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Parents May Boycott Obama's Speech

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posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 01:37 PM
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It's all OK. With the short attention span of kids, half won't pay attention at all. The other half will only absorb bits and pieces of what was said. They will all go home, do their regular homework, go play, eat dinner, go to bed and wake up with no real memory of what they had watched.

Just my 2-cents

[edit on 3-9-2009 by Aggie Man]




posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 02:17 PM
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I suspect the parents are simply upset that he won't be reading the shocking final chapter from "My Pet Goat." They thought is was a nonfiction biography of Cheney.

President Obama is the duly elected sitting POTUS and as such deserves respect. They should be honored.

I suppose their kids will have to a make up day at Christmas break.
That ought to go over real well.

[edit on 3-9-2009 by kinda kurious]



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 02:19 PM
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I am really very pleased whith how the school districts around here have chosen to handle this situation. They are not allowing it in the elementary schools or middle schools. They are allowing it in the high schools if it is during a social studies or current events class. On top of that the high schoolers have to provide a signed permission form in order to watch it.

I personally do not think they could have handled this better
for my school!



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 02:32 PM
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Originally posted by kinda kurious
I suspect the parents are simply upset that he won't be reading the shocking final chapter from "My Pet Goat." They thought is was a nonfiction biography of Cheney.

President Obama is the duly elected sitting POTUS and as such deserves respect. They should be honored.

I suppose their kids will have to a make up day at Christmas break.
That ought to go over real well.

[edit on 3-9-2009 by kinda kurious]


Hmmm.....I'm pretty sure that we are not upset about him not reading some little book about goats.

Should be honored? I hardly think that is a word I would use. I think what he is going to do is way out of line and parents have a right to be angry and choose whether or not their kids watch it or not. Kids are easily swayed by what is said to them(especially by adults in a powerful position).



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 02:41 PM
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I never did plan on boycotting because I can speak to my children about all of this and can watch the entire speach live, online as it happen. However, I did email the school to see what they were doing. This is the response, from a public school in a liberal leaning state:



We as a school have decided that we will opt out of the President's speech.
We feel it is important for parents to make the decision for their children, whether or not they would like their child to watch the Presidential address.
Thank you,




posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 02:51 PM
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If I told my 12-year old daughter she couldn't watch the Obama Speech she'd tell me that she hates me and stomp off and slam a door or two to show her disgust.

She's not an Obama supporter, but as she puts it "He's the President of the United States, and he's addressing kids...that's pretty important to me".

I can respect that, and I can appreciate that my pre-teen daughter is growing up wants to be treated like an adult and have have the freedom of making her own choices, and appreciates having her generation addressed by the President directly rather than treated in a patronizing and condescending matter by those who govern our nation. For that, I can concede that she has every right to make that decision for herself and give her my blessing in watching the speech.

Of course, we'll discuss it at dinner later...

However, when I went to school we were shown Presidential Addresses all the time from Middle School onwards. We watched Presidential Campaign Debates. No one was boycotting the schools for allowing their children to view Carter's, Reagan's, Bush's, Clinton's or the younger, dumber Bush's Presidential Addresses.

It garners the question what is the fuss about? Is it because our President is treating our children as young adults and the future of America, or is it because he is Obama? Either way, I think it is a shame to deny your child the opportunity to view a Presidential Address and take a potential interest in their Country.



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 03:04 PM
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I agree with the sentiment of the majority of the posters here.

We need to take action NOW before our kids are brainwashed into getting actively involved with their communities. We need to be careful, or else they might take an interest in volunteer work, helping their neighbors, cleaning up a park, or some other such anti-capitalist activity.

No POTUS is going to teach my kid to feel good about himself, his education or his community.



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 03:13 PM
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Durrrr,

if you're really worried about it. Watch it yourself as well. Then go compare notes with the kiddos. Its not like someone is gonna taser you or something if you watch it and you're not a kid.


Ooooo maybe they'll send a special beam and give em flu shots so they can turn into mindless zombie aliens and attack all the parents!!!! Sounds like a good movie! Pass the popcorn. NOW parental unit.....



PG




[edit on 3-9-2009 by pizzaguy]

[edit on 3-9-2009 by pizzaguy]



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 03:15 PM
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Originally posted by kinda kurious
President Obama is the duly elected sitting POTUS and as such deserves respect. They should be honored.


Did you have that same respect for Bush or do you only choose to respect a President that you agree with?

