In calling this our Sputnik moment, he meant that this was just like the time when the Soviet satellite was launched and the United States, especially its young people appeared to be behind in their learning and educations.
Additionally, Barack Obama said that he wanted everybody to get along with each other in Washington. Education is one of areas where getting along and cooperating is necessary.
The president talked about how American students are receiving worse educations than they used to receive.
One of the president's lines that I really like is:
". . . no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something great-- something more consequential than party or political preference."
Written by: Rubina H.