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a malcontent rant© 09.07.2009

 


 

Glorious Leader Continues to be about Self on Tuesday

 

By tha malcontent
ap/afp Editor in Chief
September 7th... 10:04 AM MST

 

(ap) - Here is POTUS and my Response, since this "Address" will NOT be Afforded one:

 

Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Back to School Event
Arlington, Virginia September 8, 2009
 

The President: Hello everyone Ė howís everybody doing today? Iím here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And weíve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. Iím glad you all could join us today.

 

(Let's just make one thing Perfectly Clear... There isn't an Educator alive today who would Agree with Addressing 6-year-olds and 16-year-olds with the same material.  His NaÔvetť is only outweighed by his Vanity. - tha malcontent)


I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, itís your first day in a new school, so itís understandable if youíre a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade youíre in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you couldíve stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.

 

(Mr. President, along with their Teachers and Administrators, they are BUSY AS HELL!... This couldn't have been a more Inappropriate Time or Place for you to Continue your National "Me" Tour. - tha malcontent)


I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didnít have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday Ė at 4:30 in the morning.   

 

(This (m)an couldn't be more Self-centered...  He couldn't go a couple of minutes without boo-hooing to Children about how rough he had it when he was a kid.  If he was any more Predictable!... - tha malcontent)


Now I wasnít too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, Iíd fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever Iíd complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, "This is no picnic for me either, buster."

 

(As if this lasted his entire Childhood... If my Memory serves me, he did most of it in the Island Paradise of Hawaii with his Grandparents going to Prep Schools.. - tha malcontent)


So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But Iím here today because I have something important to discuss with you. Iím here because I want to talk with you about your education and whatís expected of all of you in this new school year. 

 

(ALL of them, including the Educators and Administrators are "still adjusting" and your Intrusion is an Illustration of what you are as a (m)an.  As for you Feeling it's your Job as President to tell the Children of this REPUBLIC what's Expected of them in School, it is NOT your Job, NOR your Constitutional Right to do ANY such thing.  - tha malcontent)


Now Iíve given a lot of speeches about education. And Iíve talked a lot about responsibility.

 

(If "I" had the Time, "I" would Document how many times Barry makes this about himself in this Speech. - tha malcontent)


Iíve talked about your teachersí responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn. 
Iíve talked about your parentsí responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and donít spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox. 

 

("I've, I've, I've, me, me, me...".  What Bore. - tha malcontent)


Iíve talked a lot about your governmentís responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that arenít working where students arenít getting the opportunities they deserve. 

 

(The State Government's Responsibility... And Honestly, do you Think you have even ONE Pre-K thru 5th Graders Attention at this point, Barry?... Why are you Wasting Elementary Educators Time with this Pap?... - tha malcontent)


But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world Ė and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.

 

(Just Dismiss the lil' one's Barry... They would be more Productive playing with Blocks right now. - tha malcontent)


And thatís what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself. 


Every single one of you has something youíre good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. Thatís the opportunity an education can provide.

 

(If only I had the ability to see what Middle Schoolers were doing at this point in the Address... - tha malcontent)


Maybe you could be a good writer Ė maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper Ė but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor Ė maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine Ė but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.

 

(Go into Journalism and let me be your Inspiration... I am Sure that 2nd Graders are taking Notes at this point Furiously! - tha malcontent)


And no matter what you want to do with your life Ė I guarantee that youíll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? Youíre going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You canít drop out of school and just drop into a good job. Youíve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.

 

(Maybe you could become a Cop, so I could Badmouth you and Assume you were Wrong before I Knew all of the Facts... Or Maybe you could be in the Army so I could Accuse you of Terrorizing Innocent Civilians... The Options are Limitless!... We are the Modern American DemocRAT Party! - tha malcontent)


And this isnít just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What youíre learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future. 

 

(Like Healthcare and the Environment?... - tha malcontent)


Youíll 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. Youíll 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. Youíll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.

 

("Cancer... AIDS... Environment... Poverty... Homelessness... Crime..." And of course, "Discrimination"!...  Don't Forget Kids, we aren't Fair or Free enough either!  Do you Need a Potty Break?... - tha malcontent)


We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you donít do that Ė if you quit on school Ė youíre not just quitting on yourself, youíre quitting on your country.

 

(For the Love of God Barry!... Did you just put the Burden of ALL of the Ills of the World, Real and Perceived, on the Backs of Kindergarteners?... You are a Shameless Hack! - tha malcontent)


Now I know itís not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.


I get it. I know what thatís like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasnít always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didnít fit in. 

 

(Your Mother Bailed on you too, "I"!... Your Grandparents gave you the Opportunity you had, and that was a Product of the Greatest Generation, not the Slacker Self-Centered Pukes that Left you High and Dry... Unfortunately, it Seems as if you have Taken from the Wrong Inspirations in your Life. - tha malcontent)


So I wasnít always as focused as I should have been. I did some things Iím not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse. 


