak.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  338. vaughn parker

    PLAIN AND SIMPLE...WHAT WAS SO BAD ABOUT THAT????

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  339. Ann in NH

    It is sad that there is so much opposition to this speech. I don't know if my kids will be "allowed" to see this in school so I have taped it. I don't mind a little help in explaining the importance of a good education to my children. Every time they whine about homework I think I'll show them the speech. Thanks for airing it CNN.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  340. Linda Meier

    Kid's need all the support and encouragement they can get. What better cheerleader is there than the President of the United States? Great speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  341. Anthony DiGioia

    Whatever one may think of his policies, this President is one of the most inspirational speakers of our time. I feel badly for the kids who won't get the inspiration this speech offered.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  342. Kristopher Dickman

    Why do we have to work harder for our gov? I thought paying taxes was a sufficient way to give what we can. It isnt what the gov wants us to do, but rather what we need to do for ourselves. The US is not god.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  343. Barbara Guido

    Fabulous speech. Can't believe conservatives are so afraid of our President. The fuss was a sad day indeed. All children should have heard Obama speak today.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  344. Nadia Al-Soomali

    i thought it was a lovely speech and i dont think there is any harm in letting students hear it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  345. Luke

    What an excellent speech. Regardless of anyone's political beleifs, he is the President of the United States voted upon by the people. He should permitted to adress the nation at anytime – especially regarding such an important topic like education.

    As a college student watching this speech, I would hope that every high school, middle school and elementary student has the opportunity to listen to what was said.

    It is our job as Americans to persue education - in order to build the future of our country. Like President Obama said ... if you aren't doing well in your education, you are letting your country down.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  346. Kenny Licorish

    We have a President that cares about the youth of this country, why are there so many that object to their children watching his speech?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  347. Tammie Johnson

    I showed the speech in my classroom. I think it was relevant, motivating and easy for students to understand on all grade levels. It's sad that so many students were denied the opportunity to view it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  348. Dave

    President Obama speech was a call to educational arms. He is only telling us what ever educator in this world thinks. The kids in this country have a sense of entitlement... Obama is saying nothing comes easy and for this country to be a international academic powerhouse such as China, India, etc we need to build from the foundation. I hope the kids listen.

    Dave
    University of Michigan

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  349. Trish Bugg

    What a very motivating speech, to ANY one who chose to Listen. And how special, and unique, that the President of the US, took the time to speak to our youth! I don't recall in my 45 years that this has ever happend. Extremely disappointing that my children's Catholic School chose not to air it!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  350. MF Wuerth

    Interesting speech...do not understand the big deal. Can we all just move on already! 🙂 Please, to the previous blogger, stop referring the racial issue. The more it is stated, the more it perpetuates the problem.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  351. Kyle Nelson, Chico State, Ca

    I believe that was an amazing speech. I think that all students of every age need to be reminded at times that they aren't the only ones that are having a hard time with school work. With all the negativity on tv, newspapers, school, and at home its nice to know that our president reminds us that we can do it and if you put your mind to it and put the skills your are learning in school to use that you will succeed and you will accomplish all your goals that you have set upon your self. Thank you President Obama.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  352. Darcy

    Our president knocked this one out of the park! As a teacher I have seen too much apathy among our students and have often wondered what will become of this country in the next 20 years. I hope students will take this speech to heart and emulate this amazing man who has done great things with his life despite growing up in harsh conditions.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  353. Cathy

    Just as I thought. Much ado about nothing. President Obama's speech was very motivational. I just hope the kids take to heart what he had to say.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  354. Lyla

    What was the hoopla all about? It was a wonderful speech filled with words of encouragement and motivation! Whats wrong with that?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  355. The President's Speech to Kids - Profoundly moving

    To the all the fatherless kids out there in the country, today President Obama provided a service too profound to describe!
    Having "been there" as a kid I do know.
    I am moved to tears.

    Even at this ripe old age of nearly 50, I feel parented, cared for, inspired by a real father figure for the first time in my life.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  356. Jestacia Jones

    The President's message was refreshing...words of encouragment- during times of NOT SO ENCOURAGING NEWS- our kids need it.

    Thanks for this opportunity to share.:-)
    Be inspired @
    http://www.jloreonline.com

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  357. Aimee Hanson

    Another incredible speech...I continue to have such hope in this man!
    And what I think this speech spoke to is that he has hope in us...just as it should be. Aimee

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  358. Maribel Figueredo

    I think the President's speaking would be very inspiring to kids in school.
    The best line was "Your destiny is not predetermined." He's telling kids about his own background and hardships he encountered and encouraging them to work hard and try to do the best they can.

    It's geat to have a President who wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth and earned what he's got today. That's inspirational to kids.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  359. Shiva

    Excellent inspiring speech. I was closely watching to see whether there's anything contentious. Nope. Nothing.

    I would hope that parents would encourage the kids to watch. I wish my kid got to watch at school. I recorded and so we will show to our kids.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  360. Tom

    How is this even news. "President of the United States speaks to school kids"...

    Please stop falling for the bait of the lunatic fringe and making it a story. CNN is to largely to blame for the tone and bickering. If you stop making it news, it is not news. Change your behavor.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  361. David S.

    I wish President Kennedy and President Johnson made speeches like this when I was a kid...it is a great new American tradition. I thought President Obama looked revitalized, energized and rested and I am glad he is back. Honestly, I know there are some crazy people out there who hate President Obama, and we all know why, but the majority of Americans see his greatness and wish him well in these tough times.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  362. Chris A.

    As a 2nd year college start, it's awesome to see SOMEONE bring the youth of this country back to reality. Hit the books and make something of yourself, as opposed to just hoping your rhymes are dope or your jumpshot is on point. Every parent in the WORLD should be replaying this speech for their kids.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  363. Halle

    I really like to hear President Obama speak. I agree with everything he says and I think he has an empowering voice.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  364. Ronald

    I think the speech was inspiring. It seems as if Obama understands how to connect with our youth. It's one of several factors that contributed to him winning the election. Expecting more from our youth and connecting them to how we will succeed as a nation is the right approach.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  365. Jane Wynegar

    I thought the President was wonderful. He always inspires me,
    and his speech inspired me more than usual.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  366. Yolanda Swilley-Smith

    Tony,
    It's so sad when "fear" of our President influences the few. The problem with those wanting to block this speech is they know that Pres. Obama is on the right track and is championing for the average man.
    It's sad that every child in America did not hear the wonderful message he just gave. He's even inspired me (51) to do more.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  367. kayla

    im a senior at midview high school and im sitting at home sick but i still watched this speech. honestly, i have never been so inspired in my life Obama is right about everything i have gone threw alot and ill never give up. I am so happy he is our president we couldnt ask for anyone better.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  368. Nick

    I am a 28 year old college student and I was very inspired by the President's speech. Anyone who would not want the speech to be shown to their students should not be in the educational system.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  369. Jerry in Chelsea

    A wonderful speech of encouragement. I don't have children. I wish I did so that they could have heard it. I know it would have inspired them.
    Jerry

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  370. LeftButRight.com

    If parents don't think their kids should hear the President speak then maybe schools shouldn't be teaching history and about past Presidents either.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  371. Ajay

    I thought the speech was very inspiring and it should be displayed to students without being screened. The only issue I had was that Mr.President Obama mention GOD in the speech.GOD is everything and I wish the world would see it more

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  372. Nicy

    That was a great motivational speech.I loved his message about personal responsibility,working hard for success and responding to failures.I just hope my son has listened.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  373. Diana

    I thought it was terrific. Very inspiring. Our kids need this kind of pep talk. It reminded me of Kennedy's speech (when I was a student) – "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." It helps bond us as a nation, pulling together for the common good.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  374. Lisa Frieze

    I thought the President's speech was wonderful: encouraging, inspiring and uplifting. I am 52 but it still inspired me and made me more hopeful about my future. It's so important to make sure our children know the realities of today's world and the need for a good education. It's also important to encourage our children to do their best and let them know that adults take them seriously. President Obama's speech did all these things. As usual, he did not sugar coat the situation, but gave encouragement and hope. I'm so proud to have voted for him.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  375. Emma Charbonneau

    Im a freshman in college this year. my junior room mate and i just watched Obamas speech.. We both decided that its completely ridiculous that he did this speech and that schools are requiring kids to watch this. Isnt it the parents job to teach their kids what kind of student to be. Shouldnt the parents be the ones to boost the kids self confidence? 99% of kids are never going to meet Obama personally anyway so why should they listen to him? Thats our stand.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  376. Tara

    Anyone who would object to and or restrict their children from listening to President Obama is just plain closed minded and ignorant. In my opinion the excuses are part of a bigger issue dealing with race. He is our President and had a fanstatic message.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  377. maudlyn

    Tony,
    I thought the president's speech was simple straight to the point, I don't see what the problems is, Republicians just can't believe they have a black president over them.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  378. CHARLES LORD

    I thought the President's speech was very good – just hope the kids take it to heart

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  379. GD

    The President's speech was excellent!! Highly motivating and morale booster for all kids.Its really important for kids to set goals in their lives and also possess a positive attitude to learn from failures.
    He is a real mentor!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  380. kliffe

    I really cannot believe some people here in America! I'm from Jamaica where our education might not be the best but far exceeds the US. What's is wrong with the President giving kids a pep talk..COMMON! Saw some of the people/parents who opposed the speech, and I must say – maybe they needed a pep talk while they were in school..

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  381. kathy schaffer

    President Obama's speeh was "BOSS" and definity OK. I tell my teenager the same things every day.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  382. carole

    Thought it was a very encouraging speech.I worry about the loss of respect for our country and the presidency when parents and teachers do not allow their children to listen to the president. What an honor to have the president speak directly to the kids. Things have really gotten out of hand.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  383. Ian

    What no republican rebuttal? Dropout, don't try. Do you homework and listen to your parents and teachers is socialism.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  384. Kristen Duncan

    I just watched Pres. Obama’s First Day of School Address and was thoroughly moved by his message. One line that I connected with was “no one is born good at everything; you become good through hard work.” This is something that I tell my students, my athletes, and my volunteers everyday. He did a great job of highlighting what young people have done and will continue to do to make a contribution to our nation. I think young people forget that all great people started where they sit now and made good choices to get to greatness. Amazing. Great job!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  385. Carey Says Ums

    The speech was outstanding; however, it's the sensationalizing media that will make it into something it's not. Enjoy yourselves. I won't be watching.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  386. carol velardi new york

    just finished watching with my 4 children as school for them starts tomorrow. Their ages 3 12 year olds and one 14 year old. Their comments were that the info. sounded like the same thing they hear over and over again. They were a little bored with it.

    To me it sounded like many things that have come out of own mouth.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  387. Karen R

    I found the presidents speech to be very motivational.
    I would be curious to know what changes, if any, were made from the original text due to the controversy about the speech and its intent.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  388. Antonio C DaSilva

    I don't understand how the Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer can say what he is saying .The State of Florida was ranked 48th out of 50 in 2006 by SAT scores and 43rd out of 50 by act scores in 2006. Mr. Jim Greer should be worried about other things.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  389. Teresa Buckley

    I think the speech was great. It showed how america is still a democracy despite the criticism our president is endearing. It is a real shame that all the kids in America were not able to see it, as it will hopefully show them the power of america, and the future of america. I thank the president for spending so much effort on such a touchy subject.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  390. Jeannie

    It's wonderful to have a President who is so articulate, open and expresses himself so well. Our country has needed this kind of leadership for 8 years and we finally have a true leader for our country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  391. Vanessa

    Well said Obama! Now I wonder how the "haters" feel about their children missing out on this valuable information. I am so glad my children's schools participated as these were truly words of wisdom.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  392. Brenda

    How sad is our country and how stupid we must look to the rest of the world when people are practically throwing temper tantrems because our President wants to encourage our children to do well in school and to not give up on our dreams. How many presidents take time out of their busy schedules to even care what's going on with our kids? I wish America would have been this noisy when President Bush was lying to us about why we were invading Iraq and while the bankers and CEO'S, et cetera were lining their pockets with OUR MONEY!!! People need to spend their time more productively and quit attacking people for doing the right thing.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  393. Carla

    I think its a shame when I had to give special permission for my highschool age children to hear thier own president speak to the nation.
    I also think its an even bigger shame that the City of Oklahoma City decided the middle of the presidents speech to the children of our state was the time to test the emergency broadcast system and so the kids given permission to hear the speech didnt hear the whole thing.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  394. Kathy

    President Obama's speech was inspiring. Shame on those who opposed the children of our great nation access to this talk.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  395. Caren Blantin

    Our President is the Leader of our COUNTRY. Not the Leader of those who like him or the Leader of adults. The President was elected into office by us. As the Leader it is his obligation to Lead our children as well as the adults. What is the big deal about him giving a speech to the students? I thought it was a great speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  396. Rob O'Sullivan

    Brilliant speech by a brilliant president. I've DVR'ed this and WILL be showing it to my 6 & 7 year olds after school today. The local school district has decided to tape and review before showing and is sending home permission slips to parents if they want to opt their children out of seeing this. I suppose my children will be seeing this twice, then... once tonight at home, and once again in school when (and if) the district decides to air it for them.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  397. John Abraca

    It is not that the president was giving a speech to students that upset many of us. It was the whole "package" that was being promoted that was questioned. This just reveals how this administration has lost the trust of the American public.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  398. Eboni Starr

    President Obama's speech was essential for each high school student to hear. He made relevant points and touched on the most important subjects likning to success today.

    I cried as he spoke of the students who would be the first in their family to attend college as I was the first in my family to attend.

    I am a high school reading teacher. I want every student to view this speech and obtain a transcript of it to read over and keep in thier notebooks at all times.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  399. Nikki

    What a wonderfully motivating speech filled with courageous stories of resilience! This is not only something for children, but adults as well. Those parents and school districs who opposed airing the President's speech should be ashamed of themselves.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  400. geoff Williams

    Tony,
    It's amazing this speech had such opposition and angst. Obama is a shining example of what education can do and he shares the background of the most troubled children among us, those from broken homes who fill our jails, drop out of schools and have babies in their teens and repeat, repeat, repeat.......

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  401. Tom

    The conservatives were in an uproar over that? Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill. Can you say, "Chicken Little?" Obama's going to make my child a communist. HAHAHA. Whatever.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  402. ANDREW CONIGLIARO

    These LUCKY kids, Iam 61 years old and I was inspired. Great speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  403. Greg

    Every Great Team needs a pep talk whether its Football, Baseball, Armed Forces, people including children wants to hear from their Leaders. With that every body is on the same accord. Thanks

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  404. Sabrina

    So, this is what all the big fuss was about? A speech for children to stay in school and do well for themselves? I bet that all of the extremists are sitting at home feeling rather stupid at this point in time. Isn't that what they want for their children? Grandchildren?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  405. Edwin Swenson

    Bravo Obama,
    We were pleased to hear the challenge our president gave for all students, and by extension, all adults, to persevere, study, and stand up for what you know is right. The future will be brighter for the way children respond to Obama's challenge and encouragement.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  406. Tom Robitaille

    Very thoughtful and motivating speech...despite all the apprehension. It couild have been longer w/ some interaction w/ students.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  407. Eileen

    I am sure those who opposed the President's speech are now red-faced and ashamed of their narrow-minded attitudes!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  408. Betty Frantz

    I just finished watching President Obama's speech on CNN. I have a 14 yr. old son with Asperger's in eighth grade. His school decided not to air the President's speech today. I wish I had taken him out of school for 20 min. to watch it. We will be sure to watch it on the intenet after school. He is struggling to do well in school, has challenges everyday. This speech mirrors what we tell him all the time. I'd like for him to hear it from the President too!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  409. Jeni Hoekstra

    As a retired teacher, I wish some of my former students could have heard President Obama's speech. It was an excellent motivator to begin the year.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  410. Stephanie

    President Obama's speech was rigfht on target. Any teacher worth her salt has given his/her students the same sort of speech the first day of school. WE all want our students to be successful and take responsibility for that. Hard work and success go together.
    Loved the speech and respect the man who gave it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  411. FIRIAL RASHID

    I am 45 years old and I was inspired listening to the president speak! Everyone should listen to his speech !!!! God bless the president of the USA!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  412. Tony

    All the folks that kept their kids out of school today: There's the door. Take your undereducated kids and get out of our country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  413. Brian Watts

    Tony, only ignorance could keep people from allowing their children to listen to the President of our country. What did they think he would do? If we need permission slips to hear Mr. Obama, what will happen next? WIll major networks choose whether they will air the State of The Union Addresses? How much disrepect must this President endure?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  414. Jimmy H. Minton

    I listened to President Obama's speech and heard nothing but challenges for our nations kids and encouragement offered. I find it extremely difficult to understand how anyone could object to the President speaking to their children. I believe this opposition just points out the incredible partisanship exhibited by Republicans and the reason Democrats are in power.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  415. Kevin

    Many countries dont even have a president that will talk to their own kids. I hope those who saw the speech today are ashamed of themselves. I am not a student but I was motivated by the speech

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  416. WILLA

    Without a doubt and not surprisingly, President Obama spoke words of wisdom to our children all our the country and here in Clayton county we watched in our classrooms. My class of second graders was attentive and understood every word the president said. We are proud to have Barack Obama as our president and I pray the children all over the country would heed his words and know that they can become anythintg they want to become. He is a prime example of that. Thank you President Obama and thank you God for allowing me and those of my generation (child of the 05's) to see this day come to pass.
    W. Mickens

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  417. Johan

    It's about time the leader of the free world spoke to our children about personal responsibility. Great speeches like this help to determine the course of our lives. Good job, Mr. President

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  418. Olesky

    A+.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  419. Kerri Bethune

    This inspired me even as a college student to never give up even though its been hard. I've had many failures in high school but learned through those mistakes to do better in college. This was a great speech to kids and I hope faculty, parents, and people of the United States helps promote this wonderful speech. Instead of negative press.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  420. kirstenf.

    tony, i have just been watching cnn, and watching some of these people who are against Obama, saying he is a communist, well those same people are acting like communists because they want to censor what we hear as a nation, when we live in America, and have free speech, so those same people need to take a look at they're actions and words!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  421. Boris Santana

    Fantastic Speach!!! This Is the most inspirational speach I've ever heard... All kids will feel touch with these words...

    Boris

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  422. Kelly

    Heartwarming and inspirational..Everything the president said was honest and truthful. It's a shame that some schools didn't show this message to their students.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  423. Chris Jones

    I think the speech was very powerful and positive. It shows what a great leader he is.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  424. Marcy

    Wow, what a beautiful speech! Glad our President recognize that not only College grads deserve this, but even pre-schoolers do too. Wish I had a pep talk like that before the start of every semester. Maybe then I would've stayed on track! You go Mr. President!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  425. Sue

    The kids who were permitted to listen probably learned and were motivated. The kids who were not permitted learned their parents are small-minded censors. Shame on them.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  426. Guy

    OK, the speech was good. Motivate the kiddies to do right and complete all their school work. Most people don't have anything wrong with the speech, it was the worksheet that was available before hand that said;

    What can I do to serve the president?

    What does the president want me to do?

    Not cool. He serves us, not the other way around, but the department of education must have failed their civics class.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  427. Paule Lachance Quebec Canada

    What a great president you have. Wish our prime minister were like him.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  428. D.MILLER

    I THOUGHT THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH TO STUDENTS WAS GREAT!!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  429. alise

    It was a speech that should be what parents tell their children to start the year off. He is being a real leader. I saw no political agenda within the speech. I only saw a concerned father who was reaching our to the children of our nation.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  430. Anne Kurtzman

    The President's life and election is an inspiration to all U.S.citizens as well as schoolchildren. Shame on those who would rather teach their children to descriminate, and blinker themselves rather than to be educated, informed and inspired.

    Anne Kurtzman
    North Hollywood, CA

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  431. Julian

    How dare the president encourage American kids!??! What does he think this is... a free democracy ?! I am outraged by his unconcerned positive speech to our kids. For shame Mr. president.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  432. Barbara Burg

    Excellent! I am a recently retired teacher and thought President Obama made some excellent comments about responsibility to yourself and not letting yourself down.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  433. Jody Hill

    I enjoyed the speech by President obama. It was uplifting and insightful. President Obama just reminded the students that their enviroment is NO excuse for not doing their homework, having a bad attitude in school or acting up in school. He said to them their present does NOT have to determine your future and asked them t...o set a goal for their future and do their best to attain it. President Obama is telling them what ever they resolve to do, they are to commit to it.

    It was refreshing to see a President that truly cares for the youth of our country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  434. Mary Broderick

    FINALLY instead of constantly blaming schools, teachers, and parents, somebody tells the KIDS THEMSELVES to take responsibility. As a parent of a high school student, I see how many students are slackers, wanting constant entertainment and reward without work. Parents should be grateful that the president holds the kids' feet to the fire.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  435. Tracy Connell

    One Of my children are at school watching and one is home sick and We watched together, To see my son's reaction to what Obama was saying was great he thought it was AWESOME that the president was talking to them. And now we are writing down his goals that he wants to accomplish. We support everthing that Obama Has done and will do.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  436. Denise

    I think the speech was uplifting! Those who chose not to let their children participate missed out on a positive message. We need to stop dividing our country. Can we come together on something?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  437. Jim Schramm

    Very important. The President just stated today's children are the future. Quite right! So why does he continue to sign legislation that aborts our future, our children, our unborn children. Stop abortion! Our children are our future.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  438. Vanessa Meneses

    Our children are exposed to so many discouraging and unappropiate messages these days, that having our president take the time to personally address them in such a positive manner, can't be wrong.

    This speech brought me back to so many insecurities and questions I have growing up. It'd have been nice to hear this back them from the president and as I heard it from my mom.

    Great speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  439. Aneesh Sheth

    I haven't been a big fan of Obama, but today's speech was the first time I actually believed his slogan of Hope and Yes We Can. I don't quite understand the controversy of his speech. I thought it was a tough love way of communicating a very important message to every student across the country: Do your part, no one is expecting you to be anything but true to yourself, and do the best you can. I am a transwoman, and can understand how this mantra can help anyone overcome any issues you have in your life.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  440. Vee

    It's a sad day in this world when you have grown people who express hate for the President of the United States to talk to their children about education and how not to give up on life. You know...I think they just don't like who the message is coming from. What a shame!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  441. Vasa Teal

    I think that President Obama did a great job and I think all children of all ages should hear what he has to say.
    Good Job President!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  442. Ryce

    I think that the President's speech should have been viewed by all. I am a recent college graduate and have been struggling with the fact that I cannot find a job. However, listening to President Obama today inspired me to work harder than I have been. I think it was very important to realize that those who are truly successful, endure their fair share of failure and OVERCOME. Great Job!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  443. Joey

    He had no busness addressing students trying to turn them into socialist like himself by making a PR move. the money spent on this should have been spent in the classroom.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  444. Maria

    So...... I am a minority..... and am not racist in any way............but did a black kid have to present the president?????? what about the rest of america that is not represented in Obama's skin color
    and oh yeah.... there was no political propaganda in saying "I am working very hard for you" ?? please..... I am sure glad I don't have kids that had to hear that.... but If i did I would tell them I am not ashamed at our elected president... I am just proud I can excersize my right to not expose my family to political propaganda and reverse discrimation more thatn they need to.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  445. Thomas

    Is the up roar really about the speach?
    I think we still have a lot of room for growth as a country. Hopefully we will achieve it one day due to the freedoms we enjoy in the USA.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  446. Lisa

    The speech brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful speech and I believe that speech needed to be done and if it only touched one child, that is enough. I would love to THANK the president for showing that he truely cares about out kids.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  447. Christine

    President Obama should be applauded for taking time to speak to our nation's children. It is clear to me that he sees the America that we need to be once again. One where not only do the current leaders support the principles and best practices of our democracy, but one where we inspire and count on our children to continue to uphold what is great about the US.

    The folks who were opposed to his comments should have their heads checked and for that woman who was sobbing over his comments, then please pass along that I am willing to take up a collection for your psychiatric session.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  448. Debbie C.

    Just because many people oppose some of his politics, we shouldn't have to censor our own president. We live in a free country, and I think it's inspiring that a president will speak to our children. It makes me wonder if this whole health care debate wasn't going on, if there would still be objection to him speaking to our students? He's an inspiration to us all.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  449. Robert Dowding

    The fact that school kids were denied access to this a tragic.Someone tell me where in this speech he tried to "brainwash" our children?Where was the indoctrination?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  450. Joelin

    I count it as an honor that ther President would take the time to encourage our children to stay in school and to make a difference in the future. The speech reminded me of the things I tell my 17 and 20 year old children. I dont see a problem here.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  451. janice Crosbie

    Hi Tony!
    LOVE CNN and your show.
    Just finished listening to the Presidents speech, and what a thrill to be a student sitting in that classroom!
    It was a FANTASTIC UPLIFTING speech for the students there that had any doubts of their futures.,

    Here in canada, I would be amazed if our Prime Minister had the brains and motive to give a similar speech!

    KUDOS to the best President that the USA has ever had, and shame on the Republicans,

    Janice Crosbie

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  452. Clara

    The real reason that people don't want their children to listen to the president's speech is because he is African American. It's a shame.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  453. Linda Allen

    WONDERFUL, and INSPIRING education speech. Thank you, President Obama!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  454. Alice

    I am so proud of our President that despite controversy he steps up and expresses his commitment to education, personal initiative and the future of our country. His speech was inspiring, wise and made me proud to be an American. Education is the key to our future.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  455. Chinelo Okoye

    It is very sad that some school students were denied the opportunity to hear the President's speech today. It really goes to show how divided this politically this country really is.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  456. Nancy

    This should be a back-to-school tradition: every year the President of the United States delivers a similar hard-biting speech to inspire students. I should think that all those who objected to the speech are feeling foolish about now.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  457. David M. DeMarco

    The small portion of our great country that were actually apprehensive of allowing their children hear/watch our presidents talk today are only proving the smallness of their minds as well as the hopes for their children's future

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  458. Julie Mock

    President Obama's address to students was a wonderful non-partisan effort to encourage and motivate. I find it pathetic that parents and schools primarily located in "red" areas chose not to allow their students to receive his message. Parents, not only Presidents, lead by example and I find their example sad and discouraging.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  459. Caroline

    Great speech! Hearing about the importance of an education and trying your best is so important for todays kids. It is great that my children hear this messgae not only from me, but from our president.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  460. Adele Ames

    How can ANYONE argue with what the President said? I think it the speech was fabulous . . .if it inspires one child, it was worth the effort.

    It inspired me to text my granddaughter who is a senior in High School to see what she thought. I pray the school let the students listen and NOT make it an option.

    President Obama is an inspiration to all. I feel badly for all the students who didn't hear this speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  461. Patso

    That speech was brilliant and inspirational for the children of America. Why is every aspect of Obama's presidency so highly criticised and demonized? He is a good man, with a good vision and needs America's support. The drop out rate in the worlds most powerful country is absurd and needs attention, they need inspiration, and who better to do it than the president of the country? WAKE UP AMERICA, support your leader.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  462. Kevin Krick

    What is the deal about Obama give some encouraging words to the students of America? If people hasn't noticed Obama thinks about what he says and give give amazing speeches, Being from Canada I would love to have someone like Obama as our Prime Minster

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  463. miguel amezcua

    i really liked the speech obama has a really good point i will never drop out and other people shouldn't either! OBAMA!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  464. leslie

    that was the best challenge i've ever heard anyone give to students. The idea was great and speaking as a teacher, the students were motivated to make a change. The people that were against are ignorent

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  465. Pat from NC

    Hi Tony,

    What a terrific speech. President Obama has such a great history to share with all of the students in the US. My hope is that this will be a lesson learned for those that disagree with ANYTHING President Obama tries or says.
    What an inspiration and I hope the students listened to his words and tuned out the negative comments that came even before he gave the speech. God Bless President Obama and the United States

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  466. J. Gaines

    I feel that the President did a fantastic job of encouraging our children. To instill in their minds that they are all "good at something" is a tremendous accomplishment. Children need the encouragement to succeed. Having our President speak to them, not just to adults, will stick with them forever. God Bless our President & the children!!

    Very happy with the speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  467. Catherine Salem

    I think President Obama is awesome. I hope all the kids have their ears open.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  468. Lilah Ahadi

    what's the big deal?? He is the leader of the free-world making an encouraging speech to UPLIFT some lost souls! I wish the leader(s) of my country (afghanistan) would make a speech like this... no harm no foul!
    POWERFUL and PROFOUND! way to go President Obama!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  469. Elaine DeSimone

    The president's speech was very motivational, for children and adults. It makes me wonder if I would have been more successful in school had I received these messages from a leader when I was young?!

    Elaine DeSimone
    Atlanta, GA

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  470. Florence Mattar

    Obama's speech was excellent. I am saddened to think that some people are against airing this speech to their kids. Spreading fear is back, it is based on hatred and ignorance.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  471. shirl

    Excellent Speech! What a shame some morons will not allow their children to hear it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  472. Beth

    Good for President Obama!!!!

    As a mother of a 13 year old, I am very impressed with the President's speech. I believe that every Amamerican should listen and support his message!!!
    So again I say, Good for President Obama!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  473. Argentino

    I fill like some people are just plain out mean and are to ashamed to admit that we finally have a real leader... I made my son watch it.. And after it,, I asked him to write down 3 things that he wants to do to change the world, or to become better... U know what he said... It's already happening....

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  474. B. Jacobs

    I am proud to be an American, and proud of our President. What a great thing for our children to hear, and to experience. Imagine what a child thinks as he listens to Obama, telling of his own failures, and because of perserverance, he is now President of the United States. Wow..what an inspiration!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  475. Betty Burgner

    Loved it! In a society that underutilizes and unappreciates it's children – yet expects them to be responsible adults when the time comes- it is nice to see a president that is willing to instill confidence and sense of duty in our youngsters!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  476. Carl in Williamsburg, VA

    I think the school districts that blocked or screened President Obama's speech to school children need to rethink their commitment to education and the 1st amendment rights to free speech.

    If not the President of the United States, who should our children be listening to?

    Half our children do not even know which side of our country the Pacific Ocean is found.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  477. Jacqueline

    Parents dont have a problem with letting their children watch adult shows, play violent video games, and listen to vulgar music but they have a problem with the POTUS encouraging their children to make good decisions? What a joke!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  478. Jane Dolan

    I am honored to have seen an amazing speech by President Obama urging our students to stay in school and work hard to be the best they can be. This speech is as inspiring as President Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  479. Sabrina Burkhalter

    I asked my daughter Elise a 5th grader if they were going to watch the speech. She said it was up to the prinicipal and she wasn't sure. I sent a note to her school encouraging her teacher to promote the speech. What does it say to my African American child that the Presidents speech was censored by the school. President Bush's speech was not censored nor was Reagan's.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  480. Robert

    I thought the President's speech was inspirational and about as non-political as you can get. It is a shame that so many people felt the need to "protect" their children from this positive, inspirational message.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  481. Robin

    I watched most of the speech and I didn't have a problem with what I heard but you are forgetting that part of the speech had to be rewritten.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  482. Linda

    I am ashamed to be an American today. I kept my child home from school so we could watch this beautiful and inspiring speech. The schools refused to show it and did not even offer an option or explanation. Omaha, Nebraska is a cesspool.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  483. Monica Marin

    I thought the Presidents speech was AWSOME!!! If I would have heard that as a school age child it would have moved me to do something different with my life. Keep up the good work Mr President.
    And who are these people who are speaking for the American public who say that the Presidents popularity is slipping and the we are not supportive of him, my husband and I dont believe that this is true, we support him 100 percent.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  484. Sean

    This speech was excellent and hits exactly where the President wanted it to: stay in school. The only people that have opposed this speech hate Obama for other fickle and mostly prejudiced and incorrect reasons, but we don't need to get into that, won't we? Tell me, what is socialist about graduating from school?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  485. Theresa

    What really matters to me, is what my grandchildren and other students think about the Presidents speech. Can't wait to talk to them when they get home from school.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  486. Mike Sharp

    The speec was not bad at all. Some people just need to chill and listen instead of rushing to judgement about something they never heard before. Relax give the President a chance before you declare him a faliure

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  487. Ashley

    Listening to his speech, I heard an incredibly conservative argument focusing on personal responsibility, patriotism and motivation. I genuinely don't understand how Obama can be labeled a 'socialist' or even 'communist' in this situation by anyone who is open-minded enough to listen to his message, which could have been given by Pres. George W. Bush without any opposition from the same people who are revolting against Obama.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  488. Erica Lee

    I don't understand what the big fuss is about. I think kids today need an inspirational speech to understand that they are not alone. These are tough times on America especially when young people in America have a difficult time understanding it. Kids in schools from K-12 need guidance and who better than the President of America.

