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September 4th, 2009
08:08 AM ET

Back-to-School: Is Swine Flu Affecting You?

Yellow buses are back on the roads and college campuses are bustling with activity.  As children are heading back to school, concerns about H1N1 are increasing among parents.

According to recent reports, up to 50 percent of the U.S. population could be infected with Swine Flu this fall and winter.  While the CDC says most Americans should not become ill, the added stress for parents is that youth are more susceptible to complications if they are infected.

We want to hear your concerns and stories.  What kind of preventative measures are you taking? Are you a college student under quarantine? Keeping the kids home from school? Have you had swine flu? Post a comment here or tell us your story in a short video.

For the latest CNN reporting, head over to CNN Health.


Filed under: Heidi Collins • Kyra Phillips • Tony Harris
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Henry 1011

    GOP strategy at work!! Oppose everthing the president intends to do! One will definitely stick with th public

    September 4, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  2. Sand J

    The President speaking to students in the USA is a great thing. It a great time in the world when the President of the USA think children of the USA should be be spoken directly to.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  3. Jim

    Someone should tell president Obama, That if this speech is so darn important to the kids of America, then he should have given it a little more thought as a father. He should give his speech after school hours so parents and kids can watch it together to discuss what ever it is about.....Personally, My kids are going to school to learn how to take stupid State required test so our teachers and schools get better grades on how good they are not to learn anything that will help them in the future..

    September 4, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  4. CTgirl

    I am so outraged about people sobbing about our President educating out children, trying for better heath care, stimulating the economy, taking vacations, etc. He made clear as to what his agenda is going to be and how he and his Team plan to move forward with the issues that matter. Let's make it clear, GOPs are hating because of his skin color and wondering, how in the world could this black guy make it to where we should be! Leave him alone, so he can do his job. Haters......

    September 4, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  5. Bill

    Wow, this is just crazy! Both Bush Sr. and Regean gave an address to the students. This is just another option for the republicans to build an even bigger fence between the people of this great nation by spreading hate an fear!

    I am dissapointed at my local school districts for opting out of this address. As a teacher, I would love to be able to have my students listen to this address, but I am not able to do that now. This is a fantastic opportunity to present a positive message to the youth of our nation and to challenge them.

    I will be watching this with my 3 childern that evening when I get home. People get over it, this is OUR President for at least the next 3 1/2 years.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  6. Mike Pop

    What has happened to us? We have become a country in which our President is considered to be THEIR President, just the head of the opposing party, the enemy. The pure hatred that has been pored into our national discourse is beyond simple disagreement. It is a phenomenon, evidence of a society that is fracturing. What has caused this hatred, mistrust, and anger? We take it for granted, but we need to stop and take a look at it. We think fondly of FDG's fireside chats, but it is clear that nowadays, they would be considered partisan propaganda, and the opposing part would demand equal time for their "response".

    Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    What's happening to us?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  7. donna chunestudey

    can president obama do anything right in the eyes of these republicans?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  8. sandra pepe

    It is so hard to believe that any parent could object to our president speaking to students when he is a strong advocate of education. Using himself and his success as an example. He is a father of 2 girls and understands the importance of parents getting involved with their childrens teachers and studies. He is not a socialist and anyone who thinks that government run healthcare is a bad idea should reconsider using medicare. Obama is the president of the U.S.A., and deserves to be treated with respect. He is not using his speech to children in a political manner, but those who oppose him sure are. No other President was prevented from speaking to students in the past, nor did their speech have to be viewed before hand. Its awful that any parent would send such a narrow minded signal to a child.
    I never get involved in these matters, but its beneath contempt that some politians in my state of Florida have to stoop this low, to use their children as weapons against our President.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  9. ROny Morisset

    Tony i'm sorry I have to put it bluntly as I can america need to moving the agenda of being non racist ideology so this Country can be productive.
    And I'm not saying that because I'm a president obama fan but as a viewer watching the news I beleive the republican folks will use any tactic to fear people of this governement.
    But at home I still remember how everything was from the previous govrnement so when u had your chance you should used it and if you used it is not succesful for america please wait for your time don't scare people up by using all disinformation especialy about mackxist race or any thank you.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  10. Robert Walls

    Once again, some of the citizens in this country are showing their true colors. More than likely it includes the 43% who felt Sara Palin could be vice president.

    Hopefully the majority of parents who are true to themselves realize that since (at least 1987) more than 28 million students (Elementary, Middle and High school have been studying, discussing and debating specific government policy issues (past, present and future), Americas' Approach to democracy and political party concepts. By the way, LESSON PLANS are included in ALL of the presentations included with this program curriculum!

