Sigh. Gwinnett students allowed to opt out of Obama’s speech

The parents of students at Hull Middle School in Gwinnett County today received permission to move their children out of range of President Barack Obama’s voice:

September 27, 2011

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):

We will air President Obama’s third annual national address directly to students on Monday, October 3, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. President Obama’s speech coincides with the beginning of school for many districts across the nation. His actual speech will be delivered on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at 1:30 p.m.

If you do not want your child to view the address, please complete the
bottom portion of this letter and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Friday, September 30, 2011. Those students who will not view the broadcast at their parents’ request will report to the gymnasium with an appropriate book, magazine, or newspaper after reporting to homeroom.

Please feel free to contact me if you have additional questions or concerns.

Regards,

Denise P. Showell
Principal

*A hard copy of this letter will be sent home today with your student(s)

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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183 comments Add your comment

mum

September 27th, 2011
5:29 pm

I wonder what these parents will tell their children is the reason why they aren’t allowed to listen to the President of the United States?

LizBeth

September 27th, 2011
5:37 pm

I will never forget overhearing a conservative, homeschooling parent tell her little girl, “We never argue with the President!” Of course, that was when Bush was president. I wondered how that would go over when a Democrat was president. It seems like the Republican choice today is to act like we don’t even have a president.

seano

September 27th, 2011
5:38 pm

Only in America ! This is absolutely ludicrous !

Kim

September 27th, 2011
5:39 pm

Nothing but pure racism.

LizBeth

September 27th, 2011
5:39 pm

Thought about it after I posted it. “Conservative” is the key word; “homeschooling” has nothing to do with it.

td

September 27th, 2011
5:48 pm

I think this is the school system being a coward. Either Obama’s address is educational and needs to be seen by the entire student body or it is not and no student should watch it. We elect local board members to make these types of decisions and they do not have the courage to do it. What freaking cowards.

honested

September 27th, 2011
5:50 pm

When I was in the middle school grades (approaching a half century ago) the though that one would have ‘opted out’ of listening to the President speak directly to school children would have been labeled ‘communist’.

Funny how the labels have changed but the pinheads stay the same.

Jennifer

September 27th, 2011
5:50 pm

What an idiot and what an idiotic policy for GCPS to take on a President’s speech. Shame on Gwinnett County Public School School Board for not having a backbone. The President is the President.

G

September 27th, 2011
5:51 pm

It would probably be labeled as “un-american” if this action was taken during a Republican president. So……should this be considered the same?

DannyX

September 27th, 2011
5:53 pm

I can understand the frustration. The wealthy have been hit hard since Obama took office.

The Koch brothers have only doubled their wealth in the 2+ years Obama has been in office. Why does Obama hate the wealthy? Coca Cola extended their lead as the best selling soft drink, they could have been the extra special bestest selling soft drink company if Obama hadn’t stopped them.

Stop the madness. If the poor could sell all their belongings and give the money to rich people we’ll have more jobs.

Lets get that new stadium built for the Falcons, wealth envy is holding up the comfort of our executives. It would be a good gesture to show the wealthy that we here in Georgia idolize the wealthy as they have earned. Coca Cola, Georgia Power, Delta, and Southern Company execs love to be pampered, lets show them we care.

Have you hugged a rich person today?

MomPossible

September 27th, 2011
5:53 pm

I have opted myself out of listening to him, so I think it’s wonderful that parents can do the same for the benefit of their children.

GaBlue

September 27th, 2011
5:54 pm

That’s not so bad. In 2009, MY child did not even get to “opt in” to that opportunity. Apparently, all it takes is four or five whiny-azz Republican parents who are SO SCARED that the new BLACK President (yeah, I said it) would either (a) teach their precious ones to think for themselves, or (b) say something sane and rational, thereby causing precious ones to doubt the truthfulness of their parents’ nasty lies about him, that the entire faculty of the school just pretended that it wasn’t happening that day.

