President’s “Virtual Field Trip” with Students on the Power of Reading

President’s “Virtual Field Trip” with Students on the Power of Reading


The President:
Hello everybody. Audience: Hi, Mr.
President. The President: Are
you kicking us off? Osman Yaya: Yup. The President:
Everybody ready? Cameras ready? Osman Yaya: Good
morning, everyone. My name is Osman Yaya, and
I’m a 6th grade student at Bennett Middle School
in Salisbury, Maryland. Welcome to the White House
and Discovery Education’s Of The People Series. We are live from Anacostia
Library in Washington, D.C. with students from
Kramer Middle School and Brightwood
Education Campus. (applause) As well as students
joining us online from around the world. Today we have a very
special guest with us — the President of
the United States. Welcome, Mr. President. (applause) The President: Nice
to meet you. Thank you. Osman Yaya: What do you want
to talk about with us today? The President: Well, we are
in an outstanding library, part of the D.C.
library system. But what I really want to
talk about is how we can harness and take advantage
of the amazing technological revolution that’s taking
place to help young people learn, to help young
people succeed, help young people read, and
ultimately help young people be able to get great
jobs and start their own businesses and
do great things. And so that’s why it’s
wonderful to be with all the young people
here today. And, Osman, I want to thank
you for being our host. Osman Yaya: Thank you. The President: Very cool
young guy, by the way. I’ve had a conversation with
him already and he’s going to run a tight ship
during our little town hall meeting here. Two other people I
want to acknowledge, though — we’ve got our
Mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser,
who’s here. (applause) And we have the
Superintendent of Schools for Washington, D.C. —
Kaya Henderson is here. (applause) So a while back, about
a year and a half, two years ago, we announced
something called ConnectED. And the idea was
pretty simple. It turned out that in most
schools around the country, people had a connection to
the Internet and there were computers in the classrooms,
but a lot of times you didn’t have the kind of
connections and wireless and high-speed broadband
that would allow you to pull up information really
quick on the computer. Or if you were in class, you
might have to wait in line to use all the
computers. Or the teachers weren’t
plugged in as well as they needed to be. And so what we said was we
need to make sure that in all the schools in America,
everybody has got a great Internet connection and
a wireless connection, so that if you’re studying
astronomy and are learning about the planets, right
away you can pull down pictures and information
that helps you learn. If you are learning world
history and you want to know about ancient Egypt, right
away you can start looking at how the Pyramids were
built and read about that and create presentations
off the Internet. And so what we did was
worked with a bunch of different people — both
companies, private sector, but also government and
what’s called the FCC — this is the organization
for the federal government that’s in charge of making
sure that phones and smartphones and television
and all that stuff works properly — and we made a
commitment that we would start putting billions
of dollars into schools all around the country so
that all the schools — 99 percent of the schools
would have high-speed Internet connections. And we’re well on
track to do that. So I’m really
excited about that. But you also have to make
sure that even if you’ve got a good Internet connection,
that we’ve got libraries and schools that are
getting resources, especially around reading
and around books. And I’m somebody that
when I was young I used to love libraries,
used to love reading. I still love reading, but
these days the stuff I — I don’t get to read for fun
as much as I do for my work. And so I’ve got a couple of
announcements today where we’ve got some amazing
organizations — libraries from around the country —
the New York Public Library System in particular is
taking the lead on some work to make sure that
working with book publishers, we’re going to provide
millions of e-books online so that they’re available
for young people who maybe don’t have as many
books at home, don’t always have access
to a full stock of reading materials — they’re going
to be able to get about $250 million worth
of books online. And we’re also creating new
apps — new applications — that allow people to pull
down more information and more books. And I just want to thank
all the publishers who are making all these
books available. And I want to thank the
libraries and the schools that are making all
these books available. What I’m also announcing is
a drive to make sure that young people have a
library card in every city in America. And we’ve already got 30
cities and library districts that are coming together to
make sure that everybody gets a free library card. Because ultimately — and
this is the last point I’ll make and then we’ll go
to questions — all the young people here, I know you guys
are working hard in school, but how well you do over the
long term is going to depend on do you love reading,
do you love learning, do you know how to
find information, do you know how to
use that information. And the way you learn to do
