An obligation to excel

Excel: to be extremely good at something:

Rebecca always excelled in languages at school.

Excel yourself

To do something better than you usually do:

The British team have excelled themselves this year to reach the finals.


the fact that you are obliged to do something:

If you have not signed a contract, you are under no obligation to (= it is not necessary to) pay them any money.
You have a legal obligation to (= the law says you must) ensure your child receives an education.

something that you must do:

I don’t have time to do his work for him – I have too many obligations as it is.

1 President Obama’s Message for America’s Students

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Gepubliceerd op 8 sep. 2009

The President gives a speech directly to Americas students welcoming them back to school. He emphasizes their hope and potential but makes clear they will need to take responsibility for themselves and their education to reach that potential. September 8, 2009. (Public Domain)
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2 The President’s Back to School Speech

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Gepubliceerd op 14 sep. 2010

President Obama gives his second annual back to school speech at the Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, PA, telling students that while government would do its part to help provide access to a quality education, students still needed to take individual responsibility for their future.

3 Barack Obama confesses that he has Michelle to keep his ego in check//Did you know that

21 dec. 2019

Former US president Barack Obama cracked up some 200 emerging leaders participating in a planery session in Kuala Lumpur on Friday when he answered to a question on the last time he had an “ego check”.
Barack joked and credited Michelle, his wife of 27 years and their two daughters for “not impressed with him,” adding that Michelle was someone who has kept his ego in check, so whenever she praised him, he knew it was honest.

4 Meet Barack Obama


14 jun. 2008

You should be with us in 2012, join now:
Meet Barack Obama, and visit for more information.

5 Barack Obama’s Road to Change: New Hampshire

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4 jan. 2008

Obama 2012: Are you in?
Barack Obama’s family takes a road trip through New Hampshire: a retrospective from the past year.

6 President Obama Tours the 2014 White House Science Fair

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27 mei 2014

President Obama talks with students about their projects at the fourth White House Science Fair, May 27, 2014.

7 ENGLISH SPEECH | BARACK OBAMA: The People of India (English Subtitles)

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6 aug. 2022

Learn English with Barack Obama’s speech. Former President Obama addressed the people of India on January 27, 2015, about the U.S.-India partnership. His three-day trip to India ended with a tough-love message from the president to his hosts, as he promised to be “India’s best partner” in taking its place among the world’s great powers, but urged it to fight climate change and protect human rights. 
English speeches with big subtitles make it even more enjoyable. Watch, learn, and share.

8 Obama’s Best Speeches

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20 okt. 2017

President Obama is a gifted orator. Here are samples of his best speeches, including from prior to becoming president.

9 Obama’s Best Comebacks and Rebuttal Moments – Part 1

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12 sep. 2017

A compilation of President Barack Obama’s best comebacks and rebuttals. Enjoy!

10 Obama’s Best Comebacks and Rebuttal Moments – Part 2

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12 sep. 2017

Part 2 of President Obama’s best comeback and rebuttal moments.

11 President Obama Makes Historic Speech to America’s Students – English subtitles

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28 jan. 2017
President Obama Makes Historic Speech to America’s Students – 
English subtitles 
On September 8, 2009, President Barack Obama delivered a national address to the students of America. During this special address, the president spoke directly to the nation’s children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school. The president challenged students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.

12 JFL Hidden Camera Pranks & Gags: Dog Eat Dog

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25 feb. 2011

Big dog eats little dog. A presentation of the Just For Laughs Gags Visit us