Do you care if your kids hear Obama’s speech at school?

I got a call on Thursday from a mom friend who was in full outrage. She’s making her plans to keep her kids out of school on Tuesday so they are not forced to listen to President Obama’s planned podcast to school children about education.

She was told by her school she could send in a letter stating that she didn’t want her kids to participate and they wouldn’t have to listen. But she’s afraid of reprisals within the school system. Also one of her children has an African-American teacher who she is afraid of offending.

So she’s planning to keep them home sick and no one will know exactly why.  Although she’s hoping one-half of public school children won’t show and that will send a message.

If you have no idea what my friend is talking about here’s the background on the story:

According to the Department of Education:

“At 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), September 8, 2009, President Barack Obama will deliver a national address to the students of America. (Please note that this is a change from the originally scheduled time.) During this special address, the president will speak directly to the nation’s children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school. The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.”

“The U.S. Department of Education invites students of all ages, teachers, and administrators to participate in this historic moment by watching the president deliver the address, which will be broadcast live on the White House Web site (http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/) and on C-SPAN at 12:00 p.m., ET. We also encourage educators to use this moment to help students get focused and inspired to begin the new academic year. The Department of Education offers educators a menu of classroom activities-created by its teachers-in-residence, the Teaching Ambassador Fellows-to help engage students in the address and stimulate classroom discussions about the importance of education.”

I’m not sure why the Department of Education is calling it historic, when according to The Dallas Morning News President George H.W. Bush gave a speech to school children during one of his terms. (Maybe they mean the technology?)

But as Jay Bookman explained yesterday folks are upset about this:

But as the Christian Science Monitor points out, the right is all aflutter:

“Schools have used students as little lobbyists on everything from illegal immigration to gay marriage to anti-war activism, and most recently, [c]ensus collection,” (Michelle) Malkin wrote. “Will Obama be able to resist issuing a call to youth arms to marshal help in passing his legislative agenda?”

Meanwhile, the conservative radio host Dana Loesch has launched a campaign urging parents to keep their children home on the day of Obama’s speech. In an email urging against the “Socialist Indoctrination of Americas children,” [sic] Loesch explains that Americans must not “mind our Ps and Qs and blindly follow their directives”:

“That’s not the manner of governance upon which this country was founded – it is quite the opposite; even the hobbyist Constitutional aficionado appreciates this. So yes, keep your kids home on September 8th and teach them that the power of America rests in the hands of its people, no one else.”

My girlfriend hadn’t heard that cry to keep kids out of school. She thought she came up with it herself.

What do you think: Is there questionable intent by President Obama or just a pep talk at the beginning of the school year? Will you keep your kids out of school? Will you ask that your child not participate? Do you fear reprisals at that school or if that note is put in your child’s permanent record?

The speech will be shown on the link at Noon on Tuesday.

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Dean Pahl

September 4th, 2009
7:42 am

I don not like a single thing this president is doing, But if he were to just tell the students that they need to stay in school and make the best of what it has to offer,well that would probably be alright. But knowing his past, and the other speeches he has given, he will ramble on about how to change America, that were he goes over the line.

JJ

September 4th, 2009
7:44 am

She is afraid of offending a teacher? My child comes first. I don’t care who gets offended. If my child were still in high school, I would tell her to plug her ipod in while he is trying to make little socialists out of our children.

This is the first time in my life I have been totally against our President. He lacks experience, leadership, and has done nothing other than appease our enemies, and try to make us a socialist nation. This “Health care reform” is a crock of DODO!!!!

You don’t need to reform health care, and have the government in charge. You need to make Health Care AFFORDABLE!!!! Having insurance should be a CHOICE, not a LAW. I’ll choose if I want to pay for insurance. If I don’t then that’s my problem. But I shouldn’t have a gun held to my head so I can go broke paying for insurance.

Insurance companies are legalized scams. You pay and pay and pay, then when you make a claim, they either don’t pay, or that’s not covered, then your rates go up. THAT should be illegal.