For me personally, I think it's great that the President of the United States has chosen to do this but I don't think it's so great that he feels the need to be the focal point.

He is NOT the United States of America, he's just the interim CEO.



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 03:40 PM
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Originally posted by notsosweet
Kids are easily swayed by what is said to them(especially by adults in a powerful position.)


Scuse me? We aren't talking about the head of the PTA or the manager of your local Dollar Store.

We are talking about THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

The highest elected official in the free world!

Perhaps they should stay home with you and watch Glenn Beck.

(That ought to cheer 'em up with his end of the America nonsense.)

Is Duh a word?


[edit on 3-9-2009 by kinda kurious]



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 04:30 PM
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Originally posted by kinda kurious
Scuse me? We aren't talking about the head of the PTA or the manager of your local Dollar Store.


I'm willing to bet that the head of the local PTA probably has more experience running an organization that Obama does.


Originally posted by kinda kurious
We are talking about THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

The highest elected official in the free world!


Right. The kids are suppose to be honored, as you put it in an earlier post, and respectful, yet it's all a big joke when Bush was reading to kids on 11 Sep.



Originally posted by kinda kurious
Perhaps they should stay home with you and watch Glenn Beck.

(That ought to cheer 'em up with his end of the America nonsense.)

Is Duh a word?


Witty.



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 04:34 PM
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'President' or not...it's never a good idea to blindly accept that someone has your best interest at heart. Children are impressionable, ESPECIALY by such a celebrity as The President of the United States.
...maybe instead of watching glenn beck, which I've NEVER watched, thank you, we should all get together with an intern and a few cigars. The president is never wrong and can always be trusted.
I wish that were true.
......
Thanks for your comment



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 04:48 PM
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Originally posted by kinda kurious
President Obama is the duly elected sitting POTUS and as such deserves respect. They should be honored.


BULLCRAP! Respect is to be earned on an individual basis, not blindly handed out based merely on someone's position in life. That's what we fought the damned revolutionary war to get away from. Barack Obama is worthy of my respect only if I so deem it and, to date, I have seen nothing indicating that he warants it. As far as my kids go, they're not school aged yet, but if they were they'd be staying home on the 8th. I am their parents, I choose what is best for them, and I take responsibillity for their well being and upbringing. I did not vote for Obama nor do I believe that the type of groupthink which elected him has anyplace in my childrens' lives.

As a side thought, considering all the articles written about how very little time he spends with his own two daughters, usually choosing to play golf during his spare time rather than actually being a dad, what the hell makes him think the rest of America's parents should let our kids listen to an hour of ramblings from an absentee father?



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 05:02 PM
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Originally posted by mrsdudara
I am really very pleased whith how the school districts around here have chosen to handle this situation. They are not allowing it in the elementary schools or middle schools. They are allowing it in the high schools if it is during a social studies or current events class. On top of that the high schoolers have to provide a signed permission form in order to watch it.

I personally do not think they could have handled this better
for my school!


A permission slip to watch the PRESIDENT give a speech about growing up. Im telling you, you guys are really starting to slip. This is getting ridiculous time for conservatives to grow up. They never state why they dont like him (Obama) they just dont. That really isnt good reasoning. If he was white republican would you still have to sign a waiver to listen to a television broadcast. I dont recall having to get anything signed to listen to bush. and he was lying to us. For gods sake theres proof they were lying. You guys are losing it really. time to take a step back and look in the mirror to see yourselves fully.



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 05:06 PM
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Originally posted by SchefSalad
They never state why they dont like him (Obama) they just dont.


How about I don't like his BS Socialist policies? How does that grab you??? Good enough reason?


Originally posted by SchefSalad
If he was white republican would you still have to sign a waiver to listen to a television broadcast.


Oh, my, everyone is picking on Obama 'cause he ain't white. Didn't take long for that race card to be played.



Originally posted by SchefSalad
I dont recall having to get anything signed to listen to bush. and he was lying to us. For gods sake theres proof they were lying. You guys are losing it really. time to take a step back and look in the mirror to see yourselves fully.


I don't think Bush was making any exclusive speeches just to kids like Obama is. Like the cigarette industry, he's just trying to "hook 'em while they're young!"



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 05:16 PM
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Originally posted by SchefSalad
They never state why they dont like him (Obama) they just dont. That really isnt good reasoning. If he was white republican would you still have to sign a waiver to listen to a television broadcast.


Have you even been paying attention?

