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WHY WE DON'T WANT HIM TALKING TO OUR KIDS
boblonsberry.com ^ | 09/08/09 | Bob Lonsberry

Posted on 09/08/2009 5:22:00 AM PDT by shortstop

It’s fairly simple, really.

Tens of millions of American parents don’t trust him. The upset over this morning’s presidential address to schoolchildren isn’t about the partisan divide, it’s about the president’s arrogance.

After seven months of crammed-down-your-throat Obama agenda, half the country has had a bellyful. After seven months of being told that they don’t matter, half the country is returning the sentiment.

They don’t trust him with their children not because they’re paranoid, but because he’s not trustworthy. He has shown himself to be an enemy to their values and beliefs – to be hostile to their families and their country – and they are merely saying, “Stay the hell away from our kids.”

This isn’t about Republicans, this is about Barack Obama. Specifically, it is about a president who steamrolled and marginalized those who didn’t vote for him and who now is astounded that they won’t kiss his royal backside. He wants to be a rock star but nobody’s buying tickets.

Here’s the background.

The Department of Education sent out talking points for teachers, outlines of lesson plans intended to precede and follow a then-unannounced speech by the president to elementary school students. Troublesome in the wording was a suggested assignment that pupils be asked to write down a plan for how they could help President Obama.

That ticked people off.

But that was only part of it.

Because not only didn’t parents want their kids being drafted into the Obama army, they didn’t want this particular socialist politicizing the classroom.

When you’ve got a classroom being run by an NEA member and you’re piping in Barack Hussein Orwell, all of a sudden the home-school people don’t seem so kooky. All of a sudden it seems like an unnecessary lecture intended primarily to indoctrinate the impressionable into the cult of Big Brother.

Parents don’t so much mind the president talking to their children, but seven months have taught the country to expect propaganda, not talk.

Further, about half the country simply doesn’t trust his basic philosophy.

Like the notion that America’s children need a lecture on doing their homework from the head of the federal government.

See, the federal government isn’t in charge of my children’s education – I am. And American children don’t need the president to tell them that education is important – that’s what parents are for.

Every child in every classroom has a parent or guardian who can talk to them about doing their homework and paying attention in school. Every student in every classroom has a teacher or two who can talk to them about working hard and setting goals.

For crying out loud, even Bill Cosby is telling children about the importance of education.

We don’t need the jug-eared Marxist-in-Chief to think that the nanny government has to get in the act. And, no offense intended, but there are a bunch of us who think that “community organizer” is not exactly the role model we want our children following. For a certain portion of America, squealing for a bigger cut of other people’s tax money isn’t particularly noble and it’s not what we want our kids to grow up to do.

Further, we prefer that people who used illegal drugs not hold themselves out as teachers of the young. We are not impressed by the irony that the guy in charge of the military would be barred – by virtue of his teen-aged drug use – from enlisting in the military.

But the bottom line isn’t politics or philosophy – it’s the way he’s treated us. He has treated half the electorate like dirt and has done nothing, through the first eighth of his term, to make friends or earn himself the benefit of the doubt.

Typically, when someone wins an election, he sets out to reassure and woo the folks who didn’t vote for him. Typically, basic decency makes a politician want to show he’s serving all the people.

The Obama Administration and the Democrats who control Congress have had no such disposition. It has been an arrogance unmatched for decades as divergent views have been dismissed and mocked. Half the country feels that the president and the Congress are condescendingly dismissive of them.

He has had seven months to extend an olive branch. He has chosen not to. He has chosen instead to attack people and philosophies different from his. He has chosen to play fast and loose with American tradition and principle. He has practiced scorched-earth politics against the people whose taxes support his grand dreams. He has dismissed anyone who doesn’t agree with him.

And tens of millions of Americans don’t want a person like that talking to their children.

And I’m one of them.


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When you’ve got a classroom being run by an NEA member and you’re piping in Barack Hussein Orwell, all of a sudden the home-school people don’t seem so kooky. All of a sudden it seems like an unnecessary lecture intended primarily to indoctrinate the impressionable into the cult of Big Brother.
1 posted on 09/08/2009 5:22:01 AM PDT by shortstop
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To: shortstop
Because he is a narcissist and a marxist and his fundamental change is the destruction of the Free Market and fundemntal American principle.