Saheed

September 4th, 2009
7:56 am

I came to the US from a country run by a dictator and his henchmen. It was not always that way, it came about rather slowly. This speech by Obama is just the type of coercion and indoctrination that children in communist/theocratic/dictatorial lands are exposed to. It is designed to work into their minds the authority and power of one man…remember all the Saddam posters and statues in Baghdad, the statues of Lenin/Stalin in Moscow and the worship of Mao in China? This is how that gets started and should be seen for what it is; “training” and “indoctrination” of children. Very frightening to anyone who has seen it before.

DB

September 4th, 2009
7:56 am

It doesn’t apply to me anymore — I doubt they will be broadcasting this in the classrooms at universities! However, it wouldn’t bother me. I didn’t vote for Obama, but he IS the President of my country, and as such, he has my best wishes for success.

If he wants to talk to schoolchildren — fine. However, I don’t think too many of them are going to appreciate having their lunch interrupted on the East Coast — I don’t know how much of an impression he’s going to make on hungry kids! I’d rather my children HEAR what he has to say and then have a chance to DISCUSS it with them and talk about what Obama is trying to do and why I agree or disagree with his actions.

Civilized people listen to other’s views, whether or not they disagree with them. Listening never killed anyone.

JATL

September 4th, 2009
8:02 am

Good lord people! I’ve never seen so many with so little to do other than be up in arms over a speech from the FREAKING PRESIDENT!!!!! I seriously doubt anyone would have had anything to say about a speech from Truman, Nixon or Reagan. Personally I wouldn’t have had a fit if that moron who was in office the last 8 years delivered a speech to my children, even though it would have made little sense. He’s the President of the United States. Shouldn’t kids hear the President of the country? You can tell your kids anything you want about him, his presidency or his policies, but refusing to let them hear a speech he gives is denying them participation in the political processes of this country. I guess it would be a real shame for our kids to get really interested in politics. Remember, they can form and have opinions too, and you can mold them in many directions, so use this as a learning tool.

Andrea

September 4th, 2009
8:06 am

I would not have a problem with the kids hearing the speech. I remember when the school played Reagan’s speech to kids during the school day. The school made it a positive experience (in my opinion). They encouraged kids to bring their lunches and they had the sack lunch swap before the speech started. Parents were welcome to attend. Afterwards, the teacher discussed the message of staying in school and gave the kids the opportunity to anonomously write down things that would keep them from having a productive day at school. Parents were then sent the list home so they could discuss the concerns the students raised.

I don’t have a problem with any politician encouraging kids to stay in school. I don’t have a problem with listening to a view point different from mine. As long as I can discuss with my child why I may or may not agree with the point of view, I am okay with it.

I guess I don’t get it. He isn’t the first president to address school children via closed circuit TV so I am not sure I understand what the issue is now.

Virginia

September 4th, 2009
8:07 am

As a parent and an educator, this controversy flies all over me. Good, bad or indifferent, Mr. Obama is our President, and our children/our students should be taught to respect the office if not the man. The fact that President Obama wants to give the students of America a pep talk is admirable. The speech text will be available for review on-line, and many school systems are giving parents the opportunity to opt out. To the parents who are planning to keep their children out of school Tuesday, sending your children to school with a note opting out will show your children that you value school attendance. Keeping them home will show them that you value making an empty political gesture.

Kathy

September 4th, 2009
8:07 am

Little E is not school aged yet, but if she were I would want to watch this at home with her, or view it before watching it with her, and then discuss it as a family (like DB). I would be uncomfortable with her watching it without knowing exactly what his agenda is. I agree with Dean Pahl…..you just never know how he is going to veer off during his speeches. I have some friends who are pulling their children from school on Tuesday. One of my teacher friends said that they are taping the speech and will show it on Wednesday, to avoid the conflict with lunch when it will be broadcast on Tuesday.

