Thursday, February 23, 2012

President Obama gives remarks for National Museum of African American History and Culture

Washington, D.C. - Taking inspiration from generations that paved the way, President Obama spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Crediting the idea for the museum to Black veterans of the Civil War, the President proclaimed that this is their day and anticipated the impact this moment will have on future generations:

"Because just as the memories of our earliest days have been confined to dusty letters and faded pictures, the time will come when few people remember drinking from a colored water fountain, or boarding a segregated bus, or hearing in person Dr. King's voice boom down from the Lincoln Memorial. That's why what we build here won't just be an achievement for our time it will be a monument for all time."

Video of President Obama's speech is posted below, but you can view the entire ceremony here.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

"...As well as they've served us"

President Obama dedicated this week's address to discussing the importance of thanking our veterans. But, more than showing gratitude, the President stressed the need to create an environment that serves our men and women in the armed forces as well as they've served us:


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Monday, October 17, 2011

President Obama highlights perseverance of Dr. King and the American spirit in dedication speech

Washington, D.C. - Fear of hurricane Irene delayed the much anticipated dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in August. But, on Sunday, people gathered to finally make it official. The dedication ceremony played host to speeches from civil rights leaders, politicians, business leaders, actors and activists - all paying tribute to the life, achievements and message embody in a civil rights icon and American hero.

President Obama also spoke at the ceremony. Conscious of the current economic conditions facing millions of Americans, President Obama tied his remarks to the passion and perseverance displayed by King and others during the civil rights movement. Following King's lead, the President argued, Americans can find the faith and strength to realize that a brighter future lies ahead if one is willing to fight for it:

"It is precisely because Dr. King was a man of flesh and blood, and not a figure of stone, that he inspires us so. His life, his story, tells us that change can come if you don't give up. He would not give up no matter how long it took. Because in the smallest hamlets, in the darkest slums, he had witnessed the highest reaches of the human spirit. . . That is why we honor this man - because he had faith in us.

Here is President Obama's speech at the Martin Luther King Jr. dedication ceremony:

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Friday, September 30, 2011

President Obama gives third annual Back to School speech

Washington, D.C. - For the third year, President Obama spoke to the nation's youth on the importance of education in his annual Back to School speech. The spot, Benjamin Banneker High School in Washington, D.C. The focus, embracing the responsibility that comes with being the nation's future.


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Saturday, September 24, 2011

With economy in mind, President announces changes to No Child Left Behind

In his weekly address, President Obama tied the need for education reform to his ongoing push for jobs through the American Jobs Act. Beyond hoping to add tens of thousands of teachers to the classrooms through the jobs bill, the President argued that education is an important factor to building a strong economy moving forward:

"Education is an essential part of this economic agenda. It is an undeniable fact that countries who out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow. Businesses will hire wherever the highly-skilled and highly trained workers are located."


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Seeking more flexibility, President Obama reforming No Child Left Behind

Washington, D.C. - On Friday, the topic of US education reform took center stage as President Obama announced changes set to be made to No Child Left Behind. Linking education to the nation's current economic challenges, the President warned that, "countries who out-educate us today, will out-compete us tomorrow."

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