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  • President Obama: “Put education first”

    Published: Aug. 9, 2010
    President Barack Obama addresses the audience at the university's Gregory Gym.Photos: Marsha Miller

    Know is on the scene for President Barack Obama’s Aug. 9 speech at Gregory Gym on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

    President Barack Obama walked into a crowded Gregory Gym showing his “Hook ‘em, Horns” hand sign.

    The president discussed higher education and the need to become more globally competitive.

    President Barack Obama
    President Barack Obama shows his “Hook ‘em, Horns” hand sign.

    “We have been slipping,” he said. “In a single generation we have fallen from first place to 12th place in college graduation rates. That is unacceptable, but not irreversible.”

    Obama said the solution includes making college more affordable, overhauling the Federal Student Loan program and streamlining student loan repayment.

    “The way to move forward is to put education first,” he said. “Education and opportunity always go hand in hand.”

    There’s more on Know about President Barack Obama:

    In anticipation of the president’s visit to campus today (Aug. 9), we asked University of Texas at Austin experts what they think will be the most important issues for his administration to address during the next two years. Read their responses.

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    President Barack Obama addresses a crowded Gregory Gym.
    A young woman listens to the president's remarks.
    A young woman listens to the president’s remarks.
    President Barack Obama greets students
    President Barack Obama greets students.
    A young woman shows her “Hook ‘em, Horns” at the president’s speech.
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      Acai Berries Nutrition said on Dec. 30, 2010 at 5:32 p.m.
      Very inspiring speech from our MR president.
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      Natural Acai said on Sept. 1, 2010 at 4:40 a.m.
      Those are some fantastic pictures. I still think he's fantastic despite the pasting he's had about healthcare reform. He's good to see someone in power who actually gives a damn!
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      Wade Edwards said on Aug. 16, 2010 at 12:27 p.m.
      I just watched the video of the University of Texas Police Department hand cuffing a young man who was within his rights as a citizen. Each officer and administrator that was behind his being shut down and led away needs to make a public apology and allow him to come back, or they need to be fired. This is against our rights in the country and it's a frightening reality that persecution is closer than we think. You can watch the interchange here.
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      peter wolf said on Aug. 15, 2010 at 8:04 p.m.
      You Texans are lucky. Obama only taps states for campaign funds that he knows are reliably Democratic. States that are not ( like Texas) or teetering on the edge (like Colorado), he visits for pep talks, photo ops, and may even leave behind Federal goodies. But dumb states like California never receive any Federal goodies when he visits. We're just his ATM ( Hollywood, San Francisco) for campaign funds.
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      liberty gal said on Aug. 11, 2010 at 9:28 a.m.
      Follow-up: This goes beyond what happened to the activists. This affects ALL of us! The university just set itself back by allowing these first amendment rights to be violated. This is not a partisan issue. It's not about red versus blue, right versus left, republican versus democrat. This is about oppression and tyranny...right smack on The University of Texas at Austin campus. "What starts here changes the world"...really?
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      liberty gal said on Aug. 11, 2010 at 9:17 a.m.
      On Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, four PEACEFUL activists (Robin Schneider, Chanda Seymour, Daniel McCarthy and John Bush) were arrested and detained by UTPD officers for not staying within the "free-speech zone," a designed area (about two to three blocks AWAY from Gregory Gym) from which people can congregate and express their first amendment rights. Ms. Seymour was arrested for simply ASKING questions about the free-speech zone. This is disgusting behavior by UTPD! And for UT officials, the dean of students specifically, to stand there and watch the entire thing transpire and ALLOW it to happen is embarrassing. YouTube videos are available of the arrests.
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      Anastasia said on Aug. 10, 2010 at 2:17 p.m.
      That last photo is of me! Directly after I shook his hand! You can see my smile stretched from ear to ear. I'm so glad someone was there to document my experience! - Anastasia Garcia, junior
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      Aaron Dockery said on Aug. 10, 2010 at 11:34 a.m.
      President Barack Obama, Thank you for visiting our wonderful State of Texas and sharing your time with our great young people! Anticipating Great Things, ~Aaron Dockery
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      Obama in Austin, Hook ‘Em Horns! « The Dream I Dream said on Aug. 10, 2010 at 12:47 a.m.
      [...] Read about it here and HOOK ‘EM!! : [...]
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      D Lee said on Aug. 9, 2010 at 9:06 p.m.
      That pic of the lady is classic - as if she's praying to her savior. Makes me sick the way people are infatuated with him.
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      Jennifer said on Aug. 9, 2010 at 8:18 p.m.
      This is awesome; I love to see our nation's youth so involved in the political scene! Go Obama and hook em' horns!!
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