Did reading Obama’s speech change your mind?

The White House released the text to President Obama’s speech for today to the school children. Now that you’ve read the speech, are you feeling less stressed about the whole thing?

Michael had a friend send him a note saying, well now that I’ve read it, I’m fine with it. Meanwhile, I think my friend was just thrilled the speech was moved to noon because her children could be counted as present and then she could check her children out before the speech.

According to another AJC.com story Gwinnett is supposed to be showing the speech but we got a note from a principal saying they didn’t have the technology to show it to all the classrooms. Hmm, now sure what’s up with that.

Are you feeling less stressed? Did you keep your kids out of school? Will you check them out? Are you OK with them listening now?

124 comments Add your comment

Mary Davidson

September 8th, 2009
8:55 am

I have never in my 50+ years of voting, witnessed such disrespect for a sitting president! The losers are doing anything they can to undermine President Obama and they have absolutely NO shame over the lies they are telling. What, pray tell, is so subversive about telling kids to stay in school and work hard? Isn’t that what they’re there for?

CLTDawg

September 8th, 2009
8:56 am

Any outrage over this is ridiculous. I read the whole speech and the only thing he is asking is for students to set goals and do well in school. Nothing more, nothing less. This is not some left wing conspiracy. Much ado about nothing.

Oh, c'mon Mary, grow up...

September 8th, 2009
9:03 am

…the 813 bloggers from Friday (or was it Thursday) have already covered the “losers doing anything” gig, so give that a rest. Most of those who questioned the “speech” cited their concern that he will deviate from the “text”. That is still a concern, as we know nothing more now from reading “the speech”, but we will know more in a couple of hours from now. All of this has nothing to do with anyone telling lies!

nurse&mother

September 8th, 2009
9:04 am

Must we have the same political debate AGAIN? This will merely turn into Friday’s blog responses. Sorry Theresa, I was hoping for a different topic.

Patrick

September 8th, 2009
9:09 am

I saw nothing wrong whatsoever with the speech either. I wish all the Presidents we had when I was in school did a speech like this. I don’t even remember if any of them did a speech like this, or anything similar. If they did, none of my schools showed it to us, either because they didn’t want to, or couldn’t because they didn’t have the technology.

As for schools who don’t have the capabilities of showing it to all classrooms simultaneously, what should be done is perhaps have a video download of the speech available on the website, burn it to DVD, then schedule a time for each grade level or individual classroom to go into the library and view the speech.

I think what had most parents’ panties in a wad was they were afraid Obama was going to use this speech as a way to push his health care reform bill. I scanned the entire speech and found no trace of “health care” anywhere. I ran it through Microsoft Word’s find feature, and it was nowhere. The only thing that came close to health care was him talking about becoming a doctor or a nurse, and the one example he gave of the child who is now in medical school. That was it.

The only other thing I could see parents getting uptight about this speech is that it details something they should be telling their own children in the first place, and not have anyone else tell them. They feel it’s their (the parents’) responsibility to raise their children, teach them the morals of studying hard and applying themselves, not the President’s or anyone else’s. The sad thing is that not all parents do this, or at least to the point of making it stick with the children. Also, the kids don’t take it to heart that they should stay in school, pay attention in class, do their homework, take responsibility for their actions, and if they make the right choices, they can be rewarded, regardless of the environment they live in. The environment they currently live in is not their choice, but the environment they will live in in the future, is.

Mattie

September 8th, 2009
9:09 am

Since our principal has decided not to let the speech be shown in my son’s HS, he has a note allowing him to come home to watch. I find the entire controversy absolutely disgusting.

Twindivamomma

September 8th, 2009
9:11 am

Since I wasn’t paying attention on Thursday or Friday. What exactly are they scared he will say. I mean really…We are talking about a Harvard Educated lawyer from a middle to lower class family. Who was taught that hard work and education is the key to success. I am just so tired of hearing you all cloak your racisim into concern for brainwashing.

What makes me even sicker is that we will shout that he is a socialist and not an american all day long on TV. And we will hid that behind that nonsense behind the 1st amendment.

