Obama Back To School Speech Analysis

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On September 8, 2009 in Arlington, Virginia, President Barack Obama issued a “Back to School” speech. In this speech, he outlined the importance of a student’s education and how it may reflect on their future. President Obama plans to encourage students to try their hardest in the upcoming school year by convincing them to “put their best effort into everything that they do” no matter how challenging life may get at times. Succeeding in school is not always easy due to other challenges in life, but it is definitely not impossible. Growing up, Barack was raised by a single mother who did not have loads of money to send him to school with the other American children. Instead, his mother taught him at home throughout the week. “I was not as focused as I should have been,” exclaimed President Obama. With many of second chances, he was able to go to college and law school and still succeed even though there were other things in life that tried to hold him back. Looking back on his struggles, Obama …show more content…

“Your goal can be something simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book,” says the President. As a student, he wants them to commit to it and work at it despise the failures they may experience. Obama wants the failures to teach the students rather than define them. As the President of the United States, Barack Obama has also failed many times in his life in which he sees that led to his success. As a student myself, I set goals for myself such as sustaining a 3.5 GPA and staying focused as much as I can in the classroom. I am a firm believer in achieving my goals because I know that they will reflect on my future. At times, I may fail but I do not let that stop me from trying. Instead, I let it teach me a lesson and push myself even harder to do better the next

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