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September 4th, 2009
08:00 AM ET

Turning Off the President?

President Obama's planned webcast next Tuesday to the nation's schoolkids has some parents concerned that it will be politicized. The White House says his speech will stress the importance of education. But some school districts have decided not to air the speech for fear of controversy.

What do you think? Leave us a comment.
We'll share some of them on air in the CNN Newsroom.

soundoff (890 Responses)
  1. Patrick C. Price

    Let the president speak!

    I mean, come one, it's the president!

    September 4, 2009 at 8:07 am |
  2. Okey Moronu

    Say it is not true that schools can justifiably deny access to the broadcast to students. What a lesson in civics.

    September 4, 2009 at 8:14 am |
  3. Laura

    Seems like some school districts really don't trust the president. What controversy are they afraid of? Why would he even TRY to politicize a speech aimed at children? They wouldn't care about nor probably understand any political statement he could possibly try to make. He know how to talk to kids...he has them! I doubt they listen if he tries to talk about politics!

    September 4, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  4. Mattie Jones

    What exactly is all of the fuss? I am sure they (children) will be exposed to things thats going to be a lot worst than anything the President might say. I think all of this jumping up and down is RACISM in a different form. When his message has nothing to do with what they thought it was going to be about, will the uproarers return and say WE were wrong. WHY NOT JUST FIND OUT FIRST THEN JUMP UP AND DOWN. QUIT JUMPING UP AND DOWN AND DON'T HAVE ALL OF THE FACTS. I HOPE THEY JUMPERS UP AND DOWN ARE TEACHING THEIR CHILDREN TO GET THE FACTS 1ST THEN REACT. NOT REACT, THEN GET THE FACTS.

    September 4, 2009 at 8:19 am |
  5. James Pratt

    I am reminded of the song in South Pacific "They have to be Carefully taught". When are we going to get over our hangups and become one people.

    September 4, 2009 at 8:28 am |
  6. Chris

    As a future educator, I think the fact that schools would push away such a valuable opportunity is a shame. I really don't understand the fuss about Obama expressing the value of education to our students. Frankly, that's good leadership no matter which part of the political spectrum you fall. If you were to ask me why districts aren't showing the speech, I would tell you it seems like the school administators are scared of teaching their students to develop good citizenship qualities. Let's say these school admins are hard right Republicans...do they really doubt democracy to the point that they cannot allow critical education to take place in a classroom for fear that a student might be exposed to an opposing viewpoint?

    September 4, 2009 at 8:37 am |
  7. Merilyn Fance

    I don't generally respond to other peoples reaction but this is a bit much. This isn't about children being indoctrinated or the healthcare issue abot healthcare. It is about something more nasty and even sinister. Our reactions to this is more dangerous than anything the President can do. Our children are watching us and how we react. That is what we should be in an uproar about, if anything. The reaction is more frightening and damaging than the speech could ever be. The scare tactics, Hitler – nonsense. This is our President and we should get behind him and support him. We don't have time for this. Banding together to move the world forward is what is needed right now. That is what our children need to see us doing. What a missed opportunity it is for all childen to have a facilitated discussion about school and it's importance even if you don't think your children are at risk. Think again. I can't tell you how many children I know from well-off so called middle class families who are on drugs and doing the exact same things as so called poorer kids. They just hide it from their parents and have the resources. Often the parents find out too late, are in shock, and don't know what to do or where to go. This speech will be good for everyone. Let's show who we really are and get behind this or don't let your kids watch but don't try to stop others. You have a choice – choose. And let other's be.

    September 4, 2009 at 8:44 am |
  8. Pattie Scanlin

    The people who are against the President making this speech are getting far too much media coverage. They are simply people who can't get over the election and they are an embarassment to all of us.. The election is passed, Barack Obama won that election, and he has assumed office. With that office comes both the right and the responsibility to lead as the President, including in the field of education. The complainers just don't want to recognize his Presidency. Read what they say on the blogs, including references to "Hitler" and "Hitler youth", "indoctrination," "socialism," an "agenda," and being scared of what the President says. This shameful behavior rivals anything we saw during the civil rights movement of the early 1960's. These people need to stop embarassing the country.

    September 4, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  9. Linda Nenn

    If objectors to President Obama's comments to students weren't so serious about their fear about the President spreading a political message to young minds, it would be laughable. Following their line of thinking, my young mind was perverted when I listened to President Kennedy and took to heart his inaugural challenge, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

    I may be naive, but how wonderful that our President wants every student to work hard and, "ask what you can do for your President." If he said, country, he'd be cheating.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  10. Mickey

    This conduct is disturbing against the president. President Bush spoke at a school and nothing was said. There is so much division in our government. The bible says a house that is divided will never stand. We must humble ourselves like litlle children and misleading litlle children is like putting a millstone around your neck and thrown in the sea. Our country is never going to get ahead until we become one. GOD is not pleased. I am not pleased. We need to work together. I cannot change anyone conduct or what they speak. I'm going to continue to separate myself from the misleading remarks.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  11. Al

    Somebody better do something to make our young people think on their own. Also they need a fire in their hearts and bellys to learn and what it means to there future. Anybody that would believe anything that Mr. Greer says is a question mark. You have to question his aligning himself with a wack job like Glen Beck!! ( 09/03/09)

    September 4, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  12. michael armstrong sr.

    This is almost comical that parents are worried about what the president is going to tell there kids does he have some kind of magical power that can be transmitted over air .Kids dont ever listhen to what there elders say it goes in one ear and out the other they will more then likely tune him out and spend the time texting there friends.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  13. Joe

    It is a sad day when any school teacher would be scared to air a presidential speech aimed at children, for fear of controversy. Truth of the matter is they will be able to see it later on the web.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  14. Monica

    This is a non-issue. He is the President encouraging school children to work hard. While I didn't like Bush if he had addressed my child and told her to work hard, how in the world could I have had a problem with that? Republicans are looking to make hay out of all things because they have nothing to lose. Somewhere Karl Rove is thrilled to see his handy work still alive and thriving.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  15. Amanda

    From someone who actually has a degree in Early Childhood Development (which I am sure basically none of these parents and definitely none of the Republicans have), I am shocked they think any child at this age can be "indoctrinated" by this speech. To them, it's the President talking to them and it's cool. That's about as basic as it gets for them.
    These are the same parents who didn't want their kids reading Harry Potter because they didn't worship Satan. Did I mention that most of those parents never picked up the book and neglected to see that it raised children's reading literacy rates?
    These parents either need to get a job or get a hobby and leave your child alone. The GOP needs to worry about the fact they are slowly killing American with their anti-Obama agenda.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  16. KP

    Part of being a good student is being a good citizen. Like it or not, Barack Obama is the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and as such, is due a certain level of respect, regardless of political preferences. I see nothing wrong with having the leader of our country encourage and inspire the nations school children to aim high in their academic pursuits at the start of a new school year. It is sad that conservatives are willing to compromise their children's ability to be good citizens (and good students) by playing politics as usual.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  17. Louis

    In January, students at my high school were able to put aside their politics and honor President Obama's inauguration. If kids had the maturity to respect the president of our country, I hope parents can do that now too.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  18. Grace

    I am getting soooooo tired of the Republicans and these so-called groups, organizations, citizen's groups, all sponsored by Special Interests. I do not know why people didn't say one word when President Bush wanted to do the same things. President Obama inherited a ton of problems from 8 years of mismanagement and I have no idea how all of this Socialist/Communist talk came about. President Obama is about as Socialist as Fidel Castro is a Capitalist. Anyway I am embarrassed that I live in state where all the Republicans do is complain, they offer no alternatives, nothing to fix the situation which they had the hand in creating. Ask now that your country can do for you but what you can do for your country! When JFK said that, nobody protested. We need to help America and the President, not to keep trying to bring him down. If he fails we all fail.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  19. Latanya

    What are we teaching out children when we as parents decide to take our children out of school because "our canidate" isn't in the White House delivering the address. As a Nation with an outrageous High School drop out rate we should be encouraging any and everyone to motiviate our children to learn!!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  20. Josie

    It is sad that there are enough people who get their "news" from talk radio or Fox and its ratings-focused commentators that they would actually think that the President intends to brainwash their children by encouraging them to stay in school and be good citizens. These "news outlets" are damaging our democracy and it is they and their listeners that spread anti-government propaganda that is eventually going to turn violent. They should be ashamed.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  21. John Downing

    Tell the president to do something presidential.
    I am so tired of watching him campaign for his own future.
    Mixing his "Social Justice" Marxist agenda with propaganda spread to school kids right along with his Csar appointments make me wonder if I am still living in America. Hope this email won't end up at the KGB, whoops I meant the White House.

    Keep indoctrination message of "Service" away from our kids Obama!

    September 4, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  22. George

    The Leader of our country is attempting to encourage our children to work hard, after all they are the nation builder of the future. He is attempting to positively change the negativity that for years has engulfed our nation and its being turned into something political. Bush did something similar in 1991 and it was not a problem. We need our children to have positive messages from our leaders and not be bombarded with negativity of war, crime, recession etc.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  23. Fabian

    As a student, I feel I have the right to know what's going on in the education system that I'm in. In fact I feel I SHOULD know what's going on. If a parent feels their child shouldn't be watching what the president of this country has to say about what he intends to do for us students, then they might as well take their children out of the system... Visualizza altro. However, parents know that education is essential to success. So why would you deny your child the right of being educated about what will occur while he/she is a student?

    September 4, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  24. Jordkend

    America is becoming more and more the scariest place in the world. The push back on the president speaking to students, a great opportunity mind you, has nothing to with him addressing the students but instead furthers the right's agenda of saying no to everything the president attempts to do to improve this country. The adults are using their children as pawns in this game. I am sure that no student has run home in fear screaming "HELP!! President Obama is going to speak to us!!"

    September 4, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  25. kilowat

    how many times did we see Bush 41 and Bush 43 in class room? guess none of that was political . I'm so tired of seeing the right wingnut screaming. we see how the Republicans want to have a bipartisan government...

    September 4, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  26. Fabian

    As a student, I feel I have the right to know what's going on in the education system that I'm in. In fact I feel I SHOULD know what's going on. If a parent feels their child shouldn't be watching what the president of this country has to say about what he intends to do for us students, then they might as well take their children out of the system. However, parents know that education is essential to success. So why would you deny your child the right of being educated about what will occur while he/she is a student?

    September 4, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  27. Dexter Williams

    I believe that it is important to note that Obama is the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. What happened to the time when people used to be excited when the president was about to speak to their children. I think its absurd to think that President Obama is going to break down his fiscal policy, or healthcare views to kindergartners. WHAT COULD HE POSSIBLY SAY THAT WOULD WARRANT THIS MADNESS??!?!?!?!?

    September 4, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  28. Michelle

    All these ridiculous displays of out rage are done by one group of people – white conservatives. This just show how little we have progressed as people. George W, his father, Clinton, Cater, Ford – they have all gone to schools and said whatever they wanted. But now with a Black president, this group of people just cannot contain themselves. I fear something really bad is going to happen if they don't get a hold of themselves. This really is sad that this country – a melting pot of races and creeds have this level of hate in their hearts. What's worse is that these people actually call themselves Christian.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  29. Kay G

    Wasn't Pres. Bush at a school in Florida during 9/11?

    September 4, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  30. scot

    Silence the president who believes in the success of our children. Whats wrong with this picture?

    September 4, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  31. Pastor Phil Van Dam

    Respect for our leaders is part of "Honor your father and mother". Whether I voted for a president or not does not matter. Having children watch the president instills in them respect for those in authority. Similarly, if we keep children from watching the president we say that they do not need to respect those in authority, including their parents.
    Pr. Phil Van Dam
    St. John's Lutheran
    Martins Ferry

    September 4, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  32. James Allen

    CNN still doesn't get it! Opposition to the President's address is part of the right wing's campaign of racist hate. The Tea Parties, healthcare protests are all proxies for a Repoublican political strategy of fomenting and appealing to racism against a BLACK President. We are witnessing the rebirth of the Republican Southern Strategy, the political strategy of appealing to the ingrained racism of white voters angered that the enactment of the Civil Rights Act ended "their way of life". Ignorance and racism is alive and well within the Republican Party.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  33. Jeanne

    Why is the White House waiting until Monday to release the text of the speech for parents to review? My Husband is a teacher in a High School and was told yesterday that he is required to show the speech in class. If the White House would like to ease some minds of parents, inform us of the content of the speech and the lesson plans ahead of time. As a teacher, it is a concern that he is having to use lessons plans that are being sent from the Department of Education with little time for him to review them.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  34. Rickey Ross

    This is incredible, when you have an intelligent President who is trying to move this country out of the mess, the previous president(CLOWN) got us in, is being criticised for trying to enspire our children to do the right thing. This is because he's BLACK.

    Rickey Ross

    September 4, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  35. MaryLou SanBlise

    That anyone would attempt to suggest that this brilliant, articulate president should not be alloweed to inspire the children of this country make me angry and confused. I only hope that this is the catalist that mkes the righties realize how far afield they have been led.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  36. cass

    Keep him out of the school.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  37. Irish

    I do want my children to hear what the president has to say. He was elected.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  38. Toye Smith

    This is just ridiculous. Are we seriously talking about the SEPARATION OF SCHOOL AND STATE here? Hello? First it’s the church. Lately the Capitol Hill and the Town Halls have been nothing but disaster. The media commentaries are so slanted; they make me want to puke. WAKE UP PEOPLE!! How else are we going to have a sensible discussion of our differences like race, class, sexual orientation, and politics if every venue is out of bounds? Our Schools remain the only hope for an enlightened debate of our values as a people. Don’t let the detractors take that away.

    Toye Smith
    Bridgeport, CT

    September 4, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  39. Anonymous in Texas

    I don't have school age kids, but if I did I would want them to hear the President's speech regardless of what party the President was in. Here in Texas many schools are banning the speech. So my question is, will there be a way for parents to view the speech with their kids on their own? Can parents access the lesson plans that the White House has published and then keep their kids home from school and watch the speech with them and lead them through the lesson plan on their own?

    September 4, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  40. Sam

    Why would anyone object to our President speaking to our kids and encourage them to do well? I have a feeling it is simply racism raring its ugly head one more time.( No, I am not black, and I am from the south.)

    September 4, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  41. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    Obama has got to stop getting bullied around by Rush Limbaugh's huge media empire and by the partisan Republican noise machine. Obama cannot effectively deal with them by trying to fight them on a toe-to-toe basis on even terms and on a level playing field because they have been experienced experts at message warfare for many years while Obama has virtually no clue how to fight them. If could do this, then he would not be losing the message wars so badly now, he would not be going down in the polls, and he would not be allowing himself to get bullied around the way that he is right now!

    I hope that Obama realizes that one big speech before Congress will definitely NOT be enough to stop the effective noise machine coming from the other side or stop so many Republicans in Congress from fearing Rush Limbaugh and his huge activist base of many millions which is the main reason why he cannot get that many Republican votes on health care right now!

    Obama trying to fight a message war with Rush Limbaugh, his media empire, and with the other side's noise machine on even terms and on a level playing field would be like him playing Michael Jordan in a one-on-one basketball game on even terms and on a level playing field with Jordan playing at his best. Obama would not have a chance because the other side is as good and as experienced at message warfare as Michael Jordan is at basketball while Obama has virtually no understanding of serious message warfare!

    The playing field was NOT level toward the end of the 2008 election which Obama won when Bush's unpopularity and the economic crisis were hurting John McCain very badly but the playing field is definitely level right now!

    Obama, Democrats, and even moderate Republicans CAN seriously fight back against Rush Limbaugh and the GOP noise machine RIGHT NOW to possibly win the message war on health care and other issues by doing two things:

    1) They can try to bring back some version of The Fairness Doctrine while they probably still have the votes needed in Congress and the political capital to do it. This is the one and only thing that Rush Limbaugh and his wing of the Republican Party really and truly fears. Even any kind of serious talk about this makes them very nervous!

    Even if some version of The Fairness Doctrine cannot be passed at the end of the day, then that is okay and it is still the most effective way how Obama can fight back. The main reason for that is because it will take a lot of time, money, and effort for Rush Limbaugh and his wing of the Republican Party to try and stop some version of The Fairness Doctrine from passing and they will have to put this issue first before anything else in order to try and save Rush Limbaugh's radio program and other talk radio programs like his. Every minute and every dollar that they spend having to deal with this issue is a minute and a dollar that they are NOT able to use to interfere with other issues such as health care!

    2) Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid can make every member of the House and Senate publicly vote on the record if they agree with the many stupid things that Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and others on extreme right wing talk radio have said such as their "Nazi" and "racist" comments which will put elected these elected Republicans in a huge bind the next time that they are on the ballot. They will either lose most of middle America if they vote in favor of Limbaugh, Beck, and company or they will risk getting primaried if they upset Limbaugh, Beck, and company by voting against them and upset them.

    Rush Limbaugh can tell his activist base of many millions of people to primary any Republican candidate who upsets him and they will automatically do it. This is exactly what happened to Sen. Arlen Specter when Limbaugh ordered him out of the Republican Party after he voted for Obama's economic stimulus package. This is the main reason why so many Republicans fear Rush Limbaugh and keep on apologizing to him. This is also the silent elephant in the room why Obama is having a very hard time getting any kind of serious Republican support for health care and other important issues.

    I speak for all Democrats who are willing to seriously work with and compromise with reasonable Republicans in good faith in order to get things done and for moderate Republicans who want to take back their party from its extreme Rush Limbaugh wing so that we can have a working government once again!

    Mitch Dworkin

    September 4, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  42. James Wall

    Barack Obama is the best role model for doing your best in school in this century. It is shameful that parents will block students from seeing a message of encouragement to the students from The President of The United States of America.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  43. Carl

    I think the President should consider re-broadcasting the speech he made on race relations during his campaign and then make it mandatory that every school in America make it a part of it's curriculum.

    It is quite obvious that no matter what this black man says or does, it will never have an impact until this country acknowledges itself for what it really is..the most racist and unjust country on the planet.

    Now I understand what God bless America really means, cause without this ungoing plea, there's truly no hope for us!!

    September 4, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  44. Fran

    Jeanne – I'm thankful you aren't my child's teacher

    September 4, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  45. Jeanne

    As a former teacher, I would be honored to have the President of the United States speak to my students. In fact, I applaud President Obama for reaching out to the young people as he is trying to reach out to all of us. How sad it is that any parent would be so controlling with their children rather than letting them listen and then discussing with them what they have heard. I find it extremely hard to believe that our current president would say anything to these children other than the importance of working hard in school, respecting their teachers and parents and being responsible as good citizens.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  46. steve

    Has anyone ever thought that the presidents agenda could be distracting US, the AMERICAN people, from something bigger. It's not about talking to the kids, they need some kind of leadership, it's about averting your eyes so you don't see what is really going on in the world. Look at what he said he was going to do, then look at what he has done, pretty much NOTHING

    September 4, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  47. michael armstrong sr.

    Why is the race card being raised here what in the world does this have to do with racism heck people get a grip on your skin color go see a pshyciatrist get some racial help.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  48. Lauren

    I think the controversy is ridiculous. Obama is just encouraging kids to stay in school, whats wrong with that?? Opponents of Obama are just trying to twist anything they possibly can to discredit the great work he is doing.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  49. Linda Clifford

    This is the stupidest criticism yet, another example of sour grapes from the Republicans. They have no good plans for health care or for the future of the country for that matter, so they pick on non-issues as distractions.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  50. Tom Magdaleno

    Just who is doing the Indoctrination when parents are teaching their kids to fear the president. This is a sad day in this country.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  51. Kevin F

    Just because you may not agree with his politics- why is there a problem with the leader of our country giving an encouraging message to the youth of this country to stay in school and work hard to ensure a bright future? Tell me- Why is this a problem???
    Oh by the way- President George H.W. Bush gave an address to schools nationwide in 1991 incase all of you forgot it and no one whined about it then.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  52. mario g

    another stupid comment by the republicans. It is ok for George Bush to do it but Obama has no right.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  53. E. M. Riley

    I see nothing wrong with any President asking childern to suggest ways that they could help the President. The President is the leader of this country and therefore represents this country. We would like to be seen as an open democracy. Asking for advice and getting it is a good example of direct democracy.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  54. Bryana Phillips

    I think that some kids really have good idea for what the president needs to help them out on. The kids of the US are going to be running it so why not ask them what they need to control the US. I think its a great idea.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  55. M. Johnson

    This is all because our President is an African American. I know this because I have several friends who are telling/showing me emails that are being posted about "Nobama has 3,000 or some odd days before he leaves office" What?? This is insane. Just pure hatred. Were there boycotts when President Bush or any Presidents going to school's and making speeches? No!! I'm so glad that we do have a President who can push through and rise above all of this hatred and try and deal with REAL issues of this country!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  56. Barbara Franklin

    The children's parents who are complaining about his address and not allowing their children to hear it are giving their children a very bad lesson. If anything, whether you voted for Pres. Obama or not, they should be teaching their children respect for the office of the Presidency and respect for other people's opinions.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  57. Mary from Oregon

    I am disappointed that this story is not being reported for what it is – an embarrassing segment of society that fails to respect the office of the President of the United States. Their children should be honored that he is taking time to address and encourage them at a time when he could be spending his time continuing to fix the mess he inherited 8 months ago.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  58. Fran

    A controversy whipped up by right wing talk radio. It is such a shame that this is the lesson they teach their children. This teacher gives them an 'F' in Civics.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  59. mel

    Shame on u America, u should set an example for the rest of de world. Shame on u. It is time to grow u

    September 4, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  60. tony/yonkers,NY

    this is nonsense,why can't the president talk to school kids to encourage them to study and not drop out.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  61. Paul Cook

    It is amazing to me that so many people are concerned about President Obama speaking to school children when President Bush did the same. Especially his photo shoot a the elementary school on 9/11 when he sat there looking more like a special education student than a president.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  62. Dorian Y

    President Bush spoke at a school and nothing was said. So I dont see the big issue over this. Obama knows what he is trying to do so let him do it. Stop criticising him over this, we shold get back to a real issue.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  63. Jen

    What kind of example are parents trying to lead these days. As parents do you not set rules that your kids have to follow but they hate?President Obama WON the election. You may not like all of his views however, he is still OUR PRESIDENT. I would be thrilled if he came to speak at my school when I was there. I was in the military for years. Did I like the Bush administration..no!! But did I respect them as a leader of our country and our commander in chief, yes! All you parents who have a problem with The President speaking to the students should reflect on the message you are giving to your children. Grow up already and stop giving America a bad name!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  64. bill

    COME ON! This is the President of the US. This about respect for the office. How stupid are these people! The really do not know what socialism really is and they do not understand the importance of our children hearling all side of issues. These are narrow, undereducated people who unfortunately drive our political scene. They don't read; they don't understand; they don't learn and they work to prevent others including their own children from hearing all sides. We have a young, dynamic President who is asking us to confront issues that we have ignored for the eight years of our last President – who by the way was from Texas! What is the message to their children – disrespect people because you may not agree with them; don't listen to people (even if it is the President) because you don't want to hear the message. These people are scary

    September 4, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  65. Don

    This is another example of right wing bashing of the president. The conservatives lost the election and they don't want to give it up. All of the rest of us had to put up with George Bush for 8 years and the conservatives can't even give President Obama a year. This is just an example of partisan politics.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  66. Kate

    . This controversy is just another example of how bitter the politcal divide is in the country. It is sad when school students are not able to hear their president because political agendas (on both sides) come before being Americans.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  67. Pat Wolff

    These rabid racists never complain when military recruiters and corporate shills come into their schools to speak to their kids.

    And they never complained when President Bush visited the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida on 9-11!

    They just can't stand the fact that a black man was elected President.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  68. Marge

    The more I follow the news...the more I come to the conclusion that a lot of the negative response President Obama is receiving is more than just people disagreeing on policies (which is fine) but a lot to do with who the president is at this time (a black man). Two points

    1. I do not think at these healthy care forums anyone would dare just display these kinds of weapons when the president is there speaking.

    2. Regarding him speaking to children to encourage them to do well in school. It has been done by various presidents including the first Bush.

    I am starting to feel like the issue is that he is a black man even though he has made it clear that he represents all Americans.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  69. Maribeth

    I wish I had the memory of John F Kennedy's image and voice in my head from 1960 when I was a 13 yr old schoolgirl. This young President & his family hold a lot of interest for young people. This country will be run by these schoolchildren one day. The people who object: are they the ones who insist on teaching creationism instead of evolution?

    September 4, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  70. Helen T. Riley

    As an educator in an American publilc school, I applaud President Obama for soliciting help, suggestions, and ideas from our youth. Too often they feel disenfranchised, powerless to affect change, insignificant in the political machinations of power brokers and political parties. How refreshing to give them a voice in their future, an opportunity to experience direct democracy. Nothing could better reinforce our educational goals to become active contributors in our society .

    September 4, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  71. Brian in Va

    I can't believe with all the other problems facing our nation that the ever present critics of Pres. Obama are goining off on the President for a speech emphasizing the importance of education – I guess considering the level of common sense and intelligence we see coming from extremists groups like the so called 'lifers', education is not a right wing family value – as long as they can shoot a gun and carry it to a health care debate, who needs education? (Remember, these are the people who think Sarah Palin would make a good leader – for almost her entire term) What has happened to the common decency we once showed our president and our citizens. These people make me sick and are part of the REAL problem with America – hypocrites who wrap themselves in the flag and clutch their Bible to their chest while packing a hogleg strapped to their thigh – I wish THEY would leave this country and never come back – or move to Texas which is almost the same thing.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  72. Wade

    I can't believe parents are whining about their kids having the opportunity to hear the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES speak, they should be thanking President Obama for helping them parent, not complaining. I don't care what side of the isle you sit on, this is a huge opportunity for your children!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  73. Andre

    This is ridiculous. I had the chance of seeing president Bush up close, and I still turned up Independent. If Obama can influence these kids in anyway, it'll be a good thing. Bad or good, Obama is an inspiration. Someone I'd like my children to meet. These conservative (mentally unstable) controversies are exhausting.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  74. grene

    I think it is crazy that people are making such a big fuss about the president's address to students. this is the most rediculous story ever. i wish the media would stop reporting it. it is a non-issue. i am sure if the media were to spend more time on the economy (which is what I really want to know about), they would be filled to the rim with far more important stories. this is another attempt by the right wing to blur the issues by engaging us in their circus like productions.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  75. Nathan

    Controversy? Any other president would have been welcomed to any school for a speech. It's only controversial to the right wing nuts and racists! Let the man do his job!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  76. Itala Steinwald

    The tranparency of the motivations for more of these absurd allegations , such as "indoctrination" is staggering. How is it a sacrilege to encourage kids to stay in school in a country with a 30% drop out rate is beyond me.
    The divisive,vile and fear inducing commentaries of the right have to stop. I do not remember anyone making such a hoopla about it in 1991,when Bush made a similar address. Hypocrisy at its best!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  77. Bill in Michigan

    What has this country come to that there is any controversy at all about the President of the United States addressing our country's school children at the beginning of the school year? His life story is a prime example about what education can do for you.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  78. Howard

    If this were the NCAA, to GOP woulds be suspended for 8 years for complete stupidity and irrelevence. I have never seen a more lack of respect for the office of the President than these right wing scumbags who call themselves "Christians". If Jesus came back today he would slap these punks silly.
    This man wad dully elected by a vast majority of Americans and should be treated as such.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  79. Steve Owens

    As a Republican and father of 3, I am not in favor of the plan to speak with our children only because of the worksheets that are going to be handed out to the students. Take away the worksheets, and he has my blessings to motivate our children to stay in school and work hard.

    My children will be attending school and I want them to see the speech, but they will not be completing the work sheet. Let's not forget that he will be addressing a future President of the United States. Maybe it will be my son or daughter – or yours.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  80. Justin Smith

    Every president has addressed the school children, and almost every school has written the president. the people who say they are keeping heir children out of school for that day is their right, But very immature, and they should get a unexcused school absence. Its the Adults who are not respecting the president of the united states. no matter their views it is important for the children to hear the president speak about their education and what it means to them and our country. I have never seen an out rage as much as this , I believe people seem to be more racist because the president is part African American and part Caucasian, people just cant get over the fact we have a black democratic president. This isn't a political speech, its a address to the children and their goals in life, what does it teach our children by keeping them out of school, intolerance of differences.
    Justin
    cape coral fl

    September 4, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  81. Cheryl Ann

    Why would anyone not want an eloquent speaker and a man of integrity who is also the President of the United States and a father to speak to school children? He is not going to use the children of America to advance any agenda. He will probably speak about learning and its importance. Children need this from all voices they can hear. Sometimes it only takes a different voice saying exactly what parents and teachers have said to make a difference for a troubled child.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  82. Suzanne

    It's scary because some of the czars and advisors Obama has surrounding him are people who go against the viewpoints of the average people of this country. I now see Obama as a very scary President because of the people who surround him. This has nothing to do with his race. It has to do with him. I'm a registered Democrat who sees myself as an Independent.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  83. michael caballero

    It is interesting how people complain without knowing what it is all about, First it was health care now it is education.
    Parents should let their children hear the speech and then discuss it with their children and thus make a learning situation
    instead of a complaint sessin.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  84. Chuck from Inglewood, CA

    Fredricka, Again this is testimony that the Republicans are determined to make this president fail. All the lies about socialist Medicare, Government takeover, just like the reasons for the Iraq war, Yet the greater population of the American public eyes covered by the wool of racism are unbelivably so gullible. Our neighbor nations will just look at us, laugh at us, and actually believe we are a foolish nation, and proceed to treat us as such. Republicans better refrain from this trend of politics before they set an irreversible precedence.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  85. David

    It amazes me that there is any opposition to a president encouraging children to study hard. American's are great at ignoring facts and living in the fantasy dreamland that is spoon fed to us by TV conglomerates. Our nation was once the smartest and richest in the nation. The sad fact is now, that is not the case. We consistently underperform in science and math ratings when compared to our world peers. I will not get into the politics that we are just exiting an 8 year long war on education, math, and science. World history has always taught us that the nation with an inherent technological advantage is the dominant nation, this axiom would have the U.S. ranked somewhere around13th to 16th in the world. A more disturbing statistic to me then any other

    September 4, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  86. Steve G

    It's blatant racism. I'm a New Yorker now living in Texas and I see it every day down here. The schools in Texas have never been integrated. If it were George Bush, these conservatives would force every student to listen. But because Obama is black, they hate everything he says and does.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  87. Preet

    This whole thing is starting to become extremely stupid. Exactly what do people think the President is going to say to school kids to "Indoctrinate" them?
    This is more over reactionary garbage from right wing talk show and radio show hosts. This is exactly what lets them get control and make the administration and the Dems back down from things they don't like, just as they are doing on Health care. Accept this time they are doing it on something that would have no affect on anything accept to encourage the countries children.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  88. Elizabeth

    I am taken aback about there being any controversy over the President of the United States of America talking to the students of this country. We have fallen into such a spiral of hatred, misinformation and misunderstanding that we are no longer the melting pot of the world. We have become (or never really changed from) a country where segregation is strong. Segregated by wealth, political beliefs, sexual persuasion or ethnic traits. We cannot be the leader of the free world when we still have people lving on the streets, those who are uneducated and uninsured. Shame on you America. The President should be able to talk to every child in this country because he seems to be one of the few who is actually trying to bring this country together and who really cares about children and their education. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME

    September 4, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  89. David Young

    I applaud President Obama for encouraging school children to study hard and stay in school. It's mind boggling to me how this could be twisted into accusations of the president brainwashing our children. This is simply a universally good message that all parents should be glad for their children to hear. Some people are afraid to acknowledge the good and positive influence that government can have in people's lifes and it's a sad example of how some people don't want to acknowledge there can be good in a person even though they didn't happen to vote for him.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  90. Deann

    I want to hear some real news instead of fake forced made up controversy. I'm so tire of all this negative nonsense. Why don't you all CNN, MSNBC, Fox stop parroting each other. PLEASE talk about the positive. Please report the news when it happens instead of fake speculations. Why are you being bullied into Fox News made up controversy?

    September 4, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  91. Kevin B

    I am a father of 3 elementary aged children in Texas and have been a Republican since I began voting 20 years ago. I am embarressed of the uproar being created by many conservatives and extremely disappointed in my children's school for electing not to show the address. I do not personally agree with the President on the current Healthcare package, Cap and Trade, or stimulus spending, but I do respect him as the elected leader of our Nation even though I voted for Senator McCain. I applaud President Obama for taking the time to address all school children on the importance of education and working hard. My opinion is that the people creating the uproar are letting their personal opinions of his policies cloud the issue and are not reasonably evaluating what his message will be to children.

