KidsPost: President Obama gives a pep talk to students as school year begins

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The homework-checker in chief says study hard

-- Add President Obama to the list of people telling you to pay attention in class, do your homework and study for tests.

That was his message Tuesday during a back-to-school pep talk to students across the country.

Obama urged students to "dream big" and "stay focused" at the J.R. Masterman Home & School in Philadelphia. But the president admitted that he wasn't always a prize pupil. "I wasn't always the best student when I was younger . . ." he said, remembering an unpleasant conversation he had with his mother when his grades were slipping. "It's a conversation I suspect will sound familiar to some of the students and parents here today," he added.

This is the second time Obama has spoken to students at the start of the school year. Last year, some parents and schools objected, saying he was using kids for political gain. But there was little controversy this year.

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