Originally Posted by MisterSkiMask
Obama is saying that the good student didn't earn his grade because he had a teacher and a book.
No. You are saying that. He's saying that the American school system had to be there to provide the education. Nobody's saying that people "didn't earn" anything.
It's really amazingly simple, especially considering that probably all of us have benefitted from a good education. There are places in the world (and right here) where a quality education is not available.