Obama’s school speech

Full text here. (via LGF)
If you think the President is trying to brainwash the youth of America into becoming his foot soldiers in a socialist revolution or something, well, I guess there isn’t anything I can say that would change your mind. But I don’t see anything in the speech I wouldn’t want my son to hear. (Not that he’d understand any of it, being two months old, but you know what I mean.)

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21 thoughts on “Obama’s school speech

  1. There’s also nothing in the speech Obama doesn’t want YOU to hear, Damian… Like the views of those with whom he has surrounded himself.
    I don’t know who TOTUS had subcontracted to write this for him, but the writer knew to steer clear of anything that smacked of Wright or Ayers or Jones or Sustein. Whatever. As long as POTUS is distracted from his agenda.

  2. Seems fine to me.Thats not an issue.I want to know more about this national civilian security force he was talking about forming.I want to know if he is actively looking for ways to make america get back to work without protectionism.And does he have a strategy for the national debt?

  3. I think, and believe me I’m no expert in this, but from what I’ve read, the worry is that Obama wants to create a loyalty to him, rather than the office he holds, bypassing Congress, much as he has done with the Czars.
    The comment that keeps ringing in my ears is the one where this fellow describes several Czars by saying that “they would never pass investigation to get into FBI School.”

  4. What he says in the “lecture” is beside the point. In the same way the “tasty candy” that the stranger gives your kid is beside the point.
    Their is something very creepy about forcing little kids to sit and watch this or any politician. He has no business talking to your kid unless the parents gave him permission, which of course he didn’t ask, did he.
    It’s even creepier to think a politician would want to do this. Do you think the future lectures that he gives will be as benign as this one? How long before he starts telling the “Obama Youth” that they can rat out their parents by emailing the particulars to whiteouthouse@guv.nut
    Your link to lgf was a real blast from the past. He’s certainly has turned into quite the “Eccentric” nowadays eh! He reminds me of the that character from the Seinfeld program.
    “NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!”

  5. “But I don’t see anything in the speech I wouldn’t want my son to hear.” That is because he was forced to change the contents in his speech due to public pressure.

  6. “That is because he was forced to change the contents in his speech due to public pressure.”
    I was just waiting for that one. “Where’s the birth certificate” can’t be far behind.
    Where was all the uproar when George Bush and Ronald Reagan directly addressed schoolchildren? Bush even asked them to write him a letter:
    “Let me leave you with a simple message: Every time you walk through that classroom door, make it your mission to get a good education. Don’t do it just because your parents, or even the President, tells you. Do it for yourselves. Do it for your future. And while you’re at it, help a little brother or sister to learn, or maybe even Mom or Dad. Let me know how you’re doing. Write me a letter — and I’m serious about this one — write me a letter about ways you can help us achieve our goals. I think you know the address.”
    http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/research/public_papers.php?id=3450&year=1991&month=10
    America, or a good portion of it, has gone barking mad.

  7. Dawg, you must understand that it’s totally different. George Bush Sr. addressed all the students of America about drugs, not about socialism. Completely not the same at all.
    And there was no outcry at all because it’s perfectly fine to have the former head of the USA’s secret police to gain legitimacy for the new powers he grants to the state. That’s just good government.
    Whereas Obama, he didn’t even ask permission, the bastard. No wonder all freedom-loving individuals are against him.

  8. Byron York recounts what happened in 1991, the last time a President decided to address school children:
    “when President George H.W. Bush delivered a similar speech on October 1, 1991, from Alice Deal Junior High School in Washington DC, the controversy was just beginning. Democrats, then the majority party in Congress, not only denounced Bush’s speech — they also ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate its production and later summoned top Bush administration officials to Capitol Hill for an extensive hearing on the issue…
    the Washington Post published a front-page story suggesting the speech was carefully staged for the president’s political benefit. “The White House turned a Northwest Washington junior high classroom into a television studio and its students into props,” the Post reported…
    The National Education Association denounced the speech, saying it “cannot endorse a president who spends $26,000 of taxpayers’ money on a staged media event at Alice Deal Junior High School in Washington, D.C. — while cutting school lunch funds for our neediest youngsters.”
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/When-Bush-spoke-to-students-Democrats-investigated-held-hearings-57694347.html
    Same shoe, different foot

  9. I liked the ‘no excuises’ bit – what more children and adults should be told. But does he envision a world without plumbers? His vision was strictly about college education – much like the Ignatieff vision of the best educated country by ?2015. Education is more than the liberal arts with a nod to science.

