Kids can’t listen to Obama, but they can watch “Jersey Shore.” Only in America.

President Obama told kids that education is critical to their lives and the country's future. (AJC file)

President Obama told kids that education is critical to their lives and the country's future. (AJC file)

Several of you are commenting on President Obama’s speech in a way that suggests you didn’t hear or read it. If your children did not hear it in their schools, it is worth sharing with them, especially the short bios the president provided of teens making a difference in their communities.

In one of the most contradictory conversations of my week, I fell into small talk with a woman at a sports field and it came up that I am from New Jersey. She told me she knows nothing about my home state except what she sees on “Jersey Shore,” which is her children’s favorite reality TV show. Later in the conversation, she told me that she would never would have allowed her kids to watch the Obama speech had it been shown at their private school.

OK, I thought, your kids can’t hear Obama talk about the power of education but they can watch a crass TV show that venerates drinking, carousing and ignorance.

We live in strange times.

So, for the sake of accuracy, here is the entire Obama speech, which was delivered at a Washington high school this year:

Now, it is great to be here at Benjamin Banneker High School, one of the best high schools not only in Washington, D.C., but one of the best high schools in the country. (Applause.) But we’ve also got students tuning in from all across America. And so I want to welcome you all to the new school year, although I know that many of you already have been in school for a while. I know that here at Banneker, you’ve been back at school for a few weeks now. So everything is starting to settle in, just like for all your peers all across the country. The fall sports season is underway. Musicals and marching band routines are starting to shape up, I believe. And your first big tests and projects are probably just around the corner.

I know that you’ve also got a great deal going on outside of school. Your circle of friends might be changing a little bit. Issues that used to stay confined to hallways or locker rooms are now finding their way onto Facebook and Twitter. (Laughter.) Some of your families might also be feeling the strain of the economy. As many of you know, we’re going through one of the toughest economic times that we’ve gone through in our lifetime — in my lifetime. Your lifetime hasn’t been that long. And so, as a consequence, you might have to pick up an after-school job to help out your family, or maybe you’re babysitting for a younger sibling because mom or dad is working an extra shift.

So all of you have a lot on your plates. You guys are growing up faster and interacting with a wider world in a way that old folks like me, frankly, just didn’t have to. So today, I don’t want to be just another adult who stands up and lectures you like you’re just kids — because you’re not just kids. You’re this country’s future. You’re young leaders. And whether we fall behind or race ahead as a nation is going to depend in large part on you. So I want to talk to you a little bit about meeting that responsibility.

It starts, obviously, with being the best student that you can be. Now, that doesn’t always mean that you have to have a perfect score on every assignment. It doesn’t mean that you’ve got to get straight As all the time — although that’s not a bad goal to have. It means that you have to stay at it. You have to be determined and you have to persevere. It means you’ve got to work as hard as you know how to work. And it means that you’ve got to take some risks once in a while. You can’t avoid the class that you think might be hard because you’re worried about getting the best grade if that’s a subject that you think you need to prepare you for your future. You’ve got to wonder. You’ve got to question. You’ve got to explore. And every once in a while, you need to color outside of the lines.

That’s what school is for: discovering new passions, acquiring new skills, making use of this incredible time that you have to prepare yourself and give yourself the skills that you’re going to need to pursue the kind of careers that you want. And that’s why when you’re still a student you can explore a wide range of possibilities. One hour you can be an artist; the next, an author; the next, a scientist, or a historian, or a carpenter. This is the time where you can try out new interests and test new ideas. And the more you do, the sooner you’ll figure out what makes you come alive, what stirs you, what makes you excited — the career that you want to pursue.

Now, if you promise not to tell anybody, I will let you in on a little secret: I was not always the very best student that I could be when I was in high school, and certainly not when I was in middle school. I did not love every class I took. I wasn’t always paying attention the way I should have. I remember when I was in 8th grade I had to take a class called ethics. Now, ethics is about right and wrong, but if you’d ask me what my favorite subject was back in 8th grade, it was basketball. I don’t think ethics would have made it on the list.

But here’s the interesting thing. I still remember that ethics class, all these years later. I remember the way it made me think. I remember being asked questions like: What matters in life? Or, what does it mean to treat other people with dignity and respect? What does it mean to live in a diverse nation, where not everybody looks like you do, or thinks like you do, or comes from the same neighborhood as you do? How do we figure out how to get along?

