[The White House has released the text of Obama's speech to schoolchildren scheduled for Tuesday, September 8 as prepared for delivery.
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The speech has generated some controversy from parents and school board supervisors who fear the President will be delivering a (radical) political speech to young, impressionable students. The White House decided to release the remarks 24 hours in advance to defuse the rumors; in the speech, Obama preaches personal responsibility and asks kids to stay in school.]
The President: "Hello everyone - how's everybody doing today? I'm here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we've got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I'm glad you all could join us today.
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, it's your first day in a new school, so it's understandable if you're 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 you're in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could've stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.
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. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday - at 4:30 in the morning."