Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama: Back to School Event
On September 8th 2009 President Barack Obama delivered the speech “Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama: Back to School Event” at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. President Barack Obama encourages and motivates the students to take school serious and to work for their education, for their own, their parents and the countries good. The theme of the speech is responsibility and possibility. Barack Obama begins his speech with a rhetorical question: “how’s everybody doing today?” he is being polite and doesn’t expect and answer, because he expects that they are doing good. He continues being polite and understanding. He talks about how it’s to come back to school after summer vacation. He knows the feeling, the students have and how their mind is still on vacation, he shows sympathy with the students by telling them a story about his mother’s way of educating her son: “Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, “This is no picnic for me either, buster.”” The reason why Obama gives this speech is because he wants to tell the students what responsibility they have for their education, just like he has given a speech to the teacher’s, parent’s and the government about their responsibilities. His statement is that the way to success isn’t as easy as it seems in the reality shows on TV, it’s hard. If you want a job you will need an education and therefore you will have to work, train and learn for it. Obama uses patriotism against the students and says that what they make of their education isn’t only important for themselves and their future but also the country’s future and how the nation will meet challenges in the future. He also says that quitting school, is the same as quitting your country, it all depends on the...
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