    Lets face it, this is all about republican politics!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  11. Marcus Hoover

    These "Parents" have their car radios on AM with Rush and his ilk, trying to defeat the President's attempts to bring the country back from the brink. God forbid their children should hear sane people use words of encouragement, instead of a hate filled rant!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  12. jimbo

    Tony what's wrong with pointing out that republicans are acting like raciest and bigots. If the news services pointed out the obvious maybe people would act better towards toward each other. After all when Russ lindbaugh called Oboma a nazi you were quite happy to point that out.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  13. John Smith

    Re: Back to School Speech

    President Obama is right ! CNN and all the Republicans are wrong!
    Obama is not pushing communism or socialism. He's pushing what Jesus said, "Feed Your Lambs, Feed Your Sheep"! We are our brother's keepers.
    All the people against Government medical, should have their fingers bit off !

    From the Senior's Network

    September 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  14. Ruth

    Of course the President should speak to school children. Is this country really that full of ignorant people - the right wing talkies have gotten things riled up to the most exxtreme - and they are getting paid to do so, and the "dummies" are buying it. Please let the President do what he is doing. Can't these bigots see past their own white noses. P. S. I am white, and sometimes not so proud of it.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  15. Dolores Showalter

    What are parents so afraid of? The President is the leader and symbol of our country. If his speech asks the students to "help the President" he's asking them to help our country and boy does our country need help.

    I remember sitting in a classroom many years ago listening to our then Presidents's address and there was a somber silence of respect in the room. These dissenting parents should stop and think about the element of disrespect that they are teaching their children with all this nonsense.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  16. Anna,California

    The opposition to the President's speech to students shows how small
    minded and shallow some republicans are.
    What are they afraid of? They are so insecure about their philosophy that they do not allow their children to hear anything else.
    They should place their kids in a cave so that they can be as narrow-minded as they are. I truly feel sorry for these kids.
    God help us if these people ever get control of our country
    Anna
    Pacifica, Ca

    September 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  17. Ruth

    Regarding the ecomony - if we had President Obama's health care plan, look at all the money people would have to spend rather than giving it all to the insurance companies. That should give the consumers confidence, increase consumer spending like wildfire and "whee" the ecomony goes up, up, up. My little friend - single mom with two children to support pays $400 per month for insurance and it does not cover her medical expenses (breast cancer victim). She keeps getting turned over to collection agencies almost monthly for some medical bill not covered by her "insurance".

    September 4, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  18. TutuNath

    Americans are clouding themselves more by displaying their hatred for Pres. Obama,painting them selves to be Haters, Racists and pretenders who has forgotten the world is watching them.THEIR CHILDREN ARE ALREADY INDUCTRINATED WITH THEIR WAYS GENETICALLY.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  19. Matthew

    Ahh...I think these people posted comments in the wrong article.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  20. Jean

    Kidney sales and transplants. There is a reason why some people do not donate kidneys while they are alive. No exception why some people who are approached to sell their kidneys agree to it for monetary gains.
    Selling one's kidney and receiving a certain amount of monetary compensation for it is a temptation in itself for specifically those who are poor and are in dire need of money. What would some people not do to get money in order to eat, clothe and house themselves? I believe that if they were able to donate their other kidney they would do so.
    What those who sell their kidneys are not told that they could die from this operation, as I heard on CNN that a young lady of 18 years died after selling her kidneys, just as those who receive kidneys could also die from kidney transplants.
    When people donate/sell their kidneys, a serious operation is performed. These people have to take precaution and be medically cared for if they are to survive. They may also develop complications.
    I know of a case where someone, young enough, one of the kidneys did not grow. This person never realized that until there was a kidney infection and I suppose through an X-Ray the doctor found out about it. To young adulthood the person was functioning with only one kidney. The end result was that the person eventually received a kidney transplant. The transplant was not successful and the person died.
    Those doctors who are fully aware or should be aware that those who either donate or sell their kidneys, if the remaining kidney becomes infected, they could die. Do the doctors inform those people about this who specifically sell their kidneys?
    If selling one's kidneys is illegal, the government should do something about it and to warn those US nationals about selling their kidneys.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  21. Venus at Plano, Texas

    It sadness me coming from an island and now living in the U.S. what is taking place here. There is no respect for this President, some parents want to instill their bias views to their children. Wake up! This is a new day. Let the children who are old enough to understand, let them listen, critique and make their own judgment in reference to the speech. This country is made of many intellectuals but I wonder, how many fools are here and call themselves parents. No wonder, children have no respect for elders. I welcome anyone of any race and any party to teach my children what is right.

