Monday, September 7, 2009

El Presidente to give speech to students

"Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength."
-President Barack Obama

Easy for him to say that when you've got the Secret Service behind your back. How can you say no to a man who's being followed around by men with guns. But he's got a point. 
I just read President Barack Obama's prepared comments for tomorrow's speech. And let me tell you something: it's not that bad. 
He makes a few points regarding struggling kids who manage to go to college no matter how bad they have it at home. Or if they have a disease. Or if English is not their first language. I really hoped he'd added all them DREAM Act kids and the AB 540 students in grad school, but maybe that's just going too far. 
The quote above came directly from the speech. I know it can be extremely hard to ask for help. I should know. As a student journalist, you're constantly drilled about the importance of asking for help when you're not familiar with a certain subject. Nobody is born knowing about everything, except my mother. That lady knows it all. 
Asking for help ain't easy. But not asking any questions at all can be even harder.
I really hope that kids across the nation listen up and fully devour this speech. Whether Obama has a "hidden agenda" behind this speech, them kids should indeed stay away from the Xbox and pick up a book or two and better their grammar. God knows I need to. 
So, kids listen up:
1) Check out Obama's speech tomorrow from a Virginia high school
2) Stay away from that Xbox at least for a couple of hours
3) Pick up a good book
4) Make Julio sound less preachy

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