Gee, they saved the children from hearing that one should not expect to become a reality or sports star by luck, but should instead work hard in school, prepare for the future, and not give up when things are difficult. The future “Housewives of North Fulton” were SAVED from that evil message! Hooray!

td

September 27th, 2011
5:56 pm

G

September 27th, 2011
5:51 pm
It would probably be labeled as “un-american” if this action was taken during a Republican president. So……should this be considered the same?

Only if it was a war speech. If I remember correctly last years speech had a great deal of politics involved. If the President wants to make a political speech then school systems should be able to opt out.

lori_w

September 27th, 2011
5:56 pm

Parents received permission? Give me a break. Since when do parents need a school’s permission on making a parenting decision?

Red

September 27th, 2011
5:58 pm

Yes and all of the nonsense spewed at Bush during his Presidency was called freedom of speech and freedom of dissent. Doing the same thing during Obama’s Presidency gets labeled racism. You’re right honested – labels change and pinheads DO stay the same. Amazing how things can be flipped huh? But no the “tolerant” liberals are only tolerant of their ideology.

Perhaps he’ll speak on why his staff mixed up Wyoming and Colorado. Or answer how many states there are – Mr. President there are just 50.

Yeah, the exact same thing was allowed during Bush’s years and liberals championed this behavior. Now all we hear is ‘racism’, ’shame’, etc. The classic double standards of the left.

LizBeth – sounds like you slipped up and really have issues with homeschooling there huh?

Jay Bookman

September 27th, 2011
5:59 pm

If Bush was President how many students would opt out?
Would Jim sigh?

Red

September 27th, 2011
6:00 pm

GaBlue – when you have nothing else to offer, always scream racism. Classic response every time. I guess you slept through the Clinton years.

td

September 27th, 2011
6:00 pm

GaBlue

September 27th, 2011
5:54 pm

It is not about black but about socialism. I am sure those same parents in N Fulton would not have a problem with their children listening to the message from Herman Cain or Clarence Thomas.

Red

September 27th, 2011
6:04 pm

td – I guess they’ve missed that poll showing Herman Cain’s surge post debate. Maybe those racist Tea Partiers just were confused?

And I guess it’s not racism to compare Jews to janitors…

Very Ironic

September 27th, 2011
6:10 pm

These parents are teaching their children to be disrespectful, close-minded and uninterested citizens. It is amazing to think that these people cannot allow their children to listen to the President of the United States even if they don’t agree with him. These are probably the same people who would claim to be true, patriotic Americans. The ironic thing is that a true, patriot American would show respect to the President and would be interested in what he has to say. Maybe these people are afraid that their children might hear something that would cause them to challege their parents’ political views. I would think an intelligent person would want their child to listen to all different viewpoints and form their own opinion. It is very sad how polarized, closed-minded, and controlling many in our country have become. Many people only believe what their Church (notice I did not say God) or their favorite biased TV news network tells them. Parents, be careful with trying to control your childrens’ every thought and deed. Often this type of control makes for a very rebellious child.

GaBlue

September 27th, 2011
6:10 pm

I guess y’all missed the part about Obama being elected the President of the United States (yes, including the one WE live in) via both the popular and electoral college votes. But hey, just name one white president whose “back to school” speech was 86′ed by parental whining, and I’ll retract the “black” part of my previous statement. I’ll wait right here.

GaBlue

September 27th, 2011
6:15 pm

And again, in case you missed it, my child was not even offered an “opt in.” I said, “How was your day, Honey? Did you like the President’s speech?” Um, what speech?

Indeed.