    President Obama is an exceptional speaker who has experienced hard times and has the ability to relate to kids. I thought the speech was insightful and much needed.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  489. Heidi Dingman

    What an inspiring speech by our amazing new president. The speech was fantastic.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  490. Gerald Tinnon

    Absolutely inspiring. Those parents that refused to allow their kids to listen to this speech should have gotten the same speech when they were in school. They failed their children by denying their children an opportunity to listen to this motivational and invigorating speech. They should be ashamed.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  491. Andrea, Houston

    That was great! How wonderful. I had to fight to get my kids school to air the speech on Friday. After much debate they changed their decision and allowed 3rd thru 5th grade to watch. My boys are in 1st and 2nd grade and they were allowed to join the older students with a note from home. I also recorded it and cannot wait to discuss the positive message our president delivered! That was inspirational and it's sad that people want to block such a positive message due to hate and fear.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  492. Carolyn M. Dimmick

    I just watched the speech the President gave. I am the mother of two grown children who are both soldiers in our Army and one who served her country in Iraq. I am a 45 year old honor roll college sophomore. I was very moved by the speech and do not see why anybody – even Republicans – would be so closed-minded as to not want their children to hear such a moving and inspirational message. I feel that message was amazing and motivational and so much should not have been made of it. He is our elected President and his message should NOT be questioned at all.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  493. Ann Molison

    I wish I had hear this talk when I was in elementary school, then again when was in junior high and certainly at the beginning of high school. I wasted a lot of time in school and it wasn't until I became a mother did I realize what a gigantic mistake I had made. Thank you for showing his speech today.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  494. Briana R.

    I just finished watching President Obama's speech. It was 100% inspirational and I only hope that students across America take what he said to heart. There was absolutely nothing controversial in the speech. I thank God that we finally have a president that young people like myself can look up to and be proud of. God bless President Obama.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  495. Aki McConville

    Red, White & Blue...Republican, Democrat & Independent...bottom line: we should all be enthusiastic about supporting a message of CIVIC DUTY! Our children need to hear that our leaders and successful people care about them and EXPECT them to try hard.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  496. Nicole

    The opposition to the President's speech was pure harassment, and had nothing to do with the well-being or protection of people's kids.

    The speech was realistic, it covered a number of areas that pose real challenges in school children's lives and encouraged them to work through them, seek help and maintain a focus on their own need to be educated despite adversity. I thought the President's own examples were excellent in showing how he too had to make tough choices in order to ensure his own success.

    Very inspiring.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  497. Kim Goodman

    The presidents speech was OUTSTANDING. It's amazing that children are allowed to watch the news with all the violence and crime that is taking place in the world, but when the President of OUR UNITED STATES takes the time to speak to our children with a positive message, it's an issue. It doesn't make sense!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  498. Talbert Swan

    The President gave a great speech to our youth. It was timely, succinct and on point. All of the controversy surrounding the speech was ridiculous! He's the President of the United States, the Leader of the free world. When he speaks, everyone should listen! The Republicans need to lay off the haterade, he's the prez, like it or not.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  499. sharda venkataramanan

    I am 52 year old homemaker who lived for her family and am sitting here without any direction..The president's message to the school kids also gave me a direction to set my own goals..I think America has a great future with this President..guys please keep aside politics and see what the president has to say.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  500. Pat Erickson

    How sad that some children were CHEATED out of seeing this enlightening speech by our President because of so-called adults in their lives. These adults are no different than those who encourage hate. I feel so sorry for those children who are at the mercy of someone else's opinion. Too bad. It was a wonderful speech. I loved it !!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  501. Shawna

    I think President Obama's speech was very motivating for our youth to know that the president cares about their future. I don't know what the problem was airing this in our schools and having the speech posted beforehand, Obama is a father who wouldn't say something wrong to the children.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  502. Marlene

    The President is professional and inspiring for the students (as well as we older people). Our country must find a way to help the American people understand the rantings of those who oppose the President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  503. Michelle Converse,pennsylvania

    i thought it was very important for alot of students to hear this speach to show the importance of schooling and what is expected of us…

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  504. Porfy

    When a President wants to make a speech to the Children of America attending public school should be able to do so.

    Our President is our leader regardless of his name and should be heard by all our children in public school.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  505. Will Maddox

    people made this speech such a big deal and in reality is something that every parent should make their kids listen to. people should stop being so hateful and perhaps try to do something to help out.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  506. April

    I watch the speech with my four year old daughter. I think it was great. I wanted my daughter to understand that you can do anything and be anyone and for her to hear from Mr. Obama can and will make a difference. I dont understand why some parents didnt want there kids to watch this..other president have spoken to children and it had never been a big deal until now. I think they could have learned alot from it!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  507. Ludwin

    Every generation faces its set of challenges and opportunities. It is a most inspiring message that helps children see how important they are. They better understand their place in history!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  508. Nina Jaye

    If parents were doing their jobs our President wouldn't have to speak to our children. Our children are so behind compared to the rest of the world and that is what that should be upset about. Really America, lets pick our battles.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  509. LiberalII

    The speech was uplifting and spoke to every student – those who may feel discouraged by their living situation, or overwhelmed by life. The concerns that parents would not be able to sit and watch with their children aren't comprehensive since not all kids started school today or had full days. It was a few people creating a non-issue.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  510. Val Woodson

    That was a great inspirational speech for all children and adults. There are a lot of adults that needed top hear that encouragement as well. I feel like everyone should quit bashing him for every little thing that he does or is trying to do for our country. People must have forgot Bush has screwed us for 8 years not Obama.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  511. Alicia Mitchell

    Obama' s speech was amazing. He is a great motivational speaker. Many students need words of encouragement such as Obama speaks. And he is very appreciated for taking time in his office to do so. Where there are other who want some children/students to fail and not be successful. the pep talk was very needed for most.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  512. Susan

    Although I am not a fan of Obama, the speech was actually very well done.

    With that said, I think people need to realize what the uproar was over. It wasn't the fact that the President wanted to speak to our kids, it was the fact it was done at the last minute, on the heals of a huge debate on health care reform, and honestly people in this nation just don't trust the President and more importantly they don't trust the government as a whole. That is a very sad statement to be said about the condition of our nation and their belief in our government.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  513. Christina Saenz

    I am happy that Obama stressed personal responsibility to our school kids. However, when are the politicians going to be more responsible for our public schools? Responsibility can only go so far if you are being shot on the way to school, being bullied in history, being looked down by a teacher for being a minority, and wondering how your mom is going to get some healthcare.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  514. John D

    I think it was a winderful speech. It makes me wish that I had tried harder in school when I was younger. I am proud to have him as our president. I think people need to stop crying about what he is saying and try listening for a change.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  515. stephanie

    Well, as a republican mother of 3 kids, 9th grade, 7th grade, and 2nd grade, i was very hesitant of letting them watch the speech from president obama. My trust in the president is very low at this time. After watching the speech, i am pleasantly surprised and happy with his messages to the school children in america.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  516. ilenne

    Our children and grandchildren FINALLY have a President to whom they can look up and try to emulate. Pathetic is the only word for those who are indoctrinating their children in such a way to deny them his intellect and compasion.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  517. Karen

    I was so glad you showed the President's speech to students. It is so sad that parents today could not show the respect the President deserves by allowing all children to see his speech. They needed to put their prejudices aside for those few minutes

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  518. Bob Miller

    Now I am 58 years of age I truely and wish I had someone to take the time to talk to me that way many years ago. Obama cares!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  519. Sharon

    The president and his story is a great inspiration to many, and what better group of people to speak to and inspire than our nations children. At 31, he's inspired me to live up to greater expectations that I have for myself.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  520. kim

    The speech is fine I think its great he wants to be so father like to all our kids. So this higher education that our kids need to be a success in this country that they all should work towards. What a great thought but what about those kids that come from families that can not afford to send their kids to school. Maybe his focus should be on the rising cost of a college education.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  521. Linda

    The President of the United States is to be admired and respected for his strength and persistence as a leader. No wonder the world is again learning to respect us as a nation. Today's speech reflects type of leadership needed in this nation and the kind that should be practiced in our individual homes. What parent would not say such to their own child. Shame on those foolish enough to not want our future leaders to see genuine, sound leadership in action.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  522. elizabeth

    My problem wasn't so much with the speech as with the accompanying materials that the schools were going to teach along with this speech. Mainly, having them write a letter of "support" stating the different ways they could/would support him. (I believe that was taken out or amended in some way)
    My children attend private school and now I have the option of showing them the speech tonight *without* any of the materials...and that is what I will do.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  523. Arleen

    I don't understand the problem with this speech. It was very inspiring for our students to hear. It could also apply to adults as well. We can accomplish whatever we want to with a little determination and hard work.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  524. Adela Kelley

    Tony, home today with a sick kid and we watched the President's speech. We both thought it was good. Botton line: stay in school, do your best. The closest he came to politicizing was talking about how these kids will be the ones to keep America going in the future.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  525. Joy

    All the folks who opposed the President's speech and were crying look incredibly foolish right now. The speech was excellent, short and to the point – exactly what kids need to hear. No other explanation for the staunch opposition makes sense other than racism. The first president Bush gave a similiar speech and no one flipped out. Why ?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  526. DCCnderela

    I thought the speech was beautiful. I wish those that were President when I was in school had taken the time to show that they cared about ALL of the students of the United States. Thank you President Obama!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  527. mike k

    After viewing the Presidents speech, I have to say that bringing up (multiple times) personal responsibility and initiative, self reliance and determination, are all strong and politically neutral for him.

    Oh wait. Personal responsibility, initiative, self reliance...

    Those are the talking points of Republicans, aren't they. So, what's their fuss all about then?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  528. Matt Pakula

    I have never seen a group of people get quieter faster then the conservatives did about this speech. This time last week people were going all crazy about it. Obama could preach the Gospel and the and the Republicans would suddenly be crying out separation of Church and State. We know this is not political but no one will say what we all know this is about. God Bless our President and please keep him safe!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  529. Allison

    God Bless The USA!!!!! I am listening to the President of the United States of America telling school kids how important it is to stay in school and behave while you are there. All black children need to see this. Watch it again to night with you c...hildren and discuss it. The buck and the passing of the blame stops today. Stand up, our children need you!!!!Read More

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  530. Stacie

    It's a sad day in our nation when the President is criticized for giving a speech to our future leaders. We've come so far as a nation, but we've got so far to go...

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  531. Jodi

    What an inspiring speech!!! It brings tears to my eyes and heart to think there are people in this country who refuse to listen or let their children listen to these amazing words. I am so proud to say that I voted for Barack Obama!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  532. Wendy NC

    What was the big deal from all those protesting?? That was an excellent speech directed at school children and every word was important. Who knows what lives the President might have changed today. I wish I had heard those words from my President when I was in school in 1965. I'm so sick of protestors, tea-baggers and whiners who would balk and scream if the President ate an ice cream cone in public!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  533. Calvin

    I don't understand why people would discourage the president's involvement in the importance of education, or keeping children from hearing the president speak. All through high school, I remember being encouraged to listen to presidential speeched from all my teachers, and those were teachers who didn't even approve of the current president. This situation just seems very backwards.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  534. Darlene Dierke

    Kudos to President Obama. Our students have needed a pep-talk like this for a long time. I will be interested in follow-up in years to come as to how this speech affected students.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  535. Elisabeth Kriegler

    What a wonderful and responsible speech your President has made. Not only every child in the US but every child around the world should hear this speech – the world would be a better place.
    As for those who opposed this or have kept their children from hearing it have adone a great disservice to their children and to the children of America.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  536. Jacquie M

    I think President Obama's speech was fabulous! As a parent, I believe he nailed it, and I definitely want my daughter to hear his message when she gets home from school. Her school was not broadcasting his speech, which I think is terrible. I think President Obama is a wonderful role model for kids and people who have taken part in the controversy should be ashamed. We're all afraid right now. It's a rough time in our lives, but our kids need to hear exactly what President Obama said because his speech is 100% right.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  537. Lydia

    There was nothing wrong with the presidents speech to the kids about staying in school. I really believe that some people will always be against him and it doesn't matter what he does. They are just haters of a man that is really trying to change things and make the world a better place

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  538. Jonsette Lewis

    The President's speech was absolutely uplifting and motivating! I think that not only will school kids everywhere be moved by his words, but I feel that all Americans should feel moved to be more and do more for themselves and this great country we live in. Those school districts who chose not to air the speech did their students a great disservice and should be ashamed of the decision they made.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  539. Paul

    I'm a sophomore, and I don't see anything wrong with President Obama's speech. The speech was definitely not worth all of the hype that teachers, parents, and the media gave it. It was simply a speech designed to encourage students to keep at it, even through tough times. I suppose it did an adequate job, it was just highly overrated.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  540. barbie

    BRAVO Mr. Obama ....what a positive upbeat message exactly what America's young people needed to hear at this time....thank you thank you!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  541. M. Jackson

    Being from southwest Atlanta, where crime is high, good schools are rare, two parent house holds are few, schools begging for male mentors to volunteer at the schools, it surprises me that some schools are not viewing. What better role model. Excellent advice – like that a caring Father would give his children. You go Barack!!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  542. Carol Davis

    I am so incredibly proud of our President, a true leader. His speech to school children was great. Thank you Mr. President!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  543. Patrick

    We should all want to hear what the President has to say to be informed and take action in our communities. I personally would like to hear more about how jobs are being created today for those parents of the kids and then they can afford health care and have a positive learning environment..We need a focus on Jobs for today

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  544. Marion

    I tell my children everything that the President has spoken to them today about all the time. Me telling my children will last alot longer than the President telling them. His speech will be forgotten in a few weeks, it is the parents and family who need to guide their children for their life goals. Doesn't he have some bigger issues at hand he could be handling?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  545. Kim in TN

    I am 47 years old and I timed my own lunch to watch our President. His speech gave me goose bumps. It inspired an old dog like me and for the first time, I wish I was back in college again!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  546. Bob

    I dont even understand why there is a problem here. This was a great speech. I heard negative stuff about this speech from my neighbors before thise ven happened. These are the people that think Bush was a great president. I dont understand why they cant stop the denial. Are they that predjudice? I live in Colorado Springs and the Republicans here are really in denial and you cant even talk with them. They were worried about what Obama might say. Great speech!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  547. Raina

    I think President Obama's speech was incredibly inspiring. It certainly moved me to try harder and to strive to do better. I'm not sure if my daughter watched the speach at her school today, but I taped your program this morning, and our family will watch it together tonight.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  548. Taylor Mathews

    I do not agree with the President on many of his policies, but this speech should be heard by every American.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  549. Toni Odom

    The speech was an encouragement to all children and should have been heard by all of them. Has there EVER been controversy about the President speaking to children? Respect the office because we know the real reason all these parents had a problem is because he is BLACK. Media call it for what it is. He wasn't going to talk about Healthcare or Afganistan, so what was the problem?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  550. Joe in Missouri

    I don't see what all the hub-bub was about with this speech. He told the kids exactly what any other concerned adult would say to our young people. Stay in school, study and work hard. I did not see any socialist indoctrination here with this speech. I voted for Obama even though I lean toward the right.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  551. mary-jean gianquinto

    to those who were so opposed to the President's school speech, you ought to be ashamed of yourselves for denying any child from hearing that hard work, dedication, and the importance of an education can change not only your life, but your country's as well.
    i sat with my 13 year old daughter and watched President Obama speak to my child as well as millions across the country.
    yes we can.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  552. modupe

    well, no matter what the president says to students – political or not.... it is still better than 50% of what kids are exposed to by those parents on TV.... America wake up......!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  553. Missy

    Pres. Obama made a wonderful speech and I can't wait to see what kind of positive repercussions it has on America's student body by the end of the year.

    It is shameful that Americans can possibly be against having our president, whom we voted into office, give such a positive message to our children. People in opposition to this must simply be naive or against positive change in this country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  554. Michael

    I found it uplifting and typical of Pres Obama. I respect him and look up to him because of his perservance and ability to handle criticism in everything he does. This speech goes to show that everything he says is criticized and reviewed. Keep up the good work and God Bless!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  555. Barbara

    What an absolutely inspiring speech! I truly wish I would have had someone in such a respected, high level position say these things to me when I was young. I wouldn't have squandered so much of my education had I heard these words, and I might have contributed more to our society as a result, too.

    Shame on the people who didn't let their kids–either as parents or educators–hear these wonderful, inspiring words. Shame, shame, shame!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  556. Michael Crawford

    The Speech was brilliant and sounded like it should have been mandatory in schools. Wish I could have heard the same speech as a youngster. I'm sure I'd be well off now.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  557. Judy

    Amazing that parents would NOT want their children to hear an inspirational speech that motivates them to strive to study hard, stay in school, and always do their best, no matter what situation they are in.
    The real politics on this issue was played by the people who were against this.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  558. Sandra Harris-Faulkner

    The President's speech was a great motivation tool for our young people. This is something parents should be encouraging their children each day to achieve. Shame on the opposing schools and parents for not letting their students hear such encouraging words. Hooray to the President for his efforts in trying to promote better education - someone needs to do it!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  559. Arnie C. Dienoff

    Tony:

    President O. was outstanding in his remarks and speech. He was Non-Partison, non-political and was very neutral. He basis was for the care and support of children and getting their education. Trying hard and pushing them selves. President O. was a great motivator for the children and gave them a sense of hope and understanding. The Country and some parents made a hill out of a mole.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  560. Mike Jr

    I have 2 things to say; questioning the President in such a manner does nothing but create even more of a distance between the two parties which plays into the "divide and conquer" theory. Second, the speech was a motivating factor to children advising them that their potential is unlimited. He said "You make your own future". That was powerful!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  561. Jan in Missouri

    Hi Tony,
    His speech was uplifting, inspirational and encouraging. Hopefully, the young people listening will take it to heart. I'd like to think that the Lunatic Fringe Conservatives would be ashamed of themselves, but having listened to them throughout the Bush Administration, I've learned that they never learn. They just scream louder. God help them.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  562. kathryn ward

    Hooray!!!! Well said, President Obama.. Thank You..

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  563. daisy barker

    Although I didn't vote for Obama, I totally support the speech he just gave to American school kids. Everything he said made such good sense and was motivating and important. After studying his health care plans and now hearing his speech to students, I support am pleased and proud to support our president.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  564. Jane

    Obama did a wonderful job. He's a great speaker and the message he conveyed was compelling. I'm sure that in schools that did not show the speech live, those kids across the country will be replaying it on YouTube before the day is done.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  565. arthur cherkerzian

    Read about the opposition to this speech and can not imagine how any one can find anything negative. Congrats Mr. President

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  566. Farnaz

    My third grader is watching this in her school library and I bet if I were sitting with her her she would have whispered to me that mommy he used the S word!!!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  567. Sushma

    I do not understand what the big deal was about the back-to-school speech by the President was? It seemed perfectly right to me. Infact it reminded me of my father saying the exact same things to me when I was going back to school after the summer break, to believe in myself and always put my heart into doing what I love doing and make the country proud! Go Mr. President. job well done 🙂

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  568. Fonda Ross

    I think that all kids should have saw this because it was really great cause President Obama was speaking the truth about how us kids need to stay in school do what we are told without an arguement.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  569. Dennis G

    By the schools not letting the kids hear the President's speech, wouldn't that be looked upon as that school discouraging the kids from staying in school? Being that they don't want the children to hear a speech about staying in school?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  570. Amy Stotmeister

    I loved the presidents speech. I am glad that my boys got to watch it at school. It is nice for them to hear what I tell them everyday. I hope it makes a bigger impact coming from the president of the United States. Also it reminds me of the famous JFK speech that my parents where able to see.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  571. Hollie

    I am so proud to call Barack Obama my president. I can't think of anyone in the world who would be better qualified to stand up, set an example and give wonderful advice to America's role model. He fashioned something very big from very little, other than hard work and self confidence. I'd trust him with anything.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  572. clair clarke

    It seems that the president stuck to his same message,work hard,believe in yourself,and don't let down your country let alone yourself.One point,he said that you young people will have to help us older folk solve our problems that we face now.How true!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  573. Jerry G

    The speech was benign – great in fact. I miss the day when the president was an icon of America – there was always some opposition to his (maybe her soon....) angle, approach, or even audacity. Regardless of that opposition, we so appreciated the notion of a visiting president, or one who spoke to us sincerely. Thanks, president Obama, for trying to bring the stature of the presidency back.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  574. Christine

    That speech was one of the best he's given. Spoken like a leader and a parent, firm and caring. It's about time the youth of today understand and are told what is expected of them for the future of this country.
    I am proud. My kids will be seeing it when they get home from their schools.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  575. Kyle Knox

    Its a sad day in America when the President of the United States cannot tell students to study hard and stay in school without controversy. Sadly, the people in opposition to the speech are angry about it because of misinformed information about policies and are neglecting there children the opportunity to hear from a potential role model that could change their lifes for the better.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  576. Casey

    It's great that President Obama has spoken today. I wish 10 years ago when I was in school, the president would have given us a speech. I didn't vote for President Obama, but I respect him and trust him because America voted for him. He is our leader and therefore, we should expect him to speak to our young.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  577. liz

    I am pleased that the president took the time to speak to the school kids, they need to know that the most powerful man in the world cares about their wants and need and their goal in life. It was very inspiring to hear

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  578. Beth

    Wonderful and uplifing speech. I have a student in high school and I think this will give him motivation and to understand that you need to do your school work and strive to do your best.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  579. Tanya in ATL

    How ridiculous that the school in NC didn't show this speech! Obama is a great speaker sharing a powerful message that kids nead to hear. Who knows how many dropouts he might affect. In my experience, kids don't "hear" what their parents say nearly as well as they hear it from others. I nearly dropped out of Columbia University less than a year from graduation. On a date, an older man said "Don't quit, no one will ever understand your excuses." I don't remember his name and I'm sure my parents would have said the same thing, but it was the message from the stranger that touched me and helped me finish.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  580. Beverly Cannon

    Every President should give a back to school speech similar to Obama's. We currently have back to school speeches by the school superintendent. Why not the president? It was very motivating. His speech showed that he cares about education in our country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  581. Jim Reiff

    It is a sad day when a shrill minority of the U.S. electorate throttles the president's speech to students. A speech which was entirely centered on education and the things that it takes to make education successful.

    The speech was about as partisan as a Grimm's fairy tale. It's a shame that so many people seem to be living in one.

    Jim Reiff

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  582. Jeremy

    It is sad when there is such a controversy over a speach about common sense, go to school, listen to your parents and teachers. A lost art in American culture, where kids are sheltered from and political correctness is taught in return. The truth hurts, they need to know that.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  583. Chelsea Clark

    I found this speech applied to me, even as a college student and I'm ready to work harder, and do better.

    Had I been attending a school that chose not to show the speech, I most likely would have stayed home to watch it.

    Decades ago, it was unthinkable to keep the president out of our lives. What happened to that sort of respect?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  584. Chad Massaker

    Regarding the Obama Speech to kids today: It should be rated PG... as in "Parental Guidence is Suggested". Outright denying these kids the right to watch it is silly in the days of YouTube where they can go see whatever it is you denied them (along with anything else you might have denied them). Why PG? Because if you don't agree with him, then explain to your kids why. EDUCATE and empower them.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  585. helen

    helen from ky
    When people have hate in the heart they miss out on the good things. The president made a good speak.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  586. KGreenlee

    I can't believe teachers can pick and choose the history our kids are taught.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  587. Connetta

    I felt that President Obama gave a great speach. It shows that he cares about students and their education. Being a high school student myself, I really appreciate his hard work.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  588. Reverend Lathan

    President Reagan, President Bush and President Obama.... all Presidents. What's the difference between them? It would seem, sadly, that some people in this country is not ready to let go of superficial differences. The President's speech was not political... it was inspirational... similar to speeches given by President Reagan.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  589. Sharon Crouch

    Tony I am so proud of President Obama, he genuinely cares about all of our children as well as the future and well-being of our country. All I can say is SHAME on those who created such an opposition in the past few days. Only God can judge them rightfully.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  590. Ken - Long Beach, CA

    I thought the speech was inspiring, I also was around and watched Reagan, Both Bushes, and Clinton give similiar speeches. How come people were not jumping up and down screaming when George HW Bush asked students to write him a letter asing him what he could do to improve education? Seems when Obama asked students to write about the same thing it turned into a statement that meant he wanted to brainwash kids.

    Total nonsense! People in this nation need to stop being racist bigots, grow up and start being considerate of others and stop listening to nonsense from the cable chatter.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  591. Chichi

    Shame on America! We will fight a speech from a president to our children but we will allow them to hear speeches from negative "speeches" from TVs and internet. I think that this is all about not accepting a black president. Shame, Shame, Shame!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  592. Amy Kendall

    As a Brown student, I want to thank President Obama for mentioning our university! I'm a non-traditional age student who has made a commitment to myself to finally finish school because I want to help make this country a better place.

    I thought the President's speech was great, and I think instilling a sense of self-responsibility and accountability on the part of our children is very worthwhile!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  593. Jeanine, Mesa, AZ

    Our kids need some inspiration, I'm glad President Obama spoke to our children. So many kids right now have little hope in our nation. Home life can be incredibly rough right now and they get so much out of school other than education. Our teachers are great leaders.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  594. Dana

    It saddens me that so many students around the US were denied the privilege of hearing the President's inspirational and motivating remarks. How could anyone think that the President would say something inappropriate. This opposition was purely political with racism as its base. I will make sure my son sees this speech when he gets home from school. I hope other parents do the same so that their children can benefit from President Obama's words.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  595. valerie jenkins

    It is SAD. This is our President, not some guest speaker. How dare people have a choice to show or not to show. How is that an option. The do have the choice to listen...but they should have been required to be present. How dare Americans disrespect this President. Shame on them. Shame on them.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  596. Lashawn Kimble

    If everyone would put as much time in supporting the President as they are opposing him, we would be much better off as a nation. There was absolutely nothing about the speech that shouldn't have been heard. If any kids were denied hearing the speech because of parents and/or schools, shame on us as adults!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  597. mike

    I think the problem is that both side (Democrates & Republicans keep giving the American people bad information. We as a nation need to get back to the basics. The Presidents speech Is what I hoped it was going to be. I think that he did great job.

    California
    Mike

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  598. Monday

    I admit that I was somewhat skeptical of what President Obama might say in his address to our school children, though not enough so to keep my children from hearing it. After watching, I was very impressed with his speach. He had many good things to say to students across America.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  599. Thomas

    I thought the speech was great. As a youth pastor I have spoken to many young people about education and how much it means that they stay in school. I really feel that President Obama done a great job in letting the young people know that they have a responsibility to stay in school and learn, that it is not easy, that it is going to take some hard work in order to become successful in life. We as a country need this. Thank you President Obama and blessings to you and your family.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  600. Sue - Avon, IN

    What a wonderful speech! I am so proud of our President!! All he said is what all parents should be telling their own children.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  601. kim

    Very inspirational. And good to see that his message was "no excuse" and we are all accountable to something greater than ourselves.

    It was disarming for President Obama to share that he was not perfect and he does not know everything, but he does ask for help and wrote the path to his future.

    The mark of a true leader. Are we good enough for our President?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  602. April

    The speech was great. It was an inspiration to hear about a man that did not come from money and was able to turn that into the positive and reach his goals as well as his wife. He urged them to be not only the best but to help protect fellow students who cannot protect themselves.

    This was a much needed speech for our youth because the road is tough and they need all the inspiration regardless of where or who it comes from.

    Our children need our support!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  603. Samantha

    Simply Beautiful! For those children that had the great opportunity to view this speech consider yourself lucky you have viewed history. What the president said came from a place of honesty and sincerity. He truly cares we haven't seen this from a president in over a decade.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  604. judy

    I have been very upset that this preseident is being held to a different standard on everything he does. I believe the message was appropriate and the original lesson plan was appropriate as well. Of course, if you are upset about losing the election to a liberal or a black man, you wouldn't want his ideas to pollute the minds of your children – after all, the voice of reason might influence children not to hate their country or their president – and what a country we would have if all the hate speech against our elected president and all the partisanship would stop!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  605. Justin

    It baffles me that we as a nation can be so gullible to the hate and stupidity of politics, that we may somehow forget the goodness and kindness of what a human being is capable of.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  606. terri

    It was a great speech, I wish a President took the time to inspire students when I was in school, it would have helped a lot of us!
    I'm sorry some people actually felt the need to protest an inspiring, pro education, inspirational speech

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  607. A1

    I think it is rather sad that parents will allow their children to watch the garbage that comes on TV everyday or even the lyrics to songs that degrade and demotivate children, but when it comes to the man we elected to lead our country wants to speak to our children they have a problem with it. I think that is the sadest thing in the world and all parents that had a problem with the President wanting to speak to students should be ashamed!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  608. Trinia Myers

    The President talks about maintaining all schools of America how come when Georgia schools are requiring furlough days and when Georgia gets the stimulus money it goes to the highways and other unnecessary issues. It's not helping us as school officals educating our children if were not at work!!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  609. Karin Kelly

    Outstanding speech by President Obama. I am proud that we have a president who can reach out to young people and children specifically giving them a message that many – perhaps all – need to hear. Not every child is lucky enough to have a parent encouraging them to be responsibile about education. Why do so many in the U.S. have to be so angry and disrespectful about our nation's leader? I applaud President Obama and the American students who listened and hopefully, were inspired.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  610. Audrey Knightes

    I only wish previous presidents had tried to connect with our youth like that. How could any parent question the bennefits of this speech? Where parents today have failed to inspire kids, he tried. At least he tried. What have you (the skeptic) done?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  611. Sue

    A speech like Obama's, addressing and encouraging the kids of our nation to succeed, would never have come from George Bush or his administration. Have the people on the extreme right no idea how fortunate they are to have a man in office who cares about these things? Nope, they don't.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  612. Alice Baker

    The speech was excellent. I do not / will not understand why people were so against it. In a country that is so lacking in good leadership from CEOs to Church leadership tp parents, our kids need all the help they can get. Thank you.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  613. katrina

    The reasoning behind not allowing american students to listen to the President is crazy. The tempt to promote fear among people conserning our President is the reason why this country is in the shape it is currently in. The material sent to the teachers was the SAME material sent dring President Bush(1st) address to the students. Nothing was said at that time.. do you know why because President Bush was not African American. I honestly believe this an issue of race and nothing else. I wasn't the bigest fan of Clinton but I respected him because of his position as President. I denfeded President Bush(2nd) because of the position. We are not going to all agree on every issues however, promoting all of our children to make the most of their education, and stay in school. When did that become a problem for any American to speak on. If President Obama was white, we would not be having this conversation...

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  614. Renee

    If we repeat this enough times – maybe it will get through to the kids who don't really hear it the first time, or maybe need encouragement to get back on track. Thank You President Obama for supporting what I tell my son everyday....