    When my kids arrive home from school on Tuesday, we will sit down together and watch the address online.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  92. Don

    This is again a lot about nothing. This is absolutely no issue. This is just an example of partisan politics.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  93. Chris

    I am not sure if any one has noticed that "everything is controversial for the Republicans" In their view. . . Nothing is going right. . of course after they ran the country off the rails and into the ditch. Obstructionest, they are!!!

    The President and all of us need to highlight and magnify citizenship, education and self reliance. What better way to get the message to the next generation than the President!!!

    Finally to the Republications to aid the masses is "socialism" tro aid the upper crust is "capitalism" "free market" and liberty to "scam" the masses to the masses detriment.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  94. Eric

    I am shocked at the level of hatefulness. Many of us did not support the Bush administration; however we did not portray the level of hatefulness that is being displayed for President Obama. This is the president of the United States, whom we are suppose to stand behind. He is speaking on the importance of education! What wrong can you find in that?

    This has done nothing but bring out the true racism that is deep down in people. They can blame it on the President's agenda all they want but the true meaning behind the hate is surfacing.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  95. Steve Owens

    After reading the rest of the posts here there seems to be a lot of miss information about the past presidents speeches. When President Bush gave his speech, there were no handouts given to the students asking them how they can support him. And yes, there was a lot of opposition to the speech led, I believe, by Tom Daschle.

    90% of those opposed to the speech are only opposed because of the hand outs.

    This is not a racial issue, the only people bringing race into it is you!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  96. Cabot Davis

    I feel totally heartbroken that our country is so divided that there are actually parents out there who'd not allow the President of the United States to visit their child's classroom! Would this have happened under any other Presidency? I don't think so!

    I'm a 46 year old caucasian male and I would be honored and thrilled to have my child's school visited by any President of the United States! I really feel this is breaking down into several issues such as partisanship and in reality race! The individuals who protest are probably closeted racists who don't want an African American president in their child's school. The others are probably hardcore right wingers who just can't muster the respect that the Commander in Chief deserves, whether he's a Democrat or not!

    Shame on you America! President Obama is only trying to spread a positive message to our children, all of whose parents should be extremely honored that he'd take the time out of his busy schedule to do so.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  97. Joan Lofton

    What a shame! There is nothing wrong with President Obama speaking to the children about staying in school and drugs. This is a real problem in this country and what better person to speak on this message than the President of the United States to our children. These people are really embarrassing this country and we need to put a stop to this. Surely this does not have anything to do with education. It is clearly that these are Republicans who still haven't accepted Barack Obama as President and they will stop at nothing to keep embarrassing this country with this unintelligent disarray. The President needs to stop listening to these right wing people who has no desire in supporting anything he support or do. These people did not criticize George Bush of foisting a political agenda on children when he sat in a classroom reading a book upside down to the children. Now President Obama is accused by these Republicans of foisting a political agenda on children. Give me a break! If you don’t want your children to watch the webcast then keep them home. I have school age children and you can bet that I will allow my children to watch this webcast.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  98. Shirley Caetano

    Marvelous that the United States has advanced to the point that our President can be beamed into every classroom to encourage and inspire our students. What a lesson for them to see a man of such humble beginnings, through hard work and tenacity, intelligence and grace, diplomacy and kindness, achieve the highest office of our Nation.
    His motive is to encourage children to believe in themselves, to believe that opportunity exists for them to fulfill their dreams, to accomplish what might to many, seem impossible. And what a golden opportunity for teachers to teach respect for the Office of the President – no matter what their political beliefs. For it is in unity we are strong...in divisiveness and derision we are weakened. Let us quell the voices of skepticism and animosity by raising higher those voices of pride and respect and gratitude that we have been blessed with the privilege of living in America...the land of the free!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  99. Bob

    There is an opportunity here for parents to teach their children manners and patriotism. Children should be taught to listen politely and respectfully to any authority figure. Teach the children how to be respectful citizens and patriots in a civil democracy. Whether you vote for a president or not, he deserves nothing less than the civility and respect due his position in our wonderful country. If parents believe that a 20 minute speech will brainwash their children, then they need to go back to school. If a 20 minute speech could brainwash children, then we should have no behavioral or drug problems in our schools – let the speeches begin!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  100. Angela

    This hoopla by the GOP about the POTUS speech on Tuesday is ridiculous. They are still miffed at losing to the Dems and to Prez. Obama in particular. They have no leader, no solutions and are trying to muddy the waters. If they are (one and all of them) at every turn telling the Prez. how to run the country, then why can't the children (whom they profess to be looking out for) give the Prez. suggestions on how they can help him improve the nation? They might actually have an idea that (dare I say??!!) the GOP has not thought of, to actually help the country, and not the GOP!!
    None of them had a problem with former Prez. G.W. Bush injecting policy and slight politics in his address to children at their scholl, but they want to act like the current POTUS is doing something unheard of. Hypocrisy is alive and well in the GOP, alright. Unfortunately, these are going to be with us for the next four years. Sour grapes don't go down that easy. The GOP will never accept anything this POTUS says or does, and will always try to paint him and his motives in a sinister way. It is inconceivable to them that someone is actually thinking of the country and the people.... not just the next election.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  101. Eric

    I am again saddened by what is happening to our country. Would these so called parents have prevented other Presidents from addressing students to inspire them to do better and focus on their education. I believe any parent who would not dishonor our President and their children this way should be ashamed. I raised two children to respect our country and our Presidents and as young adults they have never made a negative statement against any President and I feel I accomplished my job of teaching them overall respect. I believe these are the same parents who complain about a lack of respect by their kids and other kids. What examples are they showing? They complain about violence, but they act violent during the health care town hall meetings. They call our President awful names and allow ministers to make hateful statements in their churches, but they complain about the harsh lyrics in music. The couple you showed talking about keeping their kids home. Really, what is their motivation and I bet it is not their kids. I am an independent and have always respected my Presidents (Ford, Carter,Reagan, HW Bush, Clinton, GW Bush and Obama) . Republican or Democrat doesn't matter. If Republicans continue this manner of hate and racism (which it is), shame on them. Don't hide your racist beliefs and practices and mask them in complaints about health care, the environment, economy and children. Again, shame on you.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  102. Kevin B

    To the other bloggers who blame racism as the central reason for the uproar, that is absolute nonsense. Conservatives do not like many of President Obama's liberal policies and stances and are therefore against most or all things Obama. It is about policy and belief differences, not ethnicity! Were all of the people that opposed former President Bush racist because he was white, or against him because he was from the south? No, they did not like his policies or direction for the nation.

    MJohnson: Did I miss something in your message "This is all because our President is an African American. I know this because I have several friends who are telling/showing me emails that are being posted about “Nobama has 3,000 or some odd days before he leaves office” " How does an email counting down the days until President Obama's first term ends translate into the issue being because he is African American? Rediculous! Stop blaming racism and accept that many people disagree with the President, regardless of race.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  103. Rob in Riverview FL

    Just more of the same dirty tricks by the minority, when you loose an election, IT DOES HAVE CONSEQUENCES! I urge all people who stood up and voted for change to support our PRESIDENT. Our president has children too, he wants us all to succeed in life, and this begins with a good education. There is no disagreement here, just pure political dirty tricks......reminds me of the days of Tricky Dicky! Remember, Republicans....what the end result was for Nixon!

    The base of the Republican party is evangelical christians....Doesn't the Bible teach honesty anymore?

    September 4, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  104. Stephen Yonke

    Fredricka,
    The opposition to this president stems from the fact that the right wing still can't stomach their loss last november. Fortunately, the president's victory was by a landslide, thus making election results uncontestable. I am pretty certain those behind these shenanigans are the same folks who believe in the Jeremiah Wright conspiracy story. To them, the president will never be good. Sadly, by playing the story too much as is the case, the media is giving credence to this distraction.
    The world is changing and changing fast. Obviously, the right wing has lost control and it's now acting like a wounded lion that destroys everything on its path. Thank Goodness these detractors are in the minority. We will never again allow them to make a mockery of this country!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  105. Tom Joad

    For as long as I can remember, our family has always supported our President, whether we disagreed with him or not. And, we will continue to do so, despite the blatant double standards Obama is being subjected to.

    Those sheltering their kids are making a huge mistake because young adults are naturally inquisitive. Would you rather them listen to Obama's speech with you and discuss it or have them listen to it with their friends? Either way, they will listen to it.

    Many parents today fear that their kids have broken the legacy of intolerance and bigotry that has crippled this country for so many years, and they're correct in their fears. The vast majority of young adults, the future of this nation, are more tolerant and objective and able to think for themselves without a Beck, Limbaugh, Olberman or Coulter telling them what they should think or who they should date.

    Regards,

    Tom Joad

    September 4, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  106. Kate

    This whole controversy blows my minds. Parents keeping their children home to stop them from hearing the President tell them to stay in school? Does no one else see the irony of that?

    As to the lesson plans, if they are taken out of context, maybe then there could be something to worry about, but when you put them IN context with the speech, I cannot see what is wrong with writing down what parts of the speech they find inspirational or how they could help the President meet their educational goals! This speech is really about the students and having them taking responsibility for their education. So, what the questions were really asking was how can the President help you, not how can you help the President. These lessons plans were also 1) voluntary 2) teaching listening and critical thinking skills.

    People are not always going to share your idealogy. Teaching children to avoid healthy debate, and instead buy into conspiracy thinking is not doing them any good! I don't know what the bias is, I'm sure it's different for different people (political, fundamental, or race). Enough already!!! I'm sure glad that people are willing to create controversy over anything! Mr. President, please, come out AGAINST health care reform!!! 🙂

    September 4, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  107. Peter Pleva

    Trying to get youth interested in their government, even if that interest is generated by a pep talk from the president to excel scholastically, is a good idea. Democrats and Republicans are like bickering children vying for attention and picking on each others ideas. They spend so much time pointing out the flaws of each other that they don’t make any worth while progress running our government. To all politician, grow up, act like adults, and do your job of running the government.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  108. MaryGene Armstrong

    I think it's ridiculous that people are saying President Obama is using this as a political ploy and that "they didn't vote for him". My friends, that's the beauty of democracy–even if you didn't vote for him, he's still your president and should be allowed to address school-aged Americans encouraging them to do well in school to succeed in this ever-changing world without being accused of ulterior motives.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  109. D. Lyons

    I was amazed that the Conservative Right did not want children in this country to write the President about ways they thought they could help him. I am a retired teacher and I have always taught my children that being an active citizen is very important and even they can make a difference. I would say this to the Conservatives that this lesson plan was 1. an excellent way for bipartisanship to be demonstrated because kids usually reflect the view of their parents. 2. that writing the President suggestions on what he should do is demonstrating how citizenship works. 3. this is a very direct way for children to actually participate in their government which all citizen should do. I would warn that to discourage children from writing or even listening to his speech is saying do participate in government unless the man in charge is one you agree with. All adults should teach their children that citizenship is a valuable right and they are valuable citizens. I had a student who was concerned when he read in a newpaper that Michigan was considering dropping recess to give kids more instruction time in school. He wrote his state representative and cited reasons to keep is such as, fighting obesity, teaching children to resolve conflicts in nonviolent manner, and teaching chidren to share. His representative wrote him back, said his letter made sense and that he, the representative, would work to keep recess as a part of the school. When he received the letter my student was so proud and really felt he had made a difference. I don't think his feet hit the ground for a week. This boy was only 8 years old. I am a middle of the roader and vote for the man I feel will do the job best even though to participate in Michigan elections I registered as a Democrat. My grandmother was born in 1889 and got to vote for the first time when she was 33 when she could finally vote. She taught all of her grand children that voting was the most important thing you could do and you should never shirk it. After this I have to think that the Conservatives just want people to walk in lockstep without thinking. How sad that they don't see this as a great opportunity to show democracy in action.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  110. Tom Joad

    Sounds like the US is suffering from an acute case of Xenophobia...

    September 4, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  111. cb

    Wow!!! I am amazed by the number of ignorant comments that are on this site. When you send your child to school they are exposed to varied ideas all day long from their teachers as well as other students. Do you expect a permission slip for EVERY activity or adult who addresses your child? As a teacher, I would love for SOMEONE to finally take responsible for students learning because I'm sick and tired of students and parents blaming me for everything as they let their kids run willy nilly and spend hours playing video games. Ignore the fact that our children are facing obesity in growing numbers, falling further behind academically every year and cheating is running rampant with those electronic gadgets they HAVE to have. Ignore the number of suggestive ideas they are exposed to in commercials as they spend hour after hour watching television. For all active parents who are now offended- if you assume that all parents are indeed daily active in their child’s education, you are so sadly mistaken. It is unfortunate how many students come to school with parents who do not care about their children’s education. Did I mention I taught at a school where we have to BRIBE parents to come in for conferences by giving away turkeys in November and radios in the spring, paying their transportation fees AND offering babysitting for their kids?
    Then there is the issue of the number of people who feel they are having an original thought when in actuality you have been brainwashed by the money hungry power grabbers from the past who are afraid of losing their control of their lowly minions. PLEASE, call it socialism if you want, I prefer to think of it as someone finally putting some controls in place to protect us bottom dwellers from the corruption that left us in this financial mess to begin with. Yeah, I guess you wouldn't want some of that wealth to be redistributed; by all means keep pretending that the Bushy group wasn't picking your pockets and focus on Obama wanting your child to do well in school. How dare he?

    September 4, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  112. Tracy Solomon

    1 The lack of Patriotism in this Country will be our downfall for the generation we are raising and that starts with discussions amongst the families not just fighting and blocking everything our President is trying to do. #2 MOST of the people trying to block the President from speaking in the schools, will allow their children to watch anything on TV and use the Internet freely, not everyone but MOST. It is not a concern of what is being said but WHO is speaking. They have made up their mind he can do nothing right. What kind of Patriotism is that to turn your back on the elected President and what kind of Christian example is it not to teach our children to pray for and respect the leader of our country? Christians lead by example not by words alone.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  113. Steven

    It is a real shame that the opposition has to result to antics that promote racial divide in our country. We are beginning to see the true nature of the conservative party as they spin an average presidential speech that has been a tradition for the White House for years into a political debate. I hear comments from parents that have been interviewed on CNN and other news outlets concerned with values and beliefs that their children could encounter from a Presidential pep talk. If the values and beliefs that these parents are teaching their children are to be closed minded and not willing to listen to others opinions, maybe they really need to re-evaluate their belief systems. The parents should be more concerned with the beliefs and the values of the teachers that are educating their children as oppose to a brief public appearance that the President will be participating in. This ideology is perpetuating another generation intolerance and ignorance that America has experienced for the past three hundred years. It’s sad because it is our future generation that is affected by such actions. Although America believes that we have evolved past a generation of hatred and in-tolerance it is obvious we still have a long way to go.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  114. SEB

    I don't get what all the fuss is all about. George Bush #1 spoke to us when I was in school and I turned out fine...people need to get a grip on reality and stop feeding into all these scare tactics.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  115. Louis Ross

    LOL silly paranoid white people .

    September 4, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  116. Tony

    Our kids need a strong, intelligent, male role model. Why on earth would anyone want to deny our students a great inspirational moment?

    September 4, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  117. Neita Rice in TX

    Perhaps the uproar is due to the reasons stated by many which seems to be totally missed in the above statements. The president did not want to just speak to the children at school, but wanted to pass out workbooks with thought provoking questions. And the questions asked what they could do to promote the president, and help the president in his goals. This makes most conservatives uneasy because they believe the government is in place to work for the people. Not the people are in place to work for the government.

    I understand the workbooks have been recalled/scrapped. Evidently our country has started down the slippery slope of propaganda and indoctrination at an early age. It makes me think of the pictures I remember seeing as a kid of the state public (governement) schools in Nazi Germany of little drones indoctrinated in the government policy.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  118. Tony

    I am afraid. Our country seems to be suffering from some sort of Glenn Beck induced mass paranoia.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  119. Vic

    It's a sad, sad message these complaining parents are sending the youth....on so many levels.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  120. Petra

    President Obama was elected to the highest office of the United States by the American People and in that office is also representing our entire school community for the 4 years in office. I have not taken a citizenship test yet but I am sure I would have just flunked it had I made the decision my son's school chose today. I am flabergasted. Whether our community voted for or against a representative does not mean we choose not to participate in our democracy. I don't remember that there was a disivion in the community when President Bush addressed students during his term – why expect any this time????? Mr Obama is the PRESIDENT .... what kind of message does this decision send to our children who we try to raise to become proud citizens who take their rights and responsibilities serious??? this decision to block a presidential speech intended for them will devide the community not the speech itself!

    -– Original Message -–
    From: ""

    Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2009 1:35 PM
    Subject: President Obama's Speech

    > This is a message from W*** J*** Middle School. Based on parent feedback and in the interest of not dividing the school community, W*** J*** Middle School will not be showing President Obama's speech to students on Tuesday. While we believe that the message to stay in school and get a good education is one that all students need to hear, we do not wish to create political divisiveness. Parents may choose to record the speech and discuss it with your children as you see fit. Thank you.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  121. mike sey

    A hubbub about nothing – proving only that the GOP and a lot of Americans ain't too keen on book -larnin ' cept the one good book which has all they need to know.
    Instead of trying to accomodate their paranoias, Obama should just proceed with his plans, secure in the knowledge that some brains cant be washed.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  122. Barbara

    When I was a child, we were taught to respect the government.
    These parents who do not want their children to hear the president are forcing their opinions on their children. I think this is rediculous.
    Do these parents read everything the teachers say in class prior to it being presented? Do they read all the text books?
    If I was a child in school, I would be totally embarrased that my parents would not let me hear the president. Just because these parents don't trust and respect our President, does not give them the right to force this opinion on their children.
    Do these parents think they can follow their children around for life and force their opinions on their children.
    By teaching our children not to respect our Government, is one of the reason we have so many juvenile delinquints who-when they get away from their parents- finally can form their own opinions, choose to try to break the laws of our country and schools. They are the ones who think laws are not made for them. Like the students at Mississippi State are accused of sexual assault and drinking in Fraternity house.
    I say, let the children hear what the President has to say, then come home and discuss it with their parents. That is if the parents have time after they get through watching news, discussing how they can protest, and disrespecting our government and laws.
    Teach your child to respect our government even if you don't like the president.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  123. Thomas Williams

    It is ridiculous and absurd that certain school districts are preventing the airing of a positive message towards our children. Why do we have to assume that there is a political agenda behind everything he does? Our nations youth face many hardships and are negatively influenced daily, but President Obama stands to be a positive role model for them. I honestly don't understand or see where the issue is.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  124. Jeremy

    Conservative bloggers and media are putting politics first. Whether you voted for him or not, President Obama is the Executive of this country and has the right to speak to its citizens, especially those in government funded institutions (public schools). Not respecting his office is the same as disrespecting this country. Secondly, he is not sending a political message. He's discussing hard work in school. Since when is that a part of a partisan agenda? And school children are too young to vote. How is this a political speech? I understand partisanship, but this is going too far. You can disagree with the politics without disrespecting the office.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  125. David, Hollywood Florida

    The concern of having President Obama speaking to all of our children about his agenda is a far contrast from President Bush reading a book to a classroom of elementary students. Obama speaking to ALL of our children at one time with questions like:, "Ask yourself what you can do to help the President" is frighteneing.
    Why can't CNN show the original dialogue and not the new revised message to allow the CNN listening audience the opportunity to see what specifics has outraged the Masses? HAving an American self reliant message is great.....impressing our children to adopt his politiacal agenda as the right thing to do has no business in our schools.....this is the responsibility of American Parents not the Presidents

    September 4, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  126. Lauren Hughes

    As a student, I plan on not going to school that day because it's a load of bull that I have to sit and listen to the president try and rope me into his way of thinking. I'm glad that I don't have to write that assignment that was originally planned because I'd have to hand in a blank paper.

    p.s. I love my dvr, because it helps me read those entries that you skip. Too bad they are good comments.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  127. Robert

    This is a time when we shoud all be coming together as one country to solve all the probems facing our nation. Those who are trying to make such a big deal about the president's speech to young children are doing so for their own selfish reasons. In doing this, they are creating more division among Americans, and if we fall apart as a country, we may some day not have a country. People should not be so easily influenced by the radical radio/tv idiots who are opposed to anyone or anything only because of their political affiliation. Let's show the world how we can stand together. Let's grow up, for the sake of our country.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  128. Hilroy

    Black Americans and other progressive supporters of the President need to wake up and take note.

    The president cannot speak to the children even though the former President Bush did.

    People openly showing disdain for the President including evil Dick Cheney while others are openly carrying guns at some of these gatherings.

    Others cannot bring themselves to call him President. I HATE to think where this is all going to lead us but it is scary.

    Wake up black Americans and take note. You have a black President but RACISM IS NOT DEAD IN AMERICA SO BE VIGILANT. The health care issue is a smoke screen to bring out the racists and it was just a matter of time.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  129. Frank Drzymkowski

    If the President restricts his comments to getting good grades, staying healthy, saying no to drugs and those kinds of things, I am okay with that. However, asking them to participate in any kind of political activities is inappropriate (except for being informed on issues). I am just too skeptical about the temptation to do otherwise.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  130. Pat Cole

    I believe that our federal programs monies should be taken away from theses public schools.Every time I view the news today there is alway a negative comment about our President. Where have the respect of the office gone? The former vice president making comments about President Obama, how this tasteful. A person once held an important job in our country!
    This country is in a mess because history is repeating itself in full form.
    What are you as american citizens trying to suggest that President Obama is not qualified for the job. Well tell me who is? Our representative(s) and some senators are in their position because they would our voices back to washington. Well that didn't happen what we are hearing today is the good of boys club has struck a nerve will the european citizen.
    I just wonder have any of the representative or senators study Civic in school? or read what the Staute of Liberty holds up every day?
    Stop trying to think your way is the best way because it is not . You are still teaching segregation!
    Parents of the schools who wish to read his statment or stop President Obama to speak to their children need to read "Turn Away Thy Son" by Elizabeth Jacoway
    Last statement What are you afraid of? American people all in the same boat gong down slow but surely because of small minded people who attend church regular with their own understanding of the Bible! Well it did work then and it will not work now.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  131. bill

    Here's the problem- there is a lesson plan which comes with Obama's speach which requires stundens to make a pledge of service not to the office of president of the united states which would be fine, but to president Obama specifically. that is the difference. imagine what would have happened if students were forced to write a letter stating what they would do to help Bush during the lead up to the Iraq war. remember none of us know who will be president in four years time.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  132. Monique

    As an educator and minister, I cannot believe that we have turn back the clock to the McCarthy era. Words such as socialist and communism are being used to ignite fear. We are not allowing our children to become life-long learners and individuals who can analyze issues with fairness. We are not allowing our children to learn how to disagree without being disagreeable.

    Fear and ignorance is being utilized to create a mob mentality. Mobs act on emotion not facts or education. Mobs burn books, crush curriculum, blackball blindly, lynch laughing, and die desperate.

    The mis-education of America has been and will continue to be the downfall of America. For the record, I am an independent. I love my country but I am sadden and even fearful of where it is going.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  133. HoustonVeteran

    If you are afraid of your kids being indoctrinated with harmful ideology, turn off your TV's altogether and don't let the kids see anything until they are 18. There are much more harmful influences that they are exposed to everyday (sex, violence, creationism, darwinism, palinism, Army of One, Governors having affairs, etc...depending on your particular ideological bent). A speech by a sitting President encouraging kids to work hard and excel is hardly socialism. Grownups need to really get a grip and worry about more important things!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  134. Darrick

    It's racism Tony. It's just racism at work. Some whites in this country are breaking my African-American heart. Obama has suffered such indignities at the hands of these people. Indignities that no President before him ever had to deal with.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  135. Pam

    It's another ridiculous non-issue! It's also another example of racism. Nobody ever questioned Ronald Reagen or George H.W. Bush when they talked to children. Just another fake "issue" to distract from the actual ones!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  136. Chris

    My biggest problem is with the school district I live in. Teachers were not allowed to air the historic inauguration or with this district being in Philadelphia, the World Series Parade of the Phillies, but yet our superintendent thinks it is fine to air this controversial address. To me there is a double standard.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  137. Johny

    Conservative parents are afraid for their kids being exposed to ideas that open their minds and make them think. Because thinking is the best conservative repellent.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  138. Valerie

    Tony, the only people politicizing President Obama's speech on education are the one's threatening to pull their children out of class or school. These are the same people that are dragging their kids to Tea Party and secession events.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  139. Bob Young

    It's just another distraction for the Republicans. They don't have any real issues to attack the President on, so they attack on anything they can grasp at. It's really a shame that a once great party has fallen this far.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  140. Nadeem

    Just look at the people who are having a problem with this. Right wing and white. The issue isn't so much the message but the messenger. More to point the color of the messenger. These people can't stand this black president and thats it in a nut shell. I could have more respect for them if they were just honest and quit hiding behind some boogeyman policy agenda that the president is supposed to have. Get real people.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  141. Nick

    WOW! I am a student and I don't want parents from previous generations telling me what to learn. I want our CHOSEN president to inform me and keep me up to date on new age ideas and new ways of thinking. For a supposed Christian nation, there sure is a whole lot of hatred, condemnation, and judgment. Since when did kids become the "grown-ups?"

    September 4, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  142. Kathy Jones

    Tony, I think this is/should be a nonissue. The President should be able to speak to the students in the country, for, if not for anything else, a civic lesson. The right is really taking this too far. If parents want to control 'everything' their little darlings hear, they should home-school their children.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  143. LCBanks

    As parents, it is our responsibility to know what our children are being exposed to–this I agree. It is not our responsibility to over sensor them. If they don't get exposed to everything, how can they formulate their own thought processes? Unless that is what parents ar afraid of? Let your non-partisan child watch, then when they get home you can give them your partisan thoughts IF it's that important to you.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  144. Jim Babcock

    What has the world come to? What happened to common sense? Objecting to the President of the United States addressing students to get a good education! Give me a break!!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  145. Tommie

    Tell me which of the 43 other presidents had to face a screaming mob at every turn? No one really wants to call a spade a spade. This is racism at the core, disguised with creative terms like 'Marxist' and 'Socialist'. I would bet that at least 80% of those throwing out those terms don't know the first thing about Communism or Socialism.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  146. Kathryn

    What is wrong with these people? I'm wondering what kind of a parent one of you featured viewers is if says she doesn't agree with Obama's view of education. She doesn't want her kids to take education seriously and stay in school? Unbelievable!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  147. Korey

    These people are following an old habit of complaining without action or understanding that was developed out of an era of fear. More than likely many of the skeptics have not taken the time to interview multiple schools or teachers before deciding on the one their child is attending currently, although, their decisions as parents remain a constant influence beyond the president's speech on Sept 8. Any content that our children will be exposed to requires our overview. Traditionally society is not really accustom to such independence and fear loosing everything they know not to mention being unclear how to teach this type of involvement. The president is asking for a partnership and has attempted to bypass the problems of ulterior motives and old ways by asking the children this is all "suppose" to be about. Where have we failed you?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  148. Kevin in Miami Beach

    This "debate" is a media darling and a media creation. The oppositon to the President"s inspirational speach would be nothing more than a few crazies that are bitter if the drama didn't get so much play on the 24 hour news cyle. This is absolute bunk that deserves no air time. So very sad.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  149. Raymond Zander

    Tony, I bet if obama was a white Republican, there wouldn't be a problem!!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  150. Chris

    Let's just add this fabricated "outrage" regarding the President speaking to school children to the list of attempts by extreme conservatives to distort the truth, bash Obama's agenda, maintain the failing status quo, and fool the American public into thinking we are heading towards some sort of communist rule. Give me a break people.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  151. James In Kamiah, Idaho

    Marxist, socialist agen... what? Are these people chenneling McCarthy?!

    What a useless witchhunt..

    You lost people. You lost. Your ideals, your goals, your misconceptions about the world. Their all loser ideas from people with loser mentalities. You no longer have a say. Your say was voted out.

    😉 Now you know how the rest of us felt under the Bush Administration.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  152. M.L.H

    As a Highschool student I think that it is important for kids (younger ones especially) to see that the President cares about their education and that he cares about them this will definetly get smaller children excited about school becuase they will think "Wow, the President was talking to us"

    September 4, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  153. Doris Smith

    I wonder how many of those parents who oppose their children watching the President's address have read all the other curriculum their child will be studying this year? Seems they want to oppose everything he does even before they have read his speech.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  154. Karon

    What is taught in schools is a state's right issue. The president has no business sending out lesson plans to schools!! I'm a teacher, and a parent; and his speech, and these lessons plans and actions offend and insult me on both levels!! Young children should not be expected to write how they can help the president, or what they think of public policies or the actions of the president. Middle school and high school students don't need the president telling them, or their teachers, what to think, or what to write about, either. It's none of his business!! He is way out of line on this. The whole thing just reeks of him doing yet one more campaign speech, only in a different arena, since so many of his policies, and his pet programs appear to be so very unpopular with the general public, and with the people who work hard and pay taxes, right now. He has not stopped campaigning yet!! Every speech the man makes is a campaign speech; and they all still basically sound like his campaign speeches did!! It's all about how he seems to think that his ideas are going to single-handedly solve all of the world's problems, and this country's problems. Why should we, either as teachers, or parents, think this speech he says he wants to give to all of the children in this country be any different? No!! No!! No!! Schools, and states, need to exert their right to decide what should be taught, covered, talked about, or done in their schools!! They need to refuse to tune in to that speech!!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  155. Kenny

    The Republicans will do anything to stop the President from doing anything. If the President had the cure for cancer, Republicans would convience us that cancer doesn't need to be cured. It is sad that nothing gets done in this country because of politics.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  156. ronnie mckay

    This issue is nothing more than a racially motivated act. I doubt seriously that Mr Greer, or any of those people opposing this rally check to see what thier children are being taugh & who is teaching it. I agree with Roland Martin, when all the other presidents talked to schoolkids- no one raised hell about it. Now that we have an African American President, some mono- thinking people just cant stand it . They need to 'Git Ova' it !!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  157. bill

    It is interesting that some people raise socialism and marxism – they don't even begin to understand what those terms really mean. They are attempting to do the very things that a socialist or marxist state would do – deny access to divergent views. This is the president; why shouldn't he encourage students to be aware of what is on the table in public policy. Then the parents if they had a brain would discuss the issues with the students and help them to formulate and intelligent understanding of the issue – not one or the other. How do we prepare people to be good citizens if we deny student access to all sides. This does not mention the respect due to the President as a person and in his position. These are typical undereducated people who do not think and who do not understand who are not capable of conducting a thoughtful discussion even with their own kids – all they know is deny access to information and shout down others. I would wish that some them really lived in a marxist or socialist state – perhaps they would be more cautious with those terms and realize how luck they really are

    September 4, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  158. Felecia

    The poor children of these parents contacting their school boards in an alleged uproar clearly have not considered what this means to have their child singled out in school and held accountable for what are their parents political views. With no evidence to support the claims being made regarding contents of The President’s speech, this appears to be part of the republican half truth machine… the motivations of which seem highly suspect and likewise, as has repeatedly been the case, have racial overtones. How utterly disgusting and irresponsible is it to ask a child to be beleaguered while in school for appearing to carry some adult political agenda. To the parents faking this outrage over nothing: When you wake up in the morning you still have no legitimate argument in this matter… and your president will still be black.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  159. christopher bovee

    For all these people talking about "who is teaching" their kids and "what they're being taught", how many are involvd in the PTA? How many can even name ONE of their kids teachers? This is a total sham, where is the patriotism we all supposedly feel for our country? Whether you agree with the President or not he IS the President! Refusing to listen to the President, aka the elected leader of the free world, is just another excuse for remaining stuck in the past and wholly ignorant to the problems this country faces on a daily basis.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  160. Bob Bailes

    I would think parents would be happy they have a President who cares so much about education. Are we going to set a precident – no Governors, Senators, Congressmen or no elected officials can ever address school students – How about graduations etc.
    Get real people.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  161. Doug Kneeland

    President Obama's plan to speak directly to students about the importance of education is one of the most exciting initiatives of his administration. I could not be prouder to be an American.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  162. Kristin Michelle

    Is the Republican party scared of everything? Scared of the president, scared of terrorists, scared of immigrants, scared of socialists, scared of their neighbors... scared, scared, scared. I'm so sick of hearing them make up things to be frightened of, while ignoring actual threats (global warming and food shortages come to mind, but I could go on.) It seems that Palin and other Talibaptists are at the forefront of this disease. The paranoids are polarizing this country. Now that's something to be scared of!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  163. Dorothy Mainor

    That is an insult to the President. I watch Rep. Jim Greer from Mi. and he needs to be a shame of himself. It is people like him that plays to the crazies out there.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  164. machel ross

    What is the difference when President Bush invigorated proponents of teaching alternatives to evolution in public schools with remarks saying that schoolchildren should be taught about "intelligent design," a view of creation that challenges established scientific thinking and promotes the idea that an unseen force is behind the development of humanity.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  165. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Why are we even discusing this issue are Americans turning into a bunch of block heads good grief talking about a no spin zone.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  166. Mark

    Why is it ok for the Bush's to speak with school children but not Obama? Further, GWB was actually READING to school children when 9/11 attacks occurred!!!

