Monday, September 07, 2009
Debate on Obama's speech in schools

 

Should educational institutions show President Barack Obama's planned speech to schools? This question has evoked passionate debate between those who feel the speech is part of students' ongoing education on current affairs and those who say the president is making an inappropriate attempt to persuade children on his views.

iReporter Cameron Harrelson (username: cam4573), a student in Baxley, Georgia, says he enjoys his family's lively political discussions and feels the president's speech should be watched at home. He describes himself as politically conservative but adds he would like to see the school environment remain politically neutral. "I think that Obama is just trying to impose his political views on us as students, and also I believe that he sees this as an opportunity to win students' support, and vote, in 2012," he said.

Taking the reverse viewpoint, iReporter Omékongo Dibinga (username: omekongo) said not showing off the speech is "cutting off the ability to have a real dialogue." Students would be missing out on a valuable educational experience on current affairs, as well as a lesson on understanding others' viewpoints. omekongo also said he believed the president would not politicize the speech, referring to Sen. Ted Kennedy's funeral as an example. "At the end of the day, why can't we have all our children listen to our president and talk to them about their decisions?"

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Watch the two iReporters' videos head-to-head and share your reaction in the comments below or in a concise video. Parents, how do you feel about your children possibly seeing the speech at school? If you're a student, tell us your views and tell us what your school is planning to do. Then, watch the discussion Tuesday and tell us what you thought.

184 Comments
September 7, 2009
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I have 3 daughters, the youngest is in the 7th grade.  The public schools provide a lot of input into students lives that I do not approve of.  The current president has not proven, at least to me, that he is pro America.  As a result I don't trust him, particularly because he understands that his only saving grace is his oratory skill and heavily democratic weighted congress.  He knows he is in over his head, and talking to America's most impressionable is an extraordinarily poor idea.   His timing is off. I was not a George Bush fan, but at least I trusted that he was pro American and pro capitalism.

September 7, 2009
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I suggest both sides actually read the prepared text before jumping to wild conclusions on it. There's nothing political in it and simply encourages students to pay attention, study, ask for help when needed, etc. (See the link at http://www.whitehouse.gov) Amazing how quickly some people will think the worst of someone they don't agree with.

 

I guess it's fine when previous Presidents have addressed our school students but all of a sudden with President Obama it's not? How can mere words and ideas engender such fear in some people? Aren't we a country founded on the free expression of ideas? Don't you have your own brain and the ability to use it to come to your own conclusions or are you fearful of being forcibly brainwashed by a t.v. speech? In this case, I would hope kids get his points about what he says in the speech. Never hurts to have the President of the US on the side of parents and teachers in this instance!

September 7, 2009
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for you slowhike.. and your pro america /pro capitalism stance.. here's a nice audio clip of glenn beck saying he hates the families of the victims of 9/11 -- enjoy!

 

http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200509090003

September 7, 2009

DKENNEDY---  You're a moron, an idiot and loser.

For those that don't know, GLEN BECK "hated" the scumbag low-life ghetto trash in New Orleans that demanded and near rioted to get their $2000 ATM CARDS FOR FREE after the FLOOD! THEY DEMANDED IT.. as did the victim's families after 911.. THEY THINK THEY'RE OWED THIS after their loss??   OH.... BROTHER...  I LOVE GLEN BECK, right on man!!!

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September 7, 2009

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And as far as Hussain Obama is concerned, he's trying to control EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES.. starting with lies about how good GOV RUN healthcare will be, and the brainwashing of our children right in their own classrooms.   HE NEEDS to bring jobs back to America, instead of turning it into a wasteland of Socialism!!

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September 7, 2009
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I fully support the speech being shown on school. My kids 13, 10 and 9 are exposed to Rap Music, Heavy Metal & Raunchy TV shows everyday w/o anyone protesting, so I prefer the president of our nation expressing his views and later discuss it with my little guys and allow them to form their own opinions. I have never seen so many people scared because a well educated black man is leading them.

September 7, 2009
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I have never been a fan of Obama,and probably never will be, as I totally disagree with his policies.  HOWEVER, there is not one thing wrong with the speech he is planning to deliver before students across America on September 8th!  I went to the website: www.whitehouse.gov and read the speech that so many people are up in arms about. There is no content in it that would be considered an attempt to "brainwash" young people toward his views.  As a matter of fact, his political views are not even mentioned in the speech.  He is only using his position as President of the United States to encourage kids to work hard, in spite of the obstacles that may be in their ways, to listen to their teachers and parents, and to become the most that they possibly can.  Who could argue with this advise . . .Democrat or Republican???   He is not saying anything more that parents should be teaching their children about the value of a good education.  Even though I do not agree with Obama's politics, I have NO OBJECTIONS to the children across America viewing this speech.

September 7, 2009
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Fordman is right - President Obama should be bringing the jobs back to America - the jobs the Bushies let go. He's right too about brainwashing our children to work hard to be successful, responsible adults. And he's doing this right in their classrooms - how dare he! Apparently Fordman also doesn't believe it's appropriate to help fellow Americans in trouble. Spoken like a true right-wingnut Republican!!! It's people like him that me me proud to say I'm NOT a Republican!

September 7, 2009
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Has anyone read the text of the President's speech yet? Boy it sure is controversial and full of horrible propaganda, such as encouraging students to stay in school, do their homework, and get involved in school activities. An awful lot of people in this country need to get a grip! This whole furor can be linked to right-wing radio shock jocks and TV pundits who are trying to turn everything our President does into something negative. I'm sure they could find something hateful to say if the President says "hello." People need to start thinking for themselves, do their own research, and get on with their lives.

September 7, 2009
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I support the President's speech

 

The current controversy surrounding President Obama’s speech to our children amounts to passing judgement before knowing the facts.  I recall, as a child, when a President of the United States spoke to the nation, we were required to listen.  This was especially true when the speech was directed to students.  I also recollect lesson plans that involved writing letters to the President.  What I do not remember, are refusals to let students hear the President speak.  For me, this is a first.

 

This speech is giving students an educational opportunity.  It will provide classroom discussion after the speech and a follow up lesson plan.  It will force the students to think about what is being said regarding their future.  This speech is not political; it is about a president who cares enough about the students of this country to provide them with some positive reinforcement.

 

One objection to the speech is that President Obama is overstepping parents by speaking directly to their children.  My response to this is that every day parents send their students to schools where they can be influenced in either direction.  Surely, if school districts across the country can be entrusted with the futures of school children on a daily basis, year after year; certainly the President of the United States States, for less than 30 minutes, can be given the same consideration; afterall, he is a parent too.

 

September 7, 2009
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"Mommmeee!!! President Obama says I gotta stay in school and work HARD !!!  You and Daddee are right.  He IS a bad man!!!"

September 7, 2009
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Barrack Obama, like every other politician has every right to campaign.  However, schools have a responsibility to educate, not indoctrinate.  No parent should tolerate their children's schools shirking their duty by passing on political drivel when they are supposed to be teaching.

September 7, 2009
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I think that President Obama's speech to students of all ages is awesome and something they need to hear.  It's the truth, the whole truth and nothing but THE TRUTH!!!!!

The days of 'let somebody else do it' are over.  We all have to 'DO IT': take responsibility and education seriously and TAKE OUR COUNTRY AND ALL IT STANDS FOR SERIOUSLY!!!!!  I, for one, wish I had a 'do-over'.  Parents, also, need to take their children's education more seriously and impose and monitor study time with no exceptions.

September 7, 2009
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Well, I guess we'll always need people to work in dead end jobs. So all of you that dont want to hear the speech that seeks to inspire the children in our country to stay in school, get good grades and not ditch while working to make America's schools better, go ahead. Take them out for this nonsensical fear you all have. I personally think it is incredibly sad that you've all been driven to fear an educated black man that rose from nothing to become President of the United States. I see a lot of people rferring to Pres. Obama being anti-America, but my question to you is, how are you pro-America fearing the President and thinking he's going "brainwash" your kids? If you think about it and I mean REALLY think about it, it sounds like a bad comic book plot.

 

So again to those people falling for this idiotic lunacy that has been thrust upon you, keep it up. Cling to it for dear life. As I said, we'll always need people for dead end jobs.

September 7, 2009
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SLAP IN THE FACE.

 

Now that the white house has published the speech, those who have been preaching & spreading hate, division and lies should be scratching their heads and asking themselves, what other lies can we spread???

September 7, 2009
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The President needs to tend to the business of the country and not the business of the parents!! If the parents of the child are too stupid to have their child educated and sent to college then put them to work or force them to join the service and learn a trade so they don't just sit at home with Dad and drink beer and watch TV all day long.

September 7, 2009
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Know what? I think it's a really sad day where there are parents that actually encourage their children to be disrespectful of their President, and actually have twisted a totally supportive presentation to our school children into something ugly and suspicious.  As far as "indoctrination", I can remember in my childhood school when a bond levy was up for a public vote in the district, getting threats from our teachers through the school systems, such as "there will be no buses if it doesn't pass",  "there will be no more school sports if it doesn't pass", "there will be no more extra-curricular activities if it doesn't pass" and encouraged us to take all of our fears home to our parents so they will vote to pass the new tax.  THAT was indoctrination...not just a simple, straight-forward pep talk from the President of our United States that actually believes the youth of this nation is deserving of his direct attention to them and their future accomplishments.  I'm totally ashamed of us as a nation that our political system has gotten so far out of hand that our top leader and his wife have had to endure such public displays of disrespect and downright hatred from Americans.  I remember where the President of the US had respect of the nation, whether the people voted for him or not...they still backed him.  Sadly..I believe we're in for more and more of this type of partisan behavior throughout this man's term(s) in office,  and I just want you all to remember this...you're only showing your hatred and ignorance not only to the US...but to every single country in the world that's just been waiting to see us divided just like we've become...because united we are strong...and divided, we are very weak.

September 7, 2009
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If his message is truly so innocent, then this speech would be on National tv where the entire family can view it.   If it is so inspirational, then there are plenty of adults no longer in school who could also stand to hear that message.

 

However, considering this man is anti-american, buds with terrorists, and who's agenda is a great concern for this Country, I wouldn't trust the Socialist/Dictator's method of working through innocent children. 

September 7, 2009
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Know what? I think it's a really sad day where there are parents that actually encourage their children to be disrespectful of their President, and actually have twisted a totally supportive presentation to our school children into something ugly and suspicious.  As far as "indoctrination", I can remember in my childhood school when a bond levy was up for a public vote in the district, getting threats from our teachers through the school systems, such as "there will be no buses if it doesn't pass",  "there will be no more school sports if it doesn't pass", "there will be no more extra-curricular activities if it doesn't pass" and encouraged us to take all of our fears home to our parents so they will vote to pass the new tax.  THAT was indoctrination...not just a simple, straight-forward pep talk from the President of our United States that actually believes the youth of this nation is deserving of his direct attention to them and their future accomplishments.  I'm totally ashamed of us as a nation that our political system has gotten so far out of hand that our top leader and his wife have had to endure such public displays of disrespect and downright hatred from Americans.  I remember where the President of the US had respect of the nation, whether the people voted for him or not...they still backed him.  Sadly..I believe we're in for more and more of this type of partisan behavior throughout this man's term(s) in office,  and I just want you all to remember this...you're only showing your hatred and ignorance not only to the US...but to every single country in the world that's just been waiting to see us divided just like we've become...because united we are strong...and divided, we are very weak.