Saheed

September 4th, 2009
8:09 am

JATL – this is not just a speech, there are pre-made lesson plans to go with it. Check for yourself at the Dept. of Ed site. The lesson plans are designed to get the children to think about how they can move Obabas agenda forward. They were at first more overt, but have now been toned down some. Just reading the ones, especially for the little children, sends chills up my back. This is not about him saying “Hey kids, do good and stay in school” this is all about working inside their heads to establish his position and authority. Read them, please and see for yourself. Example – “Why is it important that we listen to elected officials like the President?”. Don’t you see, this is a not so subtle way of getting kids to think they live under his authority, not him under theirs as citizens!

deidre_NC

September 4th, 2009
8:09 am

maybe im just slow..but whats the big deal? kids hear what their parents say..what their friends sy-the president isnt the only one who will form their opinions..im just not sure what is wrong with htis that has so many people in an uproar…someone please enlighten me…ill read when i get home this evening..maybe someone will help me understand???

Astounded by the ignorance

September 4th, 2009
8:13 am

I have no plans to keep my child from school on Tuesday. This is so disgusting on the parts of parents who claim to be teaching kids tolerance and respect for other people ideas even if they disagree. We are sending a bad message to children that we don’t have room for people who think differently. When you’re kids go to college are you going to protect them from sharing ideas? This the president of the US (like it or not) put your political motives aside and think for once. Talk about being indoctrinated the talk show hosts and republican party leaders are the ones indoctrinating you folks and you’re too BLIND to see it. One more thing, socialism is what many on the right complain about the president; ask yourselves why are you’re kids in public school? Pay for private school if you don’t want socialisms….

Black Girl

September 4th, 2009
8:14 am

“Also one of her children has an African-American teacher who she is afraid of offending.”

That statement is far more offensive than sending in a letter. Although Obama is supposedly our first African American president, I would beg to differ. He’s only African American by his looks, not his make up. Furthermore, the assumption is that every black person in America voted for him, and it was because he is “black” that they did so. I’m sorry, but this is ridiculous. We have a president that wants to encourage children to stay in school and everyone is AFRAID of what might happen! Where am I?

@JJ if this is the first time that you have been totally against a president, you must’ve been asleep while Bush was in office. Also, you stated that we don’t need healthcare reform, yet you end your statement by condemning the practices of healthcare companies. Do you even know what you want?

This speech isn’t about healthcare reform or training kids to become socialists. It’s about keeping kids in school and teaching them to value their education.

I swear that you are the same people that wanted Harry Potter out of school libraries! Just nuts!

RJ

September 4th, 2009
8:19 am

I am excited that Obama will be speaking. I work in a low income school where education is not highly valued. I welcome President Obama’s speech and my students will listen to it. I won’t be using the lesson plans, but we will have a discussion. As a matter of fact, if Rush Limbaugh wanted to come and encourage them to stay in school I would welcome him with open arms! You guys need to come into a public school and see what we’re dealing with.

motherjanegoose

September 4th, 2009
8:22 am

@ Virginia, and where are they going to keep all the children who get sent to school but opt out of the speech…maybe they could all go to the playground….hahaha!

I am off to work but will check in later….

JATL

September 4th, 2009
8:26 am

Hey Saheed -checked on any real schools lately? I would be SHOCKED if any teacher deviated fromthe lesson plans he/she already has in place because they’re a little too busy trying to “teach the test” for all the standardized testing and control all the discipline problems in their classes. It may surprise you to know that teachers have very little lee-way in what they teach in their classes these days. The lesson plans are not a mandate, they’re a suggestion and put forth as a learning tool. No one has to use them, and I doubt many will. IF you have kids you’re concerned will be studying according to these lesson plans, do something radical and speak to your child’s teacher!

I also want to say that if Theresa’s friend or anyone else is all freaked out about offending a teacher because he or she is black and they disagree with Obama, then they need to check themselves. Guess what -not every black person voted for him! Also, you have a right to disagree, and if you treat your child’s teacher differently because they’re black, then you may have some racial issues yourself. If the teacher gets huffy or has a problem, then you have great reason to go to the principal or even the school board because personal politics and beliefs are NOT allowed to cloud behavior toward students no matter what. Trust me, I had to walk out of my classroom and take very deep breaths when the OJ Simpson verdict came in because of all the celebrating over his “getting off” -not that they even thought he was innocent -that was going on.

And one of the other posters is correct -not the first time a pres has addressed school children, so what’s the big deal now?

motherjanegoose

September 4th, 2009
8:28 am

OOOPS…I forgot to share this. I saw a poster with this in a school yesterday..not verbatim but I Thought it was great:

LET YOUR EFFORT RISE ABOVE YOUR EXCUSES….

perhaps Obama will share this important concept….ROFL.

