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Obama Speech Day

I did not take my children out of school today, nor did I write a note excusing them from listening to Obama's speech to the schoolchildren of America. This morning I told my daughters to be very respectful during the speech and that we could talk about it when they got home. I didn't make them write a report or anything, but my 4th grader gave me a report of sorts in the car on the way home and I asked her if she wanted to type it for me. She was excited to do it and started the first sentence as a report, but I told her not to do anything formal, just simply to type out what she told me in the car. She cut it short to go play with a friend before dinner, but this is what she wrote.

On September 8th, 2009, I watched President Obama give his speech. Some kids got a note from their parents and got to do fun stuff instead. I was very jealous. I listened to him talk about school and how it was the first day of school (although it wasn't) and other boring stuff for FIFTEEN MINUTES! To a kid that's a looong time in school.

During the speech, my friend and her friend were talking, and my teacher said they were being very disrespectful to the president, the leader of our armed forces (blah, blah, blah and some other stuff).

Later, in the library, a kid in my class said that he was very happy that Obama beat McCain. I asked him why. He said (and this is the funny part) that he would bring back slavery and raise taxes! I said how do you know that? He said, "Because I watched the news" and I said "You don't watch the news if you think that!" and it was basically back and forth from there. But when he said he said HE knew more than MY MOM, it was a fight worthy of a war. I was so mad I broke my pencil and later, my crayon.

The dispute ended there, thankfully far short of a war. The blah, blah, blah was not meant to be disrespectful, that is just what she says when she can't remember exactly what else was said. I added the italics because that part of the story was what I found most shocking. I have not yet talked to my 8th grader about the speech because she had cheer practice after school. I didn't get a call from her teacher or the principal yet though, so I assume she didn't get into any trouble (of the pencil breaking variety or otherwise).

Update:  Get a middle school student's reaction (and her mom's) at Bookworm Room.

Michelle Malkin asks why D.C. school children should listen to Obama.

More kid reaction from Confederate Yankee.


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Comments (43)

Maybe Barry should have had... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Maybe Barry should have had Elmo make the speech. Kids would probably taken more away. But then the speech wasn't 'about' Barry. Yeah.

Good god, 15 minutes??? I g... (Below threshold)

Good god, 15 minutes??? I guess Obama thought the kids might like to hear him speak as much as he likes to hear himself speak.

I'm sure after minute 5 he started to sound like one of the teachers from "Peanuts": wha-wha-wha-wha...wha...wha-wha-wha-wha...

Poor Sascha and Melia, Daddy's a bit of a windbag.

A false claim from the imag... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

A false claim from the imagination of a child does not compare to the numerous false claims coming from the imagination of the far right wing.

I heard a 5 year old say Obama was not an American. She said she heard it on the radio.

Heres the difference. No news station said that McCain was going to bring back slavery. Numerous politicians, shock jocks and republican pundits have actually said Obama is not an American citizen.

Some of the worst stuff I h... (Below threshold)
Lorie:

Some of the worst stuff I heard about Obama came from Hillary Clinton supporters during the primary. I don't think they qualify as far right wing.

I have to wonder where a child would get the idea that anyone, much less John McCain, would bring back slavery. I suspect it came more from their parents than from their own imagination.

I really don't know how that compares to someone saying Obama is not an American citizen. That is simply questioning where he was born. I believe he was born in Hawaii, and I believe that makes him an American citizen, but considering some of the controversy regarding his background, I can understand why some people would at least ask the question.

I think it is ridiculous to compare questioning where someone was born to accusing someone of wanting to enslave American citizens. Those on the left accused Bush of lying our soldiers into war and to their deaths so that his rich buddies could get Iraq's oil. That was just one of many such disgusting claims. I don't understand how anyone on the left can be so easily upset that Obama is being questioned after all the lies that were told about Bush.

Personal opinion.T... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Personal opinion.

This was all about Barry. Barry speaking to the children. Barry inspiring the children with HIS story. Barry, the one. Barry enamored of his own voice.

