What a lovely speech...

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I can only hope that President Obama gets elected for a second term, so that my now 22 month old son can have a chance to hear him speak in school.



After I read the speech, I went and read it again. I don't get it. All the fuss. All the paranoia about this speech. Not one mention of taxes or healthcare reform or anything even remotely political. It's encouraging and optimistic and asks our children to be accountable. What, in God's name, is wrong with that?



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~Jennifer - posted on 09/07/2009

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I think that the problem 'some' parents are having is simply that they don't want their kids to 'like' Obama. They don't want to have him address their children, and have their children come home with 'respect' or 'admiration' for a man that they (the parents) have decided that they don't like, or don't agree with. They don't want their children to disagree with their (parents) views, or challenge their (parents) views, and therefore, are making a big stink about their kids watching this speech. I honestly think that most of the controversy stems from the fact that the parents who have made up their minds about the kind of man - (not President .....*man*) Obama is. Whether they be right or wrong in their assumptions of his character, they just don't want to have to explain themselves to their children - they're afraid that their kids will tell them the same thing that other people do - that they are blowing the whole thing out of proportion from fear, misinformation, and their own personal insecurities.

Charlie - posted on 09/07/2009

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Sorry this is a harsh opinion but any mum who is still against a well written speech with no other agenda but to inspire their children to dream big , strive for their goal and and reach it through education is a PARANOID MORON !!
So many people take for granted they even have education available to them .

Krista - posted on 09/07/2009

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Quoting Joy :

Notice how all the anti-Obama Mammas (the ones who were outraged about him speaking to the students to begin with) are curiously silent today.......Maybe now that they've actually read the speech they are eating a little crow?



I just read the speech, and then I went to the main page to see what the conservative moms had to say about it....nothing, apparently.  I figured there'd be at least a couple inventive moms who could twist his words into evil, liberal propaganda, but I was disappointed to see that no one had responded at all today (on the conservative side, anyway).  I really hope that people can wrap their heads around having a liberal president who is not white, and give him a chance to do good in America.  I can understand that there are always going to be radicals on one end or the other of the politial spectrum who cause problems, but it's very disheartening to see all of the moms on this site alone who fear and hate Obama and will pass that same message to their children.  It's frightening for the future of your country.

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It's fear-period. Parents are afraid that their school-aged children might actually find something in the President's speech truthful or enlightening. Do Anti-Obama parents truthfully believe that it's a BAD message to stay in school and value your education because in this country we are entitled to a free public education? Perhaps it would be better if we had to pay for our child's schooling based on socio-economic status: the rich kids get educated & the poor ones do not. Maybe the country is better off going back to segregating our schools @@ The message is simple: value your education, embrace learning as a life-long committment to yourself, and strive to reach your goals. Tell me why this is a bad message-unless it's a bad message coming from Obama. Would this be a bad message coming from John McCain? (For the record, McCain sent his kids to private schools in the Paradise Valley, AZ area-and does not support public education)

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Brenda - posted on 09/08/2009

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I just wanted to say, I went to my son's classroom this morning to talk with his teacher and I was able to hear part of the speech. It was amazing. As expected, the 4th graders in my sons class more or less tuned him out and just stared at the screen with blank expressions or laid their heads on their desks. Regardless, great speech, I liked it! LOL

Maleasha - posted on 09/07/2009

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I'm a conservative and thought the speech was well written and hopefully the students will take something from it. I've been behind the idea since I heard about it. I see nothing wrong with the President addressing the students. Other Presidents have done it, why not let the current President do it as well?

Jaime - posted on 09/07/2009

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I've been thinking about the hysteria surrounding the President's speech tomorrow and I think that the reality is, you won't change the hearts of the narrow-minded parents so that they see the merit in such an important and empowering address to America's youth. What you can change however, is your involvement in your child's education, so that from this point forward they will know and understand their rights to free and independent thinking/speech. We don't always agree with our friends, spouses, parents or children every single day, and that's the way it's supposed to be. We can't be individuals if we are all the same. Wanting the best for our children means letting go of our preconceived agendas for their futures and allowing them to carve their own path in the world. Preventing children from hearing a speech given by a Nation's leader is a serious upset, because it calls in to question, the reasoning behind the resistance to such a politically non-biased, motivational tool. Sure, fear is at the forefront...but fear of what exactly? Fear that kids will come home from school and do their homework without a fight? Fear that kids will have learned a little bit more about the man that is running their Country at present? Fear that these kids just might have their own opinions, and might start to voice their own concerns and become more involved in their own lives? Parents are not supposed to be in total control of their children...and by that I mean, parents most certainly should have great communication with their kids and always be proactive in their parenting and discipline so that kids will eventually learn to discipline themselves by being more focused and aware of the importance of being informed and involved in what's going on in society and the world. It's not up to parents to decide for their children what political agenda they will support when they are of voting age...it is up to the parent to provide their children with as much information as possible about politics so that kids understand who and what they are voting for when they go to the polls. Placing a blind vote is like sticking your hand in a lions cage...you know it's gonna end badly! The bottom line is that it is the parents' responsibility to provide their children with the tools and information they need to make an informed and educated decision...if parents withhold information as a result of their own personal vendettas or agendas, then they are setting their kids up for failure...how can kids be informed if they don't have all the information? That's why the media has such a stronghold over our youth today...media moguls control the wants, needs and interests of kids---advertisements, reality t.v., local news, the media only discloses the information that they want people to see, hear and read...