Bill Hodge

September 4th, 2009
8:32 am

The right is grasping for straws on this one. President Obama is the leader of this country and I believe he holds the interest of the middle class much closer to his heart than did the “Bush Gang”, and thats all they were…Thugs and thieves. You’re just upset because the “American Cash Machine” has changed hands and you and your groupies can’t steal from us with the voracity you have become accustomed to in the past.

This is a “pep talk” and nothing more, but all you “Palin Freaks” will twist anything you can to make the man look bad. All of you out there complaining about the content of the speech…He wouldn’t have to make a speech addressing these issues if you parents would do your job. YOU don’t seem to be able to muster interest within your child to succeed, but you take offense if someone else tries. No wonder this country is in such a troubled state. An intelligent person would listen, then judge, but you are pre-judging based on ignorance. Grow up!

Black Girl

September 4th, 2009
8:34 am

I get so annoyed when my entry doesn’t appear! Ugh!

In a nutshell, I find it insane that some of you are speaking of the President’s “agenda” when he speaks to the kids. And Theresa, your friend’s comment about offending the teacher because he is black is what’s offensive! It is an assumption that every black person in America voted for Obama, and it was done because he is black. And for the record, he’s bi-racial (no matter how he looks to white America!). You can’t change biology.

@JJ you should seriously consider re-reading your post. The last two paragraphs made no sense. No reform, but the current healthcare companies suck?! They can’t be forced to lower their rates, so what do you suggest?

I doubt many of you have even read the healthcare reform bill, you just don’t like President Obama. Okay, that’s fine. But to want to stop him from encouraging kids to stay in school and value their education is ludicrous!!!!

And as I stated in my missing post, you are probably the same people that wanted Harry Potter taken out of libraries! Simply nuts!

erk

September 4th, 2009
8:35 am

Sad, sad, sad. It’s just unbelievable that our President can’t make a speech to our kids about personal responsibility, getting good grades, and staying in school without being accused of being the spawn of the Devil. Well, I guess if you believe that creationism is science, global warming is a hoax, and Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11, then it isn’t a stretch to believe that Barack is a Marxist/Socialist/Fascist/Commie thug.

Joseph

September 4th, 2009
8:36 am

Obama puts people like Van Jones into power – can you trust him to talk to your children? Not a chance…

Black Girl

September 4th, 2009
8:38 am

@Bill Hodge, couldn’t have said it better myself!

keith

September 4th, 2009
8:42 am

only the conservative republicans are upset. I don’t see and understand why they are upset?
May be they play politics or they are racists. Honest truth is that American kids are getting behind, way behind, because most of the problems are their (not so smart) parents or another words, the parents are too lazy to look after their kids. it is easy to blame their problems on somone else instead of to blame themselve. Listening to the president speech is a good thing. If their kids are dumb, regardless they listens to the president or not… they are still dumb.
I don’t like socialism either. I am 100% behind any republicans, democrats and anyone else who want to get rid of social security and medicare. Social security and medicare are run by the goverment which many people don’t like because it is socialism. Get rid of social security and medicare are good thing because we probably will pay less taxes. yay!!!!

Wow, JATL.....

September 4th, 2009
8:45 am

…is fired up today – but she/he showed his/her true agenda via the comment “if that moron who was in office the last 8 years delivered a speech to my children” – nothing like being for someone, and against someone, while trying to get a point across.

I tend to agree with Saheed, though he does sound somewhat like Neal Boortz (not, as Seinfeld would say, that there is anything wrong with that). Though I may not go as far as he does in comparing this initial foray into speaking TO the school children by comparing Obama to Mao, Saddam, and Lenin/Stalin (though Stalin is Obama’s hero) he is correct that “This is how that gets started and should be seen for what it is; “training” and “indoctrination” of children”.

However, while the Prezbo may try to deviate from what he says he will say, I doubt the public will stand for a significant deviation IF he gets too far off the original intent. Only time will tell!

And, as DB says, “listening never killed anyone”.