Each of these questions led to new questions. And I didn’t always know the right answers, but those discussions and that process of discovery — those things have lasted. Those things are still with me today. Every day, I’m thinking about those same issues as I try to lead this nation. I’m asking the same kinds of questions about, how do we as a diverse nation come together to achieve what we need to achieve? How do we make sure that every single person is treated with dignity and respect? What responsibilities do we have to people who are less fortunate than we are? How do we make sure that everybody is included in this family of Americans?

Those are all questions that date back to this class that I took back in 8th grade. And here’s the thing: I still don’t always know the answers to all these questions. But if I’d have just tuned out because the class sounded boring, I might have missed out on something that not only did I turn out enjoying, but has ended up serving me in good stead for the rest of my life.

So that’s a big part of your responsibility, is to test things out. Take risks. Try new things. Work hard. Don’t be embarrassed if you’re not good at something right away. You’re not supposed to be good at everything right away. That’s why you’re in school. The idea, though, is, is that you keep on expanding your horizons and your sense of possibility. Now is the time for you to do that. And those are also, by the way, the things that will make school more fun.

Down the road, those will be the traits that will help you succeed, as well — the traits that will lead you to invent a device that makes an iPad look like a stone tablet. Or what will help you figure out a way to use the sun and the wind to power a city and give us new energy sources that are less polluting. Or maybe you’ll write the next great American novel.

Now, to do almost any of those things, you have to not only graduate from high school, — and I know I’m just — I’m in the “amen” corner with Principal Berger here — not only do you have to graduate from high school, but you’re going to have to continue education after you leave. You have to not only graduate, but you’ve got to keep going after you graduate.

That might mean, for many of you, a four-year university. I was just talking to Donae, and she wants to be an architect, and she’s interning with a architectural firm, and she’s already got her sights set on what school she wants to go to. But it might, for some other folks, be a community college, or professional credentialing or training. But the fact of the matter is, is that more than 60 percent of the jobs in the next decade will require more than a high school diploma — more than 60 percent. That’s the world you’re walking into.

So I want all of you to set a goal to continue your education after you graduate. And if that means college for you, just getting into college is not enough. You also have to graduate. One of the biggest challenges we have right now is that too many of our young people enroll in college but don’t actually end up getting their degree, and as a consequence — our country used to have the world’s highest proportion of young people with a college degree; we now rank 16th. I don’t like being 16th. I like being number one. That’s not good enough. So we’ve got to use — we’ve got to make sure your generation gets us back to the top of having the most college graduates relative to the population of any country on Earth.

If we do that, you guys will have a brighter future. And so will America. We’ll be able to make sure the newest inventions and the latest breakthroughs happen right here in the United States of America. It will mean better jobs, and more fulfilling lives, and greater opportunities not only for you, but also for your kids.

So I don’t want anybody who’s listening here today to think that you’re done once you finish high school. You are not done learning. In fact, what’s happening in today’s economy is — it’s all about lifelong learning. You have to constantly upgrade your skills and find new ways of doing things. Even if college isn’t for you, even if a four-year college isn’t for you, you’re still going to have to get more education after you get out of high school. You’ve got to start expecting big things from yourself right now.

I know that may sound a little intimidating. And some of you may be wondering how you can pay for college, or you might not know what you want to do with your life yet. And that’s okay. Nobody expects you to have your entire future mapped out at this point. And we don’t expect you to have to make it on your own. First of all, you’ve got wonderful parents who love you to death and want you to have a lot more opportunity than they ever had — which, by the way, means don’t give them a hard time when they ask you to turn off the video games, turn off the TV and do some homework. You need to be listening to them. I speak from experience because that’s what I’ve been telling Malia and Sasha. Don’t be mad about it, because we’re thinking about your future.

You’ve also got people all across this country — including myself and Arne and people at every level of government — who are working on your behalf. We’re taking every step we can to ensure that you’re getting an educational system that is worthy of your potential. We’re working to make sure that you have the most up-to-date schools with the latest tools of learning. We’re making sure that this country’s colleges and universities are affordable and accessible to you. We’re working to get the best class — teachers into the classroom as well, so they can help you prepare for college and a future career.

Let me say something about teachers, by the way. Teachers are the men and women who might be working harder than just about anybody these days.  Whether you go to a big school or a small one, whether you attend a public or a private or charter school –- your teachers are giving up their weekends; they’re waking up at dawn; they’re cramming their days full of classes and extra-curricular activities. And then they’re going home, eating some dinner, and then they’ve got to stay up sometimes past midnight, grading your papers and correcting your grammar, and making sure you got that algebra formula properly.

