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.

Al for ATL

September 4th, 2009
9:37 am

Reagan did it when I was in school, so did Bush I. Don’t the wingnuts remember that? Why was it OK then and revolting now?

pj

September 4th, 2009
9:38 am

Let’s call a spade a spade. Pardon the pun. But this is clearly an exercise of Blatant Racism. There was no hoopla give When George Bush gave his speech to High School Students in 1991. There was no hell raised or debate given when Ronald Regan gave his speech to the Student of Northside High School about his Tax Reform. So why is so much drama given to President Obama? An address to help the kids understand the importance of education is now being frowned on? Is this for real? I searched for meaning and understanding to this uproar and there was none – the only thing facing me was the elephant in the room. “Racism” The only thing this country is still not ready to address, even with an African American President. Let call it what it really is, no matter what press or redress will ever be able to be fully explain to me or help me to understand why the President of the United States should be treated with such disrespect.

ARC

September 4th, 2009
9:38 am

I wish people would READ! It has been stated that there are “suggested” questions to ask in regards to the President’s speech. No one is being FORCED. Also, to keep your child out of school for this, what does that say? I think that it starts a negative trend early on and kids will think, oh, well, I don’t want to take my math test today, so I am going to stay home sick…Oh, I don’t like the substitute teach coming in today, so I am going to stay home. Give me a break.

Allow the children an opportunity to attend school, listen to the speech and discuss it with them. Teach them how to be independent thinkers so that they can make logical decisions over the course of their lives.

You’re pissed because President Obama wants to ENCOURAGE children to stay in school? And because you THINK that he has a political agenda? Someone put up a question that is supposedly slated to be asked, “What is the President trying to say to me?” OK, those types of questions spark discussions so that the children will have the opportunity to express their own opinions. Parents sometimes have discussions with their own children and send them off with, “I want you to think about what I’m trying to say to you.” Put it all in perspective and use this to teach your children respect and help them to understand what is going on in our world today.

David S

September 4th, 2009
9:39 am

The government schools are now and have since their inception over 150 years ago, been a tool for the dissemination of government propaganda. One need only look at how the history of the united states is presented to see that the lies fly fast and heavy when the government is in control of the minds of your kids.

To actually shocked to to have ignored every other socialist aspect of the government schools so that you could benefit from the theft that is perpetrated on your behalf for cheap subsidized “education” of your children.

If you want your children to actually be free of government propaganda, then turn off the TV, pull them out of the government brainwashing factories, and homeschool them like responsible parents should.

Expecting anything else but the horrible from government is naive.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
9:39 am

*mjphilli* The majority of this newspaper is LIBERAL – regardless of who is subscribing to it.

Peadawg

September 4th, 2009
9:40 am

ZYX, color has nothing to do w/ this you id10t.

Peadawg

September 4th, 2009
9:40 am

pj, read my comment as well ^^^^^^^

nuke

September 4th, 2009
9:42 am

I’m just watchin to see if he flies in on a F-16 waving a Mission Accomplished banner

Rich

September 4th, 2009
9:43 am

The problem is not that he is giving a speech about staying in school and now that is important. The problem is that instructions to teachers do not support the message that they say will be presented. One of the questions that the students are suppose to answer is How can I support the President? That does not relate to staying in school. The supporters will say “staying in school is the right answer to that question”, but that will be a lame attempt to cover for the DOE.

ARC

September 4th, 2009
9:43 am

DM…That is totally inappropriate to request that parents call the school and ask the President’s children to deliver a message. The privacy he asked for his kids is to leave them out of controversial convos and topics during the debates and that is fair. Children are not running for an office and should not be punished or vvictimized because they have parents in the spotlight. It’s just like actors and actresses who ask that their kids be left alone. They know that they are in the spotlight but want their kids to live a normal life. What’s the difference? None. Children should be off limits.

Rich

September 4th, 2009
9:44 am

The meadis and the left bashed Bush for it in 1991, what is different now?

Lee

September 4th, 2009
9:45 am

I don’t understand this country. What is wrong with the President telling kids to stay in school and stay focus for the forthcoming year. The left wing nuts are the ones that have some serious issues. President Obama and his wife, Michelle wants the best for our kids in this country. People wake up! We are last in education here. If he can reach 50 to 100 kids to make a difference, meaning stay in school and be positive, then his SPEECH was worth it.

The LEFT need to have a SOLUTION or SAY NOTHING!!!!! Be POSITIVE stop COMPLAINING do something to make a difference!!!!!!

SAR

September 4th, 2009
9:46 am

This is how the Third Reich started.

Anne

September 4th, 2009
9:46 am

Some of the comments made by those who do not believe that this is a big problem do not understand the circumstances. Obama is abusing his office to get what he wants and one way is getting the message through is through the children. Really if you think about it, isn’t this a similar tactic that Hitler used getting through the children to get to the parents? If I had children in school, I would certainly be afraid. Obama has a hidden agenda. That agenda is Health care and getting the thing passed. The kids are watching and listening to the President’s speech on television, in their own homes and with their parents in the same room with them which is appropriate. The President does not need to be giving speeches to school children and considering the age group, I seriously doubt they have an idea what is going on in the adult world. Boundaries are being crossed and I do not blame parents for being upset.

Rich

September 4th, 2009
9:47 am

Sorry: The media and the left bashed Bush for it in 1991, what is different now?

Boodles

September 4th, 2009
9:48 am

I say “no”. Adults can see throught the lies and indoctrination of this administration and make intelligent decisions about it – kids do not have that capacity yet until maybe they are in high school.

Sharon

September 4th, 2009
9:48 am

I think the kids should watch because receiving encouraging words from our President can only motivate those children that are not self-motivated or parental encouragement. To take your children out of school from a full day of learning for an event that will probably last 30 minutes, is, I believe, uncalled for. I would suggest that you ask your child’s principal to move your child to possibly the gym (where the telecast will most likely not be broadcast).

EW

September 4th, 2009
9:48 am

Yeah that’s right parents, don’t let your kids think for themselves. Shelter them from big bad BLACK OBAMA. I am far from a Democrat but these Right Wing Nut Job SAHM’s that watch Fox news and regurgitate this political nonsense make me sick to my stomach. So just bc OBAMA is giving a speech to kids for maybe 30 minutes out of the day you keep your kid home?? What about the rest of the day? Since when do these kids care about politics? Let them listen, maybe it will inspire them to be president, or maybe you can hide them from the real world forever…and they’ll grow up just like you; white, conservative, and afraid to hear any opinions that are different from your own.

Chris

September 4th, 2009
9:49 am

Paulding County is skirting the issue totally. This blogger has been asking them to follow their OWN policies and they won’t even do that! http://blogs.ajc.com/momania/2009/09/04/do-you-care-if-your-kids-hear-obamas-speech-at-school/

I don’t understand why they wouldn’t have a special School Board session or something. This is so unAmerican.

MomOf2Girls

September 4th, 2009
9:50 am

I don’t think the problem here is having our children listen to the President extol the virtues of education and responsibility. I think the problem is the ancillary message(s) that many are concerned he will deliver as well. The original postings by the Dept. of Ed. of materials that should accompany this speech included specific calls to serve the President (for those of you who don’t see a problems with this, keep in mind that the President (any U.S. president, not just Obama) is here to serve the People, not vice versa), as well as other items with concerning undertones.

My other issue with this speech is that, given past presentations of Obama’s, I have grave concerns as to whether he will stick with the apolitical message of education and responsibility, or if he will take this opportunity with a captive and impressionable audience to further his very left-wing agenda. Although we can discuss what has been said with our children later, the fact remains that most children are still easily swayed by the things people of authority say, and this will put many parents in the position of having to explain to their youngsters that the President’s ideas are not in sync with our beliefs. Yes, we can do that, but it will then diminish the authority of that office a bit in the eyes of our children.

Phil

September 4th, 2009
9:50 am

This is why the education system in America is so poor and will remain so. It is a plot to keep Americans from being able to think rationally; basically, to keep them as stupid as possible. Racism is a form of stupidity. That must be the reason why the Right would embrace a man who made “D’s” through his college years, probably because he was drunk for the entire time, a man who IS a draft dodger, as opposed to a man who is highly educated and wants to encourage American children to value education as he and his family obviously do. All this flap about a speech to children, but not a peep about an obviously unintelligent man coming up with “No Child Left Behind,” a program that has been the worst thing in the history of education. Where is the logic or reasoning in this type of flawed thinking? Oh yea, I forgot, all these nay-sayers went through the American educational system so they are incapable of of thinking rationally, or at all.

EW

September 4th, 2009
9:50 am

ANNE- you are likening Obama’s tactic to HITLER????

Melinda

September 4th, 2009
9:50 am

It unfortunately all boils down to this… If Obama was white, this would not even be a discussion.

Peadawg

September 4th, 2009
9:51 am

“big bad BLACK OBAMA”

Don’t you mean big bad HALF-BLACK HALF-WHITE OBAMA? Or do you forget his white heritage?

Regina

September 4th, 2009
9:51 am

I wish we could stop saying that is isn’t about race, because it is. We should be ashamed, are we really the same country that fought to end racism in South Africa, but cannot do grasp the same values in our own country? Our president should be a role model, regardless of color.

EW

September 4th, 2009
9:53 am

Anne- I feel ashamed for you and the bubble of ignorance you float around in. Yes Obama wants to pass a healthcare bill and his master plan is to do it by convincing all the kids under voting age to take over congress and pass the bill for him.

Peadawg

September 4th, 2009
9:53 am

“If Obama was white, this would not even be a discussion.”

LOL!!! Finally some id10t came out and said this!

\t should read “If Obama was not trying pass his reform bills through our kids and REALLY use this time to encourage kids to stay in school, this would not even be a discussion”

FORMER Obama Supporter

September 4th, 2009
9:54 am

Should kids use cocaine, too?

[ EXPLETIVE Deleted ] NO, they should not be listening to this jive-talking, nationalist socialist !

Wing nuts have lost it

September 4th, 2009
9:54 am

They have lost control and now they are pissed. Obama mean them no harm at all. Never before has this happen when a president talked to the kids. most are southern states. Is this the way It going to be from now on when people don’t like the president. we did not like Bush but we gave him respect because he was the president of all. Now the wing nuts see the people in the majority voted President Obama in to office and now they have lost it because most america don’t think like the Taliban wing nut of the GOP.
New Flash get use to it!! Thirty states are solid blue so you do the math. Hate; they say he was not born in the usa(wrong) is a socialist (wrong) and on and on you lost and you will keep loseing as long as you hurt the people . The GOP is the party of nations killer just look at what they do. Ever thing is no, they really want president Obama to fail even when it hurt them.
This shows they are hateful and clueless. A lot of them say they are God’s people what bible are you reading.
Must be the bible of Rush and hannity. hate is a evil thing when it is in the hearts of man. They do right by there own eyes and their hearts is corrupt. How will God bless America when ther is so much hate. It is all about color bank on it no more no less!!!

EW

September 4th, 2009
9:54 am

I know his heritage PEA, but I am going with the standing rule in this country that ANY % black = BLACK. Not my rule but it’s what the country sees. Fair or not that’s the way it is.

toolate

September 4th, 2009
9:55 am

This country is doomed and these dingbats are the reason why. They’re afraid of their own shadow. America has become the trembling timid afraid losers they have always accused others of being. One attack by scum sucking terrorists has turned the US into a nation that condones torture, covert spying on its own citizens, and trashing of the constitution. So long USA it was good while it lasted (except for the poor Indians and that slavery/Jim Crow thing) but like the Roman empire we’re done for.

Peadawg

September 4th, 2009
9:55 am

“I wish we could stop saying that is isn’t about race, because it is”

How can you call a white person racist for not supporting Obama, WHEN OBAMA IS HALF-WHITE. id10t

mjphilli

September 4th, 2009
9:56 am

I have no affiliation, friends, or family at this newspaper or any other. But I am just curious – before responding, please state if you have the newspaper delivered to your home or office and how often.

I am a 7 day subscriber.

Jeff in Roswell, you’re next.

Peadawg

September 4th, 2009
9:56 am

EW, who the heck’s rule is that? I’ve never heard that rule before.

Phil's A Fool

September 4th, 2009
9:57 am

Shut up, Phil – you are so misinformed it isn’t even funny – go ahead and spew all that left-wing rhetoric you get from the daily e-mail updates you receive from the DNC.

EW

September 4th, 2009
9:57 am

Well welcome back from the rock you’ve been living under! Nice to have you with us.

Regina

September 4th, 2009
9:59 am

I did not call a white person racist, is said that it is about race. A black person can be a racist. If our president was female – regardless of color, would we ban our children from watching? As women, I would hope not, but there will still be some anit-feminist that will say that she is just trying to brainwash our children. Be honest and say what it is!

MattH16

September 4th, 2009
10:00 am

I teach high school and think all of my studnets should hear and see this video from our great president. I plan on showing it whether my parents want me to or not.

JJ

September 4th, 2009
10:00 am

I’ll decide what my child is exposed to, not the president.

He’s trying to do what the churches do, and that’s suck in the little ones, before they have a chance to figure it out and then he will scare them into believe what he wants them to.

Again, I’ll decide what’s best for my child. And like Pam said, if he wants to talk to the kids about education, do it in the evenings, when we can sit down and listen to is as a family, then decide, as a family, what WE want to do.

But it’s up to me to keep my child in school.

And let’s quit playing the freaking race card. It’s getting so old!!!! White, black, mexican, I don’t care. Just keep your kids in school, off drugs and out of prison.

He’s basically trying to brain wash the little ones…..

nmac

September 4th, 2009
10:00 am

It’s amazing how you people hate on President Obama and loved up Bush who caused this mess we are in. I am so turned off by Georgia and how you treat Obama. But I’m not surprised. Saddened, but not surprised. You didn’t give him a chance, you never wanted him in the first place. So long USA … you’re right – I hope so long to what used to be the norm and hello to us embracing something new. It’s scary when the face of the white house doesn’t look like yours, isn’t it?

Phil

September 4th, 2009
10:01 am

Boodles, what makes you think these adults you speak of can raelly make intelligent decisions? Are these not the same adults who get all of their information from Fox News or Rush ‘the durg addict” Limbaugh? Are not these the same adults who probably don’t pick-up a newspaper to get information for themselves? And you and the rest of these so-called intelligent adults think it’s perfectly O.K. to keep kids out os school for an entire day because they don’t want their kids to hear a 30 minute speech? No wonder America is at the bottom of the educational ladder. We will never make it to the top of the ladder with this type of low thinking, completely devoid of critical thinking.

nmac

September 4th, 2009
10:01 am

I didn’t see anyone complaining when Bush Sr. or Reagan addressed children. Why is it such an issue that Obama wants to do the same thing?

EW

September 4th, 2009
10:03 am

JJ- Really? you think the president is brainwashing the children? What about the easter egg hunt at the white house? Are the eggs filled with liberal propoganda and mind control devices? Have some faith in yourself to raise kids that can think for themselves. You are doing more brainwashing than Obama could ever do. And the best and funniest part is…YOU DON’T EVEN REALIZE IT HAHAHAHA

SA

September 4th, 2009
10:04 am

I don’t recall anyone complaining when then VP Dan Quayle spoke at my high school. This whole argument is ridiculous.

MJ

September 4th, 2009
10:04 am

People, are you kidding me? Aren’t you the same group that would readily and vehemently call your fellow Americans unpatriotic and disrespectful if parents had done this during the Bush administration? What a double standard. Our culture is seriously screwed up if you can’t even see the benefit of the leader of our country reaching out to children encouraging them to take advantage of every educational opportunity in front of them in the upcoming year. Seriously, what is wrong with listening to anyone who encourages children to stay in school and do well? What this comes down to is, you don’t like the president, so you don’t think your kids should either. Wow, that’s a mature example you’re setting.

Sadly it seems we’ve become a culture of closed-minded, hand-wringers and if this continues it will certainly suffocate our progress as a society. President Obama wouldn’t be so stupid as to talk about anything other than the importance of education, but that being said, so what if he tried to explain what’s going on with THEIR government? Maybe kids would like to know a point of view other than the likely misinformed one they’re hearing at home? Why has it become so difficult to even consider listening to different points of view, let alone the TRUTH and maybe forming your OWN opinions or even changing your minds about important issues? Maybe you should listen to your kids and think about THEIR future. Their willingness to listen to opposing points of view and to change their position on a political issue or otherwise is a strength, not a weakness. Kids are smarter than you give them credit for. Your unwillingness to do the same or even LISTEN to the message as delivered from your leader (whether you voted for him or not) is YOUR weakness and is really, really sad, not to mention ignorant and self-defeating. You could and should, as parents, be the leaders in your own household and set the example that being informed, listening to all points of view, and then making a decision on where you stand after careful deliberation is the right thing to do.

WHAT?

September 4th, 2009
10:04 am

No Melinda. If Obama were not a socialist who surrounds himself with tax evading racist socialist punks this would not be a discussion. It makes no difference that he is mixed race what matters is his socialist agenda and people are starting to see him for what he is. What country is this?

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
10:05 am

*mjphilli* NO I AM NOT A SUBSCRIBER TO THE AJC. I once was, but no longer. We occasionaly pick up a paper at Publix, usually the Sunday Edition. Having the paper delivered to us everyday was a waste of money and paper. Most of the time it was thrown out unread. We found that we got what we needed from the net. SO WHAT IS YOUR POINT?

Pity

September 4th, 2009
10:06 am

Yes, my kids will be listening to Obama’s speech. They need to know that the president of our country takes education seriously, and he is not just signing laws (i.e. No Child Left Behind)that reduces their education to knowing how to fill in bubble sheets.

It really boggles my mind that President Obama has been met with so much opposition in his presidency–he hasn’t even completed a year yet. However, George W. Bush has had 8 years to show just how inexperienced, unintelligent, and uncaring he was. He rode on his father’s coat-tail and made about as much sense as a bag of chicken lips. He made himself look like a fool (and us) so many times that I’ve lost count.

Peadawg, if you can’t see that this racism, then you’re blinder than Stevie Wonder. George Bush could’ve said speeches everyday at 9:00 a.m, and nothing would’ve been said. In fact, Bush never touted education as a priority. He just signed a ridiculous law that will continue the deterioation of our children’s education.

EW

September 4th, 2009
10:07 am

MJ, well said.

JATL

September 4th, 2009
10:07 am

Pam -your comments speak VOLUMES.

Jeff in Roswell -right on with your first comment. See people, if more of us on opposing sides would at least consider the other’s view point once in awhile and encourage our children to do so, maybe we wouldn’t have so many Pam’s and Anne’s floating around!

Anne -was Ronald Reagan like Hitler too? He addressed school children as did many other presidents. Like those presidents, Obama is simply going to address staying in school, being prepared for school, and trying your best to get a good education and make something out of yourself. See, it’s ok. Take another pill and go stick your head back in the sand.

Debbie

September 4th, 2009
10:07 am

I understand why this Mom is keeping her children away from being required to listen to this dribble. Why would she want her children to be subjected to a President that wants to talk to the “no one fails, no one has to except responsibility for their actions” generation about working hard and working toward success. Oh the atrocity of it all! This is just another example of the scare tactics from the Republican sheep-like masses that refuse to let anything a Democrat proposes succeed. No matter how good and positive it is.

Peadawg

September 4th, 2009
10:07 am

“Why is it such an issue that Obama wants to do the same thing?”

Because of the underlining reasons that he is doing this speech. He’s trying to pass his agenda through our children, which isn’t right.

Phil

September 4th, 2009
10:08 am

To Phil’a A Fool: Guess I hit a nerve. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..

scott

September 4th, 2009
10:08 am

This is much ado about nothing. Some people are just going to oppose anything this President does not matter what. Hint – the election is over, your side lost, get over it and help the country, not tear it apart.

Both Presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan both gave speeches aimed specifically at students that were nationally televised. In 1989, Bush delivered a televised anti-drug speech, and Reagan’s 1986 commencement speech and Q&A session was “beamed over public television into 171 school districts,” according to the L.A. Times.

Somehow I do not remember the uproar and need for permission slips and parents talking about keeping their kids home from school, oh that’s right these were republican Presidents.

ATL06

September 4th, 2009
10:09 am

Wow I am more and more amazed everyday. The speech hasn’t even taken place yet but it has been bashed already. Anything that anybody can do to encourage kids to stay in school is a great idea to me. I will encourage my son to listen and discuss with him how he feels about what was said. People have different views on many different things not everyone will agree on everything but even if I don’t agree with you I will give you the respect that you deserve and hear what you have to say. Any parent who fears offending a teacher by pulling a child out of class during the speech is a rascist in my eyes. If there is something that I don’t want my child to participate I could give a damn how a teacher feels black or white.

marcus bales

September 4th, 2009
10:10 am

You don’t want your children to hear the President of the United States talking about the importance of education-my God!!! What is wrong with you people!!!

Just one more comment-it is obvious from the lack of proper grammar that many of you really don’t underwstand the importance of education and as the old song said,” We don’t need no education-hey, teachers, leave these kids alone!!

Sad for American-sadder for these children.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
10:11 am

Come on JJ. Brainwashing? You guys are sickening. Are you implying that you have absolutely no influence on your child? How many years away are most of these kids from voting? Obama will be long gone before then. Do you people actually think that your children are going to come home and INFLUENCE you on your political leaning? Are you going to change your ideas on your political views, just because Obama may or may not have told your children to support the current healthcare debate? COME ON! SNAP OUT OF IT! GET A HOLD OF YOURSELVES! Paranoia will Destroya.

Nabil

September 4th, 2009
10:12 am

I keep asking myself if people who object to a Presidential address are simple minded people easily manipulated by right wing shock-jocks and clergy or if they are just racists who object to a n****r talking to their children. I think it is the latter. Whether the White House releases the speech or not, it will still be delivered by a n***r. But then I think perhaps they are just lame brained, after all, so many right wing loonies must have inadequate medical care coverage and yet they oppose reform on the industry and on taxes. Hell, perhaps it is both, these people could be racist and stupid.

reservoirDAWG

September 4th, 2009
10:12 am

NO child should ever hear Obama. He stands for the wrong principles.

reservoirDAWG

September 4th, 2009
10:13 am

Nabil, you are brainwashed by the left liberal loonies. It is the LLL.

Boodles

September 4th, 2009
10:13 am

Phil, you’re right when you said – “what makes you think these adults you speak of can raelly (sic) make intelligent decisions?” You are correct that they can not make intelligent decisions – after all, more than half of them voted for Obama.

Phil

September 4th, 2009
10:14 am

“People have different views on many different things not everyone will agree on everything but even if I don’t agree with you I will give you the RESPECT that you deserve and hear what you have to say.”

What an awesome statement and wonderful thing to teach kids; RESPECT. I wonder is this the kinder and gentler nation that Bush, Sr. was speaking about? Somehow, I think not.

Peadawg

September 4th, 2009
10:14 am

“o many right wing loonies must have inadequate medical care coverage and yet they oppose reform on the industry and on taxes”

No it’s that most of us DO have health care and DON”T WANT TO PAY FOR YOURS AS WELL!!!

Phil

September 4th, 2009
10:16 am

Hey Boodles, I don’t think the aduls you were speaking of voted for President Obama (that is what he is and what his title is)

dee

September 4th, 2009
10:16 am

What is wrong with our society ? President Obama wants to talk to our children about staying in school, taking advantage of their education. What is wrong with that ? ABSOLUTLEY NOTHING ! What is really wrong, is the people that think something is wrong, with someone talking to their kids about staying in school. Unfortunatley, alot of people can not get past that the president is black. It comes down to racism. I have a 9 year old son who actually admires Prseident Obama. So if President Obama wants to send a message to him to stay in scool, he has my support. Thank You Obama, and God Bless you for trying.
Dee

EW

September 4th, 2009
10:16 am

Let’s be honest. This isn’t about the kids at all. As usual, the parents have made the debate about THEIR OWN beliefs. It doesn’t matter if Obama was giving a speech on how to be a Republican. Their would still be an “agenda”. (I can hear it now “oh he’s just using reverse psychology to make them really want to be a socialist”). Do you really, I mean honestly, think Obama is going to give a speech to the kids about Healthcare Reform? Half of the voting population doesn’t even understand the complexity of this issue. Get over yourselves and realize that their are positive role models out there for your kids, even if their beliefs aren’t exactly in line with your own.

Mom to 2

September 4th, 2009
10:16 am

I think it’s fine that the president speak to school children IF his message relates to encouraging them to work hard, take advantage of opportunities presented to them, stay in school, stay off drugs etc. I do NOT think it’s OK to press political issues with them. It’s entirely appropriate for him to talk about how he’s been so successful but it’s not appropriate to use children to influence parent’s political views.

EW

September 4th, 2009
10:17 am

damn **there would**

Ayn Rand Was Right

September 4th, 2009
10:17 am

jct and JATL…W (the dummy as you so eloquently call him) did not address your children in school, his daddy addressed school children in 1991. What were your children doing when you supposedly thought they were respectfully listening to the POTUS?

My ex-husband is Cuban…raised under the regime of Castro. He has been here nine years and still struggles not to blindly accept call to action from our leaders. Everyday he must consciously use his free will, because from birth he was indocterinated that everything was for the good of the country and you must do as you are told by the leader. If your family has a farm, you may go hungry, because this is not your food to eat, you must provide for others as the government sees fit. If you follow the rules and say what you are told to say, maybe the ruler will favor you and your family can eat well, if not…

Thankfully he shares his stories with our son, and so I trust he will never follow blindly for the good of anyone but himself and his family. If more people would take responsiblity for their families (extended and otherwise), less people would need the government machine to support them.

Regarding the expenses of insurance…I find it interesting that people will bankrupt themselves trying to pay insurance premiums in the case that catastrophe may happen. If you are paying more to an insurance company than you would pay to your doctors, you have been duped. Those that have company sponsored health care, look at how much of your paycheck is being taken each pay period to cover your insurance, and ask how big of a risk they are taking on you.

Outsider

September 4th, 2009
10:19 am

This is a shame. I hope the you all see that their is an agenda against this man. I didn’t vote for him but only a fool can’t see that their is an element out there that wants to discredit him and go against him on whatever he does whether its good or bad.. I am really ashamed to be an american right now. There is a time when things go to far and this is it people! He is the president of the United States. We know what’s really going on!!!!!

Jan Garner

September 4th, 2009
10:19 am

I can’t believe I’m reading such nonsense! For almost 30 years the Republican party has been in office 22 years, the Democrats 8 years. The Republican party has pretty well molded the American people to suit their agenda. Now their party is no longer in control, and they are doing everything to degrade our current president and bring the American people back to their ideology: Allow us to line our pockets with millions and millions of dollars and maybe we’ll throw you a scrap now and then. This is the President of the United States speaking to the school children of this country, not Hitler. Shame on any parent who would deprive their child of hearing the leader of our country. This parent is simply showing how incredibly ignorant she is. And unfortunately, the message she is sending to her child is one of non-tolerance, pre-judgment, and perhaps racism.

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
10:21 am

Ok, I haven’t read through all the posts yet, except JJ’s first. AMEN, sister!!!!!!!!! Enough said!

what's right for kids?

September 4th, 2009
10:21 am

He is, in fact, our president, and we, as a nation, must respect that. I find it horrifying that there is even a discussion about opting out for our kids. I want to show it now, just because of all of the hooplah! Maybe that’s th point; a little consiracy theory for you all.

Bosch

September 4th, 2009
10:22 am

HOLY CRAP!! OBAMA WANTS TO TALK TO KIDS ABOUT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILTY AND STAYING IN SCHOOL!!!

(That holy crap thing is a shout out to Mrs. G) –

Anywho – you people astound me who would actually keep your child home from school so as to not hear the President asking them to work hard and stay in school. Really, are you THAT paranoid – have you finally reached that point?

You claim to keep your child home due to your paranoia of indoctrination, when the sole act of doing so – you are actually participating in indoctrination.

Jean

September 4th, 2009
10:23 am

I’m amazed at the level of hate that is being exercised against this president. If it was a Republican President, i.e. Reagan or George H. W. Bush, making a speech encouraging students to stay in school and study harder, there would be no outcry. As a matter of fact there was no major outcry when they made speeches and Reagan’s speech included his political views, as as I see it the only difference is because President Obama is Black. Also, what’s up with the ugly name calling, he is not a Socalist nor is he a Nazi or a Marxist, as is recall when any one made fun of the immediate past president mispronounciation of words, the Republicans were offended. Also, I didn’t like Reagan or either of the Bushs, but I still gave them the respect they deserved as the President of the United States, why can’t you Christians, conservatives (Republicans) do the same. I’m ever reminded that this country is more prejudiced now that it ever was and that is very sad!

T.O.

September 4th, 2009
10:24 am

Toolate, you are so right! Your comments sums up everything!

Black Girl

September 4th, 2009
10:26 am

@JJ I’m really scared for your kids…you are indeed a loony one! It’s what churches do before kids can figure it out for themselves? Are you serious? I could go on, but it would be a waste. Wow! Scary!

YUKI

September 4th, 2009
10:26 am

Well my first post did not show up, but whatever.
I just want to say that all you people talking about everyone being up in arms about this only because the president is black (or half black) is total nonsense. We are up in arms because we don’t want our kids having to make a list of what they can do to “help the president” and crap like that. If he was only really encouraging kids to stay in school, get good grades, stay out of jail (good luck), etc…then OBVIOUSLY we would want this for our children. The point is, it’s more than that and you would have to be in idiot not to realize this.

Tin Foil Hats For Everyone!

September 4th, 2009
10:26 am

You also better keep your kids out of school that day because Obama’s going to personally visit each and every school and eat one child, selected at random. Then he’s going to infect the rest of them with Communism. And for good measure, he’ll kick any nearby dogs on his way out.

Kari

September 4th, 2009
10:26 am

My concern was to see the President’s script so that I would know what he was saying. I understand the White House Administration is planning to publish prior to the speech. I am interested in what the President would say to my children and I do want my children to understand the importance of the Office and be respectful of the man holding that Office. However, I am also very concerned about healthcare and the plan to nationalize it. Because the school speech happens to coincide with the health care speech later this week, let’s just say my radar was up and it sounds like I am not the only one. I was also concerned to see words like “wingnuts” and “conservative crazy” being thrown around by our newspapers around the country. I don’t like those any more than “left-wing nut jobs” or “bed-wetters”. When the names are being called, the rational thinking tends to disappear and my respect for anything they say also disappears.

Peadawg

September 4th, 2009
10:27 am

Jean, to me he is as much white as he is black. Race doesn’t matter.
“this country is more prejudiced now that it ever was and that is very sad!”
You’re the one who brought up race….look in the mirror.

LWA

September 4th, 2009
10:28 am

Wow! Lots of comments today and it is only 10:20am. I can’t read them all b/c I am afraid that I may have a differnt view of many people who otherwise offer great comments.

President Obama is the president of the United States of America. Like it or not.

I just don’t remember all of this flack about President Bush. I didn’t vote for him at all… as millions of others. I had issues with him but I respected him.

I would like to know what makes President Obama so different from President Bush?? Really, what is different?

Keep your children at home or send them to school. it is up to you but what message are you sending??

SS

September 4th, 2009
10:28 am

I don’t know about anyone else, but when the president came on when I was a kid (on all the channels we had at the time–no choice but to watch)–my eyes rolled back in my head and I was off to my happy place. We’re not talking about 30 minutes every day or kids being sent off to nazi youth corps for flip sake! It is one little speech they probably wouldn’t listen to even if he was in the room personally. What scares me is the Fox News crowd trying to make people think that we shouldn’t listen to both sides and have intelligent discussions. We live in a democracy–that means majority rule. He was elected (unlike our last president) by the clear majority of this country’s people. Can we not accept that this administration is what most of our country wants and respect that? There are plenty of checks and balances on the office to keep anyone from becoming a socialist dictator. And comparing any aspect of a motivational speech to Hitler smacks of racism and ignorance in the extreme. He is asking children to make their own personal goals and live the changes they would like to see for this country. That’s a far cry from the genocide of millions of people don’t you think??

Bosch

September 4th, 2009
10:28 am

Making assumptions about a speech that no one has heard – but HOLY CRAP!! – he might do this and he might do that. I’m so paranoid that he might say something I disagree with – AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHH!!! :roll:

extremerightwing

September 4th, 2009
10:28 am

maybe if the president would release his own educational transcripts so we can see how “smart” he really is i might go along with this. until he does…no way folks.

to be to most transparent president we’ve ever had, he sure is covering up a lot.

Boodles

September 4th, 2009
10:28 am

“I don’t think the aduls (sic) you were speaking of voted for President Obama” – how did you know which ‘aduls’ I was speaking of? I was making a general comment about ALL adults and ALL children – kids are not capable of sifting through the rhetoric of partisan politicians like B.O. as well as adults are. Sheesh, Phil – are you that dull?

pd

September 4th, 2009
10:29 am

Obama is the President of the United States of America. It is appropriate for him to address the children.

Unfortunately, too many adults are acting like children about this.

He is the President, accept it and move on.

christineb

September 4th, 2009
10:29 am

Wow!!! I am amazed by the number of ignorant comments that are on this site. When you send your child to school they are exposed to varied ideas all day long from their teachers as well as other students. Do you expect a permission slip for EVERY activity or adult who addresses your child? As a teacher, I would love for SOMEONE to finally take responsible for students learning because I’m sick and tired of students and parents blaming me for everything as they let their kids run willy nilly and spend hours playing video games. Ignore the fact that our children are facing obesity in growing numbers, falling further behind academically every year and cheating is running rampant with those electronic gadgets they HAVE to have. Ignore the number of suggestive ideas they are exposed to in commercials as they spend hour after hour watching television. For all active parents who are now offended- if you assume that all parents are indeed daily active in their child’s education, you are so sadly mistaken. It is unfortunate how many students come to school with parents who do not care about their children’s education. Did I mention I taught at a school where we have to BRIBE parents to come in for conferences by giving away turkeys in November and radios in the spring, paying their transportation fees AND offering babysitting for their kids?
Then there is the issue of the number of people who feel they are having an original thought when in actuality you have been brainwashed by the money hungry power grabbers from the past who are afraid of losing their control of their lowly minions. PLEASE, call it socialism if you want, I prefer to think of it as someone finally putting some controls in place to protect us bottom dwellers from the corruption that left us in this financial mess to begin with. Yeah, I guess you wouldn’t want some of that wealth to be redistributed; by all means keep pretending that the Bushy group wasn’t picking your pockets and focus on Obama wanting your child to do well in school. How dare he?

itamazesme

September 4th, 2009
10:30 am

Last time i checked KIDS CAN’T VOTE…So how is a speech that is “supposedly” going to be filled with issues other than education – going to affect a child. Is the child going to home and persuade their parents to think differently. Let’s think logically here. I hate when people play the race card but this issue is suspect. It really is.

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
10:31 am

I just hope the president sticks to the topics. I have no problem with him speaking about the importance of an education, attendence, etc. I do have a problem if he chooses to speak about health care reform.

I am a little skeptical of the president (and I thought about voting for him up until about 3 months before election). He spoke about getting rid of corrupt Washington. Who did he choose for a running mate, but someone who has been in Washington for decades. Reckon Joe has had his pockets lined? That choice alone told me that Obama is not interested in keeping his word.

Do I trust him anymore? Absolutely not. Anyone else see socialism looming? I hope your eyes are wide open.

pd

September 4th, 2009
10:31 am

I didn’t like George Bush. I was totally opposed to the war in Iraq. However, had he chosen to address the school kids, I wouldn’t protest it. I would view it as completely appropriate and be happy he did it.

JF McNamara

September 4th, 2009
10:31 am

This is just more proof that people are neither smart nor rational. When I was in school, we got a pep talk from Reagan, and I still have my physical fitness award. Other than working harder in school because the President said so, it didn’t have any affect at all on me. Bush did the same thing. It’s what Presidents do. They are supposed to be role models to our kids.

If you’re keeping your kids out of school because of this, be honest with yourself as to why you are doing it. You know that whatever he says likely won’t be controversial or have a great impact on your kids life. You’re doing it for reasons inside yourself that make you have extreme vitriol towards the President.

Hopefully, you are just a simpleton that listens to extremist talk shows but its likely something deeper…

MomOf2Girls

September 4th, 2009
10:32 am

The name calling and derogatory comments have gotten too much for me. I’m checking out now. Have a good weekend, everyone!

Nabil

September 4th, 2009
10:32 am

extremerightwing
Buddy, it is a speech to school kids. It is not a new tax policy. It seems odd that republicans and racists want to vet a school speech and had no problem with Bush spying on the nation and creating a Gitmo, half of whose inamates appear to be innocent.

Edward

September 4th, 2009
10:33 am

You republican thugs have become the enemy, you’re nothing but brainwashed terrorists no different than the religious nutcases in Iran or Pakistan or Afghanistan. YOU are what is wrong with this country, you manufacture a polarizing issue just to stir up crap. YOU are tearing this country apart with your bitter hatred and outright lies. YES YOU!

You people make me want to vomit, you are not patriotic Americans, you’re two-bit thugs.

Peadawg

September 4th, 2009
10:34 am

“Have a good weekend, everyone!”

You too! Go Dawgs!

ee

September 4th, 2009
10:34 am

i have a feeling that none of the people posting on here have any idea what socialism is. any government program that benefits society as a whole could be called socialist. if people are so afraid of BO’s ’socialist’ government I suggest that return their social security checks, their VA benefits, their medicare/medicaid benefits, take their kids out of our public (socialist) schools, stop driving on public (socialist) roads and stay away from our socialist national parks. don’t just drink the kool-aid fox news is giving you. research the issue and look at it objectively and you may just blush for being naive and manipulated by the so-called conservatives and their advertising driven media (that didn’t give a hoot about government spending or the state of this country while their man was in the white house)

this president has the potential to actually impact the way some of the poorest performing students view education. previous presidents did not have this potential. for the far-right to get up-and-arms and try to inject politics into this issue is absurd. it goes to show what thin ice they are on. let the man tell kids to study hard. after all, we have the poorest performing math and science students in the industrialized world.