RachelM

September 4th, 2009
8:46 am

This manufactured controversy by the right wing shock jocks makes the Republican party look nutty and petty to moderates and independents like me. This is doing no service for the Republican party. Rightwing shock jocks seem to have hijacked the Republican party and the mainstream debates. These kinds of debates raised by the shock jocks just turn people like me off to the Republican party. The party has truly lost its way. Mainstreaming nutty and crazy debates just further marginalizzes the Republican party. I am truly embarassed by the party and the power of the extreme elements of the party. It was obvious to anyone with half a brain that Obama’s speech was as advertised to talk about the importance of staying in school. This is a good goal. And that the proposed lesson plan that asked school children what they could do to further his agenda was his agenda to get kids to stay in school and work hard. Manufacturing a controversy over this makes Republicans look insane and petty. Wake up Republicans! You are doing yourself no service by seeming petty and small. There are plenty of real issues to talk about and hyperbolic cries of “Socialist Indoctrination” just makes the party look crazy.

Becky

September 4th, 2009
8:52 am

I didn’t vote for President Obama, but I do respect the title that he carries..My two little ones aren’t really old enough to understand all of what he will say..Will they listen to his speech, yes..They will be taught to respect the President of the United States..

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 4th, 2009
9:02 am

Black girl — I retrieved your comment — odd it pulled it as spam — it wasn;’t that long == usually the long ones get pulled.

SJ

September 4th, 2009
9:02 am

Let’s see. The president of the United States would like to talk with school children about the importance of staying in school. I can see how that would just be frightening to so many parents.

So, to show how morally superior these parents are, they are going to have their children lie about being sick, instead of at least having the courage of their convictions, no matter how silly those convictions may actually be. Yes, makes complete sense to me.

I am so disgusted by the idiotic political maneuvering in this country. What is wrong with people? Can no one just calmly assert their opinion on key issues? This applies to members of both political parties.

S

New Step Mom

September 4th, 2009
9:07 am

@JJ…could not have said it better myself!

Kam

September 4th, 2009
9:08 am

When did crazy become so mainstream and acceptable? These people who are keeping their kids home from school because they don’t want them to be encouraged to work hard in school are not mentally capable to raise a child. I think they’re afraid their kids will see the president doesn’t have horns. The last hope for republicans is to keep the American population uneducated. The stupid…it burns my brain.

Jessica

September 4th, 2009
9:08 am

If the President was simply delivering a nice motivational “stay in school” speech, I would be okay with that. He is the leader of our government and it’s a good thing for him to encourage students to succeed. Unfortunately, I think there is a political agenda behind it, especially considering the supplemental activites recommended to teachers.
Did any of you read 1984 when you were in school? Do you remember anything from your modern world history classes? One great way to stifle free speech is to indoctrinate children so that they are more loyal to the state than to their families. I’m not saying that’s what Obama wants to do, but we can’t allow him to move one millimeter in that direction. Freedom has to be carefully guarded.

Bill Hodge

September 4th, 2009
9:09 am

“Get rid of social security and medicare are good thing because we probably will pay less taxes. yay!!!!” -Keith

Well keith, when you’re old and learn that corporate corruption has stolen your retirement, (Enron for example), and there’s no SS for you to live on, and no health care is available to you because you voted out Medicare and of course, you can’t afford health insurance because YOU voted to allow them to continue with “business as usual”, and by then the premiums will be well out of reach of the average American won’t be able to afford a rider…much less a real health care policy., But don’t worry, by then you’re probably riddled with “pre existing” ailments and won’t be able to get coverage anyway… You’ll have no one to blame but yourself. I guess you would like to see the poor, the sick, and the old just die on the streets right?
I can’t tell you how much this kind of thinking offends me!!!

FCM

September 4th, 2009
9:10 am

My stance of not letting my child see Pres. Obama’s speech would not change my stance of encouraging them to read Harry Potter.

Sometimes picking out Fiction from Reality is easy!

jct

September 4th, 2009
9:14 am

The 8 years that Bush was President was a nightmare for me. I thought he was (heck still is) an idiot. However, he was the President. When he addressed school children, I didn’t keep our son home. I wanted my child to form his own thoughts. We would have lively discussions about policy, presidency, patriotism and the American way of life.

Theresa, your friend is an idiot. There is no nice way to say it. She is worried about offending a black teacher. You have got to be kidding me. What makes you think that teacher even voted for Obama. Black people have their own minds. We all don’t think alike. As a parent, she should use this as a learning opportunity in discussing the political process and why is it important to challenge our politicians when you don’t agree with legislation. She is wasting a valuable learning experience with her children.

JATL

September 4th, 2009
9:15 am

Wow, JATL -yep, HATED Bush, like Obama -so what, if you had read the rest you would have seen that I would certainly let my kids listen to a Bush speech. It’s important to be informed. AND, as a parent I can tell my kids that I think “whoever” is a moron and give the reasons why (just like these nuts freaking out about Obama’s speech can tell their kids they don’t like him and why). They may not agree with me, but if they never get the chance to listen themselves and form their own opinions they won’t know what THEY truly think. Of course I find that’s the case with most of the people I grew up with. They can’t actually tell you anything about Bush’s policies and platform OR Obama’s -not any actual facts. They just vote the way mom and dad do and don’t think about it. I will feel like I have failed if my kids are that way.I hope they grow up to agree with me politically, but I want them to be able to say WHY in their own words. If they disagree, that’s fine too -just don’t be a member of a herd.

And for the record, we need as many politicians, celebrities, sports stars and anyone else a kid may view as being an authority to urge them to rise above, stick it out and do something with themselves by first getting an education.

Hey Bil Hodge.....

September 4th, 2009
9:16 am

…you said “I can’t tell you how much this kind of thinking offends me!!!” I think you just did, and at the same time proved what a moron you really are!

Pam

September 4th, 2009
9:18 am

Who is paying for the all the teacher workbooks and student handouts for the this speech? Millions are being printed. If Obama wants to promote education that is fine, make it speech in the Evening so families can sit down together if they choose, there should be NO discussion of Obama, just education and staying in school. I’d rather see Dr. Ben Carson speak to our nation about the importance of education than Obama. Dr. Carson is a TRUE rags to riches American Dream story, he’d have MUCH more influence over the youth of America than Obama. Anytime someone wants to address your children when you are not present causes concern. The difference between Obama’s speech and the past presidents is that the others were well promoted and those presidents focused on ONE topic and none if it was about themselves. I do not trust the man at all. I contacted my children’s school principal and told her I did not want them to view the speech, the school is going to have a room where all the students that will not watch the speech can go. Something to ponder on… Obama seems to make some pretty quick decisions for our country without a whole lot of thought involved, but it took him over 6 months to decide what kind of dog to get….. That comment came from my 10 yr old.

Astounded still

September 4th, 2009
9:21 am

I didn’t know how big this has gotten until I started reading articles from other countries about this issue. US is becoming a laughingstock because we have shown that we are not getting along as we tried to potray when President Obama was first elected. I’m still shaking my head over this. We need to strive to be civil in our disagreements and be better role models for our children. Parents should use this opportunity as a teaching moment to discuss with their kids academic goals and see where and how they can help them achieve their goals. My daughter and I discuss every school year her goals and revisit the topic every quarter to mark her progress. College is always a part of her goal and I encourage her at every turn. The president speech could be the catalyst for discussions which I believe is the intended goal.

Pam

September 4th, 2009
9:22 am

If my kids did stay home from school Tuesday, I would write a note stating exactly why they were staying home. I would not lie. What’s funny about all of this, is all 3 of my kids don’t want their school day disrupted to listen to the president. All they know is he is giving a speech, they don’t even know about what, but to them a speech is boring and they would rather have their regular schedule than listen to someone give a speech.

YUKI

September 4th, 2009
9:23 am

I agree with Jessica. If it was just a “stay in school, work hard, kids!” speech, I would be fine with that. My child is not old enough for this but if he was I honestly cannot say I would be thrilled about this. A “manufactured controversy by rightwing shock jocks”? uh, yeah ok. Just because I would not want Obama being shoved down my kid’s throat does not make me crazy. You can have your opinions and I can have mine. I don’t think our president is doing a wonderful job and I think his whole “healthcare reform” is ridiculous. Sorry if you don’t agree. And I would not be surprised one bit if that child’s teacher held it against him/her for not being gung ho about the president. From the behavior I saw around election time, you never know how people are going to act.