Did anyone in 'the best and brightest administration' think of tell the boss:

"Hey, numbnuts! First off, it's the first day of school. Teachers are BUSY. 2nd, it's not the FIRST DAY everywhere. Third, speaking to K-12 is a little OVERKILL isn't it? Do you think a 1st grader has the intellectual capacity or sophistication of a 12th grader? That what you say might not be COMPREHENDED? That many little kids don't even know who the hell you are and COULD CARE LESS? So chill, besides the American public is getting TIRED OF SEEING YOU! That doesn't count your adoring Obamabots, but everyone knows their crazy."

Sounds like you need to tea... (Below threshold)
edh:

Sounds like you need to teach you daughter how to "Yada, Yada."

GrandFan,Do you fe... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

GrandFan,

Do you feel the same way about Bush and Reagan, they also gave a speech to school kids?

That was a smart 4th grader... (Below threshold)
Duncan:

That was a smart 4th grader your daughter was talking to. Very perceptive of him to mention Obama will bring back servitude. Though we won't be stuck on some random plantation as it will encompass the entire country. It's all cool though. Slavery in the name of giving your life to the State for your fellow man at the point of a gun is all the rage in popular circles, I hear.

edit: "her" - oops ... (Below threshold)
Duncan:

edit: "her" - oops

I have to wonder where a... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

I have to wonder where a child would get the idea that anyone, much less John McCain, would bring back slavery. I suspect it came more from their parents than from their own imagination.

Are you basing that on having met their parents or is it coming from your imagination.

Der kinder (or is it "Das K... (Below threshold)

Der kinder (or is it "Das Kinder") have now heard the words of Der Fuhrer...and can go forward to help him with "his aims".

And yes, Tina, if ANY President had asked children to "help him with his aims" I would have freaked out!

Obama's speech was, ultimately, reasonably benign...but it didn't start out that way. and the "help him with his aims" bullshit was finally scrubbed from the "Teaching Guide". But those things would NOT have occured without the THE PEOPLE (you know, the VOLKS)

When George H.W. Bush spoke to the kiddies the MSM went NUTS, and Congress held hearings!! What about THAT Tina?

I, for one, wonder what yo... (Below threshold)
groucho:

I, for one, wonder what your reaction would be if this speech were given by someone other than Obama; either of the Bushes or Reagan, for example, because they certainly could have easily done so. In fact both Reagan and Bush Sr. DID give speeches to school kids with largely the same message.

Face it, you're just anti-. Anti-Obama, anti-reason, anti-intelligence, anti-inspiration and anti-American. If you found anything in this speech offensive, partisan or objectionable, you need to think again. Sad. The flap over this speech exposes even further, if that's possible, the pathetic, bankrupt and blind political opposition to anything and everything this administration does or says.

Slavery, eh? Well I'm not ... (Below threshold)
JAL:

Slavery, eh? Well I'm not so sure you can claim that was some kid's imagination.

Remember this?

Whoopi Asks McCain: 'Do I Have To Be Worried About Becoming a Slave Again?'
By Justin McCarthy (Bio | Archive)
September 12, 2008 - 12:51 ET

The legalization of slavery is a big campaign issue. Just ask Whoopi Goldberg. Republican nominee John McCain appeared on the Septemeber 12 edition of "The View." Answering a question about his opposition to Roe v. Wade, McCain insisted that he would support judges who strictly interpret the Constitution. This must have set alarms for Whoopi Goldberg who asked "do I have to worry about becoming a slave again?" [audio available here]

Groucho:"if tha... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Groucho:

"if that's possible, the pathetic, bankrupt and blind political opposition to anything and everything this administration does or says."

And how much support did you give Bush?

Whoopi Goldberg is responsi... (Below threshold)
Madalyn:

Whoopi Goldberg is responsible for asking John McCain if he won if he was going to bring back slavery. Leave it to someone from "The View" to start something that will be blamed on Republicans for years to come. Can't wait to hear what Joy Behar will come up with.
Madalyn

But when he said he said HE... (Below threshold)
Sadie:

But when he said he said HE knew more than MY MOM, it was a fight worthy of a war. I was so mad I broke my pencil and later, my crayon.