AmericanNOTSocialist

September 27th, 2011
6:16 pm

Those who call Obama’s policies socialism don’t understand the meaning of the word, and likely never will. He’s the President of the USA, he was elected by the majority of voters (unlike GWB, ahem), and his speech should be aired to all students and then, if desired, used as a springboard for class discussion. There is no fathomable reason a student in this country should be allowed to miss this speech while in school, and no parent should allow that. If you disagree with the President’s policies, USE this opportunity to discuss current events with your child, rather than an opportunity to shield them from views that don’t mirror yours.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think it’s racism, either.

gutrake

September 27th, 2011
6:22 pm

Have to say I ‘m surprised. I assumed all public educators (along with their monopoly) would never allow parents to have a say in what propoganda their kids are exposed to. American patriots must have infiltrated the Gwinnett Co. system. They’ll probably be hunted down and smeared and labeled racist. Suffice to say, this country is past the “point of no return”. Progressivism, i.e. statism, has destroyed us from within. Our cell phones, mall addictions and lil’ debbie cakes deflected our focus on the most important job we have here on this earth…our legacies…our kids. I vomit.

M

September 27th, 2011
6:23 pm

“socialism” = “things Republicans don’t like”

Eric

September 27th, 2011
6:42 pm

For me, Very Ironic (6:10p, 9/27) and AmericanNotSocialist (6:16p, 9/27) sum up the issue very well.

gutrake

September 27th, 2011
6:49 pm

By the way, idiots. The opposite of open-minded is not “close-minded”. Maybe you were searching for…uh…narrow minded? Anyone? Most of you mouth-breathing, basement-dwelling “trekkies” would do well in staying away from intellectual dialogue. Clothe yourselves with tight spandex and ride your bikes on roads alongside eighteen-wheelers and send a check to GPTV. You don’t deserve the right to vote in grown-up elections. Didn’t mean to offend…but you folks are so far off the reservation of common sense that you should have been lobotomized and ferried to pick up trash from our parks and roadsides. I have vomitted enough.

double

September 27th, 2011
6:59 pm

opposite open/closed.Narrow mind can be either.When you can’t vomit anymore.Dry heaves.Constipated need gutrake.

DannyX

September 27th, 2011
7:01 pm

I got a copy of the speech Obama is giving the kids, here’s an excerpt, powerful stuff.

“Yes kids, you paid more for your Coca Cola last year. Meanwhile because mommy or daddy or both got laid off your allowance shrunk in half. The big boss at Coca Cola didn’t have to cut back on Cokes kiddies. No the big bosses made enough money to buy 16,000,000 Cokes last year! Kids, that’s enough Coca Cola to fill 56 swimming pools.”

gutrake

September 27th, 2011
7:01 pm

Loved your writing ability! Public schools?

Road Scholar

September 27th, 2011
7:03 pm

gutrake: “Didn’t mean to offend…” What? Everything you wrote in 2 blogs and YOU are offensive to the American People and to OUR President!

Very ironic: Right on!

What I want is a bunch of “hand fed” (un)educated people who have no ability to compare what the President says to any ideaology and to PROBLEM SOLVE for themselves. We are raising a generation of morons who are only motivated to be a rock star, a reality TV star, or even worse,people who spout drivel about where our country should go. The students that take a “bye” will do really well when the speech is discussed in civics class! Won’t they?

GaBlue

September 27th, 2011
7:04 pm

“You don’t deserve the right to vote in grown-up elections.”

Unless, of course, you are a US citizen over the age of 18, who has not been convicted of a felony. Then it’s your obligation to vote, regardless of whether or not I agree with you.

I’m sorry if this offends gutraker, who thinks that mall addictions and lil’ debbie cakes are responsible for the “progressivism” that has “destroyed us from within,” and that the desire to wear spandex pants and become two-wheeled road hazards is indicative of one’s political preferences. Haha! (AS IF!) Bless his/her heart! Too funny!

