It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.
Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Back to School Event, Arlington, Virginia
September 8, 2009
And how. We sure do communicate with each other differently now. This speech even before being delivered caused such a stir and as an involved parent of a child in school I of course was naturally interested in what the president had to say and what he was going to say about learning in school.
But from a technology perspective think about how amazing that above quote is. The president is immediately drawing a comparison between our founding fathers, the “Greatest Generation” and the Geeks that have changed us forever.
Twitter is being used by Iranian demonstrators to organize, Facebook has changed the way we organize our lives, and Google helps everyone find what they are looking for. I went to college in the early 90’s at the dawn of what I like to call the first Internet-based technology revolution and the dawn of the “internets.” I can’t help but think that we are now involved in another. Can you believe that information from http://www.whitehouse.gov can be disseminated via a RSS Feed, a Tweet, see pictures on Flickr, or watch a video on Vimeo.
Everything around us is changing at a lightning pace, what will the next tool be? For those of us in the technology world when we are not shaking our angry fists into air complaining about some nasty serialization issue, I hope we all can take the time to think about what an amazing time we are living through and how these tools can be used to bring us all closer together.
So get out there kids and go create something that will make this crazy world a better place!
Full text of the remarks can be found here: