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Excerpted Remarks of President Barack Obama on Entrepreneurship and Community Colleges

Wednesday, January 26, 2011   (1 Comments)
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Excerpted Remarks of President Barack Obama

State of the Union Address

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Washington, DC

Entrepreneurship

We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer. By the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise.

No country has more successful companies, or grants more patents to inventors and entrepreneurs.

What we can do -- what America does better than anyone else -- is spark the creativity and imagination of our people. We're the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn't just change our lives. It is how we make our living.

Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens…[some] come here from abroad to study in our colleges and universities. But as soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us. It makes no sense. [L]et's stop expelling talented, responsible young people who could be staffing our research labs or starting a new business, who could be further enriching this nation.

Robert and Gary Allen are brothers who run a small Michigan roofing company. After September 11th, they volunteered their best roofers to help repair the Pentagon. But half of their factory went unused, and the recession hit them hard. Today, with the help of a government loan, that empty space is being used to manufacture solar shingles that are being sold all across the country. In Robert's words, "We reinvented ourselves." … That dream -- that American Dream -- is what drove the Allen Brothers to reinvent their roofing company for a new era.

Brandon [Fisher] started a company in Berlin, Pennsylvania, that specializes in a new kind of drilling technology. And one day last summer, he saw the news that halfway across the world, 33 men were trapped in a Chilean mine, and no one knew how to save them… later, one of his employees said of the rescue, "We proved that Center Rock is a little company, but we do big things."

We're a nation that says, "I might not have a lot of money, but I have this great idea for a new company." "I might not come from a family of college graduates, but I will be the first to get my degree." "I might not know those people in trouble, but I think I can help them, and I need to try." "I'm not sure how we'll reach that better place beyond the horizon, but I know we'll get there. I know we will." We do big things.

Community Colleges

Because people need to be able to train for new jobs and careers in today's fast-changing economy, we are also revitalizing America's community colleges. Last month, I saw the promise of these schools at Forsyth Tech in North Carolina. Many of the students there used to work in the surrounding factories that have since left town. One mother of two, a woman named Kathy Proctor, had worked in the furniture industry since she was 18 years old. And she told me she's earning her degree in biotechnology now, at 55 years old, not just because the furniture jobs are gone, but because she wants to inspire her children to pursue their dreams too. As Kathy said, "I hope it tells them to never give up."

That dream – that American Dream – is what drove the Allen Brothers to reinvent their roofing company for a new era. It's what drove those students at Forsyth Tech to learn a new skill and work towards the future. And that dream is the story of a small business owner named Brandon Fisher.

Comments...

Aaron says...
Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2011
"The problem is the administration's actions haven't matched his words. The country has a crushing $14T debt, high unemployment, and hostility towards job-creators and the wealthy. The US dollar is poised to lose its status as the world currency, because of our falling credit rating. The government continues to expand social programs, spend like drunken sailors, but when tax cuts are proposed to push more money into the economy, the government whines about having to "pay" for those tax cuts. I respect Obama's speech and the message, unfortunately it isn't congruent with what we have seen the last two years in his economic policies."

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