The President & Children

Posted by – September 8, 2009

Honestly, is it anything but racism that American parents don’t want their kids to listen to the president? Sorry, but I find it wholly idiotic. Here’s the full text of the speech, if you won’t be able to listen tomorrow. He says nutty, controversial things like this:

But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.

And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.

Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.

This country is starting to get way too insane for me, with people objecting to the President telling kids to study hard.

5 Comments on The President & Children

  1. My FB post from yesterday…

    Jackie Joy Jones just read the text of the President’s speech to school kids. You know the one that’s got the wing nuts in an uproar. As I suspected these people have embarrassed themselves again. There is absolutely nothing political in it at all. Just common sense things…which is why the right doesn’t get it. Pretty soon no one will take them seriously. They should be ashamed.

    The right is scared. Period.

  2. Madame George says:

    I’m not sure this is a “we are the conservative right and he is liberal so we shouldn’t let him talk to our children” thing. I know plenty of conservative parents who don’t have a problem with the President of the United States addressing school children. The ones who do mind seem to have a different outlook. Almost as if it’s okay not to listen because he’s the Black President of the United States and therefore commands less respect.

  3. jadecath says:

    There’s a large subset of right-wingers who seem to be acting out their frustration at the collapse of Republican political power in every way they can imagine, rational or not. It’s easy to hope that it’s a step in the the final discrediting and sidelining of the movement (followed by the reappearance of a sane conservative movement, even?) Then again, maybe throwing toddler tantrums is the future of American politics (dear God no). We’ll see.

  4. VivaZoya says:

    Am I on crazy pills or something? Another sad thing is all the people who just skim headlines or listen to soundbites on the news, all they will remember is that Obama is trying to brainwash our children, in addition to wanting death panels and running up the national debt.

    SO DEPRESSING! GAH

  5. If only we could find a cure for fundamentalist Christian ignorance. *sigh* If only…

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