And they don’t do it for a fancy office. They don’t — they sure don’t do it for the big salary. They do it for you. They do it because nothing gives them more satisfaction than seeing you learn. They live for those moments when something clicks; when you amaze them with your intellect or your vocabulary, or they see what kind of person you’re becoming. And they’re proud of you. And they say, I had something to do with that, that wonderful young person who is going to succeed. They have confidence in you that you will be citizens and leaders who take us into tomorrow. They know you’re our future. So your teachers are pouring everything they got into you, and they’re not alone.

But I also want to emphasize this: With all the challenges that our country is facing right now, we don’t just need you for the future; we actually need you now. America needs young people’s passion and their ideas. We need your energy right now. I know you’re up to it because I’ve seen it. Nothing inspires me more than knowing that young people all across the country are already making their marks. They’re not waiting. They’re making a difference now.

There are students like Will Kim from Fremont, California, who launched a nonprofit that gives loans to students from low-income schools who want to start their own business. Think about that. So he’s giving loans to other students. He set up a non-for-profit. He’s raising the money doing what he loves — through dodgeball tournaments and capture-the-flag games. But he’s creative. He took initiative. And now he’s helping other young people be able to afford the schooling that they need.

There is a young man, Jake Bernstein, 17 years old, from a military family in St. Louis, worked with his sister to launch a website devoted to community service for young people. And they’ve held volunteer fairs and put up an online database, and helped thousands of families to find volunteer opportunities ranging from maintaining nature trails to serving at local hospitals.

And then last year, I met a young woman named Amy Chyao from Richardson, Texas. She’s 16 years old, so she’s the age of some of you here. During the summer, I think because somebody in her family had an illness, she decided that she was interested in cancer research. She hadn’t taken chemistry yet, so she taught herself chemistry during the summer. And then she applied what she had learned and discovered a breakthrough process that uses light to kill cancer cells. Sixteen years old. It’s incredible. And she’s been approached by some doctors and researchers who want to work with her to help her with her discovery.

The point is you don’t have to wait to make a difference. You’re first obligation is to do well in school. You’re first obligation is to make sure that you’re preparing yourself for college and career. But you can also start making your mark right now. A lot of times young people may have better ideas than us old people do anyway. We just need those ideas out in the open, in and out of the classroom.

When I meet young people like yourselves, when I sat and talk to Donae, I have no doubt that America’s best days are still ahead of us, because I know the potential that lies in each of you. Soon enough, you will be the ones leading our businesses and leading our government. You will be the one who are making sure that the next generation gets what they need to succeed. You will be the ones that are charting the course of our unwritten history. And all that starts right now — starts this year.

So I want all of you who are listening, as well as everybody here at Banneker, I want you to make the most of the year that’s ahead of you. I want you to think of this time as one in which you are just loading up with information and skills, and you’re trying new things and you’re practicing, and you’re honing — all those things that you’re going to need to do great things when you get out of school.

Your country is depending on you. So set your sights high. Have a great school year. Let’s get to work. Thank you very much, everybody. God bless you. God bless the United States of America.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

160 comments Add your comment

Reality

September 30th, 2011
11:17 am

The woman you spoke to on the sports field is the typical ignorant republican in Georgia. And, this is why I am moving out of this backwards State asap.

Smith parent

September 30th, 2011
11:25 am

Obama was merely being a politician. He cares little about public education or the plight of the common citizen. Obama is an avid supporter of for-profit, charter school corporations such as Edison.
Your president would never enroll his daughters in a public school.

WAKE UP, Smell the Coffee!

Maureen Downey

September 30th, 2011
11:28 am

@Reality, Can’t blame Georgia. The woman had recently moved here from Florida.
Maureen

Paulo977

September 30th, 2011
11:33 am

Reality

September 30th, 2011
11:17 am
The woman you spoke to on the sports field is the typical ignorant republican in Georgia. And, this is why I am moving out of this backwards State asap….

Please don’t ….if all right thinking people were to do that we would be left with brain dead ones and that wouldn’t help the country !!

As I See It

September 30th, 2011
11:35 am

This commentary that we are asked to respond is so patently skewed to the extreme left. I can overlook the interviewee, but not the author. What we have here is a far stretch from responsible journalism.

What’s being accomplished?: The stoking of base level hatred.

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Byte Me

September 30th, 2011
11:37 am

Yep, that’s sure one political speech there. I’m sure it’ll help his re-election :roll:

Some people — like the Jersey Shore woman — are exactly what’s wrong with this country: Parents who are ok with their kids watching crass ignorance and slutty behavior, but don’t want the President to ask her kids to try harder at school and to be the best they can be.