    Thank you.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  22. Matthew

    The swine flu, however is a greater threat than President Obama's so-called indoctrination. If half the US population is infected, we will lose so many good people- good workers! The recession will rear its ugly head again and the stock market will plunge. What if terrorists bioengineer a more deadly strain? We will have our greatest crisis on our hands!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  23. Pamela Bailey

    I assume president Obama did not mandate that the lesson plan submitted by the White House be used, it was just a suggestion. In schools It is very common for films, books, news articles, etc. that comes from an organization or agency to have a lesson plan attached. The lesson just gives teachers ideas on how that subject might be expanded for classroom use. Teachers are not obligated to use the attached plan they may create their own or not expand on the topic at all. Normally, these plans are created just as an aid to teachers . Good teachers share ideas all the time That' s how they get better.I am mistified at all the fear out there.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  24. Don

    Tony,

    I can't believe so many Americans are all bent out-of-shape over this issue of the President speaking to our kids in reference to Education, to stay in school and acquire one. The Presidency is not just a man, it's an Institution. As a combat veteran in this country, when the President speak in a positive manner on Education, all of us should want to listen–especially, the Educated Americans in this country–Absolutely Unreal the negative responses that we are hearing.

    Thanks,

    Don

    September 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  25. Beverlyn

    "Swine flu"? It would appear that our children & adults subject to allergies, breathing problems and LOW IMMUNE systems could be the most vunerable to fighting off this new "pig" disease. We, as educated peoples have known from history and from our greatest prophets and translators that "hogs" can be dangerous to our health, yet, we are consistently looking for a means to make the unedible, edible. I, too, use to be a pork eater and so was my family before me. Originally, it was "pork or starve"....now it's pork because it's traditional and "sweet". A new health care program is important....maybe we can find a means of introducing a program that will strive to detect our kids with low bone density, respiratory infections and learning disorders....oh well!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  26. Alan A.

    The Presidents address to school children originally had a Soviet Aroma.
    The process for background checks for the Presidents advisers leaves a lot to be desired. Whatever entity is responsible for the investigation should be reviewed for competency and their obvious inability to perform their job function.
    If the President was a ware of the Draconian and nefarious recent pasts of some of his advisers ,the President should consider tendering his resignation.

    Alan A.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  27. David

    I keep hearing the swine flu numbers of cases. Is it possible to get a word or two on where in the country the swine flu is impacting?

    September 5, 2009 at 12:54 am |
  28. David

    How do two forms of the virus that have been in parallel, existing simultaneously in the world of viruses, since say Jan. 2007, combine? Where do they meet up? and when? under what conditions?

    September 5, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  29. ella knight

    Tony, since the adults in this country is acting out so badly, maybe the
    children can give the president some encouraging words.

    September 6, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  30. greg

    Heidi,

    would you be please state for the public what exactly the President was asking kids to help him with. According to secretary of education it was to help the President reach his goals of kids graduating from high school. if you could please validate this bit of information

    September 7, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  31. Chris

    My problem is these parents are brainwashing there kids themselves for not letting them choice on there own. this is a ridiculous stupid reason to attack obama.

    The way these parents act there only worried about themselves and not letting there kids to grow up and make there own choices.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  32. Derrick Franklin

    I find it completely amazing, anti-democratic and anti-patriotic as well as a complete failure of our educational system for any school district in America not to show or allow time in schools for children to see the President of the United States to address school children. I believe it is perfectly fair for some to opt out and maybe go to a study hall if they do not want to watch the President's speech.

    Derrick
    St. Thomas

    September 7, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  33. Chris

    Notice how its only the parents that are upset? it should be only up to kids. parents are not watching half of the kids will be asleep or talking to there friends.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  34. Ted

    It is a wonderful idea to address the students and encourage them to stay in school and study. It is unfortunate that the extreme right hates Obama so much that they will oppose anything he suggests or does. I wish that CNN would put less emphasis on these people and focus more on the positive efforts and progress that the administration has made.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  35. Robbie

    Why are the parents acting like children!! Wasn't Bush (W) talking to the children when the World Trade Center was being attacked on 9/11?

    September 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  36. Chris

    Jim, why should obama do something special or different? after school when other president did the same thing? you are a really not helping you cause here.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  37. patty blue

    I am an 81 year old great granma and I am so upset for the folks that are being motivated by a FEAR about the Pres. talk to kids.
    What in the world are they teaching their kids at home ??
    Please get some knowledge about what a terrible example they are setting with this behavior!
    It is time to grow up and be a parent that is a positive example and stop the negative thinking.
    Blessings, grandma Pat

    September 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  38. Adam, Omaha

    Here is an idea ... before people jump the gun, read through the materials. Could the DoEd have worded things better? Probably. A previous poster also has it right – as an teacher, we often receive supplementary materials with any book, textbook, workbook, video, etc. If memory serves correctly, NCLB also has quite a bit that comes along ... and there are monetary consequences aligned with that particular item. In any case, we need to get out of this "fire, aim, ready!" perspective when we hear anything about our political leaders. Everyone just breathe, do some research, use our minds (and not just our gut reactions), and make an informed decision for ourselves. Don't let others make up our minds for us. The level of blind faith around this and other issues just further saddens me with regard to the lack of critical education and experience our students are now receiving. Think before you act.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  39. R Feldman

    Inform the public about needed preparation. Masks, gloves, and tightening sanitary precautions.