Todd G - Dacula

September 4th, 2009
10:34 am

ABSOLUTELY…

I love Socialism

September 4th, 2009
10:34 am

Honestly I remember when Ron Reagan ‘indoctrinated’ me to “Just Say No”. What’s the diff between telling kids not to do drugs and to do well in school? If you are so against public healthcare, why place your children in public school…is the private option unaffordable? I assumed you backward thinking wackos would home school your children, and if you are this worried about The President brainwashing your children…it probably won’t work. You have probably already turned them into backward thinking bigots with your ‘educated worldview’. I disagreed with most things W did, but I had the honor as an American to respect what he had to say because he was voted in by my peers. Maybe you should learn what respect and honor mean before you decide to raise children.

Annie

September 4th, 2009
10:35 am

The truth is none of the kids who ‘listen’ to the speech will remember it 30 minutes later. They will all be bored and thinking ‘Yadda, Yadda,Yadda’ that sounds just like Mom and Dad, always going on about home work and school,’ They will be thinking that they hope it will be over quickly so they can go to recess and play.
How many adults today remember all the ’so important’ speeches we heard in school? Those speeches just went in one ear and out the other, youngsters think they have more important things to think about and do. Only adults worry about such unimportant stuff as politics.

Ladybirdvee

September 4th, 2009
10:35 am

I think this is a real shame when someone is being positive and you want to deny your child or children to hear the President of the United States speaking on doing your best in school. Do you realize that the United States is not #1 in the world for education due to some many children not even finish High School. How are we going to compete in the global market? Our country is becoming so divided and if we do not come together we will fail. We need to listen and read before we start forming opinions. Our country is duming down and being ignorant is becoming the norm.

Ray B

September 4th, 2009
10:35 am

One thing to tell kids to focus on education; quite another to send pre-speach “teacher guides” requiring teachers to ask students how Obama’s policies will positively impact their lives. Like everything from this socialist administration, brainwashing youth is perfectly acceptable. However, should we be surprised when we have an adminitration composed of far left radicals; for example, special advisor to the president, Van Jones, is a self-described communist, believes 9-11 was conducted by the U.S. Government, states that American companies purposely polute minority neighborhoods, etc, etc. This is lunacy. Should there be any doubt about allowing ANYONE in this adminstration to talk to our children? I think not, and it is the very reason I will NEVER allow my kids to step foot in a government school.

Bosch

September 4th, 2009
10:36 am

nurse&mother,

Why would Obama talk to school children about health reform? What on Earth could possibly make you think he would?

Do you really think that these kids would hear this on TV, remember it and then relate it to their parents?

Kids don’t care about politics – they mimic what they hear their parents say. It’s a speech to encourage them to stay in school – that’s it!

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
10:37 am

Edward – Please, two “wrongs” don’t make a “right”. What happened the last eight years? The same things go on when a Repub is in office – the only difference now is the tables are turned.

Jessica

September 4th, 2009
10:37 am

I think it’s absurd to assume that parents are opposed to Obama’s agenda because of race. I think the people who are saying that mostly fall into two categories.
The first group is the misguided people who really believe that there are millions of racists out there who will do anything to keep minorities from getting ahead. They are wrong. There are still isolated pockets of racists here and there (I’ve met a few), but most white Americans, even the conservative ones, believe in equal opportunity. This is 2009, not 1959. Slavery is gone, Jim Crow laws are gone and segregation is gone. Stop looking back and move forward.
The second group is those who throw out accusations of racism to avoid really THINKING about the issues at hand, or to prevent others from doing so. It’s very convenient to slap a “racist” label on people who disagree with you and not consider their point of view.

Nabil

September 4th, 2009
10:38 am

Edward
You got it wrong Ed. These are simple minded, god fearing people. They are easily manipulated. This cast exists in every country. Every politician knows how to manipulate them. How do wars start? The last war was universally supported, except for the very few congresspeople. And what was that based on? Smoke and mirrors. Most Democrats supported it also. It is easy to manipulate.

leigh

September 4th, 2009
10:38 am

the problem i have with the whole thing is that there’s a real good chance he’s going to deviate from what’s been provided as his intended speech. how many times has he had to take back or re-state comments. luckily for me i have high school kids who will thankfully tune him out. They get enough encouragement from me to make good grades, stay in school, go to college etc. i don’t need the president to help me with my parenting.

Gwen

September 4th, 2009
10:39 am

I think it is wonderful that the President of the United States of America wants to speak to our children. It is absolutely ridiculous for parents to take their kids out of school because they do not want the President to speak to their kids. I wonder how many would take their kids out if George Bush was speaking? Probably none because the majority that want to take them out are angry, miserable, Rebublicans. He is the President people … stop being so unpatriotic.

Phil

September 4th, 2009
10:40 am

But Boodles, whom ever you were speaking of, it appears that these same folks, probably unlike yourself, are not able to sift through the Republican nonsense. If only you could learn to think clearly and havea rational discussion without all of the negativity and hatefulness. Remember Bush 1, “kinder & gentler.” Even Bush 1 recognized the need for civility.

Warrior Woman

September 4th, 2009
10:41 am

The speech is not historic. It’s been done before and will be done again. The likely content will include things that my family does not support. That’s OK, because we’ll discuss it together and decide what’s good and bad about it. The real problem was with the suggested assignments to go with the speech. They included finding ways to support the president’s agenda, which assumes all students do and should support his agenda. The president’s speech should be limited to encouragement to stay in school, work hard, and perform to the best of your abilities.

ee

September 4th, 2009
10:41 am

the man understands education, and the ‘teacher guides’ were not policy driven and have been rewritten to help address some of the concerns people had raised. the teaching materials are meant to give the teacher talking points for discussion. even before they were rewritten no policy issues were included.

curious

September 4th, 2009
10:42 am

Bottom line: There was no controversy when President Bush gave speeches to schoolchildren nationwide (twice). But now that the President is a Democrat, yup, it’s a controversy. That, kids, is the definition of “hypocrisy.” A great vocabulary word for Tuesday.

Claudia Castro

September 4th, 2009
10:42 am

Below, please find my communication to the Forsyth County School System regarding their decision not to show President Obama’s Live Education Address to our students:

I am writing to you this morning after reading in the AJC that Forsyth County will not be showing President Obama’s Back-to-School address on Tuesday. 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.

Forsyth County stands out in the metro area as one of the few, if not the only one, not showing it. What could possibly be wrong with a young, vibrant President using current-day technology, to individually challenge our students to do the right things when it comes to their education?

Please know that I will be allowing my 2 honor students to watch this address on Tuesday evening, teaching them not only about the importance of a good education, but also the importance of civility, honor and respect for the office of the Presidency, the highest public servant in our country.

Sign me “Disappointed mom”.

Claudia Castro

Ray B

September 4th, 2009
10:43 am

People, look at the composition of this administration; the radical 60’s leftists are now in control. All their smoke and mirrors cannot hide the fact that they are patently anti-American, believe the government should be the sole provider of all services, and that individual freedom is a bad thing (with the acception of abortion, of course). Oblama says we can keep our private health care? Right. Private healthcare will no longer exist once it is driven out by the government subsidized public option. Single payer system for all within 5 years. Complete solcialism within ten. What happened to the American spirit where government was distrusted and individuals solved their own problems? When did we become a nation full of whining children sitting with our hands out waiting for big-daddy government to solve our every need? Twenty trillion dollar deficit, economy owned by China, mortgaging the future, brainwashing our children to bcome Obamatrons; where does it end?

Phil

September 4th, 2009
10:44 am

And for you folks who talk about how you encourage your own kids and you don’t need the president to do that for you, NEWS FLASH, you do not live in this country or world alone. Any child can benefit from encouragement, even if they get encourage from home. Stop being so selfish and think about someone elses child for a change. Thinking about someone other than yourself won’t cost you a dime if that’s what you’re concerned about.

Dawn

September 4th, 2009
10:44 am

If our president wasn’t still campaigning and hadn’t given 111 speeches to date (in less than 7 months), we might be comfortable with the speech. However, he has not read the healthcare bill and keeps insisting that things that are not in the bill when, according to most analysts including those considered “liberal,” such things are in the bill as losing your current insurance after one year (it must be purchased from the exchange according to HR3200, the exchange plans being dictated by the government) and tax rate increases for EVERYONE (but tax rebates for those making under 40K).
Understanding this, and researching the people he is choosing to advise him–Holdren, who wrote a book about his beliefs that we should put sterilants in food and drinking water because there are too many people on the planet, Van Jones who is a self-avowed ex-con and communist who is seeking out reparations (his words), and Ezekiel Emanuel, helping to WRITE the healthcare bill saying that those between the ages of 15 and 40 are the most productive in society so we should reserve the best healthcare for them and we shouldn’t treat those with diseases such as alzheimer’s because they won’t get better…can you see why the general public is wary of what message the president will try and send our children?
The lesson plans do ask “what you can do for your president” NOT what you can do for your FELLOW MAN or your country. It is another indicator of the propaganda and the elevated status the president has been given and posturing for. That is why the commercial by ashton kutcher and demi moore is so horrifying when they say, “I pledge to be a servant to my president” (exact words).
The president is OUR employee, we are not his servants.

So in light of the president’s first 6+ months in office:
1. pushing through a stimulus package we cannot afford and yet the unemployment rate still goes up
2. cars for clunkers which still has not been paid out to the dealerships
3. cap and trade (which has failed in the European Nation, increased emissions by 5% and bankrupting companies, sending jobs to China) which passed the house because Obama made some deals with some of the representatives by calling them directly and putting pressure on them and offering pork
4. his incessant push to pass a healthcare bill he has not read but keeps stressing what IS or IS NOT in it
5.Organizing For America, which started out as a campaign site, now being used to organize people to pass his agenda using massive DNC dollars to out-campaign “normal” folks

***6. His statement that he would create a civilian army stronger than even our military****
Obama’s words: “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
How do you create such an army? Start with the children. Ask Mao or Hitler. If you’re offended by the references to ruthless dictators, then do your history research and tell me how this is untrue.

So, yes, we are not happy with the address. The curriculum that accompanies it offensive, as if we should drop everything and make pledges to our president. Read the book 1984, it’s eery. I firmly believe we should support our children in education. But most of our education is broken. Public schools were started to create “good citizens” out of our youth. In the words of my old high school, printed on the walls presently, their mission is to make “productive world citizens.”

Some parents, like myself, have higher aspirations to help make our children into leaders capable of critical thinking based on the facts, not on emotions. Children are very impressionable and have a desire to please. Teachers bring their own opinions to the table. If you don’t believe there is pressure in school to agree with the president, or global warming, or reparations, or redistribution, you are wrong, evidenced in the cases around the country of bullying of children during the presidential race who believed a different candidate was better than Obama but being harrassed by a teacher because of it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDEAYgm0Dv8

But I digress. I could go on. Many of us do not trust the President, do not like the content of his character or the character of the people who advise him, and are wary of the president’s OWN WORDS about his agenda and thus, we don’t want it in the schools.

PS I didn’t like Bush either. Though he kept us safe for 8 years, I didn’t like his policies.

christineb

September 4th, 2009
10:44 am

There is this redundant focus on the “suggested” teacher guides. What is the complaint? Oh no, it ENCOURAGES students to think for themselves and ask questions. It encourages civic duty. God forbid.

Sarah Palin 2012

September 4th, 2009
10:46 am

1) 9/11
2) The Holocaust
3) Unemployment
4) Michael Jackson’s death
5) Slavery
6) Transformers 2
7)The mortgage meltdown
8) Abortions at Highschools
9) Complete government control of Healthcare
10) Gas prices

These are all things that can be blamed on Obama, and you want this monster talking to your kids?

Ray B

September 4th, 2009
10:46 am

Claudia Castro…you have every right to show your children, in the evening, whatever propaganda you choose. However, you (nor the “president”) have any right to force said propaganda upon my children. Forsyth County should be appluaded for supporting freedom and rejecting indoctrination.

just say no

September 4th, 2009
10:47 am

I can gaurantee you my children will not watch one minute of this garbage.

Ray B

September 4th, 2009
10:47 am

christineb…the “teacher guides” do much more then that:
1. How can you, as a student, help the president?
2. How will the president’s policies positively impact your lives?

ETC. What is the complaint? Open your eyes dear.

Trey

September 4th, 2009
10:48 am

I guess Forsyth County has already thrown out all of the books that seem to worldly for them. No Harry Potter for the kids in Forsyth.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
10:49 am

Ray B – Telling children to work hard in school and be the best that they can be is propaganda?

Lay off the weed, dude.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
10:50 am

Ray, it’s called discussion.

SeaAtl

September 4th, 2009
10:50 am

Every President does this. Each hypocrite threatening to keep their ignorant child out of school sat through a televised speech by a President while he or she was in school. George W, Clinton, George HW, Reagan, Carter….all of them did this. The phony “outcry” has been caused by zealots such as Hannity, Limbaugh, Coulter, etc. and their sheep are following. Sad state of affairs in this country that I spent six years defending – you all should be ashamed of yourselves, but are to ignorant to know so.

Wayne

September 4th, 2009
10:50 am

Reagan did a similar speech to school childrenin which he spoke about his political agenda of cutting taxes, both Bushes gave speeches to the nation’s school children. You rightwing nutcases just can’t accept that the majority of American voters elected a liberal black man as president and booted many conservatives out of Congress last year. Get over it and accept your losses like an adult.

Trey

September 4th, 2009
10:52 am

What is this propaganda you people keep talking about? Have any of you actually read and know what the president is going to say? Or are you all mind-readers.

Ray B

September 4th, 2009
10:53 am

Jeff in Roswell…much like the healthcare bill that few supporters have read, take a look at the “teacher guides”….the questions being asked ARE propaganda….much like asking a student “what can you do to help the polar bears suffering from global warming.” Doesn’t sound bad on the surface, but the question presumes that everyone agrees that there is aproblem with global warming and puts students in a position to support “green” causes without question. Obama’s poll numbers are down, his health care takeover is on life support, and he is desperate…what better place to go to round up support; impressionable children.

ee

September 4th, 2009
10:53 am

of course republicans don’t want their kids to hear a speech about the importance of education… the might learn some critical thinking skills and challenge their parents’ political beliefs. the people opposed to this will look ridiculous when the speech takes place. fox-news and the right-wing media will drop the subject because the proof will be in the pudding. BO ain’t dumb, he’s got a better education than most most of us. I doubt the final product will contain anything remotely political. then the liberal media gets their turn to rub it in the faces of the people that are over-reacting about this.

ladibuzz

September 4th, 2009
10:53 am

Get a grip, what is wrong with you people. Our President would like to talk to our kids about education, and you simply a@@ have something to say about that. You would have a problem with anything he does. Why don’t you just leave, leave the United States, dumb a@@. I’m so sick of every time our President have something to say, there is always some one with something negative to say about it. LEAVE, LEAVE…..

Ray B

September 4th, 2009
10:53 am

Trey….read the teacher guides…nuff said.

Doc Al

September 4th, 2009
10:54 am

Look, a puppy!

Ray B

September 4th, 2009
10:54 am

ladibuss….oh, and the Dems never had anything bad to say about President Bush. Oh right, I forgot, the left thinks that we have no right to question ANYTHING from this president.

Nabil

September 4th, 2009
10:55 am

Ray B

Why did you put the quotation marks on the word president?
Do you doubt Obama is President?
Ok, at least now I understand what planet you live on.

Ray B

September 4th, 2009
10:56 am

Wayne…remember to remind yourself that when all the socialist Dems are voted out next year….with the way their poll numbers are dropping, it is inevitable.

Ray B

September 4th, 2009
10:56 am

Nabil…paranoid?

Trey

September 4th, 2009
10:56 am

I’m all for Van Jones errr, Jeremiah Wright no that’s not it..Barack Obama that’s it…
I’m all for them, I mean him, speaking.
We can decide what’s good for our children.
You knucklehead politicians don’t change, regardless of how many three to four syllable phrases you get the masses to repeat.
Tax the rich, hope and change..
Just get out of the way and let people do.

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Rob

September 4th, 2009
10:57 am

So, Bush or any other president in history has spoken with kids before. But NEVER has there been a debate as to if a president speaking to kids was a good idea. Closet RACISTS… And the person who wrote this article is a RACIST or a Steppin’ Fetchit…. Capable of “coonery and buffoonery”

Nabil

September 4th, 2009
10:57 am

Yes.
Reading the objections by republicans to the Obama speech has made me exceedingly so.

MaureenN

September 4th, 2009
11:00 am

If you keep your kids home on September 8th, you are not teaching them that the power of America rests in the hands of its people, no one else – you are teaching them that they have no power, that ignorance is bliss, that they have no voice, that their opinions don’t count, that they should hide from their responsibility to listen, learn, engage in dialog & be a part of the process that is our American government.

If your family values & beliefs don’t agree with those of the president, then teach your children to respectfully disagree & work towards the change that you want for the country. And, you can’t respectfully disagree with something that you don’t take the time to understand, listen to, learn about.

A Parent that Cares of All Children

September 4th, 2009
11:01 am

There are children not getting education, dropping out of school, bulling students, and can’t read or write. The PRESIDENT of United States with a Harvard eduction is taking the time to ASK your children to work hard in school and to embrace education so they can get ahead, and all you parents can see is a socialist. Stupid, ignorant parents, you will take you students out of school because of a word of wisdom. What will stay in school and work hard in school do to your children? Oh because a black man with the highest job in the world is going to explain it to them. Most you parents have not given a care in the world what you children do, as long as you made the almighty buck, and never spent a time of day of even knowing your children’s teachers. United States is filled with ignorant, and closed minded parents that everyday create United States MONSTERS. Wake up and grow up at least someone is taking to time to speak to our future children that are ditching school.

SeaAtl

September 4th, 2009
11:02 am

It is relevant whether or not you all like or agree with our current President – that is a completely separate issue. Hannity, Limbaugh, and Coulter have got you sheep confusing the issues. The President is addressing school children on a non-political topic, just has his predecessors have and his successors will. Too many of you are blinded by emotion rather than using reason (which, for those of you silly people coming out of the woodwork to quote Ayn Rand when you likely never heard of her before now, is what Ms Rand was most passionate about – the use of REASON).

stop black racism

September 4th, 2009
11:03 am

So much for the blatant lie about Obama being the first “post racial” president. Ever since the vile racist rants of Rev J Wright surfaced Hussein Obama has been the willing poster boy supporting and enabling black racists. Anyone who legitimately opposes Obama is robotically called a “racist”. Obama never ever tells his (congressional), and not always black liberal minions to stop doing this. Obama sullenly said not ONE WORD about Wright’s virulent racism for **TWENTY YEARS** , not until the media highlighted the kind of place he chose to attend and pay tithes to. Van Jones, Obama’s self confessed commie, anti-capitalist (not at all a joke) “green jobs Czar” glibly talks about “white polluters sending poison to black communities”. NOTHING from Obama about this appalling appointment that he deliberately circumvented senate vetting on. Obama instantly and aggressively “sides” with a black racist at Harvard who abuses a perfectly polite and diligent police officer who was simply trying to make sure his property was safe late at night. NO Apology from Obama. Thuggish Black Panthers caught on camera threatening voters with a weapon and racially abusing whites at a polling station in PA suddenly have their slam dunk prosecution dropped. Obama is an appalling “role model” for kids. His anti-white track record is despicable. The rest of his extremist policies are now being systematically exposed. Which is why his Zogby approval is already down to just 42%. Keep him away from the kids. This creepy, left wing fascist propaganda is outrageous.

Nabil

September 4th, 2009
11:03 am

A Parent that Cares of All Children

No, No, No!!!
They see a BLACK socialist!

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
11:03 am

Ray – Yes, if my child comes home and tells me the polar bear is dying because of global warming – I will politely tell him that just because Barack Obama and his teacher say it’s so, doesn’t neccesarily mean it’s true. Then we discuss the differing views and move on from there. That’s what parenting is. Children MUST be exposed to differing views.

Maturin

September 4th, 2009
11:03 am

All this controversy is doing is giving our children an early introduction to partisan political thinking. SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN, PLEASE!

malika

September 4th, 2009
11:03 am

i grew up during the 1980’s and although my parents didn’t care too much for reagan, they certainly wouldn’t have kept me and my sisters out of school to avoid listening to a pep talk about education.
i wish you hicks would just own up to the fact that you don’t like that a Black man is in office and that’s all this boils down to. its not about socialism, its not about healthcare, and its not about unemployment. ever since he was running, racist morons have clung to whatever ignorant rumor they heard to reaffirm how evil the big Black guy was. i even heard one white woman tell a reporter that she was afraid that Obama was going to enslave all of the white people if elected.
you idiots allowed george bush 8 long years to destroy the nation, yet within 100 days you were poopooing EVERYTHING Obama does and says. some of you morons even had the nerve to look for stupid things to say, like complaining about a first lady wearing sleeveless shirt or wearing shorts on vacation in arizona in the summer!
until you people are man and woman enough to own up to your racist fears, we as a nation will continue to suffer.

It's really pretty simple.....

September 4th, 2009
11:04 am

…to all you who keep bringing up “but Reagan and Bush did it, too” – what does something that was done 18 – 23 years ago have to do with today, but I digress.

Both Reagan and Bush were espousing “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, which just happen to be the American way and the principles upon which the U.S. of A. were founded. Obama is espousing doctrine most closely associated with Marxism, principles upon which this country is diametrically oppposed – but which, with his continued ideologies, are being pushed upon us even though we, as a nation, have continued to push back against as a matter of principle – see, healthcare reform attempt as exhibit A.

That is why we are fearful of our children hearing and being brainwashed as the beginning of what others have pointed out as the Mao and Stalin way to political incapacitation!

Don't_Be_Stupid

September 4th, 2009
11:05 am

Angry about Obama’s planned speech about striving for academic success? Fine, yank your kids out of school for the day, and let them continue to wallow in ignorance and mediocrity. Thiry or 40 years from now, when you look back on that day, if you’ve gotten any smarts by then, you’ll wag you head in shame at the remembrance.

Nabil

September 4th, 2009
11:06 am

Jeff in Roswell

What sources do you give your kids on the subject of global warming? Have you done any research? Is it enough to believe what politicians and clergy say?

There is no hope. I think I will go back to Afghanistan. The Taliban is more enlightened!

YUKI

September 4th, 2009
11:06 am

ok, I’m laughing and I just had to respond to LADIBUZZ….”everytime our President have something to say”…..it’s HAS something to say. You want everyone who doesn’t bow down to him to leave the country. Please get an education and learn correct grammer before you try to go off. It’s laughable.

Greg

September 4th, 2009
11:07 am

I find it hilarious. You want to keep your children home from *public* school because they might hear something *socialist*?!? And the President wants to give a message about *staying in school*, yet you prefer to take your children *out of school* so they don’t hear it?!? Did Bush remove all the intelligence in his party when he was running things?

Outsider

September 4th, 2009
11:08 am

This shows you that the hatred goes beyond politics!!

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
11:08 am

Brainwashing doesn’t happen from one, two or even three episodes – so give the brainwashing thing a rest. Parenting your child combats brainwashing. Try it sometime.

Steve

September 4th, 2009
11:08 am

So encouraging children to stay in school, study hard, and work to make the most of your God-given abilities is a socialist agenda??? That’s funny, because I’m a capitalist and that sounds like capitalism to me. You would think that Georgia, with one of the highest dropout rates in the nation, would welcome anyone who encourages students to stay in school. Georgia looks more and more like a two-bit, third world country every day. Shame, shame, shame.

Lynn

September 4th, 2009
11:08 am

I cant believe the racist,right wing ignorancee that is happening right now. First of all do you really think a president will talk to children about healthcare? Second do you think he is that ignorant to try and push his thoughts on healthcare through children. People use your heads. What will you say when in fact you find out he is just talking to kids about how important education is to their future? What will you be saying. This is retaliation from the right for not winning the WHite House but why should they. FOr the last 8 years we have kept the most ignorant illiterate person in office and supported him and even asked our kids to support the ignorance. For the comments about living in a communist country and brainwashing get a grip. Your television, mobile phones, internet and games have already done that. I am so tired of non-educated people having an ignorant opinion. Go back to school yourselves and get a real education!!!!

Ray B

September 4th, 2009
11:09 am

Here are two of the books students are supposed to read prior to the speech.
http://www.puma08.com/2009/09/02/sept-8th-here-are-two-of-the-books-on-obama-your-kids-are-expected-to-read/

No propaganda here!!! LOL, you ignorant masses.

A Parent that Cares of All Children

September 4th, 2009
11:10 am

Every president spoke to children, but this time this president is educated and black. You are scared of this educated black man, now PRESIDENT, showing your children, that everyone can have a good education if they work HARD and want something in life. Stop teaching your kids hate and jealousy. Teach them anything in life is possible, even respect for others and never judging a book by its color or creed.

Boodles

September 4th, 2009
11:10 am

YUKI – LADIBUZZ might just think of the president as a plural (you know, like the emperors of yore and the Pope) – after all, he is probably infallible in her eyes. But, you are probably right – she is likely just ignorant of the rules of grammer.

SeaAtl

September 4th, 2009
11:10 am

The real brainwashing occurs when you nuts are tuned in to Hannity, Limbaugh, and Coulter – the three ring leaders of this contrived “controversy”.

haha

September 4th, 2009
11:10 am

MALIKA U are the truth and nothing else needs to be said!

Virginia

September 4th, 2009
11:11 am

Tin Foil Hats For Everyone: I was catching up on the nastiness and tripped over your entry. Thanks for the image–President Obama by way of Deborah Harry!

MJG: My school groups and re-groups for differentiated teaching, why not for politics? I promise you that no one is getting extra recess out of this–for one thing, it’s still too darn hot outside.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
11:11 am

Nabil, no it is not enough to believe what politicians and clergy say. As parents, you can’t give all the definitive answers to your children, but you can discuss the differing views and when more information comes at a later date, you revisit the subject.

haha

September 4th, 2009
11:13 am

Enter your comments here

Tony

September 4th, 2009
11:13 am

Wow the right wing, get crazier every time Obama does something, Reagan Talked to schoold kids to sell tax cut to the rich, Obama want just to tell the kids stay in school, then there is outrage, get a life!

Joe Douglas

September 4th, 2009
11:14 am

I think we should place huge posters of our president in all public areas and government schools – kinda like those Sadam Hussan had in Iraq and those in Syria, Oh – and those in China.

Reality

September 4th, 2009
11:15 am

I am very sad to hear of the reactions to this. What parent in their right mind would ever prevent their child from listening to the President of the US? You don’t have to agree with that particular President’s policies, with their religon, with their race, or whatever. The simple fact is that a President is the President, period, and you are denying your child a learning opportunity.

Isolation is never a good thing. Staying informed about all things from all sides is a good thing.

In the end, you must trust that a citizen is informed enough to make the right decision.

Trey

September 4th, 2009
11:15 am

O.k., how many Treys are posting? Check out the writing to distinguish.

knoxgrad

September 4th, 2009
11:16 am

Oh for Pete’s sake. The conspiracy theories are completely out of control. Whether you approve of everything Obama does or not, he is the president and worthy of some respect. (I believe that Bush supporters said EXACTLY this to Bush’s critics during his term.) A president speaking about school to school children is not an outrageous action. Quit assuming that exposing your children to different points of view will poison them. Perhaps it will educate them and teach people to listen to every side of an issue!

leigh

September 4th, 2009
11:16 am

funny, the “first” kids have never attended public school, maybe they should go to hear daddy speak, might expose them to real america. on second thought probably not a good idea.

Ken Hilton

September 4th, 2009
11:17 am

I am shocked that this is a problem. Imagine that, the leader of the country caring about it’s young peoples future. Shame on him! WRONG. For all of you complaining, you need to stop and think and then read about the current dropout rate of our young people. For all of you complaining, do you spend time encouraging your children to stay in school? For all of you complaining do you spend time with your children helping them study or doing homework with them? I guess you think it’s okay for your child to be influenced by video games like Grand Theft Auto, or spend their time listening to offensive lyrics in music. No that audio visual is not brainwashing our kids. But a President encouraging our children to turn off the television and open up a book is. Wow!!!! with leadership like yours (those who are complaining) we will quickly become a third world nation.

Ray B

September 4th, 2009
11:18 am

Reality…if it were simply “listening to the president” I don’t think anyone would have a problem. It’s the propaganda that goes along with it that is problamatic…teacher talking points on how students can help the president….books that must be read beforehand glorifying Obama (see link in my last post). THAT is the problem.

Nabil

September 4th, 2009
11:19 am

Jeff in Roswell
Thanks for sharing your educational background. I skimmed thro your URL and I was not offended by the quotes on Obama they listed. However, lets assume I can understand that it does offend you. Given that this is a blog that has an axe to grind, do you think it is sufficient source of information?
Your offspring might benefit from some sources that are peer reviewed. Specially when it comes to global warming. Assuming that is, if this does not conflict with your religion.

Elaine

September 4th, 2009
11:20 am

This is such a ridiculous controversy. The parents who are so upset over the President telling kids to stay in school are the ones who are brainwashed. They don’t think for themselves but believe every wingnut talk show host and viral email they have ever seen. Like them, I fear for my country’s future but MY fear is based on the idiocy of the American public these days.

Leslie

September 4th, 2009
11:20 am

Good lord, people. He’s the President of the United States, not the bogeyman. Has anyone noticed that presidents often give this kind of speech, and no one to date has gotten very upset about it, even when Reagan talked to kids about the line item veto and George W. Bush asked them to support the war. I think those of you who are objecting so vehemently should ask yourselves what’s really making you so irrational and angry. You might not be very proud of the answer.

Tia

September 4th, 2009
11:22 am

Let’s be honest. Most kids aren’t going want to hear or care what the President (regardless of who it is). And if it is a lunch interruption (as pointed out on the East Coast), knowing my kids and their friends he really might as well be talking to a wall.

Nabil

September 4th, 2009
11:22 am

Leslie
You are in the twilight zone lady!
Welcome.

Paul

September 4th, 2009
11:22 am

As a teacher and a parent I have mixed feelings. I have nothing against my students or children hearing from the POTUS. It is a position that deserves respect regardless of your political feelings. Any person in such a position who can speak to children about the importance of doing the right thing, staying in school, making wise choices should be listened to. However, the lesson plans that were developed to coincide with the speech have political slants to them. Instead of asking students to reflect on a “stay in school” speech and comment on how it affects their lives, students are being asked to reflect on how they can “help President Obama”. That is just a little bothersome and smells of a little indoctrination. I undedrstand why some are a little leary of it.

As for me, I will watch it and consider whether it’s not such a big deal or if it crosses the line. I hope it is a good speech that simply encourages all kids to reach their potential, etc. There’s no harm in that!!

Star

September 4th, 2009
11:23 am

My children would never listen to the propaganda that Obama has to tell. All he is going to do is try to convince kids to tell their parents that the health care package is the greatest thing. The school should ban together and say no to the “talk”.

wolverine fan

September 4th, 2009
11:23 am

No problem if he just talks about doing well in school. But I am sure his agenda will be more than that…………..

keno

September 4th, 2009
11:23 am

I truly pity all you extremist out there who who see fault in everything the current president attempts to do, yet because of your extreme views you allowed this country to be run into the ground and remained silent. Your biggest fear is that President Obama will have a successful presidency filled with many accomplishments, well you better get ready for just that. This man was placed here to do a job, and he is going to get it done with or with out your approval. If you don’t want your child to hear these words of wisdom from the leader of this country and the free world take them out of school and home school them. Because I am sure President Obama is going to come up with many more ways to interact with America’s youth, because he such a great role model.

CJ

September 4th, 2009
11:23 am

Amen MJ. This is about the stupidest thing I have heard of , parents keeping their kids of of school. Now it is becoming more apparent of why American education is ranked so low in comparison to other nations. It’s the parents fault and we want to know why we have so many brats around. It doesn’t matter if you voted for Obama or not, this is the president of the United Sates, a highly educated, intelligent man. Show some respect people. Besides, English is not his second language so the children will be able to understand what he is saying.

Ray B

September 4th, 2009
11:23 am

Leslie..since I consistently stand against government control, left-wing propaganda, manipulation of children, and socialist agendas, I am quite proud of my objections to this president’s policies.

Not a big deal

September 4th, 2009
11:24 am

I’m not an Obama supporter, but man this is stupid. Let your
child hear the speech, read or listen to the speech yourself, then have
a conversation with your child about it. Don’t treat it as a negative
thing before you even listen to what is said.It probably will be just
a pep talk for students anyway.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
11:25 am

Nabil, ??? I had no URL and I think you are confusing me with someone else.

GATL

September 4th, 2009
11:25 am

stupid is as stupid breeds… keep your kids out of school… there’s the solution our country needs. You people who don’t want your kids to be exposed to the President of the United States of America sicken me!!

Ray B

September 4th, 2009
11:25 am

Keno….ROTFLMFAO

Roxy

September 4th, 2009
11:25 am

My issue with this speech has absolutely nothing to do with what party is currently in power. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I am neither for the President nor against him.

I am a mother. And a mother that is involved in my 1st grade child’s education and the influences in his life. With all aspects of his education, I read through materials and make the effort to know what he is going to be learning. This way I can speak to his teachers if I am uncomfortable with something – this has yet to happen – or feel that he is not being challenged enough or too much. To me, this is my job as a parent.

If the White House provided the text of the speech a week of so ahead of time – not just one day – and I had time to digest and discuss it with my husband, child and educators then I would at least be able to make an educated informed decision to have my child watch it or not. That is not an option that the White House provided.

The argument that the President is the leader of this country and just wants to talk to our children about education is a weak one. Have you seen the text for the speech? Do you know that is EXACTLY what he is going to speak about? You don’t. And neither do I. And because of that, none of us can say for certain that is what the speech will be about. Just b/c the White House says so doesn’t mean it is so. (I can go back in history and document all the times the White House has lied about something if you really need me to.)

All I was wanting was a text of the speech and time to read it, digest it and discuss it before making the decision to have my child watch it or not. If you want to call me a Right Wing Nut or whatever other names you are spewing – go right ahead. At least I care enough to get involved in my child’s life instead of throwing up my hands and giving that responsibility to someone else!

tgirl

September 4th, 2009
11:25 am

It’s really unbelievable to me that anyone would contemplate keepking their child home from school just to avoid hearing a speech by the President of the United States. Its an embarrassment to Georgia that we’re even having this discussion.

PrinciPAL

September 4th, 2009
11:25 am

If I was the principal of a school, I would put out a big tub of PEANUT BUTTER and loaf of white bread in front of the TV so that the little indoctrinees-to-be wouldn’t wander off to the playground during lunchtime and miss the big obamevent.

A Parent that Cares of All Children

September 4th, 2009
11:26 am

Ken Hilton, Hate can blind a person with 20/20. The people screaming hate know the statistics and know their children are failing. Also, most of these people are also childless, they do not care about someone elses children. Most of them are just chiming along with RUSH and the other haters.

Trey

September 4th, 2009
11:26 am

Why should this man have to release his transcripts to prove how intelligent he is? Any fool should be able to figure out that President Obama is intelligent. He can put a sentence together and actually pronounce the words. We have not had any made-up words like “strategery” yet. Of course the man is intelligent and shouldn’t have to prove it. Has any other president before him had to prove their intelligence?

Beth

September 4th, 2009
11:26 am

It is parents like this one in the blog who will continue the paranoid partisan society for generations to come. The president isn’t going to say anything negative to children. Education in the US is horrible. The drop out rate is high. We lag behind much of the world. It is about time people take our children’s future seriously. All Presidents of the United States should address children as very important future leaders of our country. Children should listen to what the President has to say as often as possible. The political party shouldn’t matter. I feel sorry for this woman’s children being raised by such a narrow minded mother.

Nabil

September 4th, 2009
11:26 am

Ooops
RAY B’s URL.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
11:27 am

http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/lessons/prek-6.pdf

This is from the White House page. It mentions nothing of the books that Ray B. is talking of.

scotty

September 4th, 2009
11:28 am

if he were white it would be alright, period

ncgreybr

September 4th, 2009
11:29 am

So many other people have said it better than me but…this has really brought the crazies out! The President wants children to work hard and stay in school and parent are offended? You people are wacko! THE SCAREY THING IS THAT YOUR VOTE COUNTS THE SAME AS MINE AND YOU PEOPLE REPRODUCE!

firstborn40

September 4th, 2009
11:30 am

wow…hate is rampant and it is unnecessary…i’m a person without a job, without healthcare, and with an elementary school daughter…i don’t president obama was in office when this started, he is trying to clean it up…and yes, i voted for him…and for those that don’t see what he has done, it’s because he hasn’t been in office long enough!

where were you when bush declared war based on a lie…did you scream this loud! my daughter’s school should have it blasting in the halls…but it is a message not only students should hear, but parent’s too…this is the president of the united states and if education is important to him…then what is your problem!?

a lot of us cannot pay for private school for our children as the former presidents did and could, so excuse us if president obama gives a damn about main stream america…after all it’s on our backs that the rich lie.

Ray B

September 4th, 2009
11:31 am

PrinciPAL….LOL

Mommy?

September 4th, 2009
11:31 am

Mommy, when we were at school today, owur art class was interrupted by the pwesident Obama. He said we should stay in skoowel and get good gwades. But then he brought up health care reform and said that I should come home and have a sit-down discussion with you about our health care system. Based on what the President said, I think we need a single payer system or at least a public option. I may get chicken pox or get a boo-boo and I do not want us to be poor because of something that might happen. So, since I am in 2nd grade and am completely powerless to do anything, will you please call our Senators and Representatives and explain to them my new, freshly imprinted socialist point of view?

Can we pwease have chicken fingwers tonight?

Irishmafia

September 4th, 2009
11:31 am

Want to make a speech to children Obama? Make it after dinner so the parents can be there and interpret what you are trying to say. Forcing children to listen at school and strongly urging teachers to use a lesson plan that approves your agenda –are you kidding?? What do you think this is the Soviet Union? Oh that’s right that’s what your agenda is!

Nabil

September 4th, 2009
11:32 am

ROXY
Do you know how much brainwashing the TV puts on your kids? The vast majority of kids are manipulated by the corporate ne’erdowells at Disney and most adults are apparently influenced by the Dirtiest of all Diggers, Rupert Murdoch.
So, if your offspring have a little influence by the president of the free world, you should be so honored.

Jamal

September 4th, 2009
11:32 am

This is getting crazy, all of this is because of the color of this man’s skin. No matter what your personal political views are of this man, he is THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. If this were Bush or even Clinton, this wouldn’t even be an issue and we probably wouldn’t even hear about it in the media. There is not going to be anything this President can do that will please republicans, not because he is a democrat but because he is african american. The election is over and the MAJORITY of the american people have spoken and elected this man President, now is the time to come together and unite this country, however republicans are hell bent on dividing this country even more, how do you teach your children and grandchildren to disrespect the President, he is no longer a candidate for office, he is in office and no matter what you political views of him may be he is due the same respect that all other Presidents have received.