OBAMA IS AN ABJECT MARXIST IDEOLOGUE


AMERICA AT THE CROSSROADS OF HISTORY

A PETITION ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RESTORATION

2 posted on 09/08/2009 5:26:41 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: shortstop
Menu of Classroom Activities
President Obama’s Address to Students Across America
(PreK‐6)

Produced by Teaching Ambassador Fellows, U.S. Department of Education

September 8, 2009

Before the Speech

• Teachers can build background knowledge about the President
of the United States and his speech by reading books about
presidents and Barack Obama. Teachers could motivate
students by asking the following questions:
Who is the President of the United States?
What do you think it takes to be president?
To whom do you think the president is going to be speaking?

Why do you think he wants to speak to you?
What do you think he will say to you?

Teachers can ask students to imagine that they are
delivering a speech to all of the students in the United
States.
If you were the president, what would you tell students?
What can students do to help in our schools?
Teachers can chart ideas about what students would say.

Why is it important that we listen to the president and
other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members
of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?

During the Speech

As the president speaks, teachers can ask students to write
down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally
meaningful. Students could use a note‐taking graphic
organizer such as a “cluster web;” or, students could
record their thoughts on sticky notes. Younger children
could draw pictures and write as appropriate. As students
listen to the speech, they could think about the
following:
What is the president trying to tell me?
What is the president asking me to do?
What new ideas and actions is the president challenging me
to think about?

Students could record important parts of the speech where
the president is asking them to do something. Students
might think about the following:
What specific job is he asking me to do?
Is he asking anything of anyone else?
Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?

Students could record questions they have while he is
speaking and then discuss them after the speech. Younger
children may need to dictate their questions.

Menu of Classroom Activities
(PreK‐6)
President Obama’s Address to Students Across America 2

After the Speech

Teachers could ask students to share the ideas they
recorded, exchange sticky notes, or place notes on a
butcher‐paper poster in the classroom to discuss main
ideas from the speech, such as citizenship, personal
responsibility, and civic duty.

Students could discuss their responses to the following
questions:
What do you think the president wants us to do?
Does the speech make you want to do anything?
Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?
What would you like to tell the president?


Extension of the Speech

Teachers could extend learning by having students:

Create posters of their goals. Posters could be formatted
in quadrants, puzzle pieces, or trails marked with the
following labels: personal, academic, community, and
country. Each area could be labeled with three steps for
achieving goals in that area. It might make sense to focus
first on personal and academic goals so that community and
country goals can be more readily creaed.

Write letters to themselves about how they can achieve
their short‐term and long‐term education
goals. Teachers would collect and redistribute these
letters at an appropriate later date to enable students to
monitor their progres.


Write goals on colored index cards or precut designs to
post around the classroom.

Interview one another and share goals with the class to
create a supportive community.

Participate in school‐wide incentive programs or
contests for those students who achieve their goals.

Write about their goals in a variety of genres, such as
poems, songs, and personal essays.

Create artistic projects based on the themes of their
goals.

Graph individual progress toward goals.
http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/lessons/prek-6.pdf

3 posted on 09/08/2009 5:27:09 AM PDT by DaveTesla (You can fool some of the people some of the time......)
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To: shortstop

Let us also remember that when this was announced, no details of the speech were provided. All we had was a page of suggestions from the Department of Education with questions like: How can you help the President?

By not knowing the contents of the speech and reading the suggested after-action discussion, many people did not trust the President to refrain from politics.

Remember, this is the President who could not refrain from commenting on the Cambridge Police Department and Professor Gates even though the President admitted he did not have all the facts.

It still boils down to trust and many people do not trust the President to act Presidential.


4 posted on 09/08/2009 5:30:44 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: shortstop

I spoke to our school principal on Friday about this and the school is taking the ‘wait n see’ approach-record, review and then decide, much like a lot of school districts. I told him it’s a sad time for our nation when a sitting President puts the schools and parents in such an awkward position!

Yep, bottom line: We don’t trust you, Obama!


5 posted on 09/08/2009 5:32:18 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (Change you can believe in...Revolution you must pay for.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

One more reason to be appalled at this speech to our kids: We’re not even sure Obama is a legal president!


6 posted on 09/08/2009 5:33:15 AM PDT by Galtoid ( .)
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To: shortstop

Excellent essay! This really gets to the heart of the issue and expresses it like nobody else has previously done. Well done!