September 7, 2009
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Bush and Obama both have it wrong...The 10th amendment states that education is not a function of the Federal government. Education is a function of the State Government...But who keeps track of history anymore...Just like Bush was really the 42nd president... Grover Cleveland is counted twice...Though he was a big man, he was one President, not TWO...minor point, but illustrates how far our educational system has sunk...You don't subtract from the deficite by adding to it...SAM get out of our schools while there's still time...

September 7, 2009
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If it were a republican President planning this charade, it would never be shown in classrooms.  Once again, it wouldn't even be an issue.

 

And to those who feel the parents are failing, then the speech might also teach them a thing or two.  

 

I guess Obama has to work through the children since the adults aren't falling for his crap!

 

September 7, 2009
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KAETLYN:  I'm sure disrespecting the President didn't bother you at all when it was a Republican Pres being disrespected.  Everything is supposed to suddenly change when a Liberal is in office and we should all bow down and worship the piece of crap.  You liberals are like whiney little toddlers who just can't have their way anytime someone disagrees with you.   Grown up and learn about who he really is.    He'll get respect if and when he earns it, so far he just doesn't deserve it.

September 7, 2009
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Apparently, a large number of parents are keeping their kids out of school tomorrow and won't allow them to hear President Obama's speech. I'd like to see them never return, since they will be the next generation of racists and bigots after being brainwashed and indoctrinated by their parents.

September 7, 2009
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Try reading the speech. Then think about it. Though apparently reading and thinking are skills Republicans never learned.

September 7, 2009
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This whole thing is a non-issue and not worth fighting over. Any so-called news agency that focuses attention on an innocuous speech to school children by the US president is doing a disservice to viewers and readers.

 

We have a crumbling economy and infrastructure, high unemployment rates, a lousy profit-driven health care system that has been killing people or letting them die for years, two war fronts, environmental degradation...almost ANY of these pressing issues is more worthy of discussion and air time than this idiotic wrangling over a silly back-to-school speech.

 

The only worth-while subject of discussion to come from Tuesday's speech may be to take an honest look at what is really driving this venomous hatred of Obama. Maybe we should stop pretending his race is not the real reason. If anything, his presidency has shown that there is still an undercurrent of virulent, dangerous racism against African Americans alive and well in the United States.

September 7, 2009
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Don't blame me I voted for McCain - Palin, Two God loving Pro-American Family oriented people. Senator McCain a VETERAN and Gov.Palin a SOCCER MOM 

September 7, 2009
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Actually I find very little objectionable in the speech, much as the NEW DOE study guidelines have been sanitized. The real question is what would the speech have said without the controversy? If Obama wants to be trusted how about posting the speech when you announce it, not after you have heard the comments and realized that political action here was going to hurt you?

 

After all you are very very good at clarification but the more you do it the more people figure out what you really think.

September 7, 2009
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If we pull kids out of school so they don't have to hear a Presidential speech, then we must ban any and all Presidential speeches or any reference to any Presidential speech ever written from schools.  Show me one Presidential speech throughout history that didn't push some kind of agenda.

September 7, 2009
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This is the silliest, most blown out of proportion thing I have heard in a bit.  Elected public representatives come to schools to talk about citizenship and basic Civics 101 all the time and schools DO NOT get permission slips.  President George Bush was in an elementary school promoting a literacy program when intelligence pulled him aside to tell him the 1st plane had went into the World Trade center on 9/11/2001.  This is the kind of stuff President's do.  It is not unusual or weird.  I highly doubt any extreme left wing groups were encouraging a "National skip School day" on 9/11 when President Bush came to that school.  Crazy!  Any sitting president should be given a level of respect they deserve, regardless of political party.  As long as we have this much fear, hostility, and are so quick to judge, we will never work together to achieve greatness as a nation.

September 7, 2009
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To comment on the last blog, let's be thankful that Obama WAS elected and not "those two."  (Get the joke?)  McCain, a fumbling "yes man" who'll say anything to get elected (and did) and Palin, a two-bit, puppet politician with &@#! for brains. 

 

Indoctinating our children??  Are you serious?  Since when is speaking about hard work, the importance of a good education, and encouragement to never stop doing good for your country a partisan viewpoint???  He's not talking to kids about healthcare, foreign policy, or making an effort to "hypnotize" them into supporting his decisions thus far...  He's trying to strengthen our school system... He's saying, you can't quit!!  Your can't rest!!  There's always more to do, and more to learn!!  We said those very words at Notre Dame and ASU just months ago while addressing college students.  Do you actually believe that his message would be any less pure, any less honest and encouraging in talking to 1st and 2nd graders???

 

This country has gone crazy... split 10 different ways with everyone nagging and knawing at everyone elses opinions and differences.  You're all so far gone that you can't even appreciate that one of the most powerful men in the world, The President of the United States, wants to make an effort to encourage the education of children!!  YOUR children!!

 

Now they've decided to post his speech prior to him actually speaking tomorrow afternoon.  I gladly offer every bad-mouthing paranoid delusionist a SPOON... so that you can eat your words and choke on them when you read it.

 

You don't agree with his policies, fine.  You think he's not doing a good enough job so far, no problem.  This presidency is young and there's still lots to do... But I believe that this country hasn't been in better hands since Kennedy and regardless of that, this is about EDUCATION!!!  The very foundation of this countries future.  Congratulations on teaching your children to be just as jaded and lacking of hope as you have all eroded to be with regard to fixing this country and making it better!!

 

CHOKE tomorrow, all of you!! 

September 7, 2009
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To all you Conservative boneheads that think it's inappropriate for Presidents to directly address students in the classroom.  Please look at Reagan's address to Students in 1988.  It actually does have some Conservative undertones in the speach.  Which, according to you Right-Wing freaks, is a no-no for ANY President.  So you should be APPALLED that your brain-defficient hero Reagan would have EVER done the same thing that Obama is planning to do.  But honestly you cooks.  Is what Reagan did ANY different than what Obama is planning?  Have you read the speech?  Or is it really just that you don't like a black man telling your little neo-con white kids how to be successful?  Because that is exactly what it seems like to me.  Grow up and deal with it, or just stay the heck out of the way.  Truly pathetic and sad that the Republican Party has been reduced to such low-brow, knuckle-dragging stupidity.

September 7, 2009
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Oh.  I forgot.  Here is the link to Reagan's 1988 speech.

 

http://gothamschools.org/2009/09/04/from-the-archives-ronald-reagans-1988-speech-to-students/

 

September 7, 2009
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If people are so afraid that a simple 5 minute speech by someone is going to influence your child in ways that go beyond the values that you've taught him - then all I can say is that you haven't done a very good job then, have you?

 

If you cannot trust your children enough to be able to exposed to the world and make good decisions based on their core values, then again, you aren't doing a very good job at parenting.

 

I would claim that it is these parents that are indocturnating, not the president. Controling the flow of information to their children, picking and choosing just what they are exposed to, what views that they are allowed to explore, accept or deny. A healthier relationship would be one in which the parent is comfortable in knowing that they have taught their children right and wrong and let them sort out the details themselves instead of going all Kim jong il on them.

 

September 7, 2009
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September 7, 2009
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I am ashamed and embarrassed that we have shown so little respect for our president.  Whether or not we agree with his policies, he is still our president.  Are we afraid he is going to hypnotise our children and make them all democrats?  We may not teach sex education in the home, but we sure do let our kids know how we vote.  They may choose to follow it or they may not. I can't believe how this has gotten so out of hand. Is this a political disagreement or a racial one? 

September 7, 2009
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Ok, so when I was in Elementary school we HAD to sit through monthly television speaches from George H.W. Bush.  So, I want to know where were all these "conserned" parents then.  Oh, and we did NOT have a choice we were forced to watch.  So, what's the big deal.

September 7, 2009
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I wonder how many of these "outraged" parents have attended any parent/teacher conferences or PTA meetings or school board meetings? 

 

It is absolutely absurd that these wing-nut parents are against the President of the United States addressing school children!! He is the President! 

 

This uproar is being fueled by a handful of right-wingers who make millions and millions of dollars influencing the uneducated in this country. 

September 7, 2009
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Let cut the crap! Don’t be a bunch of coward’s come out and say it. I can’t believe the president of America is a Black Man. I am racist and don’t want my kids listening to a Black person speak.

I have thought my kids that Blacks are the worst set of people and now this Black President is well educated a good person with good family values this makes me look bad!  Even worst he might inspire more Blacks to also get educated and have good values.  Now who will I look down on?  This is an absolute outrage!  It’s that simple!

A 10 year old girl explain it “Allot of people can’t accept that the president is Black that’s why they have an issue with him speaking to us” 

My wife teaches in NYC and if the president’s words can help slow down the spread of the H1N1 flu so that my new born son won’t be infected then let that man speak.  If the president’s speech can inspire one young person to stay out of jail and become something then let him speak.  

 

September 7, 2009
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Oh no, the leader of our country wants to make a speech telling your kids to stay in school and get an education. How AWFUL of him! How can you people stand living in America when its leader is trying to brainwash your kids into getting educated?

 

You think Obama is a socialist? Go live in Venezuela for a year then tell me who is socialist. These paranoid people are pathetic.

September 7, 2009
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Okay, the fear of the president's 18 minute, wonderfully inspiring speech, is not that he will indoctrinate the children, but rather show he's not such a bad guy. A lot of children, nearing voting age, will began to watch closely, the policies and agenda's, and some of those kids will probably support him. Then the wingnut's (sorry about the name calling but it's so appropriate), will have to fight twice as hard to garnish support for their party. The children learning the 'truth' about the president, and then questioning their parent's odd behavior, is the great 'evil' agenda.

September 7, 2009
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I think now that the speech is available on-line that all of you narrow-minded people who have bought into the nonsense rhetoric of the right-wing talking heads should have a piece of humble pie......assuming you're even open-minded enough to read it.  Even Newt Gingrich is supportive of the speech being delivered to students.

September 7, 2009
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As an "older gentleman" I remember very clearly a time when political discussion in this country was much more civilized than it is today. I think it is very sad that there are so many Americans who now think they are actually being "patriotic" by vilifying the President of the United States. Maybe I am just old-fashioned, but I was always under the impression that having respect for the office was part of being a patriotic American. There should be no discussion at all about the leader of our country broadcasting a message to American schoolchildren, since he is OUR President, whether we agree or disagree with his policies. It is important to remember that a large majority of the American electorate VOTED OBAMA INTO OFFICE! He did not take over the government through a military coup! Those who heap such shameful scorn on this President are also displaying a contempt for all their fellow Americans who voted for him.  If unchecked, this lack of civility has the potential to poison our public life and threaten the very foundations of our Democracy, which is based on Americans' mutual respect for each other despite having differences of opinion. The only time I have witnessed this degree of personal animosity toward a sitting President was when the New Left pilloried Lyndon Johnson for escalating American involvement in Vietnam. But rightly or wrongly, Johnson (who was a "liberal" Democrat BTW) had actually DONE something very big that cost many lives-- and his accusers at least did not stoop to taking on a patriotic pose while spitting at him.  Obama has only been in office for eight months, and all he has actually done is to take tried and true steps necessary to reboot the tanking economy, and to propose badly needed health care legislation that is not even close to being a government takeover. As to the charge of "Socialism"-- Obama is in fact just a slightly left of center Democratic, and the Democrats are not even close to being a Socialist party. In fact, they used to be more left wing in the past than they are now. FDR, who led the country out of the Great Depression and to victory in WWII was far closer to Socialism, and the country as a whole, during the heyday of "the greatest generation", was more progressive than it is now, nearly seventy years later.

