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Hustle - President Barack Obama
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Learn the present progressive tense

Date: Feb 25 2011

Themes: Celebrity, News

Grammar: Present Progressive Tense


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You don’t become the first black President of the United States at age 47 without a lot of hard work. Barack Obama was a community organizer, a law professor and a US Senator before being elected President. He is anything but lazy. He clearly knows how to hustle.

Someone who hustles always gives their best effort, especially when it is not easy to do so. An athlete who hustles will dive on the ground to catch the ball and put himself at risk to help his team. If you hustle on a project at work, it means you get it done quickly, but still do it well.

Recently, President Barack Obama gave a speech to a small group of Intel employees. We were among the media at the event, where Obama talked about the need to hustle.


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Jason:  Welcome to English, baby! My name is Jason, and we are here at the Intel Corporation, about to see President Barack Obama speak. He’s going to be talking about a topic that’s very near and dear to our hearts, technology.

Otellini:  Ladies and gentlemen, I’m pleased to introduce the President of the United States.

Obama:  Thank you. Thank you so much. It’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but also the winner of science fairs. And since the Packers beat my Bears, I am reserving all of my celebrating for the winners of the science fairs. They deserve applause! They deserve our applause and our praise and they make me optimistic about America’s future. Basically, if we want to win the future, America has to out-build and out-innovate and out-educate and out-hustle the rest of the world. That’s what we’ve got to do.

Jason:  “Hustle,” that’s an interesting word. Let’s hear that again.

Obama:  ...out-hustle the rest of the world.

Jason:  President Obama said we need to hustle. “Hustle” means move quickly and be aggressive. It’s no surprise that Obama said it, since it’s commonly used in sports, and he is a sports fan. You can hustle in business, in a game or even to pack up your things and catch a train. Many people had to hustle to set up the room for Obama’s speech.

Obama:  ...that’s what America will prove in the months and years ahead. Thank you, guys, God bless you.

Jason:  After the speech, everyone had to stay in the room until Obama left the building. No amount of hustle could get you out.


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After being introduced by Intel CEO Paul Otellini, President Obama says that young scientists as well as young athletes should be celebrated for their achievments. He says that, in order for American technology businesses like Intel to succeed, they need to out-hustle the competition.

If you can out-run someone, it means you are the faster runner. A better musician can out-play a less experienced one. So to out-hustle means to try harder and give a stronger effort.

You could also say that out-hustle means to have more hustle. Hustle is primarily a verb, but it can also be a noun. Can you find the place in the video where “hustle” is used as a noun? When do you think it’s important to hustle?

To learn more about the President’s speech and see behind-the-scenes photos, visit our blog.



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united states dont need you obama

02:34 PM Apr 28 2012 |

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Syrian Arab Republic

he ’s more hustle in just occupying others and killing innocent people…....we can call him a good and innovative  killer and cant take him as model and respect him as a president…........he ’s good at make his country advanced at the expense of other countries…that what he ’s innovative at

07:18 AM Mar 02 2012 |




No wonder how he became the president of the United States. hustling is the secret.

10:53 AM Feb 20 2012 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

good word, like it, but in my opinion it`s sometimes confused,.... – in politic actions-

01:26 PM Feb 11 2012 |




I don’t know what to think about president Barack Obama. Many people like he, but many people dislike he ( I thought about a person republicans). I think he has charisma.

07:59 AM Feb 11 2012 |



United States

i like my president Obama….

05:47 AM Jan 15 2012 |

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he’d better think about just americans and set free the rest of the world!

08:15 AM Nov 27 2011 |

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Russian Federation

nice lesson i love the speeches

08:31 AM Nov 09 2011 |




President Obama, charisma is his middle name!

07:45 PM Nov 03 2011 |

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Mr President Barak Obama has always been a wordsmith … 

10:42 PM Oct 18 2011 |

yashar irani

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

that was nice thank a lot ebaby

09:50 AM Sep 11 2011 |



he is very aggresive at work.i should hustle like him

03:07 AM Aug 18 2011 |


qq_babySuper Member!


I hutsle at work!

Obama is a good speaker.

03:14 PM Jul 21 2011 |

Victoria G

Victoria GSuper Member!

United States

There’s an old saying in Russia, “Make haste slowly”....that’s probably the answer why we’re still late in some fields :)

12:03 AM Jul 08 2011 |



I a gree with President Obama..We have to Hustle to win everything in life..

02:03 PM Jun 20 2011 |

Omar alsaqqaf


I’m I big fan of Barak Obama speeches..they are so beneficial  

07:09 AM Jun 13 2011 |

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it is nice to hustle creatively not competitively

04:46 AM Jun 13 2011 |




I think when u acheive ur dream and when compete with someone to achieve the same dream that would be really out-hustle :) thxxxx for this great lesson


06:57 PM Jun 04 2011 |




I love president Barak Obame

08:36 AM May 29 2011 |

karina ortiz garcia


i agree with the president. “in most of the countries of the world if you want a change you have to hustle”

09:37 PM May 24 2011 |

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