7 posted on 09/08/2009 5:35:57 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
BUMP - thought this was a better perspective on the situation. Have a good one.
8 posted on 09/08/2009 5:37:08 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: shortstop
Today's speech is only Chapter One.


9 posted on 09/08/2009 5:38:14 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("You can't kill the beast while sucking at its teat." - Claire Wolfe)
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To: shortstop

We thought Clinton was a press-whore; who couldn’t get enough attention of the cameras; Clinton may get a ‘tingle up his leg’ from a Camera; but President Zero has a true Camera-fetish.

He needs to be worshipped, and what better place to gather new worshippers than in the K-12 grades; or think of it this way ... how many fresh votes could he get from the 15-17 yr olds who aren’t wise enough to know when they are being fed lies?


10 posted on 09/08/2009 5:38:23 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: shortstop

After all my posts the last couple days regarding this subject, I decided to let my kids watch it. Our district isn’t using the accompanying materials, and I’ve read through his speech. My elder child will probably laugh at him, and my younger will likely fall asleep.

Either way, there’s little damage the jerk can do to them that I can’t undo, particularly since they won’t use the questions etc.


11 posted on 09/08/2009 5:38:52 AM PDT by TheZMan ("I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.")
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To: shortstop

Byron York nailed it, re Sr. Bush speech to schoolkids:

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 day after Bush spoke, 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.

With the Post article in hand, Democrats pounced. “The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students,” said Richard Gephardt, then the House Majority Leader. “And the president should be doing more about education than saying, ‘Lights, camera, action.’”

Democrats did not stop with words. Rep. William Ford, then chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate the cost and legality of Bush’s appearance. On October 17, 1991, Ford summoned then-Education Secretary Lamar Alexander and other top Bush administration officials to testify at a hearing devoted to the speech.

The GAO concluded that Bush’s speech was “legal,” but that didn’t stop the National Education Association from denouncing it.


12 posted on 09/08/2009 5:39:20 AM PDT by HD1200
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To: TheZMan

It is about a 25 minute speech and the use of the word “I” is nothing but phenomenol in it.


13 posted on 09/08/2009 5:41:47 AM PDT by HD1200
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To: shortstop

From the text released by the White House yesterday:

“You’ll need the insight and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination and make our nation more fair and more free.”

What does Obama mean by “more fair and more free.”

I think he gave Joe The Plumber his concept of “fair” and as for America being “more free” I don’t think Obama’s definition and mine are the same.

Obama also paired “crime” with “discrimination” and that makes me wonder if his definition of crime is “hate crime.”

“Critical thinking” is a catch phrase that means very little when all the information students are given is one sided like with “climate change.”

There’s plenty that smells in the prepared text the White House put out yesterday.


14 posted on 09/08/2009 5:43:19 AM PDT by Nextrush (Sarah Palin is the new Ronald Reagan)
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To: Iron Munro

That’s an awesome graphic.


15 posted on 09/08/2009 5:47:05 AM PDT by riri (http://rationaljingo.blogspot.com/)
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To: Erik Latranyi

geez, does this mean we have to endure yet ANOTHER beer summit only this time with parents who don’t trust Obama?

Obama and the Obamamunists don’t get it. We KNOW he is a socialist and we don’t trust him no matter how many pretty words he utters. There is no reason to respect the man.

Since the man is not worthy of respect, the next step is to demand respect for the office. The counter to that is, if Obama respected the office, he would resign immediatly.


16 posted on 09/08/2009 5:47:48 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: shortstop

very well said.

it was sickening hearing him say he will just tell them to wash their hands and wants to encourage them blah blah blah.


17 posted on 09/08/2009 5:48:13 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama, the first ever 3 in a half year, lame duck TOTUS)
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To: Iron Munro
You don't have to photoshop a "book of 0bama" - it really exists.


18 posted on 09/08/2009 5:48:28 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: TheZMan
After all my posts the last couple days regarding this subject, I decided to let my kids watch it. Our district isn’t using the accompanying materials, and I’ve read through his speech. My elder child will probably laugh at him, and my younger will likely fall asleep.

Same here. I've been back and forth in emails and phone calls to the middle school principal and the district superintendent for almost a week.

On last Wed the super had left it up to the individual schools. The middle school principal said they'd watch and take part in Dept of Ed activities.

Emails, phone calls, emails, phone calls. On Friday the super sent out an automated phone message stating some schools may be watching the address, but no activities would take place. Parents could opt-out with a note.

