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President Obama's speech to students - just the right note!

By Joy A. Kennelly

I LOVED IT! President Obama got it so right!

I'm choked up writing this because I needed to hear his speech just as much as these children did. I think he encouraged and challenged me, just as much as he has all these children.

Life is hard. Success doesn't come easy. You have to work hard for everything you're going for. You have to set goals. Don't let failures define you.

SO true.

Here's the whole speech transcript because I know I'm paraphrasing.

It was so nice not to hear anything bashing the past or partisan, but an extremely non-partisan, goal-oriented, and very forward looking speech given by the leader of the free world. I get so tired of always hearing about the past and partisan whatever in his other speeches, this speech was quite refreshing.

Thank you Mr. President.

I liked reading too, that Laura Bush broke her silence to support President Obama because education was/is her passion. "Mrs. Bush was interviewed in Paris, where she was helping promote global literacy as part of a United Nations meeting."

She's still such a classy lady. I admire her very much.

It was also fun to see my alma mater, Mira Costa High School, featured on TV as a classroom of high schoolers watched the speech too. Some MCHS students are involved with drugs and alcohol without much parental supervision or support as evidenced by a growing population involved with our local Project Touch program.

I saw a lot of this issue while attending MCHS even when I was attending oh so many years ago, but avoided it by being so involved in my church. Not all students do drugs or abuse alcohol, but there is a large percentage who do which is sad to me.

Maybe these students will be challenged to stand up to peer pressure now? One can only hope.

I was really happy to see MCHS embracing this opportunity. There are a lot of really good students striving for educational goals too, don't get me wrong. I just wanted to point out the drug/alcohol issues since just because you attend a nice high school in a good neighborhood, it doesn't mean you're immune to bad influences.

Hope I don't offend anyone. Just stating my truth.

Back to today's speech.

Thank you President Obama. I may not always (or ever) agree with your politics, but today, I am proud to have you as my President and leader. I felt like you were a great role-model to so many children who don't have fathers and/or don't have a positive male role model in their life to give them this type of advice.

I do agree with the conservatives who were upset with the original classroom lesson plan and possible intent of this speech, but am so happy the White House was receptive to feedback and adjusted their message accordingly once a loud enough uproar was heard.

Maybe next time the uproar won't be needed and we can move past partisan politics and simply be Americans once again.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to job hunting. I am looking for writing and/or social media type work if you hear of anything. Thanks!

God bless America. God bless our youth. And God bless you!


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