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President Obama’s Speech to the Students

The White House has posted the text of the remarks President Obama will give tomorrow to students across America. It is a lovely speech. Here is an excerpt from his remarks about the story of America:

It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.

So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?

In other words, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. This was once an inspiring message in the Democratic party, expressed not only in a speech to students but also to adults in an Inaugural Address. In any event, it is nice to hear it again.



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