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Obama Announces Speech To Kids, Conservative Outrage Ensues

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Hold hands, kids.

Hold hands, kids.

As you may or may not know, President Obama is going to talk to the nation’s youth in a nationally televised address. The topic? Education. Doesn’t sound scary? You must not be a conservative:

On September 8, in what the Department of Education is touting as a “historic” speech, President Obama will be talking directly to students across the U.S., live on the White House website. But some parents and conservatives are blasting the president, calling the speech an excuse to brainwash American children.

Last month, in an interview with 11-year-old student reporter Damon Weaver, the president announced his big back-to-school plan:

“I’m going to be making a big speech to young people all across the country about the importance of education; about the importance of staying in school; how we want to improve our education system and why it’s so important for the country. So I hope everybody tunes in.”

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter to the nation’s principals, inviting schools to watch the speech and included suggested classroom activities. But Jim Greer, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, came out swinging against the planned speech. An excerpt from his statement:

“The address scheduled for September 8, 2009, does not allow for healthy debate on the President’s agenda, but rather obligates the youngest children in our public school system to agree with our President’s initiatives or be ostracized by their teachers and classmates.”

To be clear: The claim is that the president wants to secretly indoctrinate children through a simple, yet cleverly veiled address talking about the “importance of education”. Wink.

*blank stare*

That’s effed up, man. This is why we need a Republican president in the White House. A Republican president would never do something as nefarious as that:

Both Presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan both [sic] gave speeches aimed specifically at students that were nationally televised. In 1989, Bush delivered a televised anti-drug speech, and Reagan’s 1986 commencement speech and Q&A session was “beamed over public television into 171 school districts,” according to the L.A. Times.

Hmm. Paces back and forth.

Aha! That’s not true. It’s liberal bias, you see. So what if they provide links to the text of a couple of alleged speeches from the 1980s? Have something I can see? And hear? DailyKos, load the visual:

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I don’t know where these people are getting their talking points from, but their source needs to be sure that pesky little things like facts and reality don’t get in the way of good propaganda.

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  1. Wow…I mean imagine if Obama re-establish the DARE program…Don’t do drugs kids!!….All hell might break loose!!!!?!?!?!

    Never in my life, would I think the most candid and honest advice that even my parents gave me would be looked down upon. Only in America.

    BLaCk Bruce WaYnE

    September 9, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    • Exactly. It’s truly embarrassing that people are finding a negative in kids being told that education is important.

      PJ

      September 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm

  2. […] Manual Zelaya, so Republicans scramble to take the antithesis of that policy decision. This is like Republicans opposing President Obama speaking to school children (even though there is precedent–by a Republican president), except much, much more serious. […]


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