Here is my suggestion if you don’t want Johnny or Susie to hear what he has to say. Then keep him home and teach him that we can’t work together even if we disagree on political issues. That’s lesson that CLEARLY you all don’t mind teaching your kids.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 8th, 2009
9:14 am

I have two topics today!!! Check under for a topic about nagging via texting — a new way to nag!!! Look there nurse and mother!!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 8th, 2009
9:15 am

There is a second mom topic today if you are tired of this debate —- It’s about a new trend in nagging — nagging via texting!!! Check it out here

http://blogs.ajc.com/momania/2009/09/08/nagging-evolves-are-you-nagging-by-text-now/

Steve

September 8th, 2009
9:17 am

The right wing in this country just makes me sick. No wonder this country is in decline and sliding quickly off the cliff when our own President is panned for telling kids to work hard in school because…gasp…he’s not a tax cut for the wealthy morality espousing Republican who talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk.

Pandora

September 8th, 2009
9:17 am

I read the speech. There is NOTHING wrong with it! The ONLY reason why ’some people’ will not allow their children to watch President Obama make his speech is because they are racist!!! They are using that old excuse ‘ I don’t want him putting any ideas in their heads about his policies’…that’s b.s. and they know it! I would be humilated if my parents pulled me out of school or not allowed me to watch the President give his speech!

Founding Fathers 101

September 8th, 2009
9:18 am

God bless our country! We perhaps need it more now than ever with so many “leaders” willing to do the fear-mongering thing, putting party (or pocketbook) before country.

Thank you, God, for giving us our Founding Fathers when you did. They, of course, had tremendous ideals, but knew the importance of compromise… and the concept of loyal opposition. I’m afraid this country wouldn’t have survived the first generation if the leaders today were around back then.

KA

September 8th, 2009
9:19 am

Patrick: Hooray, logic!
Mattie: Love that exercise of your rights – turning the argument by right-wing on its head and showing them that the technique works both ways. Glad your son will be watching! Maybe he can tell his classmates about it …

Faye B

September 8th, 2009
9:28 am

I really am at a loss, I read the speech and was frankly glad, that a man who is black, who knows what it means to work hard to become someone wanted to share his views with our children. We have no problem when our children listen to the negativism in rap music, or watch all the sex, cursing, and murder on TV, even in the so called cartoons or animation of today. Our country is going to hell in a hand basket, and instead of trying to teach positive things to our children we rant and rave about a speech that is telling our children to work hard. What in the world is wrong with us? Instead of beating down the president every chance you get, pray for him. In God’s word it says He sets up kings and brings them down, it also says to pray for those in authority. Do we want things better or do we want to stay in the hole we are in? If we do not stand behind our president and realize he will make mistakes too, we are standing against him. It’s like having a child who is trying to do something good but we keep telling him he can’t do it, and therefore don’t try to help him. You know what, America is our country, let’s do all we can to try to turn this thing around, if we don’t are we any better than terrorist. We need to work together…together we stand, divided we fall.

Ellie

September 8th, 2009
9:29 am

There are two primary conclusions to be drawn from the rightwing opposition to the president’s speech:
1. I don’t want my child being influenced in ANY WAY by a Black person.
2. We need to keep a lot of the populace downtrodden and uneducated – I’ll see to it that my child is educated, but at the same time somebody’s got to clean the toilets, flip the hamburgers, and cut the grass.

JawJaw Dawg

September 8th, 2009
9:33 am

Uhmm, many of you are missing the point. It is NOT disrespect that the country has for the president. It is MISTRUST. He has abused his powers in only 71/2 months to no end. He has proven he surrounds himself by many who cannot be trusted. He, himself, has chosen racists, extremists, radicals and anti-patriots. READ all the info out there…don’t rely on any one or two sources. I am amazed that there can be so many that just go on what a politician says. The question we must ask ourselves is…where do you see this country in four years? I grew up here, have moved all over the country and have recently returned. The AJC is crazy with liberal speak. Citizens, you must read many diverse points of view and MOST IMPORTANTLY find the facts. Obama has put more “czars” in place than any other President. WHY? WHAT positions are they overseeing? WHAT are their views, strategies, and what do they say? The POTUS is there to serve the people, not the people serving the President.