that is by reading a lot and learning how to think
about the material that you’re reading. And you got great teachers,
but you got to not just do it in the classroom,
you got to do it in life, thinking about how you’re
constantly getting more knowledge and
more information. And in the Internet age,
the best way to do that is making sure that
you’re plugged in. So I am really excited and
thankful for the publishers, the libraries, the
elected officials who are participating
in this. And the most important
people, though, to participate in
it are students, so that’s why I wanted
to talk to them. Back to you. Osman Yaya: I think
everybody completely agrees with you. And before we start, I think
the President and libraries all deserve a round
of applause for what they’ve done. (applause) So thousands and thousands
of questions were submitted online. And our first question is
from Mrs. Cook’s 2nd grade class at Pinegrove
Elementary School in Alabama. They asked: As a child,
did you enjoy reading? Well, you said
you loved reading, so that question
is done. And they also asked: If so,
what type of books spark your imagination
and interest? The President: That’s
a great question. When you’re little, you read
what your mom is reading to you, or your dad
is reading to you, so probably the books I read
weren’t that different from what you guys
were reading. Like I’m still a
big Dr. Seuss fan. I was into that. The “sneetches”, and
“Horton”, and all that stuff. But then as you get older
you start making your own decisions about what
you want to read. I was into
adventure stories. There was something called
“The Hardy Boys” back in the day — I know you guys
don’t read that anymore. And books like
“Treasure Island, ” which was about pirates. I really enjoyed that. Later on, I started
getting into things like “The Lord of the Rings”
and “The Hobbit, ” which is still
popular today. And then when I
got a little older, when I got into high school,
then I started reading some classic books that when you
guys get to high school you’ll start reading —
things like “Of Mice and Men” and “The Great Gatsby”
and things like that that are more novels that focus
on adult experiences. But I also enjoyed
reading science books, and I loved reading about
planets and dinosaurs. So it was sort
of a mixed bag. What do you
like to read? Osman Yaya: My favorite series
must be the Alex Rider” series, if you’ve
heard of those. The President: What
are they called? Osman Yaya: “Alex Rider.” The President: I haven’t. What’s it about? Osman Yaya: It’s about a boy
whose parents pass away in a plane crash, and he lives
with his grandfather — I mean, his uncle. And his uncle one day
dies in a car accident, and later did he know that
all the family worked in the M16 and the CIA, so it’s a
really good storyline — The President: Oh, okay. Osman Yaya: And every book,
he always has like secret gadgets, and there’s always
something he has to do. The President: So he
becomes like a young spy? Osman Yaya: Pretty much. The President:
That’s pretty cool. Osman Yaya: I can lend
you some books if you — (laughter) The President: I
might borrow them. They sound pretty
interesting. Osman Yaya: To make
you feel younger, my best friend read
“Treasure Island.” The President: Well, that
does make me feel better. (laughter) The “Harry Potter” books
were pretty cool, too. I read those to Malia,
starting when she was around five, and we read all the
way through all of them. I think we finished when she
was about 13 — maybe 12. So that was kind of cool. Osman Yaya: Yes. So that was the taste of
some online questions. Do you want to
ask the audience? The President: I do, I
want to ask the audience. Who’s got a question? This young man
right here. What’s your name? Audience Member:
I’m Darrell. The President: Darrell,
hold on a second, we’re going to get a mic
so everybody can hear you. Audience Member: Mr. President,
when you were young, in high school, my question
is, what did you study in school? The President: Well,
what grade are you in? Audience Member: 7th. The President:
You’re in 7th grade. So probably the things
I studied aren’t that different from
what you study. You had math and science and
English and social studies. We had art and music —
which sometimes is forgotten about, but is really
important, too, because you learn a
lot through the arts. But by the time I
was in 7th grade — I guess I was doing algebra,
I think, in 7th grade. And I don’t remember
what our math was. When I got to high school
— and the same thing will happen to you guys — you’ll
start studying the same subject matter, but it will
be a little more intense. You start getting a
little more homework. So instead of just social
studies, generally, about how the U.S. government works, they might have you study the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln,
and how that war ended up shaping America and how it affected race relations when the slaves were freed, what happened in the South when segregation came back. So you’ll study
the same things, but you’ll just kind
of go deeper into it. But do you have a favorite
subject that you like? Audience Member: Science. The President: Science? So, in science, there’s all
kinds of different types of science, and typically,
when you get to high school you’ll do some chemistry,
you’ll do some biology, you might do
some physics. And one of the things we’re
really trying to encourage is more young people
