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“...And Reading To Them”

Barack ObamaI’ve got to say it. Obama’s speech on race was extraordinary. It’s late, I’m tired, and I did not need to spend forty minutes listening to him. But I did, and... wow. Oh, and he wrote it himself. Double wow.

If you haven’t seen the speech, you can find it here or along with the Washington Post article. I couldn’t resist pulling out this one part for my book-loving peeps:
And it means taking full responsibility for own lives — by demanding more from our fathers, and spending more time with our children, and reading to them, and teaching them that while they may face challenges and discrimination in their own lives, they must never succumb to despair or cynicism; they must always believe that they can write their own destiny.
“And reading to them.” Yes.

4 comments:

TadMack said...

A potentially READING president? Who advocates reading to children and doesn't leave it to his carefully coiffed wife?

Woot!

Lady-S said...

Oh - yes! Heard about the speech on the news, but wouldn't have got this bit, so thanks.

Mary Lee said...

As if I needed one more reason to vote for him!

Cloudscome said...

AMEN. I almost can't believe that guy but I love him.