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Parents weigh in on released Obama speech

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - As President Obama prepares to address millions of kids across the country, parents nationwide have mixed feelings of a one-on-one with the Commander-in-Chief.

"There's a lot of issues that he's in favor of that I'm not, and I don't want that shoved down my kid's throat," said one mother.

Met with skepticism--and claims of embedding a political agenda--The White House released the script to the public Monday.

It reads in part:

"We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems.  If you don't do that - if you quit on school - you're not just quitting on yourself --you're quitting on your country."

Local parents say they feel the speech stays on point and doesn't dive into politics.

"I can see exactly what he's saying. That's a little strong, but it's necessary," said Priscilla Vinson of Montgomery.

"I don't see it as a political ploy. I see it as a great investment with our children, because the children are the future."

Plus, they say, hearing sound advice from a leading authority figure doesn't hurt.

"If you have someone with the stature of the President of the United States addressing the kids and stimulating them--motivating them to do better in life--I think it's a very good perspective [for] the kids," explained Dr. Adolfo Robledo of Troy.

Regardless of politics, moms and dads say keeping ambition alive speaks volumes.

"The more you know, the more you grow, the more you go," Vinson said.

"If you believe in yourself--if you believe that people can do it and people believe in you--you've got it made," Robledo explained.

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