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Is President Obama's speech to students motivational or political?

Defend or challenge the assertion that President Obama's speech is motivational rather than political.

(defense) is motivational

Side Score: 61
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(challenge) is political

Side Score: 11
4 points

I think President Obamas speech was motivational. I believe his plan was to inspire us students to work hard and never give up. He wants us to know that even if we aren't in a resourceful school we can still be successful in our own way. We should never give up and we should always just try.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
3 points

President Obama's speech in my oppinion is motivational and not political because he talks to the students not as a president but as a student him self. President Obama was also a student and he him self has experienced many difficulites . The president is sharing with the students the strugles he had when he was going to school. He had many many problems , but he was able to accomplish his dreams ,get and higher education, and become the President of The United States.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
2 points

WELL I THINK IT WAS VERY THOUGHFUL OF OBAMA TO TURN TO THE TELEVSION ENTERTAINMENT TO SPEAK OUT TO STUDENTS....THIS IS THE FIRST TIME A PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN TIME OUT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT HE REALLY CARES ABOUT AND NOT JUST MAKE A STATEMENT LIKE ALL THE OTHER PRESIDENTS AND SAY HE CARES WHEN THEY REALLY DONT ON THE OTHER HAND I AM CONTRADICTING MYSELF BECAUSE NO MATTER HOW MUCH A PERSON TRYS TO MAKE SOMETHING BETTER IT ALWAYS COMES DOWN TO ONESELF TO DO RIGHT OR WRONG SO AT THE SAME TIME THAT I THINK OBAMA IS DOING GOOD I ALSO THINK HE IS DOING WRONG BECAUSE NO ONE CAN CHANGE THERE OPIONS ABOUT LIFE.....EITHER WAY RCK ON OBAMA AT LEAST YOU ARE MAKING AN EFFORT TO CHANGE THIS WORLD!!!

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
2 points

With drop out rates on the rise, the speech given by Obama was intended to motivate students all around the United States to take responsibility of their studies. During his thirty-minuet speech Obama not once touched on bi-pardonship the war in Iraqi or health care, topics that are usually focus points in political motivated speeches. The diction used throughout the speech such as, responsibility and education gives the speech a motivational tone. Obama challenged young people to find what where good in to help further our county, because we are the feature. The speech was just a reinforcement for what we hear daily from our parents and teachers.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
2 points

I believe that Obama's speech is purely motivational because he gives examples about three students that have faced many challenges in their lives and they still succeed at school. It also inspires students to strive ahead and be all that we can be without letting anything in our lives impede our education. For example, he says "What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country" and i believe that's very motivational to many students across the nation. So that's why i think it's motivational and not political.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
2 points

In my opinion, Obama's speech was intended to be motivational. The purpose on the speech was to set students straight about the future. The speech is intended to motivate students to do better in their academic curriculum. Obama's said it isn't going to be easy to succeed, but it is possible. He mentioned three individuals that have tough lives, but they still manage to put their education first. He himself had to make some sacrifices, and he said, "sacrifices and failures make only promote you to do better in life". He also said, " don't let your failures define you, let your failures make you successful". Kids are our future. It is up to us to learn as much as we can possible, in order to secure our country's freedom. Our future depends on our education and our country's future depends on each and every one of us.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
2 points

In my opinion Obama's speech was motivational because he mentioned he had many struggles in life. Look at where he is now he is one of the most powerful figures in the nation. Therefore, if he came this far, I have endless possibilities of doing the same. In conclusion, I think Obama's speech motivated us the students of the United States not to give up when it seems tough in school or life itself.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational

It is supposed to be motivational but I have a sneaking suspision he'll get in some politics as well! I don't know what age group (s) he'll be speaking to but if they are younger students I should think the political aspects would be lost on them.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

It's really not about either motivation or politics.

While the actual words will be motivational. I think the underlying message will be "I'm the good guy, I will help, and anything that suggests otherwise is bad".