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  615. Anthony Galloway

    A presidnet using his position to inspire kids. Sounds good to me. Especially a President who understands that he himself represents a wider swath of American Experience and can speak closer to the hearts of students of color. Does this seem like more hoops to jump through than other presidents? It does to me.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  616. Malcolm C

    Those responsible for creating a big huff over the President speech before it was delivered should be ashamed of themselves!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  617. Bryan

    Excellent and Much Needed Speech To The Students and The Parents. That is part of what we are missing. We need to encourage our kids and others' kids too. I think some people still can't accept a Black man is saying it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  618. Amna

    What an awful shame it is for kids to not hear what the president just said. What is wrong with conservatives, some parents, and some school systems? Makes me sad and literally sick to my stomach to know some kids missed out. He was encouraging them to be respectful, to ask questions, and to aspire for greatness. I am aware that all kids are not made for the 4 year college route but he is definitely encouraging the kids to find their own path and to not quit. Circumstances are just hurdles to be mastered and it can be done. I am proof.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  619. Daniel

    The speech was inspiring and its a shame so many kids were denied the opportunity to see such an example of hard work and perseverance at work. What could be more inspirational to a bunch of school kids than watching the President of the United States on TV speaking directly to YOU saying 'if you work hard enough, nothing is impossible'???

    Also loved this quote from his speech: "What you're learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future"

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  620. Patricia

    I think it's shameful that people are teaching their children hatred and racism. In the 6th grade they are old enough to comprehend what their parents are doing. Believe me they know it's not about the speach. It's about a Black man in the White House It's shameful

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  621. Ernesto Lucio

    It was so good and neutral that I will use it in my class in Mexico.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  622. Cody Wright

    As a freshman student in high school, I see many problems within our schools daily. I commend Pres. Obama for this speech, because it shows that he does care about the future of America. I'm glad he taking the initiative to help fix our schools.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  623. Gena

    I think the President's speech was inspiring, and don't see what the big deal was. I'm glad this happened. We should be glad that we have a president who would take time out of his busy schedule for our children. We as a country need to learn no matter what we feel about our president we must respect him. Because if his own country doesn't respect him why would any other country?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  624. James G

    I believe that Mr. Obama's address was a great speech and I try to instill the same beliefs in my children that he spoke about.

    We do as a culture need to help our children understand that life is not easy and that success is not easy. We also need to let them understand that success is not instant like many other things in our life.

    For example, the internet has made things seem instantly accessible and has caused our culture to believe that everything should be accessible in the same fashion. I believe that this has created some falsehoods with regards to expectations for upcoming generations and also affected the younger portion of the baby boomer generation.

    Good speech Mr. Obama, my family applauds you.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  625. Vickie Purvis

    The President's comments were incredibly inspiring!
    I wish my son was able to see it in his Middle school today, but it was rejected by the school administrators.
    If someone had told me I could and should be 'more' when I was a student, I would be MUCH better off today....

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  626. Al

    This speach was golden !
    Although it seemed targetted at kids only, it also touched me profoundly as an adult and what I need to focus on as a person..

    Great stufff......what an enlightened President.

    Al

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  627. Corey

    I do not see what the issue is with allowing our President to address our kids. As a parent of 2, I see the only issue lying with parents not having this conversation with their children, my wife and I have had this conversation with our oldest as she started her freshman year, and will continue to do so with our youngest. We as parents are responsible for the conversations and guidance and as time has gone on for whatever reason we keep allowing our government to say and do things to our kids that we as parents should be doing. The children arent failing we are as parents.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  628. robertakline

    That was a beautiful, inspiring speech. It seems to me it makes the ,"sillies", look even sillier.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  629. Peggy Rome

    As a principal of an elementary school, I thought it was vital for my students to listen to what President Obama had to say. It is not about political beliefs but the important information he was going to deliver to our students. What a great message! He is someone who was not born into a great political family but worked his way up to hold the highest office in this great country. He is living proof that what you set your mind to you can accomplish. I am happy to have had my students listen to this message.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  630. m.t.

    BRAVO! Thank you Mr. President for a terrific speech for kids in America.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  631. angie in Indy

    Wonderful speech to kids by President Obama, someday someone will tell their story about how that speech changed their life.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  632. Kim Sterling

    I am appalled by the loud voices who demand respect for their view yet give no respect to anyone else view. The critics condem the student speech as being political propaganda from the President. It seems the critics were playing the politics not the president.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  633. Tracy R

    What an inspirational talk! I can't believe there are parents who wouldn't want their kids to hear it. I hope it inspires my son to want to spend more time on activities that will help him make a difference rather than playing his DS. What is this country coming to that there is a need to censor the President?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  634. Anthony

    No President should take it upon himself to lecture or rally kids to do anything, nor should he employ the nation's private media outlets to do it. This wreaks of socialist ideology propaganda and the expansion of government. Parents and educators should be responsible for sending the proper message to our nation's impressionable youth. What's next, gray tunics and "I pledge allegiance to Obama" speeches?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  635. Jessica Martinez

    Inspiring speech! Every child should listen to this!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  636. Derrick Porter

    Even when you are President of the United States you are still not equal as a Black man. The opposition to this speech is naked racism. Every other president was afforded the respect of the office regardless of political opposition.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  637. Bill

    As a college professor I agreed with most of the President's speech. He actually phrased it the way it should be: both praise and truth. We have to realize that our educational system is the basis for EVERY industry that will bring America out of the current economic crisis. That includes health care, green technology, and new fields. Only those who look backwards will disagree and they are not leading this country anywhere.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  638. margarita sweeting

    I'm a high school teacher in Hollywood, Fl. It was wonderful for these kids to hear that the president didn't come from a perfect home, in a perfect environment. these kids need to know that it's where they're going that counts.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  639. Ellen Laegreid

    I am as proud of our President as I always am. He speaks from the heart to help us. If only critics would listen and see how ridiculous their arguments are. I have got to say I think the children of this country are very fortunate to have been so inspired today by our President to set goals and do their best. Ellen Laegreid, 59 years old, wish I had such inspiration when I went to school.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  640. gayle

    any parent that read over that speech first (which I did not) and still decided that they did not want their kids to hear it should be ashamed. I bet that after hearing the speech they could not come up w/ anything wrong with the speech. gayle. tyler , texas.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  641. Joni

    I thought the speech was very touching. I'm glad the President used himself as an example that is doesn't matter where you come from to achieve and be successful.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  642. Rebecca

    I am glad he addressed the students. I have 2 boys in school and I hope they were able to watch it. It makes the children feel included and that's important. I don't see anything wrong in his speech. I think it was great. And I love the last part... God Bless America.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  643. Ann

    Hooray for the President! Our kids need all the encouragement and support they can get. He is our nation's leader and school kids need to respect him as our leader.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  644. Shayne S Anderson

    I feel sorry for the kids who didn't get to hear the speech. What a great speech. Shame on the schools that didn't show this to the students! Think of the lives that will be changed because of it!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  645. Melissa

    President Obama's speech was amazing and so powerful! I am glad that my son was able to watch this speech today. We need more people to tell children just how important education is. All this controversy about the Presidents speech is absurd! Who can actually be against The President of the United States stressing the importance of education? What an inspiring speech!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  646. Leon Karvelis

    Using ill-founded and outrageous political rhetoric to try to discredit the President's wonderful address to our students is typical of his opponents. They will stop at nothing to try to bring down own legitimately elected Prresident. They will use lies, distortiona and misinformation in their zeal to discredit President Obama. Even their children will come to realize the ignorance of their parents' bigotry and stupidity.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  647. Kevin

    The speech was sensational. Could the president make a speech to adults about personal responsibility? Many kids are being derailed by parents and family who choose not to do the right thing and refuse to learn or be open-minded adults. The limitations placed on kids by families and parents are particularly damaging because these are typically the people they spend the most time around and seek support, guidance and love.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  648. Stefan Ornelaz

    Thank you President Obama ! What a message of inspiration and responsibility. To the folks who didn't let their children hear the presidents message. Shame on you! I hope your children do well in school?! Thank you again President Obama! You make me very proud to be an American.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  649. zehra salman

    That was a good speech that our president made to our kids. I agreed to everthing he said. lots of the kids will listing to what he had just said and talked about

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  650. Bill van den Berg

    I just watched the President's speech and think he did a wonderful job. I have to bite my tongue, so to speak, to avoid saying nasty things about those who would censor his inspirational, inclusive message.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  651. rosie roma,tx

    I think the president's speech was inspiring and is exactly what students from this era NEED to hear!! I am a college student for the first time at age 22 and i feel so proud of myself and his speech inspired me!! and i think it great that he's giving recognition to stuedents who HAVE

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  652. Claudia Moos

    The Presidents speech had a good message. However, this is MY job and YOUR jobs as parents to be intstilling these ideals in America's youth. The more the federal government takes over our individual responsibility, the further from the American Ideal we will go. It does not take a village to raise a child, it takes GOOD, RESPONSIBLE parenting.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  653. Hans Paige

    The presidents talk to the students today was "Just what the doctor ordered!" It was a positive focus on students, parents, teachers, and administrators. At the end of the day – it's up to you! Don't waiste your life – make the best of your education – it will pay you back! The President made that very clear – we all should thank him...

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  654. mike bulger

    DEAR TONY
    i am a retired teacher and i thought president Obama's speech was great. it's about time we applaud a president who takes the time to talk to students. people who are against his speech are sadly missing the point in his intention. great speech president Obama. i am proud of you

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  655. Ehsan Ghebrai

    It is an atrocity that some school children in the United States are deprived of the benefits of hearing the President speak regarding their roles and responsibilities as students.

    The United States as a whole needs to take a more introspective look at the partisan divides that are created when politicians (in this particular case, Republicans) create acrimony for ulterior purposes.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  656. Cindy

    I don't feel that my child needs the president to cheer her on in school. This could have aired in the evening and we could have watched it together. If he wanted to speek to that school, then fine. My God is not permitted in your school, why do I have to be forced to have my child hear a speech from the president. I am not against the schools playing it, but I have the right to keep my child from seeing it. There are enough things going on in school that they don't need to stop just for him to tell them things parents should already tell their kids. Just more of out of touch parents wanting the schools to raise their kids.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  657. Toby Younis

    The Constitutions grants us the right of protest. Along with the right comes the responsibility to make good decisions. It strikes me as a better decision to allow our children to see and listen to our President, than to prevent, object or protest to it.

    For those that object: What is it you fear?

    This morning, I heard a gentleman in interview say he wasn't going to allow his high school aged son to view the President, because "...he didn't want him to become a community organizer." I thought it was a thoughtless thing to say. I would be proud had any of my children become community organizers.

    t.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  658. Shawn Thomas

    Hello Tony,

    I am an educator, a parent and an American. This is the single most important speech that the President has delivered. I suspect that he will receive more covert opposition now because he is committed to empowering all Americans..a notion that has never been embraced on the soil of this fair country. In any case, I taped it and look forward to discussing it with my children, students and neighbors!

    Cheers Mr. President!

    Sincerely,

    Shawn Thomas

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  659. Chaney McEachern

    Anyone who could find something in President Obama,s speech..to school kids objectionable needs to take a long look at themselves in the mirror...

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  660. Savannah Fender

    I myself am a high school student. My school decided to wait to show the video till tomorrow, but I happened to be sick today. I stayed home and made sure to watch the LIVE broadcast of our president Obama. The broadcast to me was moving, and I do plan on working hard. I love how he told us that the country depends on us. I am the future and I plan to work hard to make the future bright for everyone!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  661. Emma Vane

    I listen to the president's speach, and I think it was magnificent to get our kids off to a great start.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  662. alex

    It is important to understand the economic impact of keeping students in school. Hopefully, students will earn higher wage jobs leading to less government help on healthcare, retirement, and lower crime rates. All these factors lead to less tax payer money, so I ask you, is education a cost or an investment?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  663. Donna L. Lavins

    It is a privilege to listen to President Obama and a shame that those who object are denying their children this privilege.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  664. Jennie Combs

    Tony the president said what has to be said over and over again.
    Repeated if you will by everyone–we need to support our students. It takes a community to raise a student.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  665. LInda

    Tony,

    There are some in this country that are no more than trouble makers and they tried to make trouble over the President of the US making a speach to the school children of this country. Who knows maybe he even spoke to the children of those who were trying to make trouble for him.

    I think the speach was absolutely wonderful and an excellent way to let the children of this country know that he is thinking of them as individuals and is concerned for them and their place in this country.

    Bravo Mr President Bravo

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  666. Jeff Gutierrez

    It is ridiculus that any one will criticized The President Of United States of America just because here wants to talk to the student that is amazing only here in America you see that. I love the Speech and will support my President in any subject that has to do with my childrens Education or any thing will make this Country get better. I do not remember any one Criticizing the worst president with ever had Mr Bush. Viva Obama

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  667. Joseph and Rita Brown

    Tremendous speech. Great pep talk. We are educators and teachers and this was one of the most inspiring talks ever. This should become an annual speech at the start of every school year regardless of who is the chief executive. Shades of FDR's "fireside chats."

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  668. Regina Boyd

    The level of disrespect for this president has been unprecedented. It is a shame that there are children in this country that missed the opportunity to hear such a wonderful and uplifting message. Their parents are making them live beneath their priviledge.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  669. Trisha T

    The speech was straight to the point and there was no political influence as per some opposers. We should embrace the fact that the president is speaking out to the kids and encouraging them to be better leaders and start doing it now, the future depends on all. I'm glad that he did actually talked to the kids and i'm hoping our kids would follow trail of working hard. That was a great speech Mr. President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  670. Adam

    Obama was right on the money. The reality is that we all have to work hard to succeed. He's just motivated me to a whole new level of persistence to finish up school. My parents have giving me the same lecture every single time. We only live one life and I want to make it a successful one.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  671. Dave Stewart

    I think that it is a sad day when people want to block our young people from seeing and hearing our elected leader. President Obama is just that, he is our President. Where is the sense blocking our future leaders from seeing him or hearing his message. What kind of message are we giving our children??

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  672. Bradley Bethel

    As an English teacher, I think my fellow English teachers around the country should celebrate this speech. I was ecstatic when Pres. Obama said that you definitely need to write a few drafts of a paper before it's good enough to turn in! We English teachers have been telling our students this for years – finally we've got help from the president of the United States!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  673. Karen

    I thought the President's speech was absolutely brilliant. He spoke beautifully to all children and said many of the things I've said to my son over the years. How could anyone possibly have a problem with this speech? I hope schools in low-income districts broadcast this speech. It is one of hope. I especially liked the fact that he talked about his own difficult upbringing and that "being in trouble doesn't make you a trouble maker." All too often low-income children or children with attention difficulties are labeled and that label sticks. I feel he did an outstanding job on this one!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  674. Jesse

    Its a sad day when the President of the United State can not speak to our students about the need for staying in school and doing their best. I certainly hope the Republicans who are staging this effort against the President understand they are establishing a terrible precedent that will be remembered if there is another Republican elected as President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  675. Jon

    The only reason I can see as to why school administration would not want their students to view the speech the President just gave is because they are not interested in education. The less education and resources children have the more likely they are to join the military and have the future pre-determined by those with no right to do so.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  676. Kejuan

    EXCELLENT!!!!!! Exactly what our children needed.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  677. M Steppig

    He didn't say ONE thing that parents don't ALREADY tell their children. Seems like he was speaking to a certain demographic? Possibly he should focus on those groups in the future instead of tying up all these resources for words already spoken by RESPONSIBLE parents. I'm sure you had a lot of older students scratching their heads on this one. (And the little ones would be sleeping in their chairs of course which they would have been doing anyway...) I think he should be in the Whitehouse figuring out the big problems.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  678. Garon Wade

    Even at 23, and graduated from college, I am inspired by the Presidents speech- inspired to keep learning and working hard. Being an American is priviliged citizenship . . . we all need to work hard.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  679. Aaron J

    Well I fail to see what the problem was with this speech. The President did a great job focusing on the children of this country. The speech was clear, there was no party agenda. He gave great examples to the youth about those who have struggled in even harder situations and have endured. I say Great Job Mr. President!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  680. Sheryl Roden

    I just listed to President Obama's speech....Fantastic!!! Although I didn't vote for him I had no problem with my daughter listening to him at school, he is our President! The speech was great, stay in school, no excuses, get focused. Nothing he said isn't what we as parents say to our kids all the time. Let the kids know they are the future of this country, what they do today will affect us all tomorrow, what's wrong with that. I think he did a fantastic job and was very pleased with what he said

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  681. Robert H

    I rarely watch presidential speeches but the controversy over it I had to watch there is nothing wrong with that speech! Anyone who is opposed to that speech should be exiled harsh I know but this is america. Kudos to our president and the school that had him speak!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  682. Claud Leinbach - Sweet Home, Oregon

    That was a great, positive and motivating speech and all kids should hear it!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  683. Gavin Coble

    Very articulate, spot on on every subject. The hype concerned over this, is beyond paranoia, and whatever parent or school district decided not to have children see this speech, definately kept children from a very inspirational moment.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  684. Diane Mullen

    The President's speech to school children was exactly what students today need to hear. Whether you are Independent, Democrat, or Rebublican, the speech was motivational and well done. All those who tried to block this message from the President should be ashamed to be Americans.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  685. Diva Rogers

    It's amazing how many people balked at having their children hear the president's speech during school hours, yet they allow their children to attend pep rallys, bake sales and the like. Folks should start supporting instead of blocking!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  686. Sue

    I think President Obama's speech was wonderful. If my children did not see it in school i will have them watch it when they get home.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  687. Lisa

    I want to say that I was one that was worried about Obama speaking to our school children. You know you don't alway trust the President no matter who he is. BUT I think he did a wonderful job! He was able to speak to all children and the encouragment was great!!! Now I wonder what will the country be saying about our children's generation??? Thank You

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  688. Melissa

    I wish I had had someone give this talk to me when I was a kid. I might not have spent my entire life flailing around trying to figure out what to do with it. No one ever talked to me about personal responsibility and I have paid dearly for it. I think it was a great speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  689. Greg from Philadelphia

    In my 47 years, I have never been prouder of my president than I am of President Obama! He is exactly who America needs to lead us during this troubling time in our history.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  690. D.T.Dotson

    As the elected leader for our nation; it is the President's duty to do whatever is necessary to motivate and inspire our nation's youth. Anyone who opposes this should question their character and commitment to the future of our nation.

    He is our President and the Office should be respected throughly.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  691. Jordan Kopp

    I find it very ironic that parents are pulling their students out of school on a very important day when the president is speaking about their child's education. There were no politics in his speech. As a student I found it very moving, and for those who missed out on it they will have to suffer for the ignorance of their own parents.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  692. Sandi

    Obama is so inspirational, which is what this country needs. His speech was wonderful for children and adults alike. How fortunate for America to have him as our President...

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  693. Dominique Jefferson

    Despite the political climate of the time, the President is a man whom we can model ourselves after; a man who set goals, worked hard, understood his purpose in life and continues to write his own destiny. Don't we want our children to be free thinkers, full of passion and drive, willing and ready to be productive citizens of this country? It is unfortunate that so many people have turned a deaf ear to the message the President had for the youth today.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  694. Meghan Soos, Ohio

    What a great inspirational speech from President Obama. President Obama stated what every parent should be telling their own children. It is time to step up at take responsibilty; America will not get better without the people in it working for a better America. People of America need to start taking a look at their own values and beliefs and do there research before making inappropriate claims about President Obama's views and policies.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  695. mercedes velez

    It's about time that any president of this country acknowledges the youth of Amercia and the importance of their education....Thank you President Obama on behalf of my husband and myself.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  696. Caribbean National

    There speech was well written for school aged kids to be able to understand that they have responsibility for their own education. It is important for them to know that their president care about their well-being and so to they should cherish the opportunity and work hard to become good citizens. I enjoyed listening the speech and I left school a long time ago. I dont even live in America but it was encourage. He said your failures do not define you, they teach you how to improve and succeed. Thanks President Obama

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  697. Michelle

    The problem is that all those who watch/read only one news source - such as only Fox News– these folks don't get a balanced view of the issues. Fox News is so slanted that those that limit their TV new coverage to this source only are experiencing the very kind of indoctrination they are so scared of. This is sad.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  698. Carolyn Colella

    It's a sad day for our country when kids can be denied hearing a speech from the President, but can constantly be bombarded with advertising for smoking, drinking and every "gotta have" out there.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  699. Howard Smagler

    EXCELLENT: Our children need more of this. Our children need to hear, from the most powerful man in the world, that they need to be the best that they can. And, that failure is OK as it is the stepping stone to success. Never give up and keep trying. He should be speaking with our children regularly....every semester, to see how they are doing and keep them pumped up!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  700. Sheila Santacaterina

    President Obama's speech was wonderful. What parent in the United States of America would not want our president encouraging their child to do their best. I cried as I listened to him talk about the students who had struggles and still succeeded. Every student should be inspired by his speech. And anyone who had a problem with their student listening to these encouraging words has issues with their own success and/or failure.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  701. Carla

    I thought is was a good speech. It was simple and to the point. I am proud that our President took the time to speak to the youth of today.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  702. vera shinn

    I am a grandparent and in listening to this speech, I thought it was extremely encouraging to students to take responsibility for their future and to understand that their lives may not be perfect, but they are in control of doing their homework and attending classes. I sincerely hope that all my grandchildren were allowed to listen to it in their classes. I can't believe the hoopla concerning this speech - it just shows how politics can get out of hand and even the most innocuous event can turn into a political confrontation.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  703. S Thomas

    Fear is a terrible thing. If people would take the time to ask themselves what it is they are afraid of, then this [president's speech to the school] would not be such a big [negative] issue. They would know that it is a big [positive] issue. This is a very intelligent man with children that he adores. He would never do or say anything to harm them or anyone else children. Ignorance=Fear

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  704. Sally

    I wish someone would have given this speech when I was in school and also when my children were in school. I'm a great-grandmother and very grateful that this president has enough interest in our children and their furture to stand up to the narrow minded people who oppose him because of their inadequate raising of their children.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  705. Claudia

    President Obama's speech was both inspirational and appropriate. What a shame that because we, as a nation, have lost respect for the office of President, many children were deprived of this empowering speech from Mr. President. President Obama knows people and how to speak to them, regardless of age. Kudos to him for addressing our most precious resource.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  706. Alma

    Only regret is that I did not sit in on my grandchildrens class and watch the speech with them......but as a family will sit down wtih them and discuss it more in detail when they come home from school....

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  707. linda

    Alot of smoke about nothing...it did raise my sons awareneww and he is dying to see it on the internet...we live in a rural area and it seems that I remember us writing to the president in school...What is America afraid of.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  708. Joseph Bortone

    All the people that were against this speech today should be ashamed of themselves. On the very day the president of the United States was speaking to the people of education and hard work, the people were acting like fools judging a speech with words like "communism" before they even hear it for themselves.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  709. Winn Van Brimer

    I am not a big fan of Obama and his policies but I enjoyed the speech. As a father of a nine year, he reiterated the principles we work to instill everyday. Work hard, don't be afraid to make a mistake, and take every advantage of the opportunities the greatest country in the world has to offer.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  710. Marcin

    It is disappointing to see that even a simple thing like your own president giving an uplifting speech to your own youth gets turned into a big drama session in America. People in the States need to look at the big picture and leave their petty differences behind. I am not from your country and not a young person anymore but I really enjoyed his speech and I believe it was a benefit for all who saw it. Shame on those who would undercut their kids by not letting them hear your own countries leader.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  711. jonathan

    i just finished watching his speech and i am a student i thought it was good i see nothing wrong with it and found it as good ed vice and don't know what all the high p is about in fact i don;t think it matters what there parents think its what the student thinks and wants

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  712. Ruth A Anderosn

    I do think we should rsrect the prestdent . And I don't like people
    who put our president Oabma. I will tell you now he will be a two term presdent.

    Thank you GOD BLESS AMERICA

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  713. Cliff Holt

    I can't believe the state of politics today. I'm glad the President is concerned enough about education that he will take the time to speak to students. I thought the speech was great and real-world.

    What is wrong with politics today that the President can't be trusted? Partisan politics has gotten very good at playing off fear, unfortunately.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  714. Jeff Houston

    All in all, it was a pretty good message.

    However, Obama failed to mention, the trillions of dollars the generation he talked to will have to pay for in years to come.

    Accomplishing their dreams will indeed be harder than any previous generations due to inflation.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  715. Derek

    Man I wish I would have heard that when I was younger. Great speech!! to the ones who would't let their kids tune-in....Its your lost. Go Obama Go!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  716. Patrick Miller

    Excellent speech. It was an inspiration to any of the children who heard it.
    Shame on any parent/ principle who would not allow it to be broadcasted.
    Political views aside, he is our President!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  717. Luciane Debarros

    Hi Tony,
    I just heard and the speech and it' s wonderful. I do not see any problems and it was done before.
    I applaud my President.
    Luciane

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  718. C.M. Ford

    I don't see the problem with President Obama's speech. He gave a good message to students which is on thing that many teachers tell their students everyday. I think it's sad when the president of the country has to make a speech to get a point a crossed with how important education is! People should look upon it as a long term investment. These kids are the ones who are going to take over the country and to not help them is just wrong! His speech was very important and everyone should see it and listen and understand what he said is important and should be followed.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  719. Musediq Abdul, Toronto

    President Obama Speech is a very inspiring one, nothing less would have been expected. Those who missed it live should ask thier parents to go get a replay for them. Americans should rise above been opposition for the sake of opposition. The world is watching

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  720. LF

    My heart aches for the hatred some American people have for our President. He delivered a speech that all children need to hear no matter of their age. I will have my 4yr old watch this speech when she comes home. Regardless of whether you like our President, bottom line is..President Obama is our leader. So respect his position, GOD will judge us all in the end. Remarkable speech. Thank you President Obama! You have my support.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  721. Chad Johnson

    The presidents speech was just what this country's youth needed to hear.
    This was something I wish I had the opportunity to hear during my youth. This guy excuse me our President is confirming everyday why I voted for him to be the President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  722. Ali

    With The President's speech, maybe kids will feel better, and feel less nervious. Kids will maybe see the hard-work ahead of them. Maybe this speech will convince kids to continue school!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  723. Russ

    Sir,

    It was not an opposition to the President speaking to our children. The study guide agenda created to then be done in schools was inappropriate and that is what created the out rage. Speaking to students who can understand not K through an age that can productively debate the speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  724. shukri farah

    i think president obama's speech was well-written and well delivered. his speech was enlightening, honest, and empowering. he did a great job. it makes you wonder why there was so much criticism and plain foulness about a speech that didnt remotely resemble something a communist or dictator would say!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  725. Joyce Rogers

    President Obama's speech to school children was the BEST speech I have heard from him. I am not a democrat, but this speech says to school children what EVERY parent should be saying. This makes the students responsible for their chosen path through life. Let's make this a lifestyle for the youth of our great nation.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  726. Tom Strader

    I think its a good thing for a president of the US to step down to the level of our children to encourage them. Afterall they are our future leaders. Tom in Stafford.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  727. Terry from PA

    I just wish the people who were put on camera saying crazy things about the President and what he was going to say could be interviewed now and ask them what the big deal was! Do they honestly think the same way about the President?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  728. Watkins,R

    President Obama just tried to brainwash our kids to stay in school, use nothing as a excuse for not trying, and not letting failure define there future but teach them. wow.. THE BEST MOST INSPIRING BRAINWASH EVER !! Excellent speech !!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  729. Joyce

    I thought it was a great speech, our kids need more encouragement, from Parents to Teachers, can't imagine why anyone would oppose to the President giving our Kids pep talk!! From a Granny!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  730. Billy Kubina Jr

    I am twenty two and graduated in 2005, This speech was the greatest thing I've heard from the White House in my entire life. I really am grateful to hear this now because I think it will help school kids in a way that I was never inspired by our government.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  731. Jacqueline

    Well, it's about time that someone care about our children to take time out of his busy school to address them and encourage them to set and go towards their goals.
    He is a great speaker and great motivator as we know. Afterall, he did win the Presidency. So, why shouldn't we listen and want our childeren to listen to him.
    Come on America. It's a new day.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  732. Brittiny Snowden

    the schools should not had a chose whether they could show it or not it was very important information for evveryone to hear. the school district say no child left behind but many children are left behind because no one ever talks to them about education and encourage them to obtain higer education. the children that missed out on this speech missed out on both inspiration and vital information.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  733. Jai

    Wow, Great speech...Needed that when I was in school.....Better late than never.....Thank you President Obama....I needed that prep talk to inspire me..........

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  734. Rechelle

    I was proud to listen to President Obama. He was on target with his speech. Many of the points he told our children, are the same things I tell my own 2 daughters when they get frustrated or want to quit because of things are too hard. This pep talk has been needed. We all can motivate our children but sometimes it takes an outsider or someone they highly respect can say the same and it makes a light bulb go off in their minds. Thank you President Obama for your words of motivation and wisdom. A job well done.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  735. Nikko

    I live in Arlington, TX and Obama's speech was not aired in the Arlington Schools, I did tape his speech so that my children can watch it. I agree with everything he said. This speech could inspire students to do better at school and at home.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  736. Dr. Diana

    I just love our President.

    He says what needs to be said and addresses the issue from every aspect which needs to be done when presenting anything. There are struggles that young people face but if they choose to succeed in spite of them, they can.

    I also had to go through much of the hardships that our young people face. He has prespective and I appreciate that.

    Go President Obama- my two year old already says his name. He even adds the title.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  737. Charlotte Miller

    The President's speech was a very motivating and uplifting speech to our children. He was so down to earth and truthful. His speech displayed the truth about his life and how responsible he feels about our youth.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  738. Victoria

    Just listened to the speech to the school kids and just don't understand the uproar. At a time when good role models are few I think that having the President of the US telling kids that they matter, they are important is a good thing. Thank you, President Obama.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  739. Margaret

    I think the speech was very good-just trying to give the kids-especially the ones that need it-a pep talk -anyone that wouldn't allow their kids to watch are pretty narrow minded and aren't really involved with what is going on or they would know what the speech was going to be about. I think it's great that the kids get to listen to the President of the US to address them!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  740. Carolina Flores

    I think it is great for our president to speak to all school children of America. He let them know that in America you are the decider of your future and you can become whatever you want to become. This is why America is so great. Sometimes teenagers and children forget that they live in such a great country and with their hard work they can make it better in the future. Thanks president Obama for keeping our youth in your plans

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  741. Robert Raffone

    Now that the scary speech from an American president is over, it is time for all of the parents who objected and denied their children this privilege to apologize. They should apologize to their children for trying to deny them the right to freedom of information and for propagating their own hatred and stupidity.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  742. MARY

    Bravo to President Obama's speech to the school children. He has set the bar high and I know our children will respond to his encouragement. I think the Republicans have shot themselves in the foot. They just plain look foolish and worse yet, unAmerican.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  743. Jan

    An inspiring speech. For those who wish not to listen, well, I guess that is their right but also their loss.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  744. Michelle Swann

    Parents in the world's greatest democracy are afraid that our leader, elected by WE, THE PEOPLE..., might possibly influence the thoughts of our nation's children. What is wrong with this picture? The President should be commended, not vilified – my children are at home in California with the flu, but you can bet that they will see the President's speech. He said something that we should all be communicating to our children on a regular basis. Americans who can't respect their leader and feel they should be shielding their children from him, are cowardly. WATCH the speech, and TALK to your children. Focus on the children again. Stop trying to make excuses – this is an intelligent man, a world leader, and he wants to help our children. Accept it and shut up.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  745. Jamila H.

    I respect my President. And feel that what he just spoke on was good for our youth. This is what they need, someone who really cares about them and their education. Our your are often called *the Lost Generation*, they are not lost @ all they just need more attention. Not only when they act out.... Thank you 2 MY President......

