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President Obama Includes Harry Potter Story in Education Speech

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Posted by: Melissa
September 07, 2009, 10:12 PM

Tomorrow President Barack Obama will address the nation as it goes back to school; the pre-released text of his speech (which you can read here) includes remarks on the beginnings of Harry Potter as proof that not all great ideas or ventures are accepted as such to start:

But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject you study. You won’t click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.
That’s OK.  Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. JK Rowling’s 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." 
These people succeeded because they understand that you can’t let your failures define you – 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 doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying."


Pres. Obama will deliver the address at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., at 10 a.m. MDT; it will be live on the C-SPAN cable channel and streamed life at whitehouse.gov/live.

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that’s brilliant! i had no idea that HP was rejected 12 times at first :( but im glad it made a success! :)

Posted by chocolaterabbits on September 07, 2009, 10:19 PM report to moderator
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Awesome! I can’t understand why some parents don’t want their children to hear the President’s speech.

Posted by SybilT on September 07, 2009, 10:30 PM report to moderator
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That’s totally awesome and yeah I don’t understand why some parents are against the speech either.

Posted by Christine on September 07, 2009, 10:43 PM report to moderator
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If I were a consertative parent I wouldn’t want the president speaking to my child about healthcare. I wouldn’t want to open a dialogue and answer questions why I don’t want to have a national healthcare option. I’d then have to explain why our health insurance keeps going up. I’d have to explain that heathcare is a privilege and not a human right, and I’d have to explain why being a religious person this conflicts with what’s taught in C.C.D. or Sunday school.

Posted by monicahp2009(WBM) on September 07, 2009, 11:00 PM report to moderator
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It is just wonderful that he is incorporating someone so many children hold in such high esteem as J.K. Rowling into his speech. It is my hope that they do understand and take up the message he will try to impart.

Posted by Kirk on September 07, 2009, 11:06 PM report to moderator
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sweet!

Posted by stregs12 on September 07, 2009, 11:11 PM report to moderator
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harry potter reference… love it!

Posted by GinnyPotter:) on September 07, 2009, 11:11 PM report to moderator
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That’s interesting Monica considering his entire speech is about staying in school and having goals, etc. Conservatives would realize that if they read the speech. Instead they “fear” that they may have to disgust “difficult topics.” Really? Explaining to kids that going to the doctor costs money is difficult? Weird.

Posted by mollywobble on September 07, 2009, 11:20 PM report to moderator
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Wow. That’s awesome!

The only thing I’m worried about is that, in my area, people are already mad about President Obama addressing their children, and those people are also very anti-Harry Potter.

Anyway, most of those people already hate Obama so much this isn’t really going to change anything.

Go President Obama!

Posted by Nimbus-X >---ROAR---> on September 07, 2009, 11:23 PM report to moderator
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Wow. That’s awesome!

The only thing I’m worried about is that, in my area, people are already mad about President Obama addressing their children, and those people are also very anti-Harry Potter.

Anyway, most of those people already hate Obama so much this isn’t really going to change anything.

Go President Obama!

Posted by Nimbus-X >---ROAR---> on September 07, 2009, 11:23 PM report to moderator
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Whoops. Discuss not disgust.

Posted by mollywobble on September 07, 2009, 11:26 PM report to moderator
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Oh man. I go to high school in Arlington… Too bad it’s H-B and not Wakefield, though I do love H-B.

Posted by Hufflepuffler on September 07, 2009, 11:54 PM report to moderator
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Obama’s speech is very positive – nothing controversial. I love that he loves Harry Potter so much. And – reading Monica’s post – I think she’s being sarcastic actually.

Posted by sueml on September 07, 2009, 11:58 PM report to moderator
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Jobama lives lol!
But in all seriousness, everytime the world gets a little more hateful and intolerant I just remember truly that the weapon we have is love. Speaking as a student, with two parents that are both teachers in the public school system, I have seen more than my fair share of the school system that is currently in place in America. This system gives students so little incentive to learn and puts so much emphasis on tests that learning is no longer the goal because for a school to survive it can’t be. Students are often pushed to the side and not included in the system that is supposed to all be about them. I think it is fantastic that, for once someone is adressing students about their schooling and education and if Harry Potter is involved all the better.

Posted by Blatcher(ROAR) on September 07, 2009, 11:59 PM report to moderator
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It’s an awesome speech, and quite honestly, after people hear or read it, they are just going to realize that the parents who are in such an uproar over President Obama talking to the kids are just silly. There is nothing in that speech, unless they jump all over the reference to Rowling. And I’m sure that some of them will.

Blatcher(ROAR), I so completely agree with what you said about the state of education today. By the time my daughters were in high school and graduated (1997 and 2000), it was more and more about testing and working on projects. It was the basics of all their classes that suffered the most. As they started college, they had to take classes to fill in the gaps that shouldn’t have been there.

I was glad to see that Pres. Obama pointed out why it is so important for kids to stay in school and to do well and that it is their responsibility. I think all too often, if a kid doesn’t do well, they are ready to blame everyone else for their lack of success.

Posted by Eeyore on September 08, 2009, 12:13 AM report to moderator
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