Of course they're not going to make it a law that you can't question the government, the frog would jump right out of the pot. No, they're going to slowly convince these kids that Obama is superman. And the frog will slowly be boiled to death. (;

5 years ago | Side: big government
2 points

I sincerely hope you have had a chance to read the the speech, I have listed it here just in case you haven't: http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/

Guys, Americans have pulled out their umbrellas before even one rain drop has fallen. He has been in office 6 months, there is a HUGE mess to be cleaned up, lets help him do it.

Supporting Evidence: The President's School Speech (www.whitehouse.gov)
5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I think that it is Educational. Students need to hear what is going on. I feel that students now and days are a lot smarter and should get involved in politics.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

Although I haven't had the motivation to actually go and read the speech yet, I'm leaning to this side. It's about education, it should be fine.

Mostly though, I wanted to post on here to point out one thing: I think most people who are strongly on either side of this whole "issue" would change their minds if it were a republican pres talking. How many republicans freaking out about how Obama is brainwashing their children wouldn't be so worried about a president giving a talk if that president were Bush? Or how would some of the democrats feel about Bush giving a speech to the schools(bush jokes aside)?

I'm just saying, I'm so tired of the blatant hypocrisy that goes on. I'm not talking about in this debate; actually you guys are being pretty balanced. I'm talking about people ranting on my facebook page, or people in the news. People who, if it were Bush or Mccain giving a speech, would be fine with it. Or people ranting about conservatives when they, if it were a republican giving a speech, would be going crazy. Just a little rant, sorry.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I think Obamas speech was motivational. I think he wants everyone to work hard towards their future so we can all be successful. Obama has had many challenges but he never gave up. He just wanted to inspire all students.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I believe Obama's speech was meant to be motivational. He used alot of great examples to demonstrate that it doesnt matter if you dont' come from richest family or if you are not in the greatest physical condition. You can still achieve what everyone else can or even better if you take school seriously.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I think President Obama speech is very motivational especially to African American citizens because most African American are likely drop-outs their high school years due to child birth at a young age or parents death to provide for their younger siblings. Also the speech is a good start to better our society. If most people stop quitting after one hard situation the world would be a much better place than it is now. My personal belief is if more people get a reality check and go back to school to get a general equivalence diploma or maybe even go to college to take up many more trades they would not be so shaken up over this recession that were going through.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I believe that the speech was meant to motivate the students of Amaerica to let us know that if we stay in school and get our education we will keep this country going because we are the future. The fact that he took time out of his presidential schedule just to talk to the students of America, lets us kno that this is a serious mattter and we should take heath to the message he's trying to get across. It's not a political message because not one time did he persuede us to grow up and be democratic representatives and follow in his footsteps; he just wants all youth of America to be the best we can be.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

Of course it was motivational and inspiring, the man ONLY gave simple advise to students about having high expectations towards their education.Obama set aside political issues and focused on the topic, never at any point did I feel I was being brainwashed into believing an idea of his. Better yet, I felt that I could relate to his story about not having many opportunities as a child. Many non-Obama fans among parents overly exaggerated with this whole "He's trying to fill our children with social idealogy", please the only thing he was trying to tell us students was to stop staring in front of the television for hours and playing X-box when we could spend time with our parents discussing the importance of our future.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I think Obama's speech is motivational. He gave an exceptional speech and advice. He also gave very good examples to which people could see and say to themselves that "it is possible to succeed". He even reflected on his own life when he was younger. I think he really spoke from the heart.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

i belive it was motivational as well as political.. yes i believe he was motivating students with his words; but we have to remeber that Pres. Obama is a politician and he is worried about losing and winning voters just like any other politician...

