September 14th, 2010
02:40 PM ET

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

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.


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  1. William

    I can see it now. Because Republicans are dedicated to criticizing everything about anything that President Obama might say, they will express opinions that students shouldn't be told that they need to work hard in school. That good grades should be their right no matter what. That they have a right to achieve their goals without any effort on their part. After all, to actually agree with President Obama would stick in their craw and they will perceive a need to stand against everything and anything that the President might say.

    When will America finally get tired of Republicans and conservatives standing against the needs of this country?

    September 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    In other news. The Republican Party blasted Obama's speach and demanded that kids should be allowed to stay at home, cheat and be allowed to fail at schools without much effort.

    September 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • gina

      That says it all, Bob...great sense of humor!

      September 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ursula

      Bob – Speech is spelled speech. Perhaps proofing should also be taught in classrooms.

      September 14, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. carla

    Remember last year when this was such a big deal and people were pulling their kids out of school and requiring his transcript before he spoke? Eh, not so much this year. I guess it wasn't on Beck's list of things the sheeple need to be outraged about today.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      No one was scared when Bush spoke to their kids, of course, Bush didn't didn't use real words. Perhaps we all just 'misunderestimated' him.

      September 15, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. tony

    Obama is pushing kids! What sort of grown man shoves around children? Follow me on twitter #omegaraiel and find out!

    September 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chris

    I watched the video with my class of 4th graders. They were very inspired. It was great and very true. No matter how much we want to be in charge, in the long run it is the student who has to have personal drive to want to be successful and aspire to be their personal best. Thank you Mr. President!

    September 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shannon

    Carla I love that word...sheeple. I have never heard that before, maybe I have been under a rock, but it is so true.

    September 15, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. La Piovra

    Actually, well-heeled white kids should be allowed to goof off, play hooky, and cheat, and still be guaranteed a niche at Yale. All other kids should be kicked out of school after ninth grade and shunted into the blue-collar jobs that no longer exist (in essence, Rick Santorum has already proposed this)

    September 15, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |