September 14th, 2010
01:59 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama pushes kids to work hard in 'back-to-school' speech

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Obama delivered his second 'back-to-school' message Tuesday."]

(CNN) - President Barack Obama Tuesday delivered his second "back-to-school" message to the nation's students - an event marked by far less controversy than the first time around.

The speech - delivered to a thunderous round of applause from students at Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - encouraged students to make the most of their educational opportunities.

"Nobody gets to write your destiny but you," Obama said. "Your future is in your hands. Your life is what you make of it. And nothing - absolutely nothing - is beyond your reach. So long as you're willing to dream big. So long as you're willing to work hard. So long as you're willing to stay focused on your education."

The president said education "never has been more important."

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  1. Peter s

    Wise words from a wise man!! if only the larger society can emulate you!! and change from the greedy ethos of "its not what you know but whom you know." That will be the change I can belive in!!!

    September 14, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Marty, FL

    Thank you for the continued words of encouragement, Mr. President.

    God bless America

    September 14, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Remember Last Year's Speech To The School Children When the Right Wing Accused . . .

    Obama of indoctrination? Hey CNN, can you for once report the big picture and not tunnel vision snippets.

    The point is: Last year the g.o.p. Tea party Koch-funded kooks visciously and baselessly attack our President. This year – nothing, nada, zilch.

    I guess that far right is too busy attacking the "not a mosque two blocks from ground zero". Looks like the attacks against Mexicans must have worn them out.

    September 14, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Gracie

    President Obama EXEMPLIFIES everything we as a country should WANT in a President. However, there's a group of Americans who will NEVER EVER be satisfied with the man no matter what he says or does because they are so full of hatred and misery. They say misery loves company.

    All the cries about wanting our country back and big government is nothing but a smoke screen by a bunch of miserable and hateful people. WHERE did the country go? WHO the hell stole the country? Does any of this CRAP make any sense? Tea-Baggers are nothing but folks MAD and blaming everyone ELSE but themselves!!!!

    WHY didn't Republicans and Tea-Baggers ask George W. Bush and Dick Cheney WHERE the hell the country is? WHY aren't they asking them to GIVE BACK our country? WHY aren't the Tea-Baggers DEMANDING that BUSH/CHENEY fix the pile of poop mess they created????

    President Obama didn't steal the country, didn't create the millions of job loss, didn't create a trillion dollar deficit.

    George W. Bush starting this BALL rolling way before President Obama ever ran for President. The residual consequences of all of Bush/Cheney's FAILED POLICIES are now just catching up with us.

    I'm VERY PROUD of President Obama. Unlike most Tea-baggers and Republicans, I NEVER expected any President to SOLVE all my issues or problems. George W. Bush didn't SOLVE ALL of the issues facing our country during his tenure and neither did REAGAN or others before them!

    So this notion that President Obama is suddenly suppose to waive his magic wand and make all our economic issues go away is just plain IGNORANT, IGNORANT, IGNORANT!!!


    September 14, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    Speech wasn't heard in too many Catholic schools in the South.

    September 14, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Great speech Mr. President. It's very inspirational for those kids to listen to your humbling story.

    September 14, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Linda

    I am happy that San Francisco Unified school district didn't come up with nonsense about students not being able to listen to President's Obama's speech today. I had informed them that I would keep my three grandchildren home if they blacked out his speech. I had heard on the news yesterday that some districts had sent notes home to parents to give permission if their children could watch the speech. This is crazy and racist as far as I'm concerned. I don't recall any of the other presidents being discriminated against like this. Personally, I could care less whether any kid other than Blacks or Hispanic watched the speech. I just feel sorry for the children that may feel left out or teased because of the studidity of their parents.

    September 14, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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