South GA Dad

September 4th, 2009
11:33 am

I was told the school my kids attend won’t be able to broadcast it because of issues between the cable company and the local Board of Education. The school’s cable has yet to be set up but if they do end up boradcasting it or someone brings in video of it, my kids will not be there.

If this lying, attention seeking, wannabe tyrant wants to address the kids of the nation and tell them to stay in school, he can do it with a commercial or a primetime speech so the parents can be there with the kids; And surely there should not be curriculum given to the schools asking questions of the kids and what not.

Also, I, like a lot of people, believe that not only will this disrupt the entire school day, it will stir up violence in the schools. All in all it’s a really stupid decision by a really radical administration.

Rick

September 4th, 2009
11:33 am

All any President ever needs to do when they talk to the students in the PUBLIC SCHOOLS is:

I believe in PUBLIC EDUCATION. So much so I’ll be sending my children to he PUBLIC SCHOOLS……

Stephanie

September 4th, 2009
11:33 am

wow- if you think showing your child NOT to watch the president is whats right, you must really be sheltering your kids, and trust me… the more shelter you put over their heads the worse off they will be in the end. ridiculous!!!!!

YUKI

September 4th, 2009
11:33 am

Roxy has said the most intelligent thing on this blog. Nicely done.
And BTW, it has nothing to do with how intelligent Obama is. It has to do with WHAT HE WILL SAY…..we all know he is an educated man. With intelligence comes manipulation in some cases, though. That is very unfortunate and scary!

CJS

September 4th, 2009
11:34 am

ENOUGH ALREADY! Let the man speak and let the kids listen! What’s the worst that can happen – that they actually LEARN how to be open minded and form their own opinions and actually ASK questions instead of beind mindless pawns? Get a grip parents. Listening to the President of the free world won’t give your kids a disease and it won’t kill them. Perhaps you are more afraid of them challenging your own ideas that you’re trying to program into them.

Paul

September 4th, 2009
11:34 am

Scotty-

I am white. There are white people I agree with and white people I don’t agree with. There are non-whites I agree with and non-whites I don’t agree with. The color of the president’s skin means nothing to me, his politics do. Please don’t throw around racism as being the reason someone may disagree with the president. You simply demean yourself to the level of those who are, in fact, racist.

scotty

September 4th, 2009
11:34 am

if he were white it would be alright, and you’re only fooling yourself…

Dr. Dean

September 4th, 2009
11:34 am

“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.”

So, you would have no problem with the senior leader of the opposing party in our government addressing school kids in the same way. Remember, Obama is not king of America, he is the leader of one of three equal parts of our government.

That said, as long as there is absolutely no effort by Obama or school staff to encourage, persuade, cajole intimidate kids (even just a little) to support Obama and/or his and/or the Democrat’s plans (or Republican’s plans for that matter) I have no problem with him speaking to school kids.

But God help him (or the school staff) if they try to in any way, shape or form to use school children to further political goals. The response would make the massive fury over his health care plans seem like Sunday school in comparison.

Hypocrites Stand Down

September 4th, 2009
11:35 am

As an American citizen and as a mother, I am so saddened by this. It is utter Madness! The sheer insanity of this new imagined controversy and outrage is just so far beyond the pale, that it could only be pulled on the uneducated and delusional mass which now serves as the Republican/Conservative movement in this nation.

How sad to see it have digressed to this state. I can say that if they were enlightened, or at least curious,before they jumped on the bandwagon this time, they would have checked to see if this has ever been done before, and found that it has….. By their great GOD Ronald Reagan, (lesson plans and all) and by President G.H.W Bush. President Reagan used his time to discuss his Tax Policy to School children, and Pres. Bush, used it to do the School Pep Talk as Obama has planned. Where was the talk of indoctrination, the outrage, the fear of socialism for Pres. Reagan, or does it only count as those things if the President is Black?

It’s the very gullible and fearful people who are willing to carry the this mantle for those who are getting VERY rich from tearing this country to shreds! (Rush, Beck, Hannity) If allowed by their followers, they will have the US to the point of Civil War soon, and to what end?

Next time you feel the need to yell Socialist…..Ask yourself this question: Which parts of socialism am I afraid of?

America is a Socialist nation in many ways, you are a socialist already if you are even considering keeping your child home from his/her VERY Public school, paid for by the Government for the greater good of the society at large. If you attended a Public State College, go to the DMV, or the County Services Dept to get your permit from the government to operate the vehicle you paid for, you turn on your water, and flush your toilet from the big ol PUBLIC system instead of digging a septic tank and a well…. You big ‘ol Socialist you! How are you going to hide your kids from YOU?

Do you see how far off track Rush and Beck have you? Remember, THEY CAN afford to pay their own insurance no matter how expensive, send their kids to private school, etc… Can you, if all of the Socialist services you use now go away, which is what you help them advocate, can YOU afford your life? And who will make up the difference for what you cannot afford? Right now, We the People do it for each other, and that my friends is SOCIALISM! You benefit from My hard work and tax dollars already, what about that don’ t you get, or do you really think you are self-sufficient? Nobody is!!!! How can you hate Socialism, and scream for things to be left alone as they are, when SOCIALIST programs enhance your life and those who you love? Your kids, your parents, YOU Are all the socialists that you claim to HATE!

THINK People, and find out what you are talking about by really looking into it, not by listening to others. Find out what these words mean, before you use them, and really look into who is stirring up the hornets nest and why? What is the gain of destroying our whole system of living, and who will reap that gain? will it be you if there are no more public schools, or public programs, or social security, or medicare, or VA Care, or Public Hospitals…. Who will win?

andy

September 4th, 2009
11:36 am

How ironic! You will force your kids to be against the very things you claim to be for – democracy, choice, civil debate, participation in the process. Yes, you have a right not to participate. But to force a child to miss a learning experience because of your agenda does not make sense. This goes deeper than the classroom, than respecting the office of the POTUS. There is a lot of ill-will in ‘our’ country and it ain’t good.

christineb

September 4th, 2009
11:36 am

Roxy, do you feel the need to APPROVE all the subject matter presented to your child before it is taught? I don’t think so and if that is the case, please, keep your kid at home if you are that afraid of whay they might be exposed to in the classroom.

Ray- I’ don’t know where you keep getting this “must” reads before the speech or discussion activities for after. All activities were suggested. Any “musts” have come from individual school districts.

As others have suggested, is it SO much better to keep your child at home and teach them they don’t have to tolerate others who opinions may differ from your own?

Mothers Against Peanut Butter

September 4th, 2009
11:37 am

PrinciPAL: don’t you realize that peanut allergies are prevalent among our children and that a child with a peanut allergy CAN DIE from even being in the room with a “tub of peanut butter” even if they don’t touch it or eat it? How irresposible!

ncgreybr

September 4th, 2009
11:38 am

Tell me, Roxy. Does your child’s teacher give you copies of what she is going to be telling your child in class ahead of time so you can digest it and decide if it is right for your little Muffin to hear?

Rick

September 4th, 2009
11:38 am

All any President ever needs to do is the following:

“I believe in PUBLIC EDUCATION!! So much so that I’ll be sending MY CHILDREN to the PUBLIC SCHOOLS”

Keith

September 4th, 2009
11:38 am

how can people sit here and say that lesson plans are a way of President Obama trying to push his agenda, this is just STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, but the sad part is that all of these republicans are buying into this BS. All kids should have some type of uniform curriculum across the country, the schools in the south are not up to par with other parts of the country, education in the south sucks.

Dr. Marti Hernandez Rojas

September 4th, 2009
11:39 am

Other presidents have done it, with a message of encouragement to do well in school. This is not a big deal, no matter how many naysayers try to make it into one.

HSTeach.

September 4th, 2009
11:40 am

So for all those who want the text from Obama’s speech, because you do not want your children indoctinated with Socialist beliefs…Do you request the lyrics to the songs your children listen too. The fact that President Obama is speaking should be about teaching them about the importance of the office. You will not agree with every president or political leader, but give your children the one in a life time chance to hear the president speak. Then when they get home have discuss the speech with them, and why or why you don’t agree with his policies or actions.

Nabil

September 4th, 2009
11:40 am

Hypocrites Stand Down

You are breaking the flow. No place for reason here. Just platitudes and base feelings. Keep it short HSD!

PrinciPAL

September 4th, 2009
11:41 am

How “irresposible”, indeed! LOL!

John

September 4th, 2009
11:41 am

President Reagan delivered the same kind of address to schoolchildren. The first President Bush did the same. Where was the outage then? There was none, even among liberals. As a child growing up in Alabama and later in Georgia, I watched at school the inaugural speeches of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon and Governor George Wallace. No one in their righrt mind would have thought anything was wrong with that. Any parent who opposes this needs to apologize to their child.

Kev

September 4th, 2009
11:42 am

This pettiness is code for racism. Grow up! The man is the President. Respect the office and allow your “priceless” little ones the opportunity to hear the President speak directly to them. The longer Obama is in office the clearer it becomes that too many people are still stuck on stupid and intolerance. Again…GROW UP! Prove to your children that you can be an adult.

South GA Dad

September 4th, 2009
11:42 am

Gees, I will never understand why people think it is about skin color. It’s about the fact that he has told as many lies in a year as any other president did in a term. He has no business attempting to run this country or calling himself bringing it together, when he is actually dividing it.

Paul

September 4th, 2009
11:42 am

Hypocrites Stand Down stated, “it could only be pulled on the uneducated and delusional mass which now serves as the Republican/Conservative movement in this nation”.

I assume this means that the democratic/liberal movement is full of educated and enlightened people? Really? There is a reason the folks you hate so much (Rush, Beck, Hanity) are wealthy. They have a service that someone is willing to pay for. The President was elected as a result of better than usual turn out from the uneducated and poor, not educated and enlightened.

Scott LaBarre

September 4th, 2009
11:43 am

Quite frankly, I am astonished by the controversy and outrage Quite frankly I am astonished by the controversy and outrage that this coming speech by President Obama has engendered. In my view, one of the core values we can teach our children is respect for others. It is not mandatory that we agree with anyone’s particular point of view but it is respectful to listen to their thoughts as we would hope others listen to ours. Also, it is critical that our children learn respect for the political process and the office that political leaders hold. I will never tell my children that they shouldn’t listen to a particular political leader just because I don’t like their philosophy. By pulling your children out of school, you are teaching disrespect for the very process which has made this country great. I don’t care who the President may be and from what party they hail. I will always instruct my children to listen to the President and later we can discuss whether he/she is right or wrong and why the views expressed are right or wrong on a particular issue. I want to teach my children to think critically and to think for themselves. Ultimately, that may mean that they will disagree with me. That’s just fine with me, however, as long as they arrive at their views by carefully considering the differing points of view and have all the necessary information from which to make an informed decision. As for the specifics of this speech, I also hope that when we put aside our anger and emotions over the health care debate and other current affairs, we can all agree with the proposed main objectives of Obama’s message. Education is essential and staying in school is important. The path to success in our nation and world starts with a good education. Whether you respect President Obama’s views or not, I hope everyone can respect what he has achieved and recognize that it is part of what is right about our nation. Anyone who comes from modest means and a historically disadvantaged sector of society can achieve the highest level of success, largely thanks to a good education.

YO_DOG

September 4th, 2009
11:43 am

My childrens will be there I just hope they don’t miss their free lunch. Get over it a black man is president of the US

Elliot Garcia

September 4th, 2009
11:43 am

Thank goodness my children do not go to government schools….All this country needs right now is Obama indoctrinating children into his socialist agenda….wake up people! It has nothing to do with this man’s skin color. It is his harmful and dangerous agenda. Keep crying racism and you will be crying wolf….

Paul

September 4th, 2009
11:44 am

Kev-

Grow up and realize whether the man is white or black he still has opinions others will not agree with. Am I to assume you agree with him simply because he’s black?

KATM

September 4th, 2009
11:45 am

I agree with JATL. And that guy was a moron!

Ray B

September 4th, 2009
11:45 am

Menu of Strongly Encouraged Classroom Activities for President Obama’s Address to Students Across America

Before the Speech:

Make sure each student gets a “President Obama Deputy Czar” patch.

Teachers should create the proper meditative mood by playing appropriate music for a half hour before the speech. We strongly recommend the live version of Crosby Stills and Nash’s “Teach Your Children.” Or anything by Enya.

President Obama’s speech provides the perfect setting to teach students how Republican propaganda and misinformation makes President Obama’s job super-duper hard, and that they can help by regularly providing you, their teacher, with tape recordings, as well as names and addresses, of anyone in their family who doesn’t seem to understand just how important President Obama is.

Teachers should also tell students that if they take their eyes off the TV screen during President Obama’s speech, they may miss the surprise magical dinosaur.

Teachers can also motivate students by posing certain questions during and after the speech:

How grateful am I to live during President Obama’s term?

Why is community organizing widely considered the idea training ground for the Presidency?

Do my parents really need 2 cars?

Why are there countries, anyway?

How much fun would it be to work on a farm with all my friends?

Am I prepared to give my best effort, as well as my allowance, to President Obama?

Why are people so scared of the term “President for Life?”

Joan

September 4th, 2009
11:45 am

Obama has so polarized the country against him during his short term in office due to the huge (9 trillion) debt he has amassed and his nose in the air attitude, that people are viscerally reacting to him. They just don’t want to see him anymore, and that extends to having their children see him. I agree with those that say this is a job for Michelle, not Barack–anything he does is simply celebrity building.

Linda

September 4th, 2009
11:46 am

Enter your comments here

Marley

September 4th, 2009
11:46 am

My third grader will not be present for the speech on 9-8-09. I see the socialism attempt for what it is. I know what this man stands for, and it is everything I am not. He is a great speaker and has fooled alot of people but America needs to wake up! Now he’s preying on our children.

atlpaddy

September 4th, 2009
11:47 am

The only controversy why won’t all these so-called patriotic Americans support our president during a time of war?

I don't think so

September 4th, 2009
11:47 am

MattH16, If you were teaching my kids and showed them anything that you knew I did not want them to see, I would see to it that you never taught any of my kids again. I promise you that. Who are you to decide that you know what is best for another person’s kids? Thank God for private schools!

senoiadawgs

September 4th, 2009
11:48 am

Ok folks, get a grip. As a conservative I do not like Obama policies. As a father I want the best for my children. As a citizen of the United States of America I respect the office of the President. Like many past presidents, Obama has every right to talk to our school children. However, it should not be about policy only the importance of education.

If you are like me and do not agree with Obama’s policies then educate your children as to why. If Obama throws policy into the speech then it is your job to teach your child why you think his policies are wrong. For those of you that think this is bad, it is your JOB as a parent to mold your children into what you think is a good adult. We only have a few short years to do this, there will be plenty of time for them to change their mind if they wish.

And all of the Obama supporters who are outraged that some on this board will not allow their children to watch, most of you would be doing the same thing if a controversial republican was in office.

People of this country get a grip, with all of the hatred spewed between parties we are only heading farther and farther down a path of failure.

My solution, all Washington representatives sent home today. They all need to be put in their place. The unemployment line. An entire new group couldn’t do any worse.

Boodles

September 4th, 2009
11:49 am

Peanut allergies are all Bush’s fault.

Linda Statham

September 4th, 2009
11:49 am

As a former teacher, now retired, we were cautioned against ever showing a movie, video, whatever to the children unless we first watched it ourselves and could verify that it was appropriate for the children. The teachers will not know ahead of time exactly what Pres. Obama will be saying so if I was still teaching, I would not personally allow my students to watch it unless I had been able to either view it ahead of time or had access to a written copy of the exact speech so I could read it before presenting it to my students.

Momma4Obama

September 4th, 2009
11:49 am

President Obama will encourage your children, which you don’t do! I know 99% of you parents who plan on keeping your children out of school curse, beat, and down grade your children. The only thing you people are teaching your children is to disrespect your country, the President and people of color. When will you guys realize the world don’t revolve around you? God put him in this place to do a job and if you are a Christian, just know the bible says to pray for your leaders and not pray against them.

Nabil

September 4th, 2009
11:50 am

I have had so much fun this morning, finding out about my fellow Americans. I love you all, but I have to go now. I am waiting for a more enlightened civics lesson from Ayatollah Kabykooby.
N

BC

September 4th, 2009
11:50 am

I have taught social studies (mainly US history and Government/politics) for over 3 decades (all in a public school system). This is by far the most bizarre and ignorant protest I have ever seen. If this was President Reagan or Bush (either one) asking to address students, these people would have not blinked. In fact they would be outraged if anyone objected. However they have managed to create a controversy where there was none, thus now many students are actually interested in what the President has to say (and believe me he will simply say education is important, stay in school, get your degree, help the country). Personally I think the deep, deep truth is that the President is a black man (and worse yet, a Democrat), and the right wing just cannot stomach that any longer in silence (but neither can they simply say the truth). I hope teachers everywhere use this as a teaching moment. And by that I mean the whole controversy (not just the speech).

Gandhi

September 4th, 2009
11:51 am

If people think a 30 minute pep speech by the president can brain wash their kids, then they must not be doing much at home. I have thought for a long time that the most harmful people to America are Hannity, Limbaugh, etc, etc. They think they’re great patriots but in fact they are destroying this country. They call anyone to the left of Michael Savage socialist or worse. The sad thing is when they have destroyed this country, they, and the people they have influenced, will be completely clueless that they were responsible.
We won’t truely appreciate what this President has tried to do until after some loon has assassinated him. The blood will be on Fox and all the rest for whipping up the hatred with their lies. Does freedom of speech allow for such vile calumny?

Roxy

September 4th, 2009
11:51 am

christineb –
“Roxy, do you feel the need to APPROVE all the subject matter presented to your child before it is taught?”

I should have been more clear. I am not speaking of things that are part of the every day curriculum – math, reading, writing, science, etc. But presentations like “Good Touch, Bad Touch” and others on Sex Education. Weeks before these are presented to the students, the parents are given the opportunity to read through the material that will be presented, speak to the school counselors and then decide if their children are going to participate. That is more of what I was speaking of. And the President’s speech is not part of the every day curriculum.

My son has watched many of the speeches the President has made with us at home. He watches the news as well. But when he sees something on the news or during a speech he can ask “What is suicide”, “Why are people getting money to turn in their cars”, “Why are those people yelling at each other” or “Does the dog get to live at the White House” right then and there and we are there to ask him what he thinks it means and discuss it with him. That will not be the case with him watching this speech in his classroom.

So again, my point is not that I think it is a bad idea for the President to speak to our children about staying in school, but it is not a speech I want my 1st grader to hear without having the opportunity to speak with him about as it is happening.

craig donahue

September 4th, 2009
11:51 am

these people oposed to obama,s speech are just angry,bitter and racist.if gw bush had’nt ruined a surplus,lied about wmd’s which killed thousands of american lives.ther would’nt be an obama.they are fake patroic’s who most never served in the military.what’s pathic is they drive a japanese car with an american flag on it saying support our troops.they’re dispicable.

YUKI

September 4th, 2009
11:53 am

MOMMA4OBAMA, are you serious? If you only knew how stupid you sound……I’ll be praying for you. 99% of parents curse, beat, and down grade your children??? You are a genius, truely. I do have respect for him because he is the President, but I doubt he would think what you are saying trying to defend him is nothing less than ridiculous.

alchemist

September 4th, 2009
11:53 am

I don’t have a dog in this fight and I don’t really care if the President decides to talk to the school kids. But I thank God I don’t have to think about it as my two daughters are out of the school system. I do know that I do not need the President or any one for that matter to tell my girls how important education is and what MY and their GRANDPARENTS expectations are for them. They knew that they had to answer to ME and their GrANDPARENTS! Education is very important and a serious matter to my family.

My oldest daughter is a Speech Language Pathologist. My youngest daughter is a junior at Georgia State – graduated top 10% of her high school class. She got ill in December – January and from that illness, she is legally blind. She missed the Spring semester and decided to return for the fall as a FULL-TIME student. So, I said all that to make the point I did my job to ensure my kids understand the importance of education and they must strive for the best…and I think i idid a darn good job at it.

Sorry for the long post, but i felt compelled to make the point. I’m off my soapbox now.

John

September 4th, 2009
11:54 am

The Republican majority base here in Georgia are out of their collective minds. Insane. It’s far beyond laughable. You deserve to be led by your none rings when you refuse to engage your brains. Pitiful.

Hypocrites Stand Down

September 4th, 2009
11:56 am

@Nabil Oh, Sorry, that was too much for you! Just thought I’d back up my statements with facts. I forgot, Crazy people need to hear short concise things, repeated often! Factual Content not necessary! I’ll dumb it down.
All American’s are Socialists! All Americans benefit from Socialist programs in the US, no matter who you are or what you do. If you don’t like Socialism, then you don’t like the American Way!!!!

There…. that better?

HB

September 4th, 2009
11:56 am

He is the President of our entire country, not just those who voted for him. I cannot understand why parents would be opposed to their children hearing the President give a speech that is promised to be nonpartisan and encourages kids to do things I think we all agree on — work hard, do well in school, etc. If the speech turns out to be a health care plug or a push for other policies, then as an Obama-supporting liberal, I encourage you to raise hell the day after and I will join in that protest, because I strongly believe that would be wrong, regardless of whether or not I agree with the policies being pushed. But it’s ridiculous to imply that children should not be exposed to ANYTHING our President has to say.

Anne

September 4th, 2009
11:56 am

Why can’t he just keep is A– behind his desk and do some work. That man is not happy unless he is in front of a camera or talking to a crowd. He has to have applause, hugs, etc. Look at me look at me. I wonder if his mama ever gave him any love. I don’t want my kids listening to him so it’s a nice long week-end for us.

senoiadawgs

September 4th, 2009
11:57 am

Really folks, so your children because they go to private school will never/ever see anything you do not approve of? Come on get real. I suppose you have a 24 hour loop of Barney and Friends on your TV or maybe you don’t watch TV and just maybe you have 24 hour loop Hannity or Rush playing on your radio with no commercials or heck maybe you just read and I am sure you do not drive either unless your kids have blindfolds on. Oh I know, private school teaches them everything and you do not have to worry about teaching your own children.

Wow some people are just flat nuts and yes that is from one conservative to another.

Tea

September 4th, 2009
11:57 am

WHAT is going ON HERE!?!?!?!?!?!? Lord knows I thought Geo W Bush was inept and intellectually deficient but he was still the President and I would have NO problem with my child hearing a speach from GWB about the merits of education. In what way can an Obama speach be honestly seen in a political light? Has anyone actually seen the text of the speech? This pushback seems so ridiculous to me, I honestly cannot wrap my mind around it. Have we devolved into such a politically divided nation that we can;t unite behind our own President on the positive aspects of education? We are in a bitterly bad sitatuation. Maybe we should just divid into red and blue states and have seperate nations…really!

Mary

September 4th, 2009
11:58 am

America is showing itself to be more ignorant than anybody in the world even imagined. All of this furor over a speech from the President of the United States, which such speeches have always been done by past presidents. This is again all about politics — some Republicans started this scare tactic to try to embarrass the President, and stupid people jumped on the bandwagon. I have no idea where such pervasive ignorance in a country can possibly lead, but I doubt if it’s in anyway good. America, we are doomed unless we begin to educate ourselves.

craig donahue

September 4th, 2009
11:59 am

they who opose obama are mainly racist.but when they die god will judge their hearts.hell is real!

Erin

September 4th, 2009
11:59 am

Perhaps I missed this, but are these pre-made “lesson plans” going to be VOLUNTARY or REQUIRED? Does it go by school or by district, if they’re voluntary? I think those are important distinctions … if they’re voluntary, then I don’t see much to argue with.

carly

September 4th, 2009
12:00 pm

The far right is out to get Obama on anything he does and to divide this Country.Time to shine a light on these extremists.There is a related post at http://iamsoannoyed.com/?page_id=588

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
12:00 pm

Thank you Pastor Craig Donahue.

Angela

September 4th, 2009
12:01 pm

In response to Andrea:

IMHO, Telling kids to stay in school is quite a different story than indoctrinating them with tactics to teach them to go pro government. While Obama might use general terms and vague phrases in his speech, having his staff write assignments for the Department of Education to hand out to schools who depend on federal funding to stay alive smacks of Communism.

I don’t mind if a president addresses kids. It is cool for them. Talk about drug prevention, staying in school, respect those around you… General topics to make them better citizens. Obama took this a step too far by taking on a major issue and trying to turn children against their families by giving them a PrObamaCare school assignment.

Sherl

September 4th, 2009
12:03 pm

My daughter was 6 when Reagan addressed students and my son was 10. My daughter thinks she remembers something about jelly beans. My son said he does not remember it at all.

Tea

September 4th, 2009
12:04 pm

Mary: “I have no idea where such pervasive ignorance in a country can possibly lead”

…it leads to a 35-50% HS drop out rate. We are literally becomming a nation of idiots with the State of Georgia leading the way.

Bob

September 4th, 2009
12:04 pm

Truman, Nixon, and Reagan never viewed themselves in a “Savior-like” manner, like Obama. Their intentions never came into question when they talked to anyone. As it stands now, everything Obama has said and don thus far has been calculated and comes with an ulterior motive. That’s what parents know and want to keep their children sheltered from.

Steve

September 4th, 2009
12:06 pm

People are so pathetic. No wonder Georgia is at the bottom of the rung when it comes to education. This “mom” must have no more than a third grade education. What parent would not want their child to hear a speech from the president of the united states. If the president were some idiot like john macain or even worse george w bush i bet this idiot mom would not be keeping her brats at home.

PJ

September 4th, 2009
12:06 pm

If I want my child to watch the President talk I will do so in my own home where I can give my point of view not the teachers. Doing this during the day when a lot of parents have no choice but to send their kids to school is like being held hostage. I am a registered Democrate, but this has gotten way out of hand that I can no longer trust the government with the well being of my child. Someone needs to tell the people what to do who don’t agree with this and don’t say contact your congressmen because they are just as bad. People of the US stand up for what our forefathers wanted for our country.

This is so silly

September 4th, 2009
12:08 pm

This whole debate is so freaking silly! If you haven’t noticed, we’re no longer the intellectual powerhouse of the world that we used to be. We are laughable at best in internationally rankings in Science and Math – subjects that spur technology and innovation. ANYONE that wants to encourage children to do better in school and place a premium on education should be greeted with open arms. The fact that there are so many detractors given that the President is trying to encourage our children to do better in school absolutely baffles me. Oh, I forgot, he’s going to speak in code and use mind tricks to brainwash our kids and make them into government loving socialists.

The fact that people are tossing around “socialism” and “socialist” truly reveals how ignorant they are. The USA is not a totally capitalist society. We have several socialist aspects and programs aimed and helping and aiding the citizens of the US, ie Social Security, Medicaid/Medicare, Unemployment Benefits, and the list goes on and on. So, let’s stop with this political posturing.

PrinciPAL

September 4th, 2009
12:08 pm

Anne – I never of it that way before but you are so right. He’s always got to be “on stage” – he can’t just do his job behind the scenes. And, and hey, Mother Against Peanut Butter – I got a big ol’ Reese’s cup back at the house just waiting for ya!

christineb

September 4th, 2009
12:08 pm

Angela-
Where does it say he intends to turn children against their families? Where did it say he was talking major issues with them? If you are going to write something- please have your facts straight and from a reliable source.

PrinciPAL

September 4th, 2009
12:09 pm

Caught my own typo – meant to say “I never thought of it that way before”

Sarah

September 4th, 2009
12:10 pm

This is ridiculous. First of all, Obama is not a socialist. I get really tired of people using that accusation as an excuse to deprive their children of listened to Obama. I am sure that it is a pep talk and it want brainwash your children people!!!! Get over yourselves!!!

Kev

September 4th, 2009
12:11 pm

Paul,

Do you know what he will speak about? Have you seen his speech? Just because you do not agree with his policies, (some or all) does not mean that his speech will negatively affect children. As for color, the color of the man’s skin does not influence my decision to support or reject his position.
My position on policy is based on my own critical thought and values. So do not think that all people of color drink from the Obama cup just because of his skin color. Once you get your mind around that simple truth, perhaps we can start to tear down the other mental impediments that hinder your thought processes.

Bob

September 4th, 2009
12:12 pm

Hey, if Hitler or Marx wanted to speak to my children, I wouldn’t want them to hear their messages either. And they were both white, not black. Get over your racial selves and understand that it is all about belief systems, not race.

ncgreybr

September 4th, 2009
12:12 pm

Rick: “All any President ever needs to do is the following:

“I believe in PUBLIC EDUCATION!! So much so that I’ll be sending MY CHILDREN to the PUBLIC SCHOOLS”

If Obama put his kids in public school and there was an attempt on their lives or an attempt to kidnap them, YOU would be screaming about how Obama put everyone else’s kids in jeopardy. “It’s all his fault!”

The reson they are in private school is that the Secret Service can control the surrounding of a private school better than a public one….but you know that, don’t you?

This is so silly

September 4th, 2009
12:15 pm

@Ray B – that link is a fraud…stop perpetuating ignorance!

Stephanie

September 4th, 2009
12:15 pm

what also saddens me, is you are showing your children that they HAVE to follow whatever you follow, and 9 out 10 times the children who are staying home and the children who are allowed to see the speech are being seperated and i am sure children on both sides will bully others for “being the one mommy and daddy cant let see the speech” or “being the child who’s parents are stupid because they like obama” seriously, parents GROW UP! your poor kids are never going to learn what THEY like.

RPMV

September 4th, 2009
12:16 pm

I’m a highschool student and though I have my opinions about Obama (which entail that I dont agree with him at ALL!) I still don’t see the big deal about him making a speech. I think he should show it only to those of Highschool age because seriously what is a 8 year old going to get from a speech? I think all schools should have the option to allow parents to keep their kids from school. I also would say to those of you have ’sterotyped’ and ‘generalized’ both ways whether you said that republicans are racist or that all blacks voted for Obama that you are WRONG!!!! I dont agree with Obama, im Republican, I’m conservative, and I’m not Racist…imagine that. Also I have a very good friend who is African American who doesnt agree with Obama at all. hmm? are we seeing a pattern here that we cannot generalize people because you know they are individuals. Just like I dont think its wrong for HS students to hear what their president has to say. In fact I think they should hear his opinions and then have a discussion about it. I cant tell you how obnoxious people sound when they generalize others. Let us be people, let us make our own decisions, STOP putting people into categories! Im just saying…

This is so silly

September 4th, 2009
12:17 pm

@Bob – “Hey, if Hitler or Marx wanted to speak to my children, I wouldn’t want them to hear their messages either”

now it makes sense since you put it that way…really? Comparing our President to a person that committed one of the most horrible violation of humans in history speaks volume to your intelligence level.

T

September 4th, 2009
12:17 pm

You know this country will never be ready for anything. If it was George Bush jr. (who was a elementary school during Sept11th) no problem. I am not a fan of none of the president that have taken office since my birth. But, we need to come together and help our country become a better place. Obama just started and you are having a hard time already. We must ask ourselves and be very honest. Is it because of his race (bi-racial, half white and half black) or is it really his policies. He doesn’t make policies on his own. Just like Bush, he didn’t make all of the decision for our country on his own.

Lesa

September 4th, 2009
12:18 pm

I can’t believe people are even questioning whether the President of this country should be able to address our children. Like it or not, he is the leader of this country, freely elected by a majority of our population. You may not respect the man, but as Americans you should respect the office. I believe that President Obama has a sincere desire to unite our country and return to a time when differences of opinion could be discussed with civility. After reading the inflammatory comments from both sides here, I am very doubtful that he will have any success in that area.

Bob

September 4th, 2009
12:18 pm

Stephanie,

That’s a part of a parent’s job – to train up a child in the way that he or she will go. It’s called molding a child. And to be honest with you, I don’t want my child to believe that Obama is right in his thinking, so why should I let him be the one molding my child?

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:21 pm

Depends on what he’s telling them. Back in 89, people were upset because Bush Sr. was going to talk to school kids.

Bob

September 4th, 2009
12:21 pm

@This is so silly,

I didn’t say Obama was an evil human being like Hitler, but his viewpoints are just as socialistic or communist as Hitler or Marx. He has said it himself (i.e. “spread the wealth around” comments). That was the point I was making, and yes, that requires a higher level of intelligence to get, which evidently you neglected to do.

Ni

September 4th, 2009
12:22 pm

@ Peadawg… You said…
No it’s that most of us DO have health care and DON”T WANT TO PAY FOR YOURS AS WELL!!!
NEWSFLASH- You are paying the cost for others anyway. Who do you think pays for all that ridiculously expensive ER care that the uninsured uses when their problems could have been taken care of far more economically… I.E seeing a family doctor? I have insurance and I’ve watched the premiums jump while the “included” services declined. Wake up and see that special intrests groups are most likely adding fuel to the fire by stoking your irrational fears so that we can be at each others throats while they continue to take advantage of the American public, which by the way, includes you too.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:23 pm

ncgreybr, sorry pal but Obama is sending his kids to private school. Most elite politicians do. It’s called liberal hypocrisy. Do as I say not as I do.

Mark Morrison

September 4th, 2009
12:24 pm

We have a freedom of choice and I don’t want my kids to listen to socialist points of view. If you don’t like that then step out back and we can talk about this the old fashion way – they way we earned our freedom.

Hall County Teacher

September 4th, 2009
12:25 pm

Two words: Hitler Youth

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:25 pm

What it really boils down to is the fact that parents should be able to make the decision on whether or not their kids will hear him speak or not. It’s not up to the government to decide.

Charlie

September 4th, 2009
12:26 pm

I have no interest in my kid listening the Obama, would you blacks sent their kids to school to listen to Bush? Obama and his crew are as much of thieves as all politicitians who preceeded him. The fact that you can see that is scary.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:27 pm

Right now unemployment is at 9.7% and the stimulus plan failed. Cash for Clunkers failed because the government didn’t give dealerships the money. Health care is failing because he doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing.

Bottom line: President Obama needs to fix his broken policies before we do hit another Great Depression or even worse, a nuclear holocaust via NK, Iran or China.

mamaj

September 4th, 2009
12:27 pm

Some of you people have arrived at levels of stupidity that amazes even me, at my age. If all it takes to influence your children, and overthrow all of your good anti- Democrat “teaching, is a 30 minute speech from the President, you haven’t done that great a job yourself, informing them. My wisdom tells me that other motives are in operation and it is truly so sad. Fortunately kids grow up and in so many instances, they don’t always hold on to the same views as their parents.

Hall County Teacher

September 4th, 2009
12:28 pm

Bob – Obama is not evil like Hitler. He will make Hitler look like Mickey Mouse if he gets what he wants and is, God forbid, in office more than 4 years. Barack Obama is the beginning of the end for the USA.

Billy

September 4th, 2009
12:28 pm

There is one simple explanation for all of the commotion. The white segregationists don’t want their lily white children exposed to an African-American president. These people would even bellyache if Obama had announced that he was going to read My Pet Goat to the children. Now I am waiting to see if the Republicans in Georgia start working on another constitutional amendment.

Tina

September 4th, 2009
12:28 pm

When will the racism stop? We finally get a black president and he’s doing a great job and all some of you can think of is trying to belittle and berate him. You say he lacks experience, well your beloved George W. lacked common sense! The man choked on a PRETZEL!!!

All the president is trying to do is encourage kids to stay in school. But you can’t see this act for its beauty because you’re full or negativity, racism and hate! God judge you all!

God Bless You All

September 4th, 2009
12:28 pm

I was all set to see posts upon posts of ignorance and hate. I am happy to see that there are still many Americans (Atlantans) who won’t allow themselves to be bamboozled by mainstream media and radio shock jocks with agendas. Thankfully, you will likely have raised your children to be the free thinking individuals that you are, who will listen and then form opinions. It baffles me that these kind of people (the intelligent) are so few and far in between these days. But eh, if we had an era of McCarthyism nothing should really shock me. God Bless the child who’s got (a mind of) his own.

Charlie

September 4th, 2009
12:28 pm

I guess people feel so passionate about Obama talking to their kids is because they cannot motivate, and set values at home. My parents did not expect the government to instill the values and work ethic, and neither do I. The only reason parents are excited about this is because they lack parenting skills. Since 75% of blacks children don’t have a father living in the house, that is not suprising.

Carrancanclan

September 4th, 2009
12:29 pm

My responsability as a parent is to protect my child and to teach them good morals ,so if somebody that has lied and is promoting abortion wants to give my children advise, i do not think so!!!

Maya

September 4th, 2009
12:29 pm

Bush did it and no one got up in arms. (The kids heard him in schools throughout the metro-ATL area). So did Reagan (I had to sit through that one in my grade-school days, myself). If you’re afraid or opposed to your child listening to a speech by the POTUS, you’re not raising your child to be a listener, a thinker, or one who questions what they hear. That’s a failure on your part.
My husband and I raising my child to listen to what our elected leaders say, even if we don’t agree with the message or the person. YOUR child will be left behind, while mine will be up on current events and get used to listening to orations. On second thought, keep your child from school on that day. And the day after, just to be on the safe side, so you can effectively decontaminate them from hearing a presidential speech. (guffaw)

Charlie

September 4th, 2009
12:30 pm

Tina,

Do you not criticize Bush? Do you do it bacause he is white? Is that why you are so insecure to assume all criticism of Obama is bacause of racism? Look in the mirror.

Hall County Teacher

September 4th, 2009
12:30 pm

MamaJ- I just wanted to let you know that not only will the students in my classroom not watch Obama, but, over 80% of our school won’t watch YOUR president either. Enjoy the next 3 1/2 years.

Operman1

September 4th, 2009
12:31 pm

Where I live, people think it is not normal to be a Title 1 school. We have one elementary school where the students actually pay for their lunches. I think that most schools want to teach their students to have their hands out for the government. And I agree that Obama is more than likely trying to indoctrinate the students to learn to like his manner of governing the people.

I do not have to worry about my son watching the President Tuesday. We know there is a reason why he is becoming unpopular. His inexperience is showing and people are noticing it. The sheep realize that they should not have picked him as President. I am a Republican and I would have been satisfied with Clinton as President. Have you ever heard Obama try to speak without a teleprompter?

