President Obama’s address today: Students, stay in school

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

This morning, students all over the United States will have a special speaker -- that is, if their school and parents allow it.

President Barack Obama plans to address students at all grade levels today to encourage them to stay in school.

But this has met resistance from some Republicans and conservative parents who claim it's politically motivated.

The last time a sitting president gave a speech to school children about the importance of staying in school, it was 1991 – that was George Bush senior. His move met some criticism from House Democrats who, at the time, called it politically motivated.

Proving that history repeats itself, President Obama is facing much of the same criticisms from the other party.

And as we've seen over the past week or so, the controversy has reached the parental level, leaving each of the nation's 15,000 school districts figuring out how best to proceed on their own, and each parent making a decision that best suits their household.

The White House released the prepared remarks from the President yesterday.

In those remarks, President Obama says that he understands the first days of school can be nerve wracking, but that each student has something he or she is good at, and each of them has something to offer.

He says that, even with the best schools in the world, it's up to each student to fulfill his or her responsibilities.

He adds, "…and no matter what you want to do with your life, I guarantee that you'll need an education to do it."

One Republican, and parent, who supports the President's decision to talk to school children? Former First Lady Laura Bush, who said yesterday that she backed the President's decision.

Mesa county schools will be offering an alternative class for students who don't want to watch the speech.

Montrose county schools will take a similar approach.

Delta county delta county schools say they will not show the speech.

If you'd like to see the speech for yourselves, we'll be livestreaming it starting at 10 a.m. on our Web site.


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