back to school

President Obama, accompanied by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, delivers his back-to-school speech at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington


President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan talk in a hold area before the President delivers his third annual back-to-school speech at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. Sept. 28, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

54 Responses to “back to school”

  1. 1 luci1119
    September 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Hello Chips, I clicked on leave a comment , at the top of this page, and here I am. So good to be back among the living 🙂

  2. 3 utaustinliberal
    September 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks for the heads up Chips. C-SPAN ONE is showing the speech live and looks like MSNBC will be carrying the speech live so they can pay lip service to their education nation program.

  3. September 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Tuning in on whitehouse.gov 🙂

  4. 6 a4alice
    September 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Allright so I wrote to those democrats that are at the bottom of “contact congress” and told them 4 things passing the AJA will do for the people of minnesota and that they should also look forward to their own states recieving a good shot in the arm from PBO’s AJA. there was one though i couldn’t email. didn’t want me to if i wasn’t a member of their state.

    so yay. now i gotta go look busy ;-p


  5. 11 dotster3
    September 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    What a relief that the kids in southwest Florida won’t have to listen to President Obama urging them to be the best student they can be and to continue their education beyond high school. They’re so fortunate that their Collier Co. school board is looking out for them by being small-minded and putting hateful political considerations above their best interests.

    • 12 theo67
      September 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      Those kids deprived of listening to inspiring messages from the President, but awarded with nonsense messages from Joe Walsh (who was given unrestricted access to some school kids to parade his deadbeat message) will be the ones in the future who are struggling to get along with others, or begging for low-wage jobs. Their parents and other bigoted adults are doing them a great disservice.

      How can anyone find anything wrong with any of the back-to-school speeches from this President – especially when one looks at how great his own kids are turning out. It’s a shame that parents do this to their own kids – and teach them not to respect the office of the President of the United States. Shameful.

  6. 13 utaustinliberal
    September 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    *Shallow moment here*: May I just say Mr. President; another snazzy tie 😉

    • September 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      Did you also notice how the young men behind the President looked “nice” as befitting the occasion? Look how many are wearing ties, for goodness sake. 😆 Has the President single-handedly brought back the old-fashioned idea of levels of (male) dress?

      • 15 HZ
        September 29, 2011 at 12:16 am

        Hi vcprezofan2. I noticed that also, and it brought tears of joy to my heart to see the young men wearing ties. I think that is also showing respect to the President as well. You are so correct in your beautiful thought about the President bringing back the “old-fashioned idea of levels of (male) dress.” Beautiful.

  7. 16 Bill
    September 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    With her history and the history of her children how could the half term governor ever give a speech on education?

    • 17 dotster3
      September 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Did you see her quote from yesterday? Another word salad which made Perry look like the greatest orator of all time. Rambling on about her fear that jumping into the presidential race would be too “shackley” for a great maverick like herself. She likes to go rogue, you know, and she doesn’t need a “title” in order to bravely save the world. A title? Isn’t that for beauty pageants? The presidency is a job, Miz Sarah. But then she’s not keen on the job thing. That’s hard work. She quits when it becomes too hard.

      • 18 theo67
        September 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm

        I’m so glad I’m completely oblivious to the happenings in palin-world. Did she finally say she wasn’t going to run for President? She probably sees the writing on the wall that Christie is more favorite than she is – with the Koch brothers, that is.

        • 19 Linda
          September 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm

          The Grizzled Mama, drops her facade, and virtually admits that she has NO intention of running for President in 2012. That wailing sound you hear are little hearts breaking over at the Sea O’Pee.


          I read it for fun…the blog owner is great !

        • 20 57andFemale
          September 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm

          I’d frankly forgotten about her. then she thrusts herself on the national stage again by saying that the Presidency is a “title”. God.

        • 21 JoJothecat
          September 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm

          All these presidential wanna-bes say they can do a better job, yet they are too afraid to run. Palin, Chris Chrispy, S-Trump-et, Daniels, etc.,

      • 22 Fred
        September 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm

        thank gawd some of the greatest writers are long dead.I can imagine Skakespeare;Camus;Gide;Sartre;Austen;Dickinson. and Ralph Waldo Emerson that comes to mind actually hanging themselves watching that lady butcher a language like that 🙄

  8. 24 Ladyhawke
    September 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I really can’t believe that school districts are still sending permission notes to parents about this back to school speech. This is the handy work of of the unhinged and deranged Glenn Beck and Tea Party. It just shows how warped our political discourse has become. It’s just shameful.

    Tea Baggers Terrify Schools Into Not Showing Obama Back To School Speech


    School administrators don’t want to deal with any potential tea partier fall out, so they have come up with the opt out form/blame the teacher strategy. It is a shame that some parents have managed to take a harmless optimistic speech to students and turn it into a toxic vat of partisan hatred for the President of the United States.


  9. 30 GGail
    September 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I emailed the speech to my sister so she and my 14 year old nephew can watch it together at home after work and school. I don’t want him to miss out on the words of encouragement from our President.

  10. 31 collegekay
    September 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Yoooo I just saw him. His motorcade left by my dorm.

  11. September 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Where’s SueMinnesota? I’m missing her!

  12. September 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    If you listened to PBO’s speech, he encouraged students to be independent thinkers, not cookie cutter robots. He mentioned “coloring outside the lines” sometimes. Ummm, wonder how that statement got a pass. LOL

  13. 51 Xtine
    September 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Darn, he’s hawt!

  14. September 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    The bigots just self-identify themselves when they pull these shenanigans. They will always be part of the the dark undercurrent of our society until people have the courage and the vision to rise up against them and call them out. PBO knows all about them and has their number. He also knows that hundreds of thousands of other children will hear his message and some of them will be inspired by them and remember them all their lives. He always focuses on the larger picture. So to the people with narrow, hate-filled minds, go stew in your own ugly juices. Your little minds and hearts condemn you to a limited future. The rest of us have a brilliant message to treasure from our president and big possibilities to contemplate.

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