Hall County Teacher

September 4th, 2009
12:33 pm

Billy – 1st Obama isn’t African-American, he’s not even black. Why does no one ever mentions Obama’s white half? 2nd, he wouldn’t read My Pet Goat because he can’t read. He’d have one of his idiot staff members do it for him.

Nana

September 4th, 2009
12:33 pm

Are you freaking kidding me? You all are up in arms about the PRESIDENT giving a speech about education? Seriously??? You people are funny. Nobody seems to have had a problem when Bush was running this country into hell in a hand basket. According to his “die hard” fans he could do no wrong. And now that someone (who by the way has only been in office in 6 months) is trying to fix the issues that BUSH created, you have the audacity to judge him and call him a socialist??? give me a break! You all need a reality check. Quit judging the man because he of his skin color and judge him on his work – which by they way will take a while to do since it obviously took Bush 8 years to complete muck up this country!

p.s. I wonder if all of you opposers had the same views when Bush Sr gave his speech in 1991????

Manny

September 4th, 2009
12:33 pm

This whole discussion is really stupid and scary. I mean, how can you shield your child from the President? He’s everywhere in the media… books, TV, magazines, etc. You mean to tell me that your child can only watch Fox News and read reports from the Heritage Foundation and news from WorldNet Daily???

This reminds me of that time when I was 10 years old and was raised a liberal. My mother was scared and crying because Ronald Reagan was about to be sworn in as President. People thought that he was going to start World War 3. But as he was getting sworn in, the hostages were being released in Iran.

Even though I openly agreed with my mother, I secretly became a moderate that day.

So kids will make up their own minds. It isn’t this vast left-wing conspiracy to indoctrinate your kids into communism. It’s just going to be a talk about working hard in school and using good study habits.

But this is typical of why I cannot become a Republican, even though I’m more right-leaning… these people look and sound crazy. Hey, can sensible moderates come up with our own party?

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:33 pm

Tina, as Barney Frank said, what planet do you live on?

Obama is doing a terrible job and his poll numbers are in the tank. This guy makes Jimmy Carter look like Reagan.

Oh, and to the race baiting idiots on this blog who claim that people who oppose Obama are racist: To you idiots I say, go F yourselves!

socialismsux

September 4th, 2009
12:33 pm

I don’t want this man anywhere near my kids. We know what his agenda is.

songbird

September 4th, 2009
12:34 pm

Coming from a state with one of the highest drop out rates and lowest level of achievement in education, none of this surprises me, including the stupid and inane comments from many people on this blog.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:34 pm

Maya, Bush 41 never got on national tv to talk to children. Please provide facts.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
12:34 pm

David Axelfraud @12:25

Parents do have choice. They can either keep them out of school that day or sign the consent form that tells the school “No, I don’t want my children viewing or discussing this subject. Go to Fulton County’s website… it’s there for all to see.

Bryan Ford

September 4th, 2009
12:35 pm

I can’t even believe that there is a question here or that this is even being debated! From everthing I have read, the President will discuss the value of an education, the importance of it, and staying in school to better yourself. What harm is done here. If a school principal did this, would you keep your kids out of school that day? If the president were to discuss other items, such as health care reform, I could see where there could be an issue. I think anyone who shares with our next generation the value of education should not be shunned! For all of those in political office who will be running for reelection, and are against this, I hope the media depicts you in vivid detail as a candidate who is against our children being presented the values of an education. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES!!!!

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:35 pm

songbird, as opposed to what state, California or maybe Michigan? Yeah, its working real well up there. Both those states are bankrupt.

RPMV

September 4th, 2009
12:36 pm

Really people? Are we really going to go back and forth about whites are racists no blacks are racist…what are we fourth graders. Come on? We all have a right to share our opinions we all have a right to discuss things but honestly bad naming each other. One thing stands we are all AMERICAN! You know the country that has the constitution that says you have a right to public opinion, freedom of speech. Yeah we have the right to say i dont agree and i think the pres. is wrong but it is so immature and uncivilized to go back and forth mocking and berating each other. Calm down, discuss things, act your age.

The issue is about our children, I respect my parents wishes and if they wanted me to stay home so be it, but dont go telling others that they are unintelligent because they have opinions. This country will only get better if the people work together not against. I swear the government is a bunch of cliques like in HS you are either demo or rep, either liberal or conservative. Im not asking for peace on Earth just a little maturity.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:37 pm

Jeff in Roswell, and I can damn well guarantee you that teachers will ridicule the students who don’t watch the speech. People on this blog are complaining about our school systems being bad yet they don’t blame the government. GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM!

Bottom line: public school systems all over the country are terrible.

ImAPeach404

September 4th, 2009
12:37 pm

I’m keeping my son out of school on Tuesday because our school district (Forsyth) has decided NOT to show the speech (surprise, surprise).

I will use this day for a little “home schooling”. Hopefully I can find it online ahead of time, create a Q&A/discussion session after we view it, have him write a report on how he plans to take advantage of his education and his plans for the future, then we’ll go the library.

Hall County Teacher

September 4th, 2009
12:37 pm

I like how all of you idiots are writing about watching, listening, and having a mind of your own. YOU ARE THE ONES THAT ARE DRINKING THE COOL-AID!!! This Hitler-like multi-racial person that you want to call president was elected only because he ran as a black man. I guess if you are multi-racial now you can choose which race fits you best for specifc times. Keep drinking the cool-aid….

Judy

September 4th, 2009
12:38 pm

On November 14, 1988, Reagan addressed students from four area middle schools , the speech was broadcast live, and Instructional Television Network fed the program to schools nationwide on three different days. My son was in 2nd grade. I didn’t agree with Reagan’s policies, but I certainly would never have considered not allowing my child to hear what the President had to say — what in the world is going on here?

That's right

September 4th, 2009
12:38 pm

Are you folks deaf or just that oblivious to see that it isn’t a race issue? It is a fundamental difference of freedoms, liberty, and capitalism versus a loss of freedoms and an infusion of socialism. I have a right to disagree with the way the President wants to take this country. Does it have anything to do with race? No, it doesn’t. I don’t wake up in the middle of the night, concerned that a black man is in the White House. I wake up in the middle of the night because I am concerned that the foundations of which this country was built are being demolished and replaced with European Socialism. Get it out of your simplistic mind that it is a race issue and realize that this is much bigger than any race issue could ever be. This is a paradigm shift in the way the country is going – from what has worked to what has proven not to work in other countries. Where is the race issue in that? It is made up by liberals to have a “buffer” excuse for why people don’t agree with Obama. That’s the reality of it.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:38 pm

Bryan Ford, the only thing I am ashamed of is the fact that uneducated idiots voted for Obama.

Charlie

September 4th, 2009
12:38 pm

What kills me, is the lack of security Obama supporters have. For my entire life time I have seen nothing but disrespect and anger directed toward white presidents. (New Orleans a perfect example), but a soon as a black man is elected, they expect nothing but respect for him.

Personally, I saw both good in bad in ever president we have ever had, Obama included, but I will not be goated into hold off on criticism of MY president, regardless of the color of his skin.

Greg

September 4th, 2009
12:38 pm

If George H. W. Bush or Ronald Regan had done this, there wouldn’t have been a peep of protest from the right.

Oh, wait a second… they both did!

Of course, then the Democrats criticized it for an improper use of taxpayer money.

Those of you who think the President is out to brainwash your kids are simple-minded idiots, easily led from talking point to talking point by fear-mongers like Sean Hannity and Glen Beck. Unfortunately, your children will pay the price, by growing up in a household that hold any opinion that differs from yours as something to be feared and sheltered from.

Corrections

September 4th, 2009
12:39 pm

Facts – It was George HW Bush who addressed kids in ‘91 about saying no to drugs. Clearly defined as that before the speech and was aired on CNN. George W Bush did not address school children.

The outright hatred of George W Bush is disgusting. The conservatives that are being trashed on here do not hate Obama they dislike his policies and what he stands for. The liberals on here hate W the man and what he stands for – there is a difference.

If Obama told us what he was going to talk about (today would be the latest that should be done) then we can decide. As it is now we have no idea what he will talk about other than what the DOE has produced. What the DOE has supplied is a little shady.

I want to know what he plans to say. I do not agree with his policies at all but if he is going to just say stay in school, get an education, etc. then all is fine. Unfortunately Obama has shown that he can’t be trusted to do just that.

By the way – Bill Hodge – you are an abject moron.

Simple Dan

September 4th, 2009
12:39 pm

It’s very simple. If Obama had the trust of people, there would be no outrage.

As it stands, more than half the people in the country don’t trust him to just tell kids “it’s cool to stay in school.” We are all pretty much assured he planned to sprinkle in his left wing rhetoric about how the government is here to take care of the people, health care is a right, etc…

Since Obama is an appeaser, his message will likely be altered to be very generic…but ONLY because of the outrage. Obama is a tool and I can’t wait for 2012.

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
12:39 pm

@EE- I am NOT receiving any benefits, but I AM paying into the systems. That’s one of the reasons I don’t like socialism. I keep paying to make sure others are at my “level” so to speak. Heaven forbid we have a heterogeneous society. it’s not the government’s job to dictate that my money should go to those who choose not to work and continue to collect Uncle Sam’s check.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
12:39 pm

David – broad statements coming from a narrow mind.

I am NO fan of Obama but this arguement is just down right silly.

JEM

September 4th, 2009
12:40 pm

I voted for Obama. I wish him well. I would certainly want my students to see his speech. (I am a retired teacher.) The President is concerned about the educational system and the dropouts. I am at a loss in this debate about whether or not he should speak to the students. What is wrong with people? He is concerned about our children. He is not trying to push his healthcare reform through the children. Most of them don’t even care about it unless they are in High School. The children he is targeting are in Middle and Elementary. He is targeting them so that they will get to High School. No other president has done anything like this to stem the flow of children out of the education system before they graduate. I can vouch for that, as I worked in schools where the drop out rate is high. The students are from poor families. I am just confounded about why it is such a big deal. One of the criteria for making AYP in the schools is the dropout rate. Come on, People.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:40 pm

Judy, the difference between Obama and Reagan was the fact that Reagan loved freedom and his country. He was not ashamed of it like Obamas wife is. He promoted freedom and freedom of choice. He didn’t bow to teachers unions like Obama.

Reagan was a leader with a mission. Obama is a Chicago hack politician with a Teleprompter.

Rick

September 4th, 2009
12:41 pm

ncgreybr

I don’t believe in a heart beat HIS KIDS wouldn’t be safe in PUBLIC SCHOOLS. His kids are going to Private school because he knows they are better.. He is willing to do nothing to correct the issues in PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Everything is OK send money – As President, I’ll tell the kids they need to apply themselves more. Everyone thinks they are more special than the next person. I am saying there would be no problems in the PUBLIC SCHOOLS if EVERYONE was required to attend the PUBLIC SCHOOLS..

One school system – one tax code – one health care system – If it’s that important, make it standard and uniform in each state…….. We’re not the United States. Where are we united?

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:41 pm

Jeff in Roswell, I love it when libs claim that others who don’t agree with them are narrow minded.

Lib play card: You’re either a racist, a nazi or you are small minded.

Go sell stupid somewhere else Jeff.

justmyopinion

September 4th, 2009
12:41 pm

MomOf2Girls – I remember a quote “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for it” it was initially said by a president but it wasn’t the 44th president.

Furthermore, there IS no greater SWAY or more profound of a message than that of a parent! Believe in yourselves and your children. Teach them that to make an informed and rational decisions they have to educate themselves on all sides. That has nothing to do with listening to Obama Speech, its a FACT of LIFE!!!

I’m totally with you MJ – You Rock!!!

Carrancanclan

September 4th, 2009
12:42 pm

how can you look up a person when all he is done is support the enemy and promote unborn children , i do not want him near my children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris Salzmann

September 4th, 2009
12:42 pm

David Axelfraud September 4th, 2009 12:40 pm SAID: Judy, the difference between Obama and Reagan was the fact that Reagan loved freedom and his country.

CHRIS SAYS: And that Reagan was White and Obama’s Black, right? Come on, just spell it out instead of dancing around your bigotry.

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
12:42 pm

Oh and BTW, race has NOTHING to do with the issue. But it’s interesting when no one can find a valid rebuttal, the race card is ALWAYS pulled.

Like I said previously, my husband and I (both moderate republicans) almost voted for him. So sorry, pull the race card on someone else, please.

Ellie

September 4th, 2009
12:42 pm

Yes, yes, yes – I hope all the rightwing nuts will tell their kids to NOT LISTEN to the president – then, whenever they happen to hear him speaking, their ears will perk and they will PAY ATTENTION to what he’s saying. They will be too curious as to what Mama and Daddy are so afraid of . . . and they will be drawn to his words and thoughts, and perhaps, just perhaps, they will think for themselves.

(As someone else has said about these scaredy cat rightwingers – beauty is only skin deep, but stupid goes all the way to the bone.)

Candy

September 4th, 2009
12:43 pm

For those who are dead set against their children having to listen to someone who has made a success of his life because of getting an education…

You must be very proud that GA comes in near the bottom of the list when it comes to kids getting a good education and graduating high school.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:43 pm

If Obama is such a great leader why can he not lead?

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
12:43 pm

The fact that Obama has had the government take over the car industry, attempt the health care industry, giving away stimulus checks like money is growing on a tree….These are the reasons why many are skeptical and concerned about the country. Socialism starts somewhere. Little by little.

Michael

September 4th, 2009
12:44 pm

I can’t believe what people are saying on here. If his speech is aimed at sending a positive message on the importance of staying in school and getting an education how can that be harmful? I’d certainly rather have my kids looking to him as a role model rather than some pro sports player or pop music icon. It amazes me what a nasty state today’s society has de-evolved to.

RPMV

September 4th, 2009
12:44 pm

So has anyone thought of this….Why is Obama giving a speech to Public school kids when his ‘amazing stimulus package’ made it to where budget cuts were enormous and the first thing to get cut was get this PUBLIC SCHOOLS!!! WOW! In south carolina alone there was a predicted 80 million lost for public schools. The schools are closing down left and right not because kids are dropping out but because Obama made it where they have no MONEY!!!

songbird

September 4th, 2009
12:44 pm

Axelfraud – gee the name says it all doesn’t it. But if you were well informed, which you are not, you would know that more college educated people voted for Obama and they are moving more towards the Democratic party. The people voting Republican and more and more becoming the rural and southern religious wingnuts. Do a little research before you spout off with inaccurate garbage. Try studying the stats on fivethirtyeight.com or realclearpolitics.com, you might actually learn something.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
12:45 pm

Hall County Teacher – I’d have your a$$ fired if you were my kid’s teacher.

Facts

September 4th, 2009
12:45 pm

95% of black voters voted for Obama. Common sense would dictate that when you have a black teacher there is a 9.5/10 chance they voted for Obama.

If you disagree with Obama’s policies or did not vote for him that does not make you a racist. If you disagree with that then let’s put the shoe on the other foot. If you are black and you didn’t vote for Bush and didn’t like his policies then you are a racist.

JEM

September 4th, 2009
12:45 pm

Hall County Teacher,
Is today a holiday in Hall County Schools? If not you should be reported for inappropriate use of the computer at the expense of the taxpayers.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:45 pm

Chris Salzmann, unless you have proof of me being a racist I would encourage you to shut F*&K up. People like you are the types to cause racial barriers in this country. Funny how you try to paint me as a racist when your party was calling Condi Rice the N word and Colin Powel an Uncle Tom.

Your party has a former member of the KKK in right now. Mr. Robert Byrd of WV!

MORON

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
12:46 pm

If socialism is so wonderful, why don’t the folks who yearn for it go to another socialist country? Just curious. I would love to get an answer to that one.

Ellie

September 4th, 2009
12:46 pm

QUOTING – “Mary: “I have no idea where such pervasive ignorance in a country can possibly lead”

…it leads to a 35-50% HS drop out rate. We are literally becomming a nation of idiots with the State of Georgia leading the way.”

Thank you! One of the best points made in all this discussion!

Get Real

September 4th, 2009
12:46 pm

You women really make me laugh. You’re sending your children to a public school partially funded by U.S. federal tax dollars. By pulling your children out of school that day, you are not only depriving them of their teachers’ lessons of the day, but you are failing to teach them respect, tolerance and just plain old politeness. You’re also teaching them that lying by pretending to be sick is okay.

Are you afraid President Obama is going to send out subliminal messages to somehow make your kids force you to support his health care agenda? Are you willing to debate the pros and cons of a subject with your children, or just tell them it’s your way or the highway?

This country finally has a literate, articulate, intelligent (Christian) President who has vowed to pump more funds into public education so that your children may have the opportunity to become better students, thereby enabling them to compete in the global economy. You, however, would prefer to teach them to hate him and the role model he exemplifies. Maybe you should put down your tennis racquet and start home schooling to be certain they learn the lessons of bigotry, hate and ignorance.

Chris Salzmann

September 4th, 2009
12:47 pm

Simple Dan September 4th, 2009 12:39 pm SAID: It’s very simple. If Obama had the trust of people, there would be no outrage.

CHRIS SAYS: Oh yeah. I can bet my years paychecks that everyone who’s protesting here and calling Obama’s speech an “outrage”, didn’t vote for him anyway. Give me a break!

Simple Dan September 4th, 2009 12:39 pm SAID: As it stands, more than half the people in the country don’t trust him to just tell kids “it’s cool to stay in school.” We are all pretty much assured he planned to sprinkle in his left wing rhetoric about how the government is here to take care of the people, health care is a right, etc…

CHRIS SAYS: So telling kids to take responsibility is left-wing rhetoric??? Maybe he should insist that all kids with Republican parents stay as dumb as their parents. Would you agree with that?

Simple Dan September 4th, 2009 12:39 pm SAID: Since Obama is an appeaser, his message will likely be altered to be very generic…but ONLY because of the outrage. Obama is a tool and I can’t wait for 2012.

CHRIS SAYS: Yeah, never say sorry about anything? Is that the lesson you teach your kids? Wow, you should sign up for parenting classes because you need it. 2012? You didn’t vote for Obama in 2008 so who the hell cares?

Don

September 4th, 2009
12:47 pm

Do your kids see you drinking, smoking or cursing and calling yourself a Christian. Yet you don’t want them to see the Presdent. People are such Hypocrites.

JEM

September 4th, 2009
12:47 pm

It’s called technology. It’s in all classrooms now. There is also a thing called planning period as well as early release. Come join us in 2009 JEM.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:47 pm

songbird, if you are so well-informed, which you are not, then you would know that the democrat party is at an all-time low in the polls. Obamas poll numbers are at 45%. Bush’s poll numbers were not that low until his final months in office. Obama can not lead and he can not sell his policies. He’s a hack politician who can’t get by without a teleprompter.

YUKI

September 4th, 2009
12:47 pm

Most of you people defending Obama here only voted for him because he was black and you know it. You have no idea what he is doing to this country in terms of the economy and healthcare. You do not have a clue, all you know is that a “(half)black man finally got into the white house”. It was obvious in a large amount of behavior I witnessed during the election. If you had any clue about where this country was heading, you would realize those against this and all of his policies do not CARE what color his skin is. It’s about the job he is (and is not) doing.

Hall County Teacher

September 4th, 2009
12:47 pm

Jem – It’s called technology. It’s in all classrooms now. There is also a thing called planning period as well as early release. Come join us in 2009 JEM.

hatin' on the stupid

September 4th, 2009
12:48 pm

Hall County Teacher:
You are embarassing the profession. Go pass your gas elsewhere.

Ima Nidiot

September 4th, 2009
12:48 pm

This would be funny if it were not so serious. People who fear things they don’t understand are dangerous, period. Pop Quiz: Define Socialism. (anyone, anyone?) Socialism is an economic model where the government and/or workers own industry versus capitalism, where industry is privately owned. Period. Does it work? No. Is it a good idea, No. So, class, let’s all chew on this for a minute, is our scary president going to send the army to take over Apple Computer, WalMart, AT&T, or (insert company name here)? Ummmm, don’t hold your breath. Ohhhhh, you say, the ‘government owns GM’. Let’s think about this; did some government thugs drag you to the GM dealer and force you to buy a new Chevy? No? Why not? Because we live in a free country, that’s why, and we’re as close to Socialism as we are to perfecting time travel.

Ohhh, you meant to say Marxism? or Stalinism? Marxism basically says that the workers must unite and rise up, to take over. But wait, if the individual in charge is already a Marxist, then where does he go with that? Incite the workers, those who still have jobs, to take over the government??? Then who will do THEIR jobs, after they have taken over government? And how likely is it that these rebel-Marxist workers will decide that the whole ‘revolution’ thing is a good idea……

Reality

September 4th, 2009
12:48 pm

When Mr. Reagan traveled here to the metro and addressed school kids regarding his tax policies nothing was said. Mr. Senior Bush addressed school kids nothing said. Mr. Obama wants to give kids a pep talk regarding education, and people come unglued. What is wrong with this picture?

JEM

September 4th, 2009
12:49 pm

Mr. Axelfraud, you need to get a job and quit using your welfare $ to buy computers. Intelligent people do not need to profanity to express themselves.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:49 pm

Don, since you don’t know one person on this blog, how would you know if they drink or smoke? I’m guessing you were a D student in some poor school system.

Chris Salzmann

September 4th, 2009
12:50 pm

QUOTING – “Mary: “I have no idea where such pervasive ignorance in a country can possibly lead”

Ellie September 4th, 2009 12:46 pm SAID:…it leads to a 35-50% HS drop out rate. We are literally becomming a nation of idiots with the State of Georgia leading the way.”

Thank you! One of the best points made in all this discussion!

CHRIS SAYS: Excellent point. Most of the states that voted for Obama have a far test scores and graduation rates. You know the definition of REDNECK, right? “DON’T KNOW NOTHIN, DON’T WANNA KNOW NOTHIN”. This pretty much sums up most of the “Old” South with its sorry state of education. The only thing the South now excels in is IGNORANCE.

Dee

September 4th, 2009
12:51 pm

How sad to see the once patriotic value of repsecting the OFFICE of the Presidency regardless of whom you voted now applies only to those you agree with. What a terrible leeson to teach your children that it’s ok to hate, scorn ridicule the highest office in the land. We are becoming a nation of overly emotional, ignorant monsters, who are easily whipped into an uncontrollable rage at the whim of commentators and opinion parlayers who disguise themselves as news reporters and media personalities. I expect we’ll soon see what used to be debates turn into riots and physical attacks as the newly acquired mob mentality of conservative America travels further away from our history of intelligent, reasonable discourse and towards terrorism.

The very line of thought that promotes book burning is now encouraging children to ignore and even hide from a message by a person whose job they should all dream of holding one day. How very sad indeed.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:51 pm

Ima Nidiot writes: Socialism is an economic model where the government and/or workers own industry versus capitalism, where industry is privately owned. Period. Does it work?

Um, you should check out the American Auto Industry. The government owns it now. Also, check out the banking industry and health care industry. Obama is working on controlling that as well.

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
12:51 pm

I hate it when some unintelligent right wingers give those intelligent moderate rights a bad name. Some of you idiots need to shut up and quit making the rest of us look bad. (just like some liberals give the rest of you guys a bad name too)

FYI, not all republicans are racist. Contrary to popular belief.

BREE

September 4th, 2009
12:51 pm

We live in a country where people can make their own choices, but aren’t these choices a bit disturbing to you. I am over 50 and it was quite common when we were in school to hear and view speeches and address from the President of the United States. Let’s not forget President Obama is the President of the United States. It will be up to you to discuss with your children what thoughts or opinions that may result from his speech. I can tell you that is what our family discussions were around the table. I grew up during the fears over atomic bombs, the Conflict in Vietnam, First Man in Space, First Moon Walk, Watergate, and as you can imagine tragedies as well. So, it’s always up to the parents to make decisions for their children. Let’s teach them to live in a country where we sometimes disagree, but always believe all things are possible.

JEM

September 4th, 2009
12:52 pm

When I was a teacher, we signed a paper stating that the computer is used only for school business. This included planning time, early release or any other time. Be careful, your principal may be reading what you are writing, Ha

Chris Salzmann

September 4th, 2009
12:52 pm

Reality September 4th, 2009 12:48 pm: When Mr. Reagan traveled here to the metro and addressed school kids regarding his tax policies nothing was said. Mr. Senior Bush addressed school kids nothing said. Mr. Obama wants to give kids a pep talk regarding education, and people come unglued. What is wrong with this picture?

CHRIS SAYS: They also didn’t have a problem with Carter or Clinton doing the same. But all these folks were WHITE. Get it? I just love the way these fools dance around what their real problem is with Obama, don’t you?

Call it Like It Is

September 4th, 2009
12:52 pm

He has nothing worth listening to hear unless you want Socialism.

What a moron!

How about concentrating on creating those promised new jobs?

Enough Said!

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:53 pm

JEM, how would you know that I’m on welfare? Last time I checked, this was Labor Day weekend and I have a 3 day weekend coming up. I took the day off. I guess I can assume that you are a street hooker down on Ponce.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
12:54 pm

AxelFraud, first I’m not a Liberal. Second, you are giving conservatives a bad name with your radical behavior.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:54 pm

nurse&mother, name one current republican that is a racist. I can name several democrats including one who was in the KU KLUX KLAN!

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:55 pm

Jeff in Roswell, what radical behavior is that? Please state one radical statement please.

RPMV

September 4th, 2009
12:55 pm

Chris: I’m sure you are so proud of yourself for being ignorant and arrogant. You think you are better because you are from the north or the west, well let me tell you something You Dont Know Anything. I completely respect others and their opinions but making fun of where they come from that is childish. The south is still apart of America, how about you go live in Cuba where you can converse with some of your Socialist ignorant kind.

Roger

September 4th, 2009
12:55 pm

I can’t believe how many ignorant people there are in Georgia. What is it about the south that makes people proud to be poor and ignorant?? Oh, BTW, I am a native Georgian, but am proud to be finally leaving for a state where we can elect U.S. Senators that are not lily-livered wmps like the ones GA has. They know that the “anti-health care reform” movement is financed by big insurance, but they are too scared of the GOP “leadership” (excuse the oxymoron) to admit that they are in the pocket of the insurance companies.

President Obama is the President of the United States, people. Get over it. He IS a U.S. Citizen, he WAS duly-elected. his administration nor congress HAS NOT proposed euthanizing anybody. He is articulate, intelligent and thoughtful. I know this takes some getting used to, but I would advise you to stop looking for “666″ tattooed to his scalp and just get over it. We lived through Reagan and W., you will probably live through 8 years of Obama. Of course kids in publicschool should watch the President’ s address. If you don’t like it, move to Alabama and send your kids to a private school in one of those sad metal buildings with unqualified teachers. Then they can grow up to be as ignorant as you are.

Call it Like It Is

September 4th, 2009
12:56 pm

Corey

September 4th, 2009
12:56 pm

Do you realize how close we came to repeating the Great Depression? Unusual times call for unusual measures. If Mr. Bush, Mr. Geitner, Mr. Obama and Mr. Bernanke had not acted aggressively to asuage the situation could you imagine where this economy would be about now? If you don’t like Mr. Obama that’s just fine, but stop and consider where we would be today if the gentlemen mentioned above took a hands off approach and let the market fix itself.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:56 pm

Jeff in Roswell, I think you suffer from selective memory. Maybe you’ve read something that I wrote in response to another bloggers comment to me.

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
12:57 pm

I have no problem teaching my children to respect adults and those in authority. Do I teach them to accept all that they say for face value, ABSOLUTELY NOT. I want my children to think for themselves. Otherwise we will have a society of sheep following orders without thinking (like McDonald’s).

Not drawing a parrell between Hitler and Obama (just making a point about accepting authority), but if the Germany had questioned authority, history might look a lot different.

And for those who ask, my daughter will be hearing the Presiden’t speech.

Chris Salzmann

September 4th, 2009
12:58 pm

David Axelfraud September 4th, 2009 12:54 pm SAYS: nurse&mother, name one current republican that is a racist. I can name several democrats including one who was in the KU KLUX KLAN!

CHRIS SAYS: You mean Bryd??? Good God! That guy renounced his KKK leanings over 30 years ago. Racist Republicans? Just listen to the air waves. Remember the song that they played about “Barack the Magic Negro”??? Yeah, Republicans are doing a great job attracting diversity, right? I guess people must know something you don’t?

JB

September 4th, 2009
12:58 pm

It is very frightening how many close minded parents are out there. Certainly makes me fearful of what these children are learning at home; to disrepect our authority figures and block out anyone that has an opposing view. What great lessons you are passing on, you all should be so proud of yourself.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:58 pm

Roger, please, tell us what state in the union is better than Georgia. California? Michigan? NY? All those states are going bankrupt. Georgias unemployment stems from Obamas economic policies which have failed.

THE STIMULUS FAILED. UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT 9.7%. HIGHEST IN 30 YEARS.

Call it Like It Is

September 4th, 2009
12:59 pm

UHGGGG, Roger,

Stop smoking CRACK and that LIBERAL KOOL AID!

Trust me, there will not be another 8 years of the Racist Socialist!

By the way, what has this guy or adminstration done for any American?

Time is up, NOTHING!

Enough Said

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
1:00 pm

You are completely veering away from the subject at hand to let everyone know your hatred for the Presbo – we get it already. I’m not trying to change your views on the guy – I share many of the same views. What I can’t understand is why you wouldn’t let the POTUS encourage the American children to do their best in school? If you don’t want them to see it – you still have that choice. You are so blinded by your hatred that you can’t see the forest for the trees.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:00 pm

Chris Salzmann, what republican said the words Barack the Magic Negro?

FACT: THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, A LIBERAL REPORTER, WROTE A PIECE CALLED BARRACK THE MAGIC NEGRO. LOOK IT UP MORON.

Again, name one republican who has said racists things about black people.

ROBERT BYRD WAS A MEMBER OF THE KKK. NOT ONE CURRENT REPUBLICAN IS OR EVER WAS PART OF THE KKK.

justnikki

September 4th, 2009
1:00 pm

our government is set up so that NO ONE MAN can rule over the population (take a political science class idiots). since when did our president become “the government”. what happened to congress? the house? just because their face isn’t on the news, doesn’t mean their hands are clean.

toolate

September 4th, 2009
1:01 pm

Hall County Teacher? If you truly are it really explains a lot about that area. No, that’s not a compliment. Stupid is as stupid does, Gump was right.

Chris Salzmann

September 4th, 2009
1:01 pm

David Axelfraud September 4th, 2009 12:58 pm SAID:
Roger, please, tell us what state in the union is better than Georgia. California? Michigan? NY? All those states are going bankrupt. Georgias unemployment stems from Obamas economic policies which have failed.

THE STIMULUS FAILED. UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT 9.7%. HIGHEST IN 30 YEARS.

CHRIS SAYS: You obviously don’t know anything do you? The recession started in December 2007. It takes a lot longer to climb back up than it takes for an economy to go downhill. Ask any economist. Also, the stimulus is succeeding. As any economist will tell you, if it weren’t for the stimulus, we’d be in an economic DEPRESSION like the 1930’s versus a normal recession.

ANY MORE GEMS OF IGNORANCE YOU WANT TO SHARE????

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:01 pm

Obama the ‘Magic Negro’

The Illinois senator lends himself to white America’s idealized, less-than-real black man.

By David Ehrenstein L.A.-based DAVID EHRENSTEIN writes about Hollywood and politics.

AS EVERY CARBON-BASED life form on this planet surely knows, Barack Obama, the junior Democratic senator from Illinois, is running for president. Since making his announcement, there has been no end of commentary about him in all quarters — musing over his charisma and the prospect he offers of being the first African American to be elected to the White House.

But it’s clear that Obama also is running for an equally important unelected office, in the province of the popular imagination — the “Magic Negro.”

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-ehrenstein19mar19,0,3391015.story

That's right

September 4th, 2009
1:01 pm

You call conservatives “closeminded,” JB. So what does that make you? I believe the answer you need to be looking for is “closeminded,” because we don’t agree with your view. You can’t have it both ways, where the opposite of closeminded is openminded. Because openminded is saying that you are fine with me having my opinion.

beanball

September 4th, 2009
1:02 pm

I really feel sorry for these kids. Their parents are too stupid, and are probably not qualified to raise children. They’re racist, extremist whos decisions are based completely on hate. Not a good environment for a child.

S

September 4th, 2009
1:02 pm

I don’t have a problem with it. Nobody would say a word if Obama decided to broadcast a message directly to inner city youths about drugs and gang violence and the importance of education. In fact he’d be praised as a credit to his race. So what’s the problem in bringing such a message to a broader audience? When your state is at the bottom of the education ladder, when your country has fallen behind the rest of the world in academics-or so you say-then you need a pep talk from someone, because obviously at the local level it ain’t happening. Social consciousness and awareness generally come from the young and with that comes change. Is that what the critics are afraid of-a young mind stimulated into action-a change form the status quo? Hmm…

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:02 pm

Chris Salzmann, you’ve just had your a$$ handed to you pal. Have a nice day.

BOB, get yer werd definitions right

September 4th, 2009
1:03 pm

Dear Bob,

Hitler was not a Socialist nor was he a Communist. Marx extolled the virtues of Socialism as an economic system and believed that Communism, a classless, stateless, egalitarian society was best. Therefore, you must believe that BO wants to dismantle the US as a state and have us all own the means of production equally.

terry

September 4th, 2009
1:03 pm

Saheed is right. I also know people who left countries with dictatorship and they are scared. This is how a controlled run government starts. It starts off very slowly. All of us Americans are not familiar with this so we are just sitting back and thinking we will all be benifiting from our country taking care of us and capitalism be slowly be gone. Look at the people he surrounds himself with.

Heather Ratliff

September 4th, 2009
1:04 pm

I cannot believe all the crazy things that people believe this one man is capable of. He, as President of the United States, is pushing kids to stay in school and succeed to their utmost potential. Isn’t that the message that all of our children need?

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:04 pm

Chris Salzmann, everything belongs to Obama now. He can’t blame Bush because his economic plan has been activated. The democrats got us in this mess. Notice how you bring up 2007. Hmmmmm, the democrats controlled both the house and the senate. Bush was a lame duck by then and could not get anything accomplished. The banking and housing crisis was caused by Barney Frank and Chris Dodd. Geez, did you just crawl out of Jay Bookmans butt hole?

Karen Paul-Reed

September 4th, 2009
1:05 pm

WHAT NERVE. I mean who the heck is he to use his personal example to push our children to raise their own bar Will someone please explain to me what the debate is about. Here is a person of meager beginnings who thru education is now the President of the United States. this being the start of a new school year, he wants to talk to the youth and tell them to stay in school because educations is the one thing that you can have that cannot be taken away from you.

As a single parent, I have had the privilege of raising two educated children. My mantra to them is that they must do better than me, each generation should do better than the next.

I think the NAY SAYERS need to take a step back, take a reallllll good look @ our children and decide who you would prefer them to listen to, the President with a positive message or the voices of the rappers, ballers, etc.

We have a generation of lost children, the prisons are full, the schools are empty. If this continues, we will not hope to be #3 as far as an International Powerhouse.

Ilene

September 4th, 2009
1:05 pm

I want to cry — I just want to raise my hands up and give up. I cannot believe how stupid, ignorant, and uncaring some of these people are. This ALL ABOUT RACE AND NOTHING MORE.

Republicans are trying every angle to beat down this president and all of his ideas. For example, I’ve never in my life heard of such backlash over a school speech to kids before. Wonder if these people would still be critical if it was a President McCain instead of a President Obama. Wonder if they would be so critical if it was about their conservative ideals.

In the AJC, here is a quote to show that this is not the first time. And not only that Bush DID CRITICIZE DEMOCRATS in his speech — where was the outrage then.

Anyway, here is the quote, “Obama’s speech won’t mark the first time a president has spoken directly to students. In October 1991, President George H.W. Bush urged students to hit the books harder in a speech televised on CNN. In June 1985, President Ronald Reagan told students at the former Northside High School in Atlanta about his tax reform plan.”

What are you teaching your kids exactly? Why are your kids in public schools? Are they not funded by taxes? Why you support your libraries and police and fire people? Are you going to turn down your Social Security payments when it is your turn? And on and on and on. This is not about a speech Obama is making — this is about everything our country stands for. The Conservatives are the most close-minded people I’ve ever seen in my life…aaarrrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:05 pm

Chris Salzmann, just for you comrade.

I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side… Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds. ”

— Robert C. Byrd, in a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS), 1944

MacAtlanta

September 4th, 2009
1:06 pm

George H Bush gave a similar speech when he was in office so what is all the fuss about? All you so called “Patriots” …..Where is your RESPECT for the Office of the President of the UNITED States of America? This is a great opportunity for dialogue – why don’t you use it wisely instead oftrying to be the loudedst bully on the playground.

Labor Day is Socialist!!!

September 4th, 2009
1:06 pm

LABOR DAY IS A SOCIALIST IDEA!!!!

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:07 pm

Ilene, poor baby. Do you want some cheese with that whine? Grow up.

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
1:07 pm

Chris you may want to blame the economy on Bush, but he actually tried to take away some of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s lending abilities because he foresaw some of the major contributors to the current economic condition. But you wouldn’t know anything about that now would you? Talk about ignorance…..

I’m not saying that Bush was the best or the most intelligent (because he certainly was NOT). But let’s give credit where credit is due (unless you can’t see past your prejudices)

Cammi317

September 4th, 2009
1:08 pm

Like it or not, he is the President and it’s a speech about education. WTH is wrong with some of you people? Agree or disagree with his politics, why in the world would you not want your children to hear the President give a speech about the importance of education? This is all much to do about nothing. Change the channel from Fox News once in a while and give CNN a listen. Although both are good for entertainment purposes, MSNBC is too far left and Fox is too far right.

JB

September 4th, 2009
1:08 pm

That’s right, yes I am fine with everyone having their own opinion. We all have our own minds to come to our own conclusions, but for parents to keep their children out of school because they don’t want to hear our President speak is outrageous. Parents shouldn’t be afraid of their children forming their own opinions. That goes both ways, conservative and liberal. I think this address could provide a chance for open dialog between parents and children. Besides that this address is about the importance of education and staying focused and in school.,Wow, what a horrible agenda to have!

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:08 pm

Ilene, I bet Oprah can help you. Maybe you can go cry on her shoulder. Maybe she has a Burberry scarf for you to cry on.