    Very Respectfully
    Jamila

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  746. Anthony Zrake

    I just watched the President’s speech to schoolchildren. Wow! Pretty subversive stuff: stay in school; listen to your mom; do your homework. What’s next - eat your vegetables? Brush your teeth? It sure is a good thing that parents have the choice to keep their kids from seeing this.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  747. Stacy Duson

    It's horrible that this speech had to be previewed first, he is the President of the United States, it was a great speech and it's wonderful to see that someone cares enough to speak to the kids. Especially when so many of their own parents don't!!! Don't forget it starts at home and as parents you should be working with the teachers, and with the people that your kids look up to!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  748. Wayne Kleinfelter

    Three cheers to President Obama for once again presenting such a great speech and uplift to our nation and our people. Shame on you Lee and Collier Counties of Florida for your stupidity...

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  749. ushcs

    I great, inspirational speech. I am glad Obama is using his rapport with young people to encourage them to 'get serious this year." A good, positive message. I really liked the opening when he said that "your future is not dictated by where you are right now, but by what you will do." I hope the students who most need this message, listen and act accordingly.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  750. tjw1963

    Any parent who disapproved of their child hearing this speech, is suppressing independent thinking and the hopes and dreams of their child. This was a wonderful speech to the youth of America. Great job President Obama!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  751. Steven T

    In the Presidents speech he said "What happens at home should not effect what happens how you do in school." has he heard about stories of how parents treat their kids or anything to that extent? if someone is going through a tough time they can't focus on school as well as they would like to. I think this speech was pretty pointless to be honest. All kids have heard what he said just cause it comes from the president does not mean it's going to make a difference.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  752. Kim

    I think the speech was phenomenal! With the rate of high school students dropping out of school in America, they need, all children need to hear an inspirational speech. President Obama is one of the most intelligent presidents we have ever been blessed to have running this country. What I find upsetting is that schools not wanting to show it, or in my case, my children's school had no plans to show it because the secretary stated it would air at lunch time? They have televisions in all the classrooms at the school so that is no excuse. I truly cannot understand why any school in America that actually cares about the education of their children would not want them to be inspired by one of the most challenging and coveted jobs in America.

    The speech spoke to me as a parent that has had many, many challenges, rejection in trying to find a job, but the one thing I have that no one can take away is my college degrees, and nothing is more important than taking the time to educate yourself and your children.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  753. Diedrie Fitch

    What a wonderful and inspiring speech. It's a wonderful message of promise and support. What a crying shame that so many students won't be able to hear him say "I care about you, I expect good things from you."
    It's way past the time to put away the paranoia. This is a great man and a great leader.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  754. Jess Wade

    Inspiring speech every student (as well as every person) in the country needed to hear. A speech such as this when I was a highschool student 50 years ago would have made a difference in my life. Thank you, Mr. President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  755. gtd

    A great uplifting speech for school kids. This opposition makes me truly, truly sick. I voted for John McCain, but he is not the President of the United States, Mr. Obama is. The fact that other President's have done this (Republicans specifically) before, and that there is protests now says more about our country's lack of moral charachter than it does about partisan politics.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  756. Linda

    What an amazing talk from the President. I was a student in elementary school when President Kennedy gave his famous speech, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can for your country/" That resonated in my head every day, there were pictures of it, and we were reminded of it. This message propelled me to be an excellent student, and to go on to be a responsible adult. This is the same way that I felt about this speech today. My oldest children are in college, and my youngest is in a private school in 4th grade. I plan to make it a family event tonight to make sure that they all watch this speech. It was excellent, and I know that it will have an impact on their lives as students and as adults. If more people in America would take the approach of how we can come together instead of trying to tear this President down, our students and young adults would experience the example that we want for our families and our country. Great job President Obama. We are proud to be Americans and proud to be under this Administration.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  757. Lynne

    I truly believe that any student who missed the President's speech really missed something wonderful. If he only touched one student to stay in school this year it would have been worth it. For any principal to have to give in to parents not to air the speech is a shame. Thank you.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  758. Debbie Stokes

    Very impressed with the President's speech, but it was no less than I had anticipated it to be. If parents make such a big deal out of "my child doesn't have to listen to the President", then why would they expect them to respect anyone else in authority? I think he did a great job.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  759. Beth

    How quickly we all forget the uproar when Pres George H Bush spoke to school kids in 1991. The GAO ordered an investigation on the production of the speech, and even had hearings on it. So this type of concern is not new, and is not limited to Obama. To infer racism onto those who opposed this speech is ludicrous. No parent would want their child indoctrinated. This speech was far from indoctrination, but opponents just wanted to make sure. Let's tell the whole story here, and not feign outrage that someone would dare to oppose a simple speech to kids.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  760. Richard Gauron

    I fall within the demographic notorious for not voting, I'm a college student. As a student I find this dispute over Obama trying to engage the youth by speaking to them extremely hypocritical. People are always lamenting the fact that the youth isn't engaged in politics yet they try to block the president from engaging us and they are confused why we don't care. Starting young, and having the president speak to the youth is a great thing, it makes them feel like even if they cant vote they at least can be engaged. Those are the kids that will tell their kids someday about how the president talked to them. That is the kind of inspiration that gets people motivated to value their democratic system. This is great and I think the president should do it more, and the people who are concerned about this are just fighting for the sake of fighting.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  761. Stephanie

    I'm studying at James Madison University in Virginia to be a middle school teacher and I am overjoyed that President Obama was compelled to give this speech. My classmates and I have been studying for years and one of the biggest subjects we talk about is the SUPPORT SYSTEM that students need. Everyone needs to work their hardest. Teachers need to be more creative, parents need to be more involved, and students need to work hard and ask for help when needed. However, it is down to us (the adults) to make the students feel comfortable enough to ask for that help and motivate them to do that work.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  762. Marcia

    i thought president Obama's speech was great and it is good for him to talk to the American children about the importance of education. I also thought it was great for him to mention about different failures people have had and how they have turned their life around. It is important for kids to know that they must try and try again until they succeed. Great speech Obama!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  763. Nikki, Fairburn Georgia

    I recorded the President's message and will watch it with my kids when they get home from school. I think it is important that kids hear positive messages from our Commander in Chief.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  764. Rebecca G

    It was a beautiful speech. But I still wish it would have been aired nationally at night. This is not a country where the president is anymore than one of us–he is not the supreme ruler where our children must be compelled to listen. And his speech, unfortunately, does not mirror any of his policies. His policies are meant to control us, our health, our salaries, and his tax code enslaves those of us who work and are responsible to the government who think they are more wise than us and can better spend our money than we can. But, it was a beautiful speech. Too bad his policies do not reflect that speech. It's his campaign all over again...middle of the road promises and then leftist policies.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  765. Kim

    The president's speech was needed, because not all children have a role model, parent or mentor to encourage them to do their best. If President Obama's speech can reach these kids then it was well worth it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  766. Katrina

    I found nothing wrong with the President giving an encouraging speach to students. It just may change some students lives by heading his words, that may other wise felt that no one cared.
    His speach may have helped a child that hated going to school and they look up to him and decided to stay in school and try harder.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  767. Lori

    I am not sure why our President needed to provide students with the same message their parents, teachers, principals and school counselors have been delivering through discussion, lessons, goal-setting, and pep rallies since the beginning of the school year...? I must admit that it is heartening to hear the president echo and reinforce these themes and encouragements-it will be wonderful to see these nice comments and encouragements translate into an increase in funding for education!!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  768. Yasmiyn

    Many conservatives who chose to keep their children at home or fought to not have the speech aired in their children's schools argued that it was the responsibility of parents to say these things to their children, not the president. But if children truly listened to their parents, graduation rates would be so much higher than they currently are. Parents should always provide positive support for their children's educational aspirations but who better to bolster parents than the president, whether Democrat, Republican or otherwise?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  769. Melissa

    As teachers, we have been told for several years that we as teachers are failing our children. "We as teachers" have been asking for years "Where's the responsibility of the family and child in this?" I am very excited to hear President Obama say "we can have the best teachers, the most supportive families, and the best schools, but at the end of the day it's up to you".

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  770. Maximimilan

    I feel that the preside ts speech was very fatherly. Everything he said felt like he was conversing with his family. Very well spoken and poigniant.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  771. Elle

    Pres. Obama's speech was so inspiring. He makes me want to try harder as a mom!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  772. Ruth

    This was an inspirational speech. Too bad my little granddaughter didn't get to hear it. She goes to school in Bradley Country, Tenn., where it was decided it would disrupt the school day to air it. (It's quite OK to disrupt the day for many other events however.) The letter that went home to parents spelled the president's name "O'Bama." Says a lot, doesn't it? Tennessee's test scores are abysmal, and the high school completion rate is low, so I think a little inspiration might be needed.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  773. jena

    I am very pleased with the President's speech. Last week I was going to keep my children home today because of the "essay" that the children were to write afterwards. Glad that it was taken out and the speech revised. Great decision! Now get the bad parents to be good!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  774. T.C

    I believe his speech was very encouraging to our children. He spoke of putting forth real effort in their education in order to do well for themselves and this country. Wonderfully done President!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  775. Diana

    To me this sounded like a parent talking to their child. I have given this speech to my own children. There is nothing wrong with what the president said, but I am not sure we parents or teachers needed the president to do what is suppose to be our job, give our children encouraging, wisdom filled, words.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  776. tony

    It was as inspiring as JFK or MLK to me and for those who missed it
    I hope they someday will hear it

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  777. Cindy Ross

    I just listened to the speech that has caused the conservative uproar. If setting goals, working to achieve them, staying focused in school, and being respectful are "liberal ideals" then sign me up!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  778. Jonn Howell

    President Obama's speech was empowering and motivating. He spoke of personal responsibility and dedication in spit of limitations. The man speaks for all Americans. He does so with courage and fearlessness and clarity, all rooted in personal experiences and choices.

    I cannot imagine why any good-hearted person would object to this speech, not why any school wouldn't absolutely want to encourage their students in this exercise of democracy and hard working American ideals.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  779. David Deveau

    Fantastic Speech. People are so ridiculous. It was inspiring and motivating and exactly what school kids these days need to hear because sad to say parents are not responsible enough to motivate their own children. Thank you Obama!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  780. Nagel's HIgh School Class

    We wanted to leave a comment as a means of dragging out the class time without having to listen to Nagel blatbher on about woodward and Bernstein.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  781. David LaBrie

    I am saddened that some school administrators have chosen to stick their heads in the sand and disallow the viewing of the president's speech. Teachers are always trying to motivate students to work hard and here is the leader of our country saying the same thing and many kids won't get to see it. Shameful!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  782. Donna Grice

    As a canadian and educator watching President Obama's speech, I was quite moved and motivated by what he had to say to the students at Wakefield. I don't understand why parents or adminstrators would object in their children listening to his speech. It was excellent and full of promise and possibilities.

    Mrs. Donna Grice
    St.Hubert, Quebec

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  783. Martin

    The president is a great role model not just for the U.S. but for the world. The president has taken the time from his busy schedule to talk to our kids and to us as all people and no political sides. This would be a better world if people learn to accept the good and not find ways to make the good a negative something negative.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  784. Lisa Pack

    I thought the speech was very nice and inspirational to students.I think people like the crying mom really need to get a life.Moms like that are afraid for thier children to see any kind of viewpoint beside thier own.I suppose she is crying now over the reference t o J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  785. Coley

    This is ridiculous. I can't believe administrators would bow down to the parents who were protesting this speech. Alot of parents AREN'T doing their job at home and a lot of teachers are struggling to motivate kids in the classroom. Having the president speak to student is more than appropriate. There is a seperation between church and state... NOT education and state. No censoring is needed. Props to Obama for taking matters into his own hands and reaching out to kids.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  786. Myra

    Just listend to the speech.
    After all the bruhaha of the past week it seems that the resistence was foolhardy at best and mean spirited at the worst.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  787. Carlos

    This country still has many decades of work. All these small town and rural areas seem to be built against our new president. Those indviduals at that state fair who state our president should not come to their school are simply ignorant racist. What this is boiling down to is not an issue of healthcare or education, but race. Those types of people simply can not get over the change in America. Until they do they will hate through down playing everything the President does no matter what it is. What a shame!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  788. Gregg

    Thank you President Obama for caring enough about our children and the future of the country to tell them how critical their education is to themselves and to the future of the US. Shame on those selfish people who want to politicize evrerything in a negative light.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  789. John Raybourn

    I am flabergasted at some of the things I've been hearing on the news coming out of parent's mouths. One woman actually burst into tears talking about her kids being brainwashed. Number 1, if your child's mind is so fragile and your beliefs are so weak that you can't allow them to hear another point of view for fear of being "brainwashed," then maybe your beliefs aren't very deeply held or worth very much. Number 2, the text of the speech was available online. Number 3, the speech is not about party or political philosophy. Number 4, I'm pretty sure that many of the parents who are complaining so vociferously about the president wanting to talk to their kids about working hard in school and not taking drugs are the same parents who checked their kids out of school to take them to go listen to George Bush giving a POLITICAL CAMPAIGN speech a few years ago. There is a small but VERY LOUD element in the population that will never accept that Obama is the president. For some, it's the fact that he is (half) black; others believe that he is "one of them Islams," as a faculty member here told me a year ago, despite all indications that he is a devout Christian. For others, it's his "socialist" politics. Still others believe he is the antichrist. These people can't be reasoned with–they are unable to disagree with someone without thinking that person is evil, and they are unable to be civil to those with whom they disagree. The talking heads on cable news and on talk radio who host yelling and name-calling matches rather than civil dicussions are contributing to the decline of the country. People (from either side) never have to hear the opinions of those who disagree with them, so they become ever more entrenched in their views and never have their thought processes challenged. They can watch only programs that support what they already believe. They demonize their political opponents just like the talking heads and a good many of the politicians. It's very sad. Obama is that rare politician who actually keeps his end of the debate civil and respectful. Good for you, Mr. President. The fringe makes me cringe.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  790. Preston Simms (Richmond, VA)

    I think it really is sad that the President of the United Sates was required to release his speech before actually giving it!

    I can't yet see what was so bad about the president's speech. Because the president cares about Americans, our youth education, and their personal goals and future, people seem to give him a hassle for that. Come on America, wake up and tighten up with the verbal attacks on the president.

    So to conclude, youngsters, stay in school and take the president advice.

    God bless America,

    Preston Simms (Richmond, VA)

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  791. Bridgette Ward

    The speech did sound inspiring. It also convinced me that all the uproar from conservatives was once again an attempt to undermine Obama. Why can't these people just listen to what he has to say before judging him?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  792. Lynda

    It is not being a republican or democrat; it is helping our children to understand the responsibility they have and the impact they can make on society

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  793. Kristin

    I'm just glad the President hasn't given up on all of us...i.e. anyone who felt he should not speak inspirationally to the children of this country. What did they think he was going to say? He is the most eloquent speaker we've had in years. I hope this speech does reach out positively to those that get to see it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  794. Kathleen Dickerson

    All about nothing! Ever shool child should have heard that speech. People quit hating!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  795. pebbles

    I don't see what the BIG issue was about schools seeing the Presidents' speech/ He has children of his own. I think he spoke a wonderful speech

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  796. BRENDA MOORE

    I am so proud to be an American. Our President of the United States has so much to offer our country. If people could only put aside their hatred, racism, and party pride and support him, if no other way than through prayer. The speech he gave to our school children was so inspiring. It should inspire everyone to get behind our president and uplift him. I admire him so much. He deserves our best because I think he is giving us his best.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  797. olivia

    hi.my name is olivia and i am going into fifth grade in brooklyn ny and I am glad my mother told me to watch this speech.it was very interesting. I will stay in school and do well because of obamas inspiring speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  798. JJ

    I seen nothing wrong with the President's address to our children. As a parent I want my kids to hear this. I feel it was a positive step towards building better citizen's in the future. I mean I wish a President would have come to my school or talked to me about me when I was a kid. I grew up on Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, and outside of Nancy Reagan telling me not to do drugs, we never really related to our President. I would like to see more of these in the future.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  799. Michele

    After listening to President Obama, I feel inspired as an adult, he took the time to carry on a campaign theme to speak to the next generation of voters. This wasn't an indoctrination but more of inspriation that anything is possible. The GOP and other groups who were so up in arms over this speech should be ashamed of themselves. This president is trying to make sure no one is left behind, that no one feels left out but most importantly his is showing with hard work anything is possible, including being President of the US of A! Shame on the haters for making this speech something is wasn't. Well done President Obama well done!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  800. Maggie

    I listened to this speech today and what a wonderful message to our young people. I can't imagine why people didn't want to have their children hear it. I think people have built up unfounded fear for our President and that is sad. Hopefully over time this will change.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  801. Rudy Bustamante

    I didn't vote for President Obama but he did win the election and he is our President and I DO support him. I think the idea that our President should not be addressing our children is just plain short sighted. Excellent message from President Obama to the children given the opportunity to listen!
    rudy
    Arizona

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  802. Donna Little

    We are Homeschoolers! We really enjoyed President Obama's speech in our Homeschool Classroom. We are blessed and motivated by the President's encouraging words to the children and families. Your advice is timely and inspiring! Thank You President Obama for encouraging all of us to a higher level of excellence.

    Sincerely,
    Donna Little
    Homeschool Mom in New Jersey

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  803. Jackie

    It is really sad that some schools would not air the Presidents speech. How could a education speech hender our children? If anything, it seems that it would have inspired them to do better. Sometimes hearing it from someone else (President of the United States) impacts a child even more, don't you think. Thank you Presidents Obama, it has actually inspired me to further my education as well.

    Jackie (Riverdale, GA)

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  804. Katherine

    I wonder what creative twist the rightwinger is going to come up with now after listening to President Obama's speech?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  805. Susan Burk

    As a student myself (Online Public school) I see nothing wrong with hearing from our President. I've been in school for about a month, and his speech was a great reminder of why I get up and work hard every day.

    I don't see what the fuss was over, it was a great speech to start the school year. I wish I had heard this last year when I was stuggling with school, it would have been a good reminder.

    Hopefully schools that didn't show this today, will change their minds and show it. There is no reason not to show it, other than it's coming from our Democratic President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  806. Donna-Su & Robert Zeglarski

    We think the President's speech was an inspiring message to students and parents of all socio-economic levels. "There is no excuse" for failing to take advantage of a free public education in our country.

    We hope that students and parents listen and ponder his words.

    We thank the President for his efforts.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  807. melissa

    I would like to applaude our president for reiterating all the the thoughts I share with my students each year regarding goal setting and responsibility. How great that they will hear it from our nation's leader as well. This is one type of support that teachers need!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  808. Janet Meyer

    I am a retired teacher here in Minnesota. I am touched by President Obama's speech to our students. He cares deeply about the future of this country and the future of our young people. I give him an A+. Opponents are wrong - simply wrong.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  809. meg

    here in Canada we look at the US incredulously! Seems to me only the uneducated would have any objection to such a motivating speech to students, by the President!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  810. chaun vickery

    I think it is about time someone took all the pressure off of the adults and tell the kids they have to do their part. I really hope he will help the school system hold the kids accountable.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  811. Candace

    I thought the president's speech was truly inspiring for young adults and children all across America. The fact that he used the words "I expect", really did give the students an obligation for their country and themselves. There are many students in the US who have many boundaries and difficulties to overcome. All of which will distract them from their priorities in life. Thank you President Obama. I was truly skeptical of my children hearing the speech, but did not deny them the opportunity to view it, due to their need to make their own decisions on information they receive. I am glad I did not deny them that opportunity.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  812. Leeanne Alsept

    I am an elementary school teacher from Ohio. I was completely shocked and dismayed at the amount of negativity surrounding the President's address to the students of our nation. What an amazing and inspirational man!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  813. Dan O'Sullivan

    The President's speech was appropriate for children at fourth grade level and above – especially for middle school and high school level. I would liked to have seen a second shorter speech directed at the K-third grade level or to all elementary school children.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  814. Michele DiMauro

    The president mentioned to keep you children home if they are sick. That is a hard thing to do for a minor cold the doctor does not want to see them to give you a note for school and if the child gets sick a lot the attendance comes into play and the school will hold your child back. I do not see too many parents taking that risk to keep their children home when they have a cough or flu type symptom if they know they doctor will not see their child and that does happen during the swine break out last year numerous people were told not to bring their kids in.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  815. Jane

    I am a jr. high teacher in a school with many struggling students. We did not watch it as a school, but the students will be watching it in their social studies classes tomorrow. They will also be hearing quotes from that speech in my class regularly. I loved it, and I hope all students have a chance to hear it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  816. Ify

    While the Constitution clearly gives inherent rights to parents to "raise" their children, the reality is each child grows up–and as a society we have to live with the individual choices each youth chooses. It is sad that there are people who cannot accept that our president is who he is. But it is even more telling that as a nation we cannot at least agree on positive reinforcement of education. Point blank–if all parents were responsible, we wouldn't need a speech. But we all know that is not the case. Children should be better than their parents.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  817. Ray

    A wonderful talk and every kid should see it. Not sure what the conservatives and Limbaugh lunatics are worried about. I guess they do not want the country to succeed

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  818. Rick

    The President delivered an outstanding speech that should have resonated with EVERY student in this great nation. I'm convinced that those who were oppossed to this speech and even went as far as keeping their kids out of school today, are deterred by the fact that we have a black president. How else do we rationally explained that practically every president over the last 2 decades has spoken to our kids? To those ignorant hatemongers....I say get over it!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  819. Josh B

    I think it goes to show how ignorant people are. The presidents speech was inspirational. But with it being questioned the way it was, i think that there might be some students who will find doubt in his words.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  820. Jessica

    If I was one of the parents protesting the speech, I would feel a little sheepish right now. There was a lot of over reaction.
    No matter what party you're from, how many times have you wanted to tell every child in America, " Your success will not be handed to you. The chances of you becoming a sports star, singer/rapper, or reality star is nill. Start paying attention and quit making excuses for yourself and be better then that." He just did what I've wanted to say for a long time.
    Loved the speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  821. Lisa

    Excellent and inspiring speech to our school children Mr. President! Unfortunately my children will not see it in school because Cobb County Schools in GA opted not to show it. To me that is total disrespect and disregard for the leader of our country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  822. Monica

    I never questioned the Presidents intentions, and am very happy I trusted in him. The speech was relivent and needed. I hope my childs school allowed him to hear the speech, but I tivo'd it just in case.

    The President was inspiring and I think this will be a positive for ALL school children in the USA. I only hope the people whoo were against him now will admit their error(s) and allow their children to be lead by the highest office in our land.

    Thank You

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  823. Emeka

    I was just inspired by the president's speech
    to further my education even more.
    I must get into graduate school to play my part
    in building the future.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  824. colleen

    I certainly do not have a problem with students hearing this speech. Go Obama!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  825. Nia

    I think people need to stop focusing on those who opposed the President speaking to the students, and focus on the actual speech. His speech was eloquent, easy enough to understand for high school students, and profound. I thought the the anecdotes were relatable and the overall message was one of encouragement and inspiration.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  826. Liam

    When has it become a huge deal to let our children hear the president speak.. Parents have decided to encourage their children to watch viloence or somehting provacative before watching a pep speech. I thinkn personally believe every president has a right to speak at a school and whether you believe in his speech or not every child should be able to listen and have a right to their own opinion...

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  827. Bev Mohler

    Bravo, President Obama! Our students should be proud and ready to do their very best this school year. They need positive role models and for someone to believe in them. You raised the bar and provided motivation for a great start of school. Thank You

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  828. Kuria

    The president's speech is what all students need to hear. We can not put it better than he did.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  829. Greg

    Great speech by our President! There was nothing wrong or controversial about the speech whatsoever! Every student in America should have heard this speech. Those who refused to listen to it missed out on a great opportunity to be encouraged. Besides, most parents today have failed in their responsibilties to teach what's right and wrong. That's why America is losing ground with other countries in the world. America is losing!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  830. darr

    I listened to every word and each word was fillied with hope and optimism for our younger generation. Why would anyone or any entity oppose the President trying to instill confidence and purpose in our school children of today is beyond me. Why do a few have the power to dictate to the many? This is not North Korea, is it?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  831. Reg

    I applaud our president and am proud that he has expressed his expectations to our children. They are our future and they do need expectations. We need postive leaders!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  832. Jim Sempek

    I can not understand the narrow minded people who did not want their children to hear the presidents speach. Some school districts in Idaho chose not to air the speach. This is absurd. Our president is our leader and the youth of today need to hear from him. His speach was directed towards the rewards of an education not the politcs of the country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  833. Cindy

    We elected the man as our President we should not have any problems letting him speak to our children. Get a grip America.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  834. Andy Leguizamon

    I think his speech was powerful, down to earth, positive and absolutely ecouraging :o)
    He talked in a manner that was easy to understand for groups of all ages and backgrounds. It was very inspiring and personal! Just the "touch" a lot of us need to continue on and believe that everything is possible if we work towards our goals with passion and perseverance...

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  835. D. Shipley

    It is just disgraceful the way you in the press keep trying to obstruct what President Obama is attempting to do for America? I don't remember so much scrunity under the former President. Perhaps, all of you should look in the mirror and really question why?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  836. michael nangle

    I thought his speech was inspirational and certainly consider it to be applicable to all of America's students. It is unfortunate that there
    are those that due to their own political shallowness could have a problem with our President addressing his nation's children. Obviously we have not come as far as many had hoped.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  837. Renata

    The President's speech was personal, eloquent, inspiring -- and harmless. In fact, any child who was prevented from seeing this speech missed out on an opportunity of lifetime and a source of inspiration to get their school year started right. I have never heard of any opposition to these types of speeches given by past presidents and I can only see one extra factor in this President that may be the cause of the opposition. He is a brilliant man with a wealth of experience and its a shame that so much of America is not respecting him as OUR PRESIDENT.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  838. Jihad Baker

    I feel sorry for the kids whose parents kept them from listening to one of the worlds greatest orators, try to inspire them. So they have been taught that when you don't agree with someone, you just don't listen to them, or forming an opinion without all the information (isn't that called ignorance, and what does that lead to?). I wish I iwould have had someone like that anywhere close to me to speak to me about that; while I was growning up without a father, maybe I would have not made so many mistakes in life. But as the President say, I have not given up.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  839. Cathy L

    The president's speech was very articulate, encouraging, motivating and most of all he delivered to our young people the importance of a good education to be sucessful in life and for the future of our country, there's nothing political about that. Is what this country needs to head in the right direction.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  840. Teresa

    Outstanding pep talk from one of the most inspiring people of our time. For the President to take a moment and direct a message to schoolkids makes them feel important and good about themselves. Its important to disagree and exercise our freedom of speech, but let's use wisdom.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  841. Rae-Ann from Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

    President Obama's speech, was not only applicable to young students but to adults as well. Truly inspirational.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  842. Lane

    Every statement in Obama's school speech could have come from any American leader, regardless of political affiliation, religion or other preference. It was inspirational and humanly transparent.

    The parents who refused to have their kids tune in ought to be adults and teach their kids to always respect the office of the presidency.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  843. Melvin

    For my household it was good for our kids to hear him say in some parts of his speech verbatim what we say at home. Re-enforcement always a positive thing. I can't recall any president doing this. If elections can take place in schools, why can't he address the nation from one?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  844. Julie Holloway

    What a shame that our school district chose not to show President Obama's speech. Every child in America can benefit from the words he spoke this morning. Those who chose to deny our children the opportunity to hear him "live" did so in an effort to damage him and his credibility. The damage goes beyond this President and does damage to the respect we should hold for elected officials.
    President Obama, thank you for leading our country and inspiring us to be the best we can be!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  845. Tina Keppler, Stillwater, NJ

    I actually took my son out of school so that HE COULD watch our American President speak! I think it was a good speech. I kept poking my kids...."see, see....I always tell you that about your education!" All of the parents and schools that refused to let their children watch the speech missed a great opportunity to discuss how to get where you want to go. It's a sad day in America when we DISCOURAGE our children from listening to our President encourage kids to stay in school. Kids should put the effort in and make our country a better place for us all.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  846. Bonnie Lucas

    What a great speech. School children need to hear this because all students do not have someone at home teaching responsibility or respect for teachers. I am thrilled that we have a President who is intelligent and cares about education in this country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  847. Nekita

    President Obama's speech was great. It was something that is needed for our youth to here about staying in school. The statistics for children dropping out of school is high in the African American and Latino communities. So to ban this from children to watch the presidents school address is a travisty to the country and to our next generation. How can a nation prosper if it is divided?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  848. jane

    Special message to american kids that president just delivered.Some of the students have no one to advise them.literaly no sane adults in their lives and to prevent them from listening is absurd.Lucky you who do this to their kids.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  849. Mary

    I thought it was a great speech. I can't believe that in our country, a speech by the President of the United States would be censored and reviewed before Americans were allowed to hear it, as this one was. I hope that the youth it was directed at, got the message.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  850. David in Dallas, Texas

    Those that won't allow there kid to listen to the President are a member of the party of ME. If they really believe in what they claim, they would switch to the party of WE. Support Obama and become a real American!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  851. Ashley

    Don't really see why this was such a big deal. I hope that all Americans listened to this with an open mind and allows this man to reach out to their kids and help them see why it is so important to do well. This is what I would have liked in school. I gave up on school when I was a student. I did as little as I could to just get by and I am now paying for it. I have two children that are in school right now and I just pray that they will do their best. I don't want history to repeat itself with my kids. I will do what ever it taken to help my kids do their best. Although they were not able to watch this at school I have recorded it at home so they can watch it when they get home.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  852. Doreen Schivley

    As a teacher for 30 years, it was very refreshing to hear the President of our country address the core needs of what is needed in the field of education today. The content of his speech contained exactly what students, parents, teachers, and society all need to address to make this country great. For those individuals who did not want their children to hear President Obama's speech today may be attempting to cover up their own inadequacies dealing with their child's education and daily life skills.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  853. Herb

    It is amazing how much our first black president has been under fire for everything, literally everything he does from the right wingers. What year is this anyways? Is it really that he is just a democrat or is something else....?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  854. Richard Butscher

    What happened to respect for the president of the United States. All those who chose not to let there children listen won't turn away government money for there schools. Sad day for this country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  855. Linda Stevens

    How foolish does that man who started all the trouble about this speech feel? Was this really a concern about what the President was going to say in a speech to school children or is it concerns about what THIS President? Is it concern or racism? I've seen a woman crying over her child hearing this speech. Good God, what has happened to this country? We appear to have lost our minds. Let us not be so foolish as to lose our Patriot souls.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  856. Beth Ahern

    I thought the president's speech was wonderful. My son looked at me numerous times with a smirk because the president could have been speaking directly to him. Very non-controversial and very supportive of our kids. They might not listen to their parents, but will listen to the President.

    I do find fault with your coverage. The reporter and you, before the speech, pretty much told us EVERYTHING the President was going to say. Hello? I could have read it if I wanted to hear it all before he spoke. AND what a disappointment when you talked over the young man who spoke and introduced the President. He is my son's age and I thought it would have been great for him to hear him and be impressed how well he spoke in front of such a huge audience...at least I think he was composed...I COULDN'T HEAR HIM.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  857. Celiwe

    I think the president gave a good, incredible speech. I dont know what people are fussing about. Politics has made people stop reasoning, they start complaining before they even think.
    Well done Mr President

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  858. Jim Schroeder

    I read this speech three times before Obama delivered it,and I cannot find anything that should not be said to kids in school. These words are the exact words I have been using for a grand child that I have, who is part of divorced parents and not the best conditions. Anyone condemning this speech should be investigated for bad parenting. and schools not showing this speech should be investigated for educational negligence.