Obama released the text of his (presumably rewritten) address, and I reviewed it. It's fine, and my kids will watch the address.

The issue was always trust. I wouldn't have let the kids watch if he hadn't plublished the address ahead of time.

You can bet the contents of the address would have been much different in the absence of public outrage. I'm sure he had to cut out much of his marxist intent.
19 posted on 09/08/2009 5:48:42 AM PDT by ConservativeWarrior (In last year's nests, there are no birds this year.)
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To: shortstop

If Obama’s children are off limits then OUR children are off limits.


20 posted on 09/08/2009 5:50:23 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: DaveTesla
YOUR ALL BEING HAD!

READ THE LESSON PLAN!

The issue is not the speech it's is the indoctrination after the speech.

http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/lessons/prek-6.pdf

21 posted on 09/08/2009 5:50:34 AM PDT by DaveTesla (You can fool some of the people some of the time......)
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To: ConservativeWarrior
“Obama released the text of his (presumably rewritten) address, and I reviewed it. It's fine, and my kids will watch the address.”

And the lesson plan?
Did you read that.

22 posted on 09/08/2009 5:52:09 AM PDT by DaveTesla (You can fool some of the people some of the time......)
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To: shortstop

Clear thinking Americans will never hand their kids over to a marxist community organizer who hangs around creeps like Jeremiah Wright (”G-D Da— America”) And William (Let’s-Go-Blow-Things Up) Ayers...and that passel of unelected czars.


23 posted on 09/08/2009 5:52:34 AM PDT by two23 (czars are for commies)
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To: Hodar

keeping my 14 year old munchkin home today.


24 posted on 09/08/2009 5:59:08 AM PDT by coloradomomba (BO stinks!)
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To: ozark hilljilly

Tell your school principal for him/her not to allow the teachers to engage in hero worship when discussing the speech!


25 posted on 09/08/2009 6:00:33 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: DaveTesla

2 - What is the direst point of this speech?

3 - Why would you comment about how you had to wake up at 4:30 in the morning?

4 - Did you write this speech yourself?

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3 of the 5 questions my 11yo (1st day of 6th grade today) came up with to ask the Pres after reading his speech yesterday. The other 2 questions dealt with why he made so many Harry Potter references.

I didn’t read the “lesson plan” but I’m not exactly worrying about it, if they even show the speech at all.


26 posted on 09/08/2009 6:02:28 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: coloradomomba

Good for you. Our school (small private christian) will not be showing it at all.


27 posted on 09/08/2009 6:02:59 AM PDT by mom4melody
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To: shortstop

I want to see the first draft of the thing, BEFORE firestorm had the speech writers up all night to sterilize it.


28 posted on 09/08/2009 6:03:24 AM PDT by Afisra
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To: Gabz; DaveTesla

direst = direct

I HATE when I do dumb stuff like that :)


29 posted on 09/08/2009 6:03:25 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Red_Devil 232

Hero worship may not be an issue with our faculty at our school.
: )
Thank God!


30 posted on 09/08/2009 6:03:50 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (Change you can believe in...Revolution you must pay for.)
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To: shortstop

So, what happened in Congress when Bush 41 talked to the kids??? Democrats Investigated and held hearings:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/When-Bush-spoke-to-students-Democrats-investigated-held-hearings-57694347.html


31 posted on 09/08/2009 6:05:27 AM PDT by radioone
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To: Galtoid

I’d like a show of hands from the parents of the kids as to how many voted FOR the obamessiah.

To paraphrase Toby Keith, “How do you like him now”?


32 posted on 09/08/2009 6:06:05 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (ON 1-19-09 GAS WAS, ON AVERAGE IN MEMPHIS, $1.43 A GALLON.)
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To: shortstop; Mrs. B.S. Roberts

“I think (HE) has awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.”
With credit to Adm. Yamamoto, Obama has awakened what was once derisively called the “SILENT majority”
There is NO longer a “sound of silence”, I think.


33 posted on 09/08/2009 6:06:38 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY Times: We print the news as it fits our views)
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To: MrB
You don't have to photoshop a "book of 0bama" - it really exists.

UNBELIEVABLE!!
.

34 posted on 09/08/2009 6:08:57 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("You can't kill the beast while sucking at its teat." - Claire Wolfe)
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To: shortstop
Other Presidents, as far as I know, have only shown up in ONE class room at the time for photo ops???

