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Obama address to children: 'inartfully worded' plan or information operation?
The US Report ^ | 7 Sept 2009 | Chris Carter

Posted on 09/07/2009 9:12:45 AM PDT by Crush

School districts are feeling the backlash of a nationwide address to schools by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Officials say the speech stresses the importance of “persisting and succeeding in school.” The address from the president, purportedly challenging students to “work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning,” sounds harmless, but events surrounding the address – whether intended or not – have turned a message to children into a means to further divide the country and weaken political opponents.

A controversy may have been avoided if the White House had released a transcript of the president's address so parents and school districts could have made an informed decision as to whether to allow children to hear the message. Parents have the right to determine what their children watch on television, and who their children can talk to. School districts have the right to determine for themselves – based in part on input from the parents – what material will be covered in the classroom. When it isn't known what the message is – president or not – parents and school districts are well within reason to oppose such a message until more is known.

Despite the growing controversy, however, The White House has determined not to release a transcript until Monday evening – the night before the address.

Parents are also justified in their concern about the lesson plans distributed by the Department of Education (DOE) to accompany the address. One section read more like a call for children to carry out Obama's political agenda than urging them to finish their homework: stating that children should “Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.”

But why would children need to “help the president” when the focus is supposedly on “persisting and succeeding...

(Excerpt) Read more at theusreport.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhoeducation; mullahobama; obama; obamaschooladdress

1 posted on 09/07/2009 9:12:45 AM PDT by Crush
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To: Crush

This guy defines slime ball, sneaky low life creature.


2 posted on 09/07/2009 9:18:27 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: Crush

“One section read more like a call for children to carry out Obama’s political agenda than urging them to finish their homework:”

That is the biggest problem in a nutshell. That leads to the trust issue and the motivation behind the work assignment. No, I do not trust him and that is why the continued uproar.


3 posted on 09/07/2009 9:18:52 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Crush

Considering Obama got to where he is by the color of his skin and refuses to make public his school records - he is not qualified to make such an address.


4 posted on 09/07/2009 9:19:25 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (To meet decent people these days you have to create them.)
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To: Crush
The speech itself will probably be 15 minutes of pabulum. Even the Kenyan wouldn't dare tout his fascist/Marxist programmes outright to students...not when every alternate media outlet is certain to be watching.

The dangerous bits are the 'lesson plans' and 'study materials' to be implemented by teachers after the fact. These are SO egregiously propagandistic that at least two of the original 'student projects' have been changed due to public outcry.

Writing a letter to oneself reminding oneself of 'ways to help the President'?? Naw, no propagandising there at all. Good grief!

5 posted on 09/07/2009 9:19:44 AM PDT by SAJ (way too late to 'work within the system'. just about time for rebellion)
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To: Crush

Have you seen the schoolchildren video? lol

http://bluelori.blogspot.com/2009/09/schoolchildren-i-read-this-book-called.html


6 posted on 09/07/2009 9:20:29 AM PDT by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: Crush
Still working to remove or obfuscate connections of learning with "Dear Leader Obeyance", "Becoming part of Obama's Civilian Defense Force", "turning in your parents for wrongful thinking", "ratting out you classmates for speaking out against Dear Leader".. and so forth.
7 posted on 09/07/2009 9:21:12 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SAJ
Actually part of his speech.

So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make?

Your birth certificate????

8 posted on 09/07/2009 9:21:29 AM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: mware
That would be a start. And your records from Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard Law, besides.

Have you seen the text of the speech? I haven't.

9 posted on 09/07/2009 9:24:25 AM PDT by SAJ (way too late to 'work within the system'. just about time for rebellion)
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To: SAJ

Yes it is on at least two threads here.


10 posted on 09/07/2009 9:26:32 AM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: mware

OK, thanks. I had thought the text was not going to be released until this evening (wrong again, SAJ...sigh...).


11 posted on 09/07/2009 9:28:53 AM PDT by SAJ (way too late to 'work within the system'. just about time for rebellion)
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To: Crush

As expected, the speech is really quite excellent (http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/). I never expected otherwise.

The question is, will the teachers go with the original lesson plan, or the revised one?


12 posted on 09/07/2009 9:32:53 AM PDT by angeliquemb9 (Jaded with regard to our leadership.)
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To: SAJ

The WH is the most un-business-like ever. Everything is slapdash and backtracked. They can’t even keep their stories straight.


13 posted on 09/07/2009 9:33:15 AM PDT by PghBaldy (http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/06/president-obama-visits-wounded-troops.html)
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To: angeliquemb9

Thanks for the link.


14 posted on 09/07/2009 9:41:28 AM PDT by Crush
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To: Crush
"Obama's address to our children will undoubtedly be the harmless and inspirational message that the White House claims. Because in doing so, the White House has smoked out members of the opposition – to include concerned parents – and with the help of the media, has belittled them in the process. Opponents to Obama's agenda have in effect hung themselves – and all the White House had to do was give them the rope."

This is an odd conclusion to draw. The resentful parents have not been defeated, though of course they've been belittled. Alienating more citizens hardly helps Obama. It shows how little trust remains out there for him personally. Smoking out opposition?

This writer ends up a good essay with a Wispy Conservative conclusion. He's embarrassed by the outcry over the speech.

15 posted on 09/07/2009 9:42:40 AM PDT by Mamzelle (Who is Kenneth Gladney? (Don't forget to bring your cameras))
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To: PghBaldy

Good! Can’t imagine what deep, er, sheep we’d be in if they were effectively organised!


16 posted on 09/07/2009 9:43:01 AM PDT by SAJ (way too late to 'work within the system'. just about time for rebellion)
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To: Crush

Obey the 'Bama!
17 posted on 09/07/2009 9:44:40 AM PDT by John123 (If Teddy was the lion of the senate... then we were the prey.)
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To: Mamzelle

I’m not embarrassed by the outcry, I am showing that this was a calculated move by the administration. Like Lincoln maneuvered the South into firing the first shots in the Civil War, Obama’s handlers have maneuvered parents into this position.


18 posted on 09/07/2009 9:50:22 AM PDT by Crush
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To: Crush

Given his high powered education he is surprisingly incoherent, bordering on illiterate, IMHO.


19 posted on 09/07/2009 9:54:35 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Crush

WE WON!!!!!!


20 posted on 09/07/2009 9:55:59 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: angeliquemb9

It is a good speech. I wonder what the transcript looked like before the uproar.


21 posted on 09/07/2009 9:58:13 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Socialism is the plundering of the productive by the unaccountable)
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To: Crush
Unless you can show how irritating parents across the US is helpful to Obama, I'd have to say that's not likely. More likely is that they saw an opportunity to push their agenda through the "lesson plans" and figured their union teachers would go along for the ride.

The widespread expression of distrust is damaging for O.

The transcript shows a too-long narcissistic speech that includes his tedious self-narrative, the story we hear over and over.

22 posted on 09/07/2009 10:08:59 AM PDT by Mamzelle (Who is Kenneth Gladney? (Don't forget to bring your cameras))
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I think, all he needed to do was go on television and say,
“Kids, have a great school year! Learn all that you can.
Be polite and respectful to your teachers and friends.”
The end....

And Mr. President -— never, never come into the classroom
to speak to “our” kids. You can save that speach for your
own kids.


23 posted on 09/07/2009 10:38:31 AM PDT by savage woman
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