bobama On September 8th, 2009, President Barack Obama addressed the elementary, middle, and high school students of the United States. Although not a unique event, I think this address may be one of the most important events in our nation’s history….

President George H. W. Bush was the first President to address the American student body back in 1991 (see George H.W. Bush’s 1991 Speech to Schools). He emphasized staying in school and most importantly saying no to drugs.

President Obama spoke on the importance of education. How even in the face of adversity a student should not let their education suffer. He gave various examples of students who persevered and have succeed when forces were against them (see A Message of Hope and Responsibility for America’s Students).

I felt his most important point was that each student’s success in life, school or whatever was their own responsibility. Personally I feel that our society has been coaching our youth that nothing is ever one’s fault. This is why we have the most litigious society in the world. We want to blame everyone else for our misfortunes instead of doing something about it. Look at those who purchased home’s they cannot afford. They want to blame the bank that gave them the loan, because the bank should have known better. I would ask, shouldn’t the home buyer know better?

I would ask the President to make this event an annual one. Whether it is televised, prerecorded or just a letter I don’t think it matters. Just addressing the children of our country will let them know that they are important in our country’s future. Maybe by doing this, we will begin to see citizens who are more active in our country’s politics.

I feel this quite strongly so I went ahead and wrote the President. If you feel as strongly as I do, I would suggest you do the same (White House’s Contact Us page).

Here’s what I wrote:

Dear Mr. President,
I would like to thank you for your speech on September 8th, 2009 to our American student body. I felt your message was quite inspirational and something that many of our youth of today needed to hear.
I actually believe that our country has been teaching too many of our citizens that nothing is ever our fault (this may be why we are so litigious). I thought it was superb that your message to let the students know that they are responsible for their success.
I also feel that this address may bring about a change in our country that is needed. Maybe with this message, we will have a citizenry that is more aware of their country and their government. Maybe we will have more involvement from those who heard your message and are now interested in what the government is doing to prepare the country for them.
I would ask one thing, keep doing it. I think that just like your State of the Union address, this address should be an annual one. I of course would keep politics out of the speech as you have done this time, but I feel that it is important that our children be reminded that they are important to our nation’s well being. Nothing can bring that home more than having the President of the United States address one and give them what you expect from them.
I truly believe that if you were to do this, we will see a more politically active citizenry than we have ever had before. That can only improve our country and our future.

Other Links:
President Barack Obama Makes Historic Speech to America’s Students @ Ed.gov