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Obama's Message for the Children

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Kids ... hello. Okay, look. Before I begin, I want you and your parents to know one thing. I'm not here to indoctrinate, intimate, inculcate, or intimidate. I'm here to share a simple message with you.

Learn. Just ... learn.

Learn what it means to be a child. Learn what it is to jump to conclusions. Learn what it is to be unreasonable. Learn what it is to be suspicious of new people and new things. Learn to yell louder to get your way. Learn to spread rumors. Learn to fear change. No good can come from change!

Learn that people who have more money than you are against you. They look down at and laugh at you. You see them every day in your school. They're the snooty kids. They'll get the breaks. Learn to resent them. And learn to resent those who are smarter than you in class. They're only smarter than you because they got the breaks.

Go to the places where other people are deciding YOUR future. Don't listen -- talk. How else will you be heard? Speak up! Always enunciate and speak forcefully. Let everyone know where you stand. That doesn't mean stepping aside and letting another person talk. That means standing up for YOUR rights. Because they're the most important ones on the planet.

Learn what it means to be a child, and always nurture that child within you. And remember: Don't grow up. Never grow up!

God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.