    For African American kids, this is a GOLDEN opportunity to see a man who became POTUS as a African American because he stayed in school, worked hard, and did what he was supposed to do. I would think Republicans would cheer and applaud a Black POTUS trying to make sure that young black kids wouldn't be another crime statistic! They aren't; they'd rather them end up in jail or dead. How ridiculous!!

    I am not a Dem, but this is another example why I refuse to vote for Republicans: they are two-faced and hypocritical. This is a CONSTANT theme whether it is Sanford being hypocritical, or the RNC spewing this kind of insane ridiculousness.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  167. missless

    09/04/2009

    Tony,
    You wanna know what I think about these parents who don't want President Obama giving a speech to their children. I agree with Roland Martin. This is ignorant. These kids can't vote so how will they be influenced to be Republicans or Democrats. And by the time they can vote, these kids will have met a whole lot of college professors and mentors with questionable political views that different from their parents' political views.
    I hate it when people try to hide racism behind stupid excuses which only make me think they are ignorant.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  168. Kay

    What is all the fuss about American people????!!!!! Don't you trust your President?! I believe in Obama and I believe he's not trying to brainwash anyone...He's gonna give the kids good encouragement so why are the parents afraid of that! I'm Jamaican and I believe in him, so why can't the American's do too???!!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  169. Daniella Briseno

    Wait. Is he or is he not the President of The United States? As the President, should he not be allowed to speak to our kids? Should we not respect him on some level as the President of our great country? I had to listen to 8 years of George Bush making up words that didn't exist and I didn't complain that his idiocy was making me stupider. I grit my teeth and dealt. I think the conservatives are ignorant people that believe whatever they are told whether its fact or fiction. They allow thier leaders to twist them. They are sore losers and need to get over it. YOU LOST. Stop playing politics and terrifying your constituants into jumping at every little harmless thing!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  170. Ms. J

    I applaud the President for trying to promote education and learning in our school system. It's so unfortuanate that people criticize his noble efforts to inspire our youth. In a nation where our children are dropping out of school, failing in classes, & the rate of graduation is at an all time low, where was the public outcry??

    September 4, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  171. jean

    I think President Obama is an excellent roll model for the black community and the white community. The right wing of this country did not elect the president and I do not think they should control what he does. I think their actions are only intent on further dividing the country.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  172. Sonya Roberts

    The original wording was unfortunate. However unintentionally , it nevertheless sounded too much like "How Can We Help Our Supreme Leader?" Obviously it pushed a lot of buttons. President Obama needs speech writers with a more sensitive ear!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  173. Helen

    It is a wonderful idea. I hope he continue it on a regular basis.

    Thank you Mr. President

    September 4, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  174. Nick from TEXAS

    WOW! I am a student and I don’t want parents from previous generations telling me what to learn. I want our CHOSEN president to inform me and keep me up to date on new age ideas and new ways of thinking. For a supposed Christian nation, there sure is a whole lot of hatred, condemnation, and judgment. Since when did kids become the “grown-ups?”

    September 4, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  175. pat

    I think these parents have lost their minds.
    First of all how many of them review the curriculum
    that their "unbiased children" receive every day at
    school? How many meet their children's teacher?
    How many participate in curriculum choices?
    How many participate in PTA meetings?
    TOO MANY KNOW IT ALLS IF YOU ASK ME and
    in reality the know NOTHING.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  176. Jeremy Knight

    What is wrong with parents these days? The president wants to talk about the importance of education to our nations' youth. This should be lauded by parents from both sides. This just goes to show how divided politically this nation has become. I can't imagine there would be any fuss, from either side, if the former president (Bush) wanted to make a similar speech. I can recall being in school and listening to both Reagan and Bush Sr., where was the uproar then?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  177. Ron

    We now see the real America..spineless! We are willing to abdicate our national conversation to racist psycho paths who hate Obama and the fact that he is black.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  178. James In Kamiah, Idaho

    Once again, we see the ignorance running rampant within the republican party. Bill Maher was right; when a democrat screams foul, he's telling the truth, but when a conservative does it, he's just full of ....

    September 4, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  179. janitex

    Americans are going crazy!!! What is wrong with these parents? Please conservative parents RESPECT YOUR PRESIDENT!!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? What is wrong with the President adressing the children. Get over it folks. You have a black president. Get up from the dream and give him the respect he deserves. You should have known by now that the sky is his limit and he will make this country better that your almighty george bush left it. Keep your kids home on tuesday who cares? He will still address those who will be there and still make a differnce as he always does. Naughty parents!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  180. Ellie

    "Stay in school and work hard" is a political statement from the liberal left? In this new world of brutal politcal polarization, I guess that means the far right would prefer the President to tell kids to give up and drop out. Conservatives will never accept Mr. Obama as their President, that is the sad unpatriotic truth, and whatever he says or does is demonized.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  181. Debbie San Diego Ca

    I am so sick of these Rebublicloon crazies that see boogeymen in everything. The fear and hate is disgusting.
    Any US President that wants to speak to school children about the merits and accountability of an education should.
    The right needs to stop this nonsense. Talk about tryring to stop any free thought and speech, doesn't get any worse than the way they've been behaving.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  182. Richana

    Come on people; I'm a 31 year old female who remembers saying the pledge of allegiance, which is no longer done. Slowly but surely whiny cry-babies have sucked the pride out of going to school. Our President want to encourage our kids to stay in school, to give them pride to make this country better than those before them. They don't see bais unless it is taught. Having kids to make simple goals for themselves and to remind them of those goals and encourage them with those goal could do a lot.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  183. Dave

    By virtue of President Obama's own educational accomplishments in addition to his entire family's educational background, he is the ideal person to inspire, motivate and set goals for all students. If any parent denies their child from attending or listening to his speech, they obviously don't care about their childs education.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  184. jamarr sr

    this is the craziest mess ive ever herd! why are parents just now wanting to know what there kids are hereing. mr. bush read books to kids @ a school. the president wants to tell kids to stay in school. how could you be upset with that!?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  185. Robert in Texas

    The Republicans know that an ignorant electorate is more easily manipulated by their rhetoric. They are scared to death any time they see children exposed to thoughtful dialogue.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  186. nancy2146

    What a sad day for America!!! We have completely lost our way. Are we a democratic country. When I was in school, we were expected to listen, learn and write reports on current events. This reminds me of the ugliness of parents during the sixties when I saw the cruel faces of parents in Boston as schools were being desegregated. I can never get those images out of my mind. We wrap ourselves in the American flag and spew our venom on the air waves and to the poor people who do not think for themselves. Shame on us. Am I missing something here?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  187. Suzie Havemann

    The Republican outcry over our President giving a pep talk to our students is disgraceful. What a double standard they inject: the Republican party chair of Florida said he doesn't like the "use" of kids in the current policy debates. YET, they have NO problem literally USING kids in their propaganda TV ads to propogate fear about health care proposals under discussion.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  188. brad gordon

    Tony,
    All I have to say is that it's a sad day in America when the President of the United States Can't talk to School kid. Once upon A time it was an honor to have the president at school. I remember hearing JFK's Famous "Ask Not" Speech at school when I was 8 years old. what in the world is happening to our country?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  189. Jordan Minter

    Have we really come to this point! Our Presidents has arranged a podcast for our youth inspiring them to come up with there OWN ideas and logic. But all these Conservative patients can do is come up with some idea of brain washing, socialist agendas! Come On!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  190. monica stanback

    Come on people lets be honest with what is really going on today. We hate to play the race card but that is what it is about. President Bush was the worse president ever but everybody went on. Is it so hard to accept a black smart intelligent man in office. He is trying to reach and teach our children something no other president has ever done. Roland, on CNN said it best Bush read a book to a class and nothing was said. We do not play the race card on patty stuff like that. Lets be real about the matter!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  191. Dennis Kerr

    I have finally had enough. I am no longer a Republican. Petty politics is getting in the way of operating our country. Pres Obama has every right (and responsibility?) to talk to our students about staying in school and upping their level of achievement. We must lower the level of political rhetoric and raise the level of caring in our political process. A hex on both parties, I'm now an Independent.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  192. Rochelle

    This is just sick!! I am so tired of Republicans using "scare tactics" and now we need to get the kids involved? I wish President Obama would just stand up and say "enough is enough", start speaking the truth or suffer the consiquences! This is just a shame and angers me so much I wish my voice could be heard. Honestly I think people have just lost their minds.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  193. paul baldwin

    I think those parents that are upset with the president ,(like some parents) do not get upset with other things their children are learning in school..... I think if I had a chance to learn something from our president(in school), that would be a chance of a life time!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  194. Christie

    This is totally absurd. Having the president make an announcement to students to make goals and stay in school is an honor. The one person who, we the people, have put at the highest of positions, is the best role model. No one complained when President Bush read to students. What if this were JFK? Would parents have protested? What if it were Sarah Pailin? Would parents protest? I don't think so. Conservatives are so scared of change, but this country needs change. That is why Obama is president. Lighten up parents, stop being scared, President Obama is really concerned about our children and cares if the get a good education.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  195. Matthew Totusek

    Hi I belive that If Obama is president or not that parents children should still be going to school no matter what even if hes a democrat or not. He has made his mark and seeks to provide us with a better nation and for people to take there kids out of school cause they think they are learning the wrong things thats not it at all education is the same its important to anyone democrat or not thanks for listening

    September 4, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  196. William Asarisi

    I find it strange that in in todays society we think its ok to hand out condoms to our kids and teach sex education to our kids in school but when the President wants to address our kids to give them a "Pep-Talk" to encourage them to stay in school americans go into an uo roar. Lets Wake Up America and get our priorities streight!!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  197. Carolyn Todd

    All of this is racis..m. Alot of the extreme right are poor people who are undereducated and extremely racist...they don't know any other way of life because its generational-they are taught to hate from birth. The republicans are using them in any way possible- Rush, Beck, Palin, all of the Congress and Senate that are republicans are also racists-they still haven't realized that the rest of us are moving on-we are sophisticated and part of the larger progressive world-they are using their sickness to fight anything progressives want, health care, educational reform-it is pathetic-I was talking to a person visiting from Holland in Seattle the other day at a Healthcare vigil for Kennedy and he could not believe how many old fashioned conservatives their are in this country. We should be honest and say was it is-it is racism

    September 4, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  198. Linda Nenn

    So much for a perfect example of a great civics lesson. Remember Civics? I think that was a class I had back in the dark ages when we were actually taught that civil discourse was a good thing. Oh, but that was also the era when President Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." Silly me. I actually believed him and set my sights on becoming a public servant, a teacher. If I had only realized there was a sinister agenda here, I can only imagine how much richer I'd be today.. Of course I would have had to defy my parents who strongly believed that all of us have a responsibility to give back to a nation that has given us so much. Especially, freedom to think for ourselves.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  199. Larry Kelley

    Tony,
    It is getting so tiresome hearing a few people criticize the President by saying he has an agenda and wants to turn this country into a socialist nation – are these people just plain ignorant or are they just petrified because their conservative party affiliation had eight years to 'do it right' and failed?! I'm an Independent person but it's no wonder this country is in the fix it's in when people don't have an open mind but would rather prefer to hear only what they want to hear.
    It's time for this country to come together, work together to make this country great again!
    We finally get an intelligent President with the desire to help all Americans and these fools want to scream at every little thing he does. It's obvious these people have no clue as to what might work by offering solutions but would rather just yell and scream and show their ignorance.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  200. jimbo

    The republicans are acting like little children. Several republican presidents have spoken at schools with similar messages, no one complained then. So I congratulate you republicans, your teaching your children to be raciest and bigots just like you are.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  201. Richard Dempsey

    Tony,
    All I can see that our President is trying to do is to help the children, to encourage them to have good an decent futures for them selves. I would hope that their parents feel the same for them. If they want a say about their children's education, they should join the PTA and discuss this effort of our President, there is nothing evil in the efforts of President Obama.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  202. DEBORAH WILKERSON

    THIS PRESIDENT IS CRITICIZED FROM EVERY SIDE. I DID NOT VOTE FOR HIM OR THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE BECAUSE I COULD NOT MAKE UP MY MIND ALTHOUGH I VOTE REPUBLICAN. I BELIEVE OBAMA IS TRYING TO REACH THE PEOPLE OF THE U.S. AS A LEADER. HEALTH CARE CRITICIZED, EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN, CRITICIZED. GIVE HIM A BREAK! HE HASN'T BEEN IN OFFICE VERY LONG. LET'S SEE WHAT HE CAN DO FOR OUR COUNTRY!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  203. marie longar

    I've never seen this kind of behavior with any other president. No matter what President Obama does they will find fault. Their leaders never criticize their own no matter how hysterically inane they are. Honestly...Birthers..deathers..guns..socialism..nazis..indoctrinating their children...Have they all gone mad!!! orrrrr....can you say racism?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  204. al t

    Leadership includes the inspiring of people to accomplish deeds. Obama's school pep talk is obviously just that, leading our children to work harder in school, and Lord knows we need that. The far right that decries this leadership function should be ashamed of themselves. To put their misguided, narrow thinking, and very possibly racist thought process AHEAD of their children's education achievement is testament of how far down the evolutionary trail these people realy are. If the GOP is behind this, they stand no chance to attract those of us that think clearly. Let's face it, its just another far right tantrum because they lost an election.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  205. Thomas

    What are these people thinking? I am really having a difficult time with, how ignorant people are. These are children. They don't have a political agenda. They can't even vote, and Obama will be long out of office, by the time that they can. What are these people afraid of? Are they worried that the children of America, are going to rally an uprising, against there own parents? I don't get it. W was in a classroom talking to school children when 9-11 happened. The parents that are trying to block this, are hurting their children, more than the president addressing students ever could. They are promoting their own political agenda to CHILDREN. Children should not be exposed to their own parents ignorance. The more you show them this, the more you are doing exactly what you are afraid of.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  206. Lanre

    If Mr. President is guilty of anything, it is trying to tackle all the urgent and important issues. Education is one of the urgent and imprtant issues. We live in a busy fast paced era. Parents are not able to effectively be a role model for their kids. People world over the knows that Obama is an excellent role model.
    I just wish all these self-conceited egoistic conservatives will allow the kids a chance to take a peep at the light at the end of the tunnel: Hear from a man that went through what most kids are possibly through and still make it to be the most powerful man in the world.
    Lanre.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  207. Faye

    Sometimes i wonder if it's was worth it? The first black president has to wade through so much garbage........and those of us who know the racism in this country is real and have lived with it all of our lives, know that this discussion we are having called health care is really nothing more than racism trying to find a way back into the whitehouse..........

    September 4, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  208. prince noel

    this is just arrant nonsense how on earth will these stupid republican not let a president speak ..oh my goodness. President obama get it right you are black .no matter how hard you work the racist will not see any goodwill

    September 4, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  209. Groovyg

    What is this really about is conservative a new code name and do people think that we are really that stupid a s not to see the real issue of President Obama is a person of color. These individuals are creating a hostile environment that can lead to the dismantling of our democracy. All because they lost the election. Americans are we all and we should allow the President to govern like we have allowed the 43 before him to do. Many are sick of the intimidation of those that seek to destroy this president by any means necessary.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  210. Earl

    Isn't school a place for students to learn? I didn't hear the person that Roland was debating against say he was against either President Bush speaking to students and worried about the content of what they said.

    President Obama is asking them to stay in school, because an education is important in the world today. What is wrong with that? Parents pulling children out of school for an entire day over a 10-15 min speech shows how much education really means to them.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  211. Gail Thomason

    As a teacher during the George Bush, Sr. Presidency, he awarded 1000 points of light to those who did good deeds for the greater good of all. This was his initiative. Just for the record my students were the 744th pres. point of light. What is so different about Pres. Obama asking what kids can do during his administration? This is sooo ridiculous. This is a time when we all need to work together instead of using time, energy, resources, to spewing our negatives.

    Gail Thomason
    Harlingen, Texas

    September 4, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  212. DAVID MORRIS

    Having the president speak in our nations schools should be a part of every administration regardless of party. Have both parties approve the speach. Let's show our kids how our leaders, teachers, and themselves can work together as a country, even though we may have different opionions.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  213. Steve Esberg

    The original script for the teachers sounded like it was right out of the Hugo Chavez playbook. I hope the re-write and delivery sounds a lot more like Bill Cosby, help yourself, stay in school, the pres is watching you.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  214. JOSEPH EZENEKWE

    We have to be apolitical these days to have a discussion with our neighbor. The President has had a lot of experience talking to families,school children and ordinary folks like me...this was what brought him to the limelight when he worked as a community organizer in Chicago. He has done it before and he can do it again. If one does not want his/her child/children to listen to the President, one should not allow his/her child/childern to go to school on Tuesday;and should not allow them watch the TV anymore for the rest of their lives until they are 18.....rudiculous. I do not not know how low people can fall opposing this President. I will joyfully have the President talk to my children on any topic,anyday; and at anytime.I wish a President had talked to me when I was coming up.GOD BLESS AMERICA

    September 4, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  215. Lana Johnson

    I have never seen such disrespect for a President.

    It is obvious that the conservative groups are only capable of processing one concept in their life time. Who cares if their children miss the President's speech? I think we should leave them in the dark . Then maybe one day their way of life will wither and disappear.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  216. Anthony

    I am tired of the racist setting the agenda in this country. White america has been the worst and best in the history of the world. The racist are showing us the worst, again.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  217. Joyce hart

    Those who object to the President's message brought in the politics. Perhaps they would have benefitted, while in school, to encouragement to stay in school and work hard, as they certainly appear ignorant.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  218. roger jones

    really? this whole controversy is sad , it's speaks volumes of how white america really thinks about a black president ,we must be honest here and those who oppose the president of the united states speaking to school kids ,have to be honest with themselves.Yes we have the first black president but God has a unique way of showing us how far away of being united.....

    September 4, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  219. Charmane L. Fogt

    Our President should be respected as a President. He should respect us as parents and realize we are trying to protect our children as much as possible ! Children are vulnerable and need quidance but we do not know the contents of the speech. What is in that speech that is not good enough for all of us to hear ..parents and the world ????

    September 4, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  220. Pat

    To create a controversy about the democratically elected leader of a country speaking to school children to encourage them to stay in school is absurd. Its called leadership. That people are doing so is frightening – its demonstrates either shameful ignorance or outright obstructionism, neither of which is not good for our country. The right had its way for 8 years – never int htat time did the left question his right to speak. The right has lost an election. Barack Obama is the President of the United States. Get over it.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  221. Barb from Hazel Crest, IL

    I think it is ridicules. The president of the United States is not going to brainwash your child. However, the parents that want to keep their children from experiences other ideas and ideology is brainwashing their own kids. That is one reason the United States is falling behind in education. The rest of the world is not as limited and is developing faster and more efficiently than the United States in education and health care we need to get on the ball and stop trying to keep each other down.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  222. peter

    The problem isn't the speaking, it's the package or guide sent in advance. Our president and wife Michelle have already read to our children. No uproar then, shouldn't have been. Many presidents and their first ladies have read normal every day books in the classroom.
    It's only when you try to influence kids in a certain direction when a problem arises.

    When the states of Illinois, Minnesota, Maryland, Wisconsin, and Missouri have problems with the advance guidelines, sure shows thats where the problems are.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  223. Alyce Cooks

    Never in my many years have I heard such disrespect for any President! Unfortunately, I believe that the President is responsible for the promotion of free speech and the advancement and use of technology. Sometimes it seems that people are getting too much information and they can't process it along with the many slants which are provided by people in business to provide the news both true and not so true.

    It's amazing how many mouths have found their tongues and are now wagging today. Some People have children and are concerned about what the President of the free United States might say to them and perhaps they should be but, do these parents know or can they tell you what their children's lesson plans are in school for one day...one week...the school year? Most of them, not so much but I'm sure that these are some of the wagging tongues that realize that they can be used to do more than push food around!

    Let's not forget the near 50% of people who didn't vote for President Obama!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  224. Elisha Fields

    Since when has it become controversial to support our president?
    Things need to be put into perspective. Those who are convinced that we are too far "left" should remember that only a short time ago (last years), we were too far "right" which is what got us into this mess in the first place.

    Were it not for previous MISTAKES the government wouldn't have to be in the position (WE, the government by the people) are in now. It's all about balance. I hear complaints and criticism without answers or sugestions. You know who I'm talking to, either help or shut-up!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  225. Emilie

    Let's not kid ourselves into believing that schooing is EVER politically neutral. Our social studies curriculum (history, economics, political science, etc) across the nation has been shaped by conservatives, the text book industry and the testing corporations which support them. Our students often do not have the opportunity to think critically about pressing social problems because of the constant pressures on schools and teachers to teach to the test. President Obama's voice entering our classrooms is a whisper against the roars of conservatism that pervade daily instruction. If there is something to be angry about regarding schools, let's start looking a little deeper.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  226. Colleen

    To listen to some of my clients rant about Obama and the remarks they've made that go along with their ranting, I've come to the conclusion that it is pure racism. I have had several come right out and call him a N....., (in which case they leave and I don't accept appointments from them again). One said that Obama is trying to get free insurance for" those people on welfare that have been moving into our neighborhood". I never would have believed it before. I guess I live in my own little world. At least there are the people in my world who don't think that way. God help us, when will the insanity end?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  227. Dee Carolina

    Hi Tony: You are the man, I love you, You are fair and polite to your guest. I think president Obama is absolutely right about instilling good values in our children to stay in school and get an good education. The people who take something good and positive and try to turn it around for negartive are hate mungers and are just plain racist. I feel sorry for their children, they have the short end of the stick wtih parents like that.

    Dee in Houston Texas

    September 4, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  228. Emma

    If all President Obama is going to do is encourage children to stay in school .... good for him. BUT, if President Obama injects politics into his speech to school children, as he has stated he will NOT, should he resign for lying again? Or shall we just allow him another pass. We have to keep in mind he's a politician first and foremost ... they are used to lying to us and we are used to being lied to. Is it any wonder the vast majority of Americans distrust their politicians. What a disgraceful set of circumstances.

    My child is smart and is able to decipher baloney from filet mignon. She has personally made note of a double standard that has been applied to President Obama as opposed to his predecessor. Her teachers definitely have a liberal bent but for the most part she weeds out what she finds to be inconsistent with the material being discussed. I am interested to hear her take on his speech. Because make no doubt about it ..... it's just another speech.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  229. Christian D

    By characterizing the criticism as "conservative" in your reporting, you show your clear bias. [his issue has received criticism across the entire political spectrum. As a conservative, I support the President speaking to kids about the value of education, but this administration has crossed the line with the 'syllabus' that would accompany the presentation. When Obama surrounds himself with people like Van Jones and other unsavory characters, how can we trust him with our children's minds?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  230. michael nischk

    hi there,

    when two old farts, albeit WHITE farts, used the White House bully pulpit to address this nation's school children nary a word of criticism was heard. now that a young, dynamic new president, albeit a BLACK president, tries the same thing it becomes "indoctrination" . let's call it what it is: racism, plain and simple. and it's coming from the same corners which want the president to "fail" , compare him to Hitler and Stalin, calling him a "hater of the white race", and some are just a hair's breadth away from calling for his assassination.

    the election of a black president ever so clearly shows how much racism, overt and covert, is still present in these United States.

    mn

    September 4, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  231. Cathaleen

    I applaud the President for trying to promote education and learning in our school system. It’s so unfortuanate that people criticize his noble efforts to inspire our youth. In a nation where our children are dropping out of school, failing in classes, & the rate of graduation is at an all time low, where was the public outcry??

    September 4, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  232. Kristin

    It is excruciatingly clear that scare campaigns in this country are effective to the point of being detrimental to efforts on the part of the current government to help change our SUB-PAR healthcare system. It is NOT socialism people. It is an attempt to help prevent large corporations from making money off of sick people without giving them adequate care in return.

    And ONE single school speach is not going to make your child a left wing socialist (which in case you didn't notice is a complete oxymoron). If you think this, please see the above note about brainwashing. Um, that's you.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  233. jill

    Tony,

    I would say to Jim Greer, the term "parents across the country” includes too many parents.

    The majority of this country elected President Obama as our President. And the majority of the parent is trilled that the President is speaking to their children.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  234. Jackie Woodie

    I have a few question for Jim Greer, Chairman for the Republicans of Florida, who stats that he and other parents want to know what their children are being taught and by whom. My question is how many school years has he spent reading each text book his children where going to be taught from? What was the political, religious and moral standing of each and every teacher that has come into contact with his children?
    This is nothing more than a political witch hunt. Our President has always spoken strongly on education and this speech is going to nothing more than encouragement.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  235. Dave

    It's fine for our president to encourage our children to work hard and stay in school. What is disturbing is the associated propaganda that is being pushed into the schools by the Dept. of Education and the White House. Fortunately, my school district sees through this ruse and is not doing the follow-up "suggested work".

    Had it not been for this outrage, I'm sure Obama would have tried to sneak in a push for why America needs his health care takeover.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  236. Abdul-R. Rashid

    Good Morning Tony,
    I want to start by saying I am 66 years old, and never in my years have I heard anything as ridiculous as I saw in the clip that you ran with Roland Martin. This is the President of the "United States". Where was this opposition when Ronald Reagen was cutting "School Lunch Programs" for children as well as the other cuts he made that affected our babies at the time ? "Everyone " in the US knows the President is concerned about our children. What we are seeing is just another escalation of what we saw when the President was a Candidate. Thank you.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  237. Reina

    Bush reading to my kid and it making the nightly news is one thing. Obama's interaction on school curriculum is another. If this was the only thing he has done that is controversial to our Constitution, it wouldn't ruffle so many feathers. But on top of his administration becoming the lead in such prominent areas of in Housing, Auto, Insurance, Health Care and Banking, he needs to respect the private lives of individuals in church going activities and school curriculum. He needs to priorities his battles and concentrate more on our Economy and Employment issues FIRST!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  238. kathyc

    Once again the republicans make it something that it isn't. Our state superitendent (Arizona) also a republican says Obama's speech is to worshipful and educationally unsound. Give me a break Tom Horne! What happened to having a open mind obout learning! I guess its only when Republicans have the voice.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  239. Anthony

    Stop calling them conservatives. Call they what they are, Racist.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  240. AJ

    Let's be honest; parents aren't concerned about President O'Bama's message. Extremist, "Socially Conservative" i.e. biggoted partisans are attempting to thwart any and all activity in which this president is engaged, because he is of African descent. The poor among them even go against their own interests to deny him success, (e.g., in the case of their opposition to Universal and Single Payer health care, and their framing of the "cash for clunkers" program as a failure, despite many of them benefitting from it.) It doesn't make sense for any poor people to be Republicans, but many of them are too ignorant (and blinded by ethnic hatred) to realize that.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  241. Jim S.

    I am Angry, Disgusted, Embarrassed and Ashamed! Of what? The NEW 3 RRR’s – Radical, Religious, Right. I am 65 years old and wonder what has happened to our great country. It has turned to bigotry, racism, intolerance and closed mindedness. No mutual respect anymore. Lies and fabrications turn in “truths” to be defended at any cost, even if it destroys America. This was never Jesus’ teachings. HOW ironic it is coming from religious extremists. We were ALL created equal, not just the extremists on the right. My Unitarian Church believes in the inherent worth and dignity of ALL people, not just some. And to prevent school children from hearing a message of encouragement and value of education is a disgrace! This transfers the parents’ bigotry onto their children. As a kid, I was been excited to hear the President speak. They always inspired me. Is it too late to fix this mess created by this far right fraction? I sure pray it is not.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  242. Marilyn McCarthy

    Another right wing controversy, what a surprise! Since when does one party have the right to dictate to all Americans how they should think. I fear a dictatorship brewing. How dear they disrespect others and the president. They are a concerning group that needs to be stopped before there is a civil war. Their fear tactics make us laughable abroad. Grow up GOP! Let's stop the ignorance.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  243. Elizabeth

    I don't understand why everyone has to make a big fuss about everything these days. So the President wants to talk to our nation's kids? So what? Let him talk! Some kids out there need a leader, and I don't see how anything he says can be politicized when he is addressing children!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  244. Jennifer

    What ever happened to civics in this country? When did asking kids to think about their president or their country become a means for political agenda? When did asking kids to question what they can do to help the president or anyone, for that matter, become wrong? Why are some parents so afraid to let their children critically think? Maybe if some kids were asked what they thought more, they would stop looking at the TV and start discovering and expanding their abilities.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  245. Steen Stevenson

    It is amazing to me that parents were not concerned about what type of book that Bush would be reading to their children. Did Bush policize their children? But hey are concerned about what President Obama will be saying. This is stupid and shows how racist this society is. What white society has a problem with is a black man talkiing to their children; a powerful black man. However, no one wants to say this out loud. President Obama is having problems with the health care bill and any other bill, becuase he is black.

    Let's keep it real.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  246. Wilbert

    My question: Can any President of the USA be considered a Role Model who can inspire and motivate the Students of America? If the answer is yes, what is all the fuss about?
    I am willing to bet that even in Russia President Obama's Speech to students would have been welcomed providing it remains apolitical and focuses on the need for young people to adopt positive values and attitudes.

    I believe certain elements of the US populace will never get used to having a black President and that's my take on this.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  247. Howard Sanders

    Am I missing something here? Isn't education all about exposing children to data, then equipping them with the intellectual tools in order to analyse that data and make their own determinations? Does not this process make critical thinkers, instead of mental clones of parents and grandparents? Call me stupid (or Marxist, Communist or all the other "ists"), but as a parent I want my child to be well rounded and able to analyze complex issues by exercising their mind. I would welcome my child disagreeing with my politics (I disagree with my father's) as long as their argument was well thought out and their conclusions sound. Also, Mr. Obama is the President of the United States, so where is the respect in this ridiculous storm in a tea cup/ tea party.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  248. Kathy

    Did you ever feel like you are really really stupid and missing the point or that you are simply smarter than everyone else and it is so much more simple than they are making it seem? That is how I am feeling right now. I just don’t get it.

    Most confusing to me, why would people be threatening to keep their children home from school because the president will be speaking to the kids about education?! I am stunned. He is our president, as was his predecessor. You don’t have to agree with his politics. This is still America. Why was it when GW wanted to speak to classes and pretend to read there was no outcry? I am so convinced that people are only believing what they want and just won’t listen to reason. The conservative contingent is rallying hate and ignorance. I am so sad my kids and yours are more mature than soome of these “grown ups”.

    It is a very sad time. I am sad my kids school is being bullied on this issue. It is a civics lesson and they should be exposed to it. It is part of what we used to call “current events”. What parent wants their child to only hear their side of an issue? How selfish. I continue to teach my children by telling them the story and then how I feel about it. I want them to also know other viewpoints. That is what education is about. If we don’t understand each other, how can we ever come to an agreement on anything? Are parents so worried about their kids possibly having differing opinions from their parents?! God forbid! Many of these parents are products of the 60s and 70s … who rebelled against their parents more than them?! LOL! Present both sides … make that all three sides (Republican, Democratic, the Truth) and let each of us, including students, make up our own minds. This is a very slippery slpoe and we should all be concerned.

    http://www.strawberryseeds.net

    September 4, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  249. Will

    It is so unfortunate that parents have forgotten what it is to be free and responsible for yourself. The question was never asked by parents when Presidents Kennedy, Carter, Regan. G.W.Bush. This currently has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with respect. These parents should be open-minded and loyal Americans to actually respect what the President has to say. They say they reserve the right to not have their children learn certain things, but how many of them actually went and approved and ratified the curriculum for their school year(which you are allowed to do). The real answer is less than 1/10th of 1%. Also if you haven't noticed most of the parents fanning the flames are not members of any Parent Teacher Organization and are from the most wealthy cliches. I respect what my President has to say even if I do not always support it, just as my parents taught me to respect when others speak these parents should be teaching their children to respect others, something that is sorely lacking in this country.
    Will
    Retired United States Navy
    Thank You And May God Bless America

    September 4, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  250. Scott

    This is such a joke...if you do some research two previous presidents have done this very same thing...including Ronald Reagan TWICE including in one speach he actually talked bout lowing taxes to the kids! Sounds pretty political to me...but bet money you wont hear anything bout that little fact on Fox News lol

    September 4, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  251. Matthew

    I think President Obama is doing the right thing and i have nothing against that.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  252. S.L

    Tony,

    It is truly sad that we live in a society that some people sees the President of the United States by the color of his skin and not by the contents of his character. Every parent in the United States (regardless of their party affiliations) should be honored to have their child participate in this letter writing forum with the President of the United States. Every since President Obama was elected, too many people have started to peel back the "United" from States of America. OUR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is one of the most educated, intelligent and personable Presidents this country has ever had and for those who oppose him politically, to choose not to embrace his very obvious characteristics, has no place in the classrooms where the futures of this great country is being educated. Say what you may, but if you do not desire your child to learn from this man of educational wealth who chooses to give a voice to those whose voices are seldom heard…our children, then you yourselves lack the value of a well rounded education. What better place and with what better audience to share his intelligence and commitment to education then in our nation's schools with those striving to receive a well rounded education....our children. IT’S AMAZING WHAT FEAR OF CHANGE CAN DO TO PEOPLE!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  253. James

    Tony,
    Nice to see that the GOP is still on message; Danger and fear are they only way for Americans to live. Only republicans can protect us.........
    If Mr. Obama's message is not available, how can the kids make decisions on his objective, and how can we, as parents, position our opinions?