I just love this kid. I think s/he is entitled to a bailout for (1) pencil and (1) crayon.

"that he would bring back slavery and raise taxes!" - the kid was right, but got the name wrong.

Its impossible for any of u... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Its impossible for any of us to know how a child could have formed such an opinion. It could be from the parents as Lori suggested or Whoopi's comments on the view or from seeing Obama protestors carrying hate symbols. It's probably none of the above.

"that he would bring bac... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

"that he would bring back slavery and raise taxes!" - the kid was right, but got the name wrong.

Sadie,

If its wrong for a child to say a politican is going to bring about slavery, shouldn't it also be wrong for an adult.

Tina:"GrandFan,<br /... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Tina:
"GrandFan,
Do you feel the same way about Bush and Reagan, they also gave a speech to school kids?"

If you recall, neither felt the NEED to have the Dept of Education send out "suggestions". Which further implied that IT WAS ALL ABOUT BARRY.

Go back and drink your kool aid Tina, you'll feel better.

GrandFan,The Dept ... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

GrandFan,

The Dept of Education wrote the workbooks. I have not seen any information that Obama told the Dept of Education what should be included, have you? Its only in your imagination.

How can you say it was all ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

How can you say it was all about Barry? He only said "I" some 56 times!

My kids and their classmate... (Below threshold)
914:

My kids and their classmates got to vote on whether to listen to the teleprompters echo..And they voted no. So I guess the indoctrination will have to be applied some other way.

Tina S.Obama is th... (Below threshold)
pvd:

Tina S.

Obama is the executive in charge of the Department of Education. The buck stops there (or did until recently when it stops briefly at Goldman-Sachs on it way to GM over to Fannie Mae and into Chuck Rangel's and Barney Franks pockets).

Ultimately, everything that happens in the Executive Branch is his responsibility including the lessons plans, bad vetting, the hiring of common criminals, the devaluing of the dollar and the soon to be present inflationary spiral.

I'll give him a break on flatulance - it's not his fault when TOTUS breaks down from over-work and the Barry Oh! show must go on.

How can you say it was a... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

How can you say it was all about Barry? He only said "I" some 56 times!

Lori Byrd used the word "I" more frequently in her article than Obama did in his speech.

Does that mean you and everyone else who criticized Obama's use of the word "I" feels the same way about Lori? Or do you have a different standard when it comes to Obama?

Frequency = Number of occurences of "I" / total # of words


Lori Byrd
11/242 = .045 or 4.5%
(I did not count the quote from her daughter)


Obama
56/2,438 = .023 or 2.3%


tina said "If its wrong ... (Below threshold)
shiloh:

tina said "If its wrong for a child to say a politican is going to bring about slavery, shouldn't it also be wrong for an adult."

I agree, so I think you need to go on The View and give those ladies a good talking to, but start with Whoopie she is really lost.

Shiloh,Listen to w... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Shiloh,

Listen to what Whoopie said and the context it what said in.

Obama is the executive i... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Obama is the executive in charge of the Department of Education. The buck stops there (or did until recently when it stops briefly at Goldman-Sachs on it way to GM over to Fannie Mae and into Chuck Rangel's and Barney Franks pockets).

There is still a difference between the buck stopping here and believing that all of this was being done under the direction of Obama to indoctrinate children.

TinaRead what Lori... (Below threshold)
914:

Tina

Read what Lori typed and the context in which it was typed in.

Be that way.... (Below threshold)
914:

Be that way.