Walt

September 8th, 2009
9:34 am

Unbelieveable

September 8th, 2009
9:34 am

This is so, so sad. I agree with Mary when she writes that she has never witness such disrespect for a sitting president. For those who are venomously opposed to Obama’s speech to the students, you need to look in the mirror and ask yourself what’s the real reason for your opposition and fear!!! Once you come to terms with the fact that role models come in different shapes, sizes, abilities, and color then I think that you will all be ok!!!

JawJaw Dawg

September 8th, 2009
9:35 am

Ellie, your comment makes me sick. How dare you call anybody from the right of center a racists. You are exactly why there is such polarization in this country. You bring down ALL americans with such petty, immature, outdated comments such as the one you posted here. Shame on you, if you are an american at all.

L in B

September 8th, 2009
9:38 am

Here we go again with throwing out accusations of “racist” at any criticism of the President. When are you going to realize that you’re just diluting the sting of that label when you are so ridiculously quick to use it? There is racism in this country still (on BOTH sides), but this isn’t anywhere close to it. Conservatives are balking for exactly the same reasons that liberals balked back when Bush senior gave the exact same kind of speech. He was widely criticized by the left and it wasn’t because he was a white man! From the Washington Examiner:

“The day after Bush spoke, the Washington Post published a front-page story suggesting the speech was carefully staged for the president’s political benefit. “The White House turned a Northwest Washington junior high classroom into a television studio and its students into props,” the Post reported.

With the Post article in hand, Democrats pounced. “The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students,” said Richard Gephardt, then the House Majority Leader. “And the president should be doing more about education than saying, ‘Lights, camera, action.’”

Democrats did not stop with words. Rep. William Ford, then chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate the cost and legality of Bush’s appearance.”

JawJaw Dawg

September 8th, 2009
9:39 am

Fear! You got it Unbelievable. The fear is not in color/race – who cares is you are purple, green or hot pink for gosh sakes. If you are trustworthy and decent and see ALL people with equal rights I will support you. FEAR is near because Obama has an agenda to turn the country into a robotic, “I need there for I will have” mentality. I love this country because ANYONE can do ANYTHING ANYTIME and rise to the top just because of their own dream and action. Do we need health care reform. YES but not like this. Do we need corporate reform, YES. We need to bring people together, but this is only polarizing our nation more.

Anne

September 8th, 2009
9:41 am

Greetings!

In my opinion, the speech is GREAT! This is what parents, guardians, grandparents, etc all across the country should be teaching their kids. My grandkids will be tuned in. Mr. President, do what you do best…never mind the critics…

Bonnie

September 8th, 2009
9:44 am

I feel he should have more important things to worry about right now than the children. I believe that the “stay in school” subject has been covered over and over again and if it hasn’t stuck by now, it won’t stick. Funny all this came about so quickly. And I agree with those who believe it is “mistrust”. It has nothing to do with racism – he’s the one who ia always claiming racism. I wouldn’t care if he was blue, black, yellow or purpose, his lies have more than caused distrust in anything he says so why should we believe him now! Why should we allow our children to believe him and believe it’s okay to lie about things? He is not a role model to any young person coming up in this world today unless they are from a socialist country and know no better. I can’t wait until 12:00 passes and all this is done and over with once and for all. He needs to worry about the big mess he’s made rather than whether a child stays in school – that should be left up to the educators and the parents. If a child wants to better himself, then he will – he doesn’t need a government official telling him to – but gee I forget those are government schools aren’t they?

Alice

September 8th, 2009
9:46 am

I am not an Obama fan, to say the least, but I think his speech is great. The point is, no one actually believes this is his original speech. He apparently altered it completely after so many complained. The original supposedly contained many other things like asking students to urge their parents to be “green” and recycle and to urge their parents to answer the Census questions honestly. All political comments have been removed.

Manny

September 8th, 2009
9:48 am

How did Obama abuse his powers as President, Jaw Jaw Dawg? That’s a very strong statement! Where did he commit that crime? Where did he go beyond jurisprudence?