September 7, 2009
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I just read President Obama's planned speech to students. Half way through, I was literally crying.. with relief, gratitude, astonishment and hope.

 

My oldest daughter is a Junior in H.S and extremely smart. She is able to go for 3 weeks without doing any daily assignments in Algebra and take the test and get 90-100%, which usually results in pulling her grade up to a D or D-, just enough to get by. Life "happens" to my daughter, and for the life of me, I can't get her to take control at all of her own destiny.

 

I am not a stupid parent or a lazy parent. Nor am I a parent who is not on top of her every move. We have tried EVERYTHING to get her to just CARE about her studies, including NOT being on top of her every move. I wasn't able to sustain this course of action for very long. I wasn't able to turn my head while she spiraled down hill, which is apparently what some folks in America believe our President should do.

 

I worry every day about the regret she will soon have when she realizes that she should have paid attention and taken time to care.

 

Again, I found myself crying while reading President Obama's speech. It was literally as if someone had climbed into my head for the last few years and written down my every thought in perfectly eloquent dialogue.

 

You know.. I'm quite certain that many, many documentaries & video's teaching World History topics have been shown to students all around the country on a daily basis. Students, American Students, already know they have a choice to listen or not. Don't fool yourselves into believing they aren't aware of the power they have. My daughter is using this power against herself. I'm her Mother, what do I know?

 

I for one would like to ask our President to speak very slowly tomorrow, and if it were me.. I would yell "Wake Up" every few minutes or so. What more validation to my words of encouragement and reasoning with my daughter could I ask for, than to have the LEADER of our country repeating my words to my child? I don't care if she is wealthy, I don't wish her to be poor, but I, her Mother, hope and dream every day that she will do something powerful, productive, to better this planet, not just exist on it. Thank you Mr. President, I pray she hears your words, not just the sound of your voice as she does mine.

 

BTW.. Wasn't George W. Bush literally sitting in our children's classroom,reading them a story, more than likely after telling them how they should work hard, stay in school, go to college, etc.. when the first plane hit on 9-11? Where was the outrage then? "Shouldn't he have been doing his job"?  Yes he should have. I was not a fan of President Bush, but he WAS doing his job that day, he was doing his best to inspire the future adults of this country. I can't say I would have jumped for joy if he'd been sitting in MY kids classroom , but I would have given him the respect  he deserved, as my President, whether I voted for him or not.

September 7, 2009
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I just read the speech on the White House website and I think it's very honest, blunt and entirely appropriate to show our students. I want my daughter to watch it. There's nothing offensive about encouraging students to work hard and be responsible for their education. To those people who think this type of conversation should happen only between a parent and their child, well, I guess you haven't been in a school lately. I have. I'm a teacher and I can tell you that based on the effort (or should I say lack of effort) of many students I see, there is no one at home encouraging them to work hard. President Obama might be the only person in some students' lives telling them that their destiny is in their own hands. He might be the only one in some students' corner. I would never deny that student the chance to hear someone, other than me, tell the, they can do it. I will be showing it my classroom and if someone doesn't want to watch it, they are welcome to leave and read a book in the hallway.

September 7, 2009
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Well, since Reagan and Bush addressed the students of the nation, Obama as President of the United States of America has every right to encourage kids to study and do better in school.

 

Boy, when Obama was elected, I turned to my wife and said this will get ugly. Every racist right wing nut will surely raise heck with anything he does. He could find bin Laden and the crazies would find fault with it.

 

Look a huge majority voted Obama in. Hell, Bush wasn't even voted in!!!! Reagan used his student address to push a political message to the country! So, calm down, let the PRESIDENT be the president. He was voted in with a mandate to do a few long overdue things. If he doesn't do those things, he will catch heck from the MAJORITY who voted him into office.

 

I mean, Obama has had enough on his plate just dealing with the fiasco that was George W. Bush. He's barely had an opportunity to put his stamp on things.

 

Health care will be the first positive thing that will come from this guy. The rest of the MANDATE will follow in due order.

 

Wow, this summer has definitely been a slow news cycle.

September 7, 2009
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There are obviously many more forward thinking, clear-minded and rational people posting their comments here.  Which is very refreshing to see.

 

Let us hope that those on the Right, with hate and fear in their cold hearts, can learn to live by their self-proclaimed Christian values of compassion, charity and fairness.  If they can not, let us try to forgive them even as they are left behind wallowing in the misery of their own uninformed, closed minded and pitiful self-loathing.

September 7, 2009
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Re: Slowhike

 

It is ridiculous to contrive that President Obama is not "pro-america."  Anyone thinking this President is not "pro-america" should do some serious re-thinking.  Stop watching FOX "news," and read from more than one news source, and try-just maybe- making up your own mind.

 

President Obama is going to motivate children to study hard, you can read the lesson plan at whitehouse.gov.  I wish I had the chance to have a speech from an intelligent president directed at myself while I was in elementary, middle, or high school. 

 

You don't actually think Obama is a communist, and is going to brain wash all the children of the country into communists, do you?  You can't launch to some extremist, and false view about something before you get some facts from it.  And FOX news isn't a place to get facts, or anything useful for that matter.

September 7, 2009
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President Obama might be America's last chance to recover after 8 years of Bush screwups. Now, you want to help to pull America through the difficult time? Or, you want to be part of the problem which will be solved either way: Goes down with America or not be part of new America. It is your choice!!

September 7, 2009
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As a junior in high school I am extremely happy that the president is taking time out of his day to communicate with the nation's students. I consider myself to be a politically aware student as well.

 

For the longest time it has seemed that politicians are consumed with making the voters happy, which they should be if they are to keep their job. But it seems that in recent years the focus of speeches and actions have left the future voters, the students of America. I will be proud to vote in three years, and to see a president take the time to address non-voters is truly encouraging.

 

For another note, I'd rather not get absorbed into the political banter back and forth, but I would like my two cents worth in. The longer you try to protect your children from 'outside influences' or a 'un-American president' then your children will be blind to the world.

 

My school district made a wonderful choice, they will leave the viewing of the speech up to each individual teacher. If my teacher does not show the speech, I will respect that opinion and will watch it at home.

September 7, 2009
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Thomas49, thank you for your historical perspective. I think that as there has been increased access to information, we as a society and people have grown dumber with short attention spans and even shorter memory spans when it comes to politics. When my parents were in school, there was more of an interest in civics and current events. But now those in my generation are now parents and grew up in a time where there was no teaching of civics. Instead we got apathy, disinterest, and something called social studies where instead of learning how a bill becomes a law, we got lessons on the mojave desert and which state produced what. Not saying thats not important stuff...if you're going on Jeopardy, but the constitution, the declaration, the bill of rights, and the original purposes and intent of government as the framers saw it is lost on many as evidenced in the misquotations of those opposed to health care reform.

September 7, 2009
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I want to ask slowhike if he objected when  Presidents Bush and Reagan spoke to the school children. I don't recall any discussion whatsoever about those speeches. It seems to me that for the people who don't like our President, then there is nothing but criticism no matter what he does. In case you have forgotten, President Obama was elected by a majority of the voters and he is now the President of all the people. Get over it.

 

September 7, 2009
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I would like to say I am not an Obama supporter nor do I agree with almost anything he does or his views... however as a parent I am positive that no matter what he says I can talk with my kids and be sure they understand the views and opinions that I uphold. If you take the time to talk with your kids give them the why options of your views and morals the rest will not matter. Everyone seems so worried which tells me you need to evaluate your relationship and teachings of your own children. They will listen to you most of all if you take the time to teach and guide

September 7, 2009
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Gosh, I do not get why people are so up in arms about the speech. He is encouraging kids to stay in school. What is so wrong with that? I'm sorry aren't kids supposed to want to stay in school and get a good education rather than drop out. He is encouraging kids to stay in school so they can compete with people from other countries that aren't dropping out and are continuing on with their educaiton. I wish that I had the opportunity when I was in high school to listen to a president's speech in school and even write about it. Kids should be lucky that their president cares about their education rather than having to hear their parents argue about it and spread there issues with the president on to them.

September 7, 2009
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I'm amazed at Awesome35's comment and it's another good example of how many parents today don't seem to understand what personal and parental responsibility mean.  Here is a snipet of their comment ' I fully support the speech being shown on school. My kids 13, 10 and 9 are exposed to Rap Music, Heavy Metal & Raunchy TV shows everyday w/o anyone protesting...'  Gee Awesome isn't it YOUR job as the parent to ensure your children aren't exposed to media that is NOT appropriate for them??  Shouldn't YOU be protesting and ensuring this doesn't happen?  I guess I have to agree watching Obama's speech will be less damaging then what you allow your children to be exposed to already.

I may allow my children to watch but they will certainly recognize that any reference to personal responsibility by our President is NOT reflected in the policies and direction he is looking to impose on our country and for this reason we do NOT support him.

September 7, 2009
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I am so pleased that President Barack Obama is taking the time to influence our children in a positive manner.  It doesn't surprise me that he wants to impress on our youth the importance of education since he himself is an educator and scholar.  What does surprise me is the tremendous silly hoopla that has been stirred up within a small, vocal segment of our citizens.  I resent the time and coverage given to their bizarre antics.

September 7, 2009
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This disgraceful trend shows what is wrong with America.  Ignorant people making ignorant claims and showing disrespect to the President of the United States without even seeing the text of the speech.  There is NOTHING political about the speech.  I didn't like 90% of President George W. Bush's policies and his my-way-or-the-highway approach, but I still respected him as a President.

 

Apparently, since using the "liberal" word as a sign of the apocalypse no longer works, the conservative talk show hosts have turned to labeling Democrats "socialists."  Oooh, the evil socialist boogeyman will come to get you.  Give me a break.

 

If you want to know what life was like when the government stayed out of business, go back and read Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle."  The free market, if left completely unchecked, is FAR worse than some government involvement.

 

As for ripping on our current President, get off your hypocritical high horse and show some respect, even if you disagree with his policies -- he's still the President of the United States.  And if you love this country as much as you claim, you should show the President some respect, even if you disagree with him.  That's what the Republicans were saying to the Democrats when President Bush was in office.  Funny, how they stopped saying it as soon as they lost the election last November.

September 7, 2009
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I've read the text of the President's coming address to students on Tuesday, September 8. How shocking to read all of the shocking political rubbish he spouts! And if you believe what I've just said, I have that beautiful bridge in Brooklyn to sell to you.

September 7, 2009
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gatorchomper, you need to look at all the facts of jobs being lost over seas.  Last year IBM received an unrestrticted government with 2 records ears of profits.  This allowed IBM to cut more US jobs and move them overseas.  I agree that the president needs to work on getting more jobs back in the US, and he needs to start by addressing the mistakes of the bailouts.  Then he look at the issues of the past republicans as well as the democrats (increased visas limits during the CLinton years).

September 7, 2009
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Kate01a.  I believe that Awesome35's comments were intending to indicate that ALL of our kids are exposed to Rap, Heavy Metal and Raunchy TV shows.  Regardless of how dilligent we are as parents and unless we keep them locked up in closets at home, there will always be outside sources that they will be exposed to.  Get it?

 

How can Obama's speech "damage" them with his positive message encouraging students to stay in school and do their best?  Honestly how can that possibly be damaging?  Have you actually read the speech with anything close to an open mind?  I think not.

