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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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Well done, Mr. President, well done. We didn’t get to watch this in school, but I watched it on youtube, Wow!! Way to go.

Posted by mini bagel on September 09, 2009, 09:27 PM report to moderator
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It’s an awesome speech. This was the first time I read it for myself and (not that I didn’t already think this) but parents who are in such an uproar over President Obama talking to the kids are just stupid.

He is not talking about health care and he is not trying to turn your children into Abortion Supporting Communist , he is telling them to stay smart and stay in school.

Really. I’m disappointed in my country. I cant believe so many people are upset about this.

Posted by Rose on September 09, 2009, 10:17 PM report to moderator
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1129 Points

I’m sure it was a good speech!

Posted by clashcityrocker13 on September 09, 2009, 10:18 PM report to moderator
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309 Points

bloddy brilliant!

Posted by Rowling Stones on September 10, 2009, 12:37 AM report to moderator
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3455 Points

Go Obama! it really was an inspiraring speech!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on September 10, 2009, 06:27 PM report to moderator
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i cant believe Obama actually inserted HP in 2 his speech
GO PRESIDENT OBAMA!:)

Posted by NaRgLeS.WuZz.H3r3(: {Roar} on September 10, 2009, 09:44 PM report to moderator
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2062 Points

That is really cool of Obama! I agree with alot of other people it is so ridiculous how opposed people were to this speech being shown in schools. It makes me sad how paranoid and closed minded people can be.

Posted by Alice Weasley{Weasley's Queen} [ROAR!] on September 11, 2009, 12:31 AM report to moderator
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hahahahahahaha

Posted by wing on September 11, 2009, 08:46 AM report to moderator
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hahahahahahaha

Posted by wing on September 11, 2009, 08:46 AM report to moderator
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hahahahahahaha

Posted by wing on September 11, 2009, 08:47 AM report to moderator
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hahahahahahaha

Posted by wing on September 11, 2009, 08:49 AM report to moderator
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woooo! good speech :)

Posted by Beazy :) (Formerly: MidnightSun321 ) {!!ROAR!!} on September 11, 2009, 05:39 PM report to moderator
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It’s awesome that he included J.K. Rowling in his speech, she deserves it! President Obama is amazing, but I’m sad my school didn’t show this! We’re a small school, and it wasn’t anything against him because our city is super democratic. And now I’m going to watch it online!

Posted by Wingardium Leviosa ❄WBM❄ on September 11, 2009, 08:00 PM report to moderator
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370 Points

that’s cool

Posted by **Holly** on September 12, 2009, 04:25 PM report to moderator
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thats awesoome

Posted by hellomotoCOOP on September 12, 2009, 04:33 PM report to moderator
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