See what I mean? Unsubstantiated claims, driven by fear, in order to make a person in power seem less than human. The Left did it with George W. Bush so bad, one would have thought that he was some monster… so much, in fact- that when some Iraqi threw his shoes at a sitting President- the left CHEERED!

And now, the Right is doing the same thing… making Obama into some weird Overlord that ran for President in some grand scheme to destroy the USA… unless someone pays him…. ONE… MILLION…DOLLARS (Bwaaahaahhaahhaa!)

Can we please give reason a chance? The fear that comes from the Republican Party has grown tired right now.

Prayshia

September 8th, 2009
9:49 am

The way I see it…I have given similar speeches like this to children of all ages and no one has ever been nothing but grateful for me inspiring their children to want more and to do better. This speech is nothing but but an inspirational vitamin for our children of all races and ages. I am a little saddened that I have heard that some don’t want their children to watch it because it’s a push for Obama’s Health Care Reform, but considering it says nothing about it and considering that my son who is 8 and doesn’t understand what healthcare reform is and surely doesn’t care; I don’t understand how the message will hurt him. I grew up an African-American woman in the state of Kansas and consider myself to be slightly conservative. I have just never seen such a blatant disrespect of a President. I did not support Bush’s war agenda, but I respected his decision and prayed that he knew what was best. And I prayed that he could lead his country. I dont’ understand why the same just can’t be done for our current President. Forgive any grammatical errors. I’m flustered!

Unbelieveable

September 8th, 2009
9:50 am

The tides shall soon turn!!!

JawJaw Dawg

September 8th, 2009
9:52 am

Bonnie – very well stated…a child doesn’t need a government official telling him to better himself. Most people do not even understand what the job of the POTUS and government of the people, by the people and for the people really means. For the past 20 years, my job has required that I travel the globe. Those of you that want to change this country where you hold your hand out and wait in line for what the dictator decides to give you…I suggest you read your history books and travel…especially to Washington DC. Spend time reading the Archives and also the inscriptions on all the building exteriors. The patriotism in our country is floundering because of mistrust, NOT disrespect.

Unbelieveable

September 8th, 2009
9:52 am

Alice, you know this because…….??????

Prayshia

September 8th, 2009
9:52 am

Bonnie: Did you really write he has more things to be worried about than the children? I have no response for such a crazy statement. Bonnie, Please understand that James Baldwin said it best when he stated “For these are all our children, we will all profit by or pay for what they become.”

Just Wondering

September 8th, 2009
9:54 am

Hidden racism at its best! It’s not about being right or left, it’s about covering up the true agenda for not wanting the POTUS to give a motivational speech to students. I hope these very same parents who dont want their children to watch the speech, are just as diligent in making sure that their children aren’t exposed to the perverts and pedophiles that may be walking among them in the school. I bet they are crying to see the janitor or the substitute teacher’s credentials.

MDE

September 8th, 2009
9:55 am

What so many of you are missing in this debate are the assignments that came from the White House to all the teachers. Go to the DOE andlook them up.

My kids do not need another person who has had all the breaks going to the best schools our nation has to tell them to study and listen. They already do that. And they do not need yet another assignment about B.O.

And btw, what were Obama’s grades anyway??? Another example of do what I say not as I did, a pot smoking and cocaine blowing farce. The only thing transparent in this administration is Obama’s ego.

Southern Yankee

September 8th, 2009
9:57 am

(turn sarcasm on) Of course it’s socialist agenda speech. He wants ALL kids to succeed, not just the rich white republican kids. (turn sarcasm off).

Founding Fathers 101

September 8th, 2009
9:58 am

Two questions, Bonnie:

1) Do you have children?

2) Do you get all your news from Hannity, Limbaugh and e-mail fwds?

Keep searching for the truth, dear. You’re a long way off, and, if the answer to No. 1 is yes, it’s your obligation to find it.