studying math and science, because we live in a
technological age and you got to know a little bit
about math and science. Not everybody is going
to be an engineer, but everybody should know
sort of the basics of how the world works and how
— if you’re using a smartphone, how
does that work. And you may decide at some
point that you want to program and create your
own apps on a smartphone. And particularly for
the young ladies here, I want you guys to make sure
that you look at math and science, because sometimes
young women aren’t going into some of those areas
like math and science as much, and they should. It’s not because they
don’t know how to do it; it’s because sometimes
they’re discouraged, the idea being that somehow
that’s traditionally more of a boy thing. And that’s something that
we’ve got to get rid of. I always tell Malia and
Sasha I want boys and girls studying all the subjects
and getting good in all the subjects. You don’t want to get pushed
aside just because you’re a girl. All right? Remember that. Osman Yaya: Speaking about
how people around the world are — like women
and boys and girls, you all have to learn
science and math — a question from Noland at West
Lake Middle School in Texas. He asked: Why is it
important for kids across the country and the world to
have access to electronic books, and not
only paper copies? The President: Well, I
love traditional books, so we’re here in a
library and I still, when I have a
book that I love, I love turning the
pages and reading it. And when I was a kid,
when I was reading, sometimes I’d write and
take notes in the margins, and I still have old books
where I could see things I underlined, and it reminds
me of how you learn. But the truth of the matter
is we live in a digital age. How many people here
have a smartphone? Right? So a lot of you do. And if you don’t have one
now you’re going to probably get one at some point. And so you’re texting all
day and you’re looking at Bine and Instagram, and
you’re looking at “Grumpy Cat” or some video of your
favorite singer, rapper. And so more and more
information is coming through in digital form. And what that means is, is
that we want to make sure that that becomes a tool
not just for entertainment, not just for talking
to your friends, but also for learning. And the good thing about
e-books is that it’s really easy to carry. You don’t have to have a
library full of books in your house to be able
to suddenly have access to every book in the
world, potentially. And for a lot of people,
they may live in a home where they don’t
have a lot of books. Books can be
expensive. Your parents may not be
able to afford buying a whole lot of books. But if we’re able to set up,
because of these publishers and because of the
library system, a way in which people can
pull all these books down just through the Internet,
suddenly that can even things out between poor
kids and rich kids. Everybody has got the
ability to learn. Everybody has got to have
access to information. Now, the one thing I’ve
got to say, though, is we’re really proud of
what we’re doing to make technology available
to kids everywhere, but ultimately you still
have to have a hunger for learning in
order to learn. You got to want to learn. You got to be curious and
interested in how does the world work, or who
is Shakespeare, or why is it that the Earth
rotates around the sun? You’ve got to be interested
in those things and want to learn in
order to learn. You can have the nicest
computer in the world and the best books in the world,
but if you’re lazy and sitting around just playing
videogames and not really interested in it, well,
you’re probably not going to be a great student. And if you are curious and
interested in learning, you’re going to make sure
that you figure out a way to learn, no
matter what. So we want to make sure that
you have the best technology and the best information,
but ultimately, the most powerful engine for
learning is between your ears and the attitude
you have about learning. Osman Yaya: I think attitude
and using your brain is really important. And I think the audience
just was listening to what you’re saying about how
e-books are important and how regular books, they sort
of change how people think of each other between
rich and poor kids. So I think the audience
might want to ask you something about why this
is happening and why that might be. The President: Okay, well,
let’s see what kind of questions we got. Young lady right here. What’s your name? Audience Member:
Jaelyn. The President: Hey, Jaelyn. Audience Member: What
inspired you to be President? The President:
I’ll tell you, Jaelyn — how old are you? Audience Member: 12. The President: You’re 12. When I was 12, I didn’t
want to be President. I think when I was 12, I was
thinking about — first I wanted to be an architect
for a while and build buildings, which I thought
would be — design buildings — I thought that would
be really interesting. And then for a while
I thought I was going to be a basketball player. But I wasn’t that good. I was pretty good. I played in high school. But I wasn’t going to
be good enough to play at pro basketball. Then I thought about
being a lawyer, and I did end up
becoming a lawyer. But I think it wasn’t until
I was in college that I really started thinking
about what I wanted to do with my life, and I
realized that the people who really inspired me we’re people