Reasons I do not "like" Barack Obama, by Burdman30ott6

1. He's been in office 7 months and has racked up more than $1.6 TRILLION in US Debt, by far and away the unchallenged grand champion of overspenders in the history of the POTUS office, beating almost every previous president's first term deficit, let alone first 7 months.

2. He supports truly moronic and foolhardy laws like cap and trade. He's proven time and time again that he is more than willing to sell our future prosperity down the river to ensure we aren't percieved as ignoring pseudoscience and globalthink ideals.

3. He pushes socialist ideals and pet projects like socialized health care, crippling taxation of upper middle class and above, and redistribution of wealth (to international bankers, no less!)

4. He is 100% style, 0% substance, managing to never answer a single unscripted question asked of him directly. He is an empty puppet.

5. He strikes me as a complete horse's ass. Anybody who uses the term "all wee-wee'd up" is clearly an ass. No way around that.

6. He hasn't cleaned up the big pile of dog poop in our country's front yard, he's merely covered it with leaves. Our economy is actually in worse shape than it was when he took office, truth be told. Any problem that is placed on the back burner or concealed rather than resolved, ALWAYS gets worse. He has resolved absolutely NOTHING, instead opting to put cosmetic band aids over our gaping financial wounds. When gangrene gets in those wounds, I'm sure he'll keep trying to blame Bush... hopefully Americans are smarter than that, but reading some of the posts here at ATS I somehow doubt it.

Need I continue, or are 6 reasons stated enough to demonstrate that we do have a reason to dislike Obama?

As for the White Republican comment... you're partly right. If he was a true Republican, we wouldn't be having this conversation because he wouldn't have done 90% of the crap we're pissed off about in the first place! White, black, puce or otherwise.

[edit on 3-9-2009 by burdman30ott6]



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 05:24 PM
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Lets take a look at whos saying this shall we.
www.click2houston.com...
Conservative talk show host Michael Berry said he has received e-mails from 100 listeners who want to boycott the speech.

www.ktrh.com...
Michael Berry has been a guest on other national shows like the Sean Hannity Show and the O’Reilly Factor. He hosts a weekly segment on Fox News known as Face-Off.

So it looks like more Fox news right wing Shawn Hannity and friends B.S.



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 05:36 PM
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Exposing Obama's "Brainwash The Kids" Scheme, With KTRH's Michael Berry


Berry said that Obama is incapable of giving a speech without being partisan. This makes him different than any other modern president, he said.

"I think it is fair to say that he is far more partisan and ideologically radical and it comes through everything he does, and moreso than any president since Richard Nixon," Berry says.

Obama Derangement Syndrome: It lives!!! Anyway, that led to this exchange:

Berry: There's no doubt presidents have agendas...the question is, can they step back from that agenda for an hour and speak to the crowd assembled on the White House lawn of librarians, and say anything that doesn't appeal to a radical ideology -- whether that's on the right or the left -- can they step back and just be the president?

Hair Balls: You're saying that W could do that and Obama can't?

Berry: I'm saying W could do it, I'm saying Clinton could do it, 41 could do it, I'm saying Reagan could do it, I'm even saying Carter could do it...

HB: Obviously Obama has spoken at Memorial Day events, Fourth of July stuff, made all the kind of standard speeches presidents make, you go out and do that. Are you saying that they were all partisan to a degree unprecedented by any other president, or were they just the standard speech every president gives at those things?

Berry: Honestly, I don't remember what he said on those --

HB: Exactly, because he said the usual bull#.

Berry: If he doesn't say anything remarkable, doesn't make news, then more than likely he was just being simply presidential.

HB: But if he talks to schoolchildren about staying in school, that's not going to be presidential, that's going to be brainwashing them?

Berry: I think there is reasonable concern among parents that he will not limit his remarks to the virture of staying in school, which we all agree with.

Oy. So Obama simply cannot make a non-partisan speech, except on those occasions when he has.
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posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 05:50 PM
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Many of the suburban Chicago school districts have decided to tape
the presentation for "later" playback. I guess that could be 5 days,
or 5 years after the fact.



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 05:53 PM
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Originally posted by carewemust
Many of the suburban Chicago school districts have decided to tape
the presentation for "later" playback. I guess that could be 5 days,
or 5 years after the fact.


Makes it alot more difficult for parents to hold their children out of school and, thus, prevent them from being exposed to the propaganda machine if you don't air something as scheduled and set the air schedule arbitrarially and on the fly, doesn't it?



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