    Jim

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  859. Jackie Vaughn from Virginia Beach

    I admire President Obama for taking the time to speak to our youth. Everyone claims that our youth are our future. I don't see what the big fuss was for him to uplift and motivate children to do their best, and to be successful in life. Also, with President Obama being a parent of two young age girls, I don't believe he would say anything progranda or negative for anyone's political party to the young. People need to get over the them self and respect him, and the job title that he is holding.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  860. Joann Lofton

    I enjoyed President Obama Speech, I do not understand all of the controverse that has gone on prior to the airing.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  861. Allyson Speet

    I found Pres. Obama speech to be inspiring on all points. Its what I'd say to my children if I could find the words. All Americans can learn something from his speech b/c its never to late to learn and be a student. I had to DVR it for my girls (12yr and 9yr) who weren't able to watch it at school. But this is my responsibility as a parent and an American! And an educator.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  862. Arleen

    Excellent speech to students. Students need to take responsibility for their education and success.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  863. Maria

    Totally Agree "Save our Constitution"
    now we can't have any opinion on the president without being labeled racist.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  864. US Citizen and Proud

    This is a sad day when we have some people in this country who are prejurdice and are unable to accept defeat and accept a black president and what makes this worse is that the children of these parents will be side tracked to believe in these horrible ways of life. I thought his speech hit on all the key actions that it takes for children in this country today to become success and good citizens of this country. I think his speech was outstanding and that the children will benefits from this because everyone is accountable for their own actions and lives. Thank you.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  865. Amanda

    I must say, I'm not a parent but a recent graduate of college who not only thought this was a great speech given to students but to people on all levels. It is the inspiration we need at a time like this. Speaking for myself, it has given me the extra motivation I needed at a time when I was becoming discouraged about finding a job at a time where so many are losing their jobs. I will keep believing in myself! I know I can do it! Thank you President Obama for lifting my spirits.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  866. Orissa Covington Frm Ft. Lauderdale

    My Aunt Always gives me a call to listen to Obama speak!!! Thanks Aunty Marcia... As a high school grad today, it's really hard to find ah job and keep it, and somtimes I do get discouraged!!! But listening to Obama, and watching as he shows the world how he got to his position. He shows me, he's a regular human just like me!!! He to has trails and tribulations but never a reason to quit. We are so quik to blame the government for their lack of help, we forget that we have a voice and forgot to think how can we help ourselves. Thank you Obama for remind people everyday that we to can help and change our own destiny!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  867. Dan J Williams

    Mr Harris

    Im glad the President is speaking to the children. He inspires me to do better and I hope the kids feel the same way. .We need him to just do the best he can and all the rest will fall in place.Keep up the good work.

    Dan J Williams

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  868. Military Veteran

    I don't think this was a political statement at all and it bothers me that people don't want their children to hear what our President has to say.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  869. Mary Grinnell

    The Presidents speech was not just for school children this was for every person in the U.S.A. regardless if working, not working, retired.
    We all need to give our country the very best, we each are responsible for making this a better country. It should start with our congress and they should read this over and over, they are the ones acting with no responsibly. It was a great talk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  870. Pamela Williams

    I saw nothing wrong with the presidents speech. I think it was encouraging and helpful. And I am hopeful that it will touch the lives and attitudes of the kids that needed to hear this speech.
    I feel the people that spoke out against the president speaking to the kids were very, very disrespectufl to our president. I say, shame on them. I am so happy that my school district decided to show the speech to our kids. RESPECT! is what the president of the United States should be given. He is our president for 4 years! Get over it republicans and the haters!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  871. Cathy Beiter

    Everyone in the news media should now be aware that the "concern" was not with the President's speech so much as it was with the curriculum put forth by the Dept. of Education to use as follow up to the speech. I would like to know why it is so hard to report that fact?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  872. Walter Johnson

    I would have liked to see him reach out to the majority of students the ones who are not college bound or have a chance to be rich and famous. Everyone should work hard in this country to reach their potential no matter how high the potential eventually leads them. He should gave everyone a boost.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  873. DC Norm

    I'm so proud that Wakefield High School (Arlington, Va) allowed our President to speak to our young school childern.

    The President speech was ver y good and enlightening for the students...I'm in pain for the kids that did not get the opportunity to see or receive it....but rather received hate comments and segregational speechs that promote racial discord in America. SHAME ON ALL WHITE PARENTS WHO CONTINUE TO TEACH THEIR CHILDERN TO HATE AND DISRESPECT THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE THEIR IS A BLACK PRESIDENT!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  874. Ruby

    I for one am happy that the President of our country wanted to talk to our children about how important it is to stay in school. With so many different countries doing better then our own kids, something had to be said. Great Job President Obama!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  875. Lynne Flaxman

    As a Second Grade teacher who will be returning to school tomorrow to meet my new class, I thought the President's speech was inspirational. There should be no reason why school students should not be able to see/hear the speech. If he reaches just a few students (and it will hopefully be many, many more) it is worth it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  876. Karen Mason

    The radical Republicans should now be ashamed that they were fighting to ban Obama's speech from being played at our schools and accusing him of pushing his "socialist" agenda. Every single child and parent in this country NEEDS to watch this and take it to heart.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  877. Rachel

    This was the most realistic, relatable speech I have ever heard a president give to a group of students. Obama's speech was original and meaningful – not like the generic "stay in school, don't do drugs" speeches we heard as kids.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  878. Mike

    I'm glad that people made such a big deal about this speech. All of this controversy made some of the kids who may not have taken the speech seriously stand up and pay attention. Local reports from our schools include students who were planning to protest the decision not to show the speech. It's great to see these kids taking a stand and demanding that their voices are heard.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  879. Jun

    It was a terrific speech! It's a sad day when partisanship takes over reasonable thinking. Anyone who opposed this speech should frankly be embarrassed for raising a fuss over what should have been an opportunity to bring all our kids together to listen to an inspiring, unifying message.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  880. Coral

    President's speech should be required reading or listening for all grade school children as the Gettysburgh address was for my school years.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  881. Charlena Armstrong

    I am soooo disappointed that some school districts here in Anderson County, South Carolina did not want to let President Obama's speech be aired today. It was a graet speech and nothing, definitely not one thing, was political about his speech. My black grandchildren go to a neighborhood school, with a caucasian principal and the speech was not allowed. What does this say about "neighborhood schools?" It is pure unadulterated racism.... true and simple. I feel so sorry that people still feel the need to try to "contain" other people.
    Thank you, President Obama.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  882. Elle

    Every school age child should hear this speech. It was inspirational, timely and, best of all, encourages students in the United States to believe in this nation and themselves no matter the circumstances or situation.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  883. Maria Krebs

    I don't understand what the NEGATIVE press was toward the President's speech. I thought he was brillant and wonderfull. He gave students hope and insite on what life is with examples of his life and other's with challenges. I thank him for his positive insite and God Bless him.and our country

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  884. Sherlene Heallen

    I thought it was an excellent speech. I am glad my three grandchildren were able to hear it. In America we should teach our children to respect the office of president even if we have polical differences with the man.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  885. T,W. RUCKER

    Dear Tony,

    I am truly amazed at some of the criticism and individuals who are not allowing children to go to school today due to President Obama speaking to our nation's youth with the "Back to School" message. I am an educator and see how many children in our District as well as those who are failing in proficiency in reading, and mathmatics in the United States . Just as any team coach would encourage His team player's to do their best to "win", excel and be successful, why is it different for the Commander of Chief and leader of our great nation to address the children to do well and strive for excellence. Wake up people!!! Let's encourage our children as well as one another to be and do the best in all endeavors. The largest room in the world, is the room for improvement!!! We all can learn from this. God bless you Mr. President for all you do, and bless our youth as they return to school!!!

    T.W. Rucker

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  886. Elizabeth Eisenstadt

    Tony, I loved President Obama's charge to American youth to serve their country by fulfilling their own potential. Pure uplifting Obama.

    If only we could attract more of the best and the brightest, like Obama, into public service—but who in their right mind could stand the scrutiny and slander—who could stand to constantly ask for money in order to run for office?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  887. Andy MacGillivray

    I think it's good that the presudent is speaking to the future generation. Up here in Canada, our students could use a pep talk from such an influencial person.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  888. sukhdeep dhillon

    it was such an inspiring speech. whats wrong with it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  889. Iris from Cincinnati

    I usually give the benefit of the doubt to the opposition, but this time I have to say that I believe that all the uproar is because white America does not want a successful black man advising their children, especially a man who overcame obstacles that none of their children will ever experience. I have yet to see a person of color, other than Michelle Malkin, claiming that this is detrimental to anyone. So what else am I to think?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  890. Diana Barnes

    Who in their right, educated mind would have an issue with anything Obama said? It is ABOUT TIME! Parents need all the help that they can get to encourage and inspire their children to succeed. Students should see this every, single morning before they begin their first class-from first grade until college graduation. Accountability. No excuses. We are all in this together.

    Again, it is about time! BRAVO, OBAMA!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  891. Dianne Pike

    I just finished listening to the President's speech, and thought it was excelent. If I had kids in school, I would back this up 100%. The sad truth is, there has been so much dissent over this, that the kids will probably be confused, and some, thanks to their parents opposition of the President will thiink it is a bunch of bull. It is a shame our Country has gotten so divided, as that makes us vulnerable.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  892. Denise E. M. Webster

    I am a 58 year old retired (disability) educator and former Congressional Research employee/Library of Congress. I am proud of President Obama and his efforts to inspire and encourage our children to be more proactive about their study habits. I agree with his efforts to motivate them to be better citizens. If this had been a republican president, the right wing would be blowing car horns and tooting whistles! When will they stop the subversive racism against this president?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  893. CarlH

    I think it's great that the President spoke to America's students in that manner. Just maybe it'll inspire all to do well, especially the students that are dreading another year in a poorly run school. Let's see if state officials do about their state education systems after that speech!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  894. Cedric

    This is a good thing that the President has done. I think once everyone listens to what Pres. Obama stated in his speech, some will be ashame of their actions leading up to the speech. I truly pray that we can come together as a nation one day. While we won't agree on everything, we do need to live together and get along with each other. I hope this innocent speech to school kids can be shown at the schools that did not allow it to be shown "live".

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  895. Martin Wilcox

    I liked the message that President Obama has givin kids like me that strugle through school. I am a collage student first year and I do have to say it is hard. With his speach it really inspired me for my classes that i am taking.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  896. CJ in Houston TX

    President Obama's speech was inspirational and was just what I needed to hear today, I've been wanting to pursue my graduate degree but kept discounting my ability to move forward and just work through it, and i feel that this is just what i needed to hear. I hope that these kids....that listen to this inspiration take it to heart as I have and get committed to their goals. It was a phenomenal message.....and parents need to help their kids fulfill the American reality....which is, hardwork and education helps you achieve the American dream!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  897. Judi Ryan

    Tony,

    If there is anyone, anyone that is against the President's speech then there is something very wrong with them and they are against anything and everything that the President stands for and has to say. I can't believe that parents, teachers or principles would not want their children or students to listen to that speech.

    I wish that I had heard a speech like that when I was in high school. I loved the speech and thought it was very inspiring.

    Thank you,

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  898. Tony

    I just saw the Presidents speech and thought it was good .. i'm glad he took the time out of his schedule to spend time with our kids and inspire, encourage them to do their best .. it's sad when Republicans have to put a spin on speech and suppress part of our country from moving forward in a positive way .. it's important though to highlight these dissenters because it illustrates the ignorance and makes them lose any credibility on any other matters

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  899. Steve

    I am very satisfied with the presidents speech to the nations student body.

    Nothing political about it, just good solid advice for kids to ponder on and hopefully put into action.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  900. Laura

    The President's back-to-school- speech was inspiring. One of the problems in our country is a serious lack of respect for authority. Airing his speech in all schools would have been a show of respect regardless of political beliefs. It is sad that his speech had to be screened beforehand and approved. It is important that our children hear that they can succeed with hard work and that failures are just stepping stones to success.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  901. Gillian

    Parents should be proud to have the President speak to their kids and inspire them to do better. As parents, we are fighting a battle with our kids and we need all the help we can get. I applaud the President for doing this and I encourage everyone opposed to this take the time to listen to the President's speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  902. Krista

    I think the President Obama's speech was right on target. It is a sad day in America when people are so ignorant and prejudice that they will not allow their children to hear the speech. Everyone's goal should be (how can we work with our President to make America better for everyone?).

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  903. Marcus

    Obama was doing so well before he closed with "God bless you and God bless America"...We, nonbelievers, are 15% of the population and every time a speech is closed with those words it is a personal insult to all non believers, some of which are the students he is trying to encourage.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  904. Hannah Cloutier

    I am a sophomore at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, CO. District 12 was not airing the President's speech so my friend and I left school and came to my house to watch. I think that it is ridiculous that schools did not show a twenty minute speech at some schools across the nation. It wasn't politically or religiously based on any level. It was directed towards our generation and was for our benefit. It was a pep talk for students to inspire them for the better. To inspire them to improve or schools across the nation. I am especially upset that there are high schools across the nation that didn't show our President's speech. There ARE debate and government classes in high schools. What are we supposed to debate or discuss if we aren't going to listen to our president talk about our decisions and mistakes in school? That is just my opinion as a current high school student.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  905. Mike C

    I think that the parents and schools that decided not to air that speech need to be hit up side the head. I just watched the speech, it was like one of those talks a parent should have with their kids. Those who missed it will probably have kids that will become statistics.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  906. Karen

    I thought the president's speech today was excellent. He told students exactly what they need to do to in order to make it through school, and that is to never give up, no matter what their background. Frankly, I don't see what all the uproar was over. I think this is somethng every president should do.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  907. Lissette

    The President did a great job explaining and giving advice to the future kids of this nation, His giving them support and his also showing interest that they are important as well. I dont see nothing wrong with what he addressed to the kids. Parents and Conservatives need to stop trying to find ways to alienate our society instead lets help build smarter and great kids for the future. I believe his a good example of what struggle and accomplishments mean. We have all been children and teenagers in our lives and we know life isnt easy all around. So let our President do his job and also address our nations kids, They have another role model to look up to as welll as there parents . I hope my niece and nephews at school were able to watch the speech. It has so much meaning and advice and guidance for there future.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  908. Delores Gragg

    The President's speech was right on time. During these tough economic times our kids are hurting too, some making tough choices
    that can change their lives forever.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  909. Gloria, New Jersey

    I don't know what all the hype was about but I thought President Obama's speech was encouraging, positive. sincere and to the point. His examples help make him get his point across especially the part where he says "dont let your circumstances define who you are but get over it and strive forward". The yound people today really need to motivated with these kinds of pep talk. We must tell them how great they are doing no matter what level of education they are in at all times. I feel sorry for the "adults" who would not let their school air the speech. To me it seems that these folks are looking for President Obama to fail in his presidency.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  910. Steve

    I read the president's speech beforehand and watched it today. it was an uplifting and inspiring message to young people in school.

    I didn't vote for President Obama but he is my president now and I am happy to think that he takes time to inspire students.

    When I was in school in the 50's and 60's it would have been a great and exciting thing to hear the president of the United States speak to me in my classroom.

    Today there is just too much politiics with very little concern about results.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  911. Larita Pendergraft

    My grandson asked me to record the President's speech to students. I am so pleased that I could do that for him. In my opinion, what the President had to say to students will inspire my grandson and anyone who listened to take personal responsibility for their education.
    We, Americans, are blessed to have the leadership of this President. Thank you, Mr. President, for reminding young Americans how important they are to our country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  912. Vicki Shelley

    I'm an Australian visiting America to spend time with my 2yo granddaughter and watched President Obama's speech to the school children. I am so impressed by your president. He talks to kids at their level, not like a politician. He wasn't patronising or threatening. He empowers kids to be in charge of their own lives. A great man. He "gets" it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  913. Nicole

    President Obama gave a wonderful and honest speech. He made it clear that children have to work hard to succeed. All the conservatives overreacted as usual and are showing how too truly paranoid they really are over a black president. I'm not surprised I'm actually happy because they are showing the world how racism is still alive in America.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  914. Dorothy Long

    I have a feeling those who may have a problem with the President speaking with the students may be those who have fell short in their participation with their own children and/or those who can not see the value of our President being the one to address our children the plain truths of how it is.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  915. Hidalgo Roughknuckles

    This is the problem we have with education now. Parents and teachers not telling nor allowing others to tell their children to focus on their education and to better themselves. I would be appalled if my school/parent prevented me from hearing a positive message regarding my future based on their own biased views. What's REALLY the issue?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  916. Wanda

    It's sad that people are still so caught up in racism that they are "shielding" their children from the Presidents speech.
    As a child we and our parents always listened to, and discussed speeches whether we agreed with what was said or not. I pray for this country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  917. Sandy Bankston

    The speech was excellent. As an educator of 35 plus years, I was so appreciative of his relating his own struggles and things that he did not do right the first time. Kids will listen to that. What he said was important and I'm glad he did it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  918. Carlos R. Barron

    The speech of President Obama was great just like I will say my son when he was in school of course some children will not listen and in america the peers influence is bad situation also, when they find excuses and not do the home work and they the pay the consequences when the exams arrive.
    Over all the pep talk was great . I am certain the people they complain about the speech probably were the one that vote for Mc Cain 🙂

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  919. Peter

    A great speech. I don't understand the haters its no wonder that the majority of the schools that didnt show the speech were won by Mccain. Sore looser's they hurt there own kids by not allowing them to listen to the speech. I feel sorry for those kids.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  920. MRF

    Great speech – straight talk that many students will remember I am sure. He is sending the right message and telling kids they CAN achieve if they just set their course and follow it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  921. Rev. Ethel

    CNN, your news anchors do a wonderful job of getting the word out! Keep up the good work. I wish that other news media will spend less time on the "negative" campaign and more on the facts.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  922. Natalie P.

    Pres. Obama's speech was remarkable. He's is a great role model to children, worldwide.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  923. gloria

    We just heard the President and found nothing wrong with his speech. He did a great job, don't know what people were afraid of.. Lets pray for our President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  924. Kimberly Hawks

    Wow, what a great speech! I showed it to my 9th grade students. My students respectfully paid attention. One commented that she felt "inspired" by the President's speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  925. Lynda D'Amelio

    What a wonderful person our President is, I am so proud of him for steppinig up and vocalizing what a lot of children need to hear. He is a very positive role model for our children when they need it most.
    Thank you President Obama and thank you CNN for airing such a wonderful and enlightnig speech!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  926. Bonita Bhaskaran

    Yeah, that was one nice, inspiring speech by the President tailored to reach out specifically to young impressionable minds. God knows why anyone would not want their kids to hear a speech made in good intent. Sometimes embroiled in the web of politics, we as a people tend to mistake simple good intention as something more sinister with an ulterior motive. I think his speech cleared all doubts!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  927. Leslie

    African Proverb: If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Pres. Obama is adamant about bettering education, healthcare, the economy and the various other issues created by the Bush administration. Meanwhile, GWB is sitting in his brand new home with his feet up "working" on his memoirs??! REALLY? Where was all this opposition when the "Problem" was in office? The time for the SOLUTION is NOW!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  928. Marsha

    As a Canadian living here, I was quite disgusted at the negativity surrounding the speech from the President. My first question was "Who said the assignment had to be in support of what the President was doing?" Is this not a country of free speech?
    As we all can see now, this was "much ado about nothing",
    Shame on those parents who kept their children at home today. What kind of message are they sending their children?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  929. Rose M. Baldwin

    I thought the speech was great. All children in school should have been required to listen to it. Why wouldn't parents want their children to apply what he said to themselves? There was nothing in the speech that all parents shouldn't be stressing to their children.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  930. Alex in Atlanta

    President Obama,

    I think you're wonderful, as a man and as our President.

    I think you're just what the United States needed today ......... thank you!

    Alex in Atlanta

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  931. rhoda babis

    The speech was impeccable! How lucky we are to have a President who cares enough to address school children about responsibility.

    We're fortunate to have a president who has the integrity necessary to resolve all the problems in our nation.

    It seems to me that the opposition to his education speech was a villainous attempt to devalue him. How low can they get?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  932. Stephanie

    I find it appalling that anyone would accuse the President of "indoctrinating" our youth through a speech designed to inspire children to succeed through self discipline, selfless service, and service to our Nation. Shame on those who have accused the President an ill-intent. He delivered an inspiring on-point speech. This will touch and inspire children more than he will ever know. I would like to see how his speech affects this generation via a longitudinal study or a survey designed to capture the effects of this speech 5, 10, 15 and 20 years from now. I provide a standing ovation.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  933. john

    Obama's speech is one that kids needed to hear. We often hear that schools are bad because of teachers, principals, funding, etc. Obama's message today reminded kids that education is theirs and they need to work at it. I didn't vote for Obama, but I thought his speech was right on the mark.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  934. theresa murray

    apparently the generation of 50 and over didn't teach our children respect for our president. we all listened to president's speeches in our classrooms and gained the knowledge that someone in power actually cared about us. too much politics instead of action.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  935. Yvonne- Georgia

    Excellent Speech! You could tell the President's ideas and words were written by him and not by someone else. The speech was direct, well spoken and articulate. I only hope more americans watch and truly take was was said to heart and not just dismissed as "just another speech!!"

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  936. Donna from Canada

    Hi Tony – I am a Canadian and I have peviously lived in the USA for over 9 years. As I sit in my Canadian home watching President Obama's speech to the kids, I am shocked and ashamed to hear the controversey over his speech. Your nation travels all over the world fighting wars and preaching a democratic way of life without borders and prejudices and yet here you Americans are while the whole world is watching showing such hate, prejudice and disrespect to your own president in his attempt to do something for American children that is so needed. One of the reasons i came back to Canada to raise my Americna born child was due to the lacking education system in American, the other was the racism.

    Lokks like it was a good decision!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  937. Sherwin - NC

    Wonderful speech by the President! Its to bad that some parents elected to allow their fear of our Black President to cloud their vision of America. It’s a shame that sport figures, TV shows etc. can speak to our kids but not our President?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  938. Colline Simpson

    What a class act this President is. If he influenced one girl or boy to continue school or work harder to succeed he has done a great thing. Those that didn't watch this presentation missed seeing someone that truly cares about our students.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  939. Daniel McCarthy

    As a college student working two jobs and no support I needed to hear that. THANK YOU SO MUCH MR. PRESIDENT. Iknow understand it doesn't matter if I fail its how I learn from my failures that is the most important. GREAT GREAT GREAT Play it all day long.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  940. Frank De Leon

    I like the President's speech but he needs to lay off the word "STUPID" . In many schools the word stupid is not used and is strongly discouraged. NOT SMART or DUMB would have better.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  941. Ramon

    I think that was a great speach he gave. His main point was taking responsability for your self. If everyone were to take some self responsability for their actions we wouldnt be in the state we are in today.I feel like this is including people in the government and corporate America. Not just students. But whats done is done and he is right it's up to the youth of America to change the way we live within the next decade.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  942. Eve Johnson

    This make's me proud to be an American......Go Pres.Obama

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  943. nancy dipaola

    i think president obama did a great job.it important to teach children about responsibility. thank you so much president obama for caring.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  944. Daniella

    As a student and a single mother that is still reaching her Goals in life I Loved President Obama speech it encouraged me to keep going I loved to part where he talked about where you have to failed and get rejected and keep going and have courage enough to keep going he reach your goals. It reminded me not to give up and keep going, and reaching for my goals. I love Mr. Obama Thanks for the kick in this butt I need to get through this semester!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  945. steven wilson

    Its crazy that people wouldn't what the president to speak to the kids. Its not like he said drop out of school and don't to college. A positive message is what the kids in america need in these days.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  946. Al Suarez

    Did they really think that President Obama was going to take healthcare reform away from Congress and give it to our children in the Student Council. Great speech from a great dad and President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  947. meg

    we in Canada look at the US incredulously. It seems that only the uneducated could object to such a motivating intelligent speech to students, from their president!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  948. Sharen McDonald

    You are SO lucky to have such an intelligent, eloquent, compassionate President who cares enough not to stay in his office but actually goes out to visit a school to meet the students and offer them some very sound advice. He is the role model they need – and your country needs, and we, in Canada, envy you in having such a leader. We hope that you cherish him, not abuse him, as a small, misinformed and vicious group seems intent on doing. He deserves your loyalty and respect.
    Sincerely,
    Sharen McDonald,
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  949. Jeanette Bishop

    In my 78 yearas I have never heard anything so shortsighted as all these parents, and schools who would deprive their children of hearing a speech to them by the President of the United States–any president, no matter what he might say. What a learning experience in any case! It was a wonderful, inspiring speech, encouraging, requesting their cooperation with parents and teachers, taking responsibility for their education and success, not giving up on themselves. On the other hand when I was a school counselor, I remember parents who balked at having their children taught decision-making skills because their children were not supposed to make decisions! They were just supposed to do what they were told! What more can I say?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  950. Alice Wrobley

    I wish my parents and/or my president and/or my teachers had encouraged me with a similar talk or speech as President Obama delivered today. I know as a child in school, I had many, many capabilities but simply did not have any guidance pertaining to my future or career...and as a result, I have worked all my life and have little to show for it, nor do I feel fulfilled.
    Alice
    Payson AZ

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  951. Scott Stodden

    What's wrong with our country Tony when parents, school administrators and teachers across the country don't want the President Of The United States to speak to our children in schools across the country? Children need to hear the truth because god knows the parents and teachers are not teaching our kids. Our kids nowadays are discouraged, they feel there's no hope so they need to know that there is hope, that anyone can be anything as long as you stay in school. I felt the speech was excellent, I felt the kids at the school and across the country understood what the President was saying in his speech. I truly believe people are afraid to hear the truth from President Obama or they dont want to hear from him because he's black. When parents, schools, & teachers say they dont want the President to speak to our kids I believe that this is racism at its fullest. No other President who has spoken or visited schools has faced the kind of hate that President Obama has. Stop the madness America, dont judge by the color of someone's skin, our kids need to be uplifted and feel like they can make it cuz we know the parents and teachers and schools are not doing the job. Shame on the people who spoke against the President Of The United States.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  952. sean

    We never complain when the first Bush speak to the kids on staying in school. So what is it ! is it an black and white thing?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  953. Rachel

    As a simgle working mom of a son in 6 th grade, I appriciate obamas comments. He said everything I say to him but cuz I'm mom it's not as believable, but to have the president confirm my words! Thank you!
    As a nation shame on us for how we behaved and shame on us for not letting our kids have some awesome inspiration. Perhaps if some of the nay sayers had a speech like this they might see the positive aspect of education.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  954. Michael R Casey

    I just watched the president's speech and cannot believe any person should be opposed to him addressing our children about the importance of education. I am amazed that when I was in school in Laurel, MS that the first flight of John Glenn was played over the speaker system (no tv then) but today there are schools that refuse to allow the president's speech to our children to be aired giving the children nothing but encouragement.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  955. Amy

    Of course they do not want him to tell the minority kids that they can make it. They want they to be always in the shadow. That is sad.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  956. Berenice

    I just listened to and taped the speech for my child and grand children to hear because the county that we live in has not chosen to allow the children to hear. I think that for something as important as a "pep talk" for our children should be applauded not forbidden.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  957. Linda Sarangoulis

    It was a great talk for students. The fact that the president's speech underwent such controversy before he ever gave it points to how powerful hate is in this country. It was a good speech... all students would benefit from it. President Obama said nothing that a good parent or teacher would tell their own children. The message just means so much more when delivered directly to the target audience.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  958. anthony cruz

    i like the way that u sayed not to drop out because now in days many people see that school boring and drop out and start selling and smoking i think that u should give a speech in new haven to tell kids how to keep on going and not just see that school is any work and they could money in the street i think u should tell kids that the street is only one thing troble or fight

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  959. Eric

    I was opposed to our child hearing the president's speech. This was not helped any after a school teacher failed their neutral responsibilities last year and explained why Obama should win versus McCain – to a 5 year old! Young children should not be brainwashed at school – older ones certainly can make up their own minds. That comment is related to the situation with the teacher, NOT the president's speech.

    Our fear was whether this speech would truly be focused around education or would the president work in plugs about health care or other issues, to which we strongly disagree with the president's policies. It is not a racial issue in any regard (we are white) and it is bologna to see people try to turn it into one on either side. We do however strongly oppose the economic, health care, and foreign policies of the president and his cabinet.

    I did listen to the speech and found it to be acceptable, and I am and was glad to have any president address our children – and I am glad we live in free America where we all have a choice and freedom of expression.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  960. Annie Curry

    I am not American, but cannot understand all the bad press President Obamas' speech was getting when no one knew what the content was yesterday. Even if the assignment was to write an essay on how the children might help the President, this is a valid tool for getting these children in school to THINK, be creative and come up with ideas that may assist them in making their future for themselves. There is nothing wrong with this President making a speech to encourage children to stay in school and do their best..... Why didnt any other President make similar speeches before school term? It shows how concerned he is about education and how to make them take responsiblity for their future given that he has 2 of his own children in the same group. Shame on parents and schools that were horrified about this speech and planned on keeping their kids out of school.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  961. Sista Tabia

    Listening to the President brought tears too my eyes. So many of these children do not have fathers. While President Obama spoke to each child as their very own father. He told them what any loving Father irrelevant of color, nationality, age or religion would say to their child because he wants the best for their child. Lets just say 'the President spoke from his heart and kept it real". He was my son's Father, just like Maleeia and Sasha's Dad. Every school student, no matter what grade or level at college they are in should have been elevated, promoted, challenged and justified to be all they can be! Thank you and Thank God for using him. He witnessed too all of us!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  962. michael

    why is it that every time some-one disagrees with our president, theres always one idiot who wants to play the race card. i had no problem with his speach, because no matter what he would say, i would be the one to tell my child the truth.

    i'll bet that our president would get a lot more support, if the media would ignor the idiots who play the race card. if the country has to put up with four years of the race card being played, they will talk us out of four more years.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  963. Carla

    President Obamas speech was wonderful to hear. He reiterated everything we say to our children about staying in school and why it is so important to work hard and do your best. Our 8 yr old is very hard on himself and wants to be perfect at everything. It was nice to hear President Obama state that "it doesn't mean you are stupid if you don't do well in something" It means you need to practice, work hardn and try again. We say this all the time but as you know children don't believe their parents. My son was fortunate enough to view Pres Obama's speech today at school and I cannot wait to discuss it with him this evening. He looks up to Pres Obama. I think the children (especially today) need a role model to look up to besides their parents. Who better than our leader of our nation....

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  964. ONETIA CUTTS

    Its truly sad to been given a gift in a man to help lead our country and inspire our young children but many want to block his every move.
    He is a great example for us all. My heart is sadden when I see all the hate that come from our country toward him. If he was not a black man, if he fool around on his wife, stole money from others and only helped a certain group of people then they would'nt love him.
    I hope he remain focus do his job with dignity no matter what they say or do!! Great job you had tears in my eyes I know how hard it is even with the greatest potential.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  965. glenda barbre

    Iam a 68 year old woman, and have applied the presidents speech to my life. After my hip surgury Iam going to bring back the old accordian bands to our area, by teaching and encouraging others. I also intend to practice today for the first time in years! You not only iinspired the kids president Obama, you inspired ALL of us! Even an old accordion player who needs a new hip! Thankyou! God bless you! Thankyou for standing tall in spite of all the opposition, which helps me to stand tall in spite of my age and bad hip! Blessiings and prayers! Thankyou!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  966. Andrea

    Coming from a high school drop-out, If he came and spoke to me in high school, I wouldve been inspired to stay and work harder and not give up! I wished every kid in america could've watched his speech. It was said very well and I believe it was very inspirational.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  967. DeeDee

    I read the education speech Monday but the delivery exceeded my expectations. I am a grown up with a family and a graduate degree and I felt inspired by what he said. I'm trying to figure out what I can do better, how I can help my children to be better students. I love the fact that he linked patriotism to education. I believe in what he said. Getting an education is not just about the individual, it's about your family, it's about your future, it's about your country's ability to excel. I also loved that he said straight forward to kids that no matter how bad your situation is, you can make it. I loved it and I'm so sorry that partisanship is so terrible in the country that people actually kept their children home. Those children missed out.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  968. Janice Jackson

    GREAT SPEECH! and one that kids need to hear every day. It just makes me sad when some adults act like children. They take eveything the president says and does personally and nothing will ever be right. I know that they will pick apart that wonderful speech and find something wrong. His suit was the wrong color, He smiled too much. They will find something!!!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  969. Helen Mercer

    I believe the speech was very motivational & necessary for the President to give. I do not understand the objections that I heard yesterday. I have American/Canadian citizenship & wish the Canadian Prime Minister would talk with his people. You are should be very proud to have your President give such a speech!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  970. Ralph E. White

    Great speech, it is unfortunate that many of the kid's parents are so myopic that they denied their kid's an opportunity to experience comments meant to motivate them this school year.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  971. Amanda R.