Bob

September 4th, 2009
1:08 pm

I am sorry. You are right…Hitler wasn’t a Communist. He was a Totalitarian. The definition works for Obama just as well, now that we have that cleared up.

And yes, the socialism and communism does apply still for Obama…including sharing the wealth, equal ownership, etc. That tends to create two classes – a wealthy upper and a poor lower. It obliterates a middle class, as has socialism and communism.

Thank you for the correction of my definition. You further proved my point.

Von Jennings

September 4th, 2009
1:08 pm

Does the name Hitler ring a bell. He started with his propaganda tools toward the “youth movement”. Just food for thought.

Ima Nidiot

September 4th, 2009
1:09 pm

To argue that government bailouts is Socialism is total unvarnished nonsense. These bailouts for GM and the Banks are not part of some evil plot for the government to take over. Think about it….if you were an evil government dictator, would you take over the WORST automaker and the WORST banks? I can just hear them now “oooooohhh man, we own GM now, we’re all set!” The worst products on the planet, a pension liability larger than the GDP of Europe, and they lost $1.1 Billion in the first quarter of 2009. Sorry, that just don’t flush. If our mean scary president were taking over the world, wouldn’t it make a teeny-weeenie bit of sense to take over Apple Computer or Exxon-Mobil? Exxon made $40 Billion in profit last year? Or to take over the drug maker Pfizer…$20 billion profits last year? Think about it.

toolate

September 4th, 2009
1:09 pm

Ilene, this is Georgia. I know you think its part of the USA in the 21st Century, but the majority of “people” (using that term pretty loosely) are stuck in the early 20th Century good old Jim Crow Days. I was born and raised here and thanks to good parents and a good education I managed to escape their mindset. Sometimes the battle isn’t worth fighting. This state is the dregs of society.

Anita

September 4th, 2009
1:10 pm

This is unbelievable that this is even happening. If this is not about race I don’t know what this is about. Here we have one of the most intelligent President ever in office and this is the appreciation that he gets. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE!!!! All of us that are supporting the president need to get together and show that we will not tolerate this behavior. If you don’t like the president then go to another country. You Republicans will never get this country’s support after this!!!!!

Ilene

September 4th, 2009
1:10 pm

…and let’s take this McCain thing one step further. Do you think the Democrats and others who did not vote for McCain in this past election would all be getting together and thinking this is a conspiracy from the Republicans that McCain is looking for one more outlet to talk about his years as a prisoner of war. Come on now. Parents, you really need to think what this is about.

And who do you think is paying for your kids’ education right now — it’s the government. I would say, if they schools don’t want to show it, then I guess they don’t want the government funds for their schools either.

Dawn

September 4th, 2009
1:10 pm

You people are morons. For 8 years we were subjected to W’s rhetorical drivel and missteps and now you’re outraged when our articulate, duly elected president wants to make a speech to America’s schoolchildren encouraging them to make the most of their educational opportunities? When did our national priorities become so skewed that people become apoplectic when someone with whose policies they may not agree wants to send a positive message to children? This absurd reaction surely explains some of the children sitting blankfaced in front of me in my classroom each day. Please don’t come crying to me when Johnny can’t read; you reap what you sow.

ann

September 4th, 2009
1:10 pm

People, we need to wake up. First of all Barack Obama is a man he’s human and we should respect him. Second he is the leader of this country. We are in the year of 2009 and some of us still act ignorant. Wake up people we have a Leader thats trying to get our country back in shape. Since he’s the first African American President you dont want to listen to or have anything to do with what he’s trying to do to encourage the kids. So many young people are falling into crime, violence and proverty because we as people don’t want to listen to anyone. Ok now walk an African American shoes for years and years. When we only had to listen to White Presidents, our kids are not taught in the schools about their black hertiages but they are taught about what the white people did all these year. All kids need to learn from each President that runs our country, so please please don’t be ignorant about what the President has to say. Always be willing to listen and learn.

SDM

September 4th, 2009
1:10 pm

Ladies and gentlemen!! All I can say is WOW!! I am a United States Marine who enlisted to protect its citizens and my country. When I am not deployed, I volunteer my time all the time at various schools to advise ALL KIDS to stay in school and the importance of an education and the IMPORTANCE of RESPECT. Would you keep your kids out of school because a United States Marine or any other branch of service want to give the kids a pep talk about the importance of an education?? I encourage everyone to just sit back and take a deep breath before going off the deep end. Yes, its your right to keep your child out of school but ask yourself, is he or she learning anything by staying out of school that day?

ML

September 4th, 2009
1:10 pm

What are you parents so afraid of? That President Obama might encourage your children to stay in school, study hard, and attend Harvard, like he did? Please read his speech and the questions he is asking of the students. Then form an opinion.

Thoreau

September 4th, 2009
1:10 pm

The same parents (and right-wing pundits) who quickly decry America’s degradation into a “nanny state”, want those very government schools to cover the ears of their brood lest they should hear the elected Commander-in-Chief utter, perspective, wisdom, and direction. Boo-hoo, Boo-hoo!

That's Right!

September 4th, 2009
1:11 pm

JB,

So you call opinions to keep children out of school outrageous. To me, it makes good sense if the government is requiring its viewing. It still doesn’t seem like you have embraced that “openmindedness” you speak of.

The biggest downfall of liberalism is that everyone is allowed to have their own opinions, as long as it matches YOURS.

Ilene

September 4th, 2009
1:12 pm

To toolate. Thanks.
To David Axelfraud — your stupidness is showing. Shame on you. You have a problem with Oprah, too….hmmm. interesting.

Chris Salzmann

September 4th, 2009
1:13 pm

David Axelfraud September 4th, 2009 1:02 pm SAYS: Chris Salzmann, you’ve just had your a$$ handed to you pal. Have a nice day.

CHRIS SAYS: ROFLMAO. You think so? The song was written by conservative satirist Paul Shanklin. Ehrenstein wrote an opinion piece on Barack Obama, in which he used the archetype of the magical negro to describe Obama, who was then an Illinois senator and candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President. The title of the piece, “Obama the ‘Magic Negro’”, was later used in a musical parody called Barack the Magic Negro by conservative satirist Paul Shanklin. This piece of music caused some controversy in late December, 2008, when compact discs featuring the song were distributed by Tennessee political activist Chip Saltsman (a candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee) to various Republican Party activists as Christmas gifts. Part of Saltsman’s response to the controversy was that the song was actually a parody of Ehrenstein’s “irresponsible” column itself, rather than a parody of Obama. Ehrenstein responded to the controversy in a post on his blog in late December.Remember the Macaca moment in VA?

In fact, the author who you are referring to later wrote “If you read my original op-ed with a bit more care you’d not that it was not about Obama personally but rather about the then-growing perception of him in the popular imagination.”"

Here’s handing your A$$ back to you.

But I’m still waiting to hear your explanation why the Republican Party is doing such a poor job with diversity?

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:13 pm

Anita wrote: you Republicans will never get this country’s support after this!!!!!

Hmmmm, I just checked the polls and the republicans are leading in every single area. Obamas poll numbers are in the tank and playing the race card is going to sink you democrats even more.

HA!

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:14 pm

Ilene, you have a problem deciphering between fantasy and reality. Please, get back to taking your meds.

Ilene

September 4th, 2009
1:16 pm

To SDM. Thank you — thank you for stating that. It makes me feel a little better to see other people from the other side and who have some semblence of common sense coming out there to state their opinions, too. I truly believe this is the straw that broke the camel’s back. I have no hope whatsoever of these two sides EVER working together.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:16 pm

Chris Salzmann, are you literally retarded? That article was written before Paul Shanklin, who is not a republican member of the house or senate, made the song. Ever heard of satire, comrade?

FACT: THE ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY A LIB. THE SONG WAS WRITTEN TO SHOW HOW STUPID DEMOCRATS REALLY ARE. HE ALSO USED AL SHARPTON AS A VOICE IN THE SONG TO SHOW HOW AL IS A RACE BAITING BIGOT.

Here is your a$$ on a platter.

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
1:16 pm

I had rather have Bill Cosby give the speach. He has a lot more credibility. He is a truly eloquent speaker and does not need a teleprompter. Race has nothing to do with it folks. STOP using this to label those who do not support him. (it makes you look ignorant)

Just because I don’t happen to agree with giving all our money away to those who have less than me does not make me a racist. I guarantee the same folks who disagree with the president’s agenda would still disagree with him if his skin color were white.

Carrie

September 4th, 2009
1:17 pm

Has anyone seen the TV ads with hollywood pledging they will serve Obama? And you want to make this about race? Please, everyone knows this guy hates our country – just look at who his past influences have been and that is why any normal god fearing american won’t tolerate his trash being dumped on us with out parental knowledge! Stay away from my children and me!

My rights

September 4th, 2009
1:17 pm

Why can’t you just let me have a right to disagree with the President? He doesn’t stand for anything I believe in, and I do not like his polical policies. Instead of calling me stupid for not agreeing with you, why don’t you act all liberated and let me have an opinion without calling me a racist or an idiot?

This is why we are in the mess that we are in. People were forbidden to say that they had an opinion against Obama for fear of being treated like a racist. And now we are stuck with a big mess in the government, and my children and grandchildren will be paying for this for many years to come. That’s not a racial issue. That is an economic issue. You can’t argue against the numbers, and race doesn’t play into the numbers.

Atlanta Native

September 4th, 2009
1:17 pm

I neither like nor trust President Obama. I neither liked nor trusted Bush. I liked, but did not trust Clinton. They all have one thing in common though: They are/were the President.

Children should respect the office of President of the United States. If he is going to give an uplifting speech to schoolchildren, I say bring it on! If he can get black children to believe that doing well in school is not selling out to the white man, I say bring it on! If he can convince poor children they can achieve, I say bring it on.

If he uses the opportunity to push an agenda, explain to you kids what he did wrong and never let him do it again. If he does what he says he will, it will be the first thing he did I completely agree with. I ask my fellow conservatives and libertarians not to “hate it forward.” As President, he deserves one bite at the apple.

JD

September 4th, 2009
1:17 pm

It is truly amazing to me that when the puppet idiot of Cheney and Rumsfeld was sitting around watching this country fall apart, not a soul from the (we know everything) republican party had a darn word to say. Knowone stood up and said Cheney & Rumsfeld please release the puppet so that we can stop the madness. Even after all the lies about Iraq were exposed, knowone from the red side had a word to say. Now all of sudden “Big government gets to get in there”(from our trusted and faithful repub wonder woman, S.P.) You all have stood by two complete utterly not the brightest of people that has does nothing but create their own press conference whatever language and leave all of us thinking “how dumb was that statement”. Fact of the matter is that there are still a huge percentage of people in this country that doesn’t care how smart, how community oriented, how family oriented, and how culturely or race unbiased a black man or woman is, they do not want this man as the president. The party of “NO” should’ve started saying no about five or six years ago. What are we teaching our kids. Other countries are just laughing and smirking at us. Everyone of us needs to wake up. Is there anyone out there other than me that’s wants to see what senators and/congressmen(women) that have or is receiving lobbying monies from the healthcare industry. Why are was arguing and fussing. all you have to do is find out where the money goes and you’ll know why they don’t want a public option. I’ll say it again “wake up people”.

Becky

September 4th, 2009
1:18 pm

CJ@11:23–LMAO at your last line about English..
Tina@12:28–Please lay off of the crack pipe.It’s bad for you, don’t you know?

David Axelfraud–loving everything that you have to say..

ATLcitizen

September 4th, 2009
1:18 pm

The whole idea that far right parents are up in arms because the President of the United States want to speak to their children to deliver a message of the importance of education is OUTRAGEOUS. Now I know these people have lost their marbles–ya’ll are nuts! He is the President of the United States–he is YOUR President and your children’s President. Get used to it and give him the respect that he deserves. Take a chill pill and learn some decency and respectful behavior.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:19 pm

Chris Salzmann wrote: But I’m still waiting to hear your explanation why the Republican Party is doing such a poor job with diversity?

Ok here are some facts for you, nimrod:

1: Ronald Reagan made MLK a national holiday.

2: George Bush Sr. named the first African-American to the Supreme Court.

3: George Bush Jr. named Colin Powel and Condi Rice to the highest jobs in government in the history of the presidency.

4: Republicans outvoted Democrats on the Civil Rights Act.

5: The head of the GOP is African-American.

Suck on that for a while HACK!

Conservative Republican

September 4th, 2009
1:19 pm

It’s moron’s like David Axelfraud who give the rest of us a bad name….what a bigotted & ignorant buffoon. Thank God intelligent people don;lt take radicals like him to seriously – he’s a total crack pot people!

hey you

September 4th, 2009
1:20 pm

JD: go back to sleep. You are not right.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:21 pm

Chris Salzmann didn’t graduate high school. Chris Salzmann is a hack who can’t get decipher fact from fiction. Chris Salzmann is a pu$$y lib who probably got a lot of beatings in high school.

Chris Salzmann lives in his moms basement.

dw

September 4th, 2009
1:21 pm

To JATL
September 4th, 2009
8:26 am

JATL, you are correct that not all black people voted for BHO, it was only 90-95%. In other prior elections about 65-75% of blacks voted Democrat. Nothing jumps out there??? Personally, I could care less what race/nationality the President is, but I do care about the policies of said President and disagree with many of them. It is nice to currently be able to disagree, because in a lib world, cons would be outlawed. Also to think that BHO, as well as any politician, is above the politics of propaganda is naive. Lastly, in keeping with liberal openminded thinking, we have never had a President with a Polish name, so I think that would be a good barrier to break the next time around.

Steve

September 4th, 2009
1:21 pm

Can we really blame a segment of the population for objecting to the President addressing our nation’s school children? Who knows what he might say.

PRESIDENT REAGAN: Well, thank you very much. Please, be seated. You know, this is a real treat for me, having you here, and to have in a little while the chance to answer some of your questions. Let me also offer a special hello to those of you who are watching on C-Span, or the Instructional Television Network. Thank you for inviting us into your home or your school today …

And that is a vision that goes beyond economics and politics, it’s also a moral vision, grounded in the reverence and faith of those who believe that with God’s help, they could create a free and democratic nation …

Because you see, the taxes can be such a penalty on people that there’s no incentive for them to prosper and to earn more and so forth because they have to give so much to the government …

There was talk about having a gun ban in California. It didn’t go through. But I got a letter from a man in San Quentin Prison. And from the prison he wrote me the letter to tell me he was in there for burglary, he was a burglar. And he said, “I just want you to know that if that law goes through, here in San Quentin there will be celebrating throughout the day and night by all the burglars who are in prison.”

Why, he may express political views that are not our own. And God knows, we wouldn’t want that to happen in our schools.

hey you

September 4th, 2009
1:21 pm

Nope – not my President. I proudly DIDN’T vote for him.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:22 pm

Conservative Republican, name ONE thing that I have said that is bigoted? Oh, and I damn well guarantee you that you are not a conservative. And you also can’t spell. Idiot.

Wait, I got it, you are an Olympia Snowe conservative. Geez, what a moron.

Labor Day is Socialist!!!

September 4th, 2009
1:23 pm

Labor Day is a Socialist Holiday. Damn you Obama!

Sue Ann Floyd

September 4th, 2009
1:23 pm

There is only one reason that people would be up in arms over our President addressing children to encourage them regarding education–that reason has to be racism. Why else would people get upset over something as good as the President of the United States letting children understand how important they are and how important their education is? I can’t think of another logical reason–not that racism is logical–it certainly is far from that.

Steve

September 4th, 2009
1:23 pm

Really? We’re in this current mess because of OBAMA? The recession started after 8 years of GOP rule you fools. WTF???!!!

scott

September 4th, 2009
1:23 pm

I remember in 1st grade President Ford gave a speech we had to watch IN THE CLASSROOM (my word, what is this country coming to, the school children watching the President of the U.S. for 20 minutes in school) The people who oppose this speech really are showing their true colors. Not one of them can defend the right for for former presidents Ford, Reagan, and Bush 1 DOING THE SAME THING, but with a straight face say our current President Barack H. Obama(whether you can say it or not, he is still OUR president of ALL the US) can not do it.

justnikki

September 4th, 2009
1:23 pm

hey you,
you live in the u.s., he’s still your president. sorry.

Becky

September 4th, 2009
1:24 pm

SDM, thank you and every other military person that is out there fighting for my rights..Thank you, thank you, thank you..

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:24 pm

Conservative Republican, I bet you think Mccain, Snowe, Specter and Grassley are all conservative. I also bet that you think Obama is a moderate. Again, name ONE bigoted, and its bigoted and not biggoted like you so poorly spelled it, that I have written. Buffoon.

who cares

September 4th, 2009
1:24 pm

Obama-claims to be black and denounces the White side of his family. He refuses to show proof obirth-he is a muslim Kenyan and is trying to string this out unti lthe repubs can gain control in 2010 and ofrcr him to show proof or they impeach him and send him, REED and Pelosi to prison for crimes against America and Fraud. Obama would not have been elected if he was white as he would have really been portrayed as a Muslim! And he would have had to show proof of citizenship. Obama IS the Black Hitler! Everything Rush and Hannity has been saying has come true-yet YOU the BLACK voters and Obama supporters refuse to accept the truth. For YEARS Atlanta has been plagued by Black Mayoral leadership, yet what do the Blacks want-more black mayors to do the same things that you whine and complain about. yes-Bush was an idiot, but would you have preferred AL GORE who thinks global warming is coming jsut like the ice age? We had no third party to choose from with a viable alternative/leader. So we chose the lesser of two evils. History is repeating itself. When Ford ran for re election, the stupid voters, in an act of revenge for pardoning Nixon voted for a loser of a Gov.-Jimmy. And our people were taken hostage, inflation went up to double digits and interest rates were 20%+. Elections have consequences and this one shows that people don’t think with their heads-they react. A man sits in a Racist church for 20 yrs and you wonder why he labels his granny a “typical White Woman?” he is a Black mulsim who comes from an anti american family. Look at the friends and company he keeps. this is one Black Panther who will not change color, no matter how many bottles of clorox you poor on him or his Big chip on shoulder Wife! BTW-Oprah’s viewers are deserting her-they’ve figured out what Oprah is too.
“And that’s the bottom line..’Cause Stone Cold Said So!”

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
1:24 pm

Done with the discussion. I don’t like having a battle of the wits with an unarmed person.

I will agree to disagree with some of you guys.

BTW, i will be letting my daughter watch the speach. I do NOT agree with his political agendas. Nothing wrong with a speech about the importance of getting an education and being an upstanding citizen (and staying away from a life of crime), though.

Excuse ME

September 4th, 2009
1:24 pm

It’s ONLY a pep talk folks. RELAX! If you are worried he will veer off topic then listen to it your self and actually act like a good parent and discuss it with your child if you disagree. I think this sets a great example for our kids. I wish ALL the presidents had done this at least once a year. Heck even our Governor’s should have been doing this.

EC

September 4th, 2009
1:24 pm

LOL, it’s hilarious that this is even an issue. It’s great our president wants to speak to children, he is our leader and we all need to respect him.

Ilene

September 4th, 2009
1:25 pm

David Axelfraud , you are the one who cannot decipher between reality and fantasy. The Republicans are still living in the 18th century (Mr. McConnell of Virgina); I am living in this 21st century. And I suppose you think Governor Sanford should also stay in his job, after stealing from the people of South Carolina and lying to them, too. Axelfraud, go back to the farm and tend to your chickens (or your sheeple).

Conservative Republican

September 4th, 2009
1:25 pm

“Hey you” …. you did not have to vote for Obama for him to be “YOUR” President – Grow up – he IS YOUR President, be a true American and support the Office of the President as we expect Democrats to when Republican’s are in power and for who they did not vote…we are supposed to live in a democratic society and what’s good for one is good for the othe – play fair and be a true Patriot!

who cares

September 4th, 2009
1:25 pm

OBAMA is NOT our President! He won’t show proof of citizenship!

PJA

September 4th, 2009
1:26 pm

The question that is raised in my mind is “What kind of message are we sending to our kinds when we say not to listen to the leader of our nation? If they don’t have to listen to him why should they listen to the teachers, police officers, or their elders? Part of the problem of this country is that we teach children to disrespect authority by parents going to school to fight teachers and parents fighting referee’s at games. Let’s get past the race issue the color of his skin not going to change for the rest of his life. He is now the President of the United States give him the respect JFK ,Carter, Bush, Eisenhower, Clinton and all other president before him got just because he was the President.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:26 pm

Steve has selective memory problems. The last 8 years saw unemployment at 4.4%. The lowest in US history. The last 8 years were spent fighting Islamic Terrorist who you idiot libs think are a law enforcement problem. The next 4 years are going to be Jimmy Carter all over again.

YES WE CAN YES WE CAN! POOOOOOOOOOOT!

CHAINS WE CAN BELIEVE IN!

Ashamed

September 4th, 2009
1:26 pm

I would hate to say the President’s race has anything to do with it, but “it does.” His agenda, yes, but his race is the main factor. This is no different than the 1950’s and 1960’s… Go, look it up. I watched the movie “The Express” on HBO the other day and it brought out the hatred that some whites express towards people of color…sad, very sad. People picketing, shouting, fighting, spitting… just mean spirited. Compare those photos from that Civil Rights era with the photos many of the people are displaying around the country at these town hall meetings about the President. It’s a shame.

Ellie

September 4th, 2009
1:26 pm

quoting from an earlier post –
“To argue that government bailouts is Socialism is total unvarnished nonsense. These bailouts for GM and the Banks are not part of some evil plot for the government to take over. Think about it….if you were an evil government dictator, would you take over the WORST automaker and the WORST banks? I can just hear them now “oooooohhh man, we own GM now, we’re all set!” The worst products on the planet, a pension liability larger than the GDP of Europe, and they lost $1.1 Billion in the first quarter of 2009. Sorry, that just don’t flush. If our mean scary president were taking over the world, wouldn’t it make a teeny-weeenie bit of sense to take over Apple Computer or Exxon-Mobil? Exxon made $40 Billion in profit last year? Or to take over the drug maker Pfizer…$20 billion profits last year? Think about it.”

LOL – watch out there, Ima – some of these folks might actually try to wrap their minds around that – and they’ll strip some gears!

scott

September 4th, 2009
1:26 pm

Steve, you know people who rely on emotion and can not think for themselve can not counteract the FACTS you presented when the “great” Reagan address our nation’s students.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
1:26 pm

If you all just ignore the Axelfraud, he will just disappear. Maybe he will go over and fight the fight at Bookman’s Blog.

SDM

September 4th, 2009
1:27 pm

TO Ms. Ilene, you are welcome maam. And this country wonders why other countries don’t want to listen to us. God Bless!!!

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:28 pm

Conservative Republican wrote: we expect Democrats to when Republican’s are in power and for who they did not vote…we are supposed to live in a democratic society and what’s good for one is good for the othe – play fair and be a true Patriot!

This how I know you are lying!

One: You say nothing about how dems treated Bush during the last 8 years.

Two: We don;t live in a democracy. WE LIVE IN A REPUBLIC!

BOTTOM LINE: YOU’RE A LYING SACK OF CRAP WHO DOESN’T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REPUBLICAN AND A DEMOCRACY.

Bryan Ford

September 4th, 2009
1:28 pm

Davis Axelfraud, can’t answer for everyone who voted for Obama, but I did vote for him, and hate to inform you, that I am educated. I graduated college, with a double major in marketing and aviation. I would have to differ with you that I am an uneducated idiot.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:29 pm

Jeff in Roswell, you ignore me because you can’t provide facts.

Bryan Ford, then I would lie to differ with you and other democrats who paint all conservatives as racists. Have a nice day.

RSB123

September 4th, 2009
1:29 pm

This whole thing is just wrong. Adults are acting like the children they are so worried about protecting from being “brainwashed”, they didn’t get their way so they take their ball and go home. Funny, if you disagreed with Bush you were un-American or a traitor, but anything goes now against The President. All the adults are doing is making a mockery of our whole system. Personally, I think these people are doing way more damage to our country as a whole than Obama could ever do. To think that I spent a good portion of my adult life serving and protecting this country for what, to allow these idiots to tear down everything we’ve fought and sacrificed for? Thanks for nothing.

Habersham Dawg

September 4th, 2009
1:30 pm

Yes, they should hear him.

This isn’t left or right, liberal or conservative, democrat or republican. This is the President of THE United States addressing our children on the importance of an education. The complaints by the covservatives reveal an inner lining a insecurity and ignorance.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:30 pm

SDM, fine, other countries can ignore us. Next time Hitler comes marching through we will ignore them.

Conservative Republican

September 4th, 2009
1:31 pm

Alxelfraud – like a two year old – Buffoon!

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:32 pm

Habersham Dawg, Obama is on tv 24/7. He gives speeches every other week. I think most people are just tired of his campaign speeches and wish he would lead.

SDM

September 4th, 2009
1:32 pm

No Problem Ms. Becky.. And its all sincere.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:32 pm

Conservative Republican, have fun campaigning for Arlen Specter. Troglodyte!

DEB

September 4th, 2009
1:32 pm

After all these years people still think that they can say or do anything when it comes to a man of color. Let’s forget for a minute that he is the President of the United States. Let’s forget for a minute that this man has our best interest at hear, Let’s forget for a minute that we say we want our children to learn, grow up with their own opionions of what they’ve learned in schools. Just remember if we don’t take a stand now to turn things around for our children….where will they end up? Education is important….important for all of us.

Rick

September 4th, 2009
1:34 pm

This Blog proves there are too many folks out of work.

This issue will all blow over by Monday. My football team just needs to win!!

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:34 pm

DEB, education is very important. It’s why I went to private school my entire life. My parents didn’t want bad teachers in public schools teaching me. It’s worked out pretty well.

scott

September 4th, 2009
1:35 pm

Anyone still trying to ride the pony that President Obama is not a US citizen loses all credibility for any type of argument they are trying to make.
Maybe they need to go back to school and learn the requirements to be a US citizen, btw, here is a little help, try reading the 14th Admendment of the US Constitution.

Jesse's Girl

September 4th, 2009
1:35 pm

Frick people…..our kids aren’t going to pay any damn attention anyway! Its TV in the classroom. Hello???? Nap time….note time….make googley eyes at your BF/GF time. It will most decidedly NOT be listen-to-what-the-president-has-to-say time!!! Where is all this freakin uproar and passion when it comes to our screwed up teachers’ pay and lame a$$ curriculums? Where is all this piss and vinegar when it comes to the dog food they serve our children disguised as a nutritious lunch? Its just another opportunity for our esteemed president to do what he truly does best….TALK. Its not that big of a deal….enjoy your holiday….dang.

SAR

September 4th, 2009
1:35 pm

Why is it that if anyone goes against Obama we’re automatically considered racist? So, all black people who didn’t vote for McCain, they’re racist as well….right? It has to be this way because good lord, we know there’s no double standard out on there on race relations, right. We know that if a white person penned the email about the Atlanta mayorl race, it would have been okay to do so and not a single person in the black community would have found the same email from a white as racist. Right? I don’t care for a slew of white people that are in congress today, so am I racist there too? His race means nothing to me; his out of control spending and his arrogance however do. Blacks must grow up and face the fact that we have the right to not support anyone and not have our decisions appear to be predicated on race. For Gods sake, give us some credit.

CONCERNED FATHER

September 4th, 2009
1:35 pm

THE PRESIDENT OF MY COUNTY, VOTED IN BY A (NOTE THE KEY WORD) “MAJORITY”, OF COURSE I WOULD LET MY CHILDREN HEAR HIM WHETHER OR NOT I VOTED FOR HIM. MAYBE THOSE “O SO CONCERNED” INDIVIDUALS SHOULD CONTROL WHAT THEIR CHILDREN IS LISTENING TO ON THE RADIO AND WATCHING ON CABLE – NOW THAT’S SOMETHING TO BE SCARED OF. THESE ACTIONS AGAINST OUR PRESIDENT ARE TOTALLY DISRESPECTFULL. SO SAD.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:36 pm

Rick, nah, I have a three day weekend. Took the day off and saw this blog. It’s been fun trying to anger libs with facts. What football team do you pull for? I’m an Auburn fan myself but my team is going to suck this year. My wife is a Gator. Teebows ok I guess.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:37 pm

President Obama is a US citizen. People do need to shut up about that.

Call it Like It Is

September 4th, 2009
1:37 pm

Hey Ashamed,

I see more blacks that demonstrate hate for whites than I do the reverse anymore. The Malcom X’s of the world. The Hip Hop world. Kane West & Jamie Foxx making racial undertones in their talk.

The main reason that Barry got elected because so many non-taxpayers came out and voted based upon skin color rather than substance and the like.

The bottom line, I do not have a problem with someone in office giving a pep talk for kids to stay in school.

However, Barry has a lot more issues to deal with right now rather than taking the focus off the ball and placing it with the kids.

His administration has done ZERO for America!

Enough Said!

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
1:39 pm

Ignore you because you are not a reasonable, logical thinkning person. You are a loose emotional cannon.

christineb

September 4th, 2009
1:39 pm

Axelfraud- keep typing. You promote our cause with every ignorant comment you make.

As for all of you naysayers who think Obama is the one tanking our country… please explain how you REASONABLY can expect a person to pull us out of the hole Bush put is in over the course of 8 years within a matter of months. Every time he proposes anything to fix our country we have this type of craziness from his non-supporters. Never has a president had to deal with such blatant adversity. Whether you voted for Obama or not you should at least be Pro-American and hope our country progresses instead of working for utter failure just to prove your point

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:40 pm

Call it Like It Is, damn straight. Majority of dem voters are uneducated, felons, dead people, dead beats, and illegal aliens.

Thank you ACCORN!

yoco

September 4th, 2009
1:40 pm

The blatant disrespect afforded to this President is a tell tale sign that racism and prejudice is alive and well in this country. I remember having to sit through the Regans’ (both Nancy and Pres. Regan) Say No to Drugs and it is my understanding that Pres. Bush has also addressed the nations school children. What’s the horror, folks? Is the horror that a person of color was elected to the nations highest office? Is the horror that the Pres. wants to address children about doing their best, getting an education and becoming a productive member of society like he did? Is the horror that other children of color might hear and live by the Pres. words and actions and achieve as well? For those who oppose Pres. Obama addressing the nation’s school children, did you oppose Regan and Bush as well or is this especially reserved for this particular President?

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:40 pm

Jeff in Roswell, nah, you just hate it that someone can argue with you and other libs.

Bill Jones

September 4th, 2009
1:40 pm

Of course we need to have our children hear from our elected leaders. This hysteria on the right is getting out of control.

S

September 4th, 2009
1:41 pm

Proof of citizenship? That’s laughable. Trust me the government got all up in his rectum before he became president, more so because he’s black. BTW just because he has a Muslim name doesn’t make him Muslim. I’ve got two Spanish names and my and I’m not Hispanic, Latino or any other Spanish derivative and neither do I look it. Was born and raised in here but I suppose if I ran for political office questions would be raised about my citizenship

Ana LaBarre

September 4th, 2009
1:42 pm

I do not understnd you people1 Do you not see that what you teach your child is disrespect to the PRESIDENT, no matter who he is. This is whay the country is falling apart, we need to unite and work on issues and not scream NO just because who came up with an idea. You teach your chcild to respect people. What they think about the idea is different. But they need to learn respect. And what you are teachind is the opposit! This is our country and we need to learn how to think and analize the situation. If we shut the door in front of everyone we disagree with there will be no progress. Wake up and understand that what your child needs to learn is be smart and tell right from wrong instead of pluging her ears with an IPod!?

Bryan Ford

September 4th, 2009
1:42 pm

David Axelfraud, here we go again….I am not a democrat nor a republican, I am an independant. The last election, if you were to look at my ballot, I voted for some Republicans and I voted for some Democrats. Also, I am not a conservative nor a liberal. I fall right into the middle of the spectrum. I definitely don’t think nor paint conservatives as racists, and I don’t even correlate conservatism to racism.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
1:42 pm

Comprehenension is not a strong suit of yours.

Dear Bob

September 4th, 2009
1:43 pm

My replies to your ignorant posting. Damn you are dumb.

I am sorry. You are right…Hitler wasn’t a Communist. He was a Totalitarian. The definition works for Obama just as well, now that we have that cleared up.
***So you just pulled the ole “wow, you’re right, I’m wrong so I’ll make my argument more ridiculous to prove myself correct” method of debate. They use that one over and over in the playground.

And yes, the socialism and communism does apply still for Obama…including sharing the wealth, equal ownership, etc. That tends to create two classes – a wealthy upper and a poor lower. It obliterates a middle class, as has socialism and communism.
***you just do not understand what you are saying. We have so many aspects of our society that have both Communist and Socialist ideals. But since you gave me this softball, I’ll take it. Do we not have two classes right now? The owners and the workers? That is exactly what Marx was critiquing regarding Capitalism. Marx knew nothing of a middle class because one did not exist in his eyes. It was the proletariat and bourgeois.

please have more than a second or third generation understanding of the terms you use.

Thank you for the correction of my definition. You further proved my point.****you took what I wrote, changed it to fit your uneducated ignorant opinion and concluded that I proved your point. Thanks, but you did all the heavy lifting.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:43 pm

christineb, is Michigan, Penn, Florida, California or any other blue state full of ‘crazy conservatives?”

NOPE! Fact is, his poll numbers are below 48% in every single poll. Even democrats are running from him. He can’t even get his own party to agree with him.

Your “cause” is going down the tank every single day. Keep drinking the messiah kool aid honey, because it’s going to destroy your entire party.

See you next November!

Stephanie

September 4th, 2009
1:43 pm

@hall county teacher- good thing you havent posted anything that gives you away, i would NEVER want you teaching my kids.

Duhh

September 4th, 2009
1:43 pm

Yes, my kids will be listening to Obama’s speech. They need to know that the president of our country takes education seriously, and he is not just signing laws (i.e. No Child Left Behind)that reduces their education to knowing how to fill in bubble sheets.

It really boggles my mind that President Obama has been met with so much opposition in his presidency–he hasn’t even completed a year yet. However, George W. Bush has had 8 years to show just how inexperienced, unintelligent, and uncaring he was. He rode on his father’s coat-tail and made about as much sense as a bag of chicken lips. He made himself look like a fool (and us) so many times that I’ve lost count.

Peadawg, if you can’t see that this racism, then you’re blinder than Stevie Wonder. George Bush could’ve said speeches everyday at 9:00 a.m, and nothing would’ve been said. In fact, Bush never touted education as a priority. He just signed a ridiculous law that will continue the deterioation of our children’s education.

__________________________________________________________________
“In fact, Bush never touted education as a priority”

Neither did your parents.

Blow Up Your TV

September 4th, 2009
1:44 pm

First of all, why are there TV’s in these schools? Kids aren’t supposed to be watching TV during the school day. My kid’s school does not have TV’s and I am thankful for that.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:44 pm

Ana LaBarre, disrespect the president? Where were you when democrats were marching with war protesters who had posters of Bush being hung?

Where were you when libs made a movie with President Bush being shot?

Hello hypocrite! Nice to meet you!

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:46 pm

Bryan Ford, so you basically stand for nothing? I would not want to look at your ballot because I don’t give a crap about how you vote. It’s just that people like you ignore democrats who call conservatives racists when its the liberal policies that we are against. Have a nice day.

Roekest

September 4th, 2009
1:47 pm

I’m no fan of Obama but the outrage I’ve seen over the past few days over this address is just plain ridiculous! I’m embarrassed to call myself a Republican after all these displays of ignorance by other “republicans”. It’s time to embrace the politics of Goldwater and use that as our platform. The Neo-Conservative Christian base of the party has perverted Republicanism the way that Hitler perverted German politics in the 20’s and 30’s.

I used to joke that the dems were drinking the Kool-Aid. Now, I can see both sides are guzzling up as much as they can of their own flavor. VOTE INDEPENDENT OR WATCH YOUR COUNTRY FALL LIKE ROME.

Pandora

September 4th, 2009
1:48 pm

ABSOLUTELY!!! Our children should hear what the President has to say!!!! The reasons why MOST of you sorry parents do not want your children to listen to President Obama’s speech is because
A) HE’S AFRICAN-AMERICAN &
B) BECAUSE HE IS DEMOCRAT!! PERIOD!!

You people in Georgia are so backwards and rednecks! It’s a shame that you actually expect your children to grow up in this world having a closed mind and racist like you are!!

I didn’t hear jack when that fool President George Bush, Jr. gave his darn speech to children! He spoke about things that had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH EDUCATION!!! HE SPOKE ABOUT HIS AGENDA AND THINGS HE WANTED TO PASS IN CONGRESS!! Just because the worst president in U.S. History (George Bush) did that DOES NOT MEAN THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL DO THE SAME!!!

GET OVER IT!!!! HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY…IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT THEN MOVE TO ANOTHER COUNTRY!!!

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:48 pm

Jeff in Roswell, comprehension is not my strong suit? Wow, coming from you I’d take that as a compliment. Especially when you ignore the racist name calling of your other lib friends. Talk about hypocrisy.

Ilene

September 4th, 2009
1:48 pm

Thank you Christine B.

Alexfraud. You’re just too stupid to address any more. The other person was right; ignore you and maybe you’ll go away.

Courtney

September 4th, 2009
1:50 pm

Republicans are only complaining b/c it is Obama. Democrats are hypocrits b/c they would be complaining if it was Bush.

This speech is “OK”, but he should not go back to this well or it would be wrong.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:50 pm

Pandora writes: The reasons why MOST of you sorry parents do not want your children to listen to President Obama’s speech is because
A) HE’S AFRICAN-AMERICAN &
B) BECAUSE HE IS DEMOCRAT!! PERIOD!!

One: SHOW PROOF OF YOUR RACIST CLAIMS AGAINST PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT THEIR KIDS TO SEE OBAMA SPEAK.

TWO: WHERE WERE YOU WHEN DEMOCRAT VOTERS WERE ON TV BURNING BUSH IN EFFIGY?

extremerightwing

September 4th, 2009
1:51 pm

For all of the whiny libs on here today crying about how poorly obama is being treated by conservatives. This should shut up all of the racism charges flying around here as well. I’m sorry if conservatives were more organized now than libs were back then. Guess what goes around, comes around.

As Barack Obama prepares a nationwide broadcast to America’s students next Tuesday, it has been revealed that Democrats complained in 1991 when then President George H. W. Bush broadcast a speech from a Northwest Washington junior high school.