Is there a vaccination for those stupid fools?

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brain washed

September 30th, 2011
11:40 am

As Cain would say, she was brain washed.

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Dr NO / Mr Sunshine

September 30th, 2011
12:07 pm

Reality

September 30th, 2011
11:17 am

I want to have a party. Whats your departure date?

Dr NO / Mr Sunshine

September 30th, 2011
12:13 pm

Seeing as how a double dip recesson is now definitely going to occur my thinking is Barry-O couldve been spending his time more fruitfully and other than appearing on The View having a Beer Summit, Vacationing, playing golf and just in general destroying this Country.

Will Barry be a guest star on Jersey Shore? Maybe he should so snooki and “the situations” intelligence may rub off on him.

Barry, pack your bags brother. You are history.

Rebecca

September 30th, 2011
12:28 pm

Wow, no one has responded about the MESSAGE from the President? Simply critique the man because you can’t give him credit for trying to inspire students to achieve? What fear is driving you to hate a message about being a better person? He’s trying to inspire teenagers to stay in school, become lifelong learners, to respect their teacher’s and parents. Focus on the message – which is positive and purposeful and not worry about who delivers the message. Is there no one reading this blog that can look at the positive side of things?

Just Words

September 30th, 2011
12:41 pm

The president is a great speaker, but they are just words. As we start another school year, the reality remains the same…public schools cater to the lowest common denominator of education.

SouthGADawg

September 30th, 2011
12:46 pm

Well, the Jersey Shore kids and Mr. Obama do share one thing in common: they are completely devoid of substance.

President Obama is nothing more than a blow-hard politician who gives a good speech and will say anything to get elected. Personally, I find it amazing that educated individuals like Maureen can’t see through him. Sigh…only in America.

JohnsCreek Mom

September 30th, 2011
12:49 pm

@Rebecca: I can look at the positive side, but it is so hard to read so much negativity regarding our president’s message. Even before the message was published, the audacity of the various school districts taking the cowardly position of saying that the message should be shared at home with families instead of at school, is just so short-sighted. At what point in our history did we get so arrogant and smug that we can’t consider the president’s message educational, informative, and a part of current events? Have we ever denied a sitting president that level of disrespect before? Regardless of your politics, a president choosing to address students during the school day should not ever be denied. Period!

RJ

September 30th, 2011
1:02 pm

@Smith Parent, can you blame him? If I had the money, I would NEVER enroll mine in one either. The obsession with test scores has ruined our public schools. As much as I want to believe in them, the decisions that are being made are hurting our children.

Car Salesman

September 30th, 2011
1:26 pm

I watched his speech and promptly sold three units.
Cha-ching.

k teacher

September 30th, 2011
1:29 pm

Another case in point … when does parental accountability start?? Teachers can’t under everything they do, don’t do, or allow.

Dr. Proud Black Man

September 30th, 2011
1:30 pm

Is anyone really surprised?

the prof

September 30th, 2011
1:51 pm

@Dr. Blow – Obama 2012!
@ Psuedo Dr. PBM – Argosy…..hahahahahaha

Maureen contradicts herself yet again

September 30th, 2011
1:59 pm

“OK, I thought, your kids can’t hear Obama talk about the power of education but they can watch a crass TV show that venerates drinking, carousing and ignorance.”

Maureen says this, but still maintains the teacher is the single most important factor in a child’s academic life. Not AN important factor, not a VERY important factor; no Maureen maintains that it is THE most important factor.

Did they not have logic classes is Jersey?

Dr. John Trotter

September 30th, 2011
2:04 pm

I voted for President Obama in 2008. I may or may not vote for him in 2012. I am just not sure at this point. But, he was indeed elected by the People of the United States of America. He is not a dictator who assumed office via a military junta. Whether someone agrees with the President or not, I think that at least a modicum of respect is due to the person who holds the Office of the President. I think to show such vitriol and disrespect is to show disrespect to the Office of the President. If a person doesn’t agree with the President, then he or she or I can vote for another person in 2012. This is how our country works. It is a marvelous set-up. The Miracle of Democracy. Strong disagreement? Fine. Hatred and vitriol? Never.

November 6, 2012

September 30th, 2011
2:13 pm

@Reality

September 30th, 2011
11:17 am

The woman you spoke to on the sports field is the typical ignorant republican in Georgia. And, this is why I am moving out of this backwards State asap.

