Well, gosh, I thought the “Back-to-School” speech was supposed to be kind of a civics thing – a nonpartisan effort by our Head of State to inspire the little ones to learn and help make their country great.
Sure, most of the speech – which Obama will give this afternoon at a Washington school – is about such things. But what do you know? Political adviser David Plouffe must have gotten ahold of a draft before it went to the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office for a final look-see.
Just couldn’t resist a little self promotion. From the remarks as prepared for delivery.
You’ve also got people all across this country – including me – working on your behalf. We’re taking every step we can to ensure that you’re getting an educational system that’s worthy of your potential. We’re working to make sure that you have the most up-to-date schools with the latest tools for learning. We’re making sure that our country’s colleges and universities are affordable and accessible. And we’re working to get the best teachers into your classrooms, so they can prepare you for college and a future career.
“Hey mom, dad – Obama’s doing all he can for education! He wants us to have good teachers. He told us!”
Much of the rest of the remarks are well done, though, including a couple of suggestions that being a businessman is a good thing.
I have no doubt that America’s best days are ahead of us because I know the potential that lies inside each one of you. Soon enough, you’ll be the ones leading our businesses and our government; you’ll be the ones charting the course of our unwritten history. All of that starts this year. Right now. So I want you all to make the most of this year ahead of you. Your country is depending on you. So set your sights high. Have a great school year. And let’s get to work.
A nice contrast to Michelle Obama, who recently told a group of woman, “Don’t go into corporate America.”
And Obama gets the closest he ever has to explaining why he won’t release his college transcripts.
I’ll let you in on a little secret: I wasn’t always the very best student.