Presidential National Address to Students

President Obama addressed students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, on the importance of taking responsibility for their… read more

President Obama addressed students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, on the importance of taking responsibility for their success in school. He spoke of difficulties in his own childhood, and recounted the stories of those who overcame hardships and rejections yet still graduated from high school or college, or became physicians, authors, or professional athletes. In his remarks he said, “We can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world - 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.”

Prior to the speech, a debate ensued from some who believed the president should not speak to elementary, middle, and high school students in a national address. In previous years, Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush also spoke to students in addresses that were shown to students around the country. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Presidential National Address to Students

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Program ID:
288771-2
Category:
White House Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Arlington, Virginia, United States
First Aired:
Sep 8, 2009
Last Aired:
Sep 9, 2009

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  • Sep 08, 2009 | 12:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 08, 2009 | 7:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 08, 2009 | 8:02pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Sep 08, 2009 | 11:53pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 09, 2009 | 3:43am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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