    I loved his speech! I just graduated high school this summer and i wish i would have heard this speech last year, i had caught the senioritis and gave up bareky graduating high school.. it motivated me and now because of Obamas speech i understand the importance of education and i plan on enrolling in a community college this afternoon

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  972. Kevin Lane

    If education is so important to the White House, why is he not doing more to protect the jobs of our teachers? Why are the kids having to suffer by a bigger student to teacher ratio? He's just like every other politician, all talk & no action.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  973. Stephen McInerney

    I agree that there MAY have been some issues with the "lesson plan" that the White House had put out in advance, but the speech itself was positive, encouraging and inspirational. I am surprised that some in the American public have reacted with disrespect and disdain for the President of the United States and his desire to speak to the nation's students. I have always admired the American public's ability to respect the office of the President despite his politics or his party. I guess those days are gone. On a personal note, I believe Canadians, by and large, would be greatful for a national leader like your President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  974. Patrick Simon

    Unfortunately its a very sad day for democracy and the United States as a world leader in the free world. When we have reached the point in this country when the President of the United States and our Commander in Chief's sincere words to America's youth are publicly scrutinized in this fashion makes me as a retired US Army veteran of 20 years wonder what is it we are defending. I have spent the majority of my working life as a school District technology administrator and his message is on target and heartfelt.
    If nothing else I hope our students come away with the understanding that Freedom of speech does have consequences and responsibilities and we must all work together to protect and defend that.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  975. Kali Burgess-Romero

    This was a beautiful message to our children. A very down to earth message without sounding to passive or aggressive with a concerned parental air to it. I hope our children listen.

    -Anchorage, AK

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  976. Haille Sanders

    I think that its great that president Obama belives so strongly in education for children in america and i think he should keep doin his thang

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  977. Curtis

    I wonder if the Parents who criticized the context of the President's speech (before if came out).... also go and screen the new Harry Potter movies before their kids go and see them..... Chances are, they don't!! It's a sad day in America when people are willingly to keep their child home from school... to avoid a POSITIVE 20 min speech from the President of the United States of America!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  978. kishon turner

    Submit my comment or not, but the difficulty with the President's speech has little to do with its content and more to do with him as a person. Was there ever a debate when a President directed his speech to school children.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  979. Fernando Commodari

    It's a sad day in America, when the elected President of the USA who as an inspirational speaker sets out to motivate students to try and take part in life and education to better themseleves and their country, is second guessed and labeled a "communist". Oviously, the misguided parents of those kids who wanted to "shield" their children from this, and who no doubt also spew/absorb mis-information on health care reform, were denied a real education or are otherwise disengaged from the real world which is black, yellow, white and full of differnt flavors.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  980. Marie Schneider

    What an inspiration to our children. I can't believe that anyone would not want their child to hear this message–it was honest, heartfelt, and did not have any political overtones. We all need to take responsibility and this is a perfect first step!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  981. Karen Harper

    President Obama is trying to ressisitate the soul of America. Our presisent wants the best for ALL the citizens of the USA. This is what his opponets hate the most. Former President Bush Sr. "talked" about a kinder gentler nation, President Obama proposals are about putting that very concept into action. Unfortunately there is a portion of the population that would like to maintain the status quo of I've got mine and I hope you never get yours. Shame on them. I salute our President for caring enough to encourage our children and motivate our citizen in these uncertain times.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  982. Leslie

    I found the President's speech very inspiring. His wisdom speaks to more then a young person looking toward their future. It speaks to anyone struggling to make it no matter what stage in life you happen to be.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  983. Valarie Boyer

    I believe that the pep talk that the President gave today was uplifting for any school age child, or student in college no matter what the age. Isn't it wonderful that our president took the time to encourage our children. The drop out rate is staggering in the the United States, and if he can reach some of these children with this very positive speech, what a true blessing.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  984. Dennis Dean Daniels

    The President gave an excellent speech trying to motivate the future leaders of this World. I don't care what the "so called experts" have to say about his speech before and after the speech was made. I care about Patriotism, Respect and helping the future leaders of this great nation get the best education and become the best role models that they can. This was a very positive experience for the ENTIRE Nation and it's too bad that previous U S Presidents haven't thought to do this before!

    Dennis Daniels

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  985. Carol J. Fox

    To have a president of the United States speak to you is an honor. His speech was just what children need to hear. I applaud the President for his gallant effort to improve this nation and deplore those who would try keep us (children and adults) from hearing his words. I am proud of my country and of the President and wish others could give up their hatred to join the rest of us.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  986. Denise Maz

    Excellent speech! Exactly what I've been telling my students for 30 years! But I never had the chance to relate it to my own life and being elected to the presidency of the U.S., a position that should receive all the respect and honor of our country's citizens. There's nothing wrong with disagreeing with or questioning the politics of the position. Let's just not instill close-mindedness in our children.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  987. Robert Lunsford

    Not upset with what was said just the time frame I was informed. He knew this was going to happen 30 days ago. We should have been informed as parents more than 1 day advance of the speach. We should have more time to look at it and make a decision. Also USA is sooo grewat because we CAN question our leaders. The speach was good but I as a parent have a right to say no. This president was saying Im going to talk to your kids if you want me to or not. We should have been given more notice.

    Also our media as mush hub bub should of been all over the news, if seemd to me to have been hushed.

    My school district told me aboutthe airing of it at 7:00am this morning

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  988. Heather Conn

    Hi Tony,
    As a Canadian who watched Obama's speech and the fear-mongering hysteria lin your nation leading up to it, I can't help but find two huge ironies:

    a) The U.S. prides itself on freedom of speech as an integral part of its history and constitution and yet thousands of so-called educators have chosen to bar the very words of your highest leader;

    b) The U.S. prides itself on that rousing comment by JFK: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." That statement is upheld historically as a pinnacle of democratic nationalism and personal achievement. And yet when President Obama basically says the same thing in his speech on education, it's labelled "communism" and "socialism" by many.

    All I can ask is: What's wrong with this picture?! Wake up, Americans.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  989. sandra

    Has ANYONE thought of asking the children INSTEAD of the parents if they wanted to listen to the President talk to them today??? He is the PRESIDENT of their Country for goodness sake; if he was a Rock Star or Sports figure, would this still be news worthy??? Would their parents object to this Speech????

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  990. Eve

    Excellent speech. All children need encouragment.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  991. LaTanya J

    The whole entire nation's children needed to hear what President Obama had to say today. Our children need to feel encouraged by parents, teachers, their communities, and by our governement. Regardless of race or religious beliefs children should be told to work hard, study hard, if you fail to try and try again, never give up. The blatant disrespect that people have shown our President today should be abhored. The Office of the Presidency should be respected as an American regardless of your personal views. In my 35yrs I have never seen a Presidents message be screened before it's heard. This is nonsense and personally i'm disgusted with the behavior displayed by school systems across America that did not show the speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  992. Veronika Zavaleta

    I just watched President Obama's speech and I still don't understand why people were opposing it. If I had heard a speech like this when I was in high school, in a highly urban area, I would have been even more motivating to study harder. I particularly enjoyed President Obama's part on success and how hard it is to attain. As a foreign language teacher I would have prefered to hear him include how important it is to become proficient, if not fluent in another language and poinit out how learning another language does utlize important critical thinking skills. Other than that, I found his speech quite inspiring.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  993. Wanda Payne

    It's a wonderful day that we have a president that actually cares enough to speak to the children of America! There is a little boy & girl somewhere that feels like "someone cares" so God bless our president & God bless America! We clearly have a long way to go!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  994. Alex

    I think President Obama's speech was a remarkable and a wonderful event for our nation's future generation. His spech truly emphasizes hope and may possibly motivate for a better education system in our country where no child will be neglected the right for an education that will ensure then a good future. It pains and disgusts me to hear how the media (particularly the conservative media) may argue and criticize the preident's honorable intentions as a shear political attack and using underhanded tactics to gain support. If only they would hear the speach and realize the true meaning behind it, that they may come to terms on how important education can affect the lives and futures of millions of Americans.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  995. ANGELA CARROLL

    A wonderful speech geared to all school children, rich poor and the mixture in between, It was a message of hope for each child for their own success in life. It was in no way political but a concerned president's encouragement to the future adult generation of this country!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  996. Tekola

    Shame on the Republican Party and the people who are against everything he say and do. It is the best day in my life and I am committed to do more, be a better person. Thank you Mr. President and God bless you.

    Tekola

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  997. Elizabeth Bartholomew

    I thought our president's speech had a sincerely uplifting approach for today's students who are facing more distractions than ever before. It is wrong for any parent not to trust our president's motivations towards their children. He has always stood for better education and personal responsibility in that process. I thought he was great for sharing his personal hardships to let children know that home situations and environment are not always the best, but can be overcome with education.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  998. yunmeilin

    When I was a child, we had various public figures speak to us. I wish that I had had an opportunity to listen to the President of our Nation speak directly to me, as a student. I am saddened and pained by the thought that there are children who will not be inspired by his message today, simply because their parents have some sort of agenda of their own.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  999. Dacia

    Jean, I agree with you. I believe that all children should see the speech. One day one of them could be the leader of our country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1000. Jennifer Bohrnstedt

    The president's speech was an A+ in my books. And it was a speech that is needed by the American workforce, by people who need to continue to seek education, retooling themselves for whatever the future brings. It was exactly what I wished I had said to my own grandkids before their school year started; maybe I'll take some of his language on responsibility and deliver it in case they didn't hear it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1001. Devin

    I am a 16yr old senior at Aberdeen High School in Harford County Maryland. They decided not to show President Obama's speech. I am glad my parents pulled me out of school to view and listen to the president's speech. I really enjoyed the speech and it motivated me more to study even harder.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1002. donna chestnut

    I feel pride and confidence in my future as a 53 yr. old woman when a man such as this is taking the time to inspire our children. This was a shockingly non-contraversy filled speech. I know now thaht all the complaints are just sour grapes by the losing party. Shame on your inability to be pariotic!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1003. muriel nash

    I'am a proud american, and votered for barack obama.I felt our president's speech was very appropiate and its sad that our nation is so divided.The president speech gave our students no excuses.The parents that would not allow schools to listen missed out.Live video
    is profound.He SAID IT LIKE IT IS.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1004. Izabel Fonseca

    Hey Tony! As a mom of a 2nd grader, I would never bar my child from watching the President speak to her about how important her education is. I would allow her this no matter if the president is a Republican or a Democrat. It made me sad how many parents in my hometown forbade their kids from watching him speak. We have to respect our leader and hear him out, no matter what the situation is. What I saw today was the President speak to the students the same way he would speak to his two daughters, which is the same thing that we say to our kids everyday. I would like to add that I am going back to college for a teaching degree this Spring since I left High School in 1997. I was very nervous and scared, but after hearing the president speak as a fuure college student, I feel more at ease and know that this is one of the best decision I have made in my life. Thanks – Izabel from Texas

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1005. Wanda Kramer

    I read the speech and listened to Pres. Obama this morning. I agree with the majority of the things he said. But the only thing that I dont totally agree with is the fact that "nobody writes our destiny". Our destiny was written by our Lord Jesus Christ. He wants us to follow the path of faith and truth of His teachings. God Bless our country !

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1006. Denise

    Bravo to President Barak Obama. Everything in his speech was positive and not politically motivated. Not so long ago President John Kennedy said "Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country." Where was the outrage then? There wasn't any because people weren't alarmists then. No one accused John Kennedy of being a Nazi or brainwashing and indoctranating children. They believed in this country no matter who the president was. They supported the United States. Our children are the future. Shouldn't they know that this country will be what they make it?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1007. Maria

    Excellent speech! No politics, no indoctrination (except to work hard, but who can argue against that).We shoulld all listen to the President speak, we don't have to agree, but we must listen. To those who believe school is not the place for politics, remember all the mock elections? Politics have been a part of education in our country, and will continue to be. By the way, education in it's nature is indoctrination.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1008. Stanley Miller Jr

    Hi, I am an 8th grader at Charles R. Drew charter school in Atlanta, Ga at East Lake. I just saw the president pep talk on CNN. I think it was a good idea and nothing was wrong with it. I also think this will motivate kids and push them in the right direction. my message to all the parents who didn't want their kids to watch or pulled their kids, are that they are hating on president Obama.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1009. Tim C.

    Anyone who didn't want there children to here a positive message from a sitting U.S. President doesn't care about the future of their children or their country. They complain so much, but have no solutions and fight someone who does. It seems as if some places in this country still has some deep seeded hate that they need to correct, and if they don't the whole country will continue suffer.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1010. Ryan, Ex-Pat in Canada

    Right now, I hope everyone who questioned letting students listen to this inspiring speech feels both embarrassed and ridiculous. The speech was the least political of any given by previous presidents, and was truly meant to inspire students to achieve. One reason I find myself in this new nation I call home is my own shame of being from a country more interested in self-destruction and self-sabotage than in lifting up one another. The USA needs a wake-up call, and Obama is trying to provide that. All his opponents wish to do is drag him through as much mud as they can, and stir controversy where there is none. It's a sad day when the color of your skin, your political affiliations or your desire to stir creative thought in the future decision makers of your country becomes a barrier to the change you seek to bring.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1011. Christina

    I live in a 3rd world country and all through my school years, not once did the President of my country host an address like what you just had by President Obama. America, value what you have, you have such a beautiful country, structures and systems that we are all looking up to. Dont let us down by gagging the President you worked so hard to elect. Instead trust the structures you have set up or are they not working? but most especially in the slogan you have on the American dollar, 'In God, we trust'. Thank you

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1012. Debbie Critchfield

    What an inspiring speech! I can't think of a better way to kick off the school year then by building students up to believe they can achieve anything. Well done, President Obama!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1013. Dawn Connolly, San Rafael, CA

    President Obama's speech was so inspirational, I was crying. Why anyone would object to him sending this message of encouragement to our children is beyond me. I'm going to hang his speech up so my girls can read it everyday.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1014. Patty Moening

    I found the speech to be inspirational. I plan to show it to my children more than once. How on earth could anyone find fault with this message? This inspiration transcends the classroom; motivation is needed for all ages.

    We can be better than we are when we apply ourselves.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1015. Donna Berger

    What an honor for school children to start their year with a pep talk from the president of our country. Kids today need all the help they can get to stay motivated, to do their best,to go on to fulfill their dreams.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1016. Alice Keith

    I am a retired elementary school teacher from Louisiana. When I was still teaching it was always an honor for our children to stop whatever they were doing at the time and listen to the President"s speech. I am very disappointed at the attitude of this country regarding this president. It is so pathetic when parents don't want their children to hear what our presient has to say. It sends an ignorant message loud and clear as to what they and some of our school districts think of him..

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1017. Cassandra Turner

    Good Morning,

    I enjoyed President Obama's speech. I looked at it as a parent giving advice to their child. I hope that both parents and teachers, really listened with understanding and take his advice to inspire our children.

    I can't remember another President being scrutinize like our President. I am proud of him. He is an example to my 11 year old son.

    Thank you
    Cassandra Turner
    Riverdale, Georgia

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1018. Marietta

    Hey Tony, Our school's motto is 'Joined as one we'll get the job done." Well our school decided not to air the president's speech. I thought it was an excellent speech. I guess our motto only applies to what the school district wants it to. What a shame. The kids missed a tremendous opportunity to be part of history in the making. If we all join together as parents and educators the job will get done.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1019. David Kulaga

    I just watched President Obama's speech and it blows my mind how anyone would want to prevent our children from seeing it. This was, in my opinion, the most important speech of his presidency so far! My children's school decided not to show the speech live, choosing instead to screen it first before letting the kids see it. As soon as my boys get home from school today, I will be showing it to them online, I feel it is that important!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1020. Dosh Jackson

    We have a significant problem in our country and that is we rank far behind other nations in producing educated students that will be able to survive in this technology based world. I applaud President Obama in taking the leadership and being a role model for our students to follow. Those that opposed his speaking to our students are very short sighted and are contributing to the problem.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1021. Carol Childress

    Tony...

    I am ashamed of our country. Those protesting a speech by our President to school children are teaching their children to disrepect our elected leaders.

    President Obama encouraged young people to stay in school and to become responsible adults. How can other news channels label this speech as "damage control"?

    I am proud of President Obama for taking the high road in all of this negative jargon.

    Carol
    Joplin, Missouri

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1022. Juhi

    The father of our nation addressed our children today regarding the responsibilty they have toward their [education] futures . How this was speech was misinterpreted beforehand baffles me.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1023. Aric

    I cannot understand how U.S. schools would want to shut out their President's speeches. I can relate to a principal's worry of not including their children's parents in the decision to have them watch the President or not. What I cannot relate to is how any resident of the United States would not want to see what was said today, that school is important and that every student needs to fulfill their duty to succeed through hard work. Even as a Canadian I would want my children to see what was said here today. Whichever schools were held back from this information are most likely the schools who needed to hear what was said the most.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1024. Dawn

    I thought the Presidents speech was great!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1025. From: Mary Holden's 8th grade Tulsa Ok Class

    From: Delvon -"loved it".

    From :Taylor- "I loved it too because I know where he is coming from."

    From: Ms. Holden_ " I am grateful that Tulsa Public Schools gave us the option to have students hear the president's remarks. They were very inspirational and appropriate. Our students listened attentively.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1026. Patricia

    Americans were concerned about the lesson plan last week-not about the Presidents speech.
    The students were to write about how they could help the President-help him do what??

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1027. Brian Cairns

    I realize that there was some apprehension about the President addressing school children. After all, for the past eight years we had a President that was unable to talk in complete sentences.
    President Obama has demonstrated that he is articulate, intelligent and is able to inspire when he talks. What better group of individuals to address such as the nation's youth, as they are about to begin their new academic year. He clearly set the bar high for all the nation's school aged children.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1028. Candice

    September 8th, 2009 12:30 pm ET
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    I think it is great that he cares enough about our youth to speak to them about the importance of education. Students need to be reminded of their responsibilities and how it affects the future of our country. He spoke to all of our youth the way he would have spoken to his own children. It is disappointing that some of our nation does not support our president and his positive message to our children. He is a great role model for the students to look up to.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1029. Helen Deffenbacher

    Thank you, Mr. President, for an inspiring speech for our entire nation, and thank you, also, to those school leaders who supported freedom of speech and freedom of education today. Indoctrination can only take place in a culture that disallows a free flow and and a full evaluation of ideas.

    Helen Deffenbacher, grandmother

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1030. Veronica Hansen

    I'm grateful to to our president for this speech that he gave to our
    children today. I like the fact that he was straightforward and to the
    the point. I do believe that our children deserve to hear from him.

    It shows are children that he does understand us and knows how
    many of them may feel and knows how it is to grow up in a difficult
    environment and yet overcome it.

    He gives hope to all that heard his speech today.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1031. Peggy

    Kudos to the President! He did a great job talking to the youth of our nation. I don’t see what all the hulabaloo was about. Why shouldn’t he talk to the youth of the nation and stress the importance of education and self esteem?

    I thought he was great!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1032. Oscar

    Times have changed and the reality is that parents are so focused surviving that many parents forget about motivating their children on them going to school and helping them understand that they truly are the future and if they quit what will become of this great country... It dissapoints me that his country can breat apart from the basics and not suppor the leader we have and embrace him and his wisdom. This country is frustrated and we need to pull it all together and help our children understand the importance of education... Who better to motivate our children than THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1033. K. Vallery

    Great speech! I wish I had the opportunity to hear something so inspirational when I was in high school. I hate that so many kids missed out on hearing these words of encouragement and inspiration because of their parents partisianship. I'm already seeing "other channels" speak negatively against the speech, instead of making an effort to promote education and responsibility. Makes me sad that this is "America" today.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1034. Anne

    The President's speech was great; just what most of these kids needed to hear...kids are strange, sometimes it takes someone else to speak to your kids in a positive manner; this is just what the president of the United States did.

    Some critics just did not want a "Black" man to speak to their kids...that is too bad!

    People, wake up, it's 2009, the 21st century! Not the1960's in Mississippi.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1035. Maureen Euston

    What an honor to have our President come to a school and give an inspirational speech! He is an excellent speaker, who wants our country to do well, including among other things, our educational system, and our children. He knows the value of education and has seen the difference it has made in his own life as well as others.

    I am proud that President Obama has identified and addressed so many problems to help our country become a better America. I love his enthusiam and energy and wish our citizens could unite around him to move our country forward.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  1036. Ethel Leach

    I am a retired teacher and would have appeciated airing the presidents speech in my class room. I do not understand what is wrong with people that do not want the president, of all people , to talk ot the students about doing well in school. This could change a young child's mind about the importance of education.

    I believe it is more about the president being black than about the speech. Some things never change.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1037. Laurie bell

    It brought tears to my eyes to know that the president actually took time today to show that he really cares about our future. I only wish i would of had that kind of support through my school years, Our school children need the encouragement,Knowing that many parents don't give it , I believe that even if it encourages 1 student it was worth it...thank you and god bless america.........

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1038. Maraizu

    I think what the President said in his speech was so needed. The fact is in the US of A we seem to have forgotten that success requires hard work. For our children, the sky is the limit if they only realize they can reach for the sky because the limit is what you believe your limit to be. The message of hope and hard work that President Obama imparted to the youth today, will bear fruit for years to come. For some children, any expression of belief from someone they admire can change their perception of themselves. I speech was good and I hope everychild has a chance to see and hear that their President cares about them too and thinks they matter and thinks they can achieve with hard work and perserverance.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1039. M Davis

    Michael,

    The point is that he graduated from high school and perhaps decided college wasn't for him. Starting his own business after some college experience isn't a negative aspect. He went a different route to his success.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1040. Brian A. Warner

    President Obama touched on a lot of subjects with respect to the kids. Why are so many people in oposition to his speech? Reagan did it in the 80's, and there was no complaint. Kids will listen to a noble man, because contrary to popular belief, kids are very aware of this country's situation. Good job to President Obama – he spoke in a manner that talks to kids and adults alike, which will be resonated for a long time!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1041. R. Rizvi

    God Bless President Obama for steering our kids in the right direction. God knows they need it. American kids today, get everything too easily and don't value the things they have. They have expensive video games which are thrown across the floors, books hidden under beds, clothes left at school lost & found boxes etc. If they are taught the value of hard work, they will not shy away from trying their utmost best and that they should EARN life's luxuries. Respect for teachers, parents, caregivers or family members should be taught in schools, so that they know there is a hierarchy. The determination to do well in school and society should be nurtured. In a world where propaganda rules, and war crimes run rampant, Barack Obama is like a breath of fresh air.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1042. ermengardetenderstone

    I want to shout "hallelujah!" because the President today has done something I'd
    been hoping for - to reach out to our children. He's covered it all, and I
    know he'll continue to be an inspiration to these kids. I'm offering my help
    right here and now to do what I can do be part of encouraging and mentoring
    children.

    I'm particularly thankful he mentioned volunteerism. To all American children I
    say this - in the words of JFK - "Ask not what your country can do for you;
    ask what you can do for your country."

    Ermengarde Tenderstone
    Athens, Georgia

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1043. trisha

    Great Job President Obama.

    What a shame on some of the citizens of this country. They oppose your speech – conveniently forgetting what Republicans such as Reagan and Bush the First did during their presidency without opposition or accusations – of “pushing an (or his) agenda”. Imagine if President Kennedy’s speech to get a man on the moon were so adamantly objected to before he spoke. Back off Republican puppets!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1044. Martin

    the speech was great, one of the best I have ever seen. He kept it real and talking to the kids only. Me and my kids looked at it and we loved it. People how did no listen are look at it shame on you. People teach there kids to love everyone but when it comes to this president why do you hate, that's not how America should be.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1045. george sanchez

    My family and I are thankfull for the presidents speech. We as parents must keep our kids spirits high and keep them hopeful of a better future. Hard work and determination will overcome all negativity that surrounds our children.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1046. Lou

    Tony,

    The problem with all of the uproar about the President's talk had to do with that dog-gone "Lesson Plan." That was really dumb. It (the lesson plan) reminded a lot of us of how Hitler organized The Hitler Youth. And, it smacked of politics.

    Personally, I thought the President's talk was very up-lifting for the kids.

    Lou
    Gulf Shores, AL

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1047. kelley

    I am not so upset at the President or what he had to say. How ever I don't see how my Kinder or 2nd grade student would get that much out of what he said at there age they love to go to school. Also I am really shocked at how many of the students listening in the gym had cell phones at school and were talking on them. THEY ARE AT SCHOOL. Last I knew kid were not aloud phones at school! Also I am more upset at how the schools handled this no note home or anything we are just showing this period. Does the school not have to ask for permision anymore. I think it would have gone over much smoother if there was some more comuincation with in the school and home. Maybe that is the real reason why we are having so many problems with our students now in this day and age. It is pretty said when a teacher tells a parent that the only way they will get ahold of you is by email or a recording what happened to a hand shake or a personal phone call.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1048. Marj

    The American people should be so privileged to have a president like Barak Obama. His inteligence, common sense, and energy are unsurpassed and ALL school children would be honoured to shake his hand and listen to him speak.
    Shame on those who think he's preaching politics to their kids and therefore will be keeping them home from school. They have done their kids a grosse injustice.
    Wake up America and enjoy the progress he will lead.
    YES YOU CAN!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1049. Nadine

    Great Speech!

    I think the President should address students at the beginning of every school year to remind them of why they are in school and what's important.

    So sick of certain people thinking this President has alternative agendas all the time. He simply wants to improve the life of Americans.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1050. CJ

    No one had a problem when president clitntion came to Springbrook highschool in MD 11 years ago, It was on the news. Soo as president obama wants to do the same thing people dont like it! Its SICK!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1051. lysbeth deering

    I think the speech was great for kids to hear. I think its great that the President care enough about drop out rate in US that he took the time to encourage kids to stay in school.
    Such a big deal over Nothing Beth

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1052. Ronita Williams

    I thought the speech was great as I do with anything that my president does. I just think it is sad that we live in a world like this. I feel sorry for him and his family sometimes but I am happy that he is our president. But I really have just two words for everyone REPUBLICANS & RASICM those are our two biggest problems in this world! SO SAD!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1053. Judy

    Great speach! Will all of the nay sayers go home. Leave the President alone to do his work. Please, all of the right wing just back off. We have a man in the White House that has the potential to go down as a great President. Just give him time to do what he has in his mind to do. All good things take time. All of you negative people be patient.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1054. Toni

    It is such a hypocrisy letting children have full access to the internet than letting them watch this beautiful, inspirational speech. I just don't understand where this hatred come from. America! Wake up and let the president do his job.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1055. Miguel Gray-Carver

    Hello Tony,
    I was excited to hear the President's speech to our nation's children. I had an opportunity to hear it firsthand. It was straight forth and to the point. I was glad to hear how he shared his upbringing with the children and provided encouragement. Our President gave beneficial guidance to our children. I agree with others in saying we voted for President Obama and should trust what he would share with our children. Now, we should sit down this evening and discuss what was shared with our children. It's our responsibility!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1056. Christine

    IT's a shame that OUR President can not speak to all the students of our country without a week of prior debate! I TIVO the speech for my child to watch after getting home from school, due to the fact parents are letting our school boards deciding for us. Yet schools around the country will spend time out of the school day to sway kids to sell JUNK, so they will get a tinker toy if they sell the most.... Yet a motivational speech by our president can't get fitted in to the day.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1057. Deborah Brown

    What an excellent speech! What parent would not have wanted for their kids too hear a speech like this from the President. This is perhaps want is wrong with some of the kids in school today because of what they are being taught at home. Bad behavior from parents make bad behavior on kids. This world has a long way to go and they never should have taken Prayer, out of school.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1058. Deb

    What if every student in America could have heard the President's message simultaneously? We have no idea how powerful that might have been. That we denied ANY child the opportunity to listen to the leader of their country in the setting he was addressing is an embarrassment. The rest of the world is watching, and this kind of nonsense weakens our country's image. President Obama has maintained his dignity and patience in the face of excessively ignorant and unfounded opposition during his first months in office. He's an exemplary role model for the young people of our nation.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1059. Kate, NJ

    I think the President's speech was excellent. His message was right on target and I hope it inspires our kids to do better in school. I think all the controversy surrounding this speech is ridiculous. If it was that easy to "brainwash" our kids with a 20 minute speech, I would use a 20 minute speech from the President to get my kids to clean their rooms, go to bed on time without a fight, and to potty train my infant. The reason behind the objections are phony and completely see through. They obviously had no problem with the previous Presidents addressing our school children...why....maybe because they were all white men.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1060. La Una

    I appreciated the President's speech today and it is sad to think that some children were prevented from viewing it. I found it to be very inspirational. The fact that he placed the ball back in the student's court and encouraged them to set their own personal goals sent a strong message about personal responsibility and citizenship, despite inherent inequalities. I think the President definitely deserved props on this one! It is sure to motivate many young minds....

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1061. Sue Graham

    During my 34 years of teaching middle school I have many times said to students some of the very same things President Obama said in his very non-indoctrinating speech today. His words really were inspiring and should be something all students take to heart. It is difficult to believe that we have so many people in our country in this 21st century who are still so closed minded. I hope that now that IF they listen to this speech they will allow their children to also listen to it and help them to set their goals.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1062. Johnny

    I didn't vote for the Pres. but I saw nothing wrong with what he said.
    If it had been to benefit his agenda, that would have been wrong.
    Three or more othe Pres. spoke to kids in the past so it is getting to be a trend.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1063. Charlie Hardin

    After listening to the President's speech to the school children of America, I wonder just what the vocal opponents of the speech thought was wrong. There's nothing that any reasonable person could possibly object to. To the contrary, it was an inspiring and helpful message. The bottom line is that there is a small vocal group of partisan Republicans in this country who are sore over loosing the last election and who will stop at nothing to oppose absolutely anything and everything this President does. Their vocal and mean-spirited opposition to this speech exposes this fact quite clearly.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1064. Sandy Richardson

    This was an excellent speach by the President. He seems to know how to connect to children to inspire them to succeed. What an excellent role model. Why would anyone shadow this with distrust ? By marking this speach as non American and requiring this to be edited is beyond belief.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1065. Phyllis Nayak

    I think that the students attending the President's speech said it best. They were attentive, respectful and displayed honest enthusiasm. After listening, I fail to see what all the objections were about. We as a united people who want what is good for the country, should applaud a US leader who takes time out of his busy schedule to help educators motivate our children at the beginning of the school year. The loud objections, and editing out in many school district's, of the President's outreach to the children of our country is a bad example to our children of how our Republic should act in a united way.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1066. anita procasky

    Bravo. The President's speech to school students was inspirational and right on the money. How can anyone call this political in nature? I am very proud of President Obama!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1067. Molik White

    It's sad when you thing of what was said in his speech it was ment to inspire not just our children but us as well to be better for ourselves yet the republican's make it about everthing else but such.I have never seen a president get such wide spread hate.I guess they don't want a black man to inspire the nation the problem is he has already and even the world your way to late we are inspired we are listening when our hateful republician parents are not around we will listen to the words we will hear him

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1068. Sathie

    I see reason why school kids should not listened to the president message. I think it's a good message for the kids an for parents who wants there kids to work hard in school and to be successful.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1069. Upstate NY

    Parents, School Administrations & Political Interests that are opposing our President's communication to our future..be very ashamed of your ignorance and the fact that you are stifling your children from hearing a positive message and the reinforcement of what educators are trying to instill in our younger citizens. Shameful!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1070. rosie roma,tx

    I think president obamas speech was great and very inspired!! This is exactly what students from this era NEED to hear. I myself am a college student for the first time and his speech completely inspired me to not give up!! And i finf it great that he gives recognition to students who have worked very hard to get to where they are today. For example, Jazmin Perez, who is one of the students he mentioned, i went to school with her and were close friends and it is true she is a very bright student who never gave up and is a very applied student to her studies and has gotten so far!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1071. Terresa

    The President's speech to the children was so encouraging.