who were giving something back to the community or making
the neighborhood better. And I was really inspired by
the Civil Rights Movement. A lot of people have heard
about Dr. King and you guys in school see the “I
Have a Dream” speech. That’s all important, and
Dr. King was one of our greatest leaders
of all time. But the reason that the
Civil Rights Movement worked so that we ended
segregation, and people could go to
school together and sit at a lunch counter together,
and segregation eventually went away, was because of the
work of all kinds of ordinary people — nurses
and bus drivers and maids who started marching, and
they met in churches, and they let the country
know that they were being treated unfairly, and showed
the world and the country that everybody should be
treated with dignity and respect and you shouldn’t be
judged based on your race. And I was really
inspired by that. So I thought to
myself, well, how can I do that
kind of work? And that’s the work that I
did before I even went to law school and
got a law degree. And in some ways, that’s
how I got into politics and eventually being
an elected leader, was trying to figure out how
I can be helpful to people. And the good news is
that you don’t have to be a politician
to help people. There are a lot of people
here in this neighborhood who are teachers, and that
helps a lot of people. You probably have a
teacher who is really an inspiring teacher. You like that teacher and
they’re making you try harder and learn more. Well, that’s an
incredible contribution. You might have somebody
who’s working in a church and helping to feed
homeless people, maybe helping
them get housing. That’s really
important. So that’s what
inspired me. And then it turned out I
was pretty good at it — Osman Yaya: Pretty
good at it. The President: — and
eventually I had the opportunity to
run for President. But I’ll be done being
President in a couple of years, and I’ll still
be a pretty young man — not compared to you guys, but
I’ll still be pretty young. And so I’ll go back to doing
the kinds of work that I was doing before, just trying to
find ways to help people — help young people
get educations, and help people get jobs,
and try to bring businesses into neighborhoods that don’t
have enough businesses. That’s the kind of work
that I really love to do. Osman Yaya: Also, before we
get another question from the audience, since you’re
talking about people doing what they want to be, how
you started out being an architect — or you
wanted to be an architect, and you were a lawyer
and then President, and like how it’s never too
old to be something that you want to — a little birdie
told me that you were an author and you
wrote a book. The President: I
wrote two books. Osman Yaya: Can you talk
about that to them? The President: Well, I wrote
— my first book was about me growing up and
what my life was like. My dad left when
I was very young, so I never really
knew my father, and I was raised basically by
my mom and my grandparents. And so my first book was me
telling my story about how I made sense of the world,
not knowing my dad, and then eventually kind of
tracing back and finding out who my father was and what
had happened to him — because he had
come from Kenya. That’s where I
got my name from. And so that was kind of
a real personal book. And then the second book I
wrote was more about some of the issues that I was
working on when I was a U.S. senator. And I also wrote a
children’s book while I was doing that that was
about great American heroes. So that wasn’t about me. But I love writing. I don’t have as much time
to write as I used to. Osman Yaya: And since
our audience is so big, not only here, online,
and around the world, one of our students from
Golden Oak Montessori in California —
Danica — she asked, what is your favorite way to
get rid of writer’s block? And explain that. Just talk about what
is writer’s block. The President: Well,
everybody has had writer’s block. So you get an assignment
from your teacher that says, I want you to write a
one-page essay about what you did
last summer. So you sit there and
there’s a piece of paper, and you got your pencil or
your pen and you’re sitting there, and then you say, I
don’t know what to write about, I don’t
know what to say. That’s writer’s block. And there’s only one way to
overcome writer’s block. What do you think it is? Anybody got an idea? What do you do when you’ve
got writer’s block? What do you do? Audience Member: What I do
is just read books and try to find ideas from the
book that I’m reading. The President: Well,
that’s interesting. So the idea of reading
books to give you ideas — that’s one way
of doing it. Audience Member: What I
usually do is outline something before I
even start my draft. The President: So you just
sit there and brainstorm — kind of think about,
okay, what ideas might be interesting. Anybody else? Yes. What’s your name? Audience Member: Paula. The President: Hi, Paula. Are you 12 as well? Audience Member: No,
I’m 13. The President: 13. Audience Member: What I
do is I listen to music. The President: Yeah? Does it matter
what music it is? Audience Member:
No, it doesn’t. The President: But it
kind of loosens things up a little bit, makes you
a little more relaxed? Audience Member: Yes. The President: Well,
so those are all good strategies. But ultimately, the one way
