“These young people that I met at McKinley Tech today are the reason I’m hopeful about the future,” Obama wrote on the social media post. “To all the young people headed back to school around the country: Make us proud. You’re the next generation of leaders, and we need you.”
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He explained to the students that while he was president he’d meet with groups of young people everywhere he went, “just to kind of hear from them, find out what they’re interested in, because I do believe that most of the problems that we have are going to be solved by you.”