5 years ago | Side: Both
1 point

I just want to first say that president Obama is doing an excellent job as the leader of our nation. This speech was created to of course motivate kids of all ages, races, and sort. I can see how some consider it political, with you thinking that it was intended to tell us how we could improve the economy with our success.That's fine for those who think that way but in my opinion Obama's speech helps students realize that education is the best way to provide for your lifestyle. Many of us indeed know how important education is and i believe this speech gave us all the more reason to work hard, MOTIVATING us to do better. I also think that common sense may have dawned on those of us students who arent too serious about school. Bottom line is Obama wants us to to succeed, our parents want us to succeed, so why not take this education to do so? "I just want to be successful"... dont you?

ShrClaudia Holmes

Skyline Student

Ms. Nealy-4th

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I think Obama's speech was motivational because he's telling us how to be serious about our education which most high school kids fail to realize in time. The speech is suppose to motivate us to want to do good at all we choose to do starting with how we learn and how serious we are about it.

Marcus Brown/ Skyline/ Nealy-2nd

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

President Obama's speech was motivational and he did not once mention anything that had to do with politics. I believe it was really thoughtful of him to take time and give us (students) a little hope and motivation. There's a lot of kids that don't have caring parents to show them that they are there or to believe in them. A lot of parents don't know that there are many ways to get to college if you're willing to give it your all, and he spoke about how it can be done and it is possible.

Joselin Landaverde

Ms. Nealy- 1st

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I think Obama's speech was motivational. His words were meant to inspire us. He wants us to understand that to get some where in life you have to get your education. He lets us now that by getting our education we can achieve goals that we never though were possible. If you give up you are never going to get nowhere. And even though some people don't agree with what he says, they have to understand that his words are what our generation needs to try harder and push a little more.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

well if you take into consideration all of the types of speeches that Obama has they all seem to have a motivational agenda.although the problem is that the way the president seems to be getting criticized because he has all these great speeches but doesn't do any action.we as the American youth have been privileged to be in the presence of a life changer and the greatest speech giver in a while.Although the speech cant do all the work it will be up to us as students to be able to get back to are studies and go back to when our forefathers had this country running as the world power ,instead of the begging child it has become.we need to fix this problem now students are becoming lazy and this country might fall into problems that we might have to outsource people to fix it but we need to learn to do things like they used to be,....the good o'l american way.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I think president Obama speech is motivationally because he told every student about how much trouble he had when he was young and he used examples of people who have tried hard to succeed in their lives. Obama didn't use any big political examples in his speech he used motivationally hero's to make his speech more motivational so i think his speech was a motivational speech.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I think this speech is motivational. And the reason being is because all he wanted to do is let kids know they can do anything. He didn't have to go speak to those children but he did because he care. He knew what it felt like to be taught and for that reason he wanted to be inspirational to them. He didn't stand up there to disrespect anybody, but to let kids know you have the brain to do what you need to succeed. And what I got out the speech was inspiring to me. You don't have everyday things like when the president comes out and try to talk to you. If he came to skyline maybe kids would listen more. And for that man to disrespect him calling him a liar. He shouldn't have if he had nothing to say positive he shouldn't have said anything at all. But as one person said you can do whatever you put your head and heart to do and become something. So don't down the man that's serving our country but support him in what he say. You do not have to agree but you should listen because those same words he saying could reflect you. And he spoke to them as a student himself, he took the time out to let them know don't be scared to try something new or speak up for him/herself.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

Many parents were afraid that the President's speech would in some way brainwash their kids with his political agenda. Nothing could be further from the truth. His speech focused solely on motivating students to do their best in school and concentrate on academics. He shared personal experiences of his own childhood upbringing, in an effort to inspire children nationwide that they, too, can achieve their dreams. Keeping kids in school is a goal everyone can subscribe to, regardless of what side of the aisle they are on.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I believe Obama's speech was movtivational towards students. During his speech he movtivates students by telling them how other people in America and him overcame struggles to earn the position their in right now. He tells the student that no matter how hard the struggle is that all it takes is hard work and postive motivation to overcame it and he also said that your race, economic status, or your looks have nothing to do on how smart your are or how smart you can become. The whole point of his speech is to motivate students to become some one in life a not just another mediocre person in America.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