 

Your implication that the President's policies lack "personal resposibility" are bizarre and are obviously just more of the Right Wing's anti-Obama spin.  Can you back up your claim with actual examples?

 

Lastly, the implication by you that he is somehow underhandedly or illicitly "imposing" his policies is equally bizarre since that is precisely what the Majority of the people of this great country elected him to do.  Sit down and get out of the way.  The future is upon you.

September 7, 2009
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If you do not trust President Obama to speak to your children, how can you trust him enough to run this country?  You first elected him president, and how you are worried about what he might say to your children.  Obama was elected, so where are all the people who elected him?  How is it that it seems that the majority is attacking him now?  Supposedly trusted men of God himself are on television speaking about causing physical harm to the leader of the free world.  Is there no respect for the leader of our country?  I am not saying that he is right or wrong, but I am saying that he has not yet been given a fair chance.  These judgments are premature and wrong.  And is it not against the law to show disrespect and animosity toward the president?  If not, it should be.

September 7, 2009
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I encourage President Obama to interact with the youth of America as often as he can.  As a high school student of the 60's, I encourage free will and free thinking.  Unfortunately, I do not trust either party to put America first and even more unfortunately, the leadership of the Democratic Party has again and again demonstrated that the only thing of value to the Dems is to enslave the country to federal government.  Both parties are of concern but the Democrats terrify my senses. I absolutely do not trust this President or his party to deliver an appropriate message.

 

Wake up.

September 7, 2009
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Total waste of time for students.  No offense, but really the educational system is having a hard enough time.  Most Americans are barely aware of maybe 1 or 2 important presidential speeches since the beginning of the country.  It isnt like this is a particualrly moving or important speech in the grand scheme of things.  I would rather our kids (my kids) learn some of the words of Lincoln, FDR, Truman, Kennedy, etc before this.  Overall, this really isn't even a special speech for Obama or the most informative one.  I am glad all the public schools I attended kept history and current events at an educational level and left the politics for home.

September 7, 2009
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"Dems is to enslave the country to federal government."

 

That is  hysterrical!

September 7, 2009
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Honestly my kid is five. If she was in high school, I still wouldn't want her wasting school time listening to his babble. I want her learning. History, math, real news.... she's not gonna vote for him in 4 years, she's not gonna come home and sway me to vote for him. Nor will he teach her to check our smoke detector for new batteries so...best he will do is just do what presidents and polies do for long ammounts of time. Lie, BS, and ya know....say very little in a very long ammount of time.  He can talk to me, give a meeting at my town hall, give a state of the union, but MY KID did not elect him. So why does he need to talk to a five year old? That the only one who will believe his babble?

 

So Mister Pres, understanding slowly, matter how much drive ya have changing the world is not so easy? Things don't change so quick? Still supporting any "good" changes but like Bill and his gays in the military babble for his first 100 days and doing nothing of real merit....your not giving me alot of ya know.... real action. Lot of words. My god lots of words, promises...pictures of wife and kids... puppies are good, drugs are bad, your cabinet is more like you are good all white people are racist and bad, yeah.....

 

Losing all the good feeling about ya.

September 7, 2009
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To Kaetlyn,

To quote you,"I'm totally ashamed of us as a nation that our political system has gotten so far out of hand that our top leader and his wife have had to endure such public displays of disrespect and downright hatred from Americans.  I remember where the President of the US had respect of the nation, whether the people voted for him or not...they still backed him.  Sadly..I believe we're in for more and more of this type of partisan behavior throughout this man's term(s) in office,  and I just want you all to remember this...you're only showing your hatred and ignorance not only to the US...but to every single country in the world that's just been waiting to see us divided just like we've become...because united we are strong...and divided, we are very weak."

 

Where were you when President George W. Bush was being vilified?  Jeeze! 

September 7, 2009
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"Any sitting president should be given a level of respect they deserve, regardless of political party." So should any parent or American citizen be given that same respect and not called a racist or wingnut just because they dont agree with what the President says.

I didnt have to sit through Bush's speach we had the option of going to a studyhall. Politics should stay out of the schools. Period. Children get enough of it everywhere else. School is supossed to be a safe haven from political persecution.

Its not the speech I had a problem with, its the materials afterwards that bothered me and if there was nothing wrong with them why did the govt change the materials. I can totally understand writing a paper on how can I do better in school, or how can I achieve my goals, or how I can help America, but asking the kids to write a letter about how they can help the president and holding them accountable for it.

September 7, 2009
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Carlston.  Who the heck are "ya"?  "ya" sound like Sara Palin.  Not just your lame grammer.  Your lame ideas too.

 

FYI.  Amongst other errors: You + are = you're not your.  Maybe you need to go back to grammar school and hear a few speeches.

 

Utterly pittiful.

September 7, 2009
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Let the man talk.  How else will our children learn Ebonics.  Wee wee'd up indeed!

September 7, 2009
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Pitiful.  One "t".  My apologies.

September 7, 2009
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Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you "earthlingbob".  The epitomy of Right Wing racism and the highest level of intelligent discussion that they can muster.

 

Thank you for proving so many points with so few and such pathetic words.

September 7, 2009
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I do not believe that school is the right forum for my children to hear a speech from the president regardless of who it is.  Most students are not going to understand the message.  I feel there are many much more important people that should be addressing our children.  How about policemen and nurses, musicians and scientist.  I would rather they hear Hanna Montana tell my daughters to stay in school and strive to be the best you can that the president. 

September 7, 2009
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Here's the deal.  Obama plans to make a speech to school kids and sends out a suggested lesson plan that includes kids writing a letter to themselves on how they can support him.  Without a transcript of what would be in the speech, people on the right get concerned (some even freak out a bit).  Later the white house pulls the suggestion and posts a transcript.  Turns out to be a good speech.  Everyone I know on the right that had a problem with it, is fine now. 

End of story.  Stop trying to make a story out of people on the right fearing Obama telling kids to stay in school.  That is not what the controversy was about. 

 

September 7, 2009
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Bainbridge01 your spot on.............

September 7, 2009
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People never cease to amaze me.  This is why we are so divided.  Why is this even an issue.  The president is encouraging kids to study hard and stay in school.  Why would you not want your child to hear that?  I read one posting that said the kids would not even understand the message.  I think the kids do get the message.  It's the adults who don't understand.  It's the adults who let their pettiness and insecurities divide this country.  I've read the speech.  The message is a positive one.  Even if you don't agree with his politics, he is encouraging our kids to be the best they can be.  What's the problem??

September 7, 2009
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I beleive all schools should see the President's speech. The following lesson plan should revolve around how not to be as ignorant as their parents.

September 7, 2009
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I bet a lot of these uneducated parents who don't want their children listening to the President when they should be learning will have no problem when their kids get out of class to go to a pep rally for the school's football team on Friday.  Hypocrites.

 

I was in kindergarten when the 1976 election was going on.  Our teacher talked to us about both President Ford and Jimmy Carter, and we saw some things about both on the television in the room.  None of us were scarred by the discussion despite the fact that some of us had Republican parents and some of us had Democratic parents.  It's a crazy notion, but a speech by President Obama will NOT affect a child's political preference.  Uneducated, propaganda-accepting parents of both ends of the political spectrum will do more damage to their children than anything in President Obama's speech.

September 7, 2009
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"Yes You Can't!"  I say NO to the speech.

 

NO POLITICAL INFLUENCE IN SCHOOLS.  Period!  I don't care if the president is Bush, Obama, Clinton or Mandela.

 

Obama and his supporters should not complain about the opposition to this: Mr Obama has invited this by being OPENLY MARXIST  - aka. Statist - with his comments about 'spread the wealth", his speeches to his union backers and his view of the Constitution as an OBSTACLE rather than the supreme law of the land.

 

SO STOP calling the opposition to this speech "pathetic" or "ridiculous" - you're just being intellectually dishonest and duplicitous, to boot! 

 

YOU can't object to opposition just because it doesn't align with your views.

 

For me:  No propaganda; can the speech; enuff of the BS.

September 7, 2009
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It's not about politics...it's trying to keep children in school. It's the Neanderthal Conservatives who are injecting politics into this.

September 7, 2009
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WakeUpMoment,

 

I fear how any child of yours is going to manage to get through history class or any social studies class.  Putting blinders on a child (so that you can fill them with YOUR view of politics) is a poor way to educate your child.  It is a very unrealistic view to expect a child to get through school without hearing opposing viewpoints. Apparently it's okay for YOU to object to an opposing viewpoint, but not the other way around -- your comments reek of hypocracy.

 

Calling President Obama a "marxist" is an opinion, not a fact -- regardless of what the morons on Fox News et al. would have you believe.  It amazes me how willing some people are to accept propaganda as fact, just because it's propaganda that is close to their own view of the world.

 

You are the one being "intellectually dishonest and duplicitous to boot." 

September 7, 2009
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mightybk, I'd like to follow up your post with a question to WakeUpMoment who obviously needs to be knocked conscious, being: Can you tell me what marxism or socialism is without going to one of those "liberal" sites like wikipedia or dictionary.com? I want YOUR definition before you go looking up what it means. I can tell you, its not what you've been spoonfed to believe by Glenn Beck or these other conservative nutjobs. Will the REAL conservatives please stand up?

September 7, 2009
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You are welcome jkoriyama. I believe that you have hit on a major source of the problem-- Civics is no longer taught in our schools, and I'm not sure exactly when or why it was dropped from the curriculum. It was certainly there when I attended grade school in the 1950's. In historical terms Democracy is an exception, and the Founding Fathers understood very well that only well-educated citizens could be expected to handle the responsibility of governing themselves.  To be a responsible citizen of a Democracy does not come "naturally", it requires education and training. Today, some might call it indoctrination, but the effect was really the opposite; the lessons encouraged critical thinking.  For example we were specifically taught to recognize the dangers of propaganda.  I still remember lessons in which the teacher (and textbook) specifically described the different forms and techniques of propaganda and what we should be on the lookout for. We were all required to subscribe to a major daily newspaper (which were purchased at a discount through the schools), and for homework we would read an article about a major issue and write a short essay about it. The issues were then discussed in the classroom in a balanced way, and we were encouraged to form our own opinions.

September 7, 2009
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He is the President of the United States, let's listen to what he has to say. I don't agree with Obama's views but his speech writers are pretty good at what they do.

September 7, 2009
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If Obama wants to speak to my son and daughter he ought to talk about the US Constitution. On second thought someone teach Obama about the US Constitution!

 

I oppose obama speaking to my children. I want obama and everyone in his crazy administration to STAY AWAY from my kids

September 7, 2009
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It's not the CONTENT of the speech I oppose to as much as the precedent of access to our children it will set for future communications to our kids. It starts off innocent and goes downhill from there.

 

If you have children be afraid, be very afraid. Van Jones is only the tip of the iceberg.

September 7, 2009
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johnknows,

 

What are the odds that you looked the other way when President Bush and VP Cheney bent the Constitution back and forth while they were in office?  Could it be yet another example of hypocracy of the conservatives?

September 7, 2009
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The Republicans are acting just as the democrats did when Bush was in office. People are making the Republican party look bad by opposing Obama's speech. Lay off guys, it's embarrassing!

September 7, 2009
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mightybk,

 

Trust me, it's more than just conservatives who are now disgusted by the corruption, deceit and lies of the obama administration.

 

HYPOCRISY! are you kidding me? Just look at how obama and democrats are treating regular hard working tax paying Americans who DARE to oppose or question them. That's hypocracy mightybk.

