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 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