    What are the business plans to keep areas safe?

    Can we inform without causing terror???

    September 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  40. Priceless

    Why is there so much fuss about the President's speech? I think some parents are just insecure and are not doing their parenting job properly because I do not see how a 30 min speech would change a child forever. We should spend our energies on more productive things please!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  41. Chris

    Ruth yes there plenty of people who will believe anything republican say i am thinking it has to much do with fox news

    September 7, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  42. Octavia

    Tony could you please help me with this one whats the arguement over whats the big issue about the president speaking to the school kids, the kids growing up in todays society need some encouraging words and for the parents to make a big issue over something positive they need to take a seat beside their child an listen also.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  43. Josh in Georgia

    Since the democrats complained about Bush doing this, it's pretty hillarious that they're trying to say that this is racially motivated.

    Some real CHANGE would be for the democrats to stop using the race card everytime they don't get their way. It's like crying wolf. The real racial issues won't get any attention because of their irresponsible petty behaviour.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  44. Dan Tuckett

    I think that everyone that is afraid of the President speaking to our school children are being miss informed. President Obama only wants to encourage our children to reach higher to be the best they can be. My children will be in school tomorrow and I hope they hear the Presidents speech.

    Dan

    September 7, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  45. Marvin

    Tony the bottom line this is not about the back to school speech this is about the color of our president. You have a portion of this country who cannot come to grip that the USA is and will be a nation where all cultures will have a big part in running this country.The small portion of the people who is thinking this way will have a very difficult time adjusting to the NEW AMERICA that is coming soon.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  46. carolee

    I THINK THIS ENTIRE NONSENSE WITH CHECKING OBAMA'S SPEECH TO SCHOOL CHILDREN IS ABSURD. TOTALLY. ANOTHER REPUBLICAN PLOY TO MAKE HIM LOOK DECEPTIVE. I SUPPOSE IF OBAMA WERE TO SNEEZE, HE'D BETTER SNEEZE A CERTAIN WAY............OR THE REPUBLICANS WILL FIND FAULT WITH THAT TOO. I'M BEGINNING TO GET THE FEELING THIS IS CERTAINLY ABOUT A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT SUCCEEDING, AND BEING LIKED AND APPRECIATED, HOWEVER, SOMETIMES I THINK THERE'S MORE TO IT. GIVE IT UP REPUBLICANS. YOU'RE MAKING YOURSELVES LOOK REAL BAD!!!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  47. Ken - Long Beach, CA

    Keep your immune system up and you won't have to worry about the flu. Everybody is worried about getting the flu vaccine. Try garlic when the symptoms appear. Guaranteed, all symptoms and fever will disappear in less than 12 hours.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  48. DeeDee Jones

    I support anyone who would take the time to speak to our kids about the importance of education. The dropout rate is at a all time high. Good for President Obama for caring enough for all of kids and their future. I will make sure my daughter watch because as parents a good education is a valuable gift. I hope that our children will be inspired enough to stay in school and grow up to be productive citizens.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  49. Gabriel Rodriguez

    The country needs to know how people political view affected the issue. If the Republicans are mostly insured they wouldn’t have a need to reform insurance industry. At the same time they hold about fifty percent of the power of the United States. Now what happens if the Republican is uninsured, wouldn’t it show that it’s a black and white issue. As a Latin-American and citizen of USA, I can’t comprehend republicans not wanting to help their people.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  50. Irene Clark

    Tony,

    Let be for real! President George W. Bush was visiting a school and reading stories to children when 9-11 hit. He was perhaps reading at his own level of comprehension; however, his aids had to convince his to drop the book and pay attiention to more important domestic matters at the time. His father actually asked school kids to do exactly what President Obama requested: What suggentions can you give to make this nation better? Other Presidents have done likewise. Why all the uproar now? As with healthcare, it seems like racism masked by the phrase: "I want my country back!"