However the speech that Obama gave was a motivation to students but also to our community.He speaks upon why education is important to us in the affects we will have in he future.Therfore this leads up to making a differennce in our society.When i heard this speech i actually started to think to myself this will be important not only to me but to my kids one day. As he speaks about our history such as what America use to be it was about winning not giving up because it seems tough you have to keep pushing no matter how hard it may seems or be. "Not only students will change the world but teachers,parents,counselors,priciple,and himself".This means all of us will make this world become a better place for one another.Sticking together will be a big start also asking for help dose'nt shows your weakness it shows strentgh.My oppion states that was a good way to get through students in this society.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

In my opinion, I believe President Obama's educational speech was given to motivate students to be successful at whatever it is they pursue. President Obama knows that we hold the key to our country's success in the future and it is essential for us to continue attending school. I don't believe President Obama's speech was political at all in that he knows it is in the best interest of the country if we are all well educated. He knows that education is the key to success and is just trying to make us follow the footsteps he took. I felt inspired knowing that President Obama grew up in the ghetto yet strived for success and know holds the highest govermental office possible. It made me believe that if he can do it so can I.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I believe Obama's speech was meant to be motivational.He was saying be responsible for your own education and dont blame others for your choices.He wants the youth to take the blame for our own actions.Also he was saying to never give up; just because you came from nothing does'nt mean you will be nothing.He wants us to know that we can over come what ever we set our minds to.

4 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I think Obama's speech was motivational. The reason I say that is because he was trying to encourage us to stay in school and do the best we can. He said being successful is not easy and I totally agree it. Being successful comes with a lot of hard work. Obama made some very good points and I can honestly relate to that.

4 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I believe that Obama's speech was highly motivational to the students. Every year there are more students that drop out of school for various reasons. So president Obama has a concern for this and is trying to stop that, by telling all students that there are no excuses for not going to school. It does not matter if you are sick you can still do make-up work and try your best at everything you do everyday. Even if you are in the toughest situation you still have to think positive and keep your education number one. In conclusion president Obama has done a very well done speech by giving us all themotivation we needed.-yazmin mora

4 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I think Obama's speech was motivational for the most part. It was meant to all the students to keep working hard and not to drop out of schools. He talks about when he was young and that his live wasn't easy either and that he can also relate to us. And he's prove that if you work hard and set your mind to something you can accomplish anything. And his encouraging us to keep on trying.

4 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I think Obama's intention was to motivate us to do better. He wanted to give us hope and dreams to one day be sucessful. His speech to me was inspirational.

4 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

Obama's speech was meant to be motivational. He is trying to motivate students that they can be something in life. Even though their life situation might not be the best. He is trying to encourage all students to stay in school and make the best of oppurtunities that they are given. He is inspiring others to know that they can make it to be that doctor, lawyer, or even the next president. Oppurtunities that we are given weren't offered when our elders were growing up, so you should learn all the tools that are being offered to you now.

Ashley Randolph

Ms.Nealy 4th

4 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

We are all fortunate to hear President Obama's speech because it contained a lot of valuable and important information. I heard it and personally I was inspired through his words. And I think every child in America and the world should have heard his true words. What President Obama did was selfless, and not for his benefit. President Obama only wants the best for us all, and not just for himself. What President Obama did was a favor, with nothing in return but for us all to try are best. And our best is what we should give back, to President Obama, to the US., to the people of this great nation, and to the world.

4 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

Yes, I agree that this speech was meant to be motivational because our President really showed that he cared for us, students, and he just wants us to use our best potential to succeed in life. This speech was a good way of motivating us to do our best or not give up no matter what obstacles we have to go through to be someone important in the future. He was really open and made us feel like he knew what it was like because he experienced it; which had a direct connection with students who have had hardships of all kinds that may have affected them academically. Therefore, I am content with President Obama's speech. However, I still feel a bit guilty when he said that when we give up on ourselves, we give up on our country; that's a bit too much of a heavy weight on our shoulders don't you think?