to get through writer’s block is to just
write something. I mean, the reason you get
writer’s block is because you’re trying to write
something really good. But I don’t know if your
teachers have sometimes told you that sometimes the best
thing to do is just to start putting some things on paper
even if it’s not good. But at least it makes
you kind of get going. It’s not as intimidating if
the page isn’t blank, right? If you’ve already got
something on paper, you can just kind of scratch
out ideas and write down anything that
comes to your mind. And then you can sit back,
maybe listen to some music, take a break, take a
look at it and see, okay, which one of these
ideas I had are good. And then you can
start outlining it. Look, I still get
writer’s block sometimes. Sometimes I have to write
speeches — big speeches — and I’m sitting there,
and I’m thinking, well, I don’t know what
I want to say. Or sometimes I know
what I want to say, but I don’t know how to say
it, or how to start it. Right? But you can’t be
afraid of that. You just — a lot of times
the reason people get blocked is because they’re
worried that what I’m going to do is not going
to be that good. Well, nothing is very good
the first time you do it. You’re first draft —
everybody here has been learning how to — in
your English classes, that you write
drafts, right? You try something, you
write it the first time. Listen, even the
best writers, usually it’s not that good
the first time they write it. Osman Yaya: Yes. And I think you sort of
covered everything about that question. (laughter) The President: Okay, you
think I’m just going to — Osman thinks I’ve been talking too long. Osman Yaya: No, no. I think you just — The President: No,
let’s move it along. I got you. (laughter) Osman Yaya: Speaking
of writing and how — who here has written
something in the past month in their reading class? Okay, I think everybody has. I wrote something in the
last month in my reading class. The President: Okay. Osman Yaya: And I think some
students here in the back maybe might have a question
on how you get started, and just how books are going
to help them in life later on in their
writing skills. The President: Well, why
don’t I just — does somebody have a question or
a thought about how reading is affecting them? I’d be interested in that. Or they could tell me how
technology in your classroom and computers, how
you’re using them. Are their problems in your
classroom sometimes with not having enough resources
and connections? I would just be interested
in how you guys are using technology and
reading in schools. Okay, this young
man right here. Good. Introduce yourself. Audience Member:
I’m Antoine. The President: Antoine. Audience Member: The way I
use technology in my art classes, sometimes I get art
block a lot because I stress out because I’m just
thinking about how I’m going to do it, and I have it in
my head but I just can’t put it on paper sometimes. So some things that I
do is I ask my teachers, can I use their computers to
just look up random things about art and
different styles. The President: Well,
that’s interesting. So you might pull up
some painting by Picasso or something? Or you might look at some
graphic design and it would just kind of help you get
going and inspire you a little bit? Audience Member: Yeah. The President: Do you
want to be an artist when you get older? Audience Member: Yes. The President: Do you like
all kinds of different art, drawing, painting, sculpture
— or are there particular kinds of art
you like to do? Audience Member:
For right now, I’m just working
on drawing. The President: Just drawing. Well, that’s the base
for a lot of art that you can do later. Anybody else want to talk
about sort of how they’re using technology
in the classroom? I’m going with — you’ve
been talking some good, and I really
appreciate it. This young lady right
here, what’s your name? Audience Member: My
name is Sheree. The President: Sheree. Audience Member:
In our school, we have something called
the blended learning model. Like, for 30 minutes of the
day we’re on our computers — working at our
own individual pace. The President: Right. Audience Member: And for
the other 30 minutes, we’re talking with our
teachers and getting other information on the
topic we’re on. The President: Okay. Are you using that for all
your different topics — math, science, English? Audience Member: Yes. The President: And when
you’re doing individual study, are you working with
that computer the whole time, doing most of the
work on the computer? Audience Member: Yes. They’ll mostly work in
different projects, like for computer class,
we type PowerPoints and sometimes we’ll
start using Excel. And in math class, it will
have visuals of what we’re learning and
things like that. The President: That’s
great. And is there a computer
for every student? Audience Member: Yes. The President: Okay. So you don’t have
to wait and use it? Audience Member: Yes. The President: So
that’s a great example. Thank you. And that’s exactly why we
want to make sure every school is able to do
just what you described. Because the good thing about
having computers and this kind of model learning that
you just described is, if you’re just sitting there
and somebody is just doing all the talking, that can
be boring sometimes, right? But if your there doing
problems and projects yourself, and then you talk
to the teacher about the things you’ve done, and