    September 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  51. W Greene

    I heard a reporter ask the question the other day, has the president over stepped his bounds? This made me think of the sixties mentality. (Boy, you done gone too far)You would think he was some kind of sex offender or something, the way one lady was crying, because he (the President of the United States) was going to address her child. I just don’t get it. Some people can’t let it go, the President of the United States, a Black Man. I wonder if that woman cried when President Bush decided to send all those young men and women to Iran, just because in his own words “ Saddam Hussein in the man who tried to kill my daddy”. We need to pray for the People of our great country.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  52. Lynda

    We need to ask would there be all this negative response against the President speaking to the children if it was any other President? What lesson are these parents who oppose are they showing the their children to respect the President? All this negatism should not be emphasised. These Superintendents who made the decision for the children not to view this speech are either republican or prejudice. How is one speech going to change a child's life toward a political view. This is rediculous.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  53. A. Hen

    As a parent, I am applaud and outraged, that single party politics has influenced Georgia Schools to not air the live broadcast of President Obama’s speech on education.

    I received a "Robo Call" from school principle on Friday, not to air speech do to schedule conflicts. Give me a break!

    Parents of public and private schools students in Cobb County are made up of various political party voters, all of who pay tax dollars into the Cobb County School System. Partisan politics should not be allowed to dictate local school airing of the Presidential Address. Many past presidents have made a public address to school children without protest that lead to a countywide, or nationwide, “blackout” based on the objections, or biases, of single party politics.

    This move to protest the Presidents speech is shameful, and lacks respect for the President of The United States of America.

    A. Hen
    Left of Center
    http://www.the-political-post.com

    September 7, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  54. Julia McGruder

    Tony,
    Viewing the angry and bizarre responses to the President's speech points to the desperate measures the tea party and joe the plumber members will stoop.
    I believe that if these people were really that concerned about what their children listen to and view on the T.V. and Internet, there would be less columbines, bomb making and sexual exploitation of our children.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  55. Loraine Walsh

    All this hoopla about the President speaking to our children about education...get over yourselves!!! There should be more people on air encouraging our kids about the opportunities available to them with a solid education. How can such a positive subject as education get such a negative reaction when you haven't even heart it yet? Do you have a BETTER idea? Hear it first then you'll know what your talking about.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  56. LuCinda Douglas

    I fully support our president and have total confidence in him and I will watch the presidents speech because I think that it is important. No matter what President Obama does or says people that have bought into all the scare tactics are still going to make it in to something that it is not. Rush Limbaugh wants to compare President Obama to Hitler is rediculus! One of his hero's President Bush's family (Preston Bush) accually funded the nazi's, maybe he needs to be reminded of that. People like him will not admit the truth. It is sad how so many americans are still narrow minded and just listen to what the "media" or their next door neighbor says instead of finding out the truth. President Obama has accomplished more in six months especially with the cards he was handed than the last administration did in eight years.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  57. Heather Mash

    Too much hate mongering, who is agitating this and why? Follow the money, investigative reporters, this isn't just normal difference of ideas they are irresponsible statements. Would like to see some of these individuals held accountable for irresponsible statements. Even some of your guests (polico mavens) are people with incredible, irresponsible statements. Thanks for not giving everyone a platform for every ignorant, irrational not helpful comments people are making. Difference of ideas and promotion of a different idea is good but too much, way too much denigration of individuals. Thanks, Heather Mash

    September 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  58. Mary Cohen

    This controversy over the President speaking to schoolchildren is outrageous! Presidents have spoken to schoolchildren as long as I can remember and I am 43 years old. Both Democratic and Republican Presidents. As I recall, George W. Bush was in a school classroom on 9/11 when the attacks occured in New York. What is different this year? The President is black. This is racially motivated-pure and simple. Most of this controversy is coming from very conservative, mostly white areas of the country. The Civil War was over 150 years ago! Time to move on. And in case anyone was wondering, I'm white.

    September 8, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  59. CAMELIA

    I dont understand what the problem with this speech was. I thought that it was a great speech and every student SHOULD hear this and watch it. Obama is definitely trying to reach out into the right direction because our children are our future. I would be honored to have my child watch a speech directly from the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  60. Darol In Albany, GA

    Excellent speech Mr. President! It should have been viewed by all students and parents no matter of race, creed or color!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  61. Dorothy

    I think the President speaking to our nation's children is a great thing. I just watched his speach and felt it was motivating and uplifting for our children, since some children do not get the kind of encouragement they need elsewhere. Our nations education system had gone down hill and our children are the ones that suffer. Most kids now look for the "quick buck" because that is what they see on TV and children have to learn that is not the answer and they will not get anywhere in lift without an education.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  62. Jim Grier

    The speech was triple outstanding (AAA+++). It should be required for every future President and then grade it.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  63. linda johnson

    I thought the speech was great and much needed. As a parent, he said everything that I may have not been able to say in such a candid and articulate way. We are truly blessed to have President Obama who care about our children and their future.

