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I'm baffled by all the fuss over President Obama's speech to the children of America today. Seriously. My children sure as hell went to school today and listened to that speech, and here's why: HE'S THE PRESIDENT OF OUR COUNTRY! Now, to be fair, I didn't vote for the guy. I don't think he's done anything (yet?) to deserve the "savior" status his fans have given him (and he seems OK with claiming -- or at least tolerating) . I don't think our country is any better off now because of the "change" he went on and on about during the campaign. Maybe we haven't seen his best tricks yet. At the end of the day, that's not what this is about. He is our leader, like it our not. That's the beauty of democracy -- we all get our say. Some of us are always going to pleased with who wins and the rest are not. But when all is said and done, ideally, we pull together and make the best of what we got. Like him or not, we (the voting public) have entrusted him with a huge responsibility. The task of making this great country of ours the best it can be. My children attend fabulous schools. PUBLIC schools. FOR FREE! If the President of the United States wants them to sit for ten minutes and listen to a message he has prepared, they're darn well gonna' sit and listen. Because we respect our leaders. "But what if we don't agree with what he has to say?" "What if he's brainwashing our children to be the good little socialists he knows they can be?" I've read all the crap. Guess what! It's our responsibility as PARENTS to watch the speech ourselves and . . . here's the kicker . . . TALK ABOUT IT with our children. Here's what my youngest child remembered of it: "It was BOOOOORRRRRING!!! There was a story about a awesome guy, but I don't remember what he did." Sounds like whatever devious scheme the President may have had really worked well. I'm offended on the President's behalf that we don't trust him to speak to our kids. That we raised such a ruckus about all this that he had to publish his speech ahead of time for our approval. It's a little ridiculous to me. Whatever. America is all about Freedom -- freedom to choose what we want our children to be exposed to, I guess. I just feel like there's a lot of misplaced anger here. Why don't we, the parents of America's youth, band together and take on MTV, the entire entertainment industry, or media in general for brainwashing our precious children into being sex- obsessed, disrespectful punks?! Anyone in? OK, thanks for listening. Soapbox being put away now.


  1. Amen, sista'! You know where I stand.

    (BTW - I've been playing the speech backwards all day and haven't found any subliminal messages yet. I'll keep trying and let you know!)

    It was a great speech. Good message - geared towards our youth - and some great points made. My kids liked it and were impressed that he got up "REALLY EARLY" to do his school work.

    How can he make ANY progress or positive changes in this country if the public doesn't even trust him to take 15 minutes talking to our kids? He's been set up to fail. That's not fair.

  2. I totally agree . . . however I think a lot of the parents' concerns came because of the lesson plans that were originally created to be used with the speech. And that's what started the ruckus. In fact, they changed the questions because they realized that they indeed were a little leading. I do agree with you--there's so much blown out of proportion these days. I'm just saying. . .

  3. I know that our school district decided not to use the accompanying lesson plans. As a parent I just think, unless something is FUNDAMENTALLY offensive, we should let our kids hear it. Then we discuss it in light of OUR values here at home to give them some guidance in their decision making. I think conservative talk radio/ news programs are just as much to blame for spouting propaganda as anyone. (And the source of all the hubbub.) Maybe I'm just ignorant of the real issues -- highly possible.

  4. I agree 100%. I wanted my kids to see the speech, but they didn't show it at our school. I'm not sure if it's because they didn't want the uproar or if we don't have equipment to show it to everyone. Whatever the reason, I am anxiously awaiting my children to be drawn in the lottery for the charter school . . .


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