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The juniors in Room 396 watched Obama live on the wall-sized white board in their classroom. Controversy around Obama's speech erupted days ago both here and nationwide, with some parents concerned the address was politicking. In a class discussion afterward, junior Connor Hughes wondered what all the fuss was about.
CONNOR: He tried to inspire those who are uninspired. That was the entire goal of it. And I don't understand how it was such this… such a problem.
Some students suggested the speechâ€”which urged kids to work hard at their education and set goalsâ€”was meant for kids in less privileged communities. Student Amber Furby says she's glad
AMBER: I think that kids are really distracted today, and I think that we needed this.