I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn't have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school.
I guess it's open with an appeal to get the audience to sympathize with the speaker. Why?
Now I've given a lot of speeches about education. And I've talked a lot about responsibility. I've talked about your parents' responsibility [...] I've talked a lot about your government's responsibility [...]
Yes, he talks a lot. And he's very much about himself -- I thought this was supposed to be about the kids?
And it may be "my govt." in that I'm stuck with it, but it's not "my govt." in that I didn't vote for most of the crap it does. But another nice psychological ploy.
[...] for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren't working where students aren't getting the opportunities they deserve.
I'm against all of this. I don't see how the federal govt. has any valid basis for being in the education business, I don't believe in supporting teachers and principals when it comes to the waste and abuses of their union stranglehold on and bureacracy in education, and I'm not for turning around schools that aren't working, I'm for closing them down.
You'll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment.
I don't want to protect our environment any more than it already is. I think it's protected enough, so no, our kids won't need the knowledge and problem-solving skills to do that, but thanks for implying that there's a consensus on that which there is oh so not.
You'll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free.
Except what he means by "more fair and more free", and prolly what is taught in history and social studies in the schools, is "less fair and less free". I don't want our kids to fight homelessness. Do a study and figure out why people are homeless, and enact some (big govt.) programs to address it. Should take no more than 20 people a few months, not a generation making careers out of it. Same for discrimination. But thanks for trying to tell kids that they'll need to adopt Liberals' various pet causes to be good and successful adults for their country.
I get it. I know what that's like. My father left my family when I was two years old, [...]
And here we are already back on him again. I guess he gets withdrawal symptoms if he goes too long without talking about himself.
My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama. [...]
Who, BTW, hated America, until it looked like a huge Leftward sweep was happening. But I guess he didn't think the kids should know about that, about "their First Lady".
What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?
Hopefully nothing. Us doing things for our country is not what this country is about. It's about a place to come to be left alone, to realize your dreams or not. I reject his whole "let's instill in everyone and esp. the younguns a sense of duty for public service" meme. My life was not granted to be handed over to the country unless I do so voluntarily. I will not nor would I allow my kids to be "community organized". I reject categorically the notion of "giving back to the community". The community gave me nothing, and it does not take a village -- my parents sacrificed to give to me, and my giving back will be to them.
So while overall it was a good message (excepting what you'd expect from the pathological deliverer), if I had kids I would've kept them home yesterday, given them an executive summary version without the trickery into accepting Left-wing values, and told them that except for paying your taxes and doing your jury duty, you don't owe your country a damn thing, and except for securing your rights, your country doesn't owe you a damn thing. And that there is a force in America, that is surging right now, that believes completely different than that. And it's un-American.
A couple more before closing this out:
I'm working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn.
Total utter bullshit -- he's not only doing nothing to stop the leeching of money from getting to the classrooms, but he's actively catering to the force that's the problem.
[...] don't let [...] your country [...] down.
Go fuck yourself.
I won't even start on the DOE suggested lesson plan that was to accompany the speech.
And I would be against this all and just as much if it were a Right-winger doing it. What if Bush 43 planned an event asking teachers to challenge their students to decide how they're going to support Bush (and not if), and if he sprinkled his speech with references to the WOT and how of course everyone has to study hard and go into fields like making bombs or must feel compelled to join the military, else they're letting their country down.
That would be absurd and outrageous, but we're so numbed by Liberal absurdity and outrageousness due to the sheer volumes of it, that most people are confused by the objections to what the Obama administration was trying to pull here. Even some nominally on the Right.