Sha'Tanya

September 27th, 2011
7:04 pm

“Sigh” is my reaction too, Jim. I’m not a huge BHO fan but the guy is the elected President of the United States. You shield your kids from him just because you don’t like his politics? I am embarrassed for Gwinnett County.

gutrake

September 27th, 2011
7:09 pm

People like me fight and die for your right to be stupid. Actually, it’s the highest form of patriotism, a topic you would most likely find provincial and un-enlightened. Left to your own devices of survival, you would quickly fall victim to your own prophet’s theory; natural selection (survival of the fittest…) So, allow me to call it what it is. Thanks!

GaBlue

September 27th, 2011
7:18 pm

“So, allow me to call it what it is. Thanks!”

gutrake,

You never died for me, and I’m pretty certain you never fought for me, either. Maybe you fought somebody, some time, for some reason, but based on what you write here, I am CERTAIN not one drop of it was for me or my rights. That you seek to elevate yourself with such bogus claims is indeed something to which I take offense.

Rick

September 27th, 2011
7:26 pm

The Dems whined up storm when George B #41 gave his one speech to students, did I say one. How many will this be for BHO?

gutrake

September 27th, 2011
7:27 pm

See. This is what I mean when I use the term “idiots”. GaBlue…you got me!!! I actually DIDN’T die for you…wow! How’d you know? God! How stupid can people be. O-K-A-Y…read the post again…notice the FIRST sentence. It reads…”People like me…” Duh? I hope you don’t have children.

td

September 27th, 2011
7:28 pm

DannyX

September 27th, 2011
7:01 pm

If that is true then it is nothing more than a campaign speech and not educational and no child should be watching it.

Atlantaman

September 27th, 2011
7:28 pm

Some of the folks that live in our state just make me shake my head. What is it that these so called parents object to their children hearing? What are they teaching their young, if they don’t agree with the person politically they don’t even have to listen to what is being said? I want my child to understand both sides of a position, not bury your head in the sand and say it’s my way or the highway.

td

September 27th, 2011
7:33 pm

Very Ironic

September 27th, 2011
6:10 pm

“Many people only believe what their Church (notice I did not say God) or their favorite biased TV news network tells them.”

If you do not stop talking about African Americans like that they are going to call you a racist.

td

September 27th, 2011
7:36 pm

GaBlue

September 27th, 2011
6:10 pm

And what President ever gave such a speech prior to Obama?

gutrake

September 27th, 2011
7:37 pm

I’ve forgotten how much fun this was!! Thanks AJC!

td

September 27th, 2011
7:38 pm

AmericanNOTSocialist

September 27th, 2011
6:16 pm
Those who call Obama’s policies socialism don’t understand the meaning of the word,

Then please explain to us all what socialism is? BTW: Even his on supporters call him a social democrat after the European socialist movements.

Paul Bianchi

September 27th, 2011
7:45 pm

Good for that principal for standing up to those brainwashing Democrats. Now he should move against thoe school’s history textbooks and replace the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt with a second term for Hoover, then Landon, maybe Willkie, and Dewey. Get all of those people away from Gwinnett kids!

Courtney

September 27th, 2011
7:49 pm

I will not listen to Obama anymore until he has the guts to have a press conference. The guy is nothing without a teleprompter and an arranged audience.

blacksheep

September 27th, 2011
8:00 pm

Hey gutrake– before you disparage other people’s writing abilities, you ought to learn a little more about spelling and punctuation. “Vomitted?”

Jeff

September 27th, 2011
8:01 pm

Why should parents not have a choice in this matter?

Jeff

September 27th, 2011
8:07 pm

Also, the students don’t have the option to opt out. Parents do.

Logical1

September 27th, 2011
8:14 pm

Kim, get off your friggen high horse and quit throwing out the race card. People like you that throw out the race card left and right are the ones that have an issue with race. Have you looked at the demographics of Gwinnett County? It’s got a pretty good mix and is hardly a place where something like this could be considered racist.

Go find a plunger and sit on it.

chillywilly

September 27th, 2011
8:20 pm

I always thought that Gwinnett County School System was run by a bunch of Klan members. Now we know.