then you talk as a group, it keeps your more
engaged, it keeps you more interested. Okay. Osman Yaya: If anyone has
a last question they want to ask. The President: Any
other questions? Audience Member:
Hello, Mr. President. My name is Mulagetta, I
have one question for you. The President: Go ahead. Audience Member:
Actually, two. The President: All right. Audience Member: What’s
your favorite subject? And what subject
were you best at? The President:
That’s interesting. When I was your age, I
was actually best at math and science. But as I got older, the
subjects I loved the most were English and history. So I still enjoyed
math and science, but I loved hearing about
other people’s stories. I loved hearing about how
people lived, what happened, and I liked reading about
it in fictional form, in novels. But I also liked reading
about what actually happened in history. And that’s why, by the
time I got to college, I ended up majoring
in political science. But it really — a lot
of that was history and how government
worked. And then I had a
minor in English. So I ended up reading
a lot of books, as well — fiction. What’s your
favorite subject? Audience Member:
Social studies. The President:
Social studies. Okay, we’re sort of on
the same wavelength. Anybody else have
a last question? This young lady, you
get the last question. Here we go. What’s your name? Audience Member:
My name is Hannah. The President: Hey, Hannah. Audience Member: What kind
of technology did you have when you were in school? The President: Oh,
that’s a great question. When I was in school,
we had pencils. (laughter) And we had pens and we
had some colored markers and
erasers, scissors. We had rulers, staplers. (laughter) No, I’m serious. We didn’t even really use
calculators that much until I was pretty far
along in college — or in high school. And nobody had a
computer in school. So by the time you
got to high school, you had to learn
how to type, and you would start
typing your papers. And typing was a hassle
because, first of all, you had to learn how to type
so you weren’t just going one letter at a time. And then once you
learned how to do that, you’d still make
some mistakes, and then you’d have to get
this thing called White-Out, which was like this little
liquid that you’d kind of cross out the letter. And then you’d have
to wait till it dries, and you’d blow on it. Then you’d type again. (laughter) And then
sometimes you got a tape that you could
slip in there, but that was hard to do. And so all through college
I had to type stuff. And you’d have to figure out
like where the margins were at the bottom. And if you were trying
to do footnotes, you’d have to guess where
you needed to stop. And the whole thing was —
sometimes it took you longer to type the paper than
to write the paper. And you didn’t have books
online or articles online, so you had to go
into the library, and you’d have to get
big stacks of books. If you were doing a
report or project, you’d have a big stack
of books like this. You’d have to
carry them home, and then you’d have to
remember to return them on time — otherwise,
you’d get fined. So you guys don’t even know
how good you’ve got it. (laughter) My first computer I
didn’t get until I was at law school. I didn’t get to use a
computer — I didn’t own one, but that was the
first time that I was using computers. I was 27, 28 years old
before I was regularly using a computer. And I didn’t own my own
computer until I was — I take that back. I guess I was about 26 —
25-26 is when I started using a computer and actually
was able to buy one. So that just shows you
how much more information you have at your fingertips
and how much faster you can learn than old
people like me. But you got to take
advantage of it. Remember what I said. We’re going to make sure
that every school has computers, and every school
has the kind of Internet connections so you can
pull up stuff fast. And you guys are part of a
generation that can learn more, faster, and get
information from around the world better than
anybody in human history. You’ve got more information
available on your phone than the great scholars of the
past had in the biggest libraries in the world. You’ve got more just right
there in that phone you got in your little back pocket. But you still got to
take advantage of it. You still got to
want to learn. You’ve got to want to
read, and be curious. And if you do, you guys
are going to be incredible leaders in the future. All right. Really proud of you. Thank you for the
excellent questions. Everybody give Osman a
big round of applause. (applause) He was outstanding
hosting. Osman Yaya: And
now, his turn. (applause) The President: Thank
you very much. You did a great job. Osman Yaya: Any final
words you want to say? The President: No. I just want to say you guys
are great and I’m looking forward to seeing great
things out of you. And for everybody who
participated digitally, thank you for being
a part of this. Osman Yaya: Well, Mr.
President, on behalf of Discovery Education, thank you for coming
out today with us. And answers to any questions
that we didn’t get to will be on Discoveryeducation.com/ofthe people. And an archive
of today’s video, if your friends
didn’t get to see it, will be on that link also. Thanks for watching,
everybody. The President: Good job. (applause)

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