Ambassador Rice Speaks With Students During "My Education, My Future" Event

Posted by Kurtis Cooper
September 9, 2009

About the Author: Kurtis Cooper serves as a Press and Public Diplomacy Officer for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.

Yesterday was a big day for many students across the country — the first day back to school from summer vacation. To mark the occasion, President Obama spoke to students on the importance of taking responsibility for their education.

The remarks were carried live on C-SPAN and, and Susan Rice, our Ambassador to the United Nations, watched the speech with students of E.L. Haynes Charter School in her hometown of Washington, DC as part of the “My Education, My Future” events.

After watching the President’s remarks, Ambassador Rice gave some of her own, encouraging the students to work hard and pursue their dreams, saying, “If you work hard and do your best, there is nothing you can’t accomplish. You can be anything you want to be.”

Ambassador Rice closed the event with words reminding the students that while an education can help them achieve their own dreams, it is also about something much bigger. She asked the students to work hard so that they could go on to be the next teachers and principals, the next doctors and lawyers, the next ambassadors and even the next Presidents, so that they could help solve the future problems of their communities, their country and their world.

Watch the video above to see Ambassador Rice speak to the students of E.L. Haynes Charter School. Text follows:

“One of the important messages the President had is: If you don’t do your best, if you quit on yourself, if you quit on school, you’re not just quitting on yourself or your school, you are quitting on your country.

And that’s because we live in a world where we have so many different challenges we need every talented young person that we have to make a contribution, and to add to the greatness of our country. That’s how we went to the moon. That’s how we won World War II. That’s how we have extended opportunity to every single American. And we need each of you to carry on and do it for us when we get old.”

Read President Obama's remarks or Secretary Clinton's remarks as part of "My Education, My Future" events.



District Of Columbia, USA
September 9, 2009

Russell in Washington, DC writes:

I think this is a wonderful initiative. For an Ambassador, Secretary of State, and President to address young students is great. The positive influence these talks will have on the students is tremendous. I, personally, never got to enjoy such a treat. I did, however, have a few outstanding teachers, professors, and a strong mother that spoke to me. They always encouraged me to try harder and aspire to be a better me tomorrow than I was that day and the day before. People should never understate the gravity of a few kind words of encouragement.

Florida, USA
September 10, 2009

Susan in Florida writes:

As an educator, I appreciated President Obama's encouraging words. He is an outstanding example of an individual, who against all odds, made his life meaningful. Many individuals have numerous advantages and do nothing. He had very few, but he did not allow his circumstances to dictate how his life turned out. He is very inspirational, and I am proud of him!

Maryland, USA
September 11, 2009

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Hi, Kurtis C. --

I am glade to see another person who likes Susan Rice writing in , i also think she is doing a great job as our representative to the United Nations.

I am very happy to see that Susan was also supporting President Obama, with his words of encourgement to our young and older people that are in school to help our country.

I think your never to old to improve yourself or help your country with the problems of the future or the present.

...Cya.. :)


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