BC

September 8th, 2009
10:00 am

That’s bull! I am sorry but I don’t see G.Bush getting the same type of reaction if he chose to give the same speech to kids. If anyone was not trustworthy it would have been Bush. Do we have to go down the list of things that he did to betray the American trust in government? So I don’t want to hear this trustworthy argument. He has not done anything close to what has been done in the past to shatter the American’s trust. These is just bitterness left over from losing the election. I will come in all shapes and sizing. This is just one of them. At least give him a chance to screw up. Its a speech…we should if anything else give the office of Presidency the respect that it deserves. People around the world are watching!!!!

overit

September 8th, 2009
10:05 am

The lady who types this blog went to the Neil Boortz institute of fanning the flame. The difference is Neil is really smart.

Helena Platt

September 8th, 2009
10:07 am

I can’t wait to retire, so that i can leave this country. I just came from one of the poorest counties (Jamaica, WI) and they are the riches people in spirit and love for one another, god has truely blessed them. I can’t believe some of you, simple minded, racist, yes racist, people, because this is truely what’s really going on here, he’s the President ya’ll!!!! whether you like it or not! I wish when i was going to school, that we had a President that spoke to me about staying in school, getting good grades, and listening, wow!, i would have been the first BLACK FEMALE PRESIDENT!!! Deal with it!

EEA

September 8th, 2009
10:08 am

You guys have never witnessed such disrespect to a sitting President? Where have you all been??? It is the norm for American society to complain about their government. It’s your first amendment right (there to abuse)…Where were you when Dixie Chicks went to foreign lands to disrespect their president? Where were you during the whole Clinton Debacle?

Just support the dude acting as President. Support your Government. Don’t abuse your right to free speech. That man is not really abusing his (yet). I’m sure your rugrats will not be traumatized if they catch a sound clip of the speech. Take the speech, post it in your kids room. I promise you, with the lack of discipline in today’s kids, they will need every ounce of motivation they can get.

Founding Fathers 101

September 8th, 2009
10:08 am

BC with the slam dunk!!! Well done!

Aren’t reasonable posts refreshing?!?

S. Powell

September 8th, 2009
10:09 am

Disrespect of athority, deciding wheather students should listen to the President of the US, is not the message that should be sent. Teachers have a major problem teaching respect, disciplain, honor, dedication to all students in every class. They need all the help they can get.

The republicans should counter with their spokesmen, Russ Limbraugh a college dropout and a drug addict.

We must make a change, kids don’t come into this world knowing who to hate. Nor, do they come into this world thinking that life is worthless.

What is going on today in politics will destroy us all.

JawJaw Dawg

September 8th, 2009
10:11 am

Hah! You assume I’m Repub, Manny. I’m not. I think their is mistrust on both sides of the familiar aisle. Anytime a politician brings in “their own” (meaning not vetted, nor voted in) their will be and should be questions. Now, after seeing Obama’s pastor and his extreme racist rants and knowing this man sat in on that for TWENTY YEARS..that raises eyebrows. Knowing that he placed Van Jones as czar over the green effort is beyond belief, that is, if you’ve listened to him speak. Yet, most media has not even posted this information. He calls repubs a_holes and he says whites poisoned blacks and rants about more plans to do so. He absolutely signed on the line with a radical group that believes our own government orchestrated 911. These are the FACTS. Wish I had time for more, but I’ve got to go out and do my part so I can give 40% of it to those who have not earned it. Look into how many people (legal citizens, not illegal aliens) would actually benefit from Obama’s health care reform as it stands now. And be sure to leave out the enormous group of young people who CHOSE NOT to carry health coverage right now…they will be taxed 2% and they don’t even want the coverage. This is absolutely about the POTUS trying to restructure the government when the majority doesn’t want it done this way. The majority DOES want to see everyone covered, but NOT LIKE THIS reform bill filled with pork and cr_p. I am disillusioned with my government who puts out a 1000+ page reform bill. We should demand our government officials serve us, not themselves! No bill presented more than 50 pages and a flat 10% tax for all…NO LOOP HOLES for the rich. Poverty levels pay 1% so they are part and feel worthy of citizenship. Who’s on board for that?