  10. Unfortunately Obama, the one who was to bring all Americans together has totally divided the nation in 6 months. Originally the lesson plan called for children to think of ways in which they could help Obama not their country but Obama. The white house should have known better and went with the final text as their first effort not their last.

  11. Bruce:
    I don’t think the two controversies are remotely comparable. For the Democrats and their allies, it was all about the pittance that this staged event cost the taxpayer: some $26,750. The controversy arose after the event. The public does not appear to have been involved, much less driven into a mindless frenzy of weeping and tooth-gnashing. No children that we know of were yanked from school. There was no wild talk about “indoctrination”; no foamy paranoia about changing its contents at the last moment.
    You did your best, but there is no equivalence here.

  12. Blame Crash said:
    What he says in the “lecture” is beside the point. In the same way the “tasty candy” that the stranger gives your kid is beside the point.
    Best description ever.

  13. “it was all about the pittance that this staged event cost the taxpayer: some $26,750.”
    Dawq, even you can’t believe that Congress would hold hearings, the Post would run editorials, and the NEA would denounce the expenditure of $26,750, which the GAO said was perfectly legal.
    The speech was similar and the Democratic reaction was over-the-top, much as you accuse the Republican reaction of being now. If it was political for G.W.H. Bush to do it, then it’s political for B.H. Obama to do it.

  14. It wasn’t found to be improperly “political” in Bush’s case. And the controversy erupted after the event. And it never did get to the grassroots level. It was all common-or-garden political haymaking.
    Apples and oranges. The public frenzy over a President addressing schoolchildren is completely unprecedented.

  15. Hey Bruce,
    Nice catch. Any two incidents will compare and contrast. What strikes me as different this go ’round is this:
    Our response would have been far less angry *if* the Wrights and Ayers’ and Jones’ and that entire neo-fascist cluster-f*ck surrounding this clown hadn’t spoken publicly about their views,
    *if* people (such as me) hadn’t been thrown out of work in modern record numbers,
    *if* “stimulus” spending had acted to shorten the dip, not drive it longer,
    *if* the original address hadn’t been about service to the President, complete with teacher work-sheets and student assignments…
    There’s an unprecedented cold arrogance to the man. We were told here last Spring or Summer that Omamba was just an average liberal, typical socialist, something along that line. Damnit, but it was a true statement.
    We told our kids that we had made the choice to send them to Public school, and thus McLuhan’s law applies. The President was right about one thing; Students are responsible for what they learn. We teach our kids to test and challenge and to objectively seek data and to read between the lines. If they think a radio commercial is BS, then they’d best apply similar critical reasoning skills to this debacle.

  16. The speech was to be one hour long, what he gave was fifteen minutes tops, so it was rewritten dontcha think?
    But you have to take the speech in context with all the other far left socialist ideologue actions of Obama and the bald faced Marxists and Eugenicists he surrounds himself with.
    No sane individual concerned with the well being of his country, countrymen and the country’s economy would do what he has done, only a complete fool or someone trying to destroy the free market USA would do what this administration of corruption has done.

  17. MarionN : Thanks.
    Dawg: do you really believe that your spin is convincing anyone other than Minion@. You know as well as everyone else that your Obama has come out of this debacle looking more than a little cheesy. Down right third worldish would be an apt description or “Colonel Klinkish” perhaps. . But enough with that buffoon, lets talk Canadian!
    How about if the Right Honorable Prime Minister Stephen Harper decided to give a speech to our nation’s school kids about any number of “feel good” initiatives, and what the heck, maybe even a few “conservative” initiatives too!
    Would you still think it’s acceptable for politicians to use the power and influence of their office and the government this way. Of course you wouldn’t, at least until you realized what a totally ridiculous and counter productive thing it was to do. Then you’d be all for it.

  18. “How about if the Right Honorable Prime Minister Stephen Harper decided to give a speech to our nation’s school kids about any number of “feel good” initiatives, and what the heck, maybe even a few “conservative” initiatives too!”
    You mean like this?
    http://www.orleansonline.ca/pages/N2007021501.htm
    or this?
    http://www.lfpress.ca/cgi-bin/publish.cgi?p=2338&x=galleries&s=gallery
    I’m sure Dawg was firing off one raging, loony post after another.

  19. well at least Obama managed to hold Mein Kampf up the right way when he read to the kids. Not like that guy who read My Pet Goat.

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