But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didnít have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.

 

(He's not going to Mention his Grandparents, is he... - tha malcontent)


Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you donít have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and thereís not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you donít feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know arenít right. 

 

(Most of those Problems are Illustrative of what DemocRAT Control of Communities Breeds and Fosters.  You only have yourself and your Party to look to. - tha malcontent)


But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life Ė what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what youíve got going on at home Ė thatís no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. Thatís no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. Thatís no excuse for not trying. 

 

(Don't let him "Bamboozle you" and "Lead you Astray", kids... He went to Prep Schools and was Raised in a Life of Privilege in Hawaii! - tha malcontent)


Where you are right now doesnít have to determine where youíll end up. No oneís written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future. 


Thatís what young people like you are doing every day, all across America. 


Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didnít speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.


Iím thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, whoís fought brain cancer since he was three. Heís endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer Ė hundreds of extra hours Ė to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and heís headed to college this fall. 


And then thereís Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods, she managed to get a job at a local health center; start a program to keep young people out of gangs; and sheís on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.


Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell arenít any different from any of you. They faced challenges in their lives just like you do. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same. 

 

(Could've shortened this Tripe by about 10 Paragraphs and Focused on those Inspirations instead of yourself and your Veiled Agenda... - tha malcontent)


Thatís why today, Iím calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education Ė and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe youíll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe youíll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe youíll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope youíll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you donít feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.

 

(It's a good thing that by this time, half of the Elementary Aged kids are asleep, and the others are being "Hushed" by their Teachers who are Realizing, if they hadn't already, that this was a REALLY Stupid Idea on Barry's part.  Otherwise, all of this Scary Talk the President Decided was Appropriate for 6-year-olds, might have actually caused them Sleep Issues Tuesday night! - tha malcontent)


Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it. 
I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work -- that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, youíre not going to be any of those things. 

 

(Or you could Ride a Wave of Misplaced Liberal White Guilt into the White House, and then Stand around with your Finger up your Nose for the First Year, going on Dates via Jets and Globetrotting the World on the Taxpayer's Dime until you Realize you could probably get to the Voters via their Kids easier than actually Presenting some Plans and Data on your Agenda and letting the American People Decide for themselves if they want your Particular Brand of Snake Oil! - tha malcontent)


But the truth is, being successful is hard. You wonít love every subject you study. You wonít click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you wonít necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.

 

(I am Sure the Interruptions of Applause and Cheering from the 3rd Graders at this point is Difficult for the Teachers to Control... - tha malcontent)


Thatís OK.  Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones whoíve had the most failures. JK Rowlingís first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, "I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." 

 

(I have no Issue with the above Paragraph... This and couple of others was all that really needed to be said, Assuming he was going to go through with this Unnecessary Disruption of America's Schools. - tha malcontent)


These people succeeded because they understand that you canít let your failures define you Ė you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesnít mean youíre a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesnít mean youíre stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying. 


No oneís born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. Youíre not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You donít hit every note the first time you sing a song. Youíve got to practice. Itís the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before itís good enough to hand in. 

 

(OK with all of that also... - tha malcontent)


Donít be afraid to ask questions. Donít be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isnít a sign of weakness, itís a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you donít know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust Ė a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor Ė and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals. 

 

(Speaking of not being Afraid of Asking Questions... Maybe the President should have Asked Parents and Teachers before Forcing his way into the American Classroom at this Unfortunate and Busy time of the Year... Just a Thought!  That must be the only "Grandparent" reference we will be getting... May those Generous People Rest in Peace. - tha malcontent)


And even when youíre struggling, even when youíre discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you Ė donít ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.

 

(When you Give up on yourself, you Give up on your Country"?... Seriously, Barry... This would be OK to Exiting Seniors in the Spring... WAY too Heavy for Most Children who are Stressed enough by the Beginning of a School Year! - tha malcontent)


The story of America isnít about people who quit when things got tough. Itís about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best. 
Itís the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.

 

(But don't let the Burdens of Society keep you from your Studies!... It's Certainly NOT Keeping the President from his Leisure Time! - tha malcontent)


So today, I want to ask you, whatís your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? 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?

 

(Entirely and Completely Inappropriate for anyone but MAYBE Seniors in the Spring... This guy is about as Naive as they get. - tha malcontent)


Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. Iím working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But youíve got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So donít let us down Ė donít let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.

 

(He has made this Claim more than once now... What EXACTLY is Barry doing for Schools?... Aside from Burdening them with this Self-Serving Speech and Photo-Op as he Struggles to keep his Head above the Political Waters?... Someone let me Know when they Know. - tha malcontent)


Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

 

(Apparently Glorious Leader can say "God's" Name in School, but the Students can't!... Classic. - tha malcontent)
 

peace,

tha malcontent

 

 

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