Oddly enough Obama, in his speech, had delivered a very real account of what it is like for most people growing up and trying to find their place in the world. Obama is trying to DE-glamorize life and provide students with his and others testimonials about the trials, tribulations and triumphs that are inevitable if someone is dedicated and up to the challenge of succeeding...and more importantly, not being afraid to fail, make mistakes and take a few emotional beatings before reaching their victory. I think society has lost sight of how much of a struggle life can be at the best of times. Our Western world tops the charts when it comes to the level of stress we experience on a daily basis. Stress is not always a bad thing...but the bad stress far outweighs the good stress. We are fast-paced, impatient, agitated, blandly apologetic...and we complain too damn much!

Maybe Obama won't be the President who makes an impression on his people, but America will never know if they don't at least give him a shot at it!

Dana - posted on 09/07/2009

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I think it is a great speech. I would love for my child to listen to it, if he were old enough,every parent should be happy to have their children hear such a speech. I think there is just too much going on for some people to think straight.

Iris - posted on 09/07/2009

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Great speech, very inspiring.
Yes, the anti - Obama mommas have gone very quiet today.

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Quoting Joy :

I used to burn ants with a magnifying glass.........hmmmm



Give me a couple of minutes so I can find the Science standards to using magnifying glasses to generate solar heat!  Lol!

~Jennifer - posted on 09/07/2009

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Quoting Sharon:



Quoting Jenn:

.......I still want to know why the "other side" is SO darn quiet today.

hmmm.





Don't poke the ants!  They're annoying!






Can I burn 'em with a magnifying glass?

Sharon - posted on 09/07/2009

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Quoting Jenn:

.......I still want to know why the "other side" is SO darn quiet today.

hmmm.


Don't poke the ants!  They're annoying!

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I agree Jenn.....it's scary quiet....or maybe that strange sound I heard earlier was a nationwide flurry of tails tucking and running.....swoooosh.........

~Jennifer - posted on 09/07/2009

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.......I still want to know why the "other side" is SO darn quiet today.



hmmm.

Ava - posted on 09/07/2009

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Nothing, it's blind disrespect. I think anybody who opposes every student seeing this speech is advocating the degrading educational foundation in America and is indirectly encouraging this dropout rate by ignoring it, not confronting it, and not allowing someone else to confront it.

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Notice how all the anti-Obama Mammas (the ones who were outraged about him speaking to the students to begin with) are curiously silent today.......Maybe now that they've actually read the speech they are eating a little crow?

Jaime - posted on 09/07/2009

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I live in Canada and I just read the speech. Given the fact that Obama is a father first before he is a President, it makes sense that he would be passionate about education in both his personal and his political life. I didn't even realize there was such controversy over this address. It sounds like Obama is doing what needs to be done--he is empowering America's youth and in a sense challenging them to their own self-battle of courage and determination. He speaks candidly about his experiences growing up--coming from nothing and having to work extra hard to get to where he is now. Obama has begun the process of removing the rose coloured glasses that kids don't just look through these days...they fully accessorize with them! My Son is only six months, but when he gets to be school-age and our Prime Minister wants to make an educational speech to students across Canada, no matter what MY personal views and opinions are, I have no right to take that experience away from my child. My vote might not count, but I fully support Obama's address and hope that I can catch it on t.v. tomorrow.

Sharon - posted on 09/07/2009

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My oldest has learned to like the act or dislike the act and not the person. A bad person can do a good thing and good people can do a bad thing.

This is something the younger two are still in the process of learning but they're getting there.

Amie - posted on 09/07/2009

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Just got done reading and I found nothing wrong with his speech. I'm going to let my kids listen to it online when they get home from school tomorrow.
Regardless of which country your in his message is a good one.

Mary - posted on 09/07/2009

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I agree, Joy, it was lovely!! Will it impact everyone? No, but...if it impacts ANYone, (and I believe it will, somehow, somewhere), than it was worth the effort! I hope that every paranoid whackjob out there that carried on about not wanting to have their child "indoctrinated" feels a bit like the fool they are...

Jenny - posted on 09/07/2009

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It's a fantastic speech. Any parent pulling thier child out of school to avoid this speech should be ashamed of themselves.

Sharon - posted on 09/07/2009

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Beats me. Get an education to serve the good of mankind, dang we don't want that now do we? I honestly don't think most kids are going to give a crap. It might reach out and touch a few but seriously I doubt most kids in elementary school will care beyond the rest of the week.

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