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Originally posted by mikerussellus
reply to post by Benevolent Heretic
To be honest, I did speculate. But I read and re-read the speech and could not find fault with it.
What spin is put on it before or after, is still up for speculation though.
Originally posted by KSPigpen
reply to post by mikerussellus
I appreciate your post, Mike. One thing that struck me really as strange is this:
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.
Since when are we allowing God back into classrooms? My children aren't allowed to pray, but the President can come in to their classroom via video and throw his name around like they are old pals and the rules don't apply to him?
[edit on 7-9-2009 by KSPigpen]
Prior to his nationally broadcast speech to students on Tuesday, President Barack Obama made a pitch for health care reform in a discussion with 40 freshmen at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va.
The president traveled to Wakefield High to give a speech on education reform. The speech was posted in advance on the White House Web site to quell fears that the president intended to plug his political agenda to impressionable minds.
Although the president avoided controversial topics in his speech, he did promote health care reform in a face-to-face discussion at Wakefield High School. Asked by a student how he stays motivated to do his job, Obama replied that his staff gives him 10 letters every day from “ordinary folks.”
“You hear about people who are sick but don't have health care, and suddenly they get a bill for $100,000, and there's no way they can pay for it, and they're about to lose their house. And you’re just reminded that the country is full of really good people who sometimes are going through a hard time,” Obama said.
“They just need a break. They need a little bit of help. Maybe the way things are set up right now isn't always fair for people, and that motivates you, because you say, well, I can't make everything perfect, I can't prevent somebody from getting sick, but maybe I can make sure that they've got insurance so that when they do get sick, they're going to get some help.”