President Obama and Great Teachers Have This in Common.

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Professor Obama.

Professor Obama.

Today was one of those days that our great grandchildren will read about in history books (like books will exist when my great grandchildren are running around… or laying on the couch if they take after their grandma).

In my 40 years there are only a few days that get their own chapter in textbooks (or hard drives… or whatever technology exists by then).

There is 9/11, the Challenger crash, OJ’s trial (first…), and… well, that’s all I’ve got.

What separates today (which if you have been living under a rock was President Obama’s inauguration) is that it is the only positive event that I can list.

In 40 years, I can come up with a grand total of one.

That is a little sad when you think about it.

What I can come up with is President Obama reminds me of a great teacher.

You say how can the leader of the free world remind me of a teacher? How can the most popular politician of the last 25 years remind me of a teacher? How can the first African American President remind me of a teacher?

Great teachers are focused, committed, energetic, and passionate. Great teachers get people to follow them. Great teachers make others believe anything is possible.

A great teacher can energize an entire group.

They can walk in the classroom a transform the attitude of everyone they meet.

One person is able to change the dynamic of an entire group. One person, such as a great teacher, can make a difference

A great teacher can provide a different perspective on the same old problems. They can take difficult situations and find solutions.

They don’t see obstacles, but opportunities.

They make others feel better about themselves, especially when things are there most difficult.

A great teacher provides hope.

Just like President Obama.

Today was one of those days that our great grandchildren will read about in history books (like books will exist when my great grandchildren are running around… or laying on the couch if they take after their grandma).

In my 40 years there are only a few days that get their own chapter in textbooks (or hard drives… or whatever technology exists by then).

There is 9/11, the Challenger crash, OJ’s trial (first…), and… well, that’s all I’ve got.

What separates today (which if you have been living under a rock was President Obama’s inauguration) is that it is the only positive event that I can list.

In 40 years, I can come up with a grand total of one.

That is a little sad when you think about it.

What I can come up with is President Obama reminds me of a great teacher.

You say how can the leader of the free world remind me of a teacher? How can the most popular politician of the last 25 years remind me of a teacher? How can the first African American President remind me of a teacher?

Great teachers are focused, committed, energetic, and passionate. Great teachers get people to follow them. Great teachers make others believe anything is possible.

A great teacher can energize an entire group.

They can walk in the classroom a transform the attitude of everyone they meet.

One person is able to change the dynamic of an entire group. One person, such as a great teacher, can make a difference

A great teacher can provide a different perspective on the same old problems. They can take difficult situations and find solutions.

They don’t see obstacles, but opportunities.

They make others feel better about themselves, especially when things are there most difficult.

A great teacher provides hope.

Just like President Obama.

Today was one of those days that our great grandchildren will read about in history books (like books will exist when my great grandchildren are running around… or laying on the couch if they take after their grandma).

In my 40 years there are only a few days that get their own chapter in textbooks (or hard drives… or whatever technology exists by then).

There is 9/11, the Challenger crash, OJ’s trial (first…), and… well, that’s all I’ve got.

What separates today (which if you have been living under a rock was President Obama’s inauguration) is that it is the only positive event that I can list.

In 40 years, I can come up with a grand total of one.

That is a little sad when you think about it.

What I can come up with is President Obama reminds me of a great teacher.

You say how can the leader of the free world remind me of a teacher? How can the most popular politician of the last 25 years remind me of a teacher? How can the first African American President remind me of a teacher?

Great teachers are focused, committed, energetic, and passionate. Great teachers get people to follow them. Great teachers make others believe anything is possible.

A great teacher can energize an entire group.

They can walk in the classroom a transform the attitude of everyone they meet.

One person is able to change the dynamic of an entire group. One person, such as a great teacher, can make a difference

A great teacher can provide a different perspective on the same old problems. They can take difficult situations and find solutions.

They don’t see obstacles, but opportunities.

They make others feel better about themselves, especially when things are there most difficult.

A great teacher provides hope.

Just like President Obama.

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12 Responses to “President Obama and Great Teachers Have This in Common.”


  1. Pat
    on Jan 20th, 2009
    @ 8:10 pm

    We felt the same thrill of hope…the same dynamics when JFK was elected and Camelot began. I was in grammar school but I remember the change in the overall feelings of the country. We had a future again…which was dashed with his assassination.


  2. kmulford
    on Jan 20th, 2009
    @ 8:30 pm

    This man… is an inspiration.

    This man… can move millions.

    This man… is the impetus that many have needed for years – some, for their entire lives.


  3. Alan Beam
    on Jan 20th, 2009
    @ 8:43 pm

    Nice insight. I’m going to share this blog with my teachers. We are currently having contract issues as well as budget issues. They could use something positive to read. Thanks.


  4. Matthew K. Tabor
    on Jan 20th, 2009
    @ 11:37 pm

    Miracle on Ice!


  5. micsmith
    on Jan 21st, 2009
    @ 5:37 am

    Excellent point.

    I can remember exactly where I was lying in our family room watching the game.

    Didn’t know anything about hockey, but knew this was a big event.

    And in 1980, I think all of my friends also watched which made it even a bigger event.

    Not like today where you are lucky to find one person who watched the same show as you last night.

    Thanks for the reminder- it should be on the list and in the history books.


  6. Mark Stock
    on Jan 22nd, 2009
    @ 8:38 pm

    Barack Obama has a gift. Let’s hope he can use it wisely.

    The country’s problems will require more than words and more than throwing bailout money at everything that moves.

    I do appreciate a great speech and a great orator. Let’s hope for all our sakes we don’t just end up with less and less freedom and more and more government regulations that strangle the economy and our every day lives.

    Having said all that, I agree that it was a remarkable day for the country.


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