    JB

    September 4, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  254. Anita

    Our children are the future of this country so by shielding them from information which are vital for the promotion and progression of their future and growth is what holds this country behind. The US has lost its position as a leader in world politics because of its backward and unfounded conservatism

    September 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  255. Linda

    If we have reached the point where the President of the United States cannot speak to our children about school, I feel very very sorry for us all.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  256. Robert

    Obviously, these parents are worried about their children being exposed to the President's "lifestyle." My god, they might come home from school suddenly curious about being a democrat.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  257. Vanessa Howell

    In a country that prizes free speech it is interesting that the president is being censored. We are no longer a country that takes the time to have a reflective debate. We base everything we know and everything we say on sound bites (such as this one!)

    September 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  258. Matthew Totusek

    And yes i forgot to mention Im allso a Student and President Obama i belive is a great thing for students to have for we are in a age of the new history

    September 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  259. Elaine Archibald

    In this country we teach freedom of speech, instead of showing our children what that means, have we now decided to "censor" the President's speech without even hearing it? We let our children look at the "news" which can present conflicting stories on any one event and we as parents do not turn the TV off. We let our children look at movies which are sometimes violent and we do not turn the TV off. We let our children play video games and listen to music filled with violence and profane language and we do not turn them off. How can we in good faith turn President Obama off?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  260. donna bernard

    There must be a new virus out there, S–tupid. It's hard for me to believe that even a Republican can say "no" to a Presidential urge to scholarship – what is wrong with these people?! If they're so afraid of an offering being "politicized" don't they realize THEY are the ones doing the politicizing? They're just convincing the rest of us that the Republicans are the NO party – even when it's to their benefit. It's disgusting.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  261. Jeremy

    The presidential webcast is scheduled to last 15-20 minutes, and will discuss the importance of educational success. Do the upset parents really believe that their children will be "indoctrinated" by the president in 15 minutes? These parents are just being control freaks.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  262. stop the hatred!!!!!

    First off I would like to say that everyone didn't vote for any President. But they still gave their public address to students. Was it because they were WHITE? Did they have to display their speech to get the parents approval? Why is it such a big deal now when we have an African American President? Have we forgotten who was responsible for the downfall of this economy? Have we forgotten what administration was in office for 8 years and let this economy get down to it's lowest point. You guys don't see that President Obama is doing all in his powers to bring the economy back up to part and is doing a great job at it so far. Why are we rallying against our President Barack Obama with hatred, racial slurrs and rediculous opinions that CNN airs. Why wasn't there a rally aired against BUSH and his administration when he almost drove this economy to a depression? Barack Obama and his administration are actually turning this economy around, but they are being treated like they are the blame for the economy's downfall. Is it because he is an African American? How can we stand as a nation when our people are divided? Over health care at that. Is that really a reason to hate each other? Or is it to hinder the recovery of the economy? If not then what is it? If you want things in America to change then you have to change things in America. If you do what you have always done, then you will get the results you have always gotten. Thats the power of change! So stop the HATRED because change has come to America!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  263. Michelle

    I am so disappointed in what I've seen on the news about Obama speaking to students. Because of the level of hypocrisy existing in the argument for those that are opposed to him addressing students, I can only assume that it is 100% related to his race. He is not trusted! Thats the bottom line and why isn't trusted...nothing to do with policy because we've had far worse polices...it's because of his skin color. That is disheartening!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  264. Shannon

    So extremely said to see such stupid comments regarding the Presidents up cominng speech to our young people....This is the United States of America and it would seemed as so many have pointed out; is this about talking to our young children or is it about color. I commend our President for wanting and taking the time to address our young people. I am outradged about the "stupid" comments....shame on your self.....grow up and get a real focus in life.
    ie....volunteer in schools, etc.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  265. Miraglia

    There's no reason my youngest son be forced to sit thru a lecture from a man I'm not to fond of. I don't agree with his policies. It's bad enough I pay for my oldest daughter to go college and have liberal politics drilled into her mind.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  266. Jonathan

    All of these parents complaining about wanting to know what their child is being taught...how many of them could tell you what books their child is reading in their Engligh class? This is rediculous and nothing more than thinly veiled intolerance of the President. What a great lesson to pass on to your kids.

    And shame on any school district who doesn't air the speech. How dare you censor the President as he's trying to reach out to the youth of this country. What a sad day for this country.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  267. PHYLLIS LANCASTER

    WHY DON'T THE REPUBLICANS GET OVER LOOSING THE ELECTION. THEY ARE NOT IN CONTROL ANYMORE, THANK GOD. THE PEOPLE THAT ARE PROTESTING THE SPEECH TO THE SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE JUST REPUBLICANS THAT WANT TO RUIN THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY. WHY DON'T THEY LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT? ALL THE REST OF US ARE SICK OF ALL THE BICKERING. LETS GET SOMETHING DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IF WE WAIT ON YOU REPUBLICANS NOTHING WILL EVER GET DONE THE PARTY OF "NO" GO GET A LIFE OR LEAVE THIS COUNTRY,. WE PUT UP WITH GEORGE BUSH FOR EIGHT YEARS, SO GET OVER THE LOOSER AND JOIN THE HUMAN RACE.
    THANKS

    September 4, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  268. Larry Reed

    I have never seen so many paranoid people in my life are all republicans like this when President Bush went to schools in FL that was great now???

    September 4, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  269. Susan

    What are they afraid of? Their children may think or themselves!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  270. Greg

    Hey,
    I say bring it on, crazy republicans, because by making a big deal out of Obama’s speech to school kids, you continue to turn the majority of normal Americans away from Rush's republican party. What did Barney Frank say about arguing with the dining room table?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  271. Jay

    If you peel back the cover of this uproar, you will find that the right wing republicans hate President Obama, in anything he does, and look at him as the black bogeyman who will corrupt the children. It is total ignorance and hate. Theyu should remeane themselves the republican taliban

    September 4, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  272. Lupita, Miami, FL

    Of course not!?

    What about when Reagan or the old Bush, spoke to the students?

    Republicans wants to DEMONIZED President Obama, BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID, that we will have Presidente OBAMA X 8 YEARS!!!!

    No matter whta the poll say TODAY!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  273. Vincent Lopez

    My name is Vincent Lopez i am freshman at Wakefield High school . For the president to visit Wakfield it a a great honor for Arlington county public schools and also for Wakefield students and staff . President Obama has chosen the most diverse High school in the nation we have a high percentage rate of African American and Hispanic students .Half of the Wakefield students recive free and reduced lunch. We still mange to keep are grades and GPA up. Becoming the first African American President, President Obama has opened a lot of doors for the African American and Hispanic community . The president will be here on Tuesday to talk to us about how we can take are education to the next level and do well . Obama the first African American president show us that if we put are mine to anything and strive to do it we can succeed . GO OBAMA !!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  274. Ron Curry

    In 1991 President Bush (senior) gave a similar speech to school kids. He delivered the massage stay in school, get an education, make something of yourself. The Democrats overreacted and criticized it. Now, Obama is doing the same thing. He's urging kids to make the most of their opportunities in education. Now, the Republicans are overreacting. Only the truly paranoid would believe that a stay in school and get an education message is part of some evil plan to bring harm to America. Both sides need to get over it and stop opposing everything the other side does just to be opposing them. That's why this country is stuck in politicized gridlock. It's ridiculous.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  275. Alex

    When right-wing conservatives say that they are afraid that Obama will pass his "political agenda" onto their children, don't think that what they really mean is "I don't want any black man telling my kid what to do."? Doesn't this all just continue to come down to race. Let's be honest, conservatives are racist.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  276. Theresa

    I think these sick, extreme conservatist parents with their own agendas are now teaching their children to disrespect the President of our United States. It's no wonder there are so many problems in our schools today; it always comes back to the parents.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  277. Judy Priz

    We do not need any more Obama DRAMA . He hae USED and ABUSED the American Taxpayers enough. Leave our kids ALONE....

    September 4, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  278. Marlu

    If your child was raised to be open-minded, this should not be a problem. Sure, I will let my children watch the President and take out what is positive. Politicizing is everywhere and we deal with it everyday....even in schools.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  279. JANICE

    WHAT HAPPENED? DID THEY CUT THE BUDGET FOR MENTAL HEALTH . I MUST HAVE MISSED THAT. IT IS SO SAD BECAUSE THEY ARE LETTING ALL THE IDIOTS LOOSE. I AM BECOMING SO ASHAMED OF SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN MY COUNTRY!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  280. Jean

    Most kids do not even listen to their parents. What makes theses parents believe that their kids are going to listen to President Obama?
    We all know what the problem is: Racism.
    White folks are afraid that Obama will become the Tiger Woods, the Michael Jordan, the Arthur Ashe , the Mohamed Ali , the Michael Jackson of The presidency.
    They kown whenever they let a black man through the door of anything we become the best at it.
    They are trying to stop Obama from doing anything good for this country, so that he will not be remembered as the greatest ever. People in the USA are against their own interest in an effort to make the 1st Black president look bad. Then they can say :never again will we elect a black president..
    How do you explain that we are so devided on everything? The guy is facing oposition from left and right. We have bleu Dogs Democrats, we have people with guns at political ralies,the words sociolism, communisim. People who can even afford healthcare are on the street protesting against getting free healthcare. How insane is that?
    Please America! he is the PRESIDENT your PRESIDENT regardless of your skin color or party affiliation.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  281. Susan Coleman

    The conservatives are so afraid that their children just might become smarter than their parents and question the prevailing beliefs of fear and lies that they are being fed by the right-wing talking heads.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  282. Ernie Langdon

    Really. We can keep the President from speaking to our school children? If we had only known this during the eight long years of the Bush administration. Teachers would not have had to explain to their students that the President does not speak the English Language properly. I suppose I would have to agree. It is probably not a good idea to expose the students still developing minds to the sudden shock of someone who does know how to use the English language, someone who has not only read a book, but has written two of them, someone who can remember all the parts of a multi-part question and give good answers to all of them. How long will this ban the President rule last? Maybe until we get another Bush in office.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  283. Karen Canada

    My goodness America, Mr. Obama is a GOOD man he has a genuine desire to raise the quality of life for all Americans. The right wing propaganda machine is jumping on anything it can to undernine his efforts and his character. They are the political animals who care more about their political gains than about your quality of life. He has been called a Facsist, a Communist, a Marxist, a Socialist, a racist ,and with the emphasis always on his middle name, implications that he is allied with extreme Islamists. It is shocking that these right wing whack jobs are given a voice.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  284. Greg

    This is not about a President addressing school children. It is about a continuous cultural and political war that the right has used the last thirty years as a path to power. They will never allow the other party to govern.

    The tactics are to attack everything, disrupt and destroy the other party. Everything else is just a smoke screen. Complicit and indispensable to continuing this cultural war is the media and cable TV in particular and the media's chosen model of delivering the news.

    They are not journalists but readers and producers whose goal for their one hour news cycle is to be adversarial and sensational. The really big story? The media’s dance of fear filled power. The media have become a very bad reality show, based on emotions and pictures.

    The media has become a very sad cultural disaster for the United States. You are not shedding light or in depth understanding of this cultural. You are encouraging the chasm and using it to line your pockets and fill your air time.

    You are lazy and void of much real journalism or reporting. You interview each other and create phony “bombshells” and “breaking news”. You are malcontent, caricatures of yourselves. So much for the illusions and excesses you create with, “30 second sound bites”, “fighting political strategists”, “news reading eye candy”, “the phony one hour news cycle” and “following the blood”.

    What is a real tragedy is you don’t have the courage to change.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  285. Chris

    The Republicans must think students are "geniuses or idiots" that one speech will "ideologically indocrinate" a whole generation of students.

    In order to be relevant, rather than collaborate and compromise to the benefit of the country, the Republicans, EVERYDAY find something to negatively "harp" about.

    Pathetic!!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  286. Judith W.

    We know that the hatred the extreme right have for an African-American President goes beyond the pale. The fact that these parent's can find fault with a message from an educated and smart president, that encourages their children to respect education, work hard in school, and prepare for a successful life defies belief. If their parent's are their sole role models, I feel sorry for these students.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  287. Ryan

    The recent reactions expressed by the right-wing to the president's message to America's students are absolutely out of line. The people of this country elected President Obama, and he has the right to address the youth of this nation.
    The media need to cease giving such credence to the extreme right of the political spectrum.
    These parents need to understand that their children will one day hear the opinions of people other than those given form their parents' bully pulpits.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  288. Dalexandra

    The people of the world are laughing at the foolish Americans that carry on about a President attempting to motivate young people and the parents being lead down a path to protest his efforts. Wake up people that slept through the mess the Bushs left us. This is a brilliant man let him lead us to a better place than they did.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  289. Doris Jackson

    Hitler started with the youth

    September 4, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  290. Alexander ML Jones

    These people need a reality check. I get so angry at all of these people attacking my President without any reasonable cause. "Taxed Enough Already," parties rallying against our President even though the middle class is getting the biggest tax cut in History because of him. Never have so many people complained and whined so much about stuff that's not actually happening. I guess my President and I are taking the high road when we don't actually allow these fools to see that we're angry at their unreasonable, insatiable anger. These people need a reality check.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  291. Dave

    Come on Tony, this is pure insanity! This is a President that has a passion for education and he want all of our children to succede. Let him speak, and those on the right can just shut up.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  292. Jeremy McLaughlin

    This has never been an issue with other presidents. Why is it an issue now? Is it because of his name and race? Because people are filled with fear and hate about change and diversity.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  293. GIL CRESOV

    WHAT IS THIS COUNTRY COMING TO. A MESSAGE TO KIDS TO DO WELL IN SCHOOL HAS PEOPLE GOING CRAZY, IF YOU HAVE A CHILD GOING TO SCHOOL, YOU WISH HIM OR HER WELL. OUR PRESIDENT IS IS ASKING ALL KIDS TO DO WELL. WE ARE BEING OUT SMARTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES. THE KIDS IN THE COUNTRIES MAKE THEIR KIDS GO TO SCHOOL LONGER HOURS PER DAY. THEY DEMAND GOOD MARKS AND SUCCESS. CHECK YOUR LOCAL HOSPITAL. CHECK OUT THE LAST NAME OF THE DOCTORS THAT WORK THERE. CHECK THE ENGINEERING SCHOOLS. CHECK THE SCHOOLS OF FINANCE. CHECK THE SCHOOLS OF HIGHER EDUCATION. OUR PRESIDENT SHOULD WISH KIDS TO DO WELL.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  294. Jeanie

    I take great offense to these Republican talking heads that feel they can block MY child from hearing THEIR President speak to the students. Just another ploy to spread hatred for Obama. If the GOP would just take all that energy and channel it into a positive move forward. Instead, they will do anything they possibly can to see Obama fail. He has my full support and by the way, I want healthcare reform!!!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  295. Michael Sharp

    This sounds like hogwash to me. A speech about staying in school an getting a better education. No brain washing there. What it really is is the Far Right sore loosers still crying an drinking there tea. Remember John F. Kennedy saying ( It's not what your country can do for you it's what you can do for your country ) A better education an smarter workers can only help this country not brain wash them. We should all remember our history from time to time an learn from it. Not sit on our hands an do nothing like the GOP. Get over it an move on. Do something for your country.

    Michael Sharp

    September 4, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  296. John

    The republican party is hysterical. They lost their rationality in the last election. These are the people who think George Bush was an inspiring, brilliant president. I guess Mr. Obama should just read them My Pet Goat and be done with it.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  297. Janet Kirkpatrick

    Why not teach students with this "curriculum" about point of view,
    propaganda, fact versus inference, what is the "message', if any.
    The students can learn to be active readers, not passive recptors.
    What are the underlying values of the speaker, in this case, the President. What assumptions are being made about the type of society for the future. Do they agree or disagree? Why? If they were President, what kind of speech would they want to deliver?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  298. Robin Balch

    How many of these "concerned" parents typically ask for their kid's school lesson plans ahead of time? This is ridiculous. I was in undergrad and grad school when I was subjected to Buch's "policies" and he clearly didn't listen to any of us then and you see where that got us. I applaud the president for being proactive on education and ask these worried parents what are they so afraid of?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  299. peter veres

    It makes me sick to my stomach to think that parents feel the need to place their own political views on and over the all american beliefs of a higher education. People are acting as if Presidant Obama will send a message of violence and disruptiveness. The fact that some belive we have the right or that we should filter a presidents speech based on our own political views is completely UN-AMERICAN. Children have the right to hear and to question President Obama's views on the path of our childrens current and future education. The parents who are accusing the obama adm. of furthering its own career on such an issue could be considered to have their own motives. Lets not forget that this man (an american man) is a well educated father and husband, so to think that he would try to base his legacy on such a speak is insulting to rest of the american population. He is the president of this UNITED STATES of AMERICA, and to denie him the ability to speak his views on edjcation is completely and unarguably UN-AMERICAN..

    September 4, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  300. Ken in NC

    I think the wording that's causing the uproar in the President's speech to the nations kids could have been done better. The fact that his speech is being critized is not alarming to me as a speeches by other Presidents have been critized also. I do see more of everything this President doing being critized than usual. I hate to admit it but I attribut that to simple racism. We are a much more racist country than I ever imagined. We, as a nation, have just done a masterful job of disguising it until the election of an African American President. Now that it has happened many are not willing to accept it so they object to everything he does, wants to do or accomplish.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  301. Rose

    People are just jumping around the real issue with President Obama. This has nothing to do with him being a democratic President. This has nothing to do with the President's Health Care Plan. This has nothing to do with the President giving a speech on Tuesday to the students. This has every thing to do with the color of his skin. When these people speak of him it is with such a voice of anger and great hatred towards President Obama. They give him no respect at all nor do they give the seat that he holds any respect. I've never seen it with no other President before rather he was Republican or Democratic. If these same invidividuals were involved with fomer President Bush's Presidency then we would not be in the mess we are in now. No one said anything and they held him accountable for nothing. Trillioins of debt later now they all want to speak. It is going to take time to fix the economic situation we are in and people are just using this forum to attack the Pesident not based on his political views. Their comments are based solely on the color of his skin. Because we should be able to debate and agree to disagree. I didn't agree with President Bush political views but I always respected him and the office that he held.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  302. Lorraine

    Have people in this country really gone bonkers? It's ok to attend a presidential event with automatic weapons strapped on, and preach hate from the pulpit, but not ok to let your children hear the President's speech, because he might be trying to indoctrinate them into some sort of alleged socialist agenda? What is wrong with this picture?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  303. Mary Hamilton

    Parents should be thrilled that President Obama wants to speak to our school children and inspire them to study hard and work toward their dreams. His own hard work in school, his drive and perseverence, his admission to Harvard Law School and election as Editor of the Harvard Law Review, not to mention his successful career in public service and election as President, makes him an outstanding role model for our children. The President obviously has done a great job parenting his own school-age children, who appear to be motivated and secure in the love of their parents. We elected a President who is one of the brightest and most inspirational leaders we have had in a very long-time, who cares deeply about children, families, and our nation, and who actually lives the family-values so many politicians talk about but don't respect in their personal lives.

    I would be very upset with my son's school if he were denied the opportunity to hear from this inspirational and historic President.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  304. Roger Garcia Jr

    OMG – Give it a break! We have a Democratic Black President thank God! Allow him to lead! Our children are our future and he is our elected leader like it or not we all need to supports him as Americans to improve America! Many other countries stress education and if we don’t stress it we will continue to lose jobs to other countries that do support education.

    I believe the Republicans need to support the president or else they will find themselves replaced in the next election! I received a call last night reference the planned webcast and my son will listen to our President and Commander and Chief.

    Additionally, as a retired U.S. Army Soldier I truly believe in his ability to lead our troops and our country out of the situation our previous Republican Leaders have put us in.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  305. Susan

    I think that the conservatives need to stop with their insane lies and misinformation about the president and admit truthfully that the only reason for their negativity towards everything he does and says is because he is black. They fail to realize that he is also white. He is our president and I for one am behind him 150%.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  306. Gloria

    This is just another ploy by the Conservatives to humiliate President Obama and politicize his speech to the childre. President Obama has always emphasized education and as the President of the United States it is his right to speak to the schools. This should be an exciting day for the children! From Ronald Reagan to President Bush, Presidents have always spoke to the children. On 9.11, Bush was reading to the children. Should Liberals shout, what kind of book was he reading from....what propaganda. They need to stop making President Obama the Boogey Man because of his race. It's getting old and disgusting. Let's respect the President and givem him our support. It's time.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  307. Pam

    I hope that people remember which age group is included for this "lesson". I don't think that it is appropriate for the little ones who aren't concerned yet about government ,unless Spongebob runs for office. They wouldn't have much of opinion on this. It is more of them wanting to know the parents of the preK and K kids opinions. Older children at say 4th grade level or higher are much more ready for a lesson on government policy. I would not let my child or grandchild be part of this before they were aged 10 or older.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  308. Barbara Johnson

    This whole situation is so unreal to me. What is political about talking to kids about the importance of staying in school and reaching for goals? Let's see, I remember the video of President George Bush reading to a class at the time he was informed that terrorist had flown airplanes into the Twin Towers. Are we heading to an area when any one of any political persuasion will be protested and hasseled when they speak at inaugrations or other public gatherings because they belong to a particular political party? Just look at these town hall meetings when the speaker lets these people stand up and rant and rave about untrue rumors and not correct them with the facts. It seems to me that there is an undercurrent of hate in this country that reminds me of the days intregration. So shameful.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  309. Jack

    As a republican, I am totally embarrassed by my party's hateful and mean-spirited tactics. You claim to be "conservative", but your actions and words are radical, disruptive, divisive, and do nothing for the greater good.

    Keep it up, conservatives, you are pushing the majority of us away from your downright faux patriotism. You are greedy control freaks for your own benefit. I'm on my way to change my party affiliation. I've had enough of you.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  310. DARY EDMONDS

    As a parent-i think its good that the President go to the childrens level and speak and inspire them! He is a parent and realizes that the young will become the future! So it should be embraced by all that the President reaches out to the children!:)

    September 4, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  311. Barb

    Jeanne,

    It is teachers like you that is killing our school system. The next thing you will want to do is to burn our books. You are from our pass and you need to go back there.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  312. fred davis

    tony, could it be that president obama's speech and agenda are being questioned due to the lies and hidden agendas that we endured during the bush years and just more right wing republican stink to confuse another issue?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  313. Kara Lewis

    I live in Hilliard, Ohio, and my former high school has decided not to show the broadcast because of a "lack of community support." So I guess we don't support our president, and we don't want our children to succeed? I would bet any amount of money that the school would have shown a video by President Bush if he had decided to provide a message for students.. I think this is absolutely ridiculous.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  314. Michael Tronn

    I think it is sad and wrong that America is now more divided by political parties than ever in my life. I think all Americans should put our founding ideals of freedom, diversity and equality first. It is one country and that is the most important thing. When you look for these principals you will see Obama represents them well.

    I remember when being President automatically warranted respect. I remember past speeches being broadcast in schools proudly. Why must we even debate this? It is wrong.

    I think it is a terrible shame that the Republican party is more interested in their own power than in the citizens of America that they slander Obama and the presidency with false accusations, censorship, violence and manipulative nonsense.

    Furthermore, I think the media should stop giving their antics merit and stop covering them.

    Obama in no way should be censored. Every school should respect him and listen to him. It does not mean we must all follow blindly but we should not oppose him without understanding his position either.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  315. Anthony

    The gun toting tea drinking racist Mobs want to be by themselves. We should give them a state and that's the only place they can be. How about Kentucky?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  316. Melissa Fryette Mosley

    This is unbelieveable! Our President speaking to our youth about motivation, pride, morals. Isn't this what the Right would want from their leaders? As a kid I remember President Kennedy starting Physical Ed. programs in our schools, which needs to be focused on again. Would anyone ever in our history discourage a new President from speaking to our kids? A huge majority voted for this President. This hate mongering is pure racism. President Obama please stop trying to placate these people. It is not possible. Stick with your agenda!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  317. Nana Akeampong-Ghartey

    President Obama's presidency has brought to the surface what the Republican Party truly is. Whatever is happening is because the President is black. Presidents taliking to school children is no new thing to Americans so why all this fuss. Believe it or not we are paying attention. When the time comes for elections they will know we payed attention.Our generation be it black or white don't have time for such 'antique' thoughts. We are moving forward and and none of these will stop us. Thanks

    September 4, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  318. monique

    It is very sad when people who do not agree with the president because he is black and/or a democrat they are complaining about everything that he tries to do. Republicans are failing to remember this was done by their beloved President Ronald Reagan and George Bush. Now that our current President Barack Obama is trying to reach out and express how important education is to our country to compete with the world, they want to cry he's trying to influence our children and playing politics. It is very sad in 2009 how ignorant and prejudice people are in their thinking.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  319. Mike Mc

    People need to get a grip! Parents need to start acting like adults! Parents who want to take their kids out of school and censur the president are teaching their kids two things: 1. Don't respect the president because he upsets your parent and, 2. You don't have to listen to anything if it might possibly upset you.

    When kids need a message of taking personal responsibility and striving to do their best, their parents are going to give them a message that if you don't like something, just take some time off until things start looking like you want them.

    Parents.............grow up!!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  320. roger jones

    close your eyes america,please do it close your eyes, imagine a president trying to provide affordable health care to all americans ,but is said by the right ,he is a socialist ,sometimes compared to hitler. .keep your eyes close america. imagine a president trying to boost the economy after 8 years of tormoil.and tea baggers and some governors calling him a marxist and whom now is benefitting from the same stimulus they opposed, imagine a president who is being branded by talk radio and fox news as a racist and a communist.....keep them close america...imagine a president wanting to speak to school kids .telling them to stay in school and stay focus and the right wing lying about it being much more. america do you see him ? do you feal the anger the vile hatred upon him ? now imagine if he was white?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  321. Jim Phillips

    If it had been George Bush speaking to our children about the importance of education in this Republican stronghold state, he would have been sanctified. I don't want to use the catchword "racism" but it definitely looks hypocritical. Besides, I am not so sure George Dumbya ever thought education was important.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  322. Michael Hitchner

    How far are the Republicans of this country going to go to try and smear the actions of quite possibly the best president we've ever had.This man has taken a more active role with the American people than any other president in my 30 years of living,probably longer.If more presidents would have been like him in the past then mabye our social development as a nation would have been far greater than what it is now,and as a result of that our economic situation would,more than likley,not be as bad.Believe it or not the future is here and there are changes that have to be made.Our young people willl be running things in another 20-30 years so we have to reach out to them.the president is doing the right thing,no matter what that republican from Fla. says
    .

    September 4, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  323. Marie

    If they are so worried about The president counseling their children (meaning the republicans) all they have to do is to keep their children home. America is a free country. Another thought, President Reagan, The Bushes and others have used the bully pulpit to advance their causes. What is wrong with this president doing the same thing. If the Republicans are so perfect, i would like to ask them why are they so afraid? Unfortunately they are many people who believe in their garbage because they cannot tolerate differences.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  324. Scott, J

    Protesting everything president Obama does has become a fad. The organizers of these protests knows how to use the cable media to make it seem like the whole country is against him. This cannot be true because he won the election by the highest margin ever. I personally think his advisers and some democrats want him to fail. All town hall meetings are not disrupted, but it appears that way because the disrupted ones are the only ones shown on TV.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  325. Richard

    Mr. Obama speaking to students? Allowing the Bible and prayer in schools? They are the same and need to be treated the same. They both are seen as offensive and one sided by segments of the population. So use the restriction of religion in public schools as an example and have Mr. Obama find a different venue to distribute information. He needs to stay out of the schools and spend the time saved figuring out how to repair the economy.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  326. Mrs. Bray

    I think it very destructive to children and the welfare of our nation
    for public schools Federally funded to be allowed to
    give excused to children that refuse to acknowledge
    their Country's.
    Oldham county public scools in Kentucky excusing absences for parents
    who do not want their children to respect our President.
    It is divisive. It encourages children to wonder what it wrong. What next
    ban the President's in history books???@!
    Where is Geoff Davis? How can the school
    superintendent get away with this?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  327. Tommie

    Tell me which of the 43 other presidents had to face a screaming mob at every turn? No one really wants to call a spade a spade. This is racism at the core, disguised with creative terms like ‘Marxist’ and ‘Socialist’. I would bet that at least 80% of those throwing out those terms don’t know the first thing about Communism or Socialism.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  328. Deacon Johnson

    It is very obvious that the Republican and a great majority of the White population will never change, are not open to change and will only be satisfied when this country collapses, rather than support and assist a Black President of the US in any endeavor that he pursues. No matter what He offers to help solve our many dilemmas, there is nothing but total opposition, no cooperation, no support or assistance. Nothing but prejudice and racism!!! If I were President Obama, I would relax, cruise out for the duration of my term and say the hell with them all. Why continue to try or care??? Republicans-selfish, self-righteous and see no wrong that they have caused...lie, point blame and cause fear and confusion. All I can say is woe unto them when the shoe falls on their feet.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  329. Juan Segredo

    If I didn't know better I would think all the people in this country have lost their minds. When have we ever raised such a fuss over our President addressing our school children, I have never seen such a display of racism by the conservertive right in my life......

    September 4, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  330. Kimberly Holland

    Not listening to a Commander in Chief (even if you disagree with him) is deciding not to participate in civil discourse of a free Western nation. These people are starting to act more like Taliban agents and less like Americans, and it's disheartening as hell.

    If you don't have the moral courage to allow your children to be exposed to different things (in this case a motivational speech to STAY IN SCHOOL) then you don't have the moral courage to be a good parent.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  331. Cinserned Citizen

    Your suprised? School is where they brred the materialistic, cut-throat kind of people their are nowadays. School is a brainwashing people, do this do that, if you dont kiss my butt you will fail...The Rockafellers have been in the school book system since the early 1900s....wake up america....america is so memserized whats going on.....the reason everybody is confused.....The media Is ran by the same people that run everything the ones with the money...

    September 4, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  332. gwen mc

    I live in westerville, ohio and on the front page of the columbus dispatch is the article saying some of our largest suburban school districts are not going to allow president obama's speech to the students – I think this is an outrage that we are letting these fear mongers win. This is the president talking about the value of education – now they want to keep our children ignorant too!! This is a racist, pathetic move by the schools. If a parent doesn't want his kids to listen to our very intelligent president talk about the value of education then create a study hall for those children that day. Censoring the president in the USA – and the right wingers are afraid???

    September 4, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  333. Terri Max

    I am so sick of background racists against this President. This crap was never heard of when all other Presidents were white. President Obama can do no right in the eyes of old school Americans. It just goes to show what America is truely all about!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  334. James Molina

    The charge is ridiculous, the President is doing the right thing, talking to students to advise & inspire them....and now the ultra right is accusing him of politicizing or worse "indoctrinate" a word imbued with radicalism and associated with totalitarian States......
    All the accusation does is further polarize our Country!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  335. Kevin B

    Hilroy: The gentleman that was carrying the weapon at the rally was also African American and was demonstrating his support for 2nd Ammendment rights. Several news outlets conveniently focused on the weapon and did not show the gentleman because it obviously didn't fit into their story about racism.

    You complain about people showing disdain for the President in the same statement that you refer to the "evil Dick Cheney".