September 7, 2009
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byucourgar,

 

I don't need an Obama speech writer to talk to my children. That's MY responsibility. YOURS too if you have kids.

September 7, 2009
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Why don't you hypocrites say what you really mean. You can't get over a black man in the white house. previous Presidents address school children, no problem, Obama wants universal health coverage, he's a socialist. Bush runs this economy into the ground and people like slowhike trusts that he's pro capitalism, give me a break.  Thank God the majority of Americans are not bigoted morons.  A little information if you can understand it.   In the last election for the first time in history, the more educated people voted democratic.  The republican party is becoming old, white, southern and stupid.  Again I say thank God.

September 7, 2009
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johnknows,

 

Maybe you should have Bush talk to your kids about education.  Oh wait....he did.  Remember "My pet Goat".  You proabably didn't have a problem with that little gem of a President speaking to students in the classroom.  7 Minutes of dead silence from the leader of the free world while planes were falling and the towers burned. The dip-stick couldn't even finish the book because he was pissing in his pants. Sadly, your kids will end up just like you:  Narrow-minded, un-educated, angry and terrified of change.

September 7, 2009
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These people who say that showing an Obama speech to school children is somehow socialist, are proving themselves un-patriotic.  I would argue that keeping your child home from the first day of school, just because you disrespect the President, is in effect, treason.

September 7, 2009
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HaHa!!

 

Silly Americans! Of course the speech is innocent. That is because it is coded. You got to read the speech backward and skip every other word. Then you'll find the following truth:

 

That Obama truly IS a Kenyan citizen, and his father called from Kenya to Hawaii on his date of birth to insert the two birth announcements in the local Hawaiian papers.

 

That Obama is a practicing Muslim AND a Nazi Socialist bend on destruction of this country. How can an African Muslim also be a Nazi at the same time you ask? Well, wasn't Hitler part Jewish too?

 

In fact, the only way to avoid the insidious indoctrination that is permeating this country is quit your job and drop out of school and watch and listen to Fox News 24/7. (be sure to leave the TV on Fox when you go to bed, that way it is on when you wake up.) It is the ONLY way.

September 7, 2009
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This speech is wonderful!Only people who have never been in a classroom would think otherwise.  I teach in a minority district and know what these kids go through. I know how difficult it is for many of them to get their work done, either in school or at home.  To have the President of the United States encourage students to participate more actively in their own education is the most appropriate thing he could do. 

I hold Masters degrees in American History, Studio Art, and a Professional Diploma for School District Administration, and I did not come from a family that prized education. (I was supposed to get married at 20 and have many children.) I am truly hard pressed to see the conspiracy here.  If an ultra conservative president were to say the same thing, would the liberal contingent be as outraged?  Maybe; but it still wouldn't make any sense.  Students are the third piece in the achievement gap pie.  Teachers, parents AND students need to be fully engaged in this process, but in actuality, it is the student who must decide to learn. Let's hope that this message aids the process. I hope every family watches or listens to the President tomorrow.  I hope my district - both were I live and where I work -- have it available for students.

September 7, 2009
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Chazkelly

 

I've seen the CHANGE that Obama is trying to impose on our country. It's a disaster!

 

I've seen the people that Obama surrounds himself with. Their criminals, tax cheats and nut jobs (Van Jones, Pelosi, Reed, Rangel, etc....)!

 

I've seen how poorly the government runs things. The post office (obama admitted this himself), cash for clunkers, etc...)

 

The majority of Americans are NOW seeing the CHANGE that Obama and the liberal democrats are implementing and they don't like it. The tide is turning. We will get our country back.

September 7, 2009
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Why is it that I must be a racist because I disapprove of the President?

I dont have an issue with him being black, those of you calling me racist for speaking my mind, are racist against my race. Oh wait this is all onlineso you dont have a clue about me, am I still a racist cause I am black and dont approve of the way the pres is handling things.

September 7, 2009
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johnknows,

 

The first step is admitting you have a problem with an abusive ideology. Just say it with me, "I am an ideologue without a hint of a clue of whats going on beyond what Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News tells me." Empower yourself and join Republican rehab! Reject them and grow that brain you've so desperately wanted! Join us, the educated and informed and fearless because we are so. Join us!

September 8, 2009
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JohnKnows....very little about nothing.

 

I was a bit hesitant to respond to your blithering nonsensical and painfully dimwitted post.  But I can't help myself. It's just too entertaining to see the laughable crap you conservative bobble-heads spew out when you get frustrated!

 

 

 

I mean I litterally snorted from laughing so hard.  Awesome.  Thank you.

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September 8, 2009

It appears that many people would have our president read, My Pet Goat" to our children.

 

Can't we leave this man alone for one moment? He has a big mess to clean up, and way too many are working behind the scenes to make sure he fails. Don't we have laws against that?

September 8, 2009
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As a Canadian who has lived and worked in the U.S., I hold a unique vantage point. I hold a somewhat objective stance as an "outsider" and yet have had first-hand experience as an "insider" during my time spent in Washington, D.C. I am amazed at the level of political polarization that has muddied the core values that America was built on: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  While debating matters can serve as constructive criticism, opposition for the sake of opposition paints an America that is struggling with it's place in the world.  If a country cannot agree on fundamental values such as education, how can it expect the rest of the world to follow it's lead?  President Obama's speech, while temporarily controversial, will have a resounding positive effect on the lives of the students who witnessed his speech today. They may not remember the exact wording and phrasing, but they will remember the level of energy and enthusiasm that is the driving force behind any individual that dares believe in the fulfillment of their dreams.  Even as a Canadian graduate student, I will not forget the power of a leader's words to inspire,  and encourage.  This to me, is the definition of true leadership!

September 8, 2009
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I watched the speech while I had the copy on the laptop. I don't understand what all the fuss was all about. I wish I had a U.S. President come to my school to give me a "pep talk".

September 8, 2009
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I don't see why everyone was so upset about this speech, he did not say anything that most parents don't say to thier kids everyday. It is our children's responsibilty to learn, it is our responsibility to help them, period. My thinking is if it had been John McCain wanting to speak to our kids, no one would have batted an eye, but because it was Pres. Obama it caused an uproar. People in this country need to move beyond black and white, it's old news and our kids don't need to be taught that there is a difference, my kids have friends of both colors and at times it's the black kids that are more polite, than the white kids. Grow up everyone.

September 8, 2009
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I thought the President's speech was very good.  I oppose much of his agenda and viewpoints but appreciate him encouraging students to work hard and become citizens who can contribute to this nation.  My education is the very best investment I've ever made.  Now we must implement programs that reward those who work hard for success.  This will stand as the best witness to what President Obama stated today.

September 8, 2009
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USSOLDIERS

 

I think that we should be grateful to have a president that care enough about education to speak to our kids on the importance of school. Especially when you have high school drop-outs and the violence in the schools like we do now. This let the kids know that someone care and that the future of our nation depends on them. They are our tomorrow.

September 8, 2009
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When Obama said the things I have been saying to my kids, I hope they now understand that Mom is right. My kids will now know that Mom isn't alone and speaking about how important there education is. " When OBAMA speaks everyone listens"

 

September 8, 2009
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I believe Obama's speech was good and well needed. A lot of children like she said "dont have support from their families." He is just showing support and trying to motivate our youth to graduate high school and continue to college. I am a college student and my family pushed me and motivated me to do well. However, Obama is right its all up to the person. I think everybody should just stop talking about it!!! Let him be he is our president whether you like him or no... GET OVER IT!!! seriously we are lucky to have a President that worries about the common person.

September 8, 2009
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America needs to seriously wake up. This wasn't about President Obama directly talking to our children, that was not the problem nor the issue. The reason why so many people were "offended" was due to him being a black man. I promise you this, had it been a popular white president this so-called controversy would have never occured. This honestly just shows how hypocrital this country is and how so many racial undertones still line the fabric of this so-called freedom country. And if people want to be completely honest with themselves, Obama was talking more so to African American children than whites.

September 8, 2009
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i thought president obamas speech was amazing...he realy showed that he cares about the students and want them to work hard. i think that he did a realy goood job explaining that everyone chooses their own destiny. that is up to them to decide how their life will become. and it doesnt matter what you come from its not an excuse.

September 8, 2009
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I thought his speech was great.I am glad that he knows the value of our children and trusts that they can change the future. When I was growing up children did not speak until spoken to and rarely were asked their opinion. I never watched the president growing up and never voted until 2000. I believe getting involved at a younger age can make a difference.He also inspired me to make a goal for myself because we all still need to make our country better. thank you Mr.Obama.

September 8, 2009
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America needs to seriously wake up. This wasn't about President Obama directly talking to our children, that was not the problem nor the issue. The reason why so many people were "offended" was due to him being a black man. I promise you this, had it been a popular white president this so-called controversy would have never occured. This honestly just shows how hypocrital this country is and how so many racial undertones still line the fabric of this so-called freedom country. And if people want to be completely honest with themselves, Obama was talking more so to African American children than whites.

September 8, 2009
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My kids are going to school today, but we had already pulled the prepared speech and discussed this at home last night and I've hesitantly requested that my kids not view this 18-minute speech today.  The old saying: "if a person DOES one thing and SAYS another, then you need to watch what he DOES" -- it's not WHAT the President is saying today about education (which is really the parents' job to do), it's the fact that he's in the class room.  He's said and done some things over the past 8 months that have created some trust issues and I would prefer, as a parent, to be with my kids when they watch these presidential speeches. 

Second Point: Whatever happened to separation of church & state?  Does this mean God will get equal time in the classroom now?

Third Point: I'm curious as to whether the PRIVATE school system was involved in the watching of the speech to the students today or not.  (the President's daughters attend private school, right?)

Fourth Point: Only AFTER critics made a "big deal" about this speech last week did the verbage get changed/edited (like 3 times) before it was acceptable to the majority.  Are we going to have to go to these lengths every time because of the trust factor?

September 8, 2009
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wow...presdient obamas speech was inspiring and amazing.i loved how he focus on the children in the united states.President obama really open my eys up..cause his speech made me realize that i can be all that i can be..education is the key to sucess and im glad that obama is trying his best on all the schools..his one of the best presdients i had ever had..i love you obama and family

September 8, 2009
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Admittedly, I was not a huge fan of the President taking up educational time and expense for an inspirational speech to students throughout this country. Furthermore, I also admit that it was an inspiring speech for people of all generations. My only criticism is this: it is a sad day in our history that it takes a President to speak words of wisdom and have it treated as an epoch event. The sad truth is that there are everyday heroes (teachers, doctors, police officers, military members, even the occasional athlete) that not only speak these truths, but also live their lives as an example of these words. Why can't we, as a country, celebrate these individuals of everyday wisdom and courage and let THEM speak to local schools?

September 8, 2009
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Wow...Eight years ago tomorrow, September 11th our wonderful Pres. Bush was at a school reading a story to a class of kids, essentially motivating and encouraging children to stay in school (hopefully), while our country was being attacked! He chose to stay and continue reading, even after being alerted that terrorists had just flew into the Twin Towers?

 

Now, eight years later, we have a President that is spending 15-20 minutes (I mean, really??) to motivate, encourage and empower children to stay in school, make good decisions and choices that will keep them on track. Find a mentor that cares, regardless of your current home life situation of your goals and objectives in the next crucial years of development and growth towards educational success. How can people have something negative to say about encouragement?