    If each day's homeroom class began with such positive remarks to our children, then we would see changes in current outcomes.
    Teachers, it is called positive re-enforcement.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1072. Catherine C Weber

    I work in Baltimore City schools with teachers who have come with Teach for America. This speech is so important for their kids to hear! If it settles even one 8th grader and turns him/her around, it will be worthwhile.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1073. sara

    Matter of fact, what Is the Underlying "problem" with the President talking to our future leaders. I will call it for what it is....... Racism! The Media NEEDS TO STOP covering this up, and START to call "these problems" WHAT IT IS........I live the truth, and wants no more LIES.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1074. patrice

    hey tony, our president is on point about education. it sounded like me telling my son not to let himself down. he touched on everything to talk and execute on a daily basis in our household. i read the speech earlier and i couldn't find anything political or controversial about it. thank you pres. obama for be aware and sharing

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1075. Sharon Chapman

    Having given 38 years to the teaching of high school English, I applaud President Obama for voicing nationally the words spoken by the majority of teachers across this country. I find it difficult to believe that any parent, regardless of political persuasion, could find fault with encouraging one's child to be the best he can be. Without the committment and hard work of each student, the educational programs, lesson plans, and enrichment activities designed by
    teachers are diminished.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1076. Andrea

    I watched the Presidents speech to the school children and thought he did a great job! I am sorry, I fail to understand what the problem was. This is the president of the United States of America. The comments that I heard before the speech was it is the parents responsibility to tell the children to stay in school. Very few of them do so why not let someone encourage them to do more.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1077. carrie

    Whats wrong with the president speaking to kid's. I bet if they wanted to put the Michael jackson memorial service on in school,parents would have been all for it.
    Stupid people. This is the US not Cuba

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1078. Roger Bell

    There was nothing controversial in the President's speech. The fact there was a controversy shows that President Obama's opponents will go to any length to try to defeat his policies. They don't care what is good for the country. His opponents only think of what is good for them. That is greedy and evil.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1079. Brigette

    I, too, am confused about the controversy. We are all Americans! This is our democratically-elected president addressing the nation's school children. I found the speech to be "on target." I constantly share a similar message with my own children. The message- your education is not just for you, it is for everything that you can do with it to make this a better planet, country and community in which you live. I applaud our President for sharing this important message with our children. I grow tired of the people in this country who openly wish President Obama to fail. We owe any United States President our loyalty and support.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1080. eric

    I see nothing wrong with a positive speech. But i do continue to see hate and racism in this country, and to say i gave twenty years of my life defending this country, and not to let young hear a wonderful speech is very sad.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1081. Dahrol Perry

    The way that politicians are encouraging others to turn sour on our president disgusts me, and most of the message is conservative fed. Idiots like Rush Limbaugh and Mark Shannon, charging the president with wanting to "indoctrinate kids" and saying that he is a community organizer, "organizing Hitler youth." The man simply wanted to speak to children, encouraging us to stay in school, because we are the future, and it's better for us to end up successful, rather end up in jail or prison somewhere.

    It's almost as if politicians don't want to solve our problems. They'd rather bring the other side down, when they fail, just to make themselves feel good. What happened to "United we stand, divided we fall?" Is all the bickering really necessary? Forget about personal agenda, what about the agendas of the people, who put them into office in the first place?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1082. Louise

    As a retired English teacher with 34 years of teaching, I am thrilled that our President urged our young people to challenge themselves to really apply themselves and never give up on themselves. To remind them that their determination to learn is vital to our country ennobles their efforts and gives them a sense that we truly are all in this together. If they truly act on his challenge, this will be a wonderful school year for the students, their families, and their teachers.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1083. Anthony C. Aiken, U.S. Army Colonel (Retired)

    Great message by our President. I personally related to many points and hope that students around the nation will adhere to his calling for study and learning and much as possible as they prepare for the future. Our nation has a leader with clear visions and he is very comfortable being "REAL" with his ideas. Thank you Mr. President!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1084. Taylor Mathews

    K COX-"shame on these radical, gun carrying, tea party, ignorant trouble makers who are raising their children to be idiots like themselves."
    You showcase true ignorance by stereotyping everyone opposing the speech. The Left is no better than the Right and visa versa, political parties's personal interests are destroying America!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1085. Cathy

    To those parents who opposed their kids watching the president, they may have very well denied their kids from something that profoundly impacts positively on their kids' current as well as future ambitions. This is how EVERY child needs to be led and told. Amazing speech!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1086. Deborah Harris

    I am so very sad that a speech so inspiring did not reach all of our children. I am a lifetime educator with a PhD in Special Education wishing that all of the children I ever taught would have had the opportunity to hear such a heartfelt, sincere message of expectation. It was a perfect balance of encouragement and responsibility. I was inspired myself to do more even though all of my professional efforts are committed to inspiring others in a era when so much is designed to undermine our best efforts. Hang in there President Obama!!! There are millions of us praying for you and supporting your efforts to inspire all of us to a greater commitment of responsibility to our country. That is a message for all. Let the political buzzards nest elsewhere.

    Deborah Harris, Ph.D.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1087. Dex Houston TX

    President Obama's speech to students was perfect. Short, sweet and too the point. I don't see why anyone would have a problem with the pep talk he gave to our kids.
    Forget the haters....they would hate President Obama if he solved the world's problem with a snap of finger....what does that tell you about them.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  1088. Constance Porter Malveaux

    I watched the speech and feel like speeches like this should be given to students on a regular basis. The youth of today are lost....and at least now just maybe...they could hear something that would give them a glimmer of hope. Many Presidents have spoken at schools in the past and no one opposed them. President Obama's speech was great. So sad that narrow minded people are allowed to give birth. This is so sad...that in this day and age...we still have a long way to go. May God continue to Bless our President and his family.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1089. Monique

    I thought this is very positive.I hope my two sons got to hear it. Anyone who could object to what was said to our kids needs to analyze their motives. Our children need to hear this, on the education frontier we are statistically behind.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1090. Jack

    The problem I have with this issue is that the children were originally supposed to write about "what can they do to help the president succeed with education" ...or something to that effect. Then they changed the assignment to something else after all the flack.

    Why is everything always about HIM & not about the USA or the children in schools.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1091. Norma

    Wonderful speech and offered school children motivation for setting their goals for future. As a former middle school principal, I would definitely have offered an opportunity for students to hear the speech.

    And the uproar regarding access to the speech is unbelievably short sided...why the objections? Can't we all agree that education is crucial topic for everyone.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1092. Katherine

    President Obama, i thank you for delivering this speech even with all your critics against you. Your words are inspiring, and I will take your words to heart as I approach my junior year in high school. How has politics sunken so low that people will go to such lengths to criticize a president for speaking to children of the importance of education? i wish that would unite as a nation, despite our differences, for a common goal and purpose.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1093. Kammi

    I really don't understand why there is so much uproar about the President giving a speech. Why must parents give permission to have their kids watch it. We (the nation) don't get asked whether or not we want to watch the State of the Union addresses given by every President each time they are in office. It should be an honor that the President takes the time to talk to our kids. It was a very inspirational speech.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1094. Susan C

    Once again, the Right proves they are idiots. They wouldn't know propaganda is they were standing in front of it.
    This hasn't anything to do with propaganda, it has everything to do with race.
    It amazes me how there isn't respect for a President in this country anymore, just as there isn't respect for the flag or patriotism.
    The only time Americans get sentimental is when a tragedy occurs.
    It's a sad day for America.

    Susan C.
    Des Moines, IA

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1095. Sherley

    What parent would not want their kids to hear such a powerful and responsible speech. The President spoke to the kids respectfully, tactfully and seriously about the importance of education and their roles to pave a successful future for themselves. He did not scream, threaten or ridicule them, he just said what parents and teachers need to be instilling into students each and every day. I am blessed and proud to call Mr. Obama my President because he is dedicated to the success of all people, regardless of their personal or political feelings about him.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1096. Nancy

    Why are so many people talking about our President. Really it is not what is wrong with him but what is wrong with the people. His speech was right on line for our young people. We all need to put our feelings aside and be united to have peace between ourselves.Lets all incourage all our students.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1097. Zoekia Keller

    During 9/11 George Bush was speaking to elementary school kids in their classroom....in 1992 at Martin Luther King Jr middle school in Beltsville, MD President Bill Clinton spoke to me and hundreds of other junior high students nobody said a word about it but President Obama wants to do it, an African American President and wow look at the negativity that we Americans surround our Commander and Chief with, and we expect other nations to take us seriously in this world. No wonder the world hates Americans, we can't even love ourselves.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1098. Monica

    I just watched with my 5 year old here at home. She begins kindergarten tomorrow, and even she gained something positive from the President Obama's talk to our nation's school children. My older child is watching at his middle school today, and we will discuss what they both learned at dinner tonight. I congratulate the president for challenging young people, and I am certain that the children who watched will be greatly encouraged....I certainly am!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1099. Jessica Shearer

    I can't believe this is even a conversation...I don't want a president who doesn't speak to us but only to those people in the congress who want to continue to keep this nation seperated. I don't understand how we'll ever come together and accomplish things if the president speaking to the childern about education is suh a big deal! So pathetic and ridiculous. I get so embarrassed sometimes that these are the voices of our country. I could care less about these “objections” everyone always has on what the president says...I'm glad he says it! He's our president not this group of senetors that always have their mouths flapping.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1100. Charlena Armstrong

    Great speech from Anderson County, South Carolina.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1101. kwame legend

    Long live Obama,Long live America Children and shame on u opposition,what u gonna do.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1102. Lynell Boudro

    Children learn what they are taught.
    Somehow respect for others has fallen by the wayside. As an example to our children, we should show them that no matter what the opinions of the highest office in America are, all Presidents of the United States deserve respect.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1103. Asish Satpathy, PhD, MBA

    I personally think this is an excellent speech. But his tone was not quite fit for elementary school children. He was serious while talking about the responsibility. While small kids would like to see a happy face to buy in.

    All I know he is very distracted by health care issues and that's what I heard in his tone when he was speaking to the children.

    Overall good job! Could have been better though.

    Asish

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1104. Dorothy Ackerman

    What a WONDERFUL

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1105. jarvis

    obama is correct if we rely on lil wayne, britney spears, jay z our future would be doomed. we have to encourage one another to push push push to beyond our limits to build a future. Education can do that not music and not games lil wayne and others cant build a wind mill, car, computer, oil drills, buildings themselves they can pay someone yeah but them they are useless. so parents need any presidents help or a big brother or sister to help todays and tomorrows kids. Thank You.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1106. Janaki Shukla

    It was a heart warming speech and if it moved an adult–It will definitely move kids. We need some positive attitudes to show kids today–"they have a future and they can make it happen". In this gloomy economy it is hard for kids to keep thinking positive–This is was a good move in that direction.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1107. Lashawn

    I liked the speech as a whole but three things stood out to me:

    The President told the kids that they could have the best of everything, but if they dont apply themselves.... none of it will matter. He then challenged them to keep trying and that failure is okay as long as you keep trying.

    He put into prespective what previous generations had accomplished. And then asked what they are going to contribute?

    He also touched up on the social networking sites and blogs by letting them know that be careful of what you put out there. It can and may be used against you later in your life.

    I loved the speech. I cant understand why people where outraged and holding out and/or boycotting it for? A President telling your child to try hard and succeed? There was no politics anywhere in that speech.

    Just my two cents.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1108. Michael Horowitz

    Tony,

    Why do you guys talk over the President? It would be nice to fully hear what the "round table" talks with the 9th graders was all about. It would have also been interesting to hear what the senior class president said before the introduction of President Obama.

    We hear enough of CNN's commentators throughout the day, can't we hear the voices of the newsmakers more?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1109. Michael Nixon

    It is saddening that Republicans try so hard to make everything seem so partisan. It seems like kids going to, staying in, and studying at school should be one of the most basic issues in this country. There should only be 1 view in congress on this issue. Being opposed to the President giving a speech with the content that I just heard means that you are advocating kids dropping out and becoming unsuccessful menaces to society. I'm pretty sure none of them would stand by that.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1110. Marion

    I would like to say that I thought the President's speech was superb! I am 76 years old and only wish that I had had the opportunity to hear someone like him speak when I was attending highschool. When I was attending highschool it was difficult to know just what was "out there" for people to make their life's work. People would ask "Are you going to be a teacher or nurse or gosh maybe a stenographer? I came from a small town and there were boys' jobs and girls. I was never told that I could have been a lawyer or geologist or something else. My great Aunt became a doctor, and had to leave the country to get her degree. It all seemed so difficult. Canada and America have come a long way in the last 60 years, and people like Pres. Obama are the ones leading the change for good. Bravo! I say "Well Done!"

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1111. Knoël

    I live in a county in Florida where they banned the speech from being played live in the schools. I am personally disgusted by the idea that kids in school were "NOT ALLOWED" to hear THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I believe his speech was very proper and inspirational to students. I have seen the affects of unmotivated kids and I don't like it. If our president wants to try and motivate kids to stay in school we as a country should support him 100% for the sake of our nations kids.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1112. Daryll

    Im 24 years-old and I was moved by the president's speech. when I was in school, I wish the president would have spoken to us. Maybe, my life would have been different and I would of made a few wiser decisions in life. So I would just like to say 'Thank you Pres. Obama for having the courage and gumption to speak to school aged children dispite all the opposition against it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1113. rs

    It was a fine speech. Uplifting and encouraging.
    However it IS necessary to question our government's motives and plans. If you are blind, naive, or spend all of your time worried about Kate Goslin then governments can put you on that slippery slope. And it's too late to stop it then. I hear there are some things that were changed in his speech. Checks and balances are OUR responsibility.

    For the record I am not pro or anti anything or anybody. I'm very independent.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1114. Julie Moscynski

    I think the Presidents speech was very good. I wish when I was young and in school I could have heard a speech like this. I think a lot of parents can learn from this speech too. We are so fortunate to have a President that cares as much as he does. The President can teach us so much if only people would put politics aside and let the President do his job. I am very grateful to President Obama.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1115. Mark Prevatt

    After hearing the speech today, those "conservative" parents and school administrations should be ashamed for their actions to stifle such an inspirational message. They love to throw out the word "communism" when describing the President, but what do Communists do to messages they don't like, especially to their children??? EXACTLY what these "conservative"..oh, all right – "racist" people are doing!

    It's actually tantamount to child abuse.....taking their ignorance and beating their kids over the head with it when they should be in school being enlightened!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1116. Rebecca in Indiana

    I was impressed with our President's speech. If my girls did not get to see it at school, they will when they come home today. I was a high school drop out, 16 years later I returned to take my GED. I took the test to see what I needed to study and I passed! I think that he has done has only backed up what most of us as parents today have been telling our kids.

    Thank you Mr. President! I have a son that starts his GED classes next week he as well will be watching your speech. I would hope that more teachers really listen to this, to remind them why they wanted to become teachers when they were in school. Even though money has been cut in our schools and jobs have been cut, this is when we need them most of all! I think we should start a Mentoring program in all of our schools, I lost my job July 15th this year and we are struggling. My unemployment has been refused and we are a family of five living in a one bedroom house! But I'm so impressed with what our President has said that I myself have been inspired!

    One of my girls goes to a Charter school here in Indianapolis she is ADHD and she finally loves school! The other is in High School and they both want to attend college and one day will, heck; I'm going to enrol in a class myself!

    Thank you again, I'm sure some will critize but most of us Mr. President are so very thankful!

    Rebecca, Indiana

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1117. David Sawyer

    President Obama done a wonderful job with his speech .I believe it encouraged many of the children that watch it nationwide.So much criticism fom the media and the republicans,So sad.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1118. Mayte

    I do not understand all the controversy about the speech. If you as a parent did not want your kids to hear the President of United States, pushing your kids to stay in school and work hard in life you should be a shame of yourself.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1119. Judy F.

    i am 70 years old. Hearing Obamas talk today made me want to start over and do it right this time.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  1120. Diann

    Here we have a President who has a Harvard Law Degree, once a college professor and a Senator. It's obvious that our President is one of the smartest men in America...why would anyone not want their children to listen to his inspirational speech. For those who did not want their children to hear it, I must simply say it was "their loss". It's clear that the uproar had nothing to do with his message, the uproar was the messenger and it's sad and quite ridiculous that this uproar over our President's speech is happening in "this country". Why don't anyone just come right out and call it what it is...racism(that's why some parents did not want their children to hear the speech). Someday those children just might look back and ask why they were not allowed to hear it and those parents will have to answer for their ignorance...that's what this is all about ignorance.

    thanks CNN for bringing a "balance" perspective to your reporting of the news each day!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1121. Sharon Simon

    We should all resoundingly count our blessings that we have a President who can express so beautifully and with such compassion the importance of education, caring for others, and concern for our Nation's and the World's well being. I can't comprehend how any public officials can get away with banning or filtering a speech given by the elected President of the United States. We ought to be ashamed of those who dare to restrict our President's message to our children or any of the public here or around the world. I can only imagine that hate and fear fuel such thinking and actions. Unbelievable !!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1122. Brenda Burnette

    As a divorced mom of 6 children – 3 of whom have finished college and 2 presently enrolled, I have 1 who never liked school and dropped out of college. I think the President's speech would have encouraged and motivated him. If he heard it, I think he will reenroll in school. I am sure that there are those that heard this speech and are giving dropping out a second thought. A successful career requires a good education the President said.

    Brenda Burnette
    Durham, NC

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1123. Gill

    The level of disrespect to the office of the President, overwhelms me. Parents should feel honored that the President wants to talk with this nations children. To the parents who do not want their children to hear this speech, what lesson are they getting learning from you? I really fear for a country that wants to ban the President from its Schools!! No matter what party that president is from.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1124. Constance Soutullo

    Excellent speech deserved to be heard by any age. Inspiring universal truths that resonate on every level with all situations. Hard work, tenacity, belief in yourself, accountability and compassion for others are the key elements for inner and outer success. I applaud President Obama's efforts in approaching this critical subject with our young generation.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1125. Leroy Hair

    Even though I did not vote for President Obama I still believe he is a very accomplished speaker. That skill certainly was present in his speach to the students today. The points made and the guidance offered were very well spoken.
    The speach was to the point and had a very good message. If only a few of the students respond favorably it was well worth the effort.

    A job well done.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1126. John

    Wonderful talk, frank, honest and well spoken. If more adults would address the younger generations with this open type of positive conversation rather that negative, political garbage motivated by their own twisted narrow ideas and views then maybe more young people would realize that their future really is in their hands and some of this "victim" mentality would go away in our country. I have nothing but respect for our president for this approach to young people maybe more "role models" should take notice!!!
    By the way I am a life long republican that did not vote for President Obama.
    John

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1127. Donna

    I am a recently retired teacher and felt that the President's speech to students was very positive and important for them to hear. It is sad to think that so many people didn't support his effort to address the nations' youth. As a country we have become lack trust of our leaders. What kind of lesson are we teaching with that attitude???

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1128. Rose Green Willner, Ed.D.

    Inspirational! Schools represent a microcosm of the real world. The president was most influential in pointing out the relationship of classroom teaching/learning while focusing on self-actualizing and contributing to their own lives and that of society.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1129. Catherine Hinton

    Totally unbelievable, the ridiculousness surrounding the President's
    speech to school children.

    Inspiration and encouragement are important elements in every
    child's life. For such a high ranking official to take time to make sure
    that children feel included and help them understand that they themselves have personal responsibilities, some things that they
    can and must control, is very commendable.

    The challenges that he set forth can only help children work hard to
    overcome any obstacles and harder to improve themselves, their communities and the world.

    My third grade teacher, Mrs. Lucille Campbell, when she left the room for a few moments, and returned to find that only a few students chose to talk and be disruptive, said, "the empty wagon makes the most noise." Thus, the source of the most resistance.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1130. Ivan

    Parents should be more than happy to have the opportunity to involve their children in the democratic process of this country. The president has presented a very smart and inventive way to involve the youth of this country with current issues that afflict this country. Most important point is making the U.S. youth feel part of something "What would be better than to be part of the solution."

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1131. cece valentine

    I an from VA where the black principals had to be demoted to vice principals and function as security guards (or resign) during the integration of the schools 40 years ago. The public reaction now to President Obama's speech to school children ( not "Obama's speech" as your reporter asked parents) is more of the same attitude– many whites still cannot handle a black man telling them anything as an authority figure. It is unfortunate that many white parents cannot see that their children have evolved past this point, but the attitude still is there in businesses and in other arenas, and the whole world sees our dirty laundry under the guise of parental choices. IN our country, the parents are free to decide what their children see or hear and I am sure President Obama supports that freedom.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1132. Anita Britner

    My entire family has supported Barak Obama from the beginning and we still support him 100%! Both of my kids were sooo excited about the speech the president just gave. My daughter is a junior in high school and will probably be one of the few in her class that will watch the speech. My son is in the 5th grade and is home sick today but we sat and watched it together. I saw him nod his head at some of the things that our president said and commented that "you know mom that is exactly right". Durning the campaign his 4th grade teacher took a pole of the class to see who would vote for Mr. Obama for president if they could and my son, I'm sorry to say, was the only one in his class. At 10 years old he didn't miss a speech or a chance to watch him on TV. Our family vacation this year was to Washington DC and the kids' favorite part of the trip was when we got to drive past the White House! On our trip past on the Old Town Trolley the driver said that they were waiting on someone because the entrance to the White House was filled with police cars and people. They kept saying "how cool would it be if we saw Obama!" They even ask if he was in town and the driver said yes he was and that even made them more excited! I as a parent think this was a great speech! I wish I could give my kids one of the things they would like the most and that is to meet our President and First Lady and thier family. They would love to come to the Whilte House but they would be honored to have them visit our farm or even to recieve a letter or a phone call. It would be a dream come true! I'm sure that you get these kind of letters all the time but this letter comes from the hearts of all the members of our family! Keep up the good work Mr. President we support you all the way!! Yes We Can!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1133. Edd Watson

    FANTASTIC! I feel this speech to the school aged children and young adults will inspire them to try harder and to make and meet their goals in education. Kudos to President Obama, I wonder what those naysayers and the sky is falling Victorian thinking back water folks think now?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1134. Shannon

    Personally, I think that it was good to be able to listen to what President Obama had to say to the students. My school allowed teachers to show us his speech and I think it was good for students to be the topic. It was very inspirational and I do not see the problem with teachers allowing kids to see it in school. President Obama is trying to motivate kids to do good in school, which I feel kids need to hear from people other than their teachers.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1135. Heat

    I understand why the Republicans were so upset about President Obama speaking to the kids. He asked them to take responsibility for their education. In the process of getting an education the kids may learn to think for themselves. Self thinkers are what the current Republican party fears most. If you think for yourself you won't blindly buy into the fear that they so happily try to cultivate.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1136. tom best

    After viewing the speech the old adage, "Much ado about nothing," comes to mind. The President became a success by getting a good education even though he did not have the greatest circumstances when growing up. Through his grandparents and mother he applied himself and took his education to reach his goals. His story has appeal to millions in this country and it is very sad that so many sought to turn it into something nasty.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1137. Sheila Rose

    When you allow a village to raise a child, the child when he or she become an adult will represent the village. President Barack Obama is the chief of our village, the United States. So our children should be allowed to listen to him whenever he speaks to the country whether they are in school or at home. We, as adults and parents voted for President Obama into office without denying him because of the color of his skin. Now we must trust and believe in him that he will do the right thing not only for our country but for our children who are the future leaders of generations to come.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1138. Diane Y. Merchant

    It was truly an inspiring and uplifting speech from a President who makes considerable efforts to inform American children of the role education plays in assuring this country's future. Innocuous and non-threatening.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1139. Tony S

    God Bless our President Obama, How sad that the Bush years still cover, cloak our great nation with a scent of contempt and stink . The evil Bush/Cheney years drove into peoples minds through subliminal control fear tactics and still shows to this day. If our Nation is to make it in the future towards positivity , we all must be committed for change and a Nation for the People, Not the power of Corporations rule and greed to make profits for themselves.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1140. Deborah O'Neal

    I thank God for a President that cares so much for our klds that he does not think it beneath Him to address our children about how to have Academic Success. I salute you President Obama and I thank you for being a Great Example for our Kids and us Adults as well.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1141. mark brown

    President Obama genuinely cares about the wellbeing of our youth, there was absolutely nothing wrong with his pep talk with the kids on today! We praise and applaud Entertainers, Atheletes, and all other kinds of foolishness, but we can't support our President when he is merely trying to help reach out to this Country's future, "Our Youth!" America we need to wakeup and get past the past!!!!!! Face it we have an well educated, and qualified man in office! He just happens to be "African-American". When are we going to see past the color of someones skin and see the content of their character!!! We still have not overcome, how sad!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  1142. Joshua

    the message is inspirational in every respect and focuses on students for a change. this allows kids to become involved with the president and the government, which is key for this country in the years to come. Obama is doing what previous presidents failed to do, and the opposition is appalling.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1143. Dee

    I seem to remember when I was a kid that the President and First Lady wanted us all to buy U.S. Savings Bonds, and there was plenty of information that was disseminated to school kids on that topic. Of course, it was NOT aq matter of the President coming to some school and having his words broadcast all over the world. (When I was a kid there was no TV coverage like now, in fact many people had never even seen a TV). No one, even the "conservatives' seemed to mind that!

    So, what's the big deal?

    IMHO all the fuss is caused by two things. First, the media circus that comes to town every single time President Obama opens his mouth.

    But second, and this is the larger problem, we are overrun with really stupid people. And the stupid people seem to be winning, by sheer numbers, when it comes to many aspects of how we live and how our coutry is run.

    Are the people who don't want their kids to hear the President's talk in their school not aware that their kid and every other kid in this country, can see and hear ANYTHING they want? It's called THE INTERNET and EVERY kid has access.

    So, that's my point about the stupid people. They act the same way about many subjects, like sex education, rock music lyrics and THE TRUTH. They don't want ANYONE to hear it. But they cannot stop a kid from doing or hearing anything, if the kid wants to do so.

    Personally, I am beginning to think "Death Panels" are not such a bad idea, just the CRITERIA needs to be adjusted!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1144. Rhoda Seal

    I am 79 years of age and I have adult children, but I have two granddaughters, one in university and one in high school. I made it my businesss to listen to the President (who I admire greatly) and I cannot understand what the fuss is all about. He said everything I said to my children when they were in school and I say to my grandchildren every day.
    Thank goodness we have a President who thinks before he talks, it is a pleasure to listen to him.
    I was born in Canada where we had socialized medicine, and I understand where he is going. I wish him good luck

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1145. Cedar Park Elementary 5th grade /Selma, Alabama

    The students at Cedar Park Elementary School in Selma, Alabama enjoyed President Obama's speech. They thought the information was very important and they made a promise to do better in schoool, focus, listen to the teacher, try their best, and respect others. The speech was very inspiring and encouraging. The students were very impressed and look forward to hearing from President Obama again.

    Believe, Achieve, and Succeed

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1146. Robin S.

    It's kind of interesting to see the difference in culture between the two main political parties in the UNITED States of America. Democrats listened when Reagan addressed the nation's children and no one raised an eyebrow. Again, when Bush addressed the nation's children, no worries. After hearing President Obama's message, I understand completely why Republicans objected to Obama's address. If you encourage censorship and keeping people ignorant or uninformed (without education), then they have not the capacity to think for themselves. By dumbing down our children and their future potential through withholding important messages such as presented today, Republicans have a much better shot at regaining future political control. If that is the strategy, they deserve to become as extinct as the ideals pushed on the people who choose to think for themselves. I'm switching parties following this latest effort by Republicans to censor or mis-inform America. It is no longer any wonder the Republican party is failing and will continue to fail.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1147. Linda Snyder

    I've always identified myself politically with conservatives on most issues. But the furor I've obseved this past week over the President's speech to our nation's school children has left me embarassed and outraged. This is America. It is beyond my comprehension that educators and parents across this country would decide NOT to show our President's address to school children! Conservative politicians and those people who mindlessly follow the loudest voice without thinking for themselves have done the children of this country a grave injustice. I am embarassed to have ever called myself a conservative. The President of the United States of America can talk to my son anytime, anywhere! God bless America, and God bless our duly elected President!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1148. Louise M. Mancinelli

    The President's speech was exactly what is needed. As a retired teacher, I know how difficult it is to teach students who have a "I dare you to teach me something", "being smart is not good", "I don't need you", and who are emulating ex-cons with droopy pants as their role models. Finally, the responsibility for learning has been placed right where it belongs – on the student. Too long a "make them feel good no matter what" attitude has allowed the students to be moved forward into the next class/grade with no knowledge, critical thinking skills, common sense, pride in their accomplishments (that is what makes you feel good), and a desire to learn more. They should be hungry to "pick their teachers' brains" and get all they can get from their instructors. Students, step up and claim your life and your responsibility for lives and for the whole world.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1149. Lynn

    I just listened to the speech. As a teacher, it was great to hear. I hope that that message is repeated over and over again. But why during school time @ noon (lunchtime)? I get the parent concern. The speech should have been done in the evening so parents could hear it WITH their child(ren). We teachers have been saying the same thing President Obama stated. It needs to hit home, where all education and motivation start, long before kids start school.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1150. Daniella-Laredo

    I totally agreed with this speech....I think everyone can suceed in life it takes a lot of hard work. My parents don't have alot of money and i live in not so good neigborhood. Still I try hard in school and look forward to graduating this year. I have fail so many times but still never give up on my goals I know I can do it and I want to be the best person that I can be.

    "Thanks for this speech I knowledge that I have to try very hard even when I am not in the best situation"

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1151. lynn

    The country needs to step back and to reflect on how we progressed as a nation during the Great Depression time period. President Franklin D. Roosevelt implemented several programs that were beneficial to all. Also, he spoke to the country on various issues that needed to be addressed. A great leader faces the issues head on; one of our largest issues is education. The majority of our children are not prepared or willing to work. President Obama's speech was timely and relevant. Our nation deserves to have a leader that sets a clear prescedence for expectations for our children. It's important that our leadership sets an example, so that all else will try to follow!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1152. Natalei

    Great Speech! President Obama!
    I truly think America needs to wake up and really listen to what our President has said. Our children (and I have no children in school at this time, but do have grandchildren), need to hear this type of information and motivation. They need to hear information that will guide them in a positive direction. It is evident that no one can pursue any avenue in life without proper education, and our children need to know that. I don't think it can be stressed to them enough how important education is for their future. President Obama has clearly expressed the uttermost importance of education in their lives, and how they must work to attain their goals, despite any trials and tribulations they may have. Again – Thank You so much, President Obama.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1153. Vanessa, San Diego

    Yes Michael, let's all drop school and create millions of Facebooks, way to go...