    Btw, just to be clear, the address by former President Bush was the first President Bush (H.W.), not the recent President Bush (W)

    Personally, I respect the office of President and I can separate between disagreeing with policy and disrespecting the Office or individual. We read for years where many opponents referred to former President Bush as an "idiot", "clown", "fool", etc... There was absolultely no respect being shown for the former President by many members of the media and blogosphere. It is highly unfortunate, but the alignment generally is along Party lines, not Racial lines.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  336. Odamea Oppong

    Having the President address school children on Monday should not be seen as a political agenda of sorts by the president. I think it is laudable that a president encourage the children, who by the way are the future, to stay in school and find ways to be patriotic to such a great nation. I personally see nothing wrong with his decision and I think, America being the democratic nation it touts it self of being, should give him a chance to do this

    September 4, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  337. Mike Perry

    I will have my government and US History students watch the speech during class. I disagreed with the assignment and therefore was not going to use it. Any teacher has that right to use the lesson plan or not and I felt it was inappropriate but will still require the students to listen to the leader of our country.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  338. Cabot Davis

    I feel totally heartbroken that our country is so divided that there are actually parents out there who’d not allow the President of the United States to visit their child’s classroom! Would this have happened under any other Presidency? I don’t think so!

    I’m a 46 year old caucasian male and I would be honored and thrilled to have my child’s school visited by any President of the United States! I really feel this is breaking down into several issues such as partisanship and in reality race! The individuals who protest are probably closeted racists who don’t want an African American president in their child’s school. The others are probably hardcore right wingers who just can’t muster the respect that the Commander in Chief deserves, whether he’s a Democrat or not!

    Shame on you America! President Obama is only trying to spread a positive message to our children, all of whose parents should be extremely honored that he’d take the time out of his busy schedule to do so.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  339. Deahdra-Lynn

    I typically don't agree with the policies of the Obama administration. Actions so far have lead to a justifiable skepticism and fear toward the Presidents intentions. I have looked at the suggested lesson plans, available now, and don't feel as threatened as others. I do believe that they are typical public school quality. They lack anything that would teach or encourage critical thinking, something our schools have foolishly abandoned years ago. As a conservative home educating mom, I am actually interested in having my oldest child watch the speech, but would then encouraging critical thinking to identify the good parts of the speech and the areas of differences. Of course parents should have the right to opt out of any "pep rally." If it isn't part of the mandatory curriculum, it should not be mandatory. Even better, get the parents the speech ahead of time and let them teach critical thinking since school don't care to.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  340. JMBarrett in No Prov RI

    I'm ashamed to be an American. What is wrong with us when we have to find something dark and evil in a President's simple visit to a school to promote education to students? I am ashamed of you all.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  341. Ken in NC

    Tony, this is funny too. People are always saying that kids today never listen to us. Now so many adults think kids do listen to adults. You will even have some kids that will say things like they will not listen to the President's speech. These young kids do listen. They listened to their parents complain so they picked it up too. Proof positive that kids do listen. Often times they emulate their parents. Sometimes that's good and sometimes it is a train wreck in the making.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  342. Carole Scanlon

    Having been an educator for 28 years, I can predict that most elementary kids won't even be paying attention.....recess, lunch and the opposite sex is much more important to them than anything an adult (even the President of the United States) has to say. This whole mess is a non -issue.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  343. Joseph Feng

    The reactionaries have always hated the concept of a publicly-funded education. Now, they are proudly exhibiting their opposition to children working hard on their studies.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  344. Stephen Myette

    All this ridiculous flack over the President's school "appearance"......Does ANYBODY recall where George Bush was on 9/11 ????????

    September 4, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  345. JAYoung

    Why is no one reporting that the only reason this "story" arose is because the right wing propaganda machine was pushing their cadres all day long Thursday on AM radio and Fox?
    The ABC evening news even judged it the most important story of the day Thursday when they led their newscast with it. When are the racist rants of a tiny minority of Americans a news story anyway?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  346. Wilbert

    ....by the way where were you when 9/11 took place? And where was President George Bush and what was he doing at the time?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  347. Greg

    I think if we live in a democracy, then each parent and each child should have a CHOICE as to whether they watch the president or not. I myself do not have children, but if I did, then I would talk with them about what they think they should do, and explain to them that our president is simply trying to stress the importance of a good strong education, and what the consequences of NOT having that is.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  348. Jim in Illinois

    We heard Pres. Bush's, and Clinton's, and all previous presidents announcements regularly in class as well as over our student radio station. Pres. Obama is now seeing what teachers have to put up with every day–too many uncooperative parents and unmotivated students.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  349. Janice F

    Nothing is wrong with what OUR PRESIDENT is doing....it's amazing that some people will allow politics and hate to get between their kids and good advice from a motivational leader. Bush gave a speach to kids in Florida the same day 9/11 happened .......u guys remember that?....Mr Obama is our president so work with it or take Michelle Bachaman's advice about the wrist.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  350. Matthew King

    As a student, I am surprised the president will lower himself to indoctrinate children. Think of the irony- "be cool, stay in school" says the president who has two daughters in private school, who grew up in a dreamy hawaiian private school- how does he know what public schools are like? Last time I checked, the president was not an omniscient God! Education by teachers, not indoctrination by the president, is the only way a free and democratic society can survive.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  351. adam

    who is indoctrinating who when parents are unwilling to let children have their own views and watch the president speak. The true indoctrination comes from television programs and most parents have no problem letting their children watch hours of tv at a time.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  352. Marie

    I can't believe the President's speech encouraging students to do their best is getting so much opposition. As a teacher I know that lesson plans are used as guidelines. Are there so many people out there that are unfamiliar with the education process? Oh and by the way parents are the first teachers. I can use all the help I can get to encourage the students I teach to stay in school and get a education, may be some of those who are opposed could volunteer in some of the under proforming school and see what we are up against daily. Just because a lesson plan is given, give teacher credit they know how to adapt anything to make exciting and get students involved. Volunteer! "those who are clueless" and see what education is like in America.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  353. Michael

    It is outrageous that people are making a big fuss out his speech to our kids. He simply want to inspire them to stay in school and stay focused. I guess since this is such a foreign concept....i.e. for some to care about our kids...that they are afraid of it. And b/c he his a democrat and he just happens to be black. No one said anything when the two Bush's went to school and did the same thing, only "W" wasn't even trying to inspire anyone. He wasn't even doing his job. That's why we were attacked in the first place.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  354. Nescafe

    For every person who is unsure, uncomfortable and unlearned about a particular issue it usually stems from a fear of the unknown. Our comfort zone is sure, comfortable and we know what we know. I heard someone say that FEAR could be defined by it's acronym – "False Evidence Appearing Real." What is false evidence – the answer – It is a LIE. When FEAR subsides you will discover the truth. Let us always seek the truth which often times if we look back at previous instances of CHANGE, the same thing happened – FEAR crept in and delayed the process which usually turned out to work better than what we thought it would. Remember Katrina, although tragic, some people who lived in severe poverty, now have new homes and new lives, That was forced CHANGE. Tragedy was turned to triumph. Fellow men and women, black, white and other worked together to make life better than before for neighbors they would not speak to before Katrina. Even in my town, it took a flood to make people change their attitudes towards the east side of town, you know usually black folks live on the east side. A drainage bond was not voted for because it would benefit the east side and not effect the west side either way. The drainage bond failed. A few months later, a storm came and flooded the downtown area and those fine business owners found themselves floating in water along with trash, debris and snakes. Needles to say, the drainage bond immediately came up for vote again – passed by a landslide. We need CHANGE to make the world a better place to live. We can either make the change ourselves or believe in God or not, but He will present a forced opportunity to change. Don't believe me, just live long enough and think back over your life and see if this isn't a true statement!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  355. Kristin Michelle

    Reina, are you kiding me? Where were you for the last eight years? How can conservatives wear such blinders–Bush all but ignored the constitution, but it worked to your political agenda so it appears you're just ignoring it.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  356. C.T.

    People opposing the video address should be focusing on what they can do to help our children get better grades and set educational goals rather than getting people angry and filled with fear over a 15 minute speech by the president to school kids.

    Quit blowing everything out of proportion and bring something to the table rather than tipping the table over every time.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  357. Larry Pollock Orcas Island, WA

    Hi Tony, I definitely support any President of the United States reaching out to any and all Americans, especially students. Engaging them is a tall order, but a resonating message could capture their imaginations and result in their taking a more meaningful, active role in our country. Larry

    September 4, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  358. Sarah Ridenour`

    Obviously, our predicesors as president screwed up some where along the way or we wouldnt be in the position we are in now. Ever think about that? So, why are we attacking the new ideas of a new president, just because he isn't copying what people in the past have done makes him bad? I feel that the younger you show a child the effects of there actions the better their life will be with the foundations of life. The president is making an effort to change the US problems and he is starting at the bottom.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  359. James

    "Nearly 6.2 million students in the United States between the ages of 16 and 24 in 2007 dropped out of high school", and people are worried about the President speaking for 15 minutes to school children, somebody needs to, 6.2 million parents didn't do it in 2007! They let them watch the inauguration, Daddy Bush gave a speech in 1991 to students in DC, I watched the Challenger blow up in school, what's the REAL reason?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  360. kevin jackson

    Perhaps the lesson plan needed throughout our school system is the founders fears about factionism out of control.........not letting your kid see a speech from the PRESIDENT is crazy and obviously has roots in factionalism at least, racism at most....MR. OBAMA is OUR PRESIDENT....just like MR. BUSH was........both were MY PRESIDENT. The founding fathers feared this day.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  361. Brenda

    The girl who isn't coming to school to listen to the President isn't really interested in school is she? His speech won't take all day and she will miss out on her education that some girls in the world would love to have.
    Stay in school, get educated and contribute. Form your own opinions, it's good to listen to what is going on in the political rhetoric. It's good for discussion and debate in civic class.
    Is the speech to be given with all the translators needed? We have so many languages in the schools now... And in all ability levels including special needs kids. Like the announcer said his daughter likes to go watch TV or play computer games...many kids are busy text messaging in class without being present...will they really listen to the President's message...and lose the lesson plan...

    September 4, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  362. Karen

    I am shocked that as a country we have nothing else to worry about other than bashing our country's leader, The President of the United States of America. Everyone doesn't have to agree with him, but as our president that we elected into office, we should support him. Would it take our country to have war and terrorism on our homeland to really make people think about what is truly important in life. If our president wants to inspire our youth, what is the big deal? Let him do his job, and find a real cause to gripe about. I am a Republican, and am becoming more and more ashamed to call myself one. And my husband and I are becoming more and more ashamed of our nation as a whole. Look outside of your selfish selves and look to your neighbor and see how and what we can do that affects all on the whole as one nation under god.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  363. RICK

    THIS SPEECH IS CAUSING CONCERN BECAUSE OF THE WAY THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS HAVE DENIGRATED ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH THEIR POLICIES. I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH HIM JUST ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO WORK HARD IN SCHOOL, BUT HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF PROBLEMS WITH THE WHITE STAFF GIVING TALKING POINTS TO THE DEPT OF EDUCATION FOR THE FOLLOWUP STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS. OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IS NOT GOING TO BROADCAST HIS SPEECH LIVE AND WILL NOT SHOW IT UNTIL LETTERS ARE SENT TO THE PARENTS. PRESIDENT OBAMA CREATED THIS DISTRUST BY RUNNING AS A MODERATE AND THEN TAKING A HARD LEFT TURN ONCE HE WON THE OFFICE. DISTRUST OF HIM HAS BEEN FURTHER ENHANCED BY ALL THOSE WHO DON'T AGREE WITH HIS POLICIES, RED NECKS, RACISTS, BIGOTS ETC. TELL ME, WHY IS IT OKAY FOR PEOPLE TO EXERCISE THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS WHEN A REPUBLICAN IS IN OFFICE AND NOT ALRIGHT WHEN A DEMOCRAT IS IN OFFICE?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  364. Jeremy Knight

    This comment is for Reina. Economy and employment can only come from a good education.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  365. Terri Max

    President Obama is a people person out to demonstrate how good this country could be unlike the Repulican Presidents in the past and their meathead followers who have ruined the country.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  366. Dorothy,

    The sad thing about this whole debate is once again the media using any controversy they can to try to get better ratings. These are the people we get our "information from" ? It's pretty sad when this kind of vitriol is being used and the media feeds into it. What kind of lesson will our children be getting from all of the so called adults in this country and we call ourselves a civilized nation. We have truly regressed in this nation,all because we are no longer a nation led by God. Instead of trying to show the other nations of the world how to live, maybe we could take some lessons. God help the USA.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  367. Kip Coggins, Ph.D.

    The comments of republicans in relation to the president give clear evidence of the undercurrent of racism that is still quite present in this nation.

    Perhaps a good solution would be to allow Texas to suceed from the union. Then all the white, conservative christians could move there and leave the rest of the U.S. to rational human beings.

    Kip

    September 4, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  368. Bryan

    The reaction to all of this is absolutely disgusting. Since when is the President of the United States not a welcome visitor in the classroom of today's youth? The right has turned this country into an absolute circus. They destroyed the foundation over the last 8 years and now they are just trying to finish the job. They have no concern for the consequences of their actions and couldn't care less that they are dividing this country. The comment by the girl about handing in the blank paper was one of the most ignorant comments I've ever heard. She is not impressing anyone and really does a disservice to the youth who are in school trying to make themselves and this country better.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  369. Shirley

    So – no more school debate clubs – where youngsters may learn to sort out and evaluate what they hear – and mock elections – where they might learn how to be successful voters? Must we rewrite President Kennedy's oft quoted "Ask not what your country can do for you" – ask what you can do for yourself?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  370. Peter & Maureen Cervoni

    The attacks on President Obama are disgraceful. They smack of racism, however those that are attacking him are too cowardly to admit it.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  371. chris hardy

    Hear the President out. Then make your decision.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  372. whatashame

    Its a shame but not surprising that you have people who don't want their children to listen to the president speak next week about education. For many years, minorities in this country have listen to presidents, who probably didn't even care about the communities we lived in, but you didn't see our parents saying don't listen to them or anything like that. Now we have a African American president basically saying, "stay in school, work hard, set goals" and parents (mostly on the republican side) is totally against this. Racism in this country is really starting to show its face more and more each day. I pray and hope that this ignorance will not spread to the next generation because they deserve a chance.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  373. tanya

    This is not just about the president offering a message, this is just adding fuel to the fire of hose cry babies who feel their power slipping! Get over do do birds, that knuckle head Bush is gone! The day of the do do birds in power is over!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  374. Renee

    What in the heck is wrong with people have they been watching Fox News instead of CNN or MSNBC. Apparently America is listening to Glenn Beck and his poisonous sewage regarding our President. Remember people, he was voted in by America for America fair and square, lets support our country as a people, our President as a people, and each other regardless of race or any other differences apparently blinding these birthers and extreme right wingers. After all this is the UNITED States. I completely support our President and I am happy that my children will get to see a part of history when he speaks to the school.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  375. Catherine Wright

    How upsetting to see that young minds are being turned against this President by the Right Wing sneer-smear-fear machine. They are hiding behind the lesson plan aspect–school children help the President by staying in school, working and studying. Any excuse to defame and denigrate Obama–shame on Republicans! Our students were subjected to Bush-Cheney sociopathy as perfectly normal and patriotic. How much willed ignorance and wrong-headed self-serving misconstructions can the Limbaugh lie pseudo-republican machine generate? Will the Right ever have enough slander and calumny to slake their thirst for power at all costs?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  376. Matthew King

    We need to draw the line between education and indoctrination. The president's worksheets say "how does the president inspire you". Perhaps this would be a good writing assignment. What happens when students, students like me, go to math class? What will be the question then? "How much money do you owe to China?" "How long will the US take to pay off the deficit?" and "How big is ten trillion?". Why, Mr. President, have you enslaved the school children of America with a crushing debt, one not even the greatest generation can repay?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  377. Dr. Rajarshi Sengupta

    As a proud liberal democrat, father of 4, and doctor, I plan to have my children listen to every word OUR president has to say. I support OUR president. America elected him. We worked endless hours to elect him. My children listened George W. Bush and his crazy policies way to long. Being a doctor I know the importance of Universal Healthcare. Being from NY I see poverty everyday.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  378. Michele Benesh

    What has this country come to that there should even be a discussion about the President of the United States addressing school children about the value of education? Reagan and the first Bush did it and nobody raised a fuss. Our educational system is so far behind much of the rest of the world that it needs all the cheerleaders it can get!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  379. Buddy Calvert

    I am a former 5th grade teacher and still hold a Texas teaching certificate . The uproar over the lesson plans for President Obama's talk to school kids belies a complete ignorance of a widely used pedalogical technique. In a effort to have students internalize the material presented in a presentation (in this case,"stay in school , do your best, etc., etc."), they are asked to verbalize their reaction to the material. The worksheet proposed is a "boiler plate" followup handout that is used with videos, assembly presentations, reading assignments, etc. For example, if a video depicts a cartoon character that I'll call "Mr. Twinkletoes", teachers will ask, "Did Mr. Twinkletoes inspire you to take care of the the environment" (or whatever ) and "How can you help Mr. Twinkletoes?" Protesters need to grow up!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  380. Cinserned Citizen

    AUDIT THE FEDERAL RESERVE OH YEAH WE HAVE NO SAY!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  381. Lorine

    This is truly a sad day. What are these people thinking? I know it must be Pres. Obama being black. I know how mush some republicans hate this president. I am beginning to feel sorrow for them. Eat your heart out. This man is doing his job.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  382. Judy Priz

    I am not against Obama I just think there is so much more important issues to address at the moment. Our country is trillions of dollars in debt so instead of doing something to help our country Obama is busy handing out our money like it's water. Oh, I understand why it's not his money it belongs to the tax payers......

    September 4, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  383. sal

    I did not vote for Obama...but i think all this is getting ridiculous...the Republican party is jumping at every chance they get to "cry" about anything the President does. It does not matter what he says on what he wants or needs to accomplish for the nation...they will continue to publicly lynch him and wont stop till the end of his term(s). I predict he will never get full support on any issue he stands for, even if it calls on new legislature on "saving the lives of all republican party mothers". You wil see some republican crying on the right to save "or not" their own mothers and try to make him a socialist or maybe a "devil"....the point is, he is black (and i am not) and they will find the nearest metaphorical tree to politacly hang him on.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  384. Ken Patten

    I am astounded at the reaction of these right-wing ideologue parents who want their children to opt-out of an opportunity to see and hear the President of the United States, because they're afraid the child will somehow be instantly indoctrinated into a political position that is antithetical to their own. This isn't the chairman of the N. Korean Communist Party for cripes sake. It's OUR president.

    I can only imagine that they are suffering from an acute case of sour grapes. Losing the election to a liberal-leaning black man after witnessing the catastrophic failure of the policy to deregulate the financial industry must be extremely demoralizing. So much so that they lash-out like wounded animals, injuring their own children in the ensuing melee, and only succeeding in making themselves look like irrational narrow-minded fools. It's pathetic.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  385. Ms Kim

    My two cents is this: I graduated high school in 1993. Two years prior, all of our schools installed TV's and broadcasted a daily news show during homeroom called "Channel One". So even back then, it was possible. Out of all the presidents I've known, NONE of them ever decided to speak to us, or seem to even care about the young people. How can you engage young America without first getting on their level to connect with them?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  386. Lauren

    The earlier post from Lauren is the reason the President needs to speak to students. Whenever a child/student can decide to not go to school for the day, it's only a matter of time before they take two days, then a week, then a few months off and they become a part of the huge dropout statistics in America. Let him speak, he's a "newer style" President speaking to "newer style" children. Some of them will listen to him before their own parents!

    September 4, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  387. Tony Dulley

    Words of encouragement are fine. But has anyone noticed that this administration continuously misspeaks. This time it's how the kids can help the President. Poor Mr. Gibbs is more a trouble shooter than White House speaker. Also, do you remember the expression, "two wrongs don't make a right?" This President is supposed to be the one of change. But previous administration actions are constantly being used as an excuse for this one to do the same.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  388. David from Huntsville, Alabama

    First, Palin accused Obama of organizing death squads and buddying with terrorists, now other Republicans are accusing him of trying to indoctrinate children. The Republicans are always trying to tear him down so they can win elections by scaring the heck out of everybody. When are they gonna start trying to build their own credentials to win elections instead of trying to distract us by making outrageous accusations?

    September 4, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  389. Bill Bucher

    I remember growing up "white" in Alabama during the George Wallace era. The very same arguments were voiced about President Kennedy addressing the nation’s youth. He was going to “poison their minds”

    September 4, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  390. Vic

    Maybe they'd be happier if Palin went to the schools to teach Geography? LOL

    September 4, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  391. LaShonda G.

    Please correct me if I am wrong, but when we were in school we did not have a choice as to whether we wanted to watch the President's broadcast or not. I know that I did not always agree with the political views of the past Presidents, but I am all for the pursuit of educational goals. If anyone has authority or merit to speak with my child about how to overcome obstacles in order to achieve their educational dreams, it would be President Obama. I have three school-aged children, and I have opted for them to watch the webcast in school. I want them to see the tangible results of hardwork and effort.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  392. Stephanie

    The uproar that has ensued by the president's interest in encouraging students to focus on their education is quite surprising to me. There has been no mention in any announcements of an intention to promote any political interests other than the importance of education. I don't see the problem. While I am not a supporter of Obama, I believe he should not be persecuted according to assumptions of the uninformed public. The only thing parents are accomplishing by objecting so strongly to this innocent effort is teaching our youth that we shouldn't stand united as a country. I can't help but wonder where the future of this country is headed if the next generation is taught to reject even the simplest honest efforts of our government.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  393. Tina

    I feel sorry for kids growing up today. People are so divided on their political views that they have lost all perspective.
    When I was in school it would have been an exciting moment to be able to meet the President of the United States regardless of political views.
    Where has the respect for the presidency gone? Parents not allowing their kids to go to school and experience this should be ashamed of themselves.
    The country will only become more polarized once these kids grow up with this way of thinking.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  394. Mike Pope

    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 11:59 am |
  395. James In Kamiah, Idaho

    I think it's even simpler and more pathetic than many people think. I think the reason so many "parents" are up in arms about this is because, in the end, President Clinton was such a success, even with his moral hangups, and Bush was such a collosal failure even with all his holier than thou talk, that the "parents" [wink, wink; nudge, nudge] are bound and determined not to let another democratic president have any room to succeed and bring the rest of us along with him.

    Well, let's be brutally honest here... it's really just the super conservative, ultra rightwing part of the republican party that is concerned.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  396. Bert Gonzalez

    Why parents are so concern about what the President is going to talk about or his lesson plan? Parents very seldom or never ask teachers for lesson plans or what they are teaching on a daily basis. There is a good % of parents that never get involve with their kids academics and some never even set a foot in their kids school. I belive this should happen more frequently and other should do the same like CEO's, Doctor's, Chancellor's etc. to encorage our kids to persude higher education. Stop the wining, get involve with your kids education and help them become good productive citizens.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  397. Mrs. Bray

    I think it is very confused and intentional
    opposition of their own Government system
    and structure that a federally funded school district
    such as Oldham County will issue incentives to
    parents who will go to no end to prevent their
    children from having positive feeling about their current leader.

    Representative Geoff Davis where are you.

    This new excused absence act is divisive and leaves children
    questioning the safety of our Country and honesty of the electoral
    when they are told, "don't listen to what the President has to say.

    Superintend
    ant Upchurch is feeding anarchy and revolt in Kentucky.
    This is appalling.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  398. Patricia

    Unfortunately racism is still alive and well. It use to be a priviledge to have the President of the United States speak to our children in hopes that he would insipre them to be all that they could be.
    What the President is trying to do is to inform and enforce the policies , goals, and standards that have already been set by the Department of Education. It is said that it takes a village to raise a child and "HE IS APART OF THAT VILLIAGE"

    September 4, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  399. richard az

    why are republicans so full of hate the so called christians is that what god teachs i dont think so we put up with george for 8 yrs look what that got us THANK GOD MCCAIN $ PALIN LOST

    September 4, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  400. Gloria

    Tony, I just heard you read some comments from your blogs and they were negative!! I'm reading these comments and they are all positive to the President. Why didn't you read these....Ratings, maybe. Very unfair to the President. Shame on you CNN!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  401. Will

    The earlier post from Lauren is the reason the President needs to speak to students. Whenever a child/student can decide to not go to school for the day, it’s only a matter of time before they take two days, then a week, then a few months off and they become a part of the huge dropout statistics in America. Let him speak, he’s a “newer style” President speaking to “newer style” children. Some of them will listen to him before their own parents!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  402. judy

    As a former teacher, it surprises me and–more importantly–disappoints me that parents would refuse to allow a child to listen to the President of the United States talk directly to them. This man will not be speaking in secret-you can be there to listen with your child if you think it may have an adverse effect. (Evidently, you can now also read the words before they are said.) Certainly, we don't all agree with the president's political views, but surely a parent could explain the difference between disagreement on certain views as opposed to encouraging disrespect for the office of President. Daily, children are in conctact with many people and not all of them are going to share the same political (or religious or social or educational) views of each and every parent. Teachers have different political view as well as bus drivers, friends, people at church, other parents, ministers, coaches, neighbors, and many who may intereact with your child . Refusing to allow your child to view a presidential address is not going to change that. Barack Obama is a parent and also is our elected president. An encouraging message from a man who has achieved much in his life and who also knows a little bit about being a father may actually help your child, even if Obama's views on healthcare or whatever might be different from yours or mine. I could understand your concern and would support your outrage if he is a person who is known to espouse hatred or bigotry or racism and would seek to encourage your child to adopt those philosophies. However, I have seen nothing that would make me think he would be inappropriate in his comments and, frankly, it seems that many others have already made sure those ideologies are reaching our childen over and over anyway! Studying hard, staying in school, and making wise decisions are values that anyone would probably want their chidren to adopt. A public school is a place of learning which is shared with those of many views. If a public school is not meeting your needs, make other choices. You can pay the money for a private school which you feel will only allow your child to hear what you want them to hear (though this is actually impossible, in truth) Or, you could choose to teach them at home so that they will never have to hear any views that are not yours (at least if you can be with them at ALL times). However, please consider–would these options necessarily make your child more compassionate, smarter, or better equipped to live in the world? Doubtful. Will refusing to listen when someone "might" say something with which they disagree help them when they are with their peers or in positions when respect is desired (or required) or when they become adults and will be making their own choices? Will teaching them to opt out of hearing any speech or comments with which YOU may disagree help your child when they apply for a job, need a scholarship or are away from your guidance for any number of reasons or any future activities when they face choices? A school is not just a place to learn facts–a school is a place to learn how to think, how to respond to authority with respect, how to disagree without rancor, how to cooperate and not be selfish, how to get along with others, how to learn responsibility, and how to learn to deal with the many decisions we all face in order to try to live a full and satisfying life. A child can be taught to try to learn or a parent can teach the child to refuse to do things they don't want to do . A child can be encouraged to understand that people will often feel differently or be encouraged to jump to conclusions with a knee-jerk reaction and to pout or refuse to participate when things aren't as they think is "right.". If you keep your child at home or prohibit him or her from hearing a message , it just makes the speech (or anything they might see on TV or hear somewhere) just a little more interesting than it would have been in the first place. Be a responsible adult by being a calm and positive force, reacting negatively only if there is a reason to do so. Give your child your good example to observe and emulate, which would serve any child well–long after this speech is over.. If one speech can change your child's core beliefs, then this control you may think you have over the opinions or views of any chlld is not there anyway! No man is an island and your child is not one, either. Sooner or later, you child will be out in the world without you. Encourage good judgment and fair assessment of anything that might be seen or heard. Give your child credit and give yourself and your family an opportunity to discuss someone's words (or any issues relevant to your family) without fear. Lighten up!!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  403. Matt

    I remember the uproar displayed by Democrats in 1991 when Pres. Bush was preparing to talk to students. Just goes to show, Americans (no matter what political party) are more alike than different.
    The solution: deport 10% of the most radical liberals and 10% of the most conservative fundamentalists...then the rest of us will live under policies compromised somewhere in the middle.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  404. Janice

    I think this is really ridiculous. If people want to keep their children hope on that day, who cares, let them. Who is it going to hurt other than them and the parents. All the fuss is because this President is African American. George Bush could go on the air and say anything to American and all anyond did was smile. Ridiculous.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  405. Mubiyna

    People need to stop complaining about the president telling students to do better in school or how they can help the president....One way they can help would be to work hard in school and so that they don't make the same mistake all those stupid greedy cooperate heads who plunged our country into a recession.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  406. James In Kamiah, Idaho

    And jsut what part of the presidents "Agenda" are these peopel afraid of? Just what type of "Help" do you suppose a sixth grader is going to offer?

    Are these parents concerned that the students might learn to turn off a light after they leave a room or when it's not being used? That they can recycle their soda cans?

    What EXACTLY are their concerns, and why should we consider their concerns warranted?

    September 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  407. James

    "Nearly 6.2 million students in the United States between the ages of 16 and 24 in 2007 dropped out of high school", and people are worried about the President speaking for 15 minutes to school children, somebody has to, 6.2 million parents... didn't do it in 2007! They let them watch the inauguration, Daddy Bush gave a speech in 1991 to students in DC, I watched the Challenger blow up in school, what's the REAL reason?

    September 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  408. Matthew Totusek

    Hello I wanted to say I'm a student and 18 years old i belive Obama is haveing a wonderful effect on our Schooling For We Are In New Ages And Makeing New History. For People to be takeing the children out of school because of the democrat its unbeliveably the fact there.. But I belive kids should have education either way democrat or not for Education Is Important to us all And Obama is just trying to get that point out hes a strong leader and he wants to see his nation grow

    Thanks..

    September 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  409. Chris

    TONY, HOW MANY TIMES HAS CNN HIGHLIGHTED THIS STORY. THERE MUST BE MORE NEWS TO REPORT RATHER THAN EVERYI EIGHT MNUTES WE HEAR THIS . . .THEREBY. . .FUELING THE CONTROVERSY.

    I DON'T MEAN TO "IGNORE" THE STORY BUT . . .PLEASE!!! LET THE PRESIDENT SPEAK AND THEN COMMENT ON SAME!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  410. Robert R. Miller

    As a former teacher and educational publisher for nearly 50 years, I've been a witness to many, many "far right'" efforts to skew our education into conformity with their narrow idiology. This effort to stop a President from encouraging school kids to study looks like we've hit a new low in the strange politics of supicions, rumors, innuendo, racism, polarization and stupidity.

    I'm afraid, today, that we;ve lost our sense of American fairness and the ability to reach goals that are good for our people. Tomorrow, I may be afraid for my life, by simply implying that there are common goals that Democrats and Republicans must achieve together, to make our country a stronger , more educated and more successful nation. I said "afraid for my life"...and in parts of this country, that's becoming a fact, if you wish to speak as an educated, tolerant sensible person.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  411. Tony Simmons

    Honestly I don't get it. Why would you keep your kids home from school because of a 30-45 minute address from the President and subsequent writing assignment? Are we really that afraid that we choose ignorance over enlightenment? Write what ever you want for the assignment, write how you disagree with what the president says and why. Lets choose intelligent debate over fear and ignorance.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  412. Joe

    Republicans are going to be negative on anything President Obama trys to do. It is an organized plan to oppose anything that comes out of the White House. The airheads that are coming out of the woodwork are now well brain-washed by the the years of listening to the multiple right wing radio talk hosts. Just listen to them and read their protest signs. Most verbal and written phrases come direct from Rush or any of the other "Tokyo Rose" type propagandist.. This all comes from the founder of ugly and mean spritied politics, "Newt" himself. Remember what eventually happened to him? Every dog has his day and watch what happens at the end. There is no place for ugliness and meaness in these United States of America. We should be united and respectful to each other. What is the rest of the world thinking after watching those idiots screaming ane making asses of themselves in town hall meetings? How embarrassing!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  413. nicole

    What a shame. Since when the president needs anyone approval to speak to the nation or anyone. He is indeed the childrens president also. just another way to under mind our president. Never in the history such hate and denial toward a widely elected president. HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF OUR COUNTRY, OF ALL AMERICAN. How can we expect the world to respect us by respecting our president when some invest so much in under minding him. take a step back and think for a second. what are your priorities? Unite and fix the mess we are in or divide and let the children "our future" follow our reckless footsteps?

    September 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  414. DonA

    I've listened to a lot of comments since the President has been in office. There are things about Americans I am certain of and every time (they) open their mouth or their computer, they prove me right (unfortunately). Here is a list of those things:
    1.They are uneducated.
    2. They believe that America is always right.
    3. They always want things to be the way the founding fathers stated (That we ALL have the right to LIFE, LIBERTY, and THE PUSUIT OF HAPPINESS). As long as certain segments of the community stay in their place.
    4.They would rather stay impoverished,starving, and unevolved in their thinking than to have President Obama to help improve their way of life.
    5.Where were these people (TRUE BLUE AMERICANS) WHEN Dumb and Dumber was in office the previous eight years.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  415. Mary Poteet

    You've got to be kidding!!! As a child in school, I would have loved to have a speech from the President of the United States. I am shocked and outraged at the backlash. Give me a break, or rather, give our President a break! This is ridiculous...

