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Fireside Theater Presents "Do Great Things"


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This "Sayings President Obama Likes Best (5 of 10)" video is available for download HERE. This video vignette features the Seneca Indian Proverb "He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone." Since it's embedded in a PDF file all you need is a fairly recent version of Acrobat Reader to view it. It's entitled "Do Great Things". President Obama goes on to explain many instances in which he has relied upon the help of others to achieve a mutual goal. The download is easy to share if you wish and doesn't depend upon any particular video software or operating system. For more than 1,000 years these Native American people have lived in what is now known as Western New York State. Also included as part of this download is a FREE 275 page ebook called "The hand book of illustrated proverbs" as well as a FREE eBook entitled "World Wide Wisdom" containing hundreds of mottos from those clever people around the world who came before us. These ebooks cover such topics as Age, Beauty, Birth, Boy, Children, Comedy, Death, Enemy, Evil, Family, Fight, Funny Acts, Girl, God, Home, India, Joy, Justice, Life, Love, Marriage, Money, Music, Old Age, Power, Education, School, Secrets, Sex, Truth, Women, Men, Work, and Youth. People in faith communities will find these sayings & proverbs a great supplement to their guides to daily living. When you open the downloaded file in Adobe Acrobat, don't forget to double click each page to see its contents.

The "Sayings President Obama Likes Best" series of videos on our YouTube channel (YourVirtualWorld) are not meant to give you or other viewers the impression that any leader portrayed, including President Obama himself, is the ultimate griot or serves as the best example to speak about the proverb's message. Their feet are of clay just like yours and mine. On the contrary, one of my deepest wishes is to have anybody who is in a leadership position pay especially close attention to the pithy wisdom within proverbs. I'm so dismayed at the greed, callousness, lust, cruelty, immorality, corruption, and deceit of many of those in business, government, education, industry, and religious institutions who have climbed to the "top of the pile". I feel compelled to repeatedly mirror to you that there are proven paths learned over many centuries that will benefit others immensely and keep you and I out of unnecessary trouble. The "Sayings President Obama Likes Best" series of videos are meant to dramatize the truth within a given proverb by backing up the message with a broad spectrum of real life people and events without being preachy. The message within our chosen proverbs/mottos is usually self-evident but it's a lot of fun to plug them into situations we may have all widely seen and heard about and it's fun to make the connection. Your host, Binary Mouse, introduces Your Virtual World's Campfire Tales Series in the hosted version. You can also view this video below in our special Virtual World TV mode.

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You can enjoy this video in the language of your choice by activating the language of your choice in the drop down menu above or by copying any dialogue text into the Google Translate window popup just below the video screen. When you use the popup window, after you enter some text, you can also have the text spoken to you by clicking on either of the icons that will speak the words and show example usage of the words respectively. You can enjoy this video in the language of your choice by activating the language of your choice in the drop down menu above or by copying any dialogue text into the Google Translate window popup just below the video screen. When you use the popup window, after you enter some text, you can also have the text spoken to you by clicking on either of the icons that will speak the words and show example usage of the words respectively.

Free Fireside Theater stories are tiny tales usually less than ten minutes long and told by Your Virtual World's animated story tellers. These videos celebrate the ancient worldwide tradition of oral storytelling performed at a time when no batteries were required.  They are published and freely available for viewing without cost to the worldwide audience of story listeners.  Unlike the Campfire Tale Series of stories, they cannot be personalized or serve as reading exercises for early readers.  They are presented back to the world that birthed them in order to share in and preserve the long cultural history enshrined in stories that mankind has collectively created and nourished over many generations on earth.

1 He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone. Hmmm... Hmmm...

2 You know, a couple of summers ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Crow Nation in Montana. And while I was there, I was adopted into the nation by a wonderful couple, Hartford and Mary Black Eagle. I know what they're saying now: "Kids grow up so fast." (Laughter.) Only in America could the adoptive son of Crow Indians grow up to become President of the United States. So...

3 The history of Native Americans isn't well known Mr. President. What can you tell us about it?

4 We know the history that we share. It's a history marked by violence and disease and deprivation. Treaties were violated. Promises were broken. You were told your lands, your religion, your cultures, your languages were not yours to keep. And that's a history that we've got to acknowledge if we are to move forward.

5 What can we do to make things better?

6 In the final years of his administration, President Clinton issued an executive order establishing regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration between your nations and the federal government. But over the past nine years, only a few agencies have made an effort to implement that executive order -- and it's time for that to change. (Applause.)

7 Now, I’m told there’s a Seneca proverb that says “He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone.” (Laughter.)

8 Hi, I'm David. I learned an Ethiopian proverb that says, "When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion".

9 Now, Secretary Salazar and Assistant Secretary Echo Hawk are among the best advocates you could have in Washington, and this department is doing fantastic work under their leadership. But being good partners with tribal nations is a responsibility we've all got to take on. And that's why representatives of multiple agencies are here today -- because if we're going to address the needs of Native Americans in a comprehensive way, then we've got to mount a comprehensive response.