Such was reported by the Washington Post on October 3, 1991
In fact, the House Majority leader at the time, Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.), said “The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students.”

House Democrats criticized President Bush yesterday for using Education Department funds to produce and broadcast a speech that he made Tuesday at a Northwest Washington junior high school.

The Democratic critics accused Bush of turning government money for education to his own political use, namely, an ongoing effort to inoculate himself against their charges of inattention to domestic issues. The speech at Alice Deal Junior High School, broadcast live on radio and television, urged students to study hard, avoid drugs and turn in troublemakers.

“The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students,” House Majority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) said. “And the president should be doing more about education than saying, ‘Lights, camera, action.’ ”

Two House committees demanded that the department explain the use of its funds for the speech, an explanation that Deputy Secretary David T. Kearns provided late in the day in a letter to Rep. William D. Ford (D-Mich.), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee. Education Secretary Lamar Alexander was out of town. [...]

Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-Colo.), chairwoman of the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families, said it was outrageous for the White House to “start using precious dollars for campaigns” when “we are struggling for every silly dime we can get” for education programs.

Rep. Martin Frost (D-Tex.) said that if Bush feels obliged to use government funds to hire outside consultants “to make him look good,” then he should fire some of the public relations experts on the White House payroll. “Then the president might be more sympathetic to unemployment benefits,” Frost said, referring to Bush’s threat to veto legislation to extend benefits.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:52 pm

Ilene writes:you’re just too stupid to address any more.

Hmmm, Ilene, I’m not the one crying all over a blog and whining about my life like you are.

7/9

September 4th, 2009
1:53 pm

On a day when the President wants to talk about staying in school and working hard some parents are going to keep their children out of school? “Call in sick?” I feel sorry for the kids who really are sick and can’t make it.

miz wynn

September 4th, 2009
1:53 pm

This country has sunk to a new low.I knew people had a problem with Obama because he was black,but to try and keep our children from hearing a message that might help some of them stay in school or maybe go back is truly pitiful.Presidents before him did the same thing and not a word.I wonder why? Was it because he was the right color? Ya think?

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
1:56 pm

miz wynn hates white people and Eskimos and Indians. What a joke.

Unique

September 4th, 2009
1:58 pm

President Obama does not have the right to speak to my children at all. They are not taxpayers nor are they voters. If he wants to speak to constituents then he can speak to ME through whatever channels he so chooses, but he does not have the right to speak to my children without my permission. The same is true of ANYONE. The school sends permission slips home to us for EVERYTHING including speakers, field trips and anything that falls outside the normal school authorities and schedules that I have not been made aware of. If they do not do the same today – I will be outraged that my children were told they must listen to something I did not approve. This would be true of ANYTHING falling outside the normal curriculum. This is a particularly grievous problem when it is a politician with an activist agenda to push currently. I don’t want ANYONE, Bush, Obama, the Pope, the gvoernor or anyone else for that matter talking to my kids and imposing values without my permission.

Bob Rock and Roll

September 4th, 2009
1:58 pm

Axelfraud – go blow it out yer lily white a$$.

Astounded

September 4th, 2009
1:58 pm

We are doomed as a country – not because of Obama, but by the “parents.” What an astounding collection of ignorant, silly, fearful comments about “brain washing” “socialism” etc. Why bother talking to kids about staying in school and the importance of education when our children are being raised by such impossibly illiterate, vapid, fear – mongering, parents?!

Al for ATL

September 4th, 2009
1:59 pm

Our school system is a socialist system – I guess if you guys are so afraid of socialism, we should just get rid of all public schools everywhere and you can just pay some corporation to run a school system for you. Do you people calling Obama a socialist even have the faintest idea of what that means? It’s like a wise Congressman recently said, having a debate with people that ignorant is like having a debate with a dining room table.

jcatl

September 4th, 2009
1:59 pm

The stupidity, gullibility and basic pack mentality of the Republican voters never ceases to amaze me. The right wing cable and talk radio lunatic fringe has convinced the uneducated, inattentive and basic white trash of this country that Obama is the second coming of Karl Marx, when in fact he is just another politician, duly elected in a landslide over the sad alternative the Republicans were able to muster.

Every other president has succeeded or failed on the merits of their entire term in office, yet Obama has been given less than 8 months and all of a sudden we’re going down the tubes – right. Any problems this country has are generations in the making: healthcare, social security, etc, and if George W. Bush AND Barrack Obama had not bailed out the banks, would be you sitting in your tarpaper shacks and trailers saying “gee, I’m shore glad we didn’t bail out the banks – I like living in a third world kuntry”? Instead, when both the previous GOP president AND the current Democratic president choose to use the same strategy, Obama gets all the blame?

Turn off the cable yell shows, turn off the talk radio, and think for yourselves people!

Bob Rock and Roll

September 4th, 2009
2:00 pm

Unique – you gave Pres Obama the right to address your students when you enrolled them into the GOVERNMENT run school system.

jcatl

September 4th, 2009
2:02 pm

If Ronald Reagan were the next president after Barack Obama, he would not be allowed to speak to school children. If this is the precedent the nutbags on the right want to set, have at it.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
2:02 pm

Bob Rock and Roll writes:

Axelfraud – go blow it out yer lily white a$$.

So, now that we know that Bob is a racist I guess the rest of you dems can STFU!

Patricia Koonz

September 4th, 2009
2:02 pm

Seriously? We now TEACH our children to disrespect the President and the office and applaud the efforts of these narrow minded, prejudiced people. Did they react this way when Reagan in 1988 and Bush in 1991 addressed the students?

Bob Rock and Roll

September 4th, 2009
2:02 pm

Unique – you let politicians invoke their values on your children every single day that you send them to GOVERNMENT run schools.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
2:02 pm

Bob Rock and Roll, I bet you love things blowing out of a$$es don’t you?

Donna P.

September 4th, 2009
2:03 pm

I don’t mind if he is going to say positive things about education and goal achieving. BUT, some of the classroom materials asked how the student could help President Obama. What does that mean, help President Obama? I know the wording was changed; it was wrong in the first place. It sounded too dictator-like for me. It has been overblown but I am glad parents are getting involved and deciding what their children should be watching in school.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
2:03 pm

jcatl, are you closing up at Starbucks tonight? I mean, that is the only place libs can get jobs after finishing up art school.

Bob Rock and Roll

September 4th, 2009
2:04 pm

David – is that an invite?

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
2:05 pm

Patricia Koonz, you must have been lying dormant in a basement the last 8 years. You must have missed all of the democrats howling and calling for Bush’s head for the last 8 years. I bet you believe 911 was an inside job.

jcatl

September 4th, 2009
2:05 pm

Jesus H. Baldheaded Christ! – Obama’s the President of the United States – the leader of the free world. The only people making this a political event are the narrow-minded parents who are imagining that Obama will be using some sort of mind tricks on their kids. WTF? What is our country coming to?

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
2:05 pm

Bob Rock and Roll, nope, I like the opposite sex. I bet you could find some lovin at your next NAMBLA meeting!

JF McNamara

September 4th, 2009
2:05 pm

To answer the question of why people think this is simply about race, its because this concept is so bizarre. Other Presidents have done it before and it was no big deal. Even if you don’t agree with his policies, he’s hasn’t done anything to prove himself to be a bad or immoral human being. Why else would you object?

I mean, say it out loud. “I don’t won’t my child to hear the President speak on the importance of education because I’m afraid he will brainwash them with his agenda in a 30 minute presentation.”

Really? 30 minutes one time? speaking to non-voting kids? brainwash? To most folks, it sounds absolutely crazy, so they think it must be race.

If you protest this, then your kids can’t watch TV, listen to the radio or read books. Even Dora the Explorer has an environmental agenda, so do you protest that? The whole concept of keeping your kids out of school over a 30 minute message appears extreme given everything else you encounter in every day life. There’s no way you filter every thing they see, and this 30 minute message won’t affect their lives one way or the other.

Call it Like It Is

September 4th, 2009
2:05 pm

Yeah David,

When they want to call out anyone it is racism, but when they do it, nothing is said.

Well, we are calling BS on all of this S@#$!

Again, I have no problem with Barry addressing kids about staying in school. However, he should be concentrating on bigger issues since this is not necessary.

Let’s see miz wynn: The bulk of college football Div 1 scholarships go to uh, blacks. However, when I look into the stands, I see whites that are supporting the program. Again, stars can voice their racist opinions about Bush or any white person, and yet, there is no outrage.

This so called president as too many questionable associations with Racists and yet not be one himself like you!

Enough Said!

andy

September 4th, 2009
2:06 pm

Of all the evil idolatry going on in entertainment and sports, why are you so afraid of kids watching the POTUS. Really, why are you afraid? At least be honest with your kids if you cannot be honest here.

Reality Check

September 4th, 2009
2:07 pm

HELLO – citizens of the US – have you been asleep for the past 10 years?
Our country is so hateful and divided when it comes to politics, why do you think so many parents are up in arms? Many of you have already stated that if GWB gave this speech as President you’d be in an uproar as well. So why is it WRONG for the other half to be upset over a speech by President Obama?

Yes, there are educators out there that hold grudges if you don’t agree with THEIR views. That was made VERY clear during the 2008 election. People DID vote for this President out of quilt AND because he was black. You can deny that FACT until your blue in the face, but it is the TRUTH! The evidence is there, and there ARE so many that voted for him are now outraged over this healthcare reform. What is so hard to comprehend?

This IS a President with an agenda. An agenda to do what he wants to DO regardless of what the majority wants. He has built a staff of YES men that are damaging his legacy. His staff is not advising him properly OR he is NOT listening. His actions, like one of the first posters mentioned, wreaks of dictatorship. Are his followers that blind to see what is happening before there very eyes?

President Obama’s rapid rise to power is extremely unsettling to the silent majority. This is what happens when a group becomes obsessed with one person like President Obama.

Many liberal are SILENTLY realizing that President Obama is failing. It is not easy to admit that you made a mistake and voted for someone out of hate for the other side. Many realize that it is very hard for many of you to see President Obama divide our country and start to fail so quickly.

President Obama’s only hope is to do the right thing and call off this speech. He needs to reflect about the wrong way he is taking this country and his exremely partisan agendga for HIS country. If he doesn’t, it certainly shows that he sees himself as his voters saw him, a God-like figure.

Henry McKee

September 4th, 2009
2:08 pm

It is no wonder that children today have little or no respect for adults. they have been taught by the stupid actions of their parents. My child would attend school and listen to the President of the United States and later that day we would have a family discussion of that speech. That is how my parents reared my siblings and me as we grew up in racist Louisiana. We listened to all speakers and had family discussions, but we formed our own opinions about what was said. To those who oppose this event that is called education.
Where was the opposition when Mr. Reagan and Mr. Bush spoke to the school children? What is the real issue in this situation? when their children rebel against them I hope they remember this event.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
2:08 pm

jcatl answered her own question.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
2:09 pm

andy, same reason you hated Bush I guess.

Just The Facts, Ma'am

September 4th, 2009
2:09 pm

My estimate from counting responses on this blog – sounds like more people are against letting the kids hear the speech than are for it. I’m not interpreting here – just stating the facts.

Bob Rock and Roll

September 4th, 2009
2:10 pm

David, I know you go both ways – don’t be afraid.

TW

September 4th, 2009
2:11 pm

Most of those trashy rednEeck kids are just a strain on the system anyway. Please do stay home…stay home for good. Don’t wait for sixteen – DROP OUT NOW!

I DEMAND THE STATE OF GA PASS A LAW ALLOWING THE CHILDREN TO DROP OUT AS EARLY AS FIVE-YEARS-OLD.

jcatl

September 4th, 2009
2:11 pm

I think the biggest fear on the right is that Obama will end 8 years in office just as popular as he was when he was elected, despite his lagging numbers right now. They will do anything to tear him down because they’ve been whipped. The GOP is irrelevant except in the deep south, and so they are continuing to play to the fears the deep south has of the current president. It’s textbook FUD and easy to foist on the unwashed, uneducated middle and lower class of the South.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
2:11 pm

Bob Rock and Roll, I don’t find butt holes attractive.

Unique

September 4th, 2009
2:11 pm

No – I paid my taxes for a special purpose in education and I have a right to have a SAY in that education. The curriulums are published AND approved by the State Board and anything outside of that curriculum is considered extra-curricular and I should be REQUIRED to approve of it for MY child.

Bob Rock and Roll

September 4th, 2009
2:12 pm

Davey, weren’t you the one involved with Larry Craig?

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
2:13 pm

jcatl, Obama is going to have to actually do his job to be able to be re-elected. Poll numbers below 45% never get a president re-elected. Just ask Jimmy Carter.

Carrie

September 4th, 2009
2:13 pm

Amen Unique!

GaNative

September 4th, 2009
2:14 pm

Ummm, after 8 years of listening to Bush and I do recall him visiting schools. In fact he was in a school when the World Trade Center was taken down on 911. But nobody seemed to give a rats azz about Bush talking to kids, did they??

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
2:14 pm

Bob Rock and Roll, nope but I’m pretty sure you give reach arounds to Barney Frank.

Bob Rock and Roll

September 4th, 2009
2:14 pm

Unique – No actually, you personally don’t have the right. The majority ruled party has the right. If you happen to be in that party – then things are cool.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
2:15 pm

GaNative, um, maybe you forgot about every single lib bitching about Bush and reading that book. I might point you in the direction of Michael Moores 911 movie.

Bob Rock and Roll

September 4th, 2009
2:16 pm

I do remember you! You were at that party with us Davey!

Just think

September 4th, 2009
2:17 pm

As I scan these pages and pages of comments I read people on both sides of the arguement making outraguous comments.

A few main points that hopefully people on on both sides of the arguement can agree upon:
One: The President of the United States of American is the ELECTED leader of the greatest civilization that the earth has produced thus far in known history. The fact that we are having this conversation should be proof enough of that fact. A little repect for the office would nice. You don’t have to like him just don’t throw mud.

Two: Whether the wording was intential or not, the president should not be asking for help from school children. I think that any educated person can objectively look at the situation and argree that citizens (that includes students) are not here to help the president. He is a public servant. He is here to serve me and the rest of the citizens of the USA. Those are his duties. If you look at the wording of the lessons the speeck does not reflect that truth. It may have been an oversight or it could be a subversive act. I don’t know. Either way it is not acceptable.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
2:17 pm

ob Rock and Roll, no, I don’t play with democrat men like you do.

GaNative

September 4th, 2009
2:17 pm

All this patriotism and pledging allegiance doesn’t mean SHID to a parent that would tell their child not to listen to the President of the United States. One thing this presidenceny really sheds light on is that White Folks are gonna be White Folks. They just can’t get over that fact that Obama is the head of their country.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
2:19 pm

Bob Rock and Roll, looks like your messiah Obama is letting all of you gays down. He still doesn’t support gay marriage. So sad……boo hoo! POOOOOOOOOOOT

Vivian

September 4th, 2009
2:20 pm

I think every child should hear President Obama’s speech. Children should be reminded that each child can be what they want to be. President Obama is a good example of most children today. Children’s role model should be their parents but, many children do not have parents the child looks up to.

Becky

September 4th, 2009
2:21 pm

SDM, your Mom and Dad must really be proud of you, as they rightfully shoud be..I hope my grandson grows up to be as nice of a gentleman as you appear to be..

USGuy

September 4th, 2009
2:23 pm

I think it’s a darn shame we are even discussing what would be considered an education campaign speech. Similar to past Presidents who have spoken to children about pertinent issues such as resisting drug abuse (Reagan – 80’s) or No Child Left Behind (Bush – 90’s). Why would this be any different?

People, come on. Be intelligent and make up your own mind instead of listening to political entertainers who’d rather have you believe in conspiracy theories and that there’s a plot to take everything you own. Ridiculous and shameful, that the President of our United States of America is catching heat promoting educational prosperity.

Obozo

September 4th, 2009
2:23 pm

Vivian, because a lot of kids have dead beat baby mama and baby daddys who run off and sleep with a lot of different people.

EMMA

September 4th, 2009
2:24 pm

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!! Are you serious? Let’s just face it there are people that are still MAD that Obama won the presidency. I completely understand. I felt the same way these past two elections, the hurt, the pain, the agony when Kerry and Gore lost. Ooooohhhhh weeeeeeeeee, I know what you are going through. Doesn’t it hurt when you get pinched, slapped in the forehead, or stung by a bee? It’s instant pain that subsides. Yeaaaaah after two terms with Bush my collegues and I grew to like ole “Killa” that was our nickname for our previous President and even was MAD as hell when someone threw their shoe at him. Heyyyy don’t throw your shoe at our President!!!! We might not of liked hime but we sure did RESPECT him. What we liked about him was that Bush didn’t give a f$(k about what people thought or said about him, he just did WHATEVER he wanted to do. LOLOLOLOL and all we could say was “DO YOU BOO” LOLOLOLOL The ignorance of some of these people are soooo amazing that it’s embarrassing. You won’t let someone speak positive about education to your child from someone who has beat all odds, attended one of the best schools in this country, and continues to attempt to cross party lines? LOLOLOLOLOLOL OMG!!!! You have got to be kidding me!!!! LOLOLOLOLOLOL

jcatl

September 4th, 2009
2:26 pm

GaNative,

You are partially right. For some people race is why they oppose Obama. But you have to look at the GOP as a whole and realize that racism is not what drives them – wealth is. Racism only plays to a small part of their constituency. Much like the Democrats, the Republicans are bought and paid for by special interests that help keep wealthy voters/contributors wealthy, and in good times make them even wealthier. This is what motivates the GOP to oppose Obama. While he would like to push prosperity down the scale of wealth from the top to the middle, the GOP (as the tools of the ultra-wealthy and corporate interests) will oppose this at every turn. The one thing the GOP has been highly successful at is getting the uneducated and fearful to vote against their own best interests. Since it doesn’t look like any financial regulation will take place to prevent another event like the catastrophe we’re still trying to recover from, the next great recession may actually see us collapse into a depression, and that will be when the “base” of the GOP’s number will be up. The people they’ve exploited and used all these years will finally realize that voting for the wealthy will not inevitably somehow make you wealthy. This is what it comes down to for the GOP. Sure they wrap it in a nice package that says Jesus, and family values, but peel back the cover and you’ll see dollar signs.

christineb

September 4th, 2009
2:27 pm

UInique- you are being extreme. Please, do you really expect us to believe your children live in a bubble and that EVERYTHING and ANYTHING must be filtered through you? Children are exposed to outside influences in a million different ways every day. The only thing a parent can do is to teach their kids values and morals and give them the ability to decide for themselves what they choose to believe.

chasity

September 4th, 2009
2:28 pm

I am embarassed, I JUST CAN”T BELIEVE THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE SO STUPID, IT’S NOT ABOUT THE SPEECH, IT’S PURE HATRED, YOU LOST HE WON, GET THE HELL OVER IT PEOPLE, IF YOU VOTED FOR HIM OR NOT HE IS THE PRESIDENT, I DIDN’T TRUST BUSH BUT I RESPECTED HIM FOR THE OFFICE HE HELD, WHOEVER DOES NOT WANT THEIR KIDS TO HEAR THE PRESIDENT, YOU ARE BAD, BAD PARENTS, IF NOTHING ELSE IT’S A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION, I SHAKE MY HEAD IN EXASPERATION BECAUSE OF IGNORANT, INTOLERANT, HATEMONGERS WHO NEED TO READ THAT BIBLE YOU THUMP, MY GOD TEACHES OF LOVE AND RESPECT FOR OTHERS AND I KNOW THE LORD IS SAYING “i DIED FOR THESE FOOLS”.

Bob Rock and Roll

September 4th, 2009
2:29 pm

Sorry Davey, you’re no fun to play with. I’m kicking you to the curb. Don’t cry.

GaNative

September 4th, 2009
2:29 pm

If I was President Obama, I would take out a 2 second ad on TV and tell you all to KISS MY AZZ.

Bob Rock and Roll

September 4th, 2009
2:30 pm

Chasity Belt – “We” didn’t lose… the Country lost. THE USA LOST!

Mother in MA

September 4th, 2009
2:31 pm

For me, what was most offensive was the DOE’s recommended questions, ie., (K-6)”What do you think the President wants to say?” What do you think the President wants you to do?” Many questions of this nature, sequenced at before, during and after the speech; a little creepy.
Those questions, coupled with the fact that Obama has expressed an interest in calling for a Civilian National Security Force “just as powerful…..as well funded as the military.” Why??? (find on youtube)
Then, I take into account, at least, 5 Czars, one of whom is a self avowed Communist who speaks more like a street thug.
I have lost faith in this administration and I do not trust their motives.
It’s not just one thing…..it’s the Totality of the picture.
Having said that, I would not keep my children out of school for an entire day since this speech is 1:00 p.m. EST. Since the DOE pulled the questions, I may have to shoot the teacher an email to ask what they are planning for after the speech. At that time, I will decide.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
2:31 pm

Bob Rock and Roll, you’re kicking me to the curb? Girly man, you’ve just had your a$$ handed to you. Then again, you have a$$ handed to you everyday. And vice-versa.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
2:32 pm

GaNative, that’s an excellent idea. That way the democrats will never win another election.

yankeebybirth

September 4th, 2009
2:32 pm

This is asinine. What in the world is really going on here? People are upstet about a proposed pep talk or speech to students by the President? You’re up in arms about what you “think” or “anticipate” he’ll say? This is not the first time a President has addressed public school children (Bush, Reagan). Where was the uproar then?

I have no problem with this President or any other President, past or future, addressing my children and encouraging them to stay in school, or to do well and study, etc. By keeping your children out of school because you don’t want them to hear the message from “the bad man” sends a terrible message to your children. Just what are you going to tell them when they ask why they can’t attend school because the President of the United States is going to be speaking to them? This is generational people…

Abu

September 4th, 2009
2:34 pm

To Saheed and the other pretenders –
In 1972 Nixon Gave a speech Bush 41 and Ronald Regan gave a speech to school children
So when you hear Obama’s Speech that encourages children to stay in school and work hard to get Good grades.. and no excuses –You Nay Sayers will look like racist idiots you just don’t want a black man telling your Kids anything not even the Pledge – So Saheed you can get back to pulling you kids finger nails out because they held hands in public

Jamie

September 4th, 2009
2:34 pm

I’m a Republican, and I am APPALLED at the demonizing of this president by the far right. People like Michelle Malkin are doing far more to destroy this country than President Obama could ever imagine.

We can disagree over policy. But he is the President of the United States, and children should be taught to respect the office. He can be a great inspiration to students, because he is a great example of the power of education to open doors.

People need to get off their conspiracy theories and shut up and let the President make his speech. I’m so sick of the extremists running their mouths all the time.

ncgreybr

September 4th, 2009
2:35 pm

Chris: Using facts to put down someone is SOOOO rude and uncalled for! (snicker, snicker!)

Don

September 4th, 2009
2:35 pm

If so my friend you were my teacher……..And truly not all
Christians, sorry for putting that out there.

GaNative

September 4th, 2009
2:36 pm

**Bob Rock and Roll**, the country lost long before Obama took office. The country lost when corporate executives starting offhoring jobs and importing Indians to America, and the Government subsidized it. Bill Gates and Microsoft was a leader in importing their sorry azzes here. When he realized what a mess they were making he retired. Look at how pitiful Windows Vista is that was produced after the influx of Indians is compared to Windows XP.

Catherine

September 4th, 2009
2:38 pm

Our country is going downhill. We might just as well have a Civil War II, this time between the Democrats and the Republicans.

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
2:39 pm

@ Pandora- you seem to play into the stereotyp that those who don’t like Obama are racist. You state that one of two reasons you would listen to him is that he is African American. Is this truly the reason you listen to him? color shouldn’t have anything to do with it. Period. You are no different than those who do not like him for his color. YOu ought to be ashamed.

Disgusted

September 4th, 2009
2:39 pm

I think there are bigger problems in this country that should be discussed instead of debating whether kids should hear a speech by the President of the United States. To some no matter what he says or does he will never be good enough, here is a clue get yourself educated, perhaps leave the country and venture outside your small town and see how the rest of the world operates and then you can come back and find something that actually matters to complain about.

oldtimer

September 4th, 2009
2:39 pm

If I still had school age children I would…Spend the day in the class with my child and see what he says and how the teacher handles it. I am sure after this uproar the speech will be squeeky clean and most teacher will handle this to most parents satisfaction. All parents should take a day or tow a year off from their job and sit in classes anyway!!

Sam

September 4th, 2009
2:41 pm

I suspect that this is not the true reason for the hostility. I suspect that there is a lot of mistrust and feelings of hipocracy in Washington. The upcoming speech is just a catalyst. just my two cents.

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
2:43 pm

ya’ll have a good weekend, no matter what you believe. At the present time, it is a free country (and I don’t have to report off to anyone about where I am going).

EMMA

September 4th, 2009
2:43 pm

I repsect the higest office in the land: The President of the United States. I’m not sure if my daughters school will be airing the broadcast or not but she will be allowed to view Obama’s speech if they choose to do so. It’s the President of the United States, doesn’t matter if I voted for him, like him, agree with him, is male or female, Dem, Rep, or Indy, is blue, black, green, or purple, or wears the wrong shoe on the wrong foot. It’s the President of the United States.

joyce

September 4th, 2009
2:43 pm

Thank God the principal of Dolvin Elementary is doing what’s best for the kids, let the teachers teach. We don’t need our kids wasting school time listening to the propaganda from Obama. The campaign is over, get to work on restoring the economy and US jobs.

Chris Salzmann

September 4th, 2009
2:44 pm

http://www.politifact.com

A non-partisan website gave the conservative/Republican “concern” that Obama will indoctrinate children in “socialism” a “LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE RATING”.

But why let pesky little facts get in the way of moronic people, right? Here’s the piece:

We asked the Republican Party of Florida for evidence that Obama intended to discuss health care, banks, automobile companies or taxes with the nation’s schoolchildren. They couldn’t point us to anything.

A spokesman said the party was particularly concerned about the study questions the department had provided. “The goal of these materials is to tell students why they should support President Obama in his overall agenda,” said Katie Gordon.

“If the former administration had done something like this, the media would be handling this a lot differently,” she added.

We reviewed the study materials but didn’t see any mention of controversial issues, let alone any attempt to indoctrinate students in socialism. The pre-K through 6th grade materials said the main ideas of the speech would be “citizenship, personal responsibility, civic duty.” The materials for high schoolers mention “personal responsibility, goals, persistence.”

As Politifact found, Obama’s planned words are pretty innocuous, with a focus on doing well in school and behaving in class. That hasn’t stopped some school districts from refusing to air the address.

YUP……………………………little wonder that the only people complaining about this are, judging by the comments here, RETARDS!

JAA

September 4th, 2009
2:45 pm

A well intelligent parent has nothing to fear when someone intelligent speaks to your son or daughter. Only does who fear are does who can’t provide and intelligent education to his/her children. Let our children learn as many points of view as possible, let them travel as much as possible, and let them be themselves as much as possible. So now they can’t study different points of view of humanity? So whats the point of education then?

Cookie of Decatur

September 4th, 2009
2:46 pm

Please let all the children and adults listen to the President.
What are you afraid of —- something positive? He has to be better than the CD you will listen to.

Corey

September 4th, 2009
2:47 pm

When Dr. King was alive his enemies kept throwing out the “communist” lable. Now its Mr. obama’s turn to be called “socialist” in every other sentence formed by his enemies. I am absolutely conviced that when a black person disappoints some whites it’s like that black person committed murder. Get over your bigoted selves already!

Chris Salzmann

September 4th, 2009
2:48 pm

joyce September 4th, 2009 2:43 pm SAID: Thank God the principal of Dolvin Elementary is doing what’s best for the kids, let the teachers teach. We don’t need our kids wasting school time listening to the propaganda from Obama.

CHRIS SAYS: Which is why perhaps you should go back to school and educate yourself, Joyce. You obviously don’t have any common sense. I guess telling kids that they should work hard and behave in the classroom is propaganda? You’re an idiot!!! I’m only sorry you have kids you can pass on your dumb genes to.

dw

September 4th, 2009
2:48 pm

To Just think
September 4th, 2009
2:17 pm

You sound very reasonable, which is a rare person on the AJC blogging site. I commend you. I would agree partially, that BHO is sort of a public servant, but he is more a servant of the far left ideology and people. No earth shaking news there. At least that is what they (libs)hope for. Secondly, why if this is the greatest country on earth does the far left want to swing the pendulum so far to the left. I could understand if the country was totally messed up. But BHO says its a great country but help me change it.

A New Party

September 4th, 2009
2:49 pm

It sounds like this is more a statement on people’s confidence in their kids’ teachers. If you don’t trust a teacher to handle a speech by one of the leaders of our country rationally and objectively, you may need to do more work on your school district’s behalf. Discussion of the speech (and any other issue from tweeting to policy reform) should absolutely be conducted at home, but parents should also have the confidence in teachers to discuss issues as well. Otherwise, parents (and anyone interested in the future of the country) should get more active in the school system and push for reform for teacher qualifications, benefits, pay, etc.

SDM

September 4th, 2009
2:51 pm

Thank you Ms. Becky!! I have neither a father nor mother. I grew up in the streets of Brooklyn, NY and was raised in East Point. I went to school and did my thing and I give back to my community cause my teacher cared enough to give me the guidance to be successful today and I thank her and other role models who were there for me. I promised them that I would spread the message about education until I am no longer here. I am proud that a stranger, who didn’t know me, echo’d the same words that our President is trying to give the country. I just hope we wake up. But again Ms. Becky, thank you for the compliment and support and I am pretty sure your grandson will grow to be a great man. God Bless!!

GaNative

September 4th, 2009
2:51 pm

**Joyce**, Bush’s lil bow legged azz was actually at a school on 911. Did you call that propaganda?

Xavier

September 4th, 2009
2:51 pm

Um, uh………….well uh…..we uh……….that’s above my pay grade, ummmmm……..I wish that machine that tells me what to say hadn’t blown a fuse uh, uh……..

Legend of Len Barker

September 4th, 2009
2:52 pm

I haven’t the time to read 600+ posts. I hate that because some of them are quite hilarious in the venom they spewed.

Someone on the first page compared Obama to 1984. Yes, Mr. President has instituted “two minutes’ hate” and is a constant state of physical war with his neighbors.

The only similarity is to Winston and the rats. Right now, a lot of you have the rat cage over your face. This is the thing you feared most: a black liberal in charge.

Forty years ago, the rat cage hung above the public school system. How dare we integrate? In response, a lot schools with “Christian” in their name sprang up, founded for quality Christian education, but out of some very un-Christian beliefs.

When my father was young, while he was permitted to go inside the black-owned meat market, he was forbidden from touching anything inside. His mother feared he would be contaminated if he touched a cookie in a cellophane wrapper.

There are some people that have this ridiculous fear of contamination. You believe that a 15 or 30 minute speech by a President that you didn’t vote for is going to contaminate and ruin all these “values” you instilled in your children.

Your children won’t remember in six weeks what Obama said on TV. If they did, it was because it made them think.

MB

September 4th, 2009
2:54 pm

I think the right have worked themselves into such a frenzy that they’re all suffering from some kind of mass collective psychosis.

ZsaZsaATL

September 4th, 2009
3:00 pm

Racism is alive and well in America and prominent in the Republican party. If my son’s Fulton county school doesn’t show it, he can watch it at home. Doesn’t bother me one bit how ignorant people can be, same folks shouting and “scream hail Hitler” while holding an Obama poster, bunch of loony gun-toting white trash and/or white supremacists (some closeted).

Atlanta Thrasher

September 4th, 2009
3:02 pm

This is so rediculous. I respect our President and I am glad that he is reaching out to everyone. Conservatives make a big song and dance and want to instill fear into us. They did this in the cold war, post 9/11, and anytime there is a crisis. They prey on the politics of fear. And for those moronic parents who keep their kids at home, what service are you doing? You conservatives want to talk about “Freedom” and liberty. Practice what you preach. Why are you sensoring what your kids hear. I bet you they are doing a lot more or will do a lot worse behind your back when they get older.

Unique Monique

September 4th, 2009
3:02 pm

Obama PLEASE!!!!! Speak to my kid’s,Hell can you teach thier class,
Our kids need someone to tell them something! We love you.

Trenell

September 4th, 2009
3:03 pm

The problem here is not our President!!! Sadly it is the parents! What example are you leading by keeping your kids home from school, because the “President” is giving a speech on education??? Even if they are not in school the speech will still be delivered. The harm is not to President Obama, but your children. Did you ever keep them home when Bush gave a speech??? Hell…he can’t even read???
People get serious!!! I can’t recall a day ever that my parents kept me home because Ronald Reagan was giving a speech! We didn’t have choices back then, you were lucky if you had a fever and your mom kept you home.
And I’m sure some of you are willing to let your children watch for worst on cable TV or by playing video games, which is what they are going to be doing anyway. Parents GROW UP!!!! This is not the end of the world. The kids will probably drift off to sleep, or forget the speech by the end of the day anyway!!! There is no REAL ISSUE here!

Robin

September 4th, 2009
3:06 pm

I’m just sick of seeing his face on TV. Man, that guy LOVES to see his face and hear his voice!

MikeB

September 4th, 2009
3:06 pm

To all you folks who say “Not all Black people who voted, voted for Obama” I agree. I would like to say that if you were to substitute “Teachers” for “People” and say Not all Black teachers voted for Obama………….. Then I would say you are out of touch……..

I have never seen a “Support Education” license plate on a car with a McCain bumper sticker, but I see a boatload with Obama stickers even today 9 mos. after the election. Seems like alot of gloating…….. Also seems that even the ones who voted for him that are now having second thoughts, are reluctant to share that opinion for whatever reason.

That said, I would want to see the speech before my children do. Then I will make up my mind if my child should see it.

It is not something teachers should have primary responsibility for. They have enough to do teaching the present curriculum. They should stick to that vs. the possibility of infusing their own bias( and possibly the Presidents) into a childs impressionable head.

I cartainly don’t need my child taking a count of household members, possesions ect. and reporting/being graded for it to school in any way shape or form.

That would really be an invasion of privacy and offensive beyond all reason. Black, White Yellow, Purple, Blue I don’t care. Any half brain knows this.

Melidawg

September 4th, 2009
3:09 pm

What a sad day! People do not want their children to listen to the PRESIDENT speak on education? He is after all the leader of this country and an elected official. If you believe in democracy, then no one is telling you to agree with what the man has to say, but at least have the respect for our country and our form of government to allow your children to listen to the leader of their country speak on education. If you wanted to shield your children from the world…then home school them! Of course there are home schooled kids that are more informed and aware of what is going on politically and around the world than most of the adults on this forum protesting the President addressing kids on education. What a shame…

Becky

September 4th, 2009
3:13 pm

SDM@ 2:51, if I weren’t old enough to be your Mom, about right now, my heart would be turning flip flops..

I’m sorry to hear that you had a tough upbringing, but as you said thank God that you grew up to know better and to do better..Have a great (and safe) weekend..

Perfectly Imperfect

September 4th, 2009
3:13 pm

Honestly if your kids are able to be brain washed by someone that’s speaking for 30min at the most then they defintely should not be missing any school. Lets put it in our childrens minds that its ok to skip school when you don’t agree to something that’s setting a good example. Fact- Brain washing is done at the home usually by ignorant parents.

Razz

September 4th, 2009
3:14 pm

wow Theresa, you keepin up? I’ve never seen a topic get so many responses and it’s only 3:15pm. Phew! Have a great weekend ya’ll!

M

September 4th, 2009
3:16 pm

This is just the start of the obumma propaganda koolaid. On Tuesday, he’ll talk about how students need to work hard etc, all fine and good. Then the liberal bed wetters will say “Look at your conservatives that said this would be bad, see you were wrong and he was right.” Next month the socialist kenyan will be pushing odummahealth on us and the bedwetters will say the same thing.

Denise

September 4th, 2009
3:16 pm

This is so ridiculous. I wish every teacher would give a pop quiz in every single one of his/her classes so the children whose parents keep them at home get zeroes. But then these parents will say that the teacher gave them zeroes because they support Obama. Jeez!

Stan

September 4th, 2009
3:17 pm

I have know idea what harm that having the President speak to kids about education could possibly have. Would these same parents who object turn Limbaugh off in their kids presence since he is an admitted drug addict….which the last time I checked is not a very “Family Value”-sy thing to do

Barbara in Duluth

September 4th, 2009
3:17 pm

It is time that ALL of Americans come on one accord. This is a new season and a new time. Since when listening to the President of the United States speak became a crime. It seems to me that some of you are very racist and you are using angry to prove your point. We can really learn from our kids, if we just keep our hateful ways out of their lives. Children today appreciate each other and most of all they learn from each other.

President Obama and his family is a great example of love and if some of you would stop and look at the big picture then maybe you will learn how to spread love and peace among your family members instead of hate and racism.

I will continue to pray for America. We need it.

JOsh J

September 4th, 2009
3:17 pm

Extremism and fundamentalism: Here’s a two part lesson

1) Raise your kids with unreflective, extreme, yes/no good/bad political, social, or religious ideology and they will likely be unbending hypocrites. NO one is perfect, but the expectation of total agreement can only be fulfilled in a totalitarian environment. This sort of feeling (not thinking, since in reality it’s totally emotional and irrational); this sort of feeling handicaps your kids’ ability to think critically on issues of morality. They wind up knowing all the one-liners and actually doing something else.

2) Most people who sling words like socialism and fascism can’t tell the difference between them. It’s based on fear. When real fascism rises, almost no one sounds the warning bell, because fascism is seductive an simple(minded).

But the mass freak out about change in general has been happening for 4,000 years in different civilizations (ask Socrates about the hemlock). The nations that fall apart are the ones that fall too far into one category and listen too much to the voices of fundamental extremists. America needs differing ideologies and open discussion because I’d kind of like this country to hang around a few more years.

If you stop screaming you might hear something of value.

Stan

September 4th, 2009
3:19 pm

Hey M…..if Liberals are bedwetters…..what do you call republican governors who violate their pact with their wife, which was conducted in front of God, and bang chicks on the side……

norcrossga

September 4th, 2009
3:20 pm

when did parents start caring about what their children were hearing in school. give me a break. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER DISTRACTION TO TRY AND MAKE SURE PRESIDENT OBAMA is not able to move forward on any issue. bigotry and distractions. you people need to have your heads examined.