September 8, 2009
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I want to say thank you to President Obama.  What a wonderful, inspiring speech to give to the school children of our nation!!  I have 2 children in public schools and even though they are only in kindergarten and first grade I am so pleased that despite uproar in our local school district that they were allowed to watch and listen to this speech with their peers.

 

 

 

I do not agree with the lesson plans and assisgnments that were to accompany the speech but there is nothing wrong with the speech itself.  To all of those complaining about the speech, I am wondering what they thought of the 1991 speech given to our nations school children by President George HW Bush.  Were they so concerned then or is the concern coming from the fact that Obama hasn't been able to clean up a mess that was started years ago, cleaned up, messed up again, and now must be fixed...again.  It is all a cyle people and the state of our nation is never the fault of any ONE president.  At least he is trying to speak to school children and inspire instead of making false delcarations of the war being over, troops coming home and making a spectacle of the event.

 

 

 

Perhaps if more parents, guardians, teachers, mentors, etc would take the time to speak to children individually about the importance of education and personal accountability our President would not have to do this. Students need to take responsibility for their education but adults needs to take responsibility for ensuring that children are taken care of and receiving an education.  It truly does take a village to raise a child.  It is time to get rid of the bipartisan criticism and concentrate on working together as a nation to nuture our children and prepare them for the future and make all of us accountable for what happens in our country.  We must be proactive and learn from the past in order to move forward.

 

September 8, 2009
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The President gave a five star speech on education and the fear that was put out there is unfounded. Why is it everything the President does by a few consevatives has to blown out of proportion?  He is a great hard working President that cares a lot about people and his country.

Parents who try to keep their kids in the dark only hurt themselves.  Is it because a black man gave the speech they feel harm will come to their kids?

September 8, 2009
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Shame on the right wingers for this controversy!!  I am so tired of the partisan politics.  This is about our children, the future of America.  What on earth is wrong with people today?  Our president deserves respect because he is our president - whether we personally agree with him or not.  His speech was great!!  I am glad he did it and hope that all students everywhere take his message to heart and do their very best.  Our country needs our youth - they are our best hope for the future!

September 8, 2009
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I just listened to our Presidents speach live and am impressed at his message. I heard all the scuttlebutt about what people THOUGHT he was going to sayuse it as a personal agenda to promote his ideas on health care etc.,  I NEVER believed this was what this speech would entail. I am pleased to see it was what I did think it would be: a motivational plea for each child to be responsible for their own education. The best point:  teachers and parents can only teach you so muchyou must learn it.  You must do the work.  How true that kids believe they can slink by and become rich and successful doing nothing.  Hard work is the backbone of this country and I am proud of this Presidents recognition of it.  I am saddened that so many lost the opportunity to have a real discussion about this in their schools. Im just glad I saw it and can be proud of this leaders words. 

 

For those who could care less about his message and more about the color of his skinyou are idiots and biggots, not fit to be called Americans.  (Look at the outpouring this man got being voted into office, not to mention the millions who showed up, tuned in, and supported him on Inaguration Day!) I dont care if someone is black, white, green or pink: we are human beings. We are the Melting Pot...celebrate itdont destroy it!  WE ARE AMERICANS! 

 

 

THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA!

September 8, 2009
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I thought his speech was about personal responsibility unlike what his speech will be about tonight on healtcare that will be how only goverment can run your healthcare not the private sector or yourself.

September 8, 2009
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This should be praised; our President taking the time to actually speak directly to our youth. God knows America's children need it! That's a President we can all be proud of! If you heard it, you know it contained nothing but absolutely great advice and inspiration. My only concern is that the world will judge America by the ignorant few who would actually oppose such an address. Sometimes it makes me feel like giving up when I see this backward attitude in such a great country! Shame on those who waste their opportunities as Americans!

September 8, 2009
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As someone who immigrated to this country 25 years ago, I feel very proud to have Barack Obama as President.  His speech to the school children this morning was very moving and inspiring. I will never understand why some parents denied the opportunity to their kids to listen to what they President had to say. They are basically giving their chldren a message that if you don't like an authority figure, you don't have to listen much less respect them. This is the President of the United States and even if we don't believe most of his policies, this does not give us the right to deny our kids a "lesson about life and pursuing dreams for a better future".

September 8, 2009
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zlb

What has happened to this country?  Let's just call it what it is.... I can not believe that the heartburn coming from some, can be compartmentalize into one word, RACE.  How could anyone be so upset about our "ELECTED" President speaking to our children. Wake up people, the last 4 Presidents that I know of, have all spoken to our children.  I do not remember this kind of reaction to G.w.Bush telling graduates that "even a C student can become President"  Where was your heartburn back then.  That President couldn't even put together a complete sentence!  Get over it.  Maybe having an educated, well spoken President is hard for some of you to grasp. After the last 8 yrs of listening to babble, killed off some brain cells, but if you open up your mind, YOU too might learn something.

 

September 8, 2009
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I read the speech and I liked it.  I didn't vote for Obama but the speech is a good speech for our children.  It is a speech about accountability and I believe that we need to hear more speeches like this.  At the end of the day we are each responsible for who we become.  To me that is what the speech was about.  

September 8, 2009
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Living on the Edge

Listened to the speech didn't hear anything different then what Regan or Bush 1 said to us when I was a kid. Heard the song Living on the Edge. How close to it we are when we oppose our children to listen to our President. Well if can oppose our President then where is our Country heading. Telling our children to give it their bests, didn't sound like brainwashing kids. Well what's next for this Country. Not saying this cause I'm an Obama supporter I voted McCain but he is the President and we were taught to support our President. Now we are telling them to ignore the President.

September 8, 2009
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I had the opportunity to watch President Obama's speech with my son and was so pleased with the way the President touch on important areas of schooling in such a short time. President Obama should continue to speak with our young people as they are our future and need to hear more from a positive role model like Prsident Obama.

 

President Obama is doing great things for all American and people should stop letting negative influences come into their homes where it affects the children.

 

President Obama keep up the good work and I'm proud of you and Michelle because you both have allowed me as a parent to make changes in my own life so I give my hat off to you and I will support you and everything you do.

 

 

September 8, 2009
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Thank you Obama for showing that you are indeed a racist.  Your remarks to the schools proved it.  How many white kids dream of being rap stars or basketball players?  You're whole message was directed at black kids and you tried to hide it by trying to force it on all kids.  What a joke.  Had you used people of all backgrounds in your examples and told the kids that being a famous person through music or sports is highly  unlikely; you could have shown that you ARE EVERYONE's president.  Instead, you confirmed that you are only minority's president.  Every policy proposal that you have presented has hinted that, but your comments today truly confirmed it.  The last man to hold your job was bad, but you sir are NO better.  Another liar in a rather long recent line has again tarnished the once great position of President.  Here's hoping that someone will reverse the recent trend in 4 years and be the President of the ENTIRE country, not just certain parts of it.  You talked a great talk on the campaign trail and fooled quite a few people, but the truth always comes out.

September 8, 2009
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I have listened to President Obama tell the children of this country how hard they have to try and I can only imagine what they must be thinking as they listen. 

 

In my mind he is only undermining the children of today by telling they to try hard while he and the congress do the exact opposite.  Take for instance, our educational system has been subjected to budget cuts, our kids in many schools have to share books, and they have to PAY to take advance placement classes.  My daughter came home this year and told me she needed money to take advance placement classes.  O.K., we have money so we can pay with no problem but what about those kids with no access to these funds.  Does President Obama want these kids to get a job? Is it their fault if they don't get the money for these classes???  I could go on and on about this issue but his speach about kids taking responsibility is a joke until WE, the adults, take responsibility.  We give them lousy schools, lousy teachers and minimal tools to learn with and we expect them to get excited and go to school everyday.

 

President Obama shouldn't blame the kids.  He should blame himself and his buddies in congress!!  They are responsible for the future of this country and if they don't care enough to give our kids the state of the art schools to ensure the future of this country don't blame the kids. 

 

I can imagine the sneers and grumbling of the students as they listen.  I have been a substitute teacher and I know what these kids feel and have to face these days.  President Obama has no clue to the difficulties these kids face these days.  If he thinks these kids don't have a reason for not always going to school he needs a wakeup call.

 

I would welcome the opportunity to give President Obama a speech on his responsiblity and that of Congress to give ALL our children state of the art schools, excellent athletic programs, and FREE college. It is simple economics.  If you invest in good stocks you will get good dividends.

 

It is time for President Obama to stop talking and show these kids he is willing to do his part.  If he really cares about the future of this country then let's see what he does with the very foundation it is built on-THE KIDS. 

September 8, 2009
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I just watched the speech by President Obama with my 9 year old son that's home today due to the H1N1 Virus and precautions due to his Leukemia.  My son said that he feels that he is responsible for turning his work in on time and not dropping out.  It takes so much for my son to go to school each day.  He could give up after having to be out of school all of last year due to his diagnosis last year.  But he gets it.  We all have a job to do.  How is is possible that American Schools are allowed to opt out of listening to a speech for children in school?  Other countries are probably still shaking their heads trying to understand the Land of the free and home of the brave.

September 8, 2009
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Our kidds should not hear Obamas speach If they do they just may stay in school and that could lead to layoffs in the wellfare office. Come on get real.

September 8, 2009
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I enjoyed his speech and I encourage every single student to watch it for themselves. I felt as if it were my father speaking to me, only I didn't have that luxury, but it was my mother who encouraged me to stay in school and I did, not only for her, but for myself.

 

Why on earth would he push a political agenda on children? Are they supposed to run home and tell their parents to side with his views to vote for him in 2012? Come on people, give me break. My 4 yr. old grandson's Pre-K class watched it, because many of their "young" parents seem uninterested in their educational needs and some of their fathers aren't around to help guide them.

 

He talked about second-chances, peer pressure, commitment, hardwork, successes & failures, to name a few. What on earth is wrong with someone trying to encourage students to give their absolute best? I'm saddended that people are in fear of a "black" president attempting to deliver something so encouraging to our students. Have you seen the drop-out statistics lately?

 

We have no right to pass judgment on him or anyone else for that matter, though we have a right to respect the opinion of others. This hatred must end. RACISM IS UGLY.

 

Peace & Blessings to you all

September 8, 2009
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I think that this was a wonderful speech to students and what their responsibility is to themselves and our country. What I am really angry about is that there was so much controversy over him daring to talk to them! To the point of comparing him to Hitler's propaganda! As the child of Jewish heritage I find this insulting and disgraceful! This President speaks strongly and eloquently and has much to offer all of us. Thank you President Obama!

September 8, 2009
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I am literally sick to my stomach about all the flack I keep hearing about Obama's speech to school children.  Are these people afraid that Obama might indoctrinate their children to be a success??? What gives, really?  Obama is the president of the US, as he should be following his election to said office.  Are these people who are complaining mentally deranged? I just listened to the 'speech' and found it very uplifting and encouraging, which is a change from all the negativity out there.  Let's just stop being so judgmental and let the man do what he was elected to do!

September 8, 2009
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The point is clear - our Nation has been on the wrong track, the majority are trying to move towards positive change. The bitter minority party has been so divisive, so obstructive, so ugly and unAmerican.  I am embarassed and sad for my country. It's disgraceful, they are tyrants.

September 8, 2009
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Don't know what the fuss was about.  This talk if given to students by their parents all the time.  Saw nothing wrong with any aspect of it.  Guess we just have to have some controversery going on all the time instead of getting down to governing the country.