I will be more than glad to pay your way…….bus, train, plane, automobile, whatever……let me know. Thanks!!!!!

BTW, the two best things about New Jersey are the North and South “Leaving New Jersey Signs”.

Have to Change My Name to Comment

September 30th, 2011
2:14 pm

Have a non-profit, and heaven forbid I be political.

For some people, there is NOTHING Obama could do that would sit well. NOTHING. He is an inspirational speaker, and I guarantee that there was a kid in the audience (or many kids, watching TV or sitting in the high school) who heard him and was inspired.

Maybe, someday, if enough people keep saying how important education is loud enough, enough people will stand up and DEMAND that our public schools improve.

Maybe parents will turn off the TV and realize that maybe their kids should actually read a book, go outside and play or finish their homework.

Maybe, if the President keeps making it a priority to have a speech directed to the students of the country, whatever President, whatever party, maybe students will get inspired.

Maybe if we stopped coddling our kids, let them struggle, insist they try their hardest, practice the respect they feel they deserve from the world, maybe education has a chance.

I applaud the speech. Maybe it helped.

MD

September 30th, 2011
2:15 pm

Maureen, just look at the title of this entry. Jersey Shore? Come on. Tell me you don’t have an agenda.

November 6, 2012

September 30th, 2011
2:18 pm

SouthGA Dawg……I don’t care much for your Football Team; however, your remark is right on the money

AlreadySheared

September 30th, 2011
2:20 pm

Maureen,
You’re confusing someone clueless enough to watch, OR let her kids watch “Jersey Shore” with those who have had it with Obama, are counting the days until the end of his term, and have no interest in helping him use the “bully pulpit” that is his office to enhance his national standing in any way.

I think you have to go all the way back to the end of Jimmy Carter’s presidency to match peoples’ disdain for this clueless, feckless president.

Honestly, this is not much of an ‘education’ topic.

Helpful

September 30th, 2011
2:39 pm

@Reality; Can I help you pack?

carla roqs

September 30th, 2011
2:42 pm

today is prob the first day i have read certain blogs and the dreaded r word has not shown up. people are bashing others just because they can and because they deserve it. loving it.

carla roqs

September 30th, 2011
2:43 pm

@Dr NO / Mr Sunshine ,September 30th, 2011, 12:07 pm___ hilarious!! may i come?

jt

September 30th, 2011
2:48 pm

Regardless of the message, I would not want anyone from the Costa Nostra or the VacaLoca addressing my children.
Ditto anyone from more violent gangs like the Federal Government.
.
I feel sorry for school children everywhere that had to be subjected to this.

bhorsoft

September 30th, 2011
3:11 pm

Heard some commentary the other day (I think it was on NPR) where some college professor in Oklahoma is planning to offer a summer college level class on Jersey Shore. The commentator then asked what kids in China are learning. He answered Math.

Just another sign of the decendency of American culture at the ascendency of overseas cultures.

DW

September 30th, 2011
3:11 pm

I DONT RECALL THIS BEING AN ISSUE UNTIL A BLACK GUY WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT

bhorsoft

September 30th, 2011
3:12 pm

Oops, descendancy. Even I rely too much on a spell checker..

mum

September 30th, 2011
3:16 pm

@smithparent, many people would send their kids to private school if they could afford to, even though they already pay property taxes for public school. Anyway, it’s a double-edged sword, if his kids went to public school it would either be the most safe place to be or the most dangerous given the nutcases out there.

Ryneberg

September 30th, 2011
3:17 pm

Dr. John, we are not a democracy. You’re welcome for the civics lesson.

Brian30101

September 30th, 2011
3:20 pm

It’s not the message, it’s the messenger, Obama has created such divisiveness in this country, nobody trusts him to give a non-partisan speech at the appropriate times. He can’t not slip something into every telepromted speech he reads that isn’t self serving.

Aquagirl

September 30th, 2011
3:25 pm

Obama has created such divisiveness in this country, nobody trusts him to give a non-partisan speech at the appropriate times.

“I hate and mistrust the president, therefore he must be scheming even when he clearly isn’t.”

I think Jersey Shore would be a step up in logic for some of y’all.

joe

September 30th, 2011
3:28 pm

With the damage our POTUS is currently doing to our freedoms, capitalistic system and American way of life, I wouldn’t let my kids listen to him either…nor would I allow them to watch Shore. Both are great illustrations of what is wrong with our country. Obama does deliver nice eloquent speeches, but his policies are enough for me to keep him out of range of our kids (and no libs, it has nothing to do with the color of his skin, so stuff that race argument where the sun don’t shine.). Go Herman Go!!