Trey

September 4th, 2009
3:22 pm

Let’s just get a few things straight:

1. Race is not some “card” to be played. It is a serious matter, as evidenced by this ridiculous discussion, and worthy of the respect due a serious matter. It is not to be trivialized into some little TV quip.

2. No one called it propaganda when President Regan spoke to children about his great tax plan, which could possibly be the underlying beginning of the current economic situaiton.

3. No president in the history of this country, including the second Bush, has experienced so much disrespect and utter hatred. The disrespect and hate talke is, in fact, UNAMERICAN.

4. You are free to have your own opinions because this is STILL a FREE COUNTRY. You are not free to incite people to violent thoughts or actions toward this or any other president (i.e.: preaching from the pullpit as to how you would like to see this president die. Very scary and completely un-christian and unamerican.)

5. This country is not moving to complete socialism, marxism, or any other “ism”, other than what we currently enjoy. That would take a change in the constitution and since it would take our elected officials to vote for that, it won’t happen. They are way too concerned about being re-elected to do a silly thing like that.

6. Regardless of what party you’re in, before you get your bowels in an uproar over some proposed policy, don’t just listen to some radio jock or some uneducated TV personality, find out for yourself. Do a little research. Find credible non-partisan reports to read so that you can make an intelligent, unemotional decision. And if you happen to wind up agreeing with the opposite party, don’t beat yourself up. Just know that you made an informed decision.

7. If you practice what you preach, then it won’t be difficult to teach your children tolerance and respect for others even if they don’t agree with your opinion. You may even decide to teach them that it’s O.K. to agree to disagree and still respect eachother at the end of a conversation.

RH

September 4th, 2009
3:24 pm

President Obama’s speech will be cancelled. The pressure is mounting and he will have NO other option if he wants to save his Presidency from a fast paced destruction.

Mike

September 4th, 2009
3:25 pm

This state is an embarrassment to the U.S. Secede again, please! I promise no one will object this time.

RH

September 4th, 2009
3:26 pm

THIS IS JUST ANOTHER DISTRACTION TO TRY AND MAKE SURE PRESIDENT OBAMA is able to move forward on all issues. Liberals are using bigotry and distractions as scare tactics. You people need to have your heads examined.

OMG!

September 4th, 2009
3:26 pm

This is the most racist state I ever lived in. Dear Lord please let this economy turn around so I can save enough money to get the eff outta dodge. What a hate filled bunch you are I could’t even get past the first 3 posts.

ncgreybr

September 4th, 2009
3:26 pm

Mike B; “I cartainly don’t need my child taking a count of household members, possesions ect. and reporting/being graded for it to school in any way shape or form.”

Where did you get that from…or was your tin foil hat on crooked?

RH

September 4th, 2009
3:29 pm

Stan says – I have no idea …
You are right Stan, you have NO idea!

Neil

September 4th, 2009
3:29 pm

Sometimes I want to believe that the majority of Americans are smart. But if the folks I’ve seen comment here reflect the makeup of the protestors and people that do not respect the office of the Presidency, it looks like they represent the less-intelligent sheeple. Yes… I said “sheep”le.

This is so unreal. Our children are exposed to thoughts, opinions, dogmas, theories, etc. from all kinds of people in school everyday.

But we protest all those things being fed to our children? No.

Do we inspect our children’s textbooks from cover to cover to make sure they aren’t being exposed to things that go against our beliefs? No.

Do we march up to the schools and demand a list of all library books, all videos they are shown, all webcasts they view, etc? No.

Do we demand to know the religion, political affiliation and sexual orientation of all their instructors? No.

Many of you pick up the paper or read online everything about the horrible things that happen in our public schools everyday… but where’s the cry… the uproar… the demand for action?

But the president wants to address the kids of this nation to basically (according to the White House) tell our kids to work hard, study hard, and create goals for themselves and their future… and we lose our ever loving minds. Since when is this a “socialistic” message?

I bet many of you barely attend parent teacher conferences or meetings.

*singing* I see your true colors shining through…

RH

September 4th, 2009
3:32 pm

OMG! Yes OMG, I cannot believe that there are idiots like you that we have allowed to move here. Look how you’ve ruined our lovely state with your presence. Take you pennies and go home.

falconexile

September 4th, 2009
3:34 pm

The objection to Presient Obama’s speech to children is typical neo conservative hogwash. They would rather their children grow up ignorant and stupid like they did rather than listen to a speech by a sitting elected president. We endured 8 years of an unelected moronic idiot the gop and supreme court put in office, now we have an intelliegent, well spoken man who will lead this nation with honor and the neocons can’t handle the fact he’s a black man who is smarter than they are. The entire right wing of the GOP and those few old southern Democrats left should be ashamed of themselves for what they have done to our country.

Stan

September 4th, 2009
3:35 pm

RH,
did you use the term “OMG”….what are you…twelve? Or just uneducated and working in a job where your shirt has your name on it…..I will look for you the next time I am asked “Would you like that Super Sized?”

Retired School Administrator

September 4th, 2009
3:37 pm

Of course our students should hear the President of the United States speak to them. After reading some of these posts, I think it’s possible that his speech may help some of them overcome the ignorant ranting of their parents.

Juanita J

September 4th, 2009
3:37 pm

Yes, children should hear it. The sad thing is that when the kids are older enough to understand what their parents’ have done not allowing them to hear the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, ONE WITH A JURIS DOCTORATE, AN AUTHOR, A PROFESSOR, ONE WHO BEAT THE ODDS AND BECAME PRESIDENT, ….MY MY THE KIDS WILL REALIZE HOW UNLEARNED THEIR PARENTS ARE. SAD SAD SAD

Jenni

September 4th, 2009
3:39 pm

Remember one name. Adolf Hitler.

unreal stupidity

September 4th, 2009
3:39 pm

Here are two gleaming examples of the stupidity of Obama voters. Who brought up race first? The Democrats did.

Heather Ratliff

September 4th, 2009
1:04 pm

I cannot believe all the crazy things that people believe this one man is capable of. He, as President of the United States, is pushing kids to stay in school and succeed to their utmost potential. Isn’t that the message that all of our children need?

Ilene

September 4th, 2009
1:05 pm

I want to cry — I just want to raise my hands up and give up. I cannot believe how stupid, ignorant, and uncaring some of these people are. This ALL ABOUT RACE AND NOTHING MORE.

Republicans are trying every angle to beat down this president and all of his ideas. For example, I’ve never in my life heard of such backlash over a school speech to kids before. Wonder if these people would still be critical if it was a President McCain instead of a President Obama. Wonder if they would be so critical if it was about their conservative ideals.

NEWSFLASH! Republicans were not happy with the spending and federal control by George Bush!

Lets deal with FACTS:
Robert Byrd WV was a grand kleagle in the KKK.
Rev. Jeremiah Wright – racist who perverts God for his own wealth
Rev. Jesse Jackson – racist who perverts God for his own wealth
Rev. Al Sharpton – racist who perverts God for his own wealth
Van Jones – admitted communist

Charlie

September 4th, 2009
3:42 pm

Juanita, “How Unlearned”, LOLOL. The fact is, Bush spoke, Reagan spoke, and I am guessing that a lot of black schools did not tune in. However, nobody could care less. So, why is it now that a black man is president, all of a sudden, those who choose to not participate are “racist”.

Stan

September 4th, 2009
3:47 pm

Hey Unreal Stupidity
lets deal with some more facts that your party likes to pretend is not true
Lets deal with FACTS:
Mark Sanford….banged a chick who is not his wife….not a family value
Larry Craig….wides stance while trying to score some man love….not a family value
Rush Limbaugh….drug addict….not a family value
John Ensign….banging one of his staffers…while married……not a family value

Be careful….stones and glass houses don’t mix….no party is perfect

Bush for LIFE

September 4th, 2009
3:49 pm

I can see from these comments that most of you are redN (republicians) are still afraid of THE black man. If president Bush had any thought’s of giving such a speech all of you would be on board with this idea. PLEASE, get a damn LIFE and send your little kiddie back in front of the computer or TV were they’ll see and hear much worst.

Chauncy

September 4th, 2009
3:49 pm

This is really starting to get ridiculous people. I cannot see any harm in The President speaking to our young kids about education. With the school drop out rate at an all time high, this is something that is needed. Most of you on this board all ready know that once your kids get a certain age, they really stop listening to you, they will listen to their friends more. So why is it a problem with Pres. Obama talking to kids about education? First of all, all the fuss is over nothing. President Obama is not a “socialist”. He is trying to give back to us and take care of us all. Most of you guys on this blog probally dont even have health insurance. The truth to the matter is that if you lose your job, then guess what, your health insurance will be lost too, and that is the bottom line. A lot of you are very sore losers, period!

I dont care if it was Obama or mccain in the white house, our country needs help and we need it like yesterday! Pres. Bush was in office for 8 years, and he messed up this entire country. I mean, where was all of the outrage then? President Bush spent more money on the war in Iraqi(which was a false war by the way), than President Obama has spent, and most of you are really being stupid! You guys need to wise the Fu#k up and look at what is really going on! You cant see that your jobs are being outsourced overseas(which did not start with Obama, it started with Bush)! You are losing your homes and jobs at an alarming rate! You have either no healthcare, or not enough! Your businesses are closing! Your banks are failing and closing! Your kids schools are not up to par(Especially here in georgia)! This is what is happening to you and you are to stupid to see it! Ya”ll(I’m talking to all of you Obama haters) need to wake the Fu#ck up! This is not about hatred! This is not about republicans or democrats! This is about the future of our country! We voted Obama into office because we we were tired of all of the BullSh#t that Bush had done over the past 8 years, and now we finally have someone in office that is very educated , and that cares about the people, and most of ya’ll want to bitch and complain! Well, Ive got news for all of you, we have better get it together as a country and come together for the good of our fellow citizens and help each other. Because if we don’t, our country is headed for disaster.

I’m really ashamed at the way people are acting since President Obama came into office. We tend to forget that other countries are looking at us act a fool. I dont care if you didnt vote for him, he is the President of the united states, and if he fails, then we all fail, period! Think about that people and get it together!

Atlanta_Tiger_Fan

September 4th, 2009
3:52 pm

I don’t want him talking to my kids about anything!

Atlanta_Tiger_Fan

September 4th, 2009
3:53 pm

Bush for Life, the difference is that Bush wasn’t trying to turn the country to socialism like our current president!!!

siskel_god

September 4th, 2009
3:54 pm

Saheed

Seriously, you think it’s a problem that he asks “why is is important to listen to elected officials like the president”? You don’t mention that he includes senators, congressman, and mayors in that question, would you be offended if he asked “why is it important to listen to police officers”? I understand you came from a place where your leaders may have been corrupt and had thier own agenda’s but in America, we are taught to respect the office of the president. This is a problem with a lot of people, they have absolutely no respect for any authority. With certain positions you have to be afforded a certain amount of confidence, and believe that the people you place in those positions will act with your best interests in mind. Politicians, police officers, firemen, and teachers are just a few that should always have the benefit of the doubt. You should always question and hold accountable your leaders but for god’s sake give them the benefit of the doubt. Everytime a police officer fires his weapon he is placed on paid leave pending an investigation and that is wrong just like not letting your kids watch the president speak.

Gun Tote'n Bible Thumper

September 4th, 2009
3:54 pm

I don’t beleive for a minute, that Mr. Obama’s speech is going to be anything different than his current words of big government, less liberty and how his change is “for the best”. I did look up the terms: Socialism, Fascism and Marxism in the ole dictionary…and he’s about as close to those definitions as those who coined those beliefs…I don’t care what color the man claims, his Harvard education shows how he chooses to think of: “Government will save my rearend” when I can’t use the common sense God gave me..always wanting a hand out… We seem to punish ‘personal achievement’ more and more….stay out of my world, I chose to create my own success, not beg for someone else to create it for me.

Miz Wynn

September 4th, 2009
3:54 pm

Dear Mr.ASS-elfraud,I AM white.

Turker Slayer

September 4th, 2009
3:56 pm

I just love how the Osamma supporters say “Would you have been this upset if Bush/Reagan wanted to deliver a speech to your children at school?” Well, no, those guys were not radical racist socialists. Lets call a kettle black here people. This guy has no experience at anything other than socialism. He is clearly a racist. You can’t deny the facts. He claimed that during his administration there would be no earmarks on bills. He passed a bill with 9,000 earmarks within the first 100 days of being in office. He claimed that unemployment would not go above 8 % if he did pass that bill. Today unemployment is at 9.7 %. He promissed that he would lower taxes. He has not and our defficit is at 10 trillion dollars. He promissed us stimulus money. Have you received a check yet? This guy is a liar, thief, scoundrel and murderer. Wake up people, we must over throw our leadership.

somewhereinga

September 4th, 2009
3:56 pm

I read these rants and flash back to what my ex’s new boyfriend says. The a proud Republican but he’s “no racist”. Yet bring up the name Onama in a sentence and you’ll hear about those “da*n black a$$ ni%$$rs who voted him into office so they’d never have to work again. He can’t even read that why he uses teleprompters. Hell, he’s not even American. He’s Muslim AND DON’T CALL ME A RACIST JUST BECAUSE I DON’T LIKE THAT NI%$#R!!

But, like so many others here, if he says he’s not a racist, then he’s not.

Lynn

September 4th, 2009
3:56 pm

Extremerightwing
Let me see Harvard and Columbia- I wonder how he got in there. Affirmative Action wasnt around and they dont use a quota system. Wow it must have been on his own merit. I know you right wingers talk and speak to fear and ignorance and that is the reason we are like 50th in the world in Education. Go get a degree or a couple of them and then talk. Obama and his wife have Law degrees from Ivy league schools. They earned them. If Im right isn’t that what the republican party wanted. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and dont ask for help. Oh by the way you can get an athletic scholarship to an Ivy League school.

Atlanta_Tiger_Fan

September 4th, 2009
3:57 pm

OMG SAID: This is the most racist state I ever lived in. Dear Lord please let this economy turn around so I can save enough money to get the eff outta dodge. What a hate filled bunch you are I could’t even get past the first 3 posts.
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DON’T LET THE DOOR SLAM YOUR LARGE REAR-END ON THE WAY OUT!!!

mike

September 4th, 2009
3:59 pm

We finally get a President who actually cares about this country and the WHITE RACISTS, come out in full affect. George Bush lied and started wars,ran this Country into the ground and yall did not say a word. PRESIDENT OBAMA did not create the situation we are in. The reason RACISM, DIVISION, and complete Ignorance is how and why we will never have a Completely great society. Let me be clear,this is not all WHITE FOLKS, I am speaking to the one who are fake Christians, hate mongers and continue to pass Hate from one generation to the next. By pulling your kids out of school further strengthens my of how STUPID YALL REALLY.

twokolona

September 4th, 2009
3:59 pm

All of you parents who decide to keep their children out on Tuesday should do so. BUT be sure to tell your children when they reach 21 that you are a traitor to your country by disrespecting the leader of your country in such a disgusting manner. You can’t seriously object to a “pep” talk from the most revered position in the world about something so serious as an education. You have foolishly been influenced and used as pawns by politicians and talk show hosts who have convinced you to act so irresponsibly AND you will regret this. While the talk show host is DESPARATELY seeking a way to increase rating (thus holding onto his job). Your example before your children will surely come back to haunt you. This is a serious problem and your lunacy is creating a big problem of human respect, common civility and goodwill. Be prepared to tell your children why you acted so foolishly by “pimping” them on such an important issue as education. Parents should be good examples to their children, not imps following the foolish town crier.

andy

September 4th, 2009
4:00 pm

I am so glad that I live in a country where this unproductive trash talking is allowed and encouraged (thanks to this newspaper and its advertisers). But I really believe that all of you, if truly confronted in a person to person debate, would turn out to be staunch moderates.

DISGUSTED WITH YOU PEOPLE

September 4th, 2009
4:00 pm

Would someone PLEASE tell me what all the “bull-hockey” is about? Considering the nation and how fast we are declining, one would think that you as a parent would want someone to speak with their children and encourage them to get a good education. For all of YOU PARENTS who do not want your children to listen to what our wonderfully educated President has to say, please do the rest of us parents a favor….KEEP YOUR CHILDREN HOME FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR!! We definitely don’t want education to “rub off” on your little ones.

Lori

September 4th, 2009
4:01 pm

I don’t have a problem with the President speaking to school aged children, in this case I simply don’t like the instruction guide that the gov’t has provided for our teachers to use.
Example: Who is President Obama addressing? How do you know? Describe his audience. Suppose President Obama were to give another speech about being educationally successful. Who could he speak to next? The White House communication calls for the students to have “notable quotes excerpted (and posted in large print on the board).
It would be different if the President made a simple awareness of the importance of planning for your future through educational goals.

Charlie

September 4th, 2009
4:02 pm

Bush for Life, when bush spoke, blacks did not listen, it was their choice. Why should it be any different under Obama? That said, I am glad he is doing it, black kids need to hear about the importance of education, the anti-education values in the black community are doing more to hold them down than anything.

However, my kid does not need to hear that, she already knows, she has been told that since she was 3 years old, and if I choose to not let her listen to Obama, it is my right as an American, why would you like to see that right taken away. Blacks exercised that right it when Bush spoke.

Cathy

September 4th, 2009
4:02 pm

I do not like Pres. Obama but think way too much has been made of this. I was kind of shocked to get a letter saying we could have our child taken out of the classroom for the speech (Gwinnett County school). This just makes the right look like crazy nuts. I will listen to what he says and then discuss with my child, he has to be aware of all ideas and not have his head in the sand. He is the president and if the shoe was on the other foot people would be going crazy (ie, Bush giving a speech and people taking their kids out of the class). I don’t believe there was any ill intent, he is simply encouraging the kids to take education seriously.

By the way, I am a Libertarian, my husband is a conservative (not Republican, he is fed up with them as well). He initially said he shouldn’t watch it but after I explained the other side he changed his mind.

Frankly, I can’t think of a single politician (maybe Linder) that I would really care to hear right now, but let’s not be nutty about it all.

MikeB

September 4th, 2009
4:06 pm

ncgreybr — Sorry for the spelling………. Obama has the census in the west wing now………. For what purpose? That is why I put that out there.

he surrounds himself with a strange mix of people / infuences. he conducts himself differently than what I personally expect of a President (Not saying all of it is wrong, but some of it seems to no good purpose for the citizens of our great country). Sure Bush had his cronies too. You knew what Bush was up too like it or not………….

Alot of folks in America (me included) are uncomfortable with all the directions Obama is going in, because they don’t really know what he is up too because he has not completed anything but cash for clunkers (another story in and of itself)……

Sorry but he and his administration try too hard to run misdirection(football speak) plays and keep the public’s head spinning. The only reason for this would be to pull fast ones when they think nobody is looking………..

They been doing it in Chicago for years…. Its about the only thing Obama has experience with…. Oops, he has community organizing experience too huh.

Voice of Reason #1

September 4th, 2009
4:06 pm

Amen to you, ‘Pity.’ And Bush-43 couldn’t carry a banner for getting a sound education, because he made it into college [Yale?] because of who he was–a Bush–not because of what he knew or his brains. And VP Dan Quayle was at a school, and misspelled “potato”–his version: potatoe. Idiot. At least Obama can speak English and spell correctly. And remember Bush’s joke when he spoke to Yale grads: “For all you students with a ‘C’ average, just remember, you, too, can be president.” He should know.

Will you people CHILL with all the ‘anti-everything Obama’? geez. Other presidents have addressed kids, so what? They can listen, discuss and keep moving.

I voted for Obama. I don’t like everything he’s proposing for the nation, but I damn sure didn’t like Bush taking us to an unnecessary war, dissolving our surplus into a deficit, etc. If the “President of the United States” wants to speak to America’s children about staying in school, getting good grades, fine. (He does not need to ask how they think of what he’s doing, etc. The intent might have been good, but it does sound a bit egotistical.)

This is all a big to do about nothing. If the prez wants to encourage kids to be good students, fine. You people need to get a grip.

Charlie

September 4th, 2009
4:07 pm

MIke, so it is a fact that Obama “cares about our country” and Bush did not? Well, I disagree, I think Obama does not care about this country, I think Bush did.

RPMV

September 4th, 2009
4:08 pm

How about we all wait for Tuesday and if you allow your kids to go see the speech you can ask them what all he said when they get home. I bet with all my being that he will talk about other issues besides staying in school like what HE wants. Read the questions on the DOP site I mean they all are geared toward HIM and HIS ideas and what HE wants from the kids of America. Do we even know if he is an American? His kids wont see the video because they are in private school.. Oh by the way is he going to also hit on the issue of ‘no smoking’ cause that’s something we learn in school and that is taught yet HE does it. He has made policies that will make our kids poor, will take away what they are entitled to as an American citizen and will make it to where they cant get healthcare.(or at least their gmas wont be able to). Billions of dollars have been cut from the public school program because of his stimulus plan. Instead of his great idea of “cash for clunkers” how about some money for education???

He talks really good and sounds appealing to a lot of people, but really listen to him its all about HIM! Vocabulary lesson: Narcissism means a personality trait of self-love and self-image. Obama is a Narcissist!!! His Narcissistic views are what is killing this country and if the rest of the American people don’t wake up we are all going to be under rule similar to the other famous Narcissist HITLER!!!!

Shaking My Head in SHAME

September 4th, 2009
4:11 pm

I don’t understand why the majority race (Caucasian) extremely dislikes President Obama. He is very educated and has been more than fair to the Senate, House and the American people. Could it be the color if skin? That’s his crime………….. Wow, when will the “Americans” focus on the real issues rather than the color of his skin? If President Obama, was of a different ethnicity would this speech really be an issue? Probably not! I understand, why other countries, view Americans as stupid…….. We are too busy worrying about a small issue, such as race, rather the big picture (the poor economy, healthcare and educating our youth)….

My Pet Goat

September 4th, 2009
4:15 pm

Bush talked to the children…15 minutes too long!

Bob

September 4th, 2009
4:16 pm

My children will not be allowed to watch the stupid lazy welfare lovin’ obama try to warp everyone’s mind.

Bob

September 4th, 2009
4:18 pm

My school district just announced they WILL NOT carry the obama speech…….WE WIN, again. Sorry demo-o-crats!

somewhereinga

September 4th, 2009
4:21 pm

RPMV: “under rule similar to the other famous Narcissist HITLER!!!!”

You have to be the most ignorant a$$hole in GA to compare ANYONE with the man who began a war that killed 60 million people. Go back under the rock you crawled out from under and quit breathing our air.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
4:36 pm

Sorry guys, I had to go take an Obama. It took quite a while to work things out.

ann

September 4th, 2009
4:36 pm

WHEN IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO IT. WE ARE HUMAN AND WE ALL NEED JESUS. NO MATTER IF YOU BLACK, WHITE, BROWN, GREEN. NO MATTER WHAT YOUR RACE IS OR RELIGION, OR NATIONALITY. THERE’S A TIME AND A SEASON FOR EVERYTHIING. AND THIS IS OBAMA SEASON, SO LEAVE THE MAN ALONE AND LET HIM DO HIS JOB. WE ALL CAN PLAY A PART IN DOING SOMETHING TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY, COMMUNITY AND WORLD A BETTER PLACE IF WE GET ALONE WITH EVERYBODY. WE ALL COME FROM GOD NOBODY IS BETTER THAN THE OTHER IN GOD’S EYES. WE NEED TO PRAY FOR GOD TO HELP US. LORD HELP ME TO BE A PERSON WHO REACHES OUT TO TOUCH OTHERS WITH YOUR LOVE. ENABLE ME TO EXTEND MYSELF ACROSS CULTURAL BARRIERS, RACIAL BARRIERS, DENOMINATIONAL BARRIERS, AND EVEN CHURCH BARRIERS. HELP ME NOT TO BE A PERSON WHO LOOKS SUSPICIOUSLY AT PEOPLE WHO AE DIFFERENT THAN ME, BUT RATHER HELP ME TO APPRECIATE DIFFERENCES AS ONE WOULD APPRECIATE THE BEAUTIFUL COLORS OF A RAINBOW.

mike

September 4th, 2009
4:38 pm

I tell you what we are going to do if the speech is air in Henry County Schools. Our Kids will stay home and watch the message with us on our 3 50 inch screens that we worked and paid for.

Mom of 3 Boys

September 4th, 2009
4:40 pm

Wow… .Theresa 687 comments. Is this a record for your blog? I read everyday, but don’t comment often. Imagine my surprise when I went looking for the “Fun Friday” topic & saw 687 comments. Congrats!

Our oldest is in a private school & they will have the tv’s on in all common areas for the middle school & upper school students. It is up to the kids if they want to watch on their free period, lunch or break. I am perfectly fine with all of my children listening to President encourage the importance of education. I am in total shock over some of these comments. I can’t believe people are getting this worked up.

PCaffe

September 4th, 2009
4:44 pm

I am a retired teacher of English (36 years). From my educator’s point of view, I am appalled at the wording of the “lesson plan” questions. There is no way this president should be expecting children to answer questions which suggest their support for “him.” To ask them for their ideas, their thoughts about America, and similar would be fine. These WH generated questions are over the line and anyone who has ever studied propaganda techniques, as I have, can see right through them.
This sort of technique is one more issue citizens should be examining very carefully. Another is the promotion of a health care bill without a public discussion or reading by elected officials. That is absolutely absurd! Yet, Obama tried to pass this legislation by August 1st. This is an incredibly sneaky administration.
I’ll not be supporting any of my representatives who support the kinds of approaches I’ve mentioned.
Pushing, cramming, imposing, mandating, rushing are all words that describe this administration’s way of making us “subjects” — we should not be fooled! READ, THINK, WRITE your representatives and get honest, straight answers.

Carlito

September 4th, 2009
4:45 pm

Hey Bob,make sure you get your redneck a– into work so I can get my check on time.

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somewhereinga

September 4th, 2009
4:53 pm

PCaffe: Rather than just using the term “propaganda tehniques”, why don’t you give us a couple of examples of this “propaganda” that we are supposed to be aware of.

GaNative

September 4th, 2009
4:57 pm

I guess most of these white folks on here agree with Reverend Wright when it comes to Obama. They shake their heads and say “God Dayum America”.

Jazzy

September 4th, 2009
5:03 pm

I cannot express my extreme disappointment in Cobb County’s decision not to air President Obama’s speech to the US children on Tuesday. With the US falling farther and farther behind in every core school subject year after year, I cannot understand why anyone would find it unimportant or unacceptable to air a speech from the President of our country on the importance of education. It seems to me that such as speech would be welcomed openly as we strive towards helping all children understand the value of education in their lives.

To not air the speech raises concerns over the motivation for not doing so, concerns that I would not like to see linked to the county in which we live and my child attends school. Considering that Cobb County has never taken issue before with airing a speech from a sitting US President, and did just the opposite by embracing those given in the past, one cannot help but wonder why this President and this speech are being judged and treated differently. It simply pains me to think that the county and the country are playing politics with something which is meant to encourage our children and that the educators and other parents in this county do not want this encouragement coming from our President simply because of who he is.

catlady

September 4th, 2009
5:06 pm

I think I will keep my kids out for every lame reason you can think of!

GaNative

September 4th, 2009
5:06 pm

White folks are crazy as hell and this blog proves it.

jcatl

September 4th, 2009
5:09 pm

RPMV: “Do we even know if he is an American?”

Umm, you are an idiot. Yes, he is an American. His birth certificate has been produced by the state of Hawaii. What else do you want? Am American flag tattooed on his ass?

PCaffe

September 4th, 2009
5:11 pm

The questions below seem innocent enough — however, they also lead students to feel that they need to get Obama’s approval. I know to the novice this sounds over-reaching. You would be surprised — my students used to hand me completed work and tell me they “wrote the paper” for me, the teacher. I had to explain that they are to be thinking for themselves and that I just wanted them to substantiate and support their comments. This was in the interest of discussion and showing that different ideas are valid, as long as there is information and evidence to support them.
• What are the three most important words in the speech?  Rank them.   
• Is President Obama inspiring you to do anything?  Is he challenging you to do anything? 
• What do you believe are the challenges of your generation? 
• How can you be a part of addressing these challenges? 
OBAMA’s QUESTIONS ARE LEADING AND NOT EDUCATIONAL BUT RATHER MEANT TO SWAY IN SUPPORT OF ONE PERSON — OBAMA.
Other questions should have been written by students about themselves — ideas about their interests in school, how many hours they study and how do they schedule exercise or other activities and time for study, etc. Obama’s questions focus on OBAMA and his approval.
NOT GOOD!

GaNative

September 4th, 2009
5:12 pm

It’s like Rev. Jeremiah Wright said “White Folks greed, has America in need”.. That’s why this economy is suffering. The greedy gave loansharking loans to the needy. Now the chickens have come home to roost.

jcatl

September 4th, 2009
5:13 pm

The GOP’s goal: keep your kids as stupid as you are.

Eve

September 4th, 2009
5:16 pm

PCaffe – It sounds as though you spend WAY too much of your retirement time listening to FOX and the right wing nutcase terrorists Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and their ilk. They are doing their utmost to destroy the United States by brainwashing their listeners with any wild thoughts they can possibly imagine and then passing them along as FACT! If these people are not recognized and treated as what they are – ignorant terrorists no better than Bin Laden, we, as a country, will be brought down by the sheer ignorance of our populace.

GaNative

September 4th, 2009
5:16 pm

LMBAO jcatl. That’s a good one. Oh, and the B does not stand for Big.

April

September 4th, 2009
5:21 pm

Wow, Theresa! You certainly hit a nerve. I wonder how many of these people are actually moms – or even personally know a child.

GaNative

September 4th, 2009
5:21 pm

Quoting Dr. King “All of God’s children, Black Men and White Men, will be able to join hands……”. If Dr. King was here today he’d say “Where Da Hell Yall Git All These Indians”?

somewhereinga

September 4th, 2009
5:25 pm

Eve: You said it! PCaffe, I’d hate to think you’ve been teachinig our children and indoctrinating them like this.

“• What do you believe are the challenges of your generation?
• How can you be a part of addressing these challenges?”
These questions are supposed to be some evil quest by Obama against the children of the nation?

Get back on your meds.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
5:34 pm

Miz Wynn, good for you. Go celebrate your “whiteness” honky!

As for whoever stole my blog handle, nice. Shows how utterly stupid and childish you really are.

My guess is its Bob Rock and Roll

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
5:35 pm

GaNative has just proven to be the most racist ignorant, uneducated democrat voter on this blog.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
5:36 pm

Who wants to argue that more blacks are racist than whites in the south?

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College Park racially discriminated when it fired its economic development director in 2004, according to a federal court verdict issued Friday.

A jury ruled that two of the three black councilmembers who led the charge to dump Christopher Jones, who is white, must pay $75,000 each in punitive damages. The city must also pay him $6,000 for offering no severance when it did not renew his contract.

Food for Thought

September 4th, 2009
5:42 pm

Look what just snuck through approval by the House while our attention was drawn to healthcare. HR 1388 – The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act (GIVE Act).

Text of bill here:
http://www.rules.house.gov/111/LegText/111_hr1388_txt.pdf

(Remember Barry pushing the idea of mandatory public service for youth during the campaign?)

HR1388 Establishes a commission to research how to implement mandatory involuntary servitude. This just opened a very scary door that should NEVER be opened in the America.

SEC. 6104. DUTIES.

(b) SPECIFIC TOPICS.—In carrying out its general purpose under subsection (a), the Commission shall address and analyze the following specific topics:

[...]

(6) Whether a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people could be developed, and how such a requirement could be implemented in a manner that would strengthen the social fabric of the Nation and over come civic challenges by bringing together people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.

SEC. 1508. provides uniforms. (Yes, they are brown uniforms – seriously)

Compare to:

U.S. Constitution: Thirteenth Amendment
Slavery And Involuntary Servitude
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

This is just getting creepy. Seriously. And now he wants to have a “chat” with out children?

falconexile

September 4th, 2009
5:48 pm

The ignorance of people living in the south, not native southerners we know better, neevr ceases to amaze me. You would rather be ignorant and racists than intelligent and accepting. What has Georgia come to with the Yankee invasion of the 20th century?

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
5:50 pm

falconexile, show proof that whites are racist. Moron.

falconexile

September 4th, 2009
5:53 pm

You just did you idiot. I grew up in Georgia where did you sneak in from? Almost every post on this has shown just how racists the far right is. I’m white BTW.

PCaffe

September 4th, 2009
5:55 pm

Eve (at 5:16) — Actually, I’m not a TV addict. You missed my point. People need to think for themselves. You know the drill: self-reliance, responsibility vs. someone will take care of me…I’m entitled.
This administration seems to have an aversion to the possibility that people will think for themselves.

Also, don’t sign anything that you haven’t read (”victims” who bought houses they couldn’t pay for)
and don’t assume that what you hear a politician says is the honest to God truth. Chances are it is the exact opposite (Obama and 2007 statements on single payer, etc……).

PCaffe

September 4th, 2009
5:58 pm

correction: what a politician says —-

T Duffy

September 4th, 2009
6:07 pm

If my child was in elementary school I would sit in the class with the child. Several children, combine them or keep them home and watch as a family. I would not represent the game of hiding from school when things are happening. This isn’t teaching a child how to handle something we oppose. The next time there is peer pressure they may pretend it didn’t happen or not be able to explain it. Since my child is in middle school we just discussed the issue and that he/she should be able to watch it and that we do not believe that this time should be taken up during school. We taught her that we can participate in order to disagree intelligently. We will talk about it when we get home. Parents – take action and participate and your kids will respect you for setting the standard. This also gave me the opportunity to talk about other things that go on with public education and how it isn’t perfect but we are fortunate to have it compared to other countries. Meantime my child is asked to inform me of which teachers do not present the facts but, give opinion, so we can monitor the influence and keep her education on track. There will always be distractions and not enough time to fight “city hall” so we much teach our children how to filter out and sift through information.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
6:08 pm

falconexile, yeah, spoken like a true uneducated troglodyte. Go sell stupid back up north, idiot.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
6:09 pm

falconexile, before you call someone an idiot you may want to check your grammar. Moron.

Jeff S.

September 4th, 2009
6:09 pm

I really get a kick out the right-wingers that are SO afraid of socialism. Why don’t you guys take it seriously then? You need to find an independent, non-government business to call in case your house catches on fire. You need to find an independent, non-government protection agency since the police and the military are a “socially funded” program. You need to find a creative way to travel, since the roads are all paid for communally. Funny how you guys “pick and choose” those programs you see as socialist programs and those you don’t.

Jennifer

September 4th, 2009
6:20 pm

And we wonder why Georgia is so far behind academically ? Since when is listening to the President encourage students to stay in school and work hard a bad thing ? read my lips – “Georgia – your graduation rate sucks. ” You can use all the help you can get. And the President is quite a role model when it comes to education, so sit down adults, and listen to the speech as well and talk to your kids about education. Get a grip.

Liz

September 4th, 2009
6:23 pm

I don’t have children, so I guess I don’t really have a “dog in the fight”, so to speak. I am a Republican and was raised in a conservative household and was listening to Rush Limbaugh with my mom as a pre-schooler (and quoting him!) This whole thing reminds me of the Nazi Youth Groups that were rampant in Nazi Germany. I’m NOT comparing Obama to Hitler at all, but the White House’s information on this speech and its content harken back to that era and those activities, in my opinion.

I guess if I had school-aged children who were old enough to understand current events, etc., I’d hope that I had raised them to be discerning, and we would certainly discuss the speech before and after the fact. Unfortunately, we can’t guard our children from everything–Lord knows, I’m continually shocked at what teacher friends and my aunt’s children report that they hear from students in supposedly “good” schools.

I hate that conservatives–or just those that disagree with the administration’s policies–are being lambasted as overly-emotional, paranoid, etc.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
6:35 pm

Hey Everyone! I’m a racist dumba$$!

Debbie

September 4th, 2009
6:41 pm

Talk about your brainwashing and indoctrination, get into a conversation with a church going “Christian”. They spout out the garbage they are brainwashed with from their “Minister” without question or research into what is the truth. With all of your concern of Obama performing mind control on your children, take a good look at the masses at the Mega Churches. The ultimate in brainwashing. Your Mega Churches are not about God or Jesus it is about following without question what a Man up on a screen is telling you to believe. Sheep, all sheep. Baah! The modern bible that has been interpreted and reinterpreted over and over again by Men, not God that you all follow as the unquestionable word of Jesus, tells us that the only time Jesus lost his temper is when the Temple was turned into a market for the moneychangers. Jump ahead three thousand years and you have the Mega Churches. Jesus weeps up in heaven at they way you people have interpreted his teachings. Back to the original subject, stop being fanning the paranoia. It’s just the President, a very nice man, talking to children. Just as other Presidents have done in the past. Oh, I guess that was ok because they were Republicans and we all know a Republican would never attempt to tell anyone how to think.

Andrea

September 4th, 2009
6:45 pm

I think people are being paranoid and ridiculous. No one made a peep when Republican Presidents addressed children. Why the double standard?

Amelia

September 4th, 2009
6:46 pm

This speech on Tuesday, is just another PR stunt for president Obama, the best interest of our kids is not his main priority. This is just another attempt to further politicize our children. I consider this “speech” a waste of my childs learning time. I will NOT be sending my child to school on this day.

Since when do “we” parents sit around and expect the school system or for that matter the government to parent our children?

tc

September 4th, 2009
6:46 pm

My only problem with this situation is the fact that I didn’t get notes from the school, at least letting parents know they were going to be showing this and that parents were invited to attend or let the parents choose to pull there children or what ever. Just like they inform of any media they play for our kids at school. It is almost as if it is being kept a secret…. I found out at work today, via text message from another mom wondering if I had heard about this and what it was all about. so if it took me this long to find out and I was talking to ather parents when I picked my child up from school they had not heard about it. Then that sounds like a secret meeting with our children to me!!! Not very appropriate is it? Especailly when he should want the support of the US and it’s parents of future voters. HMMM.

PCaffe

September 4th, 2009
7:14 pm

Amelia — good thinking. However, if your child does attend (changed mind?), you should accompany him /her.
In a way, it could be an opportunity to comment after the speech on propaganda he espouses.

PCaffe

September 4th, 2009
7:19 pm

Food for Thought — thank you for the text reference.
It is creepy stuff.

People wanted change when they voted for him — not mandates.

Stookie

September 4th, 2009
7:21 pm

Good point April. I remember watching Reagan at school and where was President Bush when he was told about 911? The 2 party system is destroying our country.