    Linda
    Grasonville, MD

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  64. kel

    people today dont trust. That is why they cant trust their presidents. We all need some faith,love and hope.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  65. Victoria Fydrych

    I am a current high school student and I find it incomprehensible that parents would deny their children encouragement from the President which our people voted into office. He is simply encouraging my fellow peers across the country to get off their cell phones and focus on school, because we are the future.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  66. Michelle

    I am a teacher and I had my students watched the speech with me. I was thrilled to have such an investment in them at the start of a new school year. the speech was enlightening and directional. I am hoping that my biological kids had an opportunity to watched it with their peers. Thank you President Obama. Job well done

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  67. Rich Host

    Now THAT was a scary speech ! I know there had to be subliminal messages in there. I bet if you play it backwards, it tells you that you must vote for Democrats.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  68. Bob in Ohio

    I believe responsible journalism requires that you ask those people you previously interviewed to listen to or read the speech and then tell us in hindsight whether it was an appropriate speech. If it was not an appropriate speech then perhaps they can explain to the world what was inappropriate about it and why his message should have been censored. It is also troublesome that the journalistic technique used with people who were opposed did not include the most relevant question – "Do you know the contents of the speech?" The media is giving way too much "credibility" to folks with negative opinions without exploring the factual basis of those opinions.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  69. Clark

    The President's message was uplifting and inspirational for kids and adults. Many kids hear nothing positive & reassuring at home but this "coaching" moment could give every child a spark that stays with them when they face tough decisions, disappointments, etc. Thank you President Obama for truly being the leader of the free world and our great nation.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  70. Jack Slavin

    Wonderfull speech! and I for one would not expect anything else from any President of the USA.

    Those who opposed the speech are hateful and will do or say anything to insult or this President. The damage was done even though concerns were unfounded. Now they say that the speeech was changed due to their opposition. Get a life! Let him do his job!
    jack

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  71. Haley Todd

    I am actually a student in Bakersfield, CA and I just saw the speech president Obama gave and thought it was brilliant. There is no valid reason for any opposition towards a speech that brings inspiration to our nations students. It's insane how some schools in Kern county wont play his speech and are actually comparing him to hitler and his student outreach as something from a dictatorship- it is completely absurd and unnecessary for such rudeness. I am proud to have him as president and should be respected .

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  72. Carol O

    Every school should have tuned into President Obamas speech. It was full of encuragement and down to earth. It wasnt decmocratic nor republican.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  73. Patricia

    Thank you Mr. Presiident. I am one of those grandmothers who is also mentoring a troubled teen. He is on track now and your speech reinforces my effort.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  74. Chiko

    Dare we say it? I dare. The opposition to everything Obama, is really about him being a black man. Some supremacists who like to call themselves conservatives will simply not accept this presidency and the authority that Obama commands as the US PRESIDENT. The lady that was interviewed on CNN last night was crying at the thought of her child listening to the president of the united states speak to kids about hard work and staying in school.

    I can only say one thing, "Caution America". Let us not let our hatred and racial division define who we are to the rest of the world. They are watching us. The support Obama had on election from the world was a manifestation of the hope they had in unity in America and that hopefully this will spill over to the rest of the world.

    Let us stop trying to foster our hatred of other races unto our children.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  75. giesel F

    i am from the caribbean, where our leaders always speak to education and school kids love it and feel inspired when politicians speak directly to them. President Obama's speech was awesome!our children need to get refocused, inspired, and made to feel that someone out there is concerned about them. We need to remind them that indeed failure is not a end but rather an indication that success is around the cornerner...

    a magnificient speech. simply un-presidented!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  76. Ade

    That was inspiration message delivered by President Obama. I wish all parents let their children watch it because someone need to inspire the kids. Especially for the kids in jail, many of them belief they are nothing or achieve anything. Also some belief was they can get money easily.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  77. chris

    So there you have it! The speech that the hateful good old boys were soooo afraid of is done..and as all of us sober headed citizens expected, President's Obama's speech was stellar! He inspired the kids, he even inspired me to work smarter and harder at my own endeavors! It's really sad that adults driven by hate and territorial issues are so grabbed with their own blinded ways that they are willing to keep innocent kids from the one thing they will not offer them- good old inspiration! Great job Obama..keep ignoring the haters and be the great leader you are!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  78. Bev

    Can you give me one reason that this President is being treated differently from other Presidents in the past? Others gave speeches, even popped in on students at schools- why is it now a problem with the President speaking to our children. He has two young kids and want to talk to our kids as he would speak to his two girls.
    I heard the speech and it is a downright shame that some people stirred the pot and caused the children of our nation to miss out on this great opportunity.
    Some people just can't accept the fact that an African American is President after that race has been held down for so long. Just look at the people opposing.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  79. Carla Corwin

    How sad it is, as you said, very ugly right now... I am a retired educator, I taught for 31 years & loved it... What is going on? Where is the respect for our President? What has happened to cause this decay within our society? I'm depressed... I feel helpless... When party afiliation becomes more important than true reality, we're in deep trouble...

