Friday, September 4, 2009

Is Obama After Our Kids? - His Speech To Schoolchildren

OK, seriously people. Chill out. On Tuesday, as most of you already know, President Obama is set to give a speech to our school children about taking responsibility for their success in school. And now the GOP is making an ass of themselves. Again.

Now, I did not vote for Obama and disagree with A LOT of his policies. But, do I think he is going to be pushing his "socialist ideology" on our kids? Um, no. And if he is, then I will have the chance to read the transcript of the speech beforehand and opt out of the whole thing. (Actually, I don't think Texas schools will even be showing it) Anyhow, don't you think this is just a case of the current leader of our country sending words of encouragement to our children to study hard and stay in school? Most of Obama's predecessors did the same. And actually, while it was not during a speech in school, George W. Bush encouraged American children to send money to children in Afghanistan during a press conference shortly after 9/ about pushing agendas? Since I did not have children in 2001 (and really could care less about politics at the time), I do not remember what the Dems had to say about that. I am sure they weren't very nice.

I do have to say that I am glad to see that the letter-writing assignment regarding how the children can help President Obama was taken out. That just seems....weird to me. They should be asking themselves how they can help others, not just our President. And I would like to see the other assignments that are to go along with the speech, just as I do all of my kid's assignments.

The bottom line is that this is another attempt by the current political parties at polarizing politics. Each side continues to try to claw their way to the top. And there are the unfortunate groups of diehards that fall for the rhetoric on both sides and fuel the media fire. They just nod their head in unison with whomever their leader is and spout off what they saw on FoxNews or whatever other channel they watch. What they are going to end up with is a very small number of followers on each side because everyone else is just annoyed, if we don't kill each other first. I am hoping for a new movement away from these two parties, Libertarian perhaps? :)

So, what do you think about Obama's speech to our kiddos? Don't be don't have to agree with me!


  1. I also didn't vote for him, but don't have a problem with the President giving a speech. I also didn't agree with the first round of lesson plans, but I'm more frustrated that NO information has been sent home from my kids' schools, which did start this past week, so I don't know if they're airing it at all, and can't find out until Tuesday due to the four-day weekend.

    The thing that I REALLY don't feel should be shown is the celebrity "pledges"... there is NO educational value in that, and most of those people have done nothing to earn more recognition and weight for their opinions over the opinions of the policeman who lives next door, the doctor and nurse down the street, or the National Guardsman who lives on the other side of town.

  2. I too was annoyed that I didn't hear anything from the school. But, I did find info at the school district website. I would suggest checking there and then reading the speech on Monday and deciding for yourself. You can find it here.

  3. I agree with you! Any type of encouragement for kids to stay in school and make education a priority is fine with me! I have heard that we have had parents calling our school on both sides of the issue. Most of the schools in Texas seem to be having an "optional viewing" in the library or common area of the building for students that do want to watch the broadcast. Now, I may change my mind afterwards if he seems to be pushing an agenda, however, if he sticks to the "stay in school" mentality, it works for me!

  4. I think its ridiculous that so many parents wanted to ban the speech from school. Do they seriously want their kids to learn to avoid the political process? And what message could he possibly give through a nationally televised speech that would be so terrible for children? Its really just crazy to me that there was such a strong reaction to this.

  5. I think whomever heads up the majority there in Texas has put up a ODS - Obama Deflector Sheild. They don't seem to want let any info infiltrate, but succeed only at driving every rational person within bat shit crazy.