8th-Grader's Letter Inspired Obama Speech
South Carolina teen becomes face of stimulus with plea for education funding
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2009 4:20 AM CST
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(Newser) – South Carolina eighth-grader Ty'Sheoma Bethea became the symbol of the stimulus package in President Obama's speech to Congress last night, WSAV reports. The president has repeatedly referred to Bethea's dilapidated school in his calls for spending on education infrastructure, and during his speech he quoted from a letter the 14-year-old wrote to Congress urging lawmakers not to neglect education.

"We are just students trying to become lawyers, doctors, congressmen like yourself, and one day president, so we can make a change to not just the state of South Carolina, but also the world," the president read from Bethea's letter as she looked on, standing next to Michelle Obama. "We are not quitters."

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Feb 25, 2009 6:01 AM CST
Ty'Sheoma, there was a time when people with funny names couldn't dream of becoming president... a time when we were limited to guys like the last one, named George... a guy who, at your age, was too busy blowing up frogs with firecrackers to think about making the world a better place.
Feb 25, 2009 5:52 AM CST
South Carolina, get active about your schools already.
Feb 24, 2009 9:39 PM CST
NutsinNY, thanks for giving me a good laugh. But in all honestly you are right.