    September 8, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  80. John Sidney Evans Jr

    Great speech. Sorry that there are parents who want to restrain knowledge.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  81. Michele

    It's Unbelievable!
    How can a parent in the U S justify Lesbians & Gay men teaching their children in school on q daily basises and resist the President of the United States, a Harvard graduate speaking to their children? It's not rocket science to figure out who will have the greatest inpact on young impressable minds. God help us. They hate more than they care for their own. Seems calling our president a Nazi is designed especially to control Jewish Americans and the no public option is designed to protect the Insurance companies CEO's salaries. HELLO!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  82. elaine butler

    Our president has enough wars to fight and he needs to focus on ways to help keep our country safe, but with all the dumb attacks here is the USA he has to fight another war. The people who have problems with everything he does or says should relocate to another counrty. Obama is our president for the next 3 and 1/2 years and you never know maybe even for the next 7 and 1/2 years.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  83. Marni B. Todd

    Tony,

    How can anyone disagree with President Obama's comments ?
    Don't we all want this for our children ? Good study habits,
    goal reaching and believing in yourself ? Please, 'critics' just
    listen to what he is saying, and if you don't believe this I feel
    sorry for you, but more so, for your children ~

    September 8, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  84. DT

    Wow... all this hate... we grew up in the 60s during integration and must admit.... it’s like Integration all over again. If I remember correctly, even some parents pulled their students out of school because the fear was socialism being forced on the schools over integration....when colored students had the chance to participate on debate teams. I remember parents getting up and walking out.... This is the Same...So much Hate no respect for authority. History does repeat itself... just different issues. It’s like an unconscious hatred and disrespect. Fear leads to Hate, Hate leads to Violence. Its just like when the schools were forced to integrate. Parents pulled the students out.... all because of misplaced "FEAR"

    September 8, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  85. Doreen

    The President's speach was wonderful – his honesty and sincerity was very moving. If my children did not hear his speach in school today I will make sure that they hear it later today at home. I am grateful that President Obama is taking the time to inspire and mentor the youth of our country – just as a great leader should do!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  86. terrilyn butler

    The three stooges (Rush, Sean and Glenn), since they enjoy making comedy and end up looking like the fools they are should crawl under a rock and hide. They are trying to inforce hatred with lies this is going to backfire because no weapon that they form will ever prosper.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  87. debbie taulbe

    I have 2 grandchildren in middle school. This morning I called the school to make sure they were going to show this speech. I also watched it. Tonight I plan on talking to them about it. We are a family that believes in a community raises a child. I was good for me to see that the government has joined that community of raising children and not just dealing with international and national issues. President Obama has included them in our countries future. I enjoyed President Obama talk about making education what they put into it and not making excuses why they can't.
    Thank you Mason Middle School for showing this to my grandchildren

    September 8, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  88. Kenneth Hamilton

    9/8/09
    Anyone noting a problem with the President's talk with the kids
    where dealing with hate and a lack of humanity for the students..
    Some of which did not have a student in any school. These same
    haters should pray that they are in America and not North Korea.

    The students of America can do without parent(s) exhibiting pure
    hate. What do the HATERS think the President of the United States
    of America would do to harm the students? Remember he's the
    father of two beautiful students.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  89. sonia

    I understand when parents want to have the option of censoring certain things from their children, and they have every right to do that, including the President's speech and nobody said anyone has to listen. But I believe our President has the same rights as you and I. He has the right to freedom of speech and if it is permission the parents want that just doesn’t make any sense. I may want my kids to hear it and you don’t then what do we do, what we do is exactly what has been done. The speech will happen and one has the right to hear it or not their choice.
    My issue is, why should anyone be able to take away anybody‘s right to freedom of speech. Weather it is from the President, you or I. So you see I believe he doesn't have to ask anyone's permission to speak or address his country and on the other hand all who do not want to hear doesn't have to.
    The bottom line is the people who were trying to stop their kids from listening to a positive speech from our President should be ashamed.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  90. kendra

    Presidant Obama's speech was very true and respectful.Someday I wish to be a teacher or a lawyer. It is very true that you have to go through school to get through in life.You have to believe in your self,push your self until you get it right,and stay focas in school. I think parents should allow their kids to watch the speech it would help the kids to learn and keep up the good work.
    Thank you for listening to what I had to say!!!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  91. sandhu

    it is very diffucult for children at a young age to have any knowledge of what this virus can do or what it will do. They will be around other children who could be affected and possibly catch on. Parents and teachers need to keep their child safe keeping them at home isn't possible theres just too much to learn. Some preventives are telling the child to wash their hands cover the mouth the normal procedures. But will these work? is this virus too strong where it cannot be prevented through these "normal procedures"