It struck me how Obama enco... (Below threshold)
Jonathan:

It struck me how Obama encouraged students to go to college. If there is any indoctrination it is in our college campuses. In a way it would be like a republican encouraging kids to watch fox news.

tina,I did listen to... (Below threshold)
shiloh:

tina,
I did listen to what she said and, Imo she needs to reread the 13th amendment of the Constitution. I also believe she went overboard, roe-v-wade was a Supreme Court decision...not a Constitutional Amendment. I think she lost any credibility she had remaining, at least for me on that day. I loved her movies and comedy style. Unfortunatly I can't stomach her "Views".

STFU asshole... (Below threshold)
914:

STFU asshole

What? Another Obama prime ... (Below threshold)
SillyPuddy:

What? Another Obama prime time speech... yawn.

Seriously don't you think even the average joe is getting a bit tired of these at this point?

I "unpublished" Ryan's comm... (Below threshold)
Lorie:

I "unpublished" Ryan's comment because it is not cool to call a fourth grader names -- not even if you are another fourth grader. I have a feeling Ryan is not even up to that level yet.

As for me using "I" in my post, that is because (duh) the post was about my personal experience with my child. "I" guess "I" could have used the "Bob Dole" method and said "Lorie Byrd told her kids to be respectful during the speech..." etc., but that is not "my" style.

Obama used "I" a ton of times because much of the speech was about his personal experience. It really was "all about the O" but I don't think they ever claimed it would be otherwise.

TinaS,The Lesson P... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

TinaS,

The Lesson Plan was the White House. If it was not why did they have the power to edit the document?

Today, after Republicans accused the White House of trying to indoctrinate school children with liberal propaganda the White House and the Department of Education changed the section to now read, "Write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short‐term and long‐term education goals."

"We changed it to clarify the language so the intent is clear," said White House Spokesman Tommy Vietor.


So President Reagan gave a speech to Children it was for 8 Graders and above broadcast on C-span after the Election and was al about America, he then Answered questions from Children all apart of Education week. notice it was short speech with Q and A. Schools could show the speech or not DOE did not have lesson Plan.

http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1988/111488c.htm

When President Bush gave speech things were far from sweetness and Light, Dem complained he was wasting money by doing the speech. They said he was campaigning and on an on.

Neither had DOE and White House create a K-12 Lesson Plan.

I thought the whole thing m... (Below threshold)
Scott:

I thought the whole thing made for some interesting drama this week.

Here's a related piece that y'all might get a kick out of, entitled "Stupid, Racist Parents Resist Messiah's Address to Obama Youth".

Here's the link:

http://firebreathingchristian.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/stupid-racist-parents-resist-messiahs-address-to-obama-youth/

#22 914Smart kids ... (Below threshold)
mag:

#22 914

Smart kids you got! Child or adult I would not want to listen to him either.

Interesting.I can'... (Below threshold)

Interesting.

I can't say my kids have heard anyone say John McCain was going to bring back slavery or raise taxes. I can, however, state both of my school aged children who participated in last year's mock election were called racist for supporting McCain.

I think that pretty well sums up the argument the left has against my family and I. I take the time to think through and come up with reasons I feel are solid for believing how I believe and raising my children the way I do and the main argument I hear against it is I am "Racist."

PTTTTTTTPHT!

My wife aked if anyone else thinks it was odd the current president chose a British lady as the first example of being successful?

I was somewhat impressed th... (Below threshold)

I was somewhat impressed that my second grader identified the President's main theme when she told me "he just kept repeating 'if you give up on yourself, you give up on your country' over and over." (complete with her "authoritative big man" voice)

Lorie, will you please than... (Below threshold)
Jack Okie:

Lorie, will you please thank your 4th-grader for sharing her essay with us? It was a concise and evocative portrait of her day. Library Kid was clearly outmatched.

"DITTO"... (Below threshold)
shiloh:

"DITTO"

Thank You Mag.Plea... (Below threshold)
914:

Thank You Mag.

Please excuse comment #32. It was directed at Ryan and I blew a gasket.

Tina is naive at best, dumb... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Tina is naive at best, dumb at worse.

Of course Tina, remember "Mission Accomplished" you lefties hung around the neck of GW Bush Because HE is responsible for everything? Well? Is it true now? ww




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