    September 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  416. jcow

    The problem isn't so much the speech but the arrogance that went along with it. Having the kids write an essay on what they can do to help the President and stating that it was "Historic" when clearly previous presidents have done so. Most White House's believe their own press but Obama's is taking it to a new level

    September 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  417. George Helms

    Tony:
    Watch you every day BUT you like everybody else, it seems, totally miss
    the fact that the U.S. people JUST DON'T TRUST THE GOVERNMENT.
    IN FACT, THEY SEEM TO BE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC'S GREATEST ENEMY. CONGRESS IS A RAT PACK OF LEACHES.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  418. Paul

    I had to laugh at the woman who complained that the President's speech would "make her think". She has clearly identified the problem with "conservative parents": they don't think! This "controversy" is only something to fill a slow Friday news day.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  419. Nescafe

    Rob in Riverview stated that the Republican base are Evangelical Christians – I have somewhat against that statement, however. They may be Evangelical, but I reserve the right to question that they are Christian until the most important quality is being shown – LOVE. Michael Jackson sang "Who's Loving You," but I say Who's Loving Who?

    September 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  420. sheldon Packer

    Sheldon Packer What Are You kidding Me? Worried about a speech to kids by the President of theses here United States?Why in my day That called for a special assembly with White Shirt and Tie ( Yellow) some people are just getting scary it's spelt R-E-S-P-E-C-T ( Bet You If it was George the Blunderer..................!)

    September 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  421. Kurt d

    This is sooo funny - these parents won't let their kids hear a 20 min message from the President, but these same parents are willing to let R-rated movies babysit there kids on a Friday Night. Stop hiding behind the "conservative" curtain - come out and tell us how you really feel. Let the man do his job!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  422. Jean

    The problem is Obama has surrounded himself with radical people in his past, I know we all are tired of hearing it but it's true-Bill Ayres,Rev.Wright,Van Jones,Mark Lloyd, Acorn that's fine he can be around anyone he wants.BUT he has to live with the idea that people might judge HIM by the company he keeps. I have had this conversation with my teens-DONT hang with the druggies, drinkers etc. or YOU will be judged as one too. Fair? maybe not but geeze it's human nature, not a huge jump to see why parents might be concerned.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  423. Toya

    PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE!!!! What is the big fuss about the President speaking to the children? All I see is racisim. Come on now, we should be better than that now. Nothing was said when Bush was reading to kids at the time when the twin towers were attacked. Was there a problem then about that President reading and speaking to the children and at the wrong time? Did he speak to the kids about politics? If he had sense enough not to speak to kids about politics, and I think he was one of the Dumbest preidents we have had, then President Obama is most def. not gonna speak to the about politics. STOP THIS CRAZY RACISM THING AND LET'S GET IT TOGETHER.

    And to the poor people against Obama, Get A LIFE!!!! HE IS FOR YA'LL. Yall actin so high and mighty and ain't even got a pot to piss in!!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  424. Suzanne Lynch

    It appears to me that one party is so bitter over the election they will do anything to bring it grief. From this school debate I see nothing but racism and anger that some parents are passing on to children.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  425. Terry Nash

    Obama is a quick change artist. He can't seem to follow through on anything because he jumps to the next program before the country can adjust to what he just did. Is this a ploy? Obviously, it is. How does one criticize or question a policy when it's already old news? He's very cunning.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  426. Hilroy

    How can Michael Steele continue to be a part of this racist Republican party? He is a black man and knows the evils and destruction of racism.

    It was a trick, plain and simple. By electing a black man as Chairman of the RNC, no one should accuse the Republicans racists because the racist white right ring had a blue print for slash and burn. They almost pulled it off.

    Do not be part of a party who do not respect the President of the United States just becaiuse he is black. Please Mr Steele resign ASAP

    September 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  427. sifu kt

    how ignorant can americans be, how hypocritical can we be, we speak of socialism, if im not mistaken HMO's decide what a doctor does how they treat patients etc. yet they think the government wants to tell doctors what to do. the president cant speak to kids yet all other bs we allow our kids to hear. and americans wonder why its structure is going away. its ok to have a girsl gone wild show white america spending thousands sending there kids to the ivy league colleges showing their bodies, yet you think what the pres has to say will corrupt your kids mines. this is why the world looks as us not as Christians.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  428. Godfrey Leggett

    Wow! You only have to watch Jay Leno's 'jaywalking' to realize how ignorant most people are but, these right wing, religious zealot, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck republican dittoheads really are 'STUPEFYINGLY' ignorant. I wonder what these people use for brains! I do not want these ignoramouses having anything to do with decisions regarding m y future. I pity their poor children, being brainwashed by their ignorant parents...

    September 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  429. Simone

    The groups initiating this controversy would best spend their time speaking out against the issues that truly negatively influence our children. I would rather have my children be influenced by President Obama than Tinkerbell, Barbie, Sponge Bob, Madonna, Beyonce, Hannah Montana, Lil' Wayne or Kanye West; to name a few.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  430. sunny easwaran

    Conservatives refusing to send their kids to school because of President's speech has made it all the more certain that all students would watch the speech with great interest. Teenagers rebel, don't they?
    Unintended consequences,surprise!!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  431. Esta

    That's it! I've had it with these self righteous bigots who are criticizing President Obama's planned webcast to America's school children next week regarding good citizenship and goal setting. What a bunch of malarkey on these bigots' part! What's the difference in what Obama is doing than the nation's schools' allowance of military recruiters to come to our schools and talk to the students about considering the armed forces after they graduate? School recruiting has been going on as long as I can remember, not only under the previous president, but under his presidential predecessors. Although I was opposed to the Iraqi war, as a teacher I didn't refuse to let these recruiters enter my classroom and speak to the students while Bush was president. Why don't these naysaying parents just come on out and admit that they despise having a Black president and pray that God will help them with loving and accepting him? They should stop "hiding behind" their racism by creating all of these distractions as disagreements with his Democratic agenda. They aren't up to Obama's ankles in constitutional wisdom and otherwise, yet they sit on their high horses looking down their prejudiced noses at Obama and his administration and spewing out ignorant rants. Away with all of them! May God judge righteously between Obama and his critics. Long live Obama, his presidency, and his family!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  432. Lucille

    Maybe if "W" asked school kids what they could do to help the president, we wouldn't be in such a state of affairs now! I think most kids would have given better advise to the former president than his actual advisors!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  433. Eddie G3

    Your smirky remark about students helping the President (he brought it on himself) indicates your desire to make chicken soup out of chicken bones.. How in God's creation could asking the students to help the President be wrong. This is the President of our Country. You’re desire to push controversy is disgraceful! When will you understand that the fringe Right wants the President to fail at everything he does.... You're in the business of helping them.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  434. Kristine from Manchester, CT

    I applaud this completely. The parents calling this "indoctrination", need to move to ALASKA. I hope my sons MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL adds this to their day. I want my son to think for himself. Parents keeping their children home on this day are very ignorant.
    Bush sat reading to a class on 9/11 and not one person said they did not want their child in that classroom and we all know that election was stolen.
    Grown up already, and remember, education is power, and this classroom event empowers children to use their minds and to also challenge the issue even if they do not support it.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  435. Alan Appt

    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 the obvious inability to perform their duties. If the President was aware 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 12:10 pm |
  436. msfedup

    Such anger and hate towards our President only shows that racism is alive and well and let us all thank Fox news for that!
    Act like an American and show our President the respect he deserves. You don't have to agree with everything he says, but you don't have to act like a lynch mob either...Grow up people!!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  437. John Cardenas

    To the White House corresponded, who made the comment of previus presidents using the school system. He mention that former president G. Bush did it on setp 11. That day he was reading a book to school children, he wasn't trying to spreed seeds of socialism in our children's minds.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  438. Egberto Willies

    This is ridiculous and the media should disregard this false righteous indignation of the Right Wing. This all stems from these guys not wanting to recognize Mr. Obama as President, his legitimacy, or the leader of the nation. They hope for castration by making him impotent in every initiative he makes. I am sure the President is use to this giving his history,

    September 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  439. j. wright

    Wow! Can you be any more frantic, panic stricken and desperate then the current republicans? They have completely lost control, face and any credibility they ever had. Enraged, violent and crazy... this is the way they expect to win in 2012? And the latest insane outcry, the president asked students to write to him and offer help. OH MY GOD! NO! First of all students have done this as long as teaching existed, secondly kudos to any president who understands and respects the young voices. My three girls were smarter in first grade then all of the republicans currently trying to make a news topic out of anything the president does or says. Pathetically obvious. If the pathetic manic group who claim Limbaugh and his ilk as their mentors do not regroup and join the rest of the world agenda, ( share, help and let live, do no harm, do right and make things better whenever you can) they will not only loose the youth vote again but also the older republicans that are increasingly fed up with the current path. I am not sure they can take the horror of loosing control of THEIR country?? Where are the old guard the voice of republican level headed reason, if they had any sense at all they would beg Meghan McCain to run in 2012 she is the only hope they have, fresh, young, sensitive, bright and able to reason with control and civility. None want an out of control rouge group with insane ideas heading America and what makes them think they have the right to speak for all? Good luck with that.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  440. Justan

    Through all eight years of the Bush Administration, those who disagreed with the war, his policies or his beliefs were tagged as "Un-American" or "Un-Patriotic". We didn't like the way he ran everything for oil profit. But now, when we have an intelligent President, like Mr. Obama, who wishes to speak to our future (the children) about staying in school, and the importance of this, these people want to stop it before they even know his message! They want to talk brainwashing...how about Bible Study, telling their children everything that spouts out of Fox News' mouth, etc. They just don't want their children to be educated. Because then, their children may question their parent's motives, beliefs, and may actually think for themselves. And we can't have that!!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  441. Susan

    Perhaps listening to President Obama in the classroom will enable our children to discuss their opinions and differences in a civil forum, rather than the Jerry Springer-style mayhem some of the "adults" in our country have chosen. Even kindergarteners are unlikely to bite off someone's finger!!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  442. Neil

    I am a registered conservative Republican and I have two boys in school. I don't mind them hearing President Obama speak. I think my fellow conservatives need to chill out. You're children aren't going to learn how to cope in society if they are taught the only way to disagree is to run away and not listen.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  443. Joanna

    I understand the President's speech is to tell kids to stay in school to help the drop out rate. How many ELEMENTARY school kids drop out????? That's ridiculous.
    He also 'reworded' his intentions to make it more palatable for us, but given the President is an master orator I find it difficult to believe it was a 'slip of the tongue".

    September 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  444. Lauren

    As you pointed out, Mr. Harris, Ronald Reagan and former president Bush both made educational speeches to school children and I don't recall anyone saying anything about it.

    Obama is being criticized simply because the republicans have decided they are going to try to bring him down by criticizing everything he does. So far they have criticized him for things such as taking his wife on a date, going on vacation, and of course trying to help those of us who don't have health care. At this point I am inclined to believe there are racial undertones to the republicans constant attacks on President Obama.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  445. john

    I DON'T BLAME SCHOOLS FOR WANTING TO REVIEW OBAMAS MESSAGE.HE BROUGHT IT ON HIMSELF ONCE HE HIRED VAN JONES,A"COMMUNIST"INTO HIS CABINET!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  446. Betty Bunert

    I have a comment to make about the President's Speech to school children Tuesday. I can't hold back anymore, I am a retired school teacher of 31 years. What are these Conservatives and etc. teaching their children. Not to respect the President of the USA? Prejudice because they recognize he is the first black American President? Are they members of a political party who strongly disagree with anything he does and there is no compromise and this is a way to get back at him? The news media has just strengthened their position and the poor children-caught in the middle again!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  447. Mary Lee

    Thank goodness we have a president who sets a good example by not only being intelligent and articulate, but who is willing to reach out to motivate all of our children to high levels of achievement.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  448. Sarh

    I don't see what the big deal is. It seems to me people are just complaining to complain about the president. The people complaining will always complain. Nothing the President says or does will make them happy. They will still complain. They are listening to extreme right wing talk radio personalities. And believe everything they are fed by them. Get over your loss and MOVE ON! I am happy the President is making this speech. Not only is it something the children should listen to but the parents as well.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  449. Dorrie

    This "concern" is clearly contrived–and part of a larger scheme to destabilize this president. It is founded on false assumptions: (1) he has a "socialist/Marxist/fascist/unAmerican agenda he wants to force on us; (2) he is, hence, untrustworthy; (3) he will, therefore, try to control our children; and (4) beware! Have fear. Be scared. Don't trust. This is a political agenda. The fact that we have a long history of presidents speaking to our children has no bearing –what is sinister here is this bizarre response fueled by clearly unstable and Machiavellian groups. It is in the best interest of this country for CNN and other media to critically examine the frameworks in which such stories reside.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  450. Sandy Granich

    It's a pretty sad state of affairs when it's okay for an athlete to tell a child to stay in school but not the president.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  451. Stuart Nichols

    Are the people who object to Obama's lesson plan to any degree aware of who decides the content of public school textbooks their children will be REQUIRED to use? Hint: Texas has historically been the largest market for publishers.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  452. Lightfoot Letters

    It is my understanding from the news media, and they are always right, it was the 'study material' that went out as 'educational material,' that was in question, regarding his talk to the kids. If my kids were still in public education... I would be more worried about their teachers and text books, especially history texts thru grade 12, than anything President Obama may say. I have listened to recordings of my grand kids teachers and read the texts. It is not a pretty picture of education, that has become a social engineering concept rather than a liberal education concept.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  453. John Murrow

    I definitely smell the blood of a lot of republican provocateurs. Who else could it be?

    September 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  454. Michael

    I am continuosly amazed by the people that complain about what President Obama's does. The President of the United States telling kids to stay in school and people are considering not airing it. We have a drop-out rate close to 10%. If the President can save a few kids from dropping out, it not only helps those kids – but, also the entire country. America has neglected education for too long and if we don't invest soon, we will become a second rate country.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  455. Heyward

    I blame mainly the media for entertaining these people. It seems that anyone who voices any opposition to President Obama has a place on various media outlets. For the media to give any sort of credibility to this nonsense indicates they foster this lunacy for ratings purposes. This is more of the dumbing down of America. Never in my life did I believe such lunacy and pure hate would be legitimatized by so-called credible and respected News organizations.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  456. Kate, NJ

    I am in a state of disbelief that parents are so ignorant to object to the President encouraging our children to stay in school. It just goes to show how deeply divided this country still is after the 8 years of President Bush. I have 4 children. I believe that they should be educated on what goes on in our country. We watch every state of the union address and they followed the election process very carefully. Although my husband nor I voted for President Bush, we still watch his state of the union, no matter how painful it was. I will tell the parents exactly what I told my oldest son about President Bush. You may not like him but he is our President. We were told that we were unpatriotic to disagree with our President. Now I think the tables should be turned and these people should question their patriotism.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  457. Robert Croy

    Does't President Obama have oter things he needs to devote his attention to? Such as two wars and the loss of soldiers lives, Social Security, the National defecit, no jobs, millions of unemployed loosing their benifits soon and have no idea how they will survive and bringing our jobs back from other countries.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  458. Melinda

    As the Health Care Town Hall Meetings have shown, the Republican version of "Freedom of Speech" is only acceptable if your opinions are the same as theirs. I am honored that the President of The United States cares enough about my children to want to speak to them at school. It is insane (not to mention narrow minded and paranoid) to think that he wants to indoctrinate children, he just cares about them and their futures. President Obama was elected fairly by a large majority of citizens and now represents our nation. We had to endure eight years of George W. Bush, now these Republicans need to move over and face up to the fact that it is our turn!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  459. Ada Nelson

    Its too bad a positive is being turned into a negative. Its not the message its the President and who he is. We just had a President who had problems putting two sentences together and nobody complainted about him speaking to children. Why don't we call it what it is – racism.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  460. Richalene

    I see no difference between President Obama's asking kids to think or write about what they can do to help him than President Kennedy's, "...Ask not what your country can do for you but you can do for your country..." or President Bush Sr.'s speech telling kids to stay in school and work hard. If I were a parent today, I'd be more frightened by the school drop-out rate which hurts us all than any possible hidden agenda the President could possibly have.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  461. james windings

    ok i think that President Obama is doing good by going to schools an talking to children. The reason people are agianst it is because he is not a conservative. I am a democrat and i am all for it because it lets the children see the President of the UNITED STATES and here him talk about certian issues

    September 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  462. donna chunestudey

    i am so sick of these stupid conservatives! i bet they would be excited if michael vick was coming to their school wouldn't they? these people need to let the president do his job. tthe only people they are impressing with all this negativeity is other stupid conservatives like themselves. they are really making america look bad in the eyes of the rest of the world when they fight against everything obama does!
    i thought the nation made a step away from racial prejudice, guess not.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  463. LESLIE

    I THINK THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS EVERY RIGHT TO GET OUT THERE AND SPEAK TO THE KIDS AND INSPIRE ALL OF THE STUDENTS. LOOK WHERE HE CAME FROM, HE HAD A LOT OF OBSTACLES, MAYBE HE WILL MOTIVATE SOME STUDENTS BECAUSE IN FLORIDA THEY ARE NOT VERY MOTIVATED BECAUSE ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS TRY TO PASS THE FCAT. SOME DO AND SOME DO NOT. I AM SURE HIS SPEECH WOULD INSPIRE MOST OF THE STUDENTS . WE NEED SOME MOTIVATION HERE IN FL.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  464. Matthew King

    If we did what Matt suggests, Congress would be empty! Besides, we need the contrast to see how very "out there" they really are.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  465. Carolyn

    This whole controversy is not about education but about "this" President. Every since President Obama has been elected, the Republicans have found one thing or the other to try and make him fail. As an African American, I resent this, because I have supported Presidents of other ethnic groups my entire life. If they don't want their kids to be motivated to stay in school, keep them home! I will never vote Republican as long as I live, and I will encourage my family and friends to do the same. I thought that I had outlived bigotry, but I see that it is alive and well. No wonder so many of our kids are failing in school.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  466. Gwen Thomas

    The uproar has nothing to do with the message, but everything to do with the messenger. With all the negativity going on in our schools, what could be wrong with the President of the United States giving our children a positive message. He has two children of his own in school, surely there is no ill will intended. This will be the perfect teachable
    moment. I, as a parent, welcome the message.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  467. Ellen

    Conservatives against the President addressing school kids:
    This is very strange. I’m in my fifties, and I remember most, if not every, President since JFK giving an address, some sort of speech, to the nation’s schools. Why is this one time so terrible? I hate to think of the underlying reasoning for this kind of discrimination. Conservatives seem to be the first group that wants to indoctrinate school kids to love mandatory prayer, mandatory creationism, mandatory intolerance against anyone who seems to be different, mandatory abstinence only programs that often do not work, and even mandatory Bible reading/study, but they just cannot tolerate the President of the United States addressing the kids on the importance of staying in school and becoming good students. Yes, conservatives believe they have the right to indoctrinate children into conservatism, and no one else need apply.

    Many conservative groups are even against hate crime legislation and a new anti-bulling legislation initiative. Talk about a path toward exacting totalitarianism—conservatism in the U.S. is a textbook example of totalitarianism. Look, intrinsically, there is nothing wrong with being a conservative, but conservatives become wrong, or send out the wrong message if they juggle the teachings of Jesus Christ in one hand, while they juggle intolerance or hate in the other hand. They hate gays and lesbians, hate people who think that women have the right to appraise their own reproductive choice, hate people who are against war in non-Christian nations, hate people who believe in evaluation, hate people who do not believe or practice Christianity, hate people who believe that helping others can hover closely to socialism, and hate Democrats—in other words, it is strange for an entire group of people, an entire segment of our society, who swear an oath to the teachings of Jesus Christ can also advocate so many forms of hate.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  468. Susan Norman

    I think it is frustrating that the very individuals who deemed any disagreement with President Bush's as "unpatriotic" are refusing to impart a sense of respect for our current president in their own children. At my daughter's school, they are looking for a separate activity for the children who "are not allowed to hear the President speak." Really? What message do they think that is going to send to all the children? It says that the President of the United States is not to be trusted, let alone respected. It's shameful.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  469. David B - Kansas

    Republican talk show hosts and pundits have done a masterful job of spreading propaganda and disinformation designed to create paranoia and hysteria among their viewers/listeners.
    All presidents should be talking to kids as often as possible. Becoming the President of the United States is the ultimate acheivement.
    Anyone who thinks the president has some sort of "Brainwashing" agenda with our kids has truly lost their minds.
    There seems to have been a media war declared against this president by conservative radio and television. I am truly ashamed as a conservative and as a patriot to think so many of our citizens have become so fearful.
    This is supposed to be "the land of the Free and the home of the BRAVE" ...not the land of the paranoid!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  470. Peter

    People complain about Pres. Obama talking to our Kids about staying in school I don't understand this. why? What is the problem? Hey we let ex VP Quail a republican and George W Bush another republican talk to our kids in school, so we finally get a very smart man to talk to them and the pundits complain. huh? why is this? I hope all school districts show the message to our children its about time our children see and hear from an Intelligent President. One that can actually read and spell.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  471. Mike Armstrong TX.

    People are being sooooooo stupid this is the president of the united states not KIM JOHN ILL grt a grip whats the chance of the kids paying attention any ways his words are going to go in one ear and out the other.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  472. Lauren (the apparently uninterested student)

    Excuse me, im actually the complete opposite. Unlike some people, I have to work really hard to get scholarships so I can go to a good school, so I'd rather go to school to LEARN than listen to him and his crap. And you know that once his speech is over, the rest of the class will go to a discussion, instead of learning.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  473. trent

    Lets just call this what it is...racism. White republicans don't want this black president telling their kids anything, know matter how positive it may be.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  474. James Johnson

    This is amazing, what is there to be afraid of. Here we have one of the smartest presidents in our life time making an effort to reach out to our children. Yet it was ok for GW Bush to be at an elementary school during the most devastating event in the history of America. Sounds like to me some ou us are afraid to actually let our little ones learn something!!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  475. RODERICK

    WHY IS THAT THE PRESIDENT HASNT BEEN IN OFFICE A YEAR AND GETS CRITICIZE MORE THAN THE LAST THREE PUT TOGETHER IM GLAD THAT THE KIDS OF THESE PARENTS SAYING YOU CANT LOOK AT THE SAME THING PRIOR AND MORE DISFUCTIONAL PRESIDENTS DID BEFORE THIS ONE FOR SO CALLED "SOCIAL" REASONS. I WONDER IF OBAMA COULD DUNK A BASKETBALL OR RUN A FOOTBALL WOULD IT BE THE SAME RESPONSE AND HOW BOUT OBAMA LET A RIGHT WINGER DO THE SPEECH AND SEE HOW CONTRADICTING THESE OPPOSERS ARE

    September 4, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  476. Ms. Katherine Pina Stewart

    I think it's appaulling what parents are thinking today!!Ever since they took prayer out of the schools the younger generation of certain kids have lost real respect for authority. This is our" President"...and a President is a teacher, the Head Teacher of the world affaires, why should'nt the schools know what is going on, that is" history" (dah) . President Obama is going in the right direction..Truth about what is really going on in America. "God said "teach our children", and that is excatly what Obama is doing , he is about the children because his mean the world to Him and Michele!!!! Parents need to get a grip and stop being ignorant about whats" morally" right!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  477. Kristy

    I would just like people to recall George Washington's farewell address of 1796. Particularly his warnings about how party politics would destroy our nation's foundations.

    After all, let's not forget that that is exactly what all this fuss is about...Conservatives, bigots and hate-mongers trying to destroy a presidency and Democratic Congress they despise and begrudge at the expense of the very real needs of the citizens the government was specifically designed to work for.

    It is eerie, to say the least, at how prophetic his words have become. If folks want to get back to the foundations of this country, let's start with George Washington...

    "I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally. "

    "This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy. "

    "The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty. "

    "Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it. "

    "It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another. "

    "There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume. "

    Amen Mr. President!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  478. nancy kennedy

    Are these parents afraid because President Obama is a wonderful role model who just happens to be African-American and their children might question their bigotry?
    The President has something to teach us all that in America ANYONE can aspire to great things if they educate themselves and don't give up.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  479. Donna Swan Rundell

    Regarding all the uproar overs Pres. Obama's "stay in school speech": If this had been brought up in any other administration, it would have been considered a great idea...a good way to encourage
    children to strive for education and to help them realize that they, too, could one day become President. However, now, we have an African-American President. Frankly, I think there is much more racism in our country that we want to acknowledge. And I think there is much more racism in the Republican Party than I ever thought. And I used to vote Republican. I once voted for Bush. I am so disappointed in the mindset of many of my fellow Americans.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  480. Shawn Turner

    The problem wasn't addressing the student it was the worry about what the message would be.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  481. Kodi

    I'd bet my life savings that if Sarah Palin took Obama's speech and said it word for word, those same people opposing it would be pushing their kids to watch it and applauding her for telling kids to stay in school.

    Politics need to stay out of things like schools. What, exactly, do you think we are teaching our kids by not allowing them to listen to the President? Do people actually think if their children listen to a 20 minute speech they will come home screaming "universal healthcare for all!" Probably not. Parents seem to forget THEY are the biggest influence on their children...and they are doing a really good job of teaching them to hate an not listen.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  482. Dimitri

    This over reaction to the president is amazing. Parents get excited about professional athletes speaking to their kids, however, some athletes have way more character issues, morals and concerns than President Obama. What is really going on here?

    September 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  483. Ellen

    Conservatives against the President addressing school kids:
    This is very strange. I’m in my fifties, and I remember most, if not every, President since JFK giving an address, some sort of speech, to the nation’s schools. Why is this one time so terrible? I hate to think of the underlying reasoning for this kind of discrimination. Conservatives seem to be the first group that wants to indoctrinate school kids to love mandatory prayer, mandatory creationism, mandatory intolerance against anyone who seems to be different, mandatory abstinence only programs that often do not work, and even mandatory Bible reading/study, but they just cannot tolerate the President of the United States addressing the kids on the importance of staying in school and becoming good students. Yes, conservatives believe they have the right to indoctrinate children into conservatism, and no one else need apply.

    Many conservative groups are even against hate crime legislation and a new anti-bulling legislation initiative. Talk about a path toward exacting totalitarianism—conservatism in the U.S. is a textbook example of totalitarianism. Look, intrinsically, there is nothing wrong with being a conservative, but conservatives become wrong, or send out the wrong message if they juggle the teachings of Jesus Christ in one hand, while they juggle intolerance or hate in the other hand. They hate gays and lesbians, hate people who think that women have the right to appraise their own reproductive choice, hate people who are against war in non-Christian nations, hate people who believe in evolution, hate people who do not believe or practice Christianity, hate people who believe that helping others can hover closely to socialism, and hate Democrats—in other words, it is strange for an entire group of people, an entire segment of our society, who swear an oath to the teachings of Jesus Christ can also advocate so many forms of hate.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  484. Matt

    You must be kidding me. To deny the president the opportunity to talk to the youth of the nation and promote good study habits, is just ridiculous.
    It's about time the Obama administration made their stand against the Bush era stand on education. What was this "No child left behind"? I'm sorry, I'm an educator in California and every child got left behind.
    All Obama is trying to do is make a smarter America. A smarter America is a more successful America. Please stop beating down a good man. He is just fixing the disaster that was left him by your buddy Bush.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  485. Ruben

    It seems like America regrets voting President Obama into the White House. Whatever he does is criticised ten times harder than any other President. Aspersions are casted on his integrity day in and day out. it almost feels like people are trying to belittle the President and reminding him of his place sort of speak. America should be grateful that it has such an inspiring President focusing on education and especially young people. The student who wrote earlier seems to be brainwashed and blinded by ideology. I hope for his/her sake that he/she becomes a little more open minded in this day and age, for narrow mindedness has brought our beloved country to nowhere. President Raegan did it no, problem; both President Bush senior and Bush junior did it, no probelm. why is it a problem only for this President?

    September 4, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  486. ilenne

    The children of this country are graduating at a lower and lower rate from high school. We are becoming a country of the uneducated. An educated society is a society that honors the rule of law (because they understand it), has the capacity to think for itself and to give thoughtful and honest opinions (not opiniions based on brainwashing)for those things that will better the lives of our children and grandchildren. Finally, we have a President who is intelligent and caring, who wants what is best for our country not just for his political cronies. Let the children hear what he has to say....... he very well may be responsible, with his brilliant words, for the future being so much better.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  487. Judee Archer

    Personally, I find the very idea of denying school children the right to hear from the elected President of the United States, outrageous! And what of the President's right to free speech. I don't recall this ever being a problem in the past.
    Some say they think President Obama will try to indoctrinate children with his socialist messages. I think what is going on here is racism at work and words of "socialism" and "indoctrination" are being used to hide the true motives of the objectors.
    Until recently I never realized what a bunch of "fraidy cats" we Americans have become! Get a grip America.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  488. Anita

    There is a major drop out problem in the black community. The black community would welcome President Obama's speech to their children with open arms. He should just change his plan and only speak to pupils in the inner city schools. The white kids with the dumb parents do not need to hear the speech about dropping out of school and trying to get the most out of their education. Their parents dropped out and they want their kids to follow in their ignorant foot steps. I can guarantee you that if the president did change his plan, these same people would complain about their stupid kids not being included.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  489. K. A.

    To be honest, I am not sure why Obama wanted to be president. He is a black man and anything he does or tries to do is going to be met with extreme protest by the mentally challenged in this country. He should of let this country stay on the same path it was headed. He should of let McCain finish the job that this country's gift to the world (Mr. Bush) strarted. Then we could see how many of these racist idiots would be protesting on the TV ( asking for his death) and in townhall meetings (disrupting his work to get them healthcare). This is a sick country and it appears close to half its residence are mentally ill. They get robbed by their brothers at the top of the financial chain and what do they do, put on their hoods and start harrassing the Black folks trying to do something positive for the country. Hmmmm, sounds like history. Let the plantation go Obama. Let them get out and clean up their own mess for a change.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  490. Vickie (Texas)

    I live in Texas and think it would be nice for my daughter to hear what the President has to say about education. But...with websites like this one spreading throughout the internet, our city probably won't allow it. I'm very upset about people's stupidity! This is the kind of site that has people believing Obama is like Hitler! http://teapottantrums.typepad.com/index/2008/11/fascinating-comparison-of-obama-and-hitler.html
    COME ON PEOPLE THESE CLAIMS ARE SO REDICULOUS!!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  491. Diana Lynn Boyle

    As an Independent parent of a 6 year old, my problem with President Obama's address to students is that they should serve their President. I have a problem with the PSAs that I'm hearing that say one should serve my President; one should do away with "gas guzzlers" and buy hybrids; that because you buy bottle water you're destroying the earth...etc. I have a problem with ANY public official telling me or my child that I should serve them. They are to serve us. We elected them. They are to do what the majority of us want; not us to do what they want. I have a problem with PSAs that imply that we aren't "good Americans" if we question our government and don't do the things that they think we should do. I have the responsibility as a parent to make sure that the messages my kids are being told by others are in line with OUR family beliefs and values; and to hear what is being said to my child so that my husband and I can clarify as to what we believe and what others believe.

    If our President believes strongly in what he's doing, then stand up and say so. Release the speech ahead of time so those concerned can see it. Stop being so wishy washy. As a parents, it's our responsibility to make sure that our kids do their jobs (going to school, staying in school, learning all they can, helping neighbors, etc.,); all that I'm hearing what is supposedly in the President's address to them. Children learn more from their parents presence (or lack of) than from any other influence. I think that this uproar is already a great example to kids to ask questions of their government officials, people in authority, etc. That it's OK to have a different opinion than someone else and to handle it in an acceptable manner other than shooting someone, getting into a fight or biting someone's body part off.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  492. rick

    Mandatory swine flu shots, Mandatory health insurance, Mandatory tv speeches, Mandatory this, Mandatory that-Obama stay out of my life. Bush didn"t run my life and neither will you.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  493. mark pribble Anna Il.

    The president talking to kids to, stay in school is a bad thing. Who started this crap, well i think we all no who, the republican party ,or as i call them ( POLITICAL TERRORIST. )

    September 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  494. Ron

    This is another way to teach schoolkids to hate. Don't think these folks
    who keep their kids out of school, because of a civics lesson, it is because the President is black man, and their parents either hate, or fear black people..

    September 4, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  495. Sonya

    I read these blogs until I was sick to my stomach, so I had to write......

    I am amazed that so-called ADULTS are behaving in this manner,(not the bloggers), but the pundits/right-wingers/foxnews viewers/talk-radio listeners and people that talk before getting the facts/evidence.