JawJaw Dawg

September 8th, 2009
10:14 am

oops…in a hurry their=there

Call it like it is.

September 8th, 2009
10:15 am

Someone please explain to me why I can have this debate and disagree with Obama in Calif, Org, Washington State and not be label a raciest, but when I come home back to Ga, and I don’t care for anything Obama stands for, me being a raciest can be the only reason?

This might come as a surprise to you guys, but a large percentage of this country did not vote for Obama, don’t like his ideas and want support anything he does. And please don’t play like this has never happen before. Bush was treated 10 times more harsh then Obama. Its like they say what goes around comes around. Your President is getting treated the same way you treated ours.

In regards to any speach from the President, it should be forced on any of our students! Play it at night during prime time, and each parent can choose to watch it or not. Enough said!

1911A1

September 8th, 2009
10:25 am

I haven’t seen this mentioned yet, so here goes. During the warm-up of the controversy last week, comment after comment was posted expressing the desire that the content of the speech be made available so parents could vet it before deciding whether to permit their children to hear it. The speech was finally made available yesterday, one day before it airs.

Last-minute rewrite, anyone?

Manny

September 8th, 2009
10:29 am

MDE-

Obama was a straight A student at Harvard law school and graduated top of his class. And his mother didn’t play when it came to his grades. She used to wake him up at 4AM just to make sure his homework was done right and that he actually knew his lessons.

In other words, he’s a good student.

Jaw Jaw- Van Jones? That’s Van Jones, not Obama. George Bush brought on people in his administration that went to prison. So did Clinton. Van Jones called the Democrats a bunch of (fill-in-the-blanks) and said that he was a Communist once-upon-a-time.

Yes, he made a mistake bringing him in, but he was going to be handling environmental issues. And that one instance makes Obama someone who cannot be trusted?

Did you trust George Bush? Bill Clinton? George HW? Ronald Reagan? Carter? Eisenhower? Roosevelt? Anyone?

Because if you did, I can find many more things that they did that was more questionable than Van Jones.

Founding Fathers 101

September 8th, 2009
10:36 am

Call it like it is,

You’re comparing 8 mos. of Obama to W’s 8 years? Hmm…

Your disagreement with the racist-reason poster is fair. I would hope that person is talking about the most vehement protesters of this school speech, not casting a net over the whole body of general dissenters.

Photius

September 8th, 2009
10:49 am

The whole thing is just absurd, totally ubsurd.

FCM

September 8th, 2009
10:53 am

To me this is the SAME THING as prayer in school. If praying in school might mean that some child becomes a Bible Thumper, then it is equally true that listening to ANY Presidential speech in school will likewise brainwash the kid into that President’s idology. Now how many are in favor of a non-demnom prayer before the speech?

It is rediculous that sooooooo much has happened in such a short time of this man’s administration, that we parents feel we must question his motives towards our children.

My children are in school, and I did not send in a release to keep them from seeing the speech.

Hum

September 8th, 2009
10:55 am

Mary Davidson has you head been in the sand the last 16 years. If you want to see disrespect for a sitting president just Google (with the video button selected) “Bush is a crook” or “Bill Clinton is a liar.” Watch any of them. Keith Olbermann’s “Special Comment: You ceased to be the President of the United States” is as “disrespectful” as it gets.

We live in such a time as politics has been reduced to insulting the “other side.” Americans are too lazy and some are just too ill informed (or misinformed) to listen to let alone contribute to a discussion of the issues.

Manny you are correct. Can we please give reason a chance? But you are also wrong. Fear comes from both sides. Lets face it, there is no such thing as an honest politician. The system that “we the people” have allowed to evolve would not let one win. Fear, blame, false and half truths win elections – not statesmanship and honesty.

BC

September 8th, 2009
11:03 am

Here is it in a nutshell….a President gets elected and the opposing party spends the next 4 to 8 years finding issues to divide the American public in order to get their party back in power on the next election cycle. So this President is no exception. All is fair in love and politics. However I have to say that I am a little surprised that this speech would be an issue that the opposing party would chose to stir the political “Hornet’s nest” with. A speech on education…really?! Seems trivial to me.