WASHINGTON — Marking the beginning of a new school year, President Obama will address the country’s students in his second annual Back-to-School Speech on Tuesday, September 14.
Obama’s address to the country’s youth last year was preceded by waves of criticism by outraged conservatives, who said they feared the president would use the occasion to indoctrinate a captive audience of impressionable young brains with liberal political thoughts.
Instead, the president offered the pupils a pep-talk about trying hard, staying in school and doing their best.
“Every single one of you has something you’re good at,” the president told students last year. “Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.”
This year’s speech will be from Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School, according to the White House.
The president’s Back-to-School Speech will live-stream on WhiteHouse.gov.
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