    Are masks a good idea and if worn will the child be taunted by fellow class mates?

    its a diffucult time for parents everywhere schools resume and fear of H1N1 is greater than ever

    September 8, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  92. Dawn, San Rafael, CA

    President Obama hit it out of the ballpark. He presented a president that our children can look up to. Sharing his own childhood experiences enabled him to connect with America's youth. And, his use of JK Rowling and Michael Jordan as examples of perseverance will motivate and empower our children to believe in themselves against all adversity.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  93. James Johanson

    What's wrong with letting President Obama speak to the kids of the future. It's a speech about education and encouraging kids to do better in school. I just can't see why letting the president encouraging our students is such a bad thing. I am an high school student and Barack Obama has encouraged me to set higher goals for myself and don't let anything get in your way. I see the president prep talk to all the students and myself included as an honor because the president is taking time out of his busy schedule and address school children education and how we can improve public education. Kids are what shape the future and if we don't have someone pushing us to do better and give up then we won't have a positive future.

    September 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  94. C.Cosgrove

    Very good speech on education.You are lucky to have a top notch President.

    September 8, 2009 at 8:18 pm |
  95. Cynthia Finger

    I did not hear all of President Obama's speech to the school kids, but what I did hear makes me wonder "what was all the pre-speech hoopla about?

    I had some difficulty with a couple of subjects in school and if it had not been for a couple of teachers encouraging me, telling me to "always do my best and NEVER give up, where would I be now?

    If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read it in English, thank a soldier.

    Regarding the swinw flu, I think that situation is WAY overblown!!

    September 9, 2009 at 5:01 am |
  96. Heidi Emanuel

    My question to everyone who has enjoyed healthcare provided in the workplace is this:
    If you lose access to your healthcare benefits at work and cannot get them replaced in the workplace, what will you do?
    The individual marketplace is allowed to discriminate against any preexisting condition. Good luck there.
    A public option does not destroy the marketplace-it simply allows all of us access to a benefit design that is currently not available.
    I have a preexisting condition and am self-employed. I do not expect anyone to pay my premium. I just want the ability to purchase a health care plan that is accessible and affordable.

    September 9, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  97. Boraboray

    why so much of Breakingnews on health care it's not new for me you want more of people you to listen I prefer Campbell at 8 pm

    September 9, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  98. Bebeto

    since 8 years we are in war in Afghanistan you know some progress are to be make the building of road they have to build of schools for the girls but a war with of person invisible it's very difficult the citizen you give the hand with a road of laughter after they go you to betray the majority of country quits also the canada 2011 the world is in recession it's better to invest in our economy

    September 9, 2009 at 7:44 pm |
  99. Kenneth Walton

    The guy from SC should be tossed out....he will be in 2010!

    September 10, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  100. joyce

    hi, i have two children age 4 @ 6 which we home school. are children are not confined in a school room with other sick children we don't have colds or broken bones. my children do attened gym classes at a private class.we live in florida were the weather is more milder.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  101. steve dockeray

    On 911 I got up at 7:AM Pacific then turned on CNN & I was not surprised ie: 3 weeks prior to 911 I heard the warning put out by the USA Gov ie: They warned people of an inside America Terror attack etc.

    September 11, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  102. Chainon Manquant

    for the pastor to message violence are you forget the good values than god we have give love your brothers and your sisters the respect love also your enemy give to poor visit the sick don't to rejet the women the men whoever they may be who need of help jesus say also I give my body and my blood for you to save this is the message of god your lanuage and your message of division against all the others person I don't know who the to write your text now the young people quits the church to cause of your message your job this is not of criticize the others on their race their sex or on their illness but rather to preach the good news and pray for this person and pray for your Tea party (GOP) who are the same message

    September 13, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  103. Eric from Ft. Lauderdale

    Kyra,
    My wife is a teacher and I fear this thing more than you know. The sad part is many parents send their kids to school because they believe they are faking their illness in order to avoid school. This is a serious issue and both adults and kids need to take this seriously. I am glad that at least there is a vaccine going out on this.

    September 14, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  104. Kiran Dhaliwal

    News media brings the news to us, thank you for that, but PLEASE do not over analyze issues .I feel media sometimes over pushes certain issues in the angle they want as it gives them more to talk about. There is a lot happening, lot of news please do not over stick to an issue.
    Kiran

    September 16, 2009 at 10:48 am |