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Hustle - President Barack Obama
Hustle - President Barack Obama English, baby! Video Lesson
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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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Russian Federation

I know one song of the band Tunng. It calls Hustle. It has the next words: "...and we will hustle, hustle, hustle to be free…". I think it's important to hustle to be freeSmile

07:58 PM Feb 26 2011 |

Vadim V.

Vadim V.

Russian Federation

That's right, if you wanna succeed in doing something important, you need to out-hustle. I like it.  

01:20 PM Feb 26 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

hustle and bustle

10:04 AM Feb 26 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

I love this word


10:03 AM Feb 26 2011 |


Saudi Arabia

Barack Obama thanked the comic

10:05 PM Feb 25 2011 |

Tila Tequila

United States

I love this lesson

08:30 PM Feb 25 2011 |



Syrian Arab Republic

This lesson reminds me of the song Black President preformed by Nas,the hook in this song by Tupac says:"Although it seems heaven sent,,,,we ain't ready to have a black President,,,Yes we can… Change the World (Change the World ).. But it happend and B.O became the president because he is a real Hustla,though the world is still the same ¯\(°_°)/¯

*The best phrase in this lesson was "everyone had to stay in the room until Obama left the building. No amount of hustle could get you out."

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03:06 PM Feb 25 2011 |



United States

you really have to out-work, and out-hustle to outdo) because i guess it's the way to the stars))) especially in the field that is near and dear to your heart)

01:49 PM Feb 25 2011 |




I remember a text in the holy bible:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.

Without objective and effort we will never have success.

May God Bless you all.

01:23 PM Feb 25 2011 |




Brack Obama is alwz mah fav. leader….......he is the man of new senario…........

07:10 AM Feb 25 2011 |


Russian Federation

No amount of hustle could get you out – here"hustle" is a noun

07:04 AM Feb 25 2011 |

Whitney S

Whitney S


Mr President Barack Obama, people like you inspire my life! and that makes me happy!!


05:20 AM Feb 25 2011 |




Oh it reminds me of the TV Serials "Hustle", love it..

"He clearly knows how to hustle."  This hustle should be noun.

Hmmm maybe a few days before an important test, I really need to hustle, lol~

05:05 AM Feb 25 2011 |







04:31 AM Feb 25 2011 |



they make me optimistic about the American future! Hustle is an interesting word! I love to be one of them, that's makes me move quickly and get more things done!

04:27 AM Feb 25 2011 |

le ngoc tan

Viet Nam

Great! thank you!

01:37 AM Feb 25 2011 |


qq_babySuper Member!


Wow, very cool lesson!

06:16 PM Feb 24 2011 |

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