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President Obama Speaks Directly to Moms

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The president gave a speech to a joint session of Congress last night.

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Obama spoke about parents and education a lot last night during his 52-minute speech to Congress.

The 52-minute speech was interrupted 50 times by applause. Here was one of the quotations that brought Congress to their feet:

"In the end," he said, "there is no program or policy that can substitute for a parent ... for a mother or father who can attend those parent-teacher conferences, or help with homework, or turn off the TV, put away the video games, read to their child. I speak to you not just as a president but as a father when I say that responsibility for our children's education must begin at home. That is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue -- that's an American issue."

Others who inspired applause were the more than two dozen guests who joined first lady Michelle Obama at the president's speech.

One person on the first lady's guest list was Leonard Abess Jr., a Miami banker who received a $60 million bonus from the proceeds from the sale of shares of City National Bank in Florida and gave it out to his 399 workers and 72 former workers.

Obama contrasted Abess' story with the greed that he said got the country into the problems it faces now.

"CEOs won't be able to use taxpayer money to pad their paychecks, or buy fancy drapes, or disappear on a private jet. Those days are over," Obama said.

Obama also referenced in his speech an eighth-grader who wrote a letter to members of Congress appealing for help in rebuilding her deteriorating school.

Ty'Sheoma Bethea, a student at the J.V. Martin Junior High School in Dillon, South Carolina, was invited after a letter she sent lawmakers appealing for help rebuilding her school made its way to President Obama.

"We are just students trying to become lawyers, doctors, congressmen like yourself and one day president, so we can make a change to not just the state of South Carolina but also the world," Obama read. "We are not quitters."

At that, the audience rose to give the teenager a standing ovation, and Ty'Sheoma's mom gave her a big hug.

In case you missed it, you can see the entire speech here.

What did you think of Obama's speech?

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Rachel February 26, 2009, 1:34 AM

I thought President Obama’s speech was inspiring and well said. I am SOOOO glad the past 8 years are just that….the PAST!! It’s nice to finally see changes being made!

LooLoo1117 February 28, 2009, 12:08 AM

Obama is the most uplifting,straight forward,straight in the eye,father,husband,President. I have put all my faith into the President and hope that he has touch all Americans the way that he has touched our family. Congrats Obama!!! You’re on your way…..

angela March 16, 2009, 1:10 AM

LooLoo1117 hope you’re right but I do not trust him.He came out of nowhere and gained all this hope and is very popular!!! Look at AIG they spent our tax money on giving their employees bonuses!!!!!!Read your bible. I don’t think this is a good thing.He also took the American Flag pin off and will not were red ,white,and blue.He also wants the American flag off his plane.He’s not foward or stright!!!!! Now I’m not a MCcain fan either but I think America is in really big trouble with this president.He wants to put all this money into banks,he knows it’s not going to make a difference.He’s doing this so that they still will fail but he will have control over them.I sure hope I’m wrong!!!!!!And also wanting to close the prison that holds terriosts,um not so good!!!!!! I think he’s setting us all up.These people have done very bad things why should they have to be treated with respect.

Ten Tees January 8, 2011, 9:02 PM

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