September 8, 2009
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President Obama continues to inpire me, how proud I am to have a president who cares enough to speak to our children about importance of self and school.  What a concept to relay expectations to our children. 

 

September 8, 2009
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As a father of 2, I took the time to view the speech and watch President Obama's delivery. I was proud!!! Anyone who has something negative to say about those encouraging words are just stuck on him being a black man that won the presidential race and still mad!!! Get over it and move on from race to rights.

September 8, 2009
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I do think President Obama could be one of the greatest presidents.Seems to me that every thing he does is put,under the microscope I think it is a sad day in Americia,when we do not stand behind our president We did vote him into office and we should stand behind him  Wise up Gop and conservatives fox news etc and realize this is our President,stop always trying to bring him down.Time you started to clean up your own messes President Obama you are in my prayers

September 8, 2009
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The lunatic fringe has taken control of republican party and now censoring speech, spending tax payer dollars on trips to see their mistresses, and lack of care for thier own American people yet having no problem spending trillions of dollars on iraqi's and afghanistan.  Is it any wonder that the repubs are nothing more then a bunch of hillbilly goons with the same old tired message.  I am embarrased to say I was a dittohead, hannity, beck listening repub who voted a straight repub ticket the past 20 years. Great choice in Palin you hillbilly's keep on securing your demise in the house, senate, and white house by following these idiots.

September 8, 2009
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I think the only reason that President Obama gave his speech today to young people all across America was a political stunt. Who are going to be the people voting in the next elections? The children that are in Junior High and High School! Children tend to believe everything that they see on TV and they are impressionable and volnerable and he played on that role with them today.

September 8, 2009
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Wow....the president gives a very nonpolitacal pep talk to our children, and the country goes crazy..Have the objecting people ever had a high school aged student who complains about school??? I for one, aknowlege that my children just might listen to someone else besides me! This talk will be required viewing in my home!!!

mjsch

September 8, 2009
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I was hoping that President Obama would have included national and international reasons why we as a nation should get smarter. He could have given these students examples of situations that show how education would benefit one self, the local community, our nation and even the world. We are definitely in competition with other countries and we want to be the best. We have got to convince these students to do their best. Even those individual students that he rederred to, would have been great to hear their testimonies. You want the speech to be extremely effective in keeping the peoples interset. However, I do appreciate his sincerity and that he cares enough to talk to our young people.

September 8, 2009
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GRANTJE is one of those lunatic fringers I am talking about.  cuckoo cuckoo cuckoo.  Get out of my party you wacko.

September 8, 2009
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I've always admired the idea of the president not only addressing the nation, but also its children in particular. Specifically addressing children goes beyond passively implying good ideals, but it actually lays them out. It’s a form of good leadership. It’s great for the president to call for hard work, determination, and commitment in regards to education. There's nothing political about this type of action. I would have been thrilled as a young person to hear the president specifically addressing me! Most people would agree that the content of his speech is what we want our children to hear. I feel the only political actions being made here are those coming from those individuals up in arms about the speech.

It puzzled me when I read comments in CNN's report regarding the speech such as, "...I feel very scared to be in this country with our leadership right now." and (Obama is attempting to)"indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda." Those statements are both alarming and quite transparent. Let's try to make a little sense some of the time.

 

September 8, 2009
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I was hoping that President Obama would have included national and international reasons why we as a nation should get smarter. He could have given these students examples of situations that show how education would benefit one self, the local community, our nation and even the world. We are definitely in competition with other countries and we want to be the best. We have got to convince these students to do their best. Even those individual students that he rederred to, would have been great to hear their testimonies. You want the speech to be extremely effective in keeping the peoples interset. However, I do appreciate his sincerity and that he cares enough to talk to our young people.

September 8, 2009
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What a sad commentary the devisiveness and prejudice surrounding Obama's speech on education. It has rocked our country today. While many past presidents have addressed our students, none of them were attacked about having a POLITICAL AGENDA.

How did we get to this low depth of vision and patriotism

with Obama just eight months in office? Why are we demonizing the leader of the free world? It's a sad day to be an American.

September 8, 2009
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I think everyone should watch the speech.  People spend way too much time complaining!  The children would be way better off listening to a speech about staying in school and working hard than sitting at home and listening to their parents complain and whine about everyother thing that happens in a day.  These people have way too much time on their hands, why don't they spend some of it trying to do something good like the president is.  There is NO respect in this world anymore for anything.  Also, do they read every text book that their children use in a year of school and go down and have a fit if they don't like something in it. 

September 8, 2009
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I had to sit through Reagan's speech(I didn't find it right then and surely don't feel it's right now), and it's funny because people did complain back then too but that doesn't want to be discussed now.  We're all a bunch of racists because we don't agree with this guys policies...WTF???  Look how Bush was bashed, now those that did it are complaining because their guy's getting attacked(those are the ones who need to grow up)  There is NO REASON for ANY President to address young children for anything other than reading them a story book.  Teenage kids are a different story.  How do you call wanting the kids to write to him not trying to indoctrinate them?  Do you really know what the intent is with something like that, obviously he planned to do it since he dropped it when he got called out on it.(yet those that don't like it are called racists)  I would like those people to really look at what being a racists means, then look in the mirror and see if they truely understand what they see.  This speech was clearly directed at black youth with the guise of including all youth.  How stupid do you have to be to not see the intent of the remarks.  Not all kids think that being "a rapper or basketball" is their ticket out, but a majority of inner city black youth do.  Those were his exact words.  The exact reason why ANY President has no business addressing our youth directly without the parents present.  This wouldn't have been as big of a story had he chose to do this as an early evening broadcast where families would be able to see and discuss it right then.  Look what Hitler did with the youth in Germany.  Reagan was wrong just as Obama is wrong and it has nothing to do with either's race.

September 8, 2009
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Was there a problem in the past when Reagan, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr did the same thing. No it wasn't, so what is really the problem?  Is it about the speech or who is delivering th speech?

September 8, 2009
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my name is danika ross form dolvin elementary. i am in forth grade in ga. my school said we could not be able to watch obama speech on tv.they sent a letter home to my parents saying to be educational curriculum for achieving,,,,,,, I think hearing the president is a curriculum in its self to learn how to lead because we are the future leaders. sence then i have listened to the speech and after i am going to try harder to exceed my performance with my studies to become a great leader as (PRESITDENT) BARACK OBAMA....its all about change

September 8, 2009
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What has happened the American people that they have become so polarized? Why are Americans so afraid of eachother, to the point that their elected President is considered by some as unfit to talk to their children at school? Why should some Americans trust private corporations (whose raison d'etre is to make profit)more than their own elected Government to look after their health care? Their is something very seriously wrong when an ex-Vice president can openly discuss the advantages of 'waterboarding' without shocking the nation. We here in Europe are your allies but we are horrified by what is coming out of the recent political debates in the US. Is change so dangerous? What are you afraid of? The 19th and 20th centuries are gone. Wake up!!!

September 8, 2009
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This speech should have been optional to watch. Every student has different political views. If another president in the past was to have gave this speech there would probably have not been this much controversey. The people of America are just upset with who is giving the speech. Some kids brought ear plugs, or they went in the hallway to sit during the speech. That is ridiculous. The kids could have listened but, yet they decided to be stubborn. I find it really stupid how they react to President Obama. I mean come on, he's our President. Get over it people!

September 8, 2009
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I am more saddened than anything over this small occurance. President Obama is engaging in a practice that most past Presidents have been a part of - addressing our youth/schools.  I truly hope that the opposition is just opposition and not an attack on the man or the race.  We have come a long way in race relations in this country and I would hate to see that our milestone of a Black President is going to set us back because of the ignorance of a few because a President want to motivate our youth to believe in themselves and know that they can achieve goals.  I feel sorry for the children of the opposition. What kind of impression are they showing to thier children? Could it be hate? Let's respect the Office of The President. Sometimes we don't get who we want, but we do our best to at least show some sense of respect to the office. Come on my fellow AMERICANS!

September 8, 2009
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I think Obama and the Dems should agree with the Republicans that Obama's speech to our schools is and was designed to promote a politcal agenda, and that agenda is hard work and staying in school.  Let's not run from the accusation, but instead own it.  We can thank our Republican friends for bringing this to the forefront.  The Republicans have relinquished any claim to the concepts.  Thanks.

 

 

September 8, 2009
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I don't know why Obama keeps doing everything from pushing to take over healthcare to talking to our kids when parents aren't around, instead of doing what is really important. PUTTING AMERICANS BACK TO WORK!

September 8, 2009
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When I was in elementary school, our teachers "forced" us to track President Eisenhower's world trip.  It was fascinating to see where he went and who he met.  Were we brainwashed?  Telling kids to study hard and stay in school is a wonderful message.  I am thankful he did it.  We have to elevate our students for the US to be competitive in the world.  Thanks to Newt Gingrich for supporting the President.  That was classy in contrast to Rush and his pack who call our Commander in Chief Hitler.  What a shame. 

September 8, 2009
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Where were all of you President Obama haters when Bush and the Republican Congress and Senate were running the country in the ground?! Aren't we STILL looking for weapons of mass destruction?! President Obama was not the one that got us in this mess! Why do you think that in 7-8 months he should be able to fix everything Bush and Company screwed up?! Other presidents have spoken in schools neither Democrats or Republicans objected to that...  Are you expecting President Obama to push his agenda like Bush pushed this never ending war down our throats? Geez it's like the kettle calling the skillet black... How sad that the Republicans have to use scare tactics... Why didn't Bush "fix" the economy before he left office? Oh yeah oops he didn't think there was a problem... Wasn't the Bush administration the one overeeing the $5.00 gallon gas last summer oh yeah oops he said he hadn't heard about that when a reporter asked him about it... Gimme a break...

September 9, 2009
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That a small minority (and I presume for America's and the world's sake that they are a small minority)is capable of creating such a national huricane against the President talking to American children as they begin their new school year is very revealing and very disturbing.

It is time for the American people to wake up and make up their own mind as to what is best for all the American people, instead of swallowing the poison and

prejudice flowing from certain TV channels and programmes.

If those who created the national storm against the Obama school talk get their way, we'll all soon find ourselves with a US Presidente that would make Bush+Cheney appear like ultra-liberals.

It is very clear now what is their agenda. It has nothing to do with the President talking to children. It is clearly whether he should be President at all. That is what is poisoning all these debates on health care etc. In their minds from day one, they cannot accept Barack Obama as President. Why? It can only be racial and class prejudice. It is very sad and very dangerous.

 

September 9, 2009
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This is for michaelmarti.

 

Leave race out of this. Just because people don't like his policies doesn't mean they are racist. The only time I here anyone mention race is when they try to defend Obamassiah and they have no real facts to back him up.

 

Personally I had no problem with him speaking to the kids as long as he didn't make it political. The reason some people were upset was that they we led to believe by comments from the whitehouse that he was going to speak about other things besides stay in school and do your best. Also there was the issue of what was to be discussed after the speech. I think the main one was the question of how the students were going to help the president achieve his goals?

 

To his credit Obamassiah did the right thing. For once.

September 9, 2009
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The idea that our children should not listen to a president of the United States is brand new. Every president in my lifetime has been expected to address a classroom from time to time. What is this contraversy about?

 

This is how we debate in this country now. Closing our ears to other points of view. If this continues, our democracy will fail.

September 9, 2009
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cephalo this is NOT new. Bush Sr. caught hell for speaking to kids. Rep. William Ford even ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate legality of Bush's appearance.