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1154. Betty Harrison

    The president's speech was absolutely motivational! I cannot understand the bigotry and prejudice that kept some parents from allowing their children to hear and admire our president.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1155. Kevin Durango, CO

    I am a college student and watched the speech. I agreed with his ideas about how students should be responsible for their education. I think that teachers should be paid more because they are the people who deal with students more then the administrators. One of the problems I can see in the country is education and I think that there should be some reform. I think that President Obama is trying to do to much at once. I understand what he wants to do but he should slow down a little bit. This is only year one of his four years or maybe eight.

    I believe that Obama is doing an ok job at running the country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1156. Cathy Bradley

    I watched the President's speech and it was wonderful. I don't understand why teachers and or parents have a problem with this. The President was actually helping them because a lot of the kids are so out of control and won't listen to anyone. His next speech should be to them!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1157. John

    America really needs to wake up. It's so disheartening we finally have our first black president and everything he does is scruntinized and we all know the underlining reason. He's proven himself over and over again despite partisan desperate attempts to undermine his every move. This president deserves more respect because he seems to very genuine and has the best interest for everyone.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1158. Sunshine

    Wow! Our country still has a long way to go!! Had this been George Bush or any other president beside Barak Obama, this speech would have been well accepted without question or reservation. Plastered on every network channel and school intercom, tv, and anything else they can find to broadcast this message to the students. I am disappointed in my country and the underlying racisim that still exists!! Wow... simply wow! Just remember one thing... RACISIM IS NEVER MORE THAN ONE GENERATION AWAY FROM BEING EXTINCT..... You are a dying "breed" and will be a distanct memory of yesterday.... We WILL have victory!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1159. Harold Copeland, Retired Master Sergeant-U.S. Army Reserves

    Tony,
    I am very proud of President Obama. His love and concern for the education and future of all of America's children is to be commended. Bases on his own educational background, family and life challenges, and triumphs against all odds, who better to speak to children all across America about the importance of obtaining a good eduction. His speech was outstanding! I am proud of the truly great Americans of all races and backgrounds who continue to stand shoulder to shoulder in support of our great President. These great Americans realize that all of our children's future is at stake and we are all in this together. God bless our President and First Family. God bless America.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1160. Jennie

    I understand why some people might think that the reason some parents didn't want their kids to see the speech was because they were racist. However, that is not why I wouldn't let my 9 year old watch the speech. Race had nothing to do with my choice I just don't think it is The presidents place to be instructing my child in anything. I send her all the same messages that he did except I don't talk about AIDS with a child that young but he had to mention that in the speech. That is just one problem I had with the speech. I think the message my daughter gets from me, her father, her extended family, and her teachers is all that a 9 year old needs at this point.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1161. Suvda

    Looks like it was a lot of pressure on President. He could of done much better, I felt he wanted to tell more, but could not. It's sad. He has his own children and he is a parent like me. I do talk with my children about school and it is always nice to here something from the 3rd party. We all want the best for our children don't we?
    About health care: it is like to have a car insurance, I understood. You can't drive the car if you do not have car insurance. Same concept.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1162. Carolyn Wood

    A sad day for the U.S.
    The lesson of disrecept we just taught our children will last their lifetimes.
    How can we expect them to respect authority of parent, tachers, police etc. if we just said the schools can disrespect a request by the President of the United States.
    Sometimes we teach our most unforgetable lessons by what we fail to do.
    It is so clear the real motives of today were not to benifit our children but devisive political motives.
    Pay attention citizens our children ARE watching.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1163. Kerrie Fancher

    Spoken like a true parent.
    Obama has laid the foundation for conversations that should be taking place across every dinner table today,and every day, at home.
    I just hope the parents who were against it are at least going to listen to it, their kids may need this speech the most.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1164. Cynthia L. Gaines

    In 2008, I retired as a Public School Principal after spending 33 years in the field of education. President Obama's speech was awesome. It was the kind of message that every child should have heard on today and if I was still a principal they would have heard it in my school. President Obama's election showed us that intelligence has no color. Today in some parts of this country we see that for some people intelligence is still defined by black and white. This is a sad day for me and for our history. In the past when the President spoke, every TV channel stopped and carried the message. Thank you CNN for carrying it today.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1165. John Breen

    Well, as every normal, clear-headed person already knew would happen, President Obama's speech to school kids this morning was a wonderful, much needed, eloquent pep talk–nothing less, nothing more. Surely it made utter fools of the paranoid politicos who feared a "Socialist agenda" was going to be a part of it.

    I would never invite someone of that ultra-right-wing mindset to a major college football game with, say, 80,000 people in the stands. I'm certain that whenever either team huddled, my guest, fear in his or her eyes, would turn to me, grab my arm, and whisper, "I think they're talking about me!"

    Help us, Rhonda ...

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1166. Seth

    This just shows the world how crazy we are as a nation! We and to be a nation of inclusion but have problem with our President speaking to our kids, that's ignorant and just hateful! We as a people need act like we have common sense if not inteligence!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1167. Thomas Baird

    Tony: I think it was a good motivating speech for the Kids to hear.Some dont want there kids to hear it thats there business.Some day the kids who were not allowed to listen to it will find a way to hear it in the future if they want to.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1168. kay bouland

    what a honor for children of the usa, parents that don[t let their chidren watch this speech lack in parental skills. i'm 54 and wish i would have had an opportunity like this, maybe i would have stayed in school and had a good education and also known i was not the only one out there struggliing with difu;cult issues.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1169. Sue :aise

    As a retired school teacher, I was impressed with the President's message to students. I feel that our children often do not think that getting a good education is all that important. Some think going to school is just something they have to do. The President confirmed the fact that getting their education is their right and responsibility. My grandchildren will be watching this speech with me tonight.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1170. Linda Aguilar

    Well Good Morning Tony,
    I feel that president Obama's sppech to all students in our Country was moving. It's nice to hear that even the President had some struggles but he over came the problems. Our kids do deserve a better education even in the roughest neighborhoods and can beat the odds if they just try harder like all the kids that he had mentioned. I love the word responsibility because all of of us in a child's life who are are involved should be giving that child all the support we can give. I can't wait to show my son the President's speech cause we are having a little struggle with his homework and he needs to be more responsible for his actions at home and at school.

    Thanks,
    Linda Aguilar San Jose, CA

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1171. Gary Hudson

    The President gave a great speech that ever student in the country should have heard. The UN-American attacks have been absurd. They have shown their ignorance in repeating :"name-calling" they heard that they do not know the true definitions of the names they are using. The hateful name calling by "right wung Christians" shows their ignorance of the bible ,also

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1172. Angelique Schinas

    Congratulations to President Obama.
    I just watched his speach-amazing!
    I am an educator by profession and a mother of three. I do not understand why some people were against the President giving a nice talk to young Americans. There is nothing Nazi or Communist about addressing the nation's next generation of leaders. I wish someone had spoken to us about the benefits of education when I was growing up. I was fortunate to have had the ambition to learn, succeed and be a good citizen and a good mother. Some people of my time, unfortunately, missed that call.Thank you Mr. President, you are indeed an exceptional role-model and a great teacher-in-chief. Please come to Canada to talk to our students!

    Angelique A. Schinas
    Richmond Hill, ON
    Canada

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1173. Carolyn Merkle

    I found the speech very inspirational. I am currently involved in assisting my 30 year old nephrew find a job after a recent job layoff...I wish that he had been exposed to such an inspirational talk and taken this type of advice regarding education and schooling 15-20 years ago.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  1174. Margene Jones

    I find it unusual that the President addressing the students has fallen under so much scrutiny. This man was elected, we have chosen him to represent us and we need to stand behind him and trust his judgement. I believe that all of the negative comments are just another ploy in an attempt to discredit him since he is basically attempting to reign in the high cost of big business health insurance. The extreme nastiness arises anytime there is big money involved.
    Also, it would have been nice to see the entire informal session which was held between the President and the students. We must encourage our young people because they are our future.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  1175. martina grant

    I want to thank President Obama from the botton of my heart>

    Today in society so many children of our country are singlefamily homes possibly being raised without a faher and a mother.

    You are truly an example of a father for our nation who took the time and takes time out to address all of your children of our nation to go further in life. I am so happy that you have an enormous heart for our furture leaders.

    Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  1176. Lynn

    Unfortunately, all of these protests have nothing to do with the President's speech. Only these people are too cowardly to say it – they didn't want a Black man in the Office of the Presidency and they certainly don't want him to speak to "their" children. Have you noticed how many of them are hiding behind sunglasses? They will do whatever they can to discredit and destroy him and in the process this country. Who do they think they are fooling? It's all over their angry faces and in their voices. If they weren't so ignorant themselves, they would want anyone to encourage "their" and all children to get the best education possible and continue to move this country ahead, instead of backwards to the "good old days" as some of them are so fond of saying! I can tell you, the "good old days" were not good for everyone, especially if you were black and poor or anything else other than "white" during that time.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  1177. Maryann

    Tony,
    This world has gone to hell in a handbasket--and it is all because of hatred-filled-racism. The really sad part is that there are so many small minded people who object to their children being encouraged because the messager is hated. It is my prayer that all children get to hear the message and be encouraged in spite of the hatred.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  1178. Tecla Pecorella

    very good speech I am proud that I voted for him
    what was oll the fuss abaut?
    I hope oll my grand children heard the speech
    maybe it wil get them motivadet
    Thank you Tecla

    September 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  1179. Mike

    Why is it a PRO athlete can go out and talk to kids and give "pep talks" but the most important man of this country has to be scrutinized before he can? We voted him in office for a reason, CHANGE! Judge his presidency at the end of his term, not at the beginning.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  1180. Doug

    Conservatives are showing their teeth to Obama at everything that he does to show America he cares. I dont see why they hate him so much he hasnt done anything but try to help us all unlike the degenerate fratboy that country music fans made president over a war hero last term. I am sorry but I am seeing a lot of north and south in this one and I dont like it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  1181. Gwendolyn Prince

    I think it was the most inspiration speech I have ever heard. As a country, I think we need to stop giving air time to people like Greer. It is obvious that he is pushing his on political agenda. He must feel like a fool because the President speech was motivational and not socialism.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  1182. brandon

    O'Bama you should come to new haven to troup school and see us

    September 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  1183. JT

    Let us all start picking the egg off the faces of all those that opposed this speech. Pres. Obama only said what each and every parent should be saying to their children. I did not hear anything political in this speech. I heard a comment from a reporter that said everything he does will be critized (because of who he is and where he comes from). But I admire Obama's determination to not let all this negative talk deter him from getting the job done.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  1184. Madeline Turan

    As an educator for over 40 years in middle school through university, I have seen many changes in our system and students. The President's speech was excellent – mixing the best of advice with practical examples. The emphasis on personal responsibility for learning and the need to exert effort to succeed is really necessary for our students today – many of whom find excuses for mediocre performance rather than incentive to improve it. Those students who were unable to hear this speech have missed an opportunity to benefit from the success story of someone who has practiced what he has preached.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  1185. Dianna Martin

    As an educator for 37 years specializing in at-risk students, I can tell you that the President was right on target to motivate our students. I recently heard a critic comment that with all the problems how can the President start this. Well obviously he cares about our children and puts them at the top of his agenda. How wonderful is that!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  1186. Stephanie

    I thought the speech was uplifting, and inspiring. Just think, the President of the United States took 20 minutes out of his busy day to give a pep talk to the children of this country.

    Just think, in this enlightened country of ours, people are still biased to the point they refuse to allow their children to hear what they thought would have been a different viewpoint. What happened to conversations and discussions with our children to explain these different view points. Since when does the President need his speeches critiqued by the masses, I thought he would have been protected by the 1st Admenment.

    I wish I had kids I would have been proud for them to get a 'stay in school, be responsible for your education' challenge from the President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  1187. Michele

    We need to question folks that censor our President, the fear mongering, the lies, the outright biggotry, are reprehensible. Perhaps the younger generation can show the older one a true path to openness.It is a disgrace that actions such as what happened with this speech to children shows about America. They should all be ashamed to consider themselves Americans.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  1188. Sabita Nayak

    Any advice we can give to our students to successes in school is great. Our president did a great job giving advice to the students of our nation to stay in school. This is nothing to do with politics. As a leader, his speech is very important to inspire our students to think positive.
    -Sabita

    September 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  1189. Savannah Lambert

    How dare you think that lack of education would mean that one is unpatriotic? My grandfather quit school to join the army in WWII. My father quit school to join the army to serve in Vietnam. I quit school but that does NOT mean that I am unpatriotic nor does it mean I DO NOT love my country. I am trying to educate myself, but will not become pregnant or go on welfare for a sure means of education. How dare you Mr. President think that by lack of education anyone would be unpatriotic? By your low standards and ideas of what the American people consider love of their country is entirely dependent on education. One can be patriotic and un-educated as well as one can be educated like YOU and seemingly unaware of what patriotism is.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1190. Abigail

    I believe there was an alterior motive for Pres. Obama's speech. He saw his approval rating drop, so he decided to do something "unpolitical" that seemed inspirational in order to improve his ratings.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1191. Deborah Maples

    As a retired(sometimes semi–I love teaching Algebra) NC teacher, I am so pleased with the President's speech to the children of this country. I can teach them mathematics with all my heart and passion but they must WANT it to succeed. President Obama conveyed my words of inspiration and being successful perfectly. This speech needed to be aired to all students and parents. Parents are the key to their child being successful. Parents, talk to your child's teacher(s). Stay informed.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1192. kelly

    The Presidents speech was inspiring, however, it is understandable for parents to be concerned. Most parents are protective of their children and President Obama hasn't been in office long enough for us to really know him. It makes sense to screen what our children are exposed to. If we blindly allow our children to be exposed to things that may negatively affect their future we will have failed our children. Surely the President can understand where we are coming from.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1193. KEVEN

    Let's quit sugar coating this, The people who are opposed to his speech to kids and many other issues have one problem. There are many people still in our great country that have and issue with a none white being in charge and having and issue with a none white being looked up to by their kids. That's the real issue here. if Mccain had given this speech and did many things President Obama has done there would not have been a single issue, Its time for people to bury the prejudices they learned from their parents and start helping rather than hating for know reason , President Obama is now being blamed for the last 8 years of the Bush administration and a republican congress and senate.
    let's forget bi partisanship and force these things down the republican throats the same way they forced it down ours for the last 8 years. W and his policies along with the GOP party as led to almost total ruin of this country and the world economy. You cannot fix 8 years of poor choices by the GOP in 6 months.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1194. CoDiva

    Is this the United States of America, or the Divided "State" of America?
    My heart truly goes out to the students of this country who were deprived of hearing the inspirational, motivating speach from our President.

    Our youth desperately need to hear something other than the constant
    "over -hyped", supersensationalized, superfical, useless information that they're recieving over our airwaves on a daily basis.

    If the naysayer's would be just as selective about other major concerns regarding our youth, then maybe they won't be so afraid of our President or any other role model talking to them. Hooray Mr. President!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1195. Joan

    I thought the talk that President Obama had with the students of America was great. He was encouraging and supportive. I saw nothing political in this talk and I do not know what all the controversy was about. I feel sorry for the students that were not allowed to listen to this. Why can't we all be a little more supportive and respectful of our President whether Repulican, Democrat or Independent? Inverness, Fl

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1196. Charles

    Tony,
    Phenomonal, absolutely amazing GREAT speech to our kids. You mean no indoctrination to an agenda, No HeiL ......, ......, or .......
    Those who were and are so against him get over it. It's unfortunate that the bottom line is the racial tention is still there and they either just refuse to accept the fact of an African American as president. Just plain Nieva, Stupid, who knows! Amazing folk from other countries understand follow and respect your leader even if you don't agree with all their policies. At the end of the day Bravo Zulu President Obama.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1197. Sophie

    I am a sophomore in high school and I don't think it's fair that our schools get the final say in whether we as students are allowed to watch the President speak. My high school had too many "concerns" from parents so instead of making it mandatory to watch the speech, they decided to allow the teacher's to make the final decision. I think it should be the student's who get to decide whether or not they want to hear the President speak. In my opinion, we are the ones he is addressing so why is it our parents and teachers who decide whether we should watch it? I find it unfair to a lot of us who want to respect our President and hear what he has to say. It should be our final decision whether or not we want to watch President Obama's speech, not our parents or teachers.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1198. Carol S. Marcellus

    As governments put less money into education, expecting teachers to do more with less and students to be able to do more on their own, a speech such as President Obama’s truly warms my heart. He cares about his country. He cares about the citizens of his country, and he cares about the USA continuing to be a world leader. China emphasizes education and will continue to outstrip all the world because they are working to ensure their population is well educated. The people of the USA should be thankful that they have a president who wants to help the children be better and to have a fulfilling future. I’m sorry, but I do not understand what the furor regarding Mr. Obama speaking to the children of his country is all about. He is the PRESIDENT. Isn’t that an important position in the USA?

    Carol S. Marcellus
    Canada

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1199. WANDA TURLEY

    Tony, this is open prejudice against President Obama. When Bush, Sr. gave a speech to the school age kids in school, No one had anything to say about it. You think parents would be glad that their is a President that genuinely care about the youth and would like them to get a first hand encouraging message from their President whom they have to learn about in school anyway!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1200. Stephanie Marquina

    I hope all the people who made a huge deal about the president speaking with the children feel very stupid. He did nothing more than what every other president did. If people would have paid half as much attention to politics before him as they are now we wouldn't be having these problems, and obama would be able to do his job without having to address so many false statements from people who are overcome with greed.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1201. Lenny Applebaum

    The presidents talk to the students today is the Obama worked to get elected love and admire. I need more of this to continue feeling this way. Starting tomorrow to stick to his guns and get us health opitions. Hit the opposition in the gut for spreading all the liies like death squads and cutting medicare. Which incidently is a goverment plan.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1202. ROSE NICKLEBERRY

    The President's speech was awesome! I believe he inspired students all across this nation from preschool to college. I know educators were as equally inspired as well. I know as a grandparent his message gave me hope. I hope parents and grandparents across this nation were not only encouraged but thankful that we have a president who would take the time to even address the children of this country in a language they can understand and relate to. Some young people were reached by our president this day and heard what he said. These are some of the same kids no one else has been able to reach. Player haters back off.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1203. jalisa

    As a aunt and cousin of kids going to school, I'm glad President Obama gave that speech. So many people are sitting here talking about they don't want their kids to hear it, that is pure ignorance. America kids needed that speech today especially the one"s that are struggling and going through issues in their lives. I did not see anything wrong with the speech, and if there is somebody that did, you don't have the common sense that you need. African Americans are not the only ones that put him in office, and now people are trying to find every little problem or mistake to make him look bad. When Bush was in office if did not get this much press, or anything else when he made a mistake. Instead of being against Obama support him, because he is trying to get us out of the mess that Bush put us in. And as a African American college student I must say it is a struggle to get the education I and my friends want and need. Just so that we can be succesful. And Obama for one knows those many struggles.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1204. Carolyn Flood

    I watched the Presidential speech to the youth and I was moved to tears. I am old enough to be some of those children grandparent, but yet instill I got something from the message. I too understand hardships when trying to achieve your American dream.

    I received my education at a late age; therefore, I am still trying to put things into place. Needless to say, because my education came in my later year’s employees seem to over look me. That is hard for me to accept, but I will continue to do as the President said “that is no excuse to give up." Overall, the President message motivated me to press on and if others were willing to allow his words to penetrate within their inner thoughts they too would have walked away with some encouraging words to move on.

    C. Flood, North Carolina

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1205. Kaitlyn Joffe

    Hypocrisy has now reached a whole new level; currently, I am in my eleventh grade English class, and we are now blogging on the hottest story of the day, which has interrupted the learning process of the "future of America."

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1206. miss erin

    1. never was pro obama but the more i see the opposing toards the positves he want to contribute the more i know he is a blessing to the country .2 if they can cuss on national t.v. and all this other crazy stuff then why cant our leader who is suppose to be the most respected man in our country lead our children this school year with an AWESOME ep tlk that many parents nor teachers and principals give...do the parents have to say its okay to auditoriom speeches by the leaders of the school....no so what is the problem.. maybe if more leaders would encourage our youth....YOUTUBE FACEBOOK & reality t.v. wouldnt be there leaders...but whatever his speech was great and for mant the president is there hero so they follow his rules

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1207. Melissa P

    I think that the speech was wonderful. Hopefully, it will boost enthusiasm with students. I am a former teacher. I know that our kids really need a boost and some encouragement. Education is the key too true success in life. No reference to a job, career, car, house, or lifestyle. But true satisfaction with one's abilities in reference to the rest of the world. Having a high value of one's abilities and self are more important than anything material. With good education (and appreciation for education), material things can be obtained. But true success starts with education (and an appreciation for education). Yay for President Obama!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1208. Teresa-Ohio

    It is a sad day when some of the parents and educational leaders in this country will prohibit a speech by the President of The United States. Almost as sad as the day they stopped prayer and the bible in schools. It is too bad that parents do not get more involved at other points in their child's education or be more concerned with what they are watching/doing on you tube, myspace etc... but instead protest a president who has to this day NEVER shown anything but care and consideration for america's youth.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1209. Cerissa

    I'm very encouraged that our President considers the education of our kids to be of great importance. I feel that the President's speech empowers our teachers and parents. There is absolutely nothing wrong with our kids receiving a positive message about education from our president. I support you Obama! For those of you who disagree maybe you need more education yourself.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1210. Rita M Dirrane

    It has always been up to the school to show what they wanted on TV. It was a historical event. Parents trusted the school's decision. The Republicans have issued warnings about this President at every step of the way, hoping he fails in his efforts. I think we should be ashamed of ourselves for not giving him our support. The school principles should have more backbone to stand up to parents, but if partents are still opposed to hearing the speech they should be moved to the cafeteria or auditorium so they not see it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1211. Frank

    First let me say that I'm proud of our president and proud to be an american but I'm also saddened that we can't put racism behind us. It is a sad day in America that a president has to be screened to give a speech to our nations school children. But we all know that the reason for this is because he is a black man. Neither President Bush or his father were screened when they went before our kids. I'm am disappointed in the schools and parents rthat would not allow the presidents speech to be heard.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1212. Brenda Garrett

    I seen nothing wrong with the Presidents speech, as a matter of fact I thought that it was tremendously and wonderfully great.Its to bad that some of our parents don't trust in the man that is leading out country. Why would anyone think that he would address children in any wrong way. shame on the schools / parents who would not want there children to be educated in what the President talked about. I know for a fact that a lot of children don't know what the meaning of their lives in this country are about, some because of the way they are being raised (our black children especially) but the President let them know today just how important they are to their country. Thank You soooo much President Obama, we love you for caring.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1213. Dorothy Hufford

    I am so embarrassed for our country. The idea that parents would not want their children to hear the President speak is pathetic!!! The right wing conservatives and Christian hate groups are creating an unamerican atmosphere for our children. You give the President and the office respect. Just because you gon't agree with someone doesn't mean you don't listen. Parents, what are you afraid of? Use this as an opportunity to talk with your children.

    The rest of the world thinks we are NUTS!!!! These right wing conservatives are fighting the communism of the fifties. God help us!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1214. Janas Jackson

    I have a dream that one day, people in our nation will be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I still have a dream.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1215. McKenzie Anderson

    I just finished viewing the President’s speech. Thank you for a severe waste of my time. All that hype for a whole lot of cliches, and not much else. I missed important class time to hear him ramble. How about we keep the speeches limited to a State of the Union or if we’re in a state of emergency. If you’re so concerned about my academic well-being, wait until after school for this crap.

    “What is the President inspiring you to do?”
    Vote against him in 2012. You can bet I’ll be registered to vote on my 18th birthday.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1216. Kelly

    I would give our President an A+ on his speech. Throughout time the President of the United States has address our young people and there were not problems. Pres. Obama encouraged kids to become their best, and it was very inspiring. He allowed the kids to see that inspite of your past; you can make it, and that failures does not make you a failure. Some parents we need to get over ourselves. We aren't screening our children myspace, facebook, and twitters accounts but we are screening our president's speech. Come on People.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1217. Margo

    When are people going to realize that this man is our President? I do not recall any other president's speech being screened. What are these parents (who do not want their children listening to our president) teaching their children? President Obama deserves the respect that all the "other" presidents before him received. God Bless America because there is a dire need for His intervention. It is quite obvious why "some" people do not want our President to speak, or even breathe!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1218. Laurence O from Oakland, CA

    Excellent! The President's talk to kids was not overwhelming, not pointing. For those who opposed the talk, it was very motivating. It's important that kids get motivation from every avenue. Getting that kind of talk from the President is definitely good. The harm comes from NOT letting kids hear that talk. These Parents that have a problem with it should listen to it themselves and further educate themselves. Maybe then, they will begin to see that our kids deserve every motivation that is there for them.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1219. Janet Orler

    President Obama's speach to our nations school children was excellent and inspiring. He let the children know that he has an interest in their future and that by hard work they can acchieve any thing they want to do. More public officials should speak to the students, more often, so they realize that we as a nation know they are there and we care about them and their future. They need reinforced all the time. Thank you. Janet

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1220. Donielle of Frisco, TX

    The speech was simple, inspirational, kid friendly, & much needed. I don't understand why so many people were against it being shown in schools. It's a message with words that some of us have heard & probably even said by those ,who are against it being played, to their own kids. I've heard many inspirational speakers during my school years and NOT ONE TIME did I have to get a permission slip signed by my parents to listen. I can't help but wonder if this very same speech was given by a NBA or NFL player, CEO of a business, family doctor, or a firefighter if it would have received as much controversy. Or, would it have been welcomed with open arms as a "pep talk" or "motivational speech" for our kids? Ummhhh

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1221. valerie jenkins

    And the school principal from the Carolina's who needed prayer.. Who did he pray to.. This is your president of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! If it was Bush, you wouldn't have prayed.. You would have required everyone on in attendance. I am ashamed.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1222. Pat Murdock

    President Obama's talk to the students was just that an inspirational message that all children need to hear. What I got out of the speech is that the President wants our children to strive for greatness. Find what you are good in and focus your attention on attaining that goal.

    I did not hear President Reagan nor President Bush (the lst President
    Bush) message to the students and I do not recall there being such an uproar about there speech..

    I HOPE THAT EVENTUALLY ALL CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO VIEW THE SPEECH.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1223. yo yo yo

    I find it a disappointment that parents are more concerned about over viewing the president's speech about inspiring our youth to succeed and respect education. One would think that parents should be more concerned and involved about over-viewing their child's education plan in whether they are receiving a proper and quality education. I am all for the Obama's pep talk .

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1224. Angie Burwell

    The presidents speech was very encouraging to our future leaders. My wish is that parents ,teachers and the world would see the valuable input that went into this speech for children and country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1225. kevin

    Not watching the President on TV is everyones right. But forcing that opinion is wrong. This is a free country. the only ones making this political are the ones saying the children should not watch the President speak. You may not agree with the President but you must respect the Office of the President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1226. Rta House

    I am so proud and touched by our Presdent Obama. He is a great president, humanitarian and Role model for our children – especially in minority communities. He is detailed and looks at the problems that will affect America; such as – cultivating generations of students to acquire new perspectives and understand their current role and future role in growing America. What our president said to our students is NEEDED – ESPECIALLY IN THE URBAN and SUBURBAN COMMUNITES, where there are so many LATCH KEY STUDENTS. .with working parents not home.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1227. Diana Canady

    I am glad that President Obama was able to take the time out to address school children.

    I think that some children will get to see that he has experienced some of the challenges that they have faced, or are still facing, and will know that despite setbacks, they can still overcome and become successful individuals.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1228. Anthony

    President Obama"s speech was good about attending school however that is not the nations' worst problems we have plenty of people attending universities.. We have over 14 million people unemployed with an archaic welfare system that does not give them enough to live on until they can find a job. We also have hundreds of thousands people losing their homes because they were talked in to purchasing homes they could not afford or they have lost their jobs. We advocate that President Obama force the mortgage companies to put home payments way down for everyone and we also suggest President Obama have them reform welfare so the 14 million people who do not have a job have sufficient welfare to live off of if not they will probably just commit crimes against people who work so they can have their jobs or so they can live in prison and be fed and sheltered.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1229. Sarah

    As a teacher, I can't imagine why anyone would not want said what President Obama said to our nation's children. I know my students look up to him and were so excited to witness the mark in history he made in the last school year, so I know that what he has to say is important to them. Of course I previewed the speech before I will share it with my 6th graders, that's my responsibility as a teacher, but his speech will work perfectly with what I do every year of setting short and long term goals.

    The more people we have pouring positive messages of "take responsibility for your learning" that we have from people students respect (famous or not) the better off our students and our country will be.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1230. sharon

    my 10 year old liked the part about it being okay to ask for help. i think that is a message most elementary schoolers need to hear, as the start to learn independence.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1231. Robert & Carol Sheehan

    My husband and I just watched President Obama's speach. We were glad to hear such a posative and reinforcing speach given. We are very proud to have Mr. Obama as our President . It is very sad that so many parents,teachers and staff would not let their schools and students be a part of such a uplifting speach.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  1232. James F. Adams, Ph.D.

    One of the great features of our democracy is that it protects the rights of parents and schools to make stupid decisions such as not allowing students to listen to their president.

    James F. Adams, Ph.D.
    (81 years young)

    September 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  1233. Paul

    Ok ... so what's the problem?? I mean come on people ... we've got real problems in this country and you guys want to cry Socialism when the President wants to challenge our children do their best in school ... I can't believe there are people in this country who are so blind they can't see past their own fear. President Obama is "ruining" the Constitution ??? Sorry people, there isn't much left of it after Mr. Bush and his Bully Boys had their turn with it ... If you want the perfect example of how the "stupid spin" is put on to thing here's a good one from one of the other comments here ...

    "My God Brother! We have Czar’s Now! We’re turning into Russia!"

    How uninformed is this person? To you I say ... ummm ... we've had "Czars" in our government system since Pappa Bush ...

    It's sad that fools like this still hold onto their uninformed opinions when the facts are sitting right in front of them. Great job of trying to scare people with the word "Russia" ... lies don't scare most of us anymore so give it up. Tear up you lifetime membership card to the "My mind is made up don't confuse me with the truth" club and join the rest of us in the 21st Century so we can all work together, novel idea don't you think, to fix these problems.

    Grow up and make up your own mind and form your own opinions instead of letting others do it for you.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  1234. Mary Dunson

    Isn't it ashamed that these parents speaking out against the President encouraging students to study-respect their teachers-work hard- do their homework-set goals–etc...haven't spoken out ,with such rage, about the violence and sex all over the T.V. stations that their children are subjected to on a daily basis.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  1235. Dan

    The message President Obama presented today should not only inspire the youth of our country, but also adults who may struggle with setting goals and being accountable for their actions. With the number of single family and dysfunctional households in America, our kids need to hear positive messages from our leaders to build self esteem and moral. We should leave out politics and prejudice that will prevent our country from being the leader in education and economic development.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  1236. Pat Marshall

    I watched and heard President Obama's speech to the children. There was nothing that I could see that parents or other adults and children should have been afraid of or rejected. Its a shame in the year 2009 that people are so afraid of hearing a message that could only support their own efforts with their children. Most of us know that our children tend to feel that other people know more than their parents or at least that what their parents say is confirmed by another...and in this case The President.

    At least one who came out strngly before the content of the speech was known have even come out saying that they were going to let their children hear it. Others, unfortunately, are still afraid to let someone else have a chance to influence their children.

    I think that our children missed an opportunity as did their teachers and parents to be able to say that we all heard what Mr. Obama said and can use it as a basis of discussion withour all that negative rhectoric. Lets all pray for God to save our nation.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  1237. Shanita Hardnett

    I think it is an honor for the president to encourage the american children to be the best they can be,however it is also sad when we embrace the notion that as examples it is ok to deprive our youth of such an inspirational message that can change their lives.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  1238. Mike

    I think that the president had a great message for all the young people of the United Stat