Reality

September 30th, 2011
3:29 pm

For those of you wanting to help me pack or throw a party….

I would expect nothing less of a response from the ignorant right wing idiots here in GA. Rather than consider any other aspect or side to an issue, you tighten your closed mind even more. Rather than welcome another’s perspective, you are happy to part ways.

No shock here!

And that is why GA is backwards. That is why GA is last in recovering from the recession (highest in lost jobs and unemployment). That is why GA will continue in its poor shape – you idiots continue to vote for these incompetent republicans. Yet, in the same breathe you look for any democrat to blame – Obama is just an easy target for you. But you would NEVER self-analyze that maybe, JUST MAYBE, your beliefs are WRONG!!!!

And, to ensure that your backwards thinking is “okay” you tune in to FOX news to make yourself feel better about yourself.

Pitiful. Just pitiful.

ali

September 30th, 2011
3:29 pm

At the end of the day, people in this RED state are upset that Obama is President and no matter what he says or does will never be good enough because their candidate did not win in 2008. Obama’s administration has rid the world of more high-value terrorist targets than Bush – where’s the credit? Oh, that’s right – you can’t give it because you can’t see past your hatred! A speech about education has become political fodder – no big surprise there…but I am surprised by the blatant disrespect shown towards the Office of the President. You don’t have to respect the person, but respect his position!!

Byte Me

September 30th, 2011
3:33 pm

I will be more than glad to pay your way…….bus, train, plane, automobile, whatever……let me know. Thanks!!!!!

What a he-man! Making a monentary offer with no name or phone number behind it. You stud!! You sure one-upped him, huh? Called him out and offered him money but no clear way to find you for the money. Takes a big man to make an offer like that.

Byte Me

September 30th, 2011
3:34 pm

That is why GA is last in recovering from the recession (highest in lost jobs and unemployment).

The fools will blame it on Obama instead of themselves or the politicians they elected who haven’t done squat to help.

SNL

September 30th, 2011
3:34 pm

@have to change my name to comment: Great comment!
@DW: my thoughts exactly.

Did anyone actually READ what he said?? He didn’t say anything “political”, he wasn’t trying to gain votes, nor was it a campaign speech. It was a back to school speech; nothing more nothing less. If you don’t agree with the President in regards to decisions he has made while in office, that’s your business, but how does that translate into not wanting to hear him give students encouragement to do their best while in school. Clearly someone needs to say something, because based on what I encounter each day, some parents aren’t saying enough to their children.

That Kid's Mom

September 30th, 2011
3:36 pm

My company is moving from Atlanta to Toronto! Hallelujah! And out of the 400 people who worked here, 216 are choosing to move. Wanna know
WHY were happy? Because people in Atlanta SUCK. Your attitude sucks. The city is crappy. In just about every conversation about politics, transportation, education… heck, even trash pickup in Atlanta is a segway to racist hullabaloo. The white people are bitter and angry because the people they want to hold down are fighting back. The black people are defensive and angry because the people who are trying to hold them down are holding them accountable for their own actions. The Hispanics are kicked around and angry because those that are here illegally are making it tough for them all. And the Asians are taking advantage of it all and leading the way.

My last day in this country is November 4th. Instead of throwing a party, use that money to buy a clue. Later jerks.

joe

September 30th, 2011
3:39 pm

“people in this RED state are upset that Obama is President and no matter what he says or does will never be good enough because their candidate did not win in 2008″

Wrong. We are not upset he was elected President. When he got elected, I was proud our country could elect an AA to the office and I hoped he could do some good, but other than Bin Laden (props to him for that), he has made things worse…we are upset with his never ending bailouts, entitlement spending, tripling the annual national debt escalation in only two years, ramming healthcare down our throats with no way to pay for it, doing zilch about illegal immigration, 9+ unemployment, guaranteed loans to solar panel manufacturers only to have them declare bankruptcy a few weeks later, etc etc etc. He is so far in over his head that its spinning. He’s worse than Jimmy Carter. If you need a job, you best vote for the GOP candidate, no matter who it is, cause we won’t survive 4 more years the way things are now. It you don’t vote GOP for you, do it for your kids as they are the ones who will end up paying the price for all his spending.

Have a nice day…

Crybabies Stay Home

September 30th, 2011
3:40 pm

It’s interesting that Obama and Jersey Shore came up in the same article since the guy who is going to beat the pants off Obama in the next election is the current governor of New Jersey. Go Chris Christie!