September 9, 2009
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People are such hypocrites. Ronald Reagan spoke to children as well. When 9/11 happened W. Bush was sitting in a school. So what's the difference? People have lost all respect for the actual office of the president. Partisan jerks.

September 9, 2009
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GreatDane there are a lot of Partisan jerks out there on both sides but not all of those concerned this time fit that bill.

 

As I said before there was nothing wrong with his speech but the concern was more of what he was supposed to say.

September 9, 2009
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There are something much, much more sinister at play here than meets the eye. When you have the President of the United States of America speech to students being opposed by the wingnut parents are stupid and insane. The oposition has very little or nothing to do with the actual content of President Obama's speech. Here is the clue; it has something to do with the man himself. Presidents Reagon and Georgw H. W. Bush did not receive such scrutiny. Why? You know why even if you don't admit it here. Today, Obama will be speaking at Mr. Walter Cronkite's memorial services. I wonder if the wingnuts will find something wrong with that. Maybe they should request that the content of his speech be scrutinized frist. Don't even mention Health Care. The Republicans are puting out mis-information in regards to this issue. What they are doing is further dividing this country along recial lines as they continue to set up their agenda for the next presidential election. President Obama has my complete support!   

September 9, 2009
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Most presidents speak to the kids.  That is fine.  the problem is Obama's original speech had a lot about HIM in it and not about the kids and what a great country we have.  Of course, Obama rarely mentions that he thinks this country is great.  That, and the fact that he has done very, very little to earn trust from either side of the aisle.

That being said, the speech he gave was perfectly fine.

 

Just do not forget: Bush Senior gave a similar speech and the Democrats actually held investigations and hearings to see if it was legal.  Those are your hypocrites GREATDANE

September 9, 2009
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SHOLTS:

You are clueless.

The Democrats held hearings and had investigations over Bush senior talking to the kids.  So what you said is completely ignorant or a flat out lie.

It was not about him speaking for most of us, it was about what he was GOING to say.  It had a lot to do with HIM.  They changed that in the end.  The speech he gave was fine.

 

As far as health care.  CNN Business even has been showing ways this bill takes away freedoms and increases costs.  Why?  Because the government should not run it.

There are other ways to fix it that do not cost a penny to the taxpayer.  Most of the falseties about these bills come from the White House.  All you have to do is read between the lines in the bill.

Example: Nothing says illegal aliens are covered, yet the Democrats would not let the republicans put in a provision specifically stating that they would NOT be covered.  Why do that?  Because that way they can be.  There are loopholes all over these bills just like that.

I do not want the Government to run my health care, then we become the UK where the government tells people they shouldn't eat this or drink that or do that activity or own that.... and they enforce by taxing it all.  Just like they are thinking of extra taxes right now soda.

It's called liberal fascism through taxation.

September 9, 2009
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I think most Americans are clueless about what's really going on this country and are clearly missing the point here.

 

As a former employee of a dysfunctional school system, I can say that the speech was needed. Some school districts are doing well and don't need to hear what the President has to say, but others are doing poorly and the message from the uncomplicated speech is a motivational jumpstart for the school year. If a school chose not to show the speeach(so be it). And if it did, I commend them for not being braiwashed to believe that one man (who's human like the rest of us) has the ability to control minds.

 

I'm not a fan of Newt Gingrich or Al Sharpton, but they both are coming together for a great cause that I will support them both on and that's "Education Reform". It's time we stop bashing the President of the United States of America and start using that negative energy towards something useful.

September 9, 2009
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DCrum35:

I see that you are one of the LNC's most valuable player. You will say anything to rationalize or give a pass to the LNC wingnuts (LNC= Limbaugh National Committee). The LNC call up nuts like you to push their agenda forward. You are responsible for spreading lies about the health care program. Read between the lines you say; what lines, you mean between your lies don't you. Wakeup man. Your american dream is not going to be taken away from you by illegal aliens or other ethnic groups.

September 9, 2009
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momentum825 you say he doesn't have the ability to control minds yet millions of people voted for him just for the way he speaks. He did nothing in his past to show he was worthy of being president yet for some reason people believed him when he said he was above racism and partisanship.

 

What did we get? He surrounds himself with racist and far left nut jobs. Van Jones is a good example.

September 9, 2009
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Sholts do you believe everything the Dems tell you? Do you distrust everything the Repubs say?

 

All you have to do is pay attention to what these people say then watch what they do to find out they rarely tell the whole truth. So when either side says something you have to listen to HOW they say it to figure out what they really mean. 

 

DCrum35's example is actually a good one.

 

Nothing says illegal aliens are covered, yet the Democrats would not let the republicans put in a provision specifically stating that they would NOT be covered.  Why do that?  Because that way they can be.  There are loopholes all over these bills just like that.

September 9, 2009
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Anyone who follows the party that they are registered with blindly needs to have their head examined.  All political parties are full of it.  That's the nature of politics.  It's funny seeing how many people that have commented here have no clue about American History by saying that Reagan and Bush weren't attacked for their speeches to kids.  Race had everything to do with this speech, the 'president' made that clear with his 'rapper or basketball' remarks.  It was clearly intended for the black community(who really need to get their act together and quit wanting the government to hand them everything).  Does that statement mean all blacks, no, just the numbers don't lie when you look at the amount(percents to population too) of the black community that relies on government help and wants more.  Make up your own mind and not blindly follow any political party.  Look at FACTS not what a political party is telling you to look at.  That's the really sad thing for the country.  This guy has proven since day 1 that his only agenda is to give('spread the wealth') to those that are too lazy to work hard(funny that he's trying to claim that now with this speech huh) to EARN what they want.  He had no business bailing out the auto industry, the FACT of that is socialism---which democrats deny, but it is what it is, for your own sake look up definitions if you don't know what they mean.  If America cannot make affordable cars that can compete with foreign ones, that shows we have larger problems and the companies SHOULD FAIL and go under.  Labor is way overpaid and the product is overpriced for it's quality.  Now the nutjob wants to take over health care....WTF!!!  Is the current system flawed...yes... is the government taking it over right.....NO.  Everyone who supports this guy needs to go back and re-learn American history.  What were the reasons for our rebellion against England?  No he didn't create the problem, he's only making this worse!!!  How many successful Socialist countries are there in the world?  I work hard for what I have and no nutjob is going to take it away from me so that some lazy piece of crap can sit at home and do nothing can have something they don't deserve!!!  Would I like more than I have....YES...do I expect the government to give it to me....NO.  All nutjob supporters answer one simple question....how does giving people something they didn't earn = telling them to work hard?  That's not a political party saying that, it's the FACTS.  Make up your own mind and don't follow blindly.  You can't say work hard, but we're going to take care of you if you don't, so don't worry.  Where's the insentive to work hard at?

September 9, 2009
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Once again someone has proven the partisanship sucks. DCrum35 immediately jumped all over my comment with right-wing democrat hate speech. A complete miss of my point that extremism on the left AND right is tearing the nation apart. Does the federal government even remember the term "United we stand, divided we fall"?

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September 10, 2009
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I THINK every child should have watched the president speech and those who din'nt really missed out on a lot .not only did they missed a great speech they missed out on a part of historyshame on those hate MOSTER.

September 10, 2009
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i am 54 years old and i have never in my life saw so much hate until president obama became president of the U.S.A.I AM ASHAME to see that we still have people here that are still living in the 1800's it's time to move forward with or without them.there is no excurse for the're behavior.also ithank that the fool who called president obama a lie should be removed from his seat as of now.prez obama have took and took from them it's time he push back and stop being so nice.

September 11, 2009
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Race is behind all of these problems that are poured on President Obama. All of the incompatance shown by the last president,who put us in the position we are now in "A Major War" Yet no one spoke to him with disrespect the way they speak to President Obama. Maybe they are so stupid they can't tell the difference between a good President or a bad one. I think they should publically apologe to the Prisident and be charged a fine. You can't speak to a court Judge with disrespect,without being held in contemp. why should they be allowed to speak to him that way . Like it or not He is "The President Of The United States. If all the people with these negitive remarks knew so much, how come they are not President. Because they are Ignorant people who can not except the fact a black man is President

September 11, 2009
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To Rick Sanchez or Anderson 360

 

This has something to do with school activities although not related with the speech of Pres. Obama.  It happened in Redwood Elementary School, West Orange, NJ. My grandnephew, Ryan Roldan was on his first day of school in kindergarten. His parents accompanied him to school although they allowed him to take the school bus with other school children in order to train him. They met him in school and as usual took some pictures of him during the orientation.  Ryan's class was dismissed at noon time much earlier than other kids taking the bus. Being in the kindergarten and the teacher accompanied him to the bus.  Ryan's personality is quiet and a shy 5 year old boy. He rode the bus and immediately stayed at the back of the bus. No other school children took the bus with Ryan on the way home so the bus driver sped away. The driver forgot Ryan was in the bus and forgot everything, didn't inspect the bus nor remember that he has a student in the bus so he just parked it in their parking lot.  See the story below from ABC local news in NJ:

 

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=7007432

 

I believe this is a good lesson for all students taking the bus.  This is also a lesson for school bus drivers and management of school buses perhaps in also coordination with teachers and parents as well.  May Ryan's ordeal served as a good lesson for all involved with school children.

 

When my nephew (Ryan's parents) Ray and Jenny met Ryan after the 2 hours of the ordeal, Ryan addressed the issue to his parents:  "I waited for you at the bus stop (which refers to Bus garage) and you have forgotten me. You don't love me anymore."

September 12, 2009
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The reason Texas would not let schools watch Pres. Obama speech is because Pres. Obama is so smart that Texas schools are afraid that they have not prepared the school students with understanding so they are afraid the students  would not be ready for Pres. Obama’s speech. Texas are afraid and need to go back to school.  

September 15, 2009
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After all the wild rhetoric, President Obama's speech to the kids was almost anti-climatic. He talked about the importance of education (can't argue with that), he talked about the fact that the kids need to be responsible for their education (nothing wrong with that), and asked them to set goals for themselves (something I wish more parents would do). No politics, no brainwashing, no fireworks. Just a concerned father who had to fight to gain his own education, and who is anxious to see all American children get a good education and get the best possible use from it.

 

On the other hand, the Texas kids bused to hear former President Bush had no choice. And his talk was loaded with political agenda that was inappropriate for children the age that they were.

 

Which one is the one to fear?

September 16, 2009
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Obamas School Address Lacked Motivation

 

Watching the Presidents well intentioned school address was a little depressing as it lacked motivation to stir students into action.

 

The bored faces of classroom students told the story of another President visiting a school and saying the same things the last 10 Presidents said.

 

Nothing.

 

The President should have been better prepared and given some thought to a new approach to encourage and motivate students and schools to improve their academic ratings.

 

If the President had said he was offering a Presidential Seal of Approval for the school that most improves it's quarterly academic score the most, that would have been motivation.

 

If the President said he would invite the principal of the school that improves the most over the next year to a White House dinner, that would have been motivation.

 

If the President had said he would guarantee a White House internship for the high school student that excelled the most this year, that would have been motivation.

 

If the President had said he would give special Presidential ribbons to those students that improved their grades for 4 quarters in a row, that would have been motivation.

 

I admire the Presidents intentions regarding education, I just wish he would have given it a little more thought.

 

The ideas suggested above cost the taxpayers nothing, and are only a few examples of what a leader can do to truly start to motivate a country into education action.

 

 

 

 

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