Maria

September 4th, 2009
9:23 am

We have always had children listen to the President and their wives (Bush and Reagan especially – “Say no to drugs”)in the past, but suddenly America doesn’t want to hear President Obama. If parents are concerned about education, why wouldn’t they want a highly educated President to say “Stay in School” and “Education is important”? Keeping kids out of school? If you think this isn’t being motivated by RACE you are crazy!

Will

September 4th, 2009
9:24 am

This Obama speech for the kids has gotten way out of hand. He’s not the first president to do it and won’t be the last I assure you. It’s a speech, I swear some of you people think he’s trying to destroy our kids minds. I guess people are afraid now, the concept of actually talking to your kids bothers people. He might change his or hers views and question you about you’re own, yea who wants a child who thinks differently than their parents that’s crazy talk what is this country coming too,lol?

Take this chance to talk with you’re kids, maybe hear their views about the speech. How they feel about the speech, tell them how you felt about what Obama said. You never know you just might learn something.

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September 4th, 2009
9:26 am

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teeincsg

September 4th, 2009
9:27 am

I can’t believe the ignorance people are displaying.
If you don’t respect the man, at least respect the office.
I was no Bush, but I respected the office he represented. I listened to what the president had to say because in the end, it affected me in some way.

I doubt Obama is going to tell kids to become socialists, communists or whatever paranoid label people put on him these days.
As a parent, you have that right, but the message being sent by saying you’d pull your child out of school because of a podcast from the President of the US is showing a whole other issue about yourself.

Chris

September 4th, 2009
9:28 am

Given the fact that some African-Americans teenagers have accused each other of being ‘too white’ , of being ‘Oreos’, whenever they try to do well in school, doesn’t it make sense for a black president to encourage them – and all kids – to study hard and open up more opportunities for themselves? Those of you who see a commie behind every bush need to get a grip on reality. Your irrational paranoia is astounding!

DM

September 4th, 2009
9:28 am

Parents have a right to be upset. Obama expects privacy for his kids but has no problem violating the privacy of ours. This is an inappropriate use of his Office. Upset parents should call his children’s school (Sidwell Friends…3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 Tel: (202) 537-8100 Fax: (202) 537-8138)
to ask his kids to deliver a message to home… “don’t mess with our kids”

mjphilli

September 4th, 2009
9:32 am

Pretty much every one of us heard the President speak or write to us when we were in elementary school at one time or another. I don’t remember what the ‘agenda’ of that speech was. Get over it.

All these parents who don’t want their children to hear the President, do they actually subscribe to and get the AJC delivered? If so, how often? I’m tired of people who are told to complain about how ‘liberal’ the newspaper is and don’t even subscribe and yet the newspapers spend their time responding to complaints of those who I bet don’t pay for it. I do.

overit

September 4th, 2009
9:33 am

What’s funny to me is how teresa and her little white friends think because a teacher is African-American then she must be a democrat and, by extension, an Obama supporter. These women need to get out of the home-school-soccer-mall-home routine occasionally… geesh!

teeincsg

September 4th, 2009
9:35 am

DM — privacy? Really. if they are in a PUBLIC school, what privacy is being violated?
Messing with your kids? You’d bother his kids because you think he’s messing with your kids? Is your name Roger Stephens?
Inappropriate use of his Office? You’ve got to be kidding. He is not the first president nor the last to do such. I remember in the Reagan years while in school having to listen to the President.
Get a grip.

ZYX

September 4th, 2009
9:36 am

If he were WHITE would you let your kids listen?

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
9:36 am

I can’t stand our Presbo but, I am not going to keep my son out of school because of this speech. These kids need to be exposed to all sorts of things – good and bad. I will be sure to listen to what he “learned” from the speech and make corrective measures if necessary. We try to nuture free thinking in our household – that’s the corrective measures I’m talking about. Having the Presbo talk about staying in school and such is a fine. We’ll deal with the other issues – if there are any.