Pamela Ruiz

Mrs.Nealy- 2nd

4 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I believe President Obama's speech was motivation to the student audience. Obama showed through even the hardest obstacles, through education, you can make something of your self. However you can only get there through hard work and perseverance.

4 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

President Obama's speech was motivational. He encouraged students to give it your best in school, never give up and to let us know that anything can be done. It felt very nice to know that the president actually Care's about us and wants students to succeed. I feel he did this as Barack not as the president of the united states he just used his power to get all the students to tune in. Its to bad ignorant people don't see true feelings.

Mariana Sastre

Ms. Nealy/4th

4 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

I believe Obamas speech is more motivational. He isnt saying we cant try to do the things we want, (basketball, football player, rapper, or singer) he is telling us to have a more realistic goals. It was great how he added in his personal experience, not everyone has the resources or the money but we should try our hardest anyway.

Mrs. Nealy 4th period

English 3 AP

Skyline High School

Dallas Texas

4 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

well Obama's speech i would say is motivational although there were signs that it was political... He did have a reason into saying that the future of this country is in our hands for we are the next generation thats going to live it. But then again he was telling us to do good in school and that he "expects" us to do good... I really didnt like that word, but hey! Thats what are parents tell us to do too... therefore being a motivational speech, BOOYA!!!!

4 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

Obama's speech was a motivational speech. He states that "at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world - and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities." The message he was trying to send to these students was not political. He tried to relate his school days as a student to the school days of students now. He got through to the audience with a personal connection. I could tell by the laughter of the audience that there was a personal motivational connection. He emphasizes the importance's of taking care of responsibilities and taking education to an elevated level. This speech was motivational, not political.

4 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

President Obama's speech to the student's is purely motivational. Not only is his speech motivating the youth of today to stay in school and work hard, but he at no point brings up politics our his views on the subject. President Obama is simply trying to convince the students in America, that education will promote a healthier and better future for our country.

4 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
0 points

i think its motivation because it encourages kids to do their best and boost them up to try harder if they fail something multiple times

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational

It is strictly a political move to try and indoctrinate our children into the liberal agenda.... or so says Rush (I'm sure ;)

5 years ago | Side: (challenge) is political
2 points

Its political. Most of us are high school students and I know that all of us know that we need to attend school and the consequences if we don't. I appreciate Presiedent Obama taking the time to speak to us students, but i don't think we need the president of the United States to tell us to stay in school. Isn't that why we have our parents?

5 years ago | Side: (challenge) is political
1 point

I think that it was politically motivated so I'm not sure which side I should vote but I picked this side because the people on this side looked lonely and misery loves company.

5 years ago | Side: (challenge) is political
1 point

President Obama's speech was to motivate children and teens to stay in school and get back into school if they are no longer enrolled .It could be considered political if you consider the fact that the economy will improve if more students are graduating and doing things with their lives besides getting a welfare check without a j-o-b.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

In President Obama's speech, it's purpose was to motivate school children to try their best even if they're not at the best circumstances. The reason I believe he tried to motivate us, has political stems. Of course our government wants us to stay in school more. The more school, more money for us to pay taxes to get our country out of debt.- Maribel Flores:)

5 years ago | Side: (challenge) is political

It was strictly political... or rather, I wasn't motivated so, it had to be political, right ;)

5 years ago | Side: (challenge) is political
1 point

Obama's speech was to motivate children and teens to stay in school. He wasn't trying to talk down on us. He was simply saying that we should try to do our best in school, because lets put it this way, most of us won't become famous by singing or playing sports. Thus, he wants us to stay in school and not become a typical bum living off welfare.

5 years ago | Side: (defense) is motivational
1 point

In my school a kid tried to opt out and he got an unexcused absence the teacher yelled at him. At least for the teachers it was political.

4 years ago | Side: (challenge) is political
-2 points


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