When you enter the whole school system's classrooms for 30+ (?) minutes it becomes propaganda and indoctrination!!!

35 posted on 09/08/2009 6:09:23 AM PDT by danamco
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To: shortstop

That darned Bob Lonsberry! He posted exactly what I was thinking and going to post! Every point matched what I was thinking. Great post, great blog. (Thank you Bob)


36 posted on 09/08/2009 6:15:08 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (Which Patriot's Flag today? - http://ThePatriotsFlag.com)
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To: Jeff Head

The teachers could make a question to the students: “Write down and think about why all the President’s school records from Kindergarten and up are sealed for us to see, including his long-form B.C.”!!!


37 posted on 09/08/2009 6:17:22 AM PDT by danamco
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Remember - He uses NLP ....


38 posted on 09/08/2009 6:22:35 AM PDT by bankwalker (In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: shortstop

The School Address is an Outrage: Here’s Why

http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2009/09/07/the-school-address-is-an-outrage-heres-why/


39 posted on 09/08/2009 6:24:34 AM PDT by diji ( Give according to your ability receive according to your need)
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To: shortstop

We are supposed to be a country of laws, not men.

zer0 is trying to reverse that.

This is an effective way for him to do it if we let him get away with it.

The real threat will be a year from now when they do a re-run and, since this year’s *speech* was innocuous, they re-instate the *indoctrination propaganda* via lesson plans and try to get away with it then.


40 posted on 09/08/2009 6:25:59 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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To: shortstop

Someone too irresponsible to pay their traffic fines from 30 years ago untill he was on his way to the White House shouldn't be talking about "responsibility" to kids, and parents should all give their kids a P.A.S.S. on Pres'ent DUh-bama's dictates. Instead of an "opt out", Parents school administrators as well as teachers should stand up and give him a salute...

Here's to you Hussien!

41 posted on 09/08/2009 6:34:12 AM PDT by RasterMaster (The only way to open a LIEberal mind is with a brick!)
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To: Galtoid

The bus stops outside my home were practically empty this morning. I saw only two kids out of what normally would be about 35.


42 posted on 09/08/2009 6:34:45 AM PDT by pctech
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To: shortstop

43 posted on 09/08/2009 6:34:53 AM PDT by ironwill (III - Molon Labe)
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To: DaveTesla

EXACTLY!


44 posted on 09/08/2009 6:35:03 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. ~ George Orwell)
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To: shortstop

I opted-out my son from watching his speech. The guy doesn’t have a clue why America is free and he’s going to tell my kid to work hard and make America ‘more free’? Idiot.


45 posted on 09/08/2009 6:36:28 AM PDT by ironwill (III - Molon Labe)
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To: Gabz

From the lesson plan.

“Why is it important that we listen to the president and
other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members
of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?”

“Create posters of their goals. Posters could be formatted
in quadrants, puzzle pieces, or trails marked with the
following labels: personal, academic, community, and
country.”

Why is this unimportant to you?

http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/lessons/prek-6.pdf


46 posted on 09/08/2009 6:36:51 AM PDT by DaveTesla (You can fool some of the people some of the time......)
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To: shortstop
“After seven months of being told that they don’t matter, half the country is returning the sentiment.”

Too true!! He tried so hard to convince about 50% of Americans that they were too backward and crude to MATTER that well... we finally got the drift.... We're finally convinced!!!

Take your wall-to-wall Obama and stuff it, can it or serve it up hot to the 50% who give a s^%$ but we're not having it. Remember, we don't matter!!!

47 posted on 09/08/2009 6:37:18 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else" Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: shortstop

Thought I would never say this, buy Hooray! My kid’s school is on Strike. His district 7,500 kids, won’t be watching Obama.


48 posted on 09/08/2009 6:40:13 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: shortstop

“Good morning boys and girls. I’m King Barack the Mild and I’m so pleased to be able to speak to all you little boys and girls who weren’t aborted by your Mommies”.


49 posted on 09/08/2009 6:42:40 AM PDT by Happyinmygarden (Yes, actually, I have pretty much seen and heard it all before...)
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To: shortstop
When you look at the lesson plan, it does not match the speech as it has been released now. The Narcissist in Chief changed it in order to make those opposed look bad.
50 posted on 09/08/2009 6:44:10 AM PDT by Ingtar (Asses far Left of me; Rinos to the Left; FReepin' on the Right with you.)
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