Real American

September 4th, 2009
7:36 pm

I am appalled by these responses. Is everyone going bananas here? It’s like you all have become paranoid freaks. Are you not able to believe ever that there is a president now that actually means what he says. The negative energy is so toxic and unproductive. You guys are so confused that you can’t even see good when it’s actually there. I feel sorry for all of you. You say you are not racist but give me a break, when you don’t send your kid to school to hear their “president” speak the only reason could be that. You are totally disrespecting your country and you might as well give your kid a match and let him burn the flag, that’s the same message.

Perfectly Imperfect

September 4th, 2009
7:43 pm

All Parents that have kids that will be able to listen to Obama speak. Please be aware that Obama and his admistration have developed some sorta mind control that he will be using on all children that will be watching. He is planning on taking over the US by using the children!! The perfect plan no one would ever know till its too late. If you want to stop this please visit http://www.GROWTHEHELLUP/IGNORANCE.org

Stookie

September 4th, 2009
7:57 pm

My thoughts exactly Real American.

Katie

September 4th, 2009
8:00 pm

Whoever made the 3rd Reich comment- I am STILL laughing. And Quoting you on FB. Really, that was good. And you have a point there.

In the area that I live in and the people I have talked too, Mr. Obama garned alot of the black votes just so they could “see” a black man in charge. They never listened to his socialist rhetoric or paid any attention to his huge lack of experience. They just voted for him based on the color of his skin. And that is SO WRONG. And thats why we’re in the mess that we’re in today.

If I didn’t think Obama was trying to push an agenda, then I wouldnt’ have a problem with my child hearing his speech. But knowing him and the huge mess he’s gotten himself into (you know, with his dropping approval ratings and all), I don’t belive he’s just going to stick with a ” Be Cool, Stay in School”. And I don’t’ think its appropriate to have lesson plans that continue to push his socialist agenda.

cowboyeds

September 4th, 2009
8:34 pm

Please Obama the fuehrer stay away from my kids, keep your anti-american agenda for yourself and your nauseous messianic videos away from American kids

falconexile

September 4th, 2009
9:27 pm

David you are a racist dumbass. Glad to see you’ve accepted your postion in life. now go home to Michigan.

whatahack!

September 4th, 2009
9:37 pm

worried about her 30 response average, the google driven hack pulls out the race card. tune in next week, she’ll rehash SAHM v. working mom.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
9:39 pm

I wonder if Theresa Walsh Giarrusso has ever had this many comments on one of her blogs?

Sunshine

September 4th, 2009
9:48 pm

What is bad about the whole thing is that no one is entitled to his or her own opinions without people calling them an idiot or worse.

The main issue is not whether he is black or white. What matters is(was) he the right one to lead this country?

Ana LaBarre

September 4th, 2009
9:56 pm

One, let’s agree, Obama was not the one who started bailing out the banks, was he? I think if I am not mistaken it was the President before him, who everyone for some reason forgot about!
Two: some people really did not like the phrase: how you can help the President! What is so wrong with making the children feel important and feel a part of history and that they, what they do and how they learn actually matters? What is so wrong with making our kids proud to be an American and to know that the country depends on them and how they do at school. Wake up people! You are so angry. Stop for a second and be honest with yourself: where is the anger coming from? Did it just start this January or has it been accumulating for some time? Answer those questions as honestly as you can and then rethink again.

deidre_NC

September 4th, 2009
10:01 pm

ok i still am not sure what everyone is in such an uproar over..presidents talk to people..kids are people…bush was sitting in a classroom when 9/11 happened. we used to watch presidents speak when i was in school..that was back in the day when there may be one or 2 tvs in the school and we all had to crowd in to see it…and i cant for the life of me remember anything whichever president it was had to say…my kids are all out of school…but if they werent they surely wouldnt stay home just to keep from watching it…my kids can think for themselves…and we all have differring opinions of the president and his policies..but we still listen to him…we just may not all agree on what he says…do your kids watch tv? do yall make them leave the room when the news is on? are they allowed to read the newspapers? kids hear all kinds of thing from all kinds of places….all i have to say is-and i quote-’Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. … “…..i love for my kids to hear all kinds of peoples opinions….and they havent always heard it from the safety of the home…but if you have your lines of communications open then im sure it will be discussed..and you people really need to let your kids form their own opinions…they may agree with you or they may not…and believe it or not..they may be smarter than you…dont stifle them because of your fear and paranoia…

and yeah im with jeff in roswell…who woulda thunk so many responses over this topic..i am amazed…

deidre_NC

September 4th, 2009
10:15 pm

theresa i hope you post something else to get us through the weekend..this has gotten way outta hand!!!

Stookie

September 4th, 2009
10:17 pm

I think Obama is much healthier then that woman in yesterday’s blog!

Viv

September 4th, 2009
10:17 pm

These are wacko people and should not be considered normal. This crowd is trying to appeal to racists and radical nit wits who are afraid because they got some crazy idea our President is a radical Muslim who wasn’t even born in this country. It was okay for Bush 1 to speak to kids and was okay for Bush 2 to read them a book about a Pet goat. What do they fear ? Obama would be foolish to say anything Political. They are afraid he might tell them to eat their peas and carrots and study hard ? Please give me a break and ignore the wackos, you would not take a mentally ill person seriously would you and that is pretty much what they are.

Perfectly Imperfect

September 4th, 2009
11:12 pm

Why am I reading so many contradicting statements? “I consider this speech a waste of my childrens learning time and I WILL NOT BE SENDING MY KIDS TO SCHOOL THAT DAY” Seriously??? You rather your kids miss a whole day of school due to a 30min speech during a free period or lunch? I really hope these kids aren’t as dumb as some of these parents because they really really don’t need to be missing any days. Wow I love the ignorance in GEORGIA.

BlondeHoney

September 4th, 2009
11:59 pm

This is the most BACKWARD state in the country and if my career would allow it, I would go back to my home state of Florida in a heartbeat; have ANY of you close-minded people ever heard of a concept called critical thinking? I raised my boys to think for themselves and do I agree with all of their views? Of course not, and they don’t agree 100% with mine but the important thing is we respect each other and the right to disagree. I am most saddened by the regular Momania posters for their close-minded thinking; I foolishly had higher expectations of you. Guess I was wrong. And by the way, this is the kind of thinking that led to McCarthyism…oh pardon me, the right wingers blogging here are in FAVOR of McCarthyism and the red menace. Dang I forgot the soccor moms posting here are saying “McCarthyism? What’s that? Is that something on the Real Housewives of Atlanta?”

Tiffany

September 5th, 2009
12:50 am

Are you people KIDDING me? The President wants to speak to children about the importance of doing well in school? Why on Earth should this be a problem to ANYONE? I think a lot of you are the most ignorant, self righteous bunch of fools I have ever read on a blog. GET OVER YOURSELVES!

justnikki

September 5th, 2009
1:20 am

According to Madison (one of our founding fathers), our country thrives best when it is filled with differing views and opinions, “broadening the sphere”. This way, no one faction can prevail as the majority. If parents try to stop their children from hearing a different opinion than their own, isn’t it counter-productive to their goal. They don’t want PRESIDENT Obama forcing his views on our children, but do we have that right? Every human being is different and have different views. Isn’t that what makes our country so great?

fk

September 5th, 2009
8:02 am

If my son were still in elementary school, I would most certainly have him watch the speech. Then, when he got home, I would ask him what the President had to say and then ask what he thought of the President’s remarks. The one thing I would never do is keep my child home from school and then lie about the reason why. That is a far worse lesson for a child to learn, imo.

David Axelfraud

September 5th, 2009
9:21 am

falconexile can’t spell and she obviously has no idea what her KKK a$$ is talking about. She sounds like she is in serious need of some Midol and Cranberry juice. I’ll wager that she hasn’t been laid in over ten years. That’s what happens when you let go of yourself and gain 100 pounds from eating cake and ice cream.

Bottom line: men don’t find falconexile attractive and therefore she claims that all white men are racist.

David Axelfraud

September 5th, 2009
9:21 am

falconexile, also, could you please stop stealing my blog handle and pretending to be me?

David Axelfraud

September 5th, 2009
9:23 am

falconexile writes:

David you are a racist dumbass. Glad to see you’ve accepted your postion in life. now go home to Michigan.

One: Please state one comment of mine that is racist.

Two: Michigan? Really, you have hit rock bottom you 300 pound beast of a woman. Get bent!

David Axelfraud

September 5th, 2009
9:25 am

Stookie
I think Obama is much healthier then that woman in yesterday’s blog!

Um, no he’s not. He’s a chain smoker. From what the White House aids and his VP says, he may not live to be 50. George W. Bush was the healthiest of any US president from what historians and doctors have said.

deidre_NC

September 5th, 2009
9:26 am

i just want to say that all of the people who post on this blog are not in georgia…so please dont judge all the people here by some of these posts!!

David Axelfraud

September 5th, 2009
9:55 am

deidre_NC, are you kidding me? It doesn’t matter if you are from Georgia or not. If you disagree with the libs on this blog they will call you a racist.

No speech

September 5th, 2009
10:11 am

I definitely do not want my children listening to a speech from our president about setting goals, working hard, and doing your best in school. That’s crazy talk.

I think I will keep my kids home from school. That way, my kids will learn that people you don’t agree with ideologically or politically are evil and want to brainwash you. Plus, as a parent, I am too lazy to talk about what the president might have to say with my child. I will just keep them home, and teach them the real importance of education by making school optional.

I don’t understand why anyone would allow their own children to listen to the president promote his socialist ideals like “working hard” and “doing your best”. That is flat out Hitler-like. His call for “making good grades” and “setting goals” is also anti-American. Boo President.

PCaffe

September 5th, 2009
10:34 am

To “No Speech” who posted above:
Yes, that is funny — and some parents are too lazy to actively talk with kids, etc.
However, until the “speech” became a news item, the original plan was to use it as a tactic to sway kids — it clearly was not just Obama being a nice guy — the intention was not originally to just motivate – it was to ask kids to “help” the president — IT WAS ABOUT OBAMA, not education. Now that original plan has been somewhat revised to emphasize education.
Did you check the lesson plan items the WH disseminated to the districts? Again, as one who has studied and taught students what to look for in the propaganda they see on a daily basis, this was / is a prime example of propaganda at work.
I know it is easier to “just go along” because Obama seems like a nice guy, etc. But, what do you think he did as a community organizer?
The point is, Obama could have talked about staying in school, making plans for an occupation, scheduling study time.
However, the original QUESTIONS were about “what can I do to help President Obama?” It’s a way of getting kids to think they need to get approval of THIS president, not just getting a good education, studying hard, etc.

a_mom

September 5th, 2009
10:48 am

For those who are getting all offended because there is an opinion that most blacks voted for Obama, we hold that opinion because the polls before the election showed that somewhere around 90-95% of blacks said they were voting for him. And yes, I do believe it was due to the color of his skin. If 90-95% of whites had voted for McCain, you would say the same thing.

David Axelfraud

September 5th, 2009
10:52 am

I’ve decided to sit on my fat blubber a$$ all day long and argue with every single person that posts to this blog. Watch me do it!!!!! You are beneath me PEASANTS!

David Axelfraud

September 5th, 2009
11:01 am

Can someone at the AJC do something about this hack who’s stolen my blog handle?

AL Teacher

September 5th, 2009
11:04 am

I keep hearing about this “original” speech of Obama’s, but no one can tell me where this information is coming from or where to find the speech. Any one know?

PCaffe

September 5th, 2009
12:07 pm

The lesson plans and instructions for school districts, teachers was on-line. I don’t know if the original lesson plans, etc. are still there.

There were instructions to teachers to have students read books about Obama and presidency, to discuss certain issues, etc.
There were a list of questions — general ones which lead up to questions about “how can I help the president?” and similar.
Then there were follow up discussion instructions for teachers.
There were two sets of instructions: one for elementary, one for jr. high/high school age.
It was a lot of material and seemed to be in the “over-kill” category.

That’s the reason for the controversy — especially the questions which seemed to be specifically rallying around Obama, as opposed to the idea of the students’ education and personal goals.

I am a retired teacher as I stated before — if I were still in the H.S. classroom I am sure I would have had real reservations about the “recruiting” nature of the material.

PCaffe

September 5th, 2009
12:08 pm

As for the actual “new” speech (apparently somewhat revised after controversy), that is to be on-line by Monday.

falconexile

September 5th, 2009
12:22 pm

I’m not a woman you idiot, you are hilarious though you deny what everyone sees

falconexile

September 5th, 2009
12:24 pm

looks like you’re delusional and paranoid as well. Go home to Michigan please you’ve done enough damage to the south

SS

September 5th, 2009
12:25 pm

“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men.” Edward R. Murrow said these words regarding the last wave of McCarthyism that swept this country. People stay calm, hear out both sides and think for yourself. I watched the democratic convention as well as the republican convention–then I made up my mind. I do not agree with either party on 100% of the issues. This is why we have checks and balances. If our President tries to lead us astray the legislative or judicial branches have enough say to keep things from going too far. We then as the people get to vote on our next President, Senator, and Rep if we don’t like what the previous ones accomplished. Please do not let fear drive you from the great founding principles of this country. We cannot be this afraid of one 30 minute speech.

what's best for kids???

September 5th, 2009
4:45 pm

Has anyone actually read the speech?

David Axelfraud

September 5th, 2009
5:06 pm

falconexile is a 300 lb buffoon who can’t put a competent sentence together. I’m guessing that falconexile lives in her mom’s basement. Poor whittle falconexile.

David Axelfraud

September 5th, 2009
8:06 pm

Yes, I am very LAME.

GAmom

September 5th, 2009
9:27 pm

I am not surprised by the comments here but, I have a few comments…
1. Since everyone is afraid of socialism I need you to do me a favor….please OPT OUT of medicare and social security immediately. While you’re at, please refrain from using public schools and federally funded highways. You guys are IDIOTS and have no idea what socialism even means! America has NEVER been a 100% capitalist society — we have always had a mixture of various systems and socialism has always played a role in this country. Please do some research people! HINT: Socialism, Communism and Marxism are NOT the same thing….

2. If we imagine that Obama is a scary socialist, that still doesn’t explain how he can brainwash us all while also circumventing our entire legal process and Constitution to push his agenda…oh, wait…I forgot about GWB….RUN FOR THE HILLS ;)

3. Through a series of legal cases, America developed a definition of each race and, for the most part, any black = Black. MOST Blacks have other races mixed in but they are still considered Black. You can’t pick and choose who is or isn’t Black NOW! Obama was considered Black by everyone around him yet you are mad that he identifies himself as Black?! Bill Richardson is ½ Jewish but I don’t hear anyone trying to claim the Hispanic governor. There have been many ½ white folks that are considered Black (i.e., the Powells, Bob Marley and Booker T. Washington) GET OVER IT.

4. Since 1965, the overwhelming majority of Blacks vote Democratic. (HINT: See what major bill was signed in 1965….) There is no mystery or racism involved with most Blacks voting for Obama…they were probably going to vote for the Democrat anyway! In 2000, Gore received 92% of the Black vote! Clinton and Kerry weren’t far behind.

GAmom

September 5th, 2009
9:30 pm

And one more thing….Obama is the 44th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. No matter what you do on Tuesday, your children will learn about about his socialist/marxist/communist (lol!) policies one day! Unless you immediately withdraw little Johnnie from public school, be prepared to see Obama’s BIG BLACK face in your child’s history textbook and expect MANDATORY assignments that will teach them all about the “radical” *smile*

Linda

September 5th, 2009
10:09 pm

I am very interested to know if the $ 30,000 dollar a year private school Sidwell Friends where obama’s children will be attending school is planning to have all the children there listen to his speech. Has anyone any idea if private schools got the lesson plans the public schools got?

Judi M.

September 5th, 2009
10:12 pm

It’s frightening to see how some “Americans” show such total disrespect for the highest office in this nation. I put that word in parentheses because these people come across as anti-American. They are so vicious and hateful. What is wrong with them?

President Obama is a good and god-fearing man, and his speech will be good for school children.

John Briscoe

September 5th, 2009
10:15 pm

It was OK with Reagan and Bush to give such speeches to school kids. Let’s call it what it is…. Racism. I hear it in the diners here in NW Illinois. “My kid aint listenin’ to no n****r speech.” The average white rural American is ignorant and racist. They teach racism to their children. Ignorance and fear dictacte their actions and opinions. Thank you Mr. Obama for having the courage to be our first black president. I guess we’ll have to fight the civial war all over again now. The way the right wing republicans are acting is insane. Let them rant that all will know them as irrational, ignorant, uninformed racists. You can all move down to Alabama and Mississippi…the epicenter of white trash and racism in America. Go there and be among friends. There are plenty of trailer parks with vacancy. Donate to the Imperial Wizzard…”the south’s gonna do it again!…LOL…. Rave on white trash, rave on that all will know you as you really are.( by the way, I’m a 51 year old white computer programmer.)

John Briscoe

September 5th, 2009
10:18 pm

wow Mike…3 TV’s. Oooooooooo….LOL
You think your a big shot or something becasue you have 3 TV’s?
I have two houses and 5 big screens…lol. Does that make me better than you?

Judi M.

September 5th, 2009
10:22 pm

Radicalism is caused by an imbalance in brain chemistry.

Henry

September 6th, 2009
12:46 am

My kids are not watching Obama, since they can’t vote for him. It isn’t about race, either. I wouldn’t let my kids listen to either Clinton, Jimmy Carter, or Cynthia McKinney. Obama has made several lapses in judgement in whom he trusts to handle the money (tax cheat), green jobs czar (communist), obese doctor (surgeon general), car czar (no experience in car industry), personal consultant (bombed the Capitol), and Axelrod (ballerina).

When prayer is allowed back in schools, then maybe they can listen to Obama. The “write 3 words that stick out…” We all know that there will be “hope and change; or change and hope”. How can we help the PresBO? Vote against him. Why should we listen to our elected officials? Seems like they stopped listening to the voters whom put them there. That is why there is so much outrage against them at this time. I hope that they continue the course, and the Republican Revolution of 1994 will be small compared to 2010.

Henry

September 6th, 2009
12:54 am

Obama is doing what he does best…community organizing, and also he was a food critic. He has transferred those skills into organizing the students since the town hall meetings are a bust. The critic skills have come in handy when anyone critizes him, they are a “RACIST”. He can’t take constructive criticism.

Jimmy Carter never met a dictator he didn’t love. He started this Department of Education. Sounds like it needs to be deleted. No wonder GA is the bottom of the nation in everything.

GAmom

September 6th, 2009
1:22 am

“No wonder GA is the bottom of the nation in everything.”

I was thinking the same thing…..

Sdelgado76

September 6th, 2009
1:31 am

U people are just plan ignorant. Get over it u OBAMA HATERZ he is here to stay for 4 years….hahahahaha
OBAMA DO WAT U DO, forget these Bush lovers they are just mad becuz they lost their CEO RAISES. to people who really do work, and not just have a title. the sad thing is their kids probably LOVE U & respect u! They just dont have the balls to tell there NARROW MINDED PARENTS!

Proud of my CDemocrat

September 6th, 2009
1:00 pm

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Proud of my President

September 6th, 2009
1:03 pm

I AGREE WITH BILL HODGE COMPLETELY. LET ME JUST ADD ONE MORE THING:
OUR PRESIDENT IS A GOOD AND DECENT BLACK CHRISTIAN MAN WHO WANTS THE BEST FOR US. SADLY, IF HE WERE NOT BLACK, THIS WOULD NOT BE HAPPENING. IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT AND IT’S SHAMEFUL. SHAME ON ALL YOU BIGOTS OUT THERE! YOU ARE DIVIDING OUR COUNTRY AND YOU EXPECT YOUR KIDS TO GROW UP WITH GOOD VALUES? HA! YOU ARE TEACHING THEM TO DISRESPECT OTHERS AND TO HATE! KEEP WATCHING FOXNEWS AND YOU WILL SUCCEED.

JenfromGa.

September 6th, 2009
1:50 pm

PCaffe – I would love to know where you teach. If you were my child’s teacher I would have him removed from your class. You are the one I am afraid of “brainwashing” my child.

I hope Henry county schools show the speech, if not we will be watching at home. I think it’s important to teach my children respect with the hope that maybe one day they will grow up to be honest, respectful people.

Loirnda

September 6th, 2009
2:05 pm

Is that all… LOL! My children would never attend school at all if I kept them out for every thing that went on there that I didn’t like. Your friend should try being African American and having not 1 but 2 children taught that we just ended up here because we came to help farm and build things. It’s like slavery never existed, while they later get to learn in detail about every other cultures sufferings. LOL, your friend sounds afraid that her children will like what they hear. She might as well get used to it. That’s why he’s the president now anyway. Younger generations get to experience multiple cultures and the brilliance that comes along with them all. Contrary to what other races think, blacks don’t see Obama as a savior. And just as I had to explain Bush’s points of view, and why I agreed and disagreed with them, I also have to do the same with Obama. My kids know how I feel about smoking, and they’re probably tired of hearing me say how can someone so smart be doing something so dumb. He’s but a simple man just like the rest of us, and your friend should learn that her children are going to have to learn how to continually reevaluate their outlook on life to grow positively. Years ago I thought milk and cheese were good for you too, until I learned the dairy and meat corporations actually make the food triangle we are inundated with.

Friend, You should relax!!

Lorinda
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scott

September 6th, 2009
4:03 pm

Hayley

September 6th, 2009
4:36 pm

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Gina

September 6th, 2009
7:00 pm

I think that having the president, who is a perfect example of America as a land of opportunity for those who work hard in school, speak to the kids will be inspirational and I completely support it.

Heliz

September 6th, 2009
7:23 pm

Gee!! Where was this blog when george bush and Ronadl Reagan was shoving their muck down the children’s throats? I sureley didn’t appreciate MY kids hearing that garbage. And speaking of rambling…uhhReagan was worst! I believe that the kids need to hear what is exactly happening inthe country they live in and the parents probably should listen as well. It MIGHT do them good to finally hear the truth instead of a bunch of horse???? that has been delieverd to the American public for about 8 years…….

Support the Constitution

September 6th, 2009
8:07 pm

The sheeple need to take off those blinders and see what is really happening. This speech is not about education, but about indoctrinating kids just like Hitler did. Psychologically, it’s much easier to influence a child than an adult. Get off your a$$’s and research how Hitler did it, and many other dictators through time. It’s a shame that so many of you have brains but are afraid to use them. Read the Bill of Rights, the U.S.Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and see if you think you still have those rights … use your head for something more than a hat rack, people.
“If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”
Samuel Adams

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Cere

September 7th, 2009
1:30 pm

Get a grip, people. The text of the speech has been released, and it’s a very beautiful speech.

Here’s an excerpt -

“Now I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked a lot about responsibility.
I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.
I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.
I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.

But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. ”

oooooooh, scary!

http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/

wbj

September 7th, 2009
3:15 pm

It is truly unbelieveable how Barack Obama has literally frightened some people into thinking that no matter what he does….i.e., tell kids to stay in school, study hard, do their best, etc., that he has a Socialist agenda behind it. No one said a word about any other President speaking to the students about staying in school. What Obama has said has been said before by Bush, Reagan, etc., and no one was upset. Let this biracial, educated Democrat want to talk to students, and all Hell breaks loose! The parents who wrote letters stating they did not want their child to hear Obama’s speech, the fools who write to the editor about the “Possibility” of Obama going over the line and pushing his agenda, is downright stupid. It doesn’t make Obama look bad, it makes these “I’m pissed that this man is President” parents look bad. He is the President of the United States. Yes, he’s different from one’s we have had before, but my God, give the man some respect for having achieved the office of President. Some parents are teaching their children that it’s okay for minorities to achieve, but not to achieve too much! Bigotry is showing it’s ugly head, and it is not bigotry against so-called Socialism, it’s downright racial!! Your kids are watching you and taking notes. Some of them will follow your path, and other’s will be embarrassed and ashamed. I was not a follower of George Bush, but by God, if the man spoke at my child’s school and wanted to help keep my child on the straight and narrow, I would applaud his efforts. I would not disrespect him or his office. However, disrespecting the office of President today is the norm for some people and it’s shameful. Obama did not ask anyone’s child to promote his healthcare reform or any other political issue. Nor was there ever any evidence that he was going to. He just had the audacity to want to speak to the students and we know that the only thing worse than an audacious minority is an uppity one!!! God help us all!!

JRH

September 7th, 2009
4:13 pm

People are not afraid of Obama’s race, they are afraid of Obama’s policies and the fact that he is leading us into deep, deep debt that we may never recover from and that may turn this country toward socialism. Quit playing the race card every time and trying to use it to shut people up.

This speech is innocuous, however, the fear of him trying to convince children that they need to think like he thinks is what has driven this revolt. His policies are very frightening to many people, as they should be.

mike

September 7th, 2009
5:43 pm

Definitions
Terrorists–a radical group who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in tea parties; often uses religion as a cover for their false agenda

Republicans–a radical group who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in tea parties; often uses religion as a cover for their false agenda.

Brendan

September 7th, 2009
6:24 pm

I had concerns when I started hearing about students writing a letter on how they can help the president. Now that this rhetoric has been removed, then I am all for him speaking to the students. Prior presidents have made the same type of speach and support the speech as long as it is not political.

wbj

September 7th, 2009
6:36 pm

JRH: If you are afraid of his policies,…….how are his policies being implemented by telling students to stay in school. He is not grouping the students together in a camp, and forcing them to repeat after him a particular mantra. He is simply telling them to stay in school, do your best, make good choices for yourself, etc. If Bush, Reagan and others can say it, how does it become indoctrination of the masses if Obama says the same thing. Help me here! It is racial, because it is racial. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck….nine times out of ten, you have yourself a duck! His speech is not threatening to anyone, except the ignorant and uninformed. Everytime the man makes a statement, you and others like you create a scenario that he is creating a new nation of robots, to think like him, act like him, etc. If it were anyone other President saying the exact same words in this speech, you wouldn’t have a problem. It is Obama, and you now have to protect your children! Bull! It’s racial, because there is no other logical reason for your stance. You just aren’t man enough to let the world know that this biracial man, despite his education, truly offends you and as long as he holds the office of President of these United States, you will continue to be offended until “the right choice” is in office. Then and only then will you respect the office and the office holder.

alberta

September 7th, 2009
8:22 pm

I really think people are being very prejudice about what the president is going to say. If we look at drop out school rate through our nations, parents should be more than glad that someone is finally showing interest in this generation and generation to come.
People did not make any complaints when the other presidents spoke to the kids, so why now?
Is it because he is Black.

disgusted parent and teacher

September 7th, 2009
9:28 pm

Politicians, sports and movie stars, or any other celebrity doesn’t have the influence of a parent. If parents are the people who should be encouraging their children to do their best in school and to work hard. As a teacher and a parent, I don’t see the children who don’t want to think and try suddenly change because Obama told them to get an education.

The outrage is not about the speech, but the lesson plans that the DOE came up with, that really are inappropriate. As a teacher, I have no right to put my political view points on my children. I am very neutral, however, I am not like all teachers and there are many teachers who would put their political view points on the children. This is not right, especially for elementary aged children. These kids do not have enough experience in understanding the points of view of others and making their own minds up. Many of these children can barely read or do math on their grade level. My objection to the speech is not that Obama is giving it, it is the lesson plans put out to go along with it.

If my son were school age, he would not be permitted to watch it in school, but we would watch it together as a family and discuss it in our own home.

DeKalbTeacher

September 7th, 2009
9:45 pm

This blog is just sad. How quickly we forget the motto “To respect the president no matter if you agree with him or not”. I had to be reminded of this quote for eight years of President Bush. While I do not agree with every decision made by President Obama, I will show the speech to my students and have them write their thoughts about it (I am not allowed to discuss the speech with them per my school). I cannot believe individuals disagree with the president so much that they are comparing him to Hitler and Stalin. That is SAD……

irisheyes

September 7th, 2009
10:27 pm

Why is everyone so up in arms about the suggested lesson plans? First of all, suggested means just that. No one has to use them, and I seriously doubt any teachers received direct instructions from their admins to use them. (I know I didn’t) Secondly, where are all the “millions” of teachers workbooks? I thought the lesson plans were strictly on line. No one delivered any workbooks to our school. Me thinks someone has been listening to a little too much Rush lately.

Eli

September 8th, 2009
1:55 am

Can we just nip this in the butt right now? Reagan gave speeches to our children with obvious political overtones, where are his detractors? But, all of the sudden when the current president of the United States says, “kids, do well in school” we have to have discussion about his motives? really? we compare this to 1984 and try to put him on a pedestal inhabited by Hitler and Saddam Hussein? over the fact that he is saying, kids do well in school, education isn’t a social or class specific problem, its an American Right and to criticize someone for encouraging kids to do well in school, is pure ignorance, and as for those who have a need to make comparisons to a socialist state, please read the definition of socialism, or better yet go to school with your children and listen to the speech and learn what socialism is….

Michael Gordon

September 8th, 2009
8:10 am

I wish like h… it wasn’t true. These children will be sneaking at night at their friend’s house to sneak a look at Obama’s speech instead of porn. What is this world coming to?

think!

September 8th, 2009
8:10 am

Wow, I cannot believe the ignorance. If you want your children to go through life believing every thing their parents do and never have a mind of their own, well I just feel sorry for them. My children will learn to be independent thinkers and a benefit to this country.
For you who think the President is just trying to “brainwash” the children…please turn off the TV and get back into reality.
Come on people, please just think! Treat your children as real human beings who can make up their own minds and not like the mindless clones you want them to be.

Robin

September 8th, 2009
9:07 am

I am embarrassed to be counted as a “christian” sometimes. Better yet an “evagelical christian”… these people are absolutely clouded by self-righteous, mean-spirited, self-preserving (selfish) righteous indignation veiled with monarchical thinking and racial adulation.

He is the President of The United States!!! Get over it!!!

TRUE BLOOD

September 8th, 2009
9:16 am

come on this is crazy…please stop dancing around what effect this is going to have on our children..THE ONLY EFFECT IS THE PARENTS….Once you admit that most of you don’t want a black president…EXPLORE why you don’t want one…WHY BECAUSE HE IS BLACK..No other reason…period.
America has become a big joke to our alias..we have shown the world we have no respect for our President. Get real look at all of yourselfs in the mirror. Is this the type of msg that you want to send to the world…let alone our children. He is our President right, wrong or indifferent. My God..can we give him a chance, he took office at the worst time time of our economy. I believe it’s going to take more than just 9 mos to turn things around. Yes our President is black…so what..he is a man for all people. America please stop protraying a back woods mentality…AMERICANS are better than that.

Jon Cushman

September 8th, 2009
9:28 am

I find it ironic that I grew up laughing at the looney left and now it’s been replaced with the wacko right. The posters on here are so paranoid that they have officially gone into another stratosphere of dementia. I’ve always wondered how this country was able to convince people to participate in events like the Salem Witch Trials, but this type brainwashing is alive and well.

Matt Norris

September 8th, 2009
9:30 am

If you think your child shouldn’t hear this, you are ignorant, and I pity your children.

A realistic parent

September 8th, 2009
9:55 am

I have never ever made a comment on a blog before, but in this case I just had to. I just read the script for President Obama’s speech to the children and I have to say I feel it is very inspirational. What is wrong with the President of the United States (even if you did not vote for him) encouraging children to do well and stay in school? What is wrong with parents? Let’s do a reality check and try to decide what is really appropriate? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I hope that all parents want their children to do well and stay in school.

Zorya Dromont

September 8th, 2009
10:00 am

I think if the right-wingers who are so frieghtened of President Obama’s agenda, other than the facts that he is telling kids to stay in school and how important an education is – perhaps should listen to Reagan’s speech to kids. He was constantly afraid of leftest, liberals. And oh yes, Communism!

If you pull your kids out of school because our President wants to address them you’re just plain ignorant of the facts or perhaps just ignorant!

Zorya Dromont

September 8th, 2009
10:03 am

I think if the right-wingers who are so frightened of President Obama’s agenda, other than the facts that he is telling kids to stay in school and how important an education is – perhaps should listen to Reagan’s speech to kids. He was constantly afraid of leftest, liberals. And oh yes, Communism!

If you pull your kids out of school because our President wants to address them you’re just plain ignorant of the facts or perhaps just ignorant!

karlene

September 8th, 2009
10:16 am

You are all a bunch of racist people, American’s have not grown up yet.

You all are haters for the simple fact that you all are not understanding the health care plan and this is what it has come to.

Outraged Georgia Mom

September 8th, 2009
10:28 am

Wow…I’m shocked that some people believe their children are so stupid and vulnerable as to be ruined and brainwashed by a pep-talk from the Prez about staying in school and taking personal responsibility.

Perhaps it’s your own feelings of inadequacy and gullibility that you are imposing on your children rather than having some faith in your parenting skills and in your children’s abilities to think for themselves.

I mean seriously…please do keep the rugrats at home if you aren’t concerned that they actually grow up to be responsible adults and contributing citizens of this country. It’s probably best that you keep them away from my children who have learned to form their own opinions rather than be led around by the nose. My children would call most of the people going on and on about this silly anyway…and rightly so.

Parent

September 8th, 2009
11:08 am

Do you really want to live in a country where your afraid to let your child hear the president speak? The speach has been out for days so maybe everyone should read it before they rant and rave. I did not agree to all the the past president said, but I raised my children to honor the office of the president.

Cera Lawrenceville, Ga

September 8th, 2009
11:37 am

This entire conversation borders the ridiculous! Why is it so disturbing for a president to speak to students with the goal of offering encouragement to stay in school and make good grades? Who are you that are saying you can not take a short pause in your curriculum for one hour to hear the leader of our country with an address for our students? When president Kennedy was assassinated, my entire school stopped for the day. Why does it take a tragedy before we find it necessary to take pause? I just listened to George Bush Senior talking to students that was televised from a classroom of students and his conversation addressed social issues well beyond the four walls of the school, so why raise the flag now? Is it because Barack Obama is a Black president and this is just a camouflage to cover your true racist motives to attack him any way you can? Just asking, because inquiring minds wants to know. What is the motive behind your anti-Obama speech to students? Is it the fear of the unknown? Will he get our kids to push for healthcare reform? Are you that naive or have you been sucked up into the negative train that seems to grab hold to those that are less informed and fall prey to any negative fear message that comes your way?

Get a grip people! The man is trying to encourage your children! If you feel you give them all the encouragement they need, then be glad he is there delivering it to all the others that doesn’t have you in their lives! Our president is just that, our president! I will hopefully see the day when this type of planned event can be viewed by all parties as a positive thing as intended and not be dragged down the gutter by ill-informed anti-Obama types where as in this case, their motivation does not come from a concern for the students, but only to try to make president Obama look bad by attacking him wherever and whenever they can

GEEEEZZZZ

September 8th, 2009
12:04 pm

D*** if he does, D**** if he doesn’t!!!!! President Obama can’t win for losing. If he wasn’t doing anything and keeping low profile, the SAME people criticizing him would be griping and wining about “he’s not doing anything”. Give the man a break.

Katherine

September 8th, 2009
12:37 pm

I cannot understand why some adults are in such an uproar about OUR President, President Barack Obama, giving a speech to encourage our kids to stay in school (check out the dropout rate), to become all they can be (many have no direction)and to reiterate (what most parents tell their children, anyway) the importance of school and the civic responsibilities that they have as citizens of the United States of America.

While I truly hate to pull the race card…no one but God, Himself, could tell me this senseless controversy isn’t anything but “others” hating President Obama, simply, because of the color of his skin. Afterall, he is simply attempting (with his background, experiences, accolades, world travels and ability to relate to the common man)to reach our children because it is evident that so many of our children are walking, aimlessly, as they go about their ways.

Let’s face it… other countries are kicking our behinds when it comes to education, technology, science, medicine and those things that will better promote the country in the next century. Let’s support our President!

P-Low

September 8th, 2009
2:38 pm

The people who were against their children were all white and teaching their children hate. The funny part is, their kid will see their actions for what they are worth. So the real joke is on them.

plow

September 8th, 2009
2:45 pm

digusted parent and teacher: at what school do you teach? I want to know so that my child never even gets near it. Obviously, your school has a lot of self-righteous, mean-spirited, self-preserving (selfish) righteous indignation veiled with monarchical thinking and racial adulation.

JenD

September 8th, 2009
5:50 pm

Nope, I did NOT want my daughter to attend school today. Not because I wanted to shield her from the speech, but as a statement against Obama and how little I trust him in ANY way, including with my kids. I don’t believe for one second that the speech he gave today was the speech he originally intended to give. We as parents are the ones who are responsible for teaching our children the values that will drive them to excel academically, and if we haven’t done that, nothing he says is going to fix what parents have failed to do. Anyway, no, I didn’t want her to go but she didn’t want to miss class, so I left it up to her and she went to school. In Civics, she opted out of watching the speech.

Mr White Man

September 9th, 2009
1:58 pm

I don’t know whats wroung with some of you folk, you will let your kids watch MTV Mad TV Family Guy. But won’t let the watch the President of the USA give a speech to stay in school and do the best you can. (Hypocrite) People will complain about anything.

Mona

September 14th, 2009
12:53 pm

I just don’t Understand!!!!!!! America finally gets a President that seems to truly care,and all we do is complain.Where was all this haha concern when BUSH was in office? His FIRST OR SECOND TERM? Bush ran us into the ground, Obama seems to want something different.Why not give the man a chance.I’m sure he want be able to clean up 8 years of A BULL OVERNIGHT! AMERICA GET REAL.What every american should be doing is PRAYING to GOD for OBAMA’S Strength and WISDOM

dewstarpath

September 15th, 2009
9:36 am

The AJC (MOMania link) should hold onto this avalanche of a forum
for no other reason than to provide an archive that reveals the mindset
(or lack thereof) of the posters. If you don’t support President Obama
or his policies, you have a right to your opinion; however, a few of
these posters need to be watched.

[...] Do you care if your kids hear Obama's speech at school? [...]

Bonnie

October 4th, 2009
7:52 pm

When a person like 0bama has a history of communism and racism. I read his books.
And a wife who hates our Country and is ashamed of it and says so publicly.
And you support these people and are suppose to be American.
How do you dare talk about respect.
I only give the respect someone earns.
They have earned my deep seated disrespect.
Also his speech in school was wrong. This is America. No President should do that.