10 The Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Homeland security, and the Department of Health and Human Services are all working on ways to empower tribal governments to ensure greater safety in their own communities, and I want to particularly commend Attorney General Eric Holder for his efforts on this so far.

11 I know you've heard this song from Washing before. I know you've often heard grand promises that sound good but rarely materialize. And each time, you're told this time will be different. But over the last few years, I've had a chance to speak with Native American leaders across the country about the challenges you face, and those conversations have been deeply important to me.

12 We're glad you understand these things Mr. President.

13 I get it. I'm on your side. I understand what it means to be an outsider. I was born to a teenage mother. My father left when I was two years old, leaving her -- my mother and my grandparents to raise me. We didn't have much. We moved around a lot. So even though our experiences are different, I understand what it means to be on the outside looking in. I know what it means to feel ignored and forgotten, and what it means to struggle. So you will not be forgotten as long as I'm in this White House. (Applause.)

14 He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone. Hmmm... Hmmm...

15 I'm not old enough to vote yet but I'm listening and learning now Mr. President.

16 Just a few days ago, we marked the 150th anniversary of a document that I have hanging in the Oval Office -- the Emancipation Proclamation. With the advance of Union forces, it brought a new day -- that "all persons held as slaves" would thenceforth be forever free. We wrote that promise into our Constitution. We spent decades struggling to make it real. We joined with other nations, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, so that "slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms."

17 A global movement was sparked, with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act -- signed by President Clinton and carried on by President Bush.

18 My teacher said there are even slaves today and that we should still keep fighting slavery in the world.

19 You’ve made impressive commitments in this fight. We are especially honored to be joined today by advocates who dedicate their lives -- and, at times, risk their lives -- to liberate victims and help them recover. This includes men and women of faith, who, like the great abolitionists before them, are truly doing the Lord’s work -- evangelicals, the Catholic Church, International Justice Mission and World Relief, even individual congregations, like Passion City Church in Atlanta, and so many young people of faith who've decided that their conscience compels them to act in the face of injustice. Groups like these are answering the Bible’s call -- to "seek justice" and "rescue the oppressed."

20 Since there are so many problems, can I help? Can I help?

21 Of course, no government, no nation, can meet this challenge alone. Everybody has a responsibility. Every nation can take action. Modern anti-trafficking laws must be passed and enforced and justice systems must be strengthened. Victims must be cared for.

22 He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone. Hmmm... Hmmm...

23 It has been a great pleasure to host the leaders of some of the world’s largest economies. I think the surroundings gave us an opportunity to hold some intimate discussions and make some genuine progress.

24 For the past three years, our nations have worked together and with others first to rescue a global economy from freefall, then to wrestle it back to a path of recovery and growth. Our progress has been tested at times by shocks like the disaster in Japan, for example. Today it's threatened once again by the serious situation in the eurozone.

25 And that’s why, even as we’ve confronted our own economic challenges over the past few years, we’ve collaborated closely with our European allies and partners as they’ve confronted theirs.

26 Leaders agreed to join a new U.S.-led coalition to address climate change, in part by reducing short-lived pollutants.

27 We also announced a new alliance on food security with African leaders and the private sector as part of an effort to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next decade.

28 When spider webs unite, they CAN tie up a lion. It seems I should also study really hard.

29 He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone. Hmmm... Hmmm...

30 It is unacceptable to me, and I know it’s unacceptable to you, for us to be ranked on average as 21st or 25th -- not with so much at stake. We don't play for second place here in America. We certainly don't play for 25th. So I’ve set this goal: We will move from the middle to the top in math and science education over the next decade. We are on our way to meeting this goal. (Applause.) We’re doing it in a couple of ways. Under the leadership of my Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, we’ve launched an initiative called Race to the Top. And through Race to the Top, states are actively competing to produce innovative math and science programs, to raise standards, to turn around struggling schools, and to recruit and retain more outstanding teachers.

31 I'm in the fourth grade but my teachers hardly ever give us homework. Kids in other parts of the world get tons of homework.

32 But what I’ve said for a long time is, is that success is not going to be achieved just by government. It depends on teachers and parents and students, and the broader community supporting excellence. And that’s why last year I challenged scientists and business leaders to think of creative ways that we can engage young people in math and science.

33 It seems like my teachers don't really want to work hard themselves even though they know I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up.

34 This is a challenge that will determine our leadership in the 21st century global economy. So we need all hands on deck. Everybody has got to be involved. And I’m pleased that there are a lot of people out there who are answering the call. Companies, not-for-profits, they're coming together to replicate successful existing science programs.

35 What about the thousands of teachers who have been laid off?

36 We’ve got new public-private partnerships that are working to offer additional training to more than 100,000 current teachers, and to prepare more than 10,000 new teachers in the next five years. Businesses are working with non-profits to launch robotics competitions and other ways for kids to make things and learn things with their hands. And more than 100 leaders from some of the nation’s top companies have launched a new organization called Change the Equation to help us move to the top in math and science education.

37 He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone. Hmmm... Hmmm...


This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 06 October, 2012.



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