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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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133 Comments

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It was a good speech all in all, don’t understand why some people are complaining. And it’s something that applies to every student in the world-not just the US. But I agree with some of the above. This article had a reference to HP and that’s what we should focus on. The fact that JKR got denied publishing her book over and over, didn’t mean anything because in the end she got the recognition she deserved-I bet all the publishers that had previously turned her down are now all banging theirs heads against a wall or sth!!!

Posted by HBPFan [ITC!] - CatPhoenix14 on September 08, 2009, 04:21 AM report to moderator
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4881 Points

I mean some of the above comments.

Posted by HBPFan [ITC!] - CatPhoenix14 on September 08, 2009, 04:23 AM report to moderator
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Why parents would prevent children from hearing an inspirational speech about working hard and setting goals, I’ll never know.

Anyway, I bet the publishers that rejected HP are all kicking themselves where it hurts. :)

Posted by aj_ellybean on September 08, 2009, 04:28 AM report to moderator
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i liked Obama before i read that and and now i love him

Posted by lexuslovesweasleys on September 08, 2009, 04:44 AM report to moderator
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wow that was interesting :)

Posted by elise on September 08, 2009, 05:33 AM report to moderator
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@Darth Revan. I’m assuming you were being sarcastic because I honestly don’t see anything ‘lacking in win’ in that speech. It’s an inspired speech. Obama himself is an inspiration. No person who ever became president ‘lacked win’.

Posted by Sirius_Craic on September 08, 2009, 05:38 AM report to moderator
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President Obama seem to most of us foreigners as a rare gift to the United States.It is a pity that most voices of opposition to his agenda in the US are not founded on mature ideology but on prejudice and old stereotypes(the “socialist agenda” accusation is just ridiculous).A national healthcare system has nothing to do with either socialism and strict national supervision.It does not contradict freedom of choice.(most of the capitalist countries in Europe have national health care).
Anyway, his speech is surely remarkable.The fact that some parents do not allow their children to listen to this proves something JKR once said.That many parents actually have very little respect and trust towards their children and their own abilities to distinguish what is right and wrong, fiction or reality.
I too wish we had a president like him in my country….

Posted by herpo on September 08, 2009, 06:09 AM report to moderator
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1585 Points

Go Harry! =D

Posted by axlgirl [FTC!] on September 08, 2009, 06:16 AM report to moderator
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5610 Points

that is so totally and epicly brilliant! awesome!

Posted by Peace.Love.Potter ♥ on September 08, 2009, 07:02 AM report to moderator
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awesomeness

Posted by bec majec *roar* on September 08, 2009, 07:04 AM report to moderator
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153 Points

yay cool! JK Rowling is my idol!!!

Posted by Shalanarah on September 08, 2009, 07:29 AM report to moderator
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aj_ellybean I’ve been thinking that way for years now, that the publishers who rejected Philosopher’s Stone must be mentally kicking themselves really hard nowadays. :-D They’ve “only” lost, what, a few hundred million sold copies of the seven books. No biggie. :-D

Posted by MischiefManaged on September 08, 2009, 08:06 AM report to moderator
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aj_ellybean I’ve been thinking that way for years now, that the publishers who rejected Philosopher’s Stone must be mentally kicking themselves really hard nowadays. :-D They’ve “only” lost, what, a few hundred million sold copies of the seven books. No biggie. :-D

Posted by MischiefManaged on September 08, 2009, 08:09 AM report to moderator
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580 Points

okay, so im English, but i have to say

Obama is a bit of a legend like!

Posted by AbbieAstoria on September 08, 2009, 08:09 AM report to moderator
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Go Obama! hugs

Posted by Figaro (ROAR!) on September 08, 2009, 08:34 AM report to moderator
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