    President Obama vowed to hit-the-ground-running and is doing exactly that. He wants to talk to our children, people. I just cannot imagine how something so positive became negatively slanted soooo fast.

    To the people who are pushing hard in an attempt to destroy the President and oppose him at every opportunity, take a bow. Unfortunately, you have gained traction.

    I only hope that you are the ones that are taking time to read to your children, help teachers educate them, helping out at the schools and taking other responsibilities for your child's education so that the President should not feel that he needs to do it for you.

    How did we get here? Come on, China is leading the United States in Educational growth and you wonder why. Let's give our children the opportunity to listen to the President and broaden their scope.

    Sonya

    September 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  496. JR

    Why is it that the 'conservatives' behave so visciously when they can't have their way? They are like a child having a temper tantrum. Maybe if the media didn't give them so much attention for their outbursts they would shut up! The moral majority in this country does NOT condone their behavior.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  497. mike

    Heaven forbid a child lears something at school and the has the audacity to come home and have their parents explain why they agree or disagree with it. Tha twould be too much like raising you own child. I thought the idea behind education was to learn not to be told what to think.?!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  498. Kay

    What is all the fuss about American people????!!!!! Don’t you trust your President?! I believe in Obama and I believe he’s not trying to brainwash anyone…He’s gonna give the kids good encouragement so why are the parents afraid of that! I’m Jamaican and I believe in him, so why can’t the American’s do too???!!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  499. Ed

    While the idea of the President addressing students is an admirable idea, I question the idea of this Presdent addressing students at my kids' schools when he is surrounding himself with people of questionable character like the self-proclaimed communist Van Jones.

    Please Mr. President, surround yourself with people of value first and then you will be able to represent the Presidency in addressing to our children. Until such time, leave the education of the students to parents and teachers who we trust more at this stage. I rather have you help us figure out funding of our schools which we still need a solution to. We are forcing our valued teachers to take lower salaries or forcing them to retire because of the lack of a good funding school program in place.

    Ed James

    September 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  500. Micahel G.

    This debate is absolutely nonsense. It just amazes me that asking students to write a letter to articulate how they could help they can help the President creates such an uproar. The request is not requiring or even suggesting that the students to buy into the President's agenda; if anything, it just provides students the opportunity to independently formulate their own opinions and voice either their support or disagreement with the President and suggest what the President should do to improve the nation. In many of the comments made, the major concern voiced by parents is that their opposition derived because of the lack of knowledge of the contents of the speech. Lets be honest America, if you randomly polled 1000 parents about the details of the child's curriculum (especially on a detailed-daily basis) 8 out of 10 parents polled would have no clue. (Hence the question: "what did you learn today?" commonly asked) The facts speak for themselves; it's not the contents of the message that is causing the backlash, it's the person that's delivering the message. The basic notion of American society is diversity, a melting pot of different people, cultures, and views. Just accept that you will be exposed to people who do not share similar opinons

    P.S. Parents who have the ability to pull their children out of school simply because they do not want their children to view a 20 minute speech shows their social/economic statuses. I know for me, I can't afford to take off work or secure child-care service to prevent my child from watching something that they'll ultimately have access to on the web.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  501. Dave Tucci

    You mean to tell me that some people fear that a 15 – 30 minute talk by President Obama will have more influence on their children than the YEARS of parenting they have had with their children?

    Well that doesn’t say much about their parenting skills and simply proves that they need a reality based life!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  502. JR

    The most discouraging thing about this story is that we as a nation have fallen so far that we no longer are a true democracy. We are descending into a nation where when one side loses they will do everything they can to 'destroy' the efforts of the other side. What's next – civil war? How long will it take before some of those idiots with guns start shooting them?

    September 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  503. Marilyn Dolezal

    President Obama chooses to surround himself with people who are "unAmerican" in thier thoughts and actions. He appoints "Czars" to positions in the White House and listens to their counsel. People are concerned and with good reason. It is a parent's job to decide what to expose their children to.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  504. Tom Joad

    We're worried about H1N1 and need to be more concerned with the Xenophobia that has been an unfortunate legacy in this country.

    @ Hilroy – Like Obama, I'm a multicultured American, even more so. My kids, have five different ethnicities flowing through their veins. Yet, like Tiger Woods and many others they have to identify with being Black or Asian because of how they are perceived by others, at least for the most part. I will respectfully disagree with your comment that one ethnicity should do this or that. However, I can empathize with your point when you see virtually no minorities at these "town hall" meetings. Also, you see very few people of any ethnicity under 35.
    That's not a coincidence.

    I expose my kids to all commentary from all sides of the political spectrum, and we discuss it together. I trust them enough that they will make their own decisions based on the ideals I have instilled in them. I teach my kids that Ignorance has no prejudice. Treat everyone as individuals and how you would want to be treated until they give you a reason to do otherwise.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  505. Judy Bellemere

    I am a retired school teacher from a large, successful, suburban school district in the Greater Kansas City area. I am writing because I am dismayed, to say the least, at the strange reactions to the pending speech to our students in the United States. I am saddened that what should be an interesting and inspirational opportunity has been sullied by such bizzare and hysterical objections. I can only hope that President Obama knows that, for our country's sake, there are a huge majority of intelligent, thinking citizens, who appreciate the thoughtfulness, dignity, and diligence with which he tries to help solve the huge problems confronting us. One of these challenges is to keep our students engaged, focused, and determined to reach for excellence in their studies and opportunities. Anyone who has worked with young people would also understand the value in asking them to research a problem and use their ingenuity to brainstorm and come up with some suggestions of their own. PLEASE, could we just ever say THANK YOU? I am hoping that normal people with their feet on the ground will help add some calm and reason to the vitriolic rhetoric which is, perhaps, too widely publicized on our electric media. We must remember that some people will believe and repeat almost anything without realizing the true facts. One would like to just put out his arms, hands up, and ask for some calm reason. Anybody? Somebody? Thank you to those who explain with dignity the kind effort to give our school children a helpful message of encouragement.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  506. M. LIPTON

    What a privilege these schoolkids will be having to have Pres. Obama come to their school.! Exile the idiots who protest this visit to the nearest icebrg float.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  507. danny in Atlanta

    Tony, this is nothing but a continuation by the Republicans to slam this president, it has zero, nada, nothing to do with policy. Like the health care distortion has nothing to do with health care. It is all a orchestrated effort to ruin President Obama. It is time for the President to quit being Mr. Nice Guy and fight fire with fire or he is going to fail. I want him to succeed but, he cannot let them continue to deceive, distort and divide.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  508. ali khan

    what are we looking at now, The ignorance in this country has reached to a new level ,That Our president cant speak to kids in school. what next? In few months we have seen that no matter what the president does, it will tick some idiots off. And no body wins arrguement from ignorrance better to stay quite.
    Reminder and advice to President. Yes he is President of all American, but only 55 to 60% of people voted for him and the people who didn't vote for him they actually will never agree with him. So atleast keep those people on his side for next ellections.Because if President with 60% aproval rating can't get anything major done, like healthcare than i believe thats it. And we should look into blue cross democrates(blue dog),what are they gaining by opposing healthcare. actually everything here looks like a third world, econmy, politics politician, businessman and people.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  509. J Travers Devine

    It's all BS. These people don't like having a black president and won't accept anything he does and its as simple as that. Fears of 'big government, socialism, deficit spending are all BS – we have had big and increasing government for decades, Medicare is 'socialized' medicine. They need to get over it and join the 21st century.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  510. Marlene

    I work in the public school system but not as a teacher. This is not a bad thing, if parents saw how their children really act in school they would probably crawl into the nearest hole in the ground. Some one needs to tell these children to study and stay in school. Most parents are not and alot of teachers would rather not talk to your children they are there for a pay check. If you do not want your child to see it tell the school they will make alternative arraingments for the children either way. They always have to these days, things always happen in the public school system. Parents who are involved in thier childs school know these things, they do not freak out. The No Child Left Behind act has done more damage to your child then one speach could ever do.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  511. James Johnson

    Why is there a problem with the president asking what is it the students can do to help him. After all these are the people that will be running our counrty in the next 25-50 years. It very awesome to get our children thinking about the issues now. Let stop trying to blind our children.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  512. Joan

    I would be proud for the President to speak to my grandchildren. Talk about a silly season. Where do these people come from that are in opposition. The President is trying to improve education. I have voted for over 50 years and I am a Republican but I am so disgusted with the party. All my relatives in England can't believe what is going on in this country. They say that now the ugly American is alive and well at the town hall meetings. The Queen of England speaks to the nation in Britain every Christmas holiday time. Also they all say that they would not change their health care system for the one we have over here. Where is the peoples common sense? I am beginning to wonder.

    Joan

    September 4, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  513. Betty Bunert

    As I was writting this, I got cut off, why? I can not hold it in anymore. I am a retired school teacher of 31 years and cannot understand where these conservatives& other parents are coming from at all. They are teaching their children that the office of President of the U.S. is not to be respected. They are teaching prejudice, maybe the children think this is happening because he is the first BLACK American President. Since when can telling the children to stay in school and continue Education a policy that is wrong? He has a family and 2 children.What is wrong with writing a paper on how the children of America can help their President and Country be considered political? Don't you think that they would feel apart of this country and it's process and growing change.They certainly AREN'T GOING TO WRITE ABOUT HEALTHCARE UNLESS OLDER, OR PARENT & TV COACHING is done. You know not everything that the President does is for a political gain like some politcal people are doing recently. Anything to get ahead of the other party. The news media is not helping this situation at all.I say God Bless America and our President. There are more important news, how about something good for a change?????
    I am so disappointed that there are still parents and politicans that will go to this method of getting attention using their children and education.
    Aren't there more important things to be done to HELP the United States and their own children??. Maybe it is time that the children have a choice without interferance in this particular matter. Alot of them have more sense! I thought we wanted to improve our country for our children. And YES, I am a parent and Grandmother. My son served in the Marine Corp. for 6 years and went back for Desert Storm. They mean everything to me and so does MY PRESIDENT, COUNTRY,RESPECT OF OTHERS, NO PREJUDICE and EXCELLENT EDUCATION. Think twice before you start such an uproar, there are always consequences!...... Betty

    September 4, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  514. Martha

    How many President went to school and give a speech,and how many children wrote a letter to the President.These parent are still teaching their children how to hate this President.President Obama would not bea president if he did not good in school.He is a good role model to each student and to my children.I called this ignorant and it is full of hate.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  515. Ann Jarrett

    We listened for eight years to George W. Bush who was a C student, laughed at around the world for his lack of education and who hung onto his father's coat-talis for any sucess that he had.

    Barack Obama is a Harvard graduate, self-made man AND President of the U.S. He brings his brains and his energy with him to work every day whether you agree with each policy or not. Where is the same respect?

    September 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  516. richard az

    MR OBAMA DONT PULL A GEORGE WHILE READING TO THE KIDS MAKE SURE THE BOOK IS RIGHT SIDE UP

    September 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  517. Jean

    I was one of a few children who was brought up by my parents, in a religious, strict and disciplined household. We respected authorities. Today, as an adult, I consider this an asset which has greatly assisted me.
    It appears to me that there are some parents who have no basic common sense and those who possess it do not apply it.
    Those with common sense and who listened to President Obama during his election campaign and after he was inaugurated should have deduced that President Obama who aspired to whom he is today wants absolutely the best for adults and youth alike and America in general – to make America a better place to live in.
    President Obama wants the youth to progress in school and in society, that they, the youth, are the future US adults; that America needs good educated and useful citizens who, one day could be a politician, US President, senator and also hold other important careers for their progress and success and that of their nation. Those who are older are obviously getting older and will pass on in time. A country needs useful citizens.
    The youth of today need a lot of encouragement, "Yes We Can!" This is what President Obama is projecting to them.
    In addition, if they are better educated and hold good positions in society, they are building up their nation and are projecting a good example to those who are younger. In the interim crimes/murders will be reduced and hopefully eliminated and other citizens will have less to fear, if nothing at all. This is the vision which President Obama has for his country, your country.
    Those parents and others who oppose President Obama speaking to the school children are doing their own children a disafavor. He would never say anything which is not acceptable to say to the school children. Parents must utilize their common sense and place their thinking cap on.
    Those same parents may not even be projecting a good example in the home to their children.
    Therefore you parents and others who oppose President Obama's speech, he means well for your children, to study hard, eventually obtain a good, legal career, to be a good example to the future young ones and to make their nation a better place to live in. This is what I wish for every youth in the entire world.
    President Obama wants all that is good to make America a better, happier and peaceful place including the world. Therefore, support him in his exerting effort. He means well. Do not deny your children the opportunity of hearing him speak to them. It may be just what they need, if not, the majority of them. It may be once in a lifetime opportunity for them.
    Appreciate your President and assist him. Cease creating divisions of every nature which is not helping you, your children or America in general.
    Being a President of a nation as big as America is no easy task. The world is hearing you and viewing you on specifically your national TV Starions. Do assist and support him.
    President Obama needs you and not your opposition and consistently which does no good, to all the good which is striving for, as US President including National Health Care Reform. You know the saying: "United we stand. Divided we fall."
    President Obama loves America. He loves you Americans. He is also seeking unity among Americans. A country cannot function properly without unity just as a home. Society will surely fall if there is no unity among its nationals.
    Finally, keep in mind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s statement: "I have a dream..." These are a few dreams which America is in dire need of – President Obama's dream.
    You are America, a leading nation of the world. Please show the world: "Yes we can!" It will be encouraging for all of us, adults and youth alike. Support your President. May God bless him in all his good endeavors; no exception yourselves and your family.
    Pray for your President, for your country, for yourselves and for your country. No exception the entire world. We are the world. We are the children of the world. We are not here solely for ourselves. Your children are America's future. Teach them well.
    God bless America.
    Jean
    Toronto, Canada

    September 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  518. Dave Lyons

    It is terribly sad to find out there are so many stupid people in the country. Perhaps if the folks who seem to equate the volume of their commentary with its intelligence had paid a little more attention when they were in school, our president would be able to give a simple address to our children without being accused of trying to brainwash them.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  519. Jimmie Johnson

    Is it Prejudice that fuels a Republican's Ignorance or Ignoance that fuels their Prejudice.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  520. Tony

    Unamerican. These are the people who breed hatred toward America. How many home-grown terrorists will be created among the children who are being taught by their ignorant parents to hate the office of the President of the United States?

    September 4, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  521. Fred F.

    He is the leader of our nation – whether I agree with his viewpoints or not, he has a right to freely address his constituents, or segments thereof.
    This is not a genuine controversy, it's a weak attempt by conservative activists to demonize president Obama.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  522. Lester

    Obama speaking to students nationwide is viewed skeptically by many because of his radical associations in his past and present.
    Citizens such as myself worry that the President's real ideology is much more radical and socialistic than his outward and charasmatic
    personality indicates. As much as I want to believe in him, I wonder why he isn't/wasn't outraged and offended by the anit-American retoric of Rev Wright, Bill Ayers, etc. and even the dispicable comments of the "Green Czar". The original "homework" assignments for the students was interjecting political propaganda to young impressionable minds and with his left wing ideology I too
    an suspicious of his intent.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  523. Jen

    Everyone who thinks that the president should not be allowed to speak on television at their kids school are the same people who think their way of living is the only way and those who voted for Obama are crazy liberal Americans. He is the President of the United States who simply wants to encourage children to stay in the classroom. More than half of the parents complaining don't even know what their kids are doing in the classroom half the time anyways. But now that the President is going to speak, O NO that message can't be relayed.. So let me get this straight. Reguardless of what you may think of him and his political views he wants to be there for the younger generation because education is a priority issue. It is important that kids stay in school because they are the future. For the parents who let their kids stay home from school, you are just passing on the bad judgement that you already made to your children. They will grow up to be closed minded just like you and just like today,they will lose.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  524. TO ALL REPUBLICANTS

    WELCOME TO 2009

    September 4, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  525. Lenny

    This is one of the dumbest things republicans have ever come up with. I am glad the government wants to make it optional. Maybe these republicans will get their wish and keep their kids at home watching Spongebob and eating potato chips.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  526. Rosemary

    So Conservatives don't want their kids to get the message – "Get an education, stay in school" and ironically are pulling their kids out of school so they aren't subjected to this radical idea.
    Good to know.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  527. Mrs. Norwood

    I have absolutely NO problem nor concern with President Obama speaking to the students of this Country about choosing to think for themselves. It is great if he can encourage at least one to stay in school, and learn how to string together more than six words to deliver a clear and complete thought along with the ability to correctly spell each word. If he is able to reach them where the parents and teachers are not, GOD BLESS him! What better example of the benefits of successfully completing your education and making positive choices than the First Black PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA?

    September 4, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  528. kathyc

    By the way Matthew King President Obama came into this office with a huge deficit already from George Bush. When George Bush took over from President Clinton we had a surplus of money. President Obama is trying very hard to do what is best for this country whether you like it or not. It just shows how ignorant people are when the president wants to speak to our children and encourage them to stay in school so we can be the great nation we used to be. What are you afraid of?

    September 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  529. Dorris Perryman

    The only difference in this president giving the back to school speach and George W Bush, and Ronald Reagan is that he is black. It is not about whether he is a democrat or a republican. Every other time most American's respect the position of the highest office in the free world the President of the United States. This is utter nonsense - keeping your child home from school. President Bush was reading to children when 9/11 happened. I can't recall one parent keeping their child home to keep from listening to the president. We are a bunch of confused citizens. We don't know when to whine and when not to whine.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  530. George

    This is crazy. We are censoring the leader of the free world. I think that racism is rearing it ugly head under the disguise of politics as the excuse.

    Its ok for kids to be influenced daily by the violence on TV, video games, movies and music lyrics, but when the President wants to share a positive, uplifting message to our kids, that will ensure, thru hard work and staying in school they can achieve and competer in the global world ........ITS A PROBLEM?????..........PARENTS WAKE UP.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  531. marcia blackburn

    Why do you only give half the story of things? Roland Martin calling parents "crazy". Obama changed his speach that he had planned to give to the kids. We don't need a marxist telling out kids anything. This country is seeing who this man is and if he is now asking the kids to help him, he needs to have studied more in school himself.
    He has surrounded himself with radical extremist to twist the arms of the Congress to get what he wants. Why does he need so much help? The other presidents where competent enough to do this job.
    Get rid of the 44 plus communist and marxists radical Czars and do this job YOURSELF. He has really screwed the black community. I
    don't think American will ever trust another black American with the
    Presidency again, or any other high office , which is a real shame because there are some really smart, capably and "American loving"
    black Americans out there. Obama has been caught "RED HANDED", he needs to resign and leave "our country".

    September 4, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  532. Nescafe

    Oh please don't make me say it! Uh Oh, is it that old "Black Tax." You know, a black man or woman has to work 3 times harder than their white counterpart. Say it ain't so, please, but if it is so then say that. Let's identify the problem and try to solve it. The only one who really knows what is in your heart is you and God. If you don't tell the truth, God certainly will. Let's talk about it so we can get to showing the agape love that God intended. Unconditional Love – say What? Will I have to do something, actually get off of my "seat of do nothing" and contribute. Will somebody bring me the remote and a cool drink? "Are you talking to me?"

    September 4, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  533. David Andrews

    I am truly in fear for our country. Someone accurately perceived the root of this issue when they said it was something much more sinister than a disagreement over health care or simple politics. I believe that the core unspoken issue is racism. There is an element in this country that will not accept the fact that a black man fairly won the highest office in the land and will say and DO ANYTHING to discredit him. I am truly embarrassed by what is going on, the lies, innuendos, and display of true hatred. And the perpetrators of all this hide behind their supposed Christian beliefs. What hypocrisy!

    These "well meaning" folks are walking a dangerous line. The rhetoric they toss about is reminiscent of that in the years before 1860. And then we have a GOVERNOR no less who seeks to earn votes by stirring up his constistuency with talk of seccession. Whether he means it or not is not the issue. What is the issue is that this kind of behavior is dangerous because the people he influences are too ignorant to understand the implications. We don't need this kind of debate and if someone does not do a better job of educating future voters this country will self destruct. A democratic republic requires an enlightened public to function properly. If the President does nothing more than expose the fact that we lack such a public he will have accomplished something.

    I have been a registered Republican for nearly 50 years. I have always subscribed to moderation in politics and respect for those who might have differing opinions. But what I see now is not moderation or respect. The Republican Party I knew has been hijacked by a bunch of religious whackos who have turned it into a party of division and hate. They don't represent my ideals or my approach as to how those ideals should be met. My party affiliation is an embarrassment which I will take steps to remove.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  534. Angela

    I suppose it's okay to keep the school kids stoopid and ignorant. Of course keeping them out of school is a great idea. Given that this is the same country that they will inherit at some point in the future, listening to Mr. Obama and respecting the office he holds is purely a partizan process. Learning to think and participate in the civic process is really not a desirable trait in our children. Heaven forbid they might actually learn something!! It's not as if he is the President of the entire United States of America. Oh... I'm sorry... He IS the President of the United States of America. Imagine that!!!
    This hypocritical outrage from the right would be really laughable, if it did not affect the children. At this rate, their hypocrisy will produce the same narrow-minded, unintelligent and ignorant children like themselves... and these children will be expected to run this country at a future date??!! I cringe at the thought. God help us all.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  535. Karen Schaffer

    The protests regarding President Obama's plan to speak to school children have nothing to do with politics. It is unfortunate but true that this wouldn't be happening if President Obama were white. I'm ashamed that there are still ignorant people in this country who simply cannot accept a black man living in the White House and will use any and every excuse to attack him.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  536. Tina

    One of most celebrated speeches from President Kennedy,
    " Ask not what your country can do for you ask what you can do for your country", was along the same lines as what President Obama is encouraging now.
    I heard those words when I was a teenager over 45 years ago and they still inspire me today. What is wrong in trying to be a better person and support your country and the people in it in whatever positive way you can contribute.
    Shame on those who only look for the worst.
    I have never thought of myself as a liberal or conservative until there started to be so much emphasis on it. Thank goodness my parents gave me the ability to think on my own and have an open mind.
    I think our nation needs to go back to what they learned in kidergarten and be nice, help others, and while they wash their hands also wash the hate out of their minds.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  537. Robert Lake,MI

    The only thing I want to hear is if you want to opt for the public option then you must give up cell phones, car payments, satielitte tv, manicures, tanning sessions, night out at the bars, credit cards, if the people want this public option so bad then they should put their priorities first like health insurance. Most of these people could buy their own insurance if they gave up things they cant afford! They will say I should I have to give up anything for free health insurance because health care should first of all be more important than these other things! Secondly I shouldnt have to pick up your slack just because you have to have all of these other things! Its called living within your means! I pay over $500 per month for my insurance I work for, so everyone should have to contribute if you want the public option! Poor people arent asking for this because they already have better health insurance than I do and I pay and work for mine, enough is enough!

    September 4, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  538. Jim Dandy

    How long did it take the right to go from: "if you criticize the President you are a traitor" to "School children should not trust the President." ?????

    September 4, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  539. Eleanor Blue

    OMG!! I can't believe some of the negative comments I've read on this blog. If I didn't know any better I'd think that somehow we, citizens of the United States of America, were somehow placed in a time travel machine and send back to 1950's when racism was blatantly in your face!

    Disagree with the President's policy if you want to, that's exercising your freedom of choice, to not like him because he is a Black man...that's showing that you are a racist. However, what is really appalling, in my opinion, is to not want the President of these United States of America to speak to children in school about the importance of staying in school and getting a education.

    President Barack H. Obama IS our President , you don't have to like him or agree with his policies but as President you should RESPECT him! We are fighting two wars, the country is in a recession, people are loosing their homes and jobs...we are all in this mess together no matter what race or political party! What's more important to you? To united ourselves as Americans to work together with the President and each others to fix our economy, win the wars or to bicker about a pep talk that will benefit your children?

    If you are so narrow minded that you don't want your child/children to listen to the President's pep talk, keep them home! Keeping them home is not going to hurt anyone but your child, it is certainly not going to hurt President Obama or the other students that attend!

    September 4, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  540. sylvia

    LET THE REPUBS GET MAD WHO CARES I DON'T, THEY HAVE ALREADY BRAIN WASHED THEIR KIDS AND THE POOR REPUBS JUST CAN'T FIND ANYTHING WORTH TALKING ABOUT AS ALWAYS THEY ARE DESPERATE. HA HA

    September 4, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  541. Dee Carolina

    Hi Tony; Here is what one our great Texas State Representatives "Syslvester Turner" in Houston Texas. Rep. Turner is a Harvard Magna Cum Laude Graduate just like President Obama. Rep. Turner said the following about President Obama's effort in trying to positively engage our children's intellect in a discussion on the key element on how to enrich their lives and the lives of others. Rep. Turner is incredulous about the negative reaction to President Obama’s planned speech to school children next week.

    “I have spoken at hundreds of schools during my years as a public servant. My message has been the same as the President’s will be: work hard, stay in school, telling my story. I hope I did some good. It’s not about a political party—it’s about helping our children.

    “The lesson that’s being taught here, where schools are sending home permission slips to hear the President’s speech, is disrespect for the highest office in our country. Are we saying the President can speak to leaders of other countries but he can’t speak to our children? Where are we as a country when our President cannot tell children to work hard and stay in school? Are we going to require permission slips now for all speakers at our schools?”

    Dee Carolina in Houston Texas

    September 4, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  542. Robert Lake,MI

    Its not the kids of conservative people we need to worry about its the kids from all of these with their hand out liberals!

    September 4, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  543. Mary

    I've been watching these protests since the Obama election and cannot stop wondering where all of this will end up. Ignorance, coupled with an underlying unconscious racism, is the most powerful ennemy of this nation.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  544. Robert Lake,MI

    Show me one conservative who doesnt encourage their kids to stay in school, dont get pregnant till you can afford your own children without the tax payer picking up the slack! No Obama needs to talk to all these liberals out there that teach their kids to hold their hands out and that the government owes them something! Yes Obama should be talking to the kids who are dropping out of school with their hands out for something free!

    September 4, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  545. Ellie Williams

    The President's address to America's school children is a bright spot for the country. Who better that this president to inspire each student to commit to academic achievement – to his/her highest potential. This should be an annual American ritual for the start of school. It affirms the value of our younger citizens in the future of this country. Barack Obama has credibility in this area – he has achieved his highest potential through education and hard work, not a privilidged life. He knows children – he is a dad involved in his daughter's lives.
    I am a retired HS teacher and have long felt that this country needs to instill stronger educational values, rather than focus on what the favorite sports team achieves A "jock mentality" is pervasive in this country- supplanting focus on education. SHAME on the folks and boards of education that plan to boycott this important event.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  546. JOSEPH EZENEKWE

    I let my kids listen to all the Presidents. Their ages range from 31-20. I have five of them.They are (1) an electrical engineer (2) a chemical /industrial/mba (3) a civil engineer (4) an RN and (5) a medical Doctor to be. Do we all think alike.....GOD FORBID. Do they have a mind of their own...OF COURSE YES. Do we vote alike...that I do not know. All I can say is simple...WE LOVE AMERICA AND WE LOVE PROGRESSIVE THINKERS like PRESIDENTS JIMMY CARTER, BILL CLINTON, BARAK OBAMA. The moment one tells me that he/she is a conservative all the neurons in my brain begin to fire. My thinking cap is on....because conservatives are like a group of people that ride on the backs of tigers;and they will one day find themselves in the stomach of the tigers. LET THE CHILDREN COME TO OBAMA. HE HAS KIDS THAT ARE LIKE MINE. HE CANNOT TELL THEM WHAT HE CANNOT TELL HIS OWN CHILDREN. NO MATTER WHAT WE DO IN THIS LIFE GOD SEES US. GOD KNOWS OUR HEARTS. GOD KNOWS OUR HEARTS,OUR THOUGHTS AND OUR BEING. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT WE SHALL ONE DAY STAND BEFORE HIM WHETHER YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN, MOSLEM OR A HEATHEN....CONSERVATIVE OR liberal

    September 4, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  547. Linda Ralston

    From a middle school counselor: Parents, if you think having your child hearing the president talk to kids about staying and school and setting goals is harmful, you are "in the dark". Check out what they text, instant message, write notes about, talk on the cell phone about and in general discuss with their friends! Now we're talking potentially harmful!

    September 4, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  548. Alice Fragoza

    THINK PEOPLE BEFORE YOU ACT –None of my children (8, 9, 21, 30, 42) have ever been encouraged to skip school because they don't like it. Students boycotting school Tuesday should be given unexcused absences; schools refusing to air the President's speech should lose Federal funding for that day. The Dept. of Educ.'s lesson plan asking for input from students is sound and should not be changed. Students are American citizens with good ideas.
    What happened to respecting the Office of the President of the United States? I am appalled, embarrassed, and dismayed by "Republican Americans?" who behave like incompetent, uneducated, fools. Republicans need serious therapy because they are suffering a mental meltdown on TV everyday.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  549. Chris

    I think the president has more things to worry about. I did not vote for him! I do not want him talking to my child. The people who voted Bush into office regret it now, and in 3 years the people who voted for Obama will also regret it.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  550. Lidia

    90% Republicans treat the Health Care Reforms strictly as a political issue.
    Most of them did not read the health care proposals. None of my republican friends did, they repeating the same things what somebody from they party told them. They told me that they only oppose because this is coming from President Obama. And we all know that.
    I don't understand why the media showing more negative responses (which are coming from the minority) instead of positive side what majority represents.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  551. Vic

    LOL@ Richard AZ
    I'm sure President O's book would have more than pictures in it.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  552. Marlene

    Lester You say you wonder why Obama was not outraged by Rev Wright and the like. Ever wonder why Bush was not out raged by people even closer to him like Chaney and Karl Rowe. People like you give my country a bad name. Get you head out of the clouds take a deep breath and see reality. Thank God your time is over.Thank god Bush is not the one speaking to the children, Thank god the tourture we had to endure for 8 years is finnaly over.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  553. Directionwoman

    Kyra:
    It is sad to say, but truth of the matter is that the President is an African American man. The underlying cause of so much anxiety is that alot of "White" Americans still have not come to terms with this young Black man leading the free world and they are going to continue to challenge him on everything that he does. This a a way to vent without being so obvious. This goes for the Republicans also, this has been a big blow to them. After all white men have always had the upper hand. I guarantee that most of these same individuals are in church every Sunday. I know that the news people and their guest cannot voice this opinion, but I believe that many of them see things for what they are. Thank you.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  554. Neita Rice in TX

    It appears the majority commentors seem to rely on namecalling and using the race card. If someone disagrees with you and your opinion they are of course automatically racist. And oh yes – conservative republicans. For the record, I am a registered card carrying democrat. And surprise – I try to avoid the crowd mentality and think for myself.

    The emperor has no clothes!!

    September 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  555. Jeremiah

    It's absurd that there are people who concern themselves more with the President's request for classrooms to become involved in the democratic process than the President's decisions to risk military personnel lives.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  556. April

    The ignorance of some Americans is unbelievable. No wonder we are so far behind other countries academically. We don't even see the value in having the leader of our country encourage our children to reach their academic potential. I am an educator and I probably have very different views than many of you but you don't ban me from talking to my students about doing their best. Do you ban motivational speakers or Academic PEP Rallies at your children's school? NO!!! Because it would be ridiculous. And banning this is just as ridiculous. You people need to analyze yourselves and get to the real root of your objections. No need to share why you object because I already know!!! BTW when my students see a speaker or watch media I take advantage of the educational opportunity of allowing discussion. Then we will connect this discussion with an academic activity such as writing. So it is not absurd that they are asking the students to write their ideas for the President. What is wrong with writing to the President? You prefer they write to Santa? You see what I mean, ignorance!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  557. Nescafe

    Christian D stated "When Obama surrounds himself with people like Van Jones and other unsavory characters, how can we trust him with our children’s minds?" "Turnabout being fairplay." When blacks were enslaved by whites for 200 years in this country, how can blacks trust that whites have decided to treat them as equal or at least even human in some cases?" Do you see how this type of thinking is non productive? This type of "stinking thinking" is what perpetuates racial divides. It takes a Change of heart and mind in order to change that type of thinking. Only the inner heart of man can know what they really feel, it is up to each of us to reconcile our own heart and mind and when we do that, we can truly begin to change ourselves and ultimately this nation for the better.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  558. Sheena

    I am a bit disturbed why when people disagree with something, right away its called racist. Remember this is America and everyone has a right to their opinion. I think the problem is not with Obama but with some of the people he has surrounded himself with that people are objecting to. Also at the extremely fast pace Obama is going forward, despite what a morjority of the American public want. Andy why all the name calling of people that disagree with others, isn't that an American right to freedom. Yes President Obama was voted into the highest Office, but some of the people he chose to put along side him weren;t voted in by the people. We pay all their wages in the government with our Taxes, they actually work for us, therefore, we should have to vote to say on most things what should be done. Obama is half black and half white, besides his color as president does not matter one iota, it is NOT Racist, its some of his polices that he is flying thru and some of the people that are less than desirable that surround him that are some of the issues.
    Besides we are paying for the time that he is speaking to the children, and every parent has the right to have their children listen or not listen, to call them stupid and other things for different opinions is just plain ignorant, its their choice. It would be an honor to have President Obama speak to the children and encourage them from HIS HEART, not his cohorts, nor any after effect schoolwork.
    Just my thoughts....

