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Gary Thornock's Weblog » A gem from last night's Presidential address
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25th Feb, 2009

A gem from last night's Presidential address


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We all know that the President addressed a joint session of Congress last night in what was not officially called a State of the Union address. In an hour of speaking, he had plenty of great material, most of it related to the economy and ambitious goals for the nation's future. The full text of the address is available at whitehouse.gov.

My favorite gem from the whole hour is probably not the one that will be most quoted in the press. It's well worth quoting here:

These education policies will open the doors of opportunity for our children. But it is up to us to ensure they walk through them. In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute for a mother or father who will attend those parent/teacher conferences, or help with homework after dinner, or turn off the TV, put away the video games, and read to their child. I speak to you not just as a President, but as a father when I say that responsibility for our children's education must begin at home.

Truth we can all believe in.

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