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President Obama calls on Every American to Learn Code

The Hour of Code starts today. President Obama calls on every American to join in:

Hi Everybody. This week [December 9-13, 2013], I’m proud to join students, teachers, businesses, and non-profit organizations taking big, new steps to support computer science in America’s schools. Learning these skills isn’t just important for your future, it’s important for our country’s future. If we want America to stay on the cutting edge, we need young Americans like you to master the tools and technology that will change the way we do just about everything. That’s why I’m asking you to get involved. Don’t just buy a new video game, make one. Don’t just download the latest app, help design it. Don’t just play on your phone, program it. No one’s born a computer scientist, but with a little hard work, and some math and science, just about anyone can become one. This week is your chance to give it a shot. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t. Whether you’re a young man or a young woman, whether you live in a city or a rural area, computers are going to be a big part of your future. And if you’re willing to work and study hard, that future is yours to shape. Thanks everybody. -Barack Obama