    September 4, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  559. bill

    This is really tragic. First we are teaching students to disrespect the President. The idiotic state senator from Oklahoma who likened the president to Sadam Hussein is an outrage and just plain stupid. That these "conservative" parents would not want their kids to listen to the President of the US and then deal with the subject in their homes, reflect the very type of limitations that are supposedly what these stupid people are allegedly protecting. We need to respect the president; the office of the president and allow our kids to hear all sides including the president supporting his policy. Every president has done this and it is valuable. It is designed to make students think. That is the problem, we don't want people to think; we don't really want them educated; we want them to accept policies blindly and just follow them. We are really hurting our kids and our future

    September 4, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  560. Ron

    It is a shame and sham to see people act the way they do, when it comes to this President. What is sad, is this cycle will happen again when a Repulican President (Conservative or not) is in office. This is not about the President, its more about who is in office.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  561. Sandy Carnes

    Tony, I am a white 50 something republican that lives in Texas, PLEASE do not delete me because of this. If I was in school I would consider it an honor to be addressed by the President of the United State of America. I think the fact that there are so many fearful people out there that they would pull their children out of school just so they will not hear the words of encouragement to do well in school shows us that a good education is needed now more than ever. The President looks so defeated these days. I hope my prayers gives him the lift he needs now. Thank You! P.S. I am proud that I voted for the President.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  562. JMBarrett in No Prov RI

    I have a question: Has ANYTHING the President has proposed since taking office been supported by the Republicans?

    September 4, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  563. Kathaleen Grant

    Call this backlash what it is...good old-fashioned racism. These individuals who are opposed to the President of the United States addressing their children are not just politically conservative or against the Administration's policies. I believe they do not want their children to see the President as a person of color, an African-American, a black man. Look at previous Presidents who have given speeches to students–without any type of backlash. The difference? The color of the President's skin!
    Let's bring this prejudice out into the open and not let these people hide behind their rhetoric about "political differences".
    Kathaleen
    New York City

    September 4, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  564. Christina Nelson

    The White House has recended the offensive curriculum...fight over. Let the President speak, pay attention to what your children hear and discuss it with them at the dinner table. Be a parent. Prepare your children for the world they will inherit. I don't understand parents who want to blind their children to reality. I do not agree with many of the president's policies, but I want my children to logically come to their own conclusions, not blindly follow me or anyone else. Parents owe it to their children to discuss the world around them, as it is, so that they are able to cope and succeed. You can not shield your children forever.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  565. John fron NJ

    A large number of Americans simply do not believe him or question his motives because they see what his vision of the way America should be is. They have seen millions of adults swoon over him and when asked what policy they agreed with could barley come up with “change”. So as with most Obama plans he comes up with he commits to little when introducing them so not to lock him into a position or pick a side. So forgive the millions of Americans for thinking that what little info he did release about this broadcast was met with skepticism, protest and revolt. He has made the changes that most Americans can agree with now and do not have to worry about their children coming home and asking why they do not agree with and support their new hero and savior Barack Obama.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  566. M A M

    In a Washington Post article, Oct 1991, then POTUS G H W Bush gave a speech to a Junior HS, broadcast live on radio and television, that basically stated for kids to study hard, don't do drugs and turn in trouble makers. Then House Majority Leader Gephardt, D-MO complained that this was basically political advertising for the Pres. when there were other pressing issues of the day. The DoE complained that the money being spent could be better used, and some Congress members wanted investigations into the "funding" of taxpayers dollars for this speech. Then it was approx. $26,000 to produce (A teachers salary in some places now). How much will this production cost? What are the grade levels that will be listening? Will a K5 actually understand what the POTUS is saying? Will there be a Q & A session in the classrooms after this, with the teacher acting as the moderator?
    But more importantly, considering the health care debate that is taking up much of the news items of the day, isn't the scheduled airing time of this speech by the POTUS during many of the nations schools "lunch" period? (12 EST/11 CST)

    September 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  567. Linda

    After following the news for many years it has occurred to me that the atmosphere in the United States has turned vile. I didn't vote for Bush but he was the president and for that reason alone I respected the office. In the past 25-30 years respect for the office has declined considerably. We now have a president who really cares and all people can see is evil and private agenda's. While I was watching the town hall meetings and especially the man who thought his rights were denied because he wasn't allowed to yell down a woman in a wheelchair. What we have been seeing has been going on in our schools for a long time and it's called bullying! The same persons who would laugh and terrorize someone different from them or perceived to be different have now grown up and are raising their own bullies. I can imagine these people taking the lunch or lunch money from another student because they can then crying foul when they get caught.I can imaging these same people in all walks of life hating the ethnicity of another person. When you can stand up in a crowd of people and disrespect our president in the most vile way and get away with it just feeds that bully ego. We are being bullied into submission by these people and the Republicans who condone such actions. Today I saw two newsies talking about The White-house disclosing who visits and it occurred to me that now we will hear such inane questions as look who visited the White-house yesterday, what do you suppose they were talking about and why would the President be talking to him. These two newsies appeared to be giddy at the thought of such a fun thing as disclosure. Give me a break don't we all have more serious things to discuss like Health Care and lost jobs and the deficit and Afghanistan and trade agreements that have ruined our country and ...

    September 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  568. Donna

    I was remembering back to when I was in Mrs. Davenport's 5th grade class in 1963. She was giving us a civic lesson. We need to always show respect for the position and remember, "if our President is successful, it means our country will be successful". She compared it to being picked for a school team. Perhaps we are picked for a team we did not want to be on, but once selected, it is our responsibility to help the team to succeed. She also stressed, "United we stand, divided we fall". I am afraid our country is becoming so divided and partisan, we will fall. The blatent hatred I see being pointed directly at President Obama leaves me feeling ashamed and embarressed. I want President Obama to stress the importance of education to my grandchildren.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  569. Becky

    The last time I knew . . . this was still a free country. I assume the lesson plans can be used or not. I highly doubt black helicopters will show up to take away those teachers who choose to not use them – or use part of them. As far as asking the children to think about what they can do to help the President . . . seems to me President's have been asking kids to think about helping the President and the country for a long, long time. What could be a better civics lesson than to think about being a better citizen. Some people need to get a grip, that's all.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  570. gootee65

    This is nothing new in America; America treat the black man like the chains are still on their feet, this society tells the black man you cannot be the leader we will not allow be the leader. Instead of leading this country we have a president who is trying prove that he could lead. My message to President Obama is to lead us, you are in the drivers seat please stop listening to the pundits and take us through these rocky roads. You was chosen for a reason; not Lou Dobbs, Bill O' Reilly, Glen Beck, Keith Olberman or me, YOU Mr. Obama; we trust your judgement, lead us!!!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  571. Jaycie

    Not allowing the President to speak to children about education is only part of the "same old, same old" put out by the Republicans at every turn. They are determined to do everything to distract from important issues, to waste immense amounts of the President's time, because as they have openly stated, THEY WANT HIM TO FAIL! The "birthers", the "deathers" the opponents of health care reform, they are ALL willing to do anything, even when is is against their own interests, to defeat anything and everything put forward by our President. They are incensed that we have a president who is not only a Democrat but also a person of color; in their eyes, ONLY members of the white, male ruling elite are entitled to rule in this country, and they will do or say anything to keep him from achieving anything, despite the fact that they will be negatively affected, They care nothing about this country or the people in it, only about their own ideology, howeve self-defeating that may be. I can only hope that when their children rebel, as all childrem eventually do, that they will reject the values of their self obsessed parents.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  572. John fron NJ

    Why the blow up of him speaking in the schools? Because we know children’s minds are easily persuadable and we have seen adults buckle and fall over him and we do not want to give up our children without a fight!

    September 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  573. MAMichalik

    Why don't the republicans say what they really mean. The only reason is that our President is a black man and they – the republicans – are the biggest bigots. When I was young it was an honor to hear our President speak. What kind of a country we hav e become – that having the President speak to the kids is infringing on their privacy. God Help Us.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  574. Jay

    If no one will say I will. “It’s because he is not white”. I never used the race card in my life, but hurts to see the media air or write the “anger” with my other fellow Americans. Have or could the media show me and group Blacks that our just as outraged at the President’s up and coming speech. I listened to other past President’s as a youngster and now a 40+ yr old Black man, and was smart enough to form my own ideals and move on. Obama may never get a fair shake while in office…what a shame!

    September 4, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  575. k1080

    I am not a supporter of President Obama, but I feel that this "school lesson" got out of control due to the fact that no one trusts him now. He jumps from one program to another. He has no idea what to focus on first. I feel sorry for him – but blame all those who voted for him, it is not his fault, he is just inexperienced.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  576. Randal Coon

    What secret agency is taking over this country? It can't b e Obama.
    All he wants to do is the same that #41 Bush did in 1991 when he addressed the nation's children, and urge them as strongly as he could to stay in scool, to stay away from drugs, and really encourage them that he would be there to help them.
    The ONLY differences I see here are:
    1. The kids are more in tune with President Obama that the prior president; and
    2. President Obama is a democrat, and is the target of the national GOP or somke right wing agency, that is telling parents, and inciting them to react about it, that Obama is "brainwashing their children". An antiquated idea that reasonable people know is not any more possible with Obama than Bush.

    They are just pissed that Obama won the election and this is their way to strike back. By spreading fear. It Always works. I am a retired Southern White man now, but years ago, there were demagogues likke George Wallace who used the fear card to scare the whole South. He later admitted that, the blacks forgave him, and he was re-elected. But FEAR ALWAYS WORKS.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  577. Jim Dandy

    How long did it take the right to go from: "if you criticize the President you are a traitor" to "School children should not trust the President."

    September 4, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  578. Randal Coon

    Fear. SPREAD it...it always works. Rick you are right, it's JUST THIS PRESIDENT that they want us to be afraid of. Mr. Russell is saying that so clearly, and lying to tell his story.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  579. Randal Coon

    I am sooo tired of these right wing nuts who will do anything to defeat those who believe tin liberty for all.

    THEY WIN.

    I can't keep on fighting them. It's harder than fighting the "bushes" and other Republicans when they are in power.

    Our country is doomed anyway.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  580. Lois

    No wonder they're so upset about having Obama in the classroom! The last time a President was "in the classrooom" was on 9/11 when George Bush was reading "My Pet Goat" with schoolchildren in a Florida classroom. He didn't have enough "presence of mind" to "give the kids a quick wink" excuse himself "for America's business, kids" and tend to the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT TRAGEDY that happened to America EVER! Obviously, that event was stuck in our country's minds so deeply, that we don't EVER want to hear that our president is addressing schoolkids again. Gee. Now I get it!

    September 4, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  581. Tom Joad

    Richard says Obama needs to stay out of the schools, but Bush was able to, even on 9/11/01? hmmmn Why is that Dick? (no pun intended) LOL
    I'll agree to disagree with you rather than biting off the finger you're pointing at me.

    My multicultural kids and their peers seem to be doing just fine when it comes to race relations and tolerance as long as we let them. And, they think we parents are the idiots in that regard, collectively speaking of course. My wife's a life long Democrat. I was a life long Republican until the fiscally irresponsible Bush Administration and the far right Limbaugh's and Coulter's pushed me over to the other side. I still remain fiscally conservative and disagree with many of the actions of the current adminstration. Yet, I understand they are choosing between the lesser of various evils. It's like do you cut of your finger or your whole hand to save your body? We try to present our children with the facts and let them make their own choices not limit their information to what we want them to hear.

    If A Public Healthcare Option is Socialism, Isn't The Fire Department, Postal Service... Police Department? Why should you and I pay for a fire department that spends 80% of their, (excuse me) OUR resources fighting fires where people know the fire dangers before hand, yet choose to live their anyway? Shouldn't they pay more, like people in the inner city pay more for car insurance?

    The Limbaugh's and Becks of the world are all drop outs. Quite frankly, I don't want my kids learning anything from them but what not to do.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  582. Bev

    OMG:
    Give me a break! The President has every right to address the nation’s schools—that is why he is called the President of the United States. Most Presidents have done the same thing! Let the man do what he needs to do, let him be the President he needs to be, let him do his job, and let him give his speeches—if you do not want to hear it, do not watch it. It is ludicrous to express that Bush never did anything to control our lives or that Bush was never in our lives. It is as silly to say that as it is to be terrified by President Obama appointing "Czars" to positions in the White House. First of all, Carter was the first President to appoint a Czar—was something about the first gasoline crisis, next was Reagan; remember the War on Drugs? Remember the Drug Czar? Ronnie did that one. Then Bush I had some, Clinton had some, and Bush II had a few. Next, Bush and Cheney controlled every aspect of our lives, as much as possible, they even broke the law to do it–from being terrorized daily, to fostering an unjust war, to outing a top CIA agent, to cover-ups and lies, to scanning or seizing our email, our postal mail, and telephone calls, to establishing the power to arrest anyone, at anytime, for anything, without any actual proof, and sending them away to secret prisons where no one ever hears of them again! That's not exactly staying out of our lives.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  583. Laura S

    The president wants to talk to students about personal responsibility. Why is this a problem for "conservatives"? George Bush was reading "My Pet Goat" to school children on the morning of 9/11.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  584. Justin

    First of all to respond to Mattie's comment, it is not a form of RACISM. It is a right that I think the president has, but honestly, how can we believe anything that President Obama says? Has he followed through on anything that he promised? I don't think so. Why should our children have to sit through a speech given by a President who uses his words to persuade and not facts. I am proud of the states that are not allowing there school districts to show the speech. Freedom of Speech. Isn't democracy great!

    September 4, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  585. Diane Zayes

    Rick, be aware that the ED.gov website changed the original study-guides... related to the Sept 8 Presidential address to schools.
    Only the amended ones are available at the website's PDFs.
    Saludos,
    Diane

    September 4, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  586. Michael Finnigan

    I'm guessing that the controversy has more to do with trust, or lack of it, than anything else. I also suspect the level of controversy affected the content of the message that will be given. Certainly it affected the issuance of a 'lesson plan' which coould better have been left to the local schoolboards, if one was needed at all. I suspect liberal teachers will slant the broadcast one way, conservative another. Is there a reason to expose schools and children to this charged political environment?

    I also think that it would be wise for the broadcaster to identify his political bias. Clearly this is not a balanced evaluation of views, it is simply a forum for this young man to express his own political views. He is not looking for debate, but an opportunity to declare and publicize his own view. Hence the suggestion that he clearly state his goals and bias.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  587. Barbara

    The people who are screaming the most about their children watching the president's speech should probably home school their children. Keep them away from everyone and teach them their paranoia and idiotic ideas. When I was a child many years ago, listening to President John Kennedy and anything he had to say, was inspiring. Talking about getting fit, teaching us to be proud of being an American and striving to be able to be of service to our country was monumental. Why can't we let the children get a good feeling about being an American, stay in school and hopfully grow up with a strong conviction in helping America.Let the president establish a connection with our very Young Americans!

    September 4, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  588. Alisha Morgan

    Man... I hate to say this... But .. you know what, I'm going to just leave it alone. I'm going to say just one thing about these lesson plan... Obama wasnt forcing these lesson plans on teachers! He was offering suggestion. The document clear states, Teacher "COULD" complete these lesson plans not "SHOULD"... Am I the only one in the World that Knows the Differences Between "COULD" and "SHOULD"?? Ppl Get a Life!

    September 4, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  589. James Johnson

    I truly doubt they read the whole lesson plan or did they just look to find something so called negative. After looking at the plan, it is easy to see that this is an issue about something other then what is being spoken upon.

    First it is very sad to think that these parent and Republican leaders are afraid for their children to think and/or have a view of their own. That is what it looks like to me.

    Second, the same individuals that are complaining are showing no effect of supporting our country's young minds, digging this country into a deeper hole that those children will have to get us out of as they get older.

    Last but not least, we are the country that sets an example for the rest of the world. How can we insist that another nation not create nuclear weapons, or fight for other countries freedom when we are not preparing our children with the one thing that can make a true difference. The Value of Education

    Let’s grow up folks this is the President. Like it or not, you convict other of not being patriotic during the campaign season. Yet this is in fact what the Republican (Hippocratic) Party is showing our children and the world.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  590. Linda

    Thisis really ridiculous. I have alway known how ignorant people can be, but this is awful. The idea that the President of the United States shouldn't speak to school kids is asinine. I have always thought ignorance is rampant in this country, but nevermore than on this issue. When President Bush decided to go to war in Iraq and these same people thought that we should, I knew these people who agreed with this stance didn't know what was going on. Before you disagreed, get the facts. Some people are not going to agree with President Obama whatever he does. But I do think people should become informed before making a judgement.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  591. Patty

    I went to the Dept. of Education's website and printed up both the PreK-6 and 7-12 lesson plans on Obama's speech. What the Republicans are saying about this is again either untrue or twisted. There is no mention of any agenda in his speech or the lesson plans. There is nothing political about it at all. He's merely encouraging students to stay in school, study, and accomplish as much as they can from their education. Anyone truly interested in the welfare of the children in this country should do the same. The lesson plans focus on the students and what they would derive from the speech about the importance of education. I agree with others that it is really getting annoying to have the Republicans bash Obama about everyting he attempts to accomplish. He has taken on a great deal as president and he was left with so many problems that he deserves all the support he can get from people who truly care about the future of this country and its citizenry. Whatever happened to civil discourse and compromise? I am concerned about the intolerance for opposing viewpoints by so many. It's a dangerous road we are going down. I don't want to live under a one-party system or a dictatorship by a few. Obama is not a Saddam Husseirn, Hitler, Kim Jong Yil (spelling?) and those who call him that are ridiculous.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  592. vish

    I don't understand, The president wants to talk education and people have a problem with. I don't understand how his educational goal can harmful to anyone. School districts will not show the speech the of president. Whats next are they going to band his picture from school!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  593. vish

    He is in politics... so everything is political, but eduction is universal and our kid are behind.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  594. Lucy Sorlucco

    I find that pandering to the uninformed, dare I say, bigoted parents by their school systems, disgraceful and profoundly unpatriotic. What message are these parents sending to their hapless children who are already subjected to their narrow views and prejudiced outlook by keeping them home when the President of the United States speaks a message of encouragement? Let us put aside the obvious discrepancy between intellects, and focus on respecting the OFFICE of the PRESIDENCY. There seems to be an inordinate focus by the Media to air these discordant and destructive views in all issues, addressing them innocuously, as "silly", rather than reinforcing the overwhelming numbers of intelligent, thoughtful, and committed Americans and their actions and views.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  595. Chris

    This concern only proves one thing -- the American public does not trust this man like they have previous presidents! This man reminds you of some of the 'dictators' of long ago doesn't he? His plan to steal from the American taxpayers to give to the American and non-American loafers is not going to happen as easily as he thought.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  596. james windings

    Let me tell you all again that the President is a very important figure to most kids The children are probably exited and the parents are triing to control things just because they think it is for only plolitical views only. Let me point out it is about the kids. What if you (the parents) were in the same shoes as your kids you would think defferent. You have to be more respectful than that.

    September 4, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  597. Tom Joad

    @ Matthew King.
    Although we agree with your content we respectfully disagree with your biased.

    The problem is the double standard. So, DO NOT ask questions of one president that you would not ask of another. When Bush, Greenspan, Helicopter Ben and the rest of the comic book characters left the fed funds rate at 1% in 2002 for nearly a year, blew up the housing bubble, took on huge amounts of debt to sent my brother and a few friends to Iraq to die for weapons of mass destruction they never found, WHERE WERE YOU and the rest of these AR15 carrying fearmongerers then?

    Those of us who lost family and friends in this pointless war we couldn't afford and the debt we will burden our grandchildren with weren't Yelling and Screaming at town halls. We respectfully disagreed with Bush and we channeled that energy in to determination to get rid of the Republican Congress. .

    September 4, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  598. Will

    Conservative paranoia has reached an all time high. The GOP followers and faith fanatics are so scared of losing their foothold in our country that they've resorted to forcing ignorance on our school children. You cannot hide our youth from the truth. Free speech is foundation of our country and our children are bright. The president is trying to lead our country and steer our youth towards successfull and furfilling lives, not push a political agenda. Give the kids a chance to make their own opinions and you can continuing brain washing them when they get home. Conservatives get over it! Obama is our president and he is not going anywhere.

    September 4, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  599. Carol Galle

    The last time I checked, Barack Obama is still our nation’s president. If he wants to address the children in our public schools and promote education – the same way Ronald Reagan and George Bush did(!) – he should be able to do so. Why is it that everything this man does brings out the worst in some people?

    September 4, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  600. Michael L Price

    I am a Republican. I have come to the view that the national Republican Party and some state Republican parties are in a freefall of absurdity. I am actually hearing a subrosa message of advocacy of assassination of the President of the United States in some particularly extreme declarations which are not being challenged, as at least Sen. McCain did during some of the more strident parts of the 2008 presidential campaign. Enough! It is time for responsible Republicans to reclaim our party!

    Michael L Price

    September 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  601. Mary

    When Obama says that he is biracial and not just black, then Obama can speak to the children.

    September 5, 2009 at 1:25 am |
  602. Mary

    When Obama says that he is biracial and not just black, then he can be my president too.

    September 5, 2009 at 1:27 am |
  603. Mary

    What message is Obama sending when he won't admit that he has "white blood" running through his veins? By not acknowledging that he is biracial, he is snubbing his nose at the white people and the biracial people. I cannot understand why individuals out there who have biracial children in these schools, who will be hearing Obama, would not object to his decision to be "black only." When he speaks to the children, will he be the first black president speaking to them, or will he be the first biracial president? What will he tell the biracial children about this? When you say Obama is the first black (African-American) president, you are not telling the truth and neither is he. He is the first biracial president. Why doesn't he tell America and the children why he has chosen to be black and not biracial? What message is he sending by saying he is black only?

    September 5, 2009 at 1:39 am |
  604. Mary

    The truth may set him free, and he could possibly then become the president for everyone and not just the blacks, hispanics, and latinos as he referred to in his "famous speech," when he acted very "stupidly." It is not so much what Obama is saying that incites, it is what he doesn't say. For a self-proclamed intelligent man, he does act "stupidly" at times. He is biracial for goodness sake! I would like to hear him say it!

    September 5, 2009 at 1:44 am |
  605. Shannon

    CNN....Please read the positive comments. We need to show to all that we are a highly educated population and that we encourage positive and productive future for our children; by means of education...via >>>President Obama speech...
    Thanks
    One last thing...For those that oppose our President speaking to our schools, please go back to school....you missed something along the way!!!!!!!!!!! You are never to old to learn.
    Anyway I hope so.

    September 5, 2009 at 5:58 am |
  606. William OKeefe

    A speech from a President would be great....if he was someone to look up to....The old saying you can tell the character of a man by the company he keeps....This presidents short time in the lime light has been riddled with questionable foul mouthed characters...tax cheats and admitted socialist from Jeremiah Wright to the Emmanuel brothers.....and everything in between....his lateste appointment of Van Jones ...isnt an accident...it is routine with this President...and he appointed this disgrace because he knew he wouldnt make it through a congressional approval...Just like I wouldnt want Van Jones speaking to my children....I will pass on the man that thought he could help lead this country on speaking to children also

    September 5, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  607. Bridget from Louisiana

    As a teacher I am enraged. We work hard everyday to instill in our students a love of learning and encourage them to stay in school. I welcome the president's message. What a sad state of times we live in, when OUR president can't deliver such a positive message to our children. I suspect this is not just politics, but maybe a little bit of racism mixed in. I teach my students to be respectful and to make informed decisions. Some in the news media perpetuate a mass herd mentality that thrives on misinformation. I feel sorry for this generation of students who will grow up not being able to trust anything they hear from the news media because there is always an agenda. I miss the days where news was reported and there was no need to hear a reporter's opinion. Hopefully the next generation will be better at sifting through the hoise than thier parents have been.

    September 5, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  608. GK

    Heidi, I don't know what exactly to tell about it. But it is very ashamed when opposition (GOP) against President Obama's administration is getting into the hole sector of life(social, education, internal as well external politics). Previously James Wall said: "Barack Obama is the best role model for doing your best in school in this century. It is shameful that parents will block students from seeing a message of encouragement to the students from The President of The United States of America". Role Model for about 99% of poor people about whom children frequent public schools. 1% remains upper class that holds big corporation. President Obama is truly the actual role model we need for the future of our children. Can you please tell me, if any has been existed, any president of the U.S. concerned about communities' improvements as Pr. Obama does? Our children are presidents, politicians, senators, congressmen, democrat and republican advocates, scientists, economists, teachers, professors, doctors, legislators, governors, mayors, administraves, ...of tomorrow community. If anyone can exclude those academic qualifications from school, I will hundred percent agree with him that schools should not allow a speech from the president. I don't like how GOP manoeuvres citizens. I think that GOP and their worshippers are swimming into the ocean. Can you imagine how GOP is building a fence against democratic party into internal as well external politics?

    September 5, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  609. Bridget from Louisiana

    Anyone who chooses to believe that racism isn't part of the anti-Obama agenda, needs to spend some time out around the U.S. As a white female teacher from the south I see it everywhere. These parents who are scared that our president is attempting to indocrinate their children are ignorant. Their children can only be indoctrinated if they as parents aren't doing their own job of teaching them at home.The sad fact is that the indoctrination is happening not to their children but to themselves as parents, everytime they fall for the misinformation that they choose to buy into.

    September 5, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  610. Jasmine M

    I am 14yrs old and ill be a freshman on tuesday. Where the president will be talking at my school. To me i am excited and honored his coming. I mean this is a lifetime opportunity. I think with all these people saying his brian washing us is NONSENSE! Period. Why would people bring politcs into this. Theres nothing wrong with him talking to us about eduaction, or not dropping out of school. George .W bush and his father did they same thing by talking to us young kids about education, and nobody criticize them. I bet you if John Maccain would have done the same thing. Nobody would say anything about it or take there kids out of school. BUT WHY IS IT SUCH A HUGE PROBLEM WITH OBAMA , WHICH IS WHAT I DON’T UNDERSTAND!!!!!!!

    September 5, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  611. Lujean Rogers

    I'm amazed. Doubt racism is an issue. The man is smart, his children shine as good examples to other children. I've heard very few complaints from the black community about his presidency. Suspect some of the most rabid are political complaints hidden behind screaming about daring to speak to students like the man is going to try to indoctrinate them with some strange agenda. Probably a lot of Israel-first people who are angry that the little rogue country can't seem to grab every square inch of Palestine. That is happening only because all of our politicians accept bribes euphemistically called campaign contributions doled out by lobbies for a foreign country. A bribe is a bribe and should be banned and the recipients punished and the lobbies banned. All, including corporations. All are nothing but bribes. How in the world did this ever begin? It alienates our democracy, what's left of it.

    Because nothing else makes sense. What can a president of the US say to students to harm them? If he persuades any to stay in school and work hard, then he's done a big favor to many kids. We have the lousiest education in the industrialized world where most kids are bi-lingual and know who their leaders are. It's embarrassing.

    So, let the president speak. Others have done so. What is the big deal? Dirty politics! Surprise, surprise, I am white and mostly conservative.

    September 5, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  612. Linda JACKSON

    how about every body giving just 2hours out of their holiday monday and meet at their nears TV station and do a march just to let the world know that we think this is wrong to not respect the president. I have never seen anyone so unrespected that's in a high position like this in my life. this is not right and this man needs to be encouraged.please get the word around any way you can. we want our children to hear and respect the president.

    September 5, 2009 at 8:16 pm |
  613. L. A. F.

    Thank you President Obama for taking an interest in our school children and encouraging them to stay in school and do their best. We regularly hear about US falling behind other countries in education. President Obama has made an effort to encourage everyone to get a better education and not settle for the minimum. He is an advocate for education. Not just in words but in deeds. How can that be offensive? Is there something else at play? I think so. Rather than focusing on helping everyone, there are those who are comfortable where they are don't want to help others. They'd rather point the finger and criticize. Mr. Obama is a great example and he is genuinely concerned about the state of education in America, and if he allows himself to be used to encourage others, I am all for it and I thank Presidnent Obama from the bottom of my heart.

    September 5, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  614. Nick from TEXAS

    Wasn't Bush sitting with kids when 9/11 happened? Where was the outrage then? Obama will inspire any kid. He's much more educated than any of the teachers that these kids are listening to each day.

    September 6, 2009 at 12:37 am |
  615. Neita Rice in TX

    Oh where do I begin. Obama is the most disrespected president ever? Where were YOU during the Bush presidency?!! Let me guess – that was different?

    And Obama is more educated? Perhaps, but that does not translate to wisdom my friend.

    September 6, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  616. Neita Rice in TX

    I repeat. The emperor has no clothes.

    September 6, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  617. Linda Nenn

    Hey folks, we're talking about PUBLIC schools. The opportunity to have the President of the UNITED States speak to all students about aiming high, doing one's best and staying in school and, yes, writing to the President about how his speech might have inspired them, is a fantastic opportunity. I remember having a writing assignment, consisting of a letter to President Kennedy, telling him what I thought I could "do for my country."
    Later, when I had become a teacher, we had our students write to Mrs Reagan in response to her "Just say no," campaign.
    Why does it not comfort me to realize how a civics lesson can be so twisted by those who preach hate and encourage parents to teach their children not to respect the President of the United States. So glad I grew up in the hippy dippy sixties, had regular civics classes that taught us, regardless of color or religion, that we live in a nation that prided itself in being all inclusive and we had a responsibility to respect our national leaders and to hold them to high standards.

    September 6, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  618. Rev. William Asarisi

    This is AMAZING, when you have an President who cares about our children and is trying to move this country out of the mess were in that the previous president got us in, is being criticised for trying to enspire our children to do the right thing. This is ALL because he’s BLACK. After all, Why would anyone object to our President speaking to our kids and encourage them to do well? I have a feeling it is simply racism raring its ugly head one more time.( No, I am not black, and I am from New Mexico.)

    September 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  619. Tracy S

    As this day comes closer and we wonder how this will all turn out... the question comes to mind where is this all heading?? America is a land of "freedom" for so many. But, the fact is that some parents are trying to block the speech from schools while other parents want their children to hear the speech. In the end, if the speech is blocked or kids don't have to go to school because of the speech, what is next? Lesson plan approvals by all parents? Book approvals? How many parents actually even check their child's homework? If so, for how long? Till what grade? How involved are parents in a child's TV viewing? Internet usage? Game playing? Do they know all of their friends? Their families? If you attend church, do you know the sermon ahead of time?

    President Obama is the Leader of the United States of America. He was voted in a great Majority. The office he holds deserves respect. The fact is also, children have parents to discuss things with that they hear and say and if this is the case, parents have and will continue to have a great influence on the children.

    This upcoming speech should have been something each child could have looked forward to and then been able to discuss it with their parents. As parents, we should have faith in our children and our parenting. We should uphold our Nation with unity and respect.

    September 6, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  620. Michael Sharp

    I don't understand why it's ok for 3 White Republican Presidents to talk to school children. But it's not ok for an African American President an Democrat To do the same. What has our country come to. I am ashamed of this hogwash.

    Michael Sharp
    Ohio

    September 6, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  621. George

    These parents in opposition need to get a grip on reality. They are no better than the people in midwest holdup on these ranches and have no respect for the government. The message that they are sending to there kids is "you don't have respect people in authority who are sharing a message with you" They are FAILING AS PARENTS. As a parent you are responsible for raising and teaching your child. If 15 minutes is going to brain wash your child you are doing a poor job at parenting. A lesson for ya: if and when your child comes home from school you all can sit down and discuss what was learnt in school that day. Who is to say your teacher is not teaching your child that killing is ok, yet when the President elected by the American people want to share a positive message and you know the content you want to block your child from a good civics lesson for one. Secondly you now have the opportunity to sit and discuss what was said and guide your child in your brain washing way. So who really is brain washing who. Teachers in schools brain wash your child more than any President will be able to. So start thinking for you self and get off this conservative brain washed train. Think for yourself. You will have lots of time to brainwash your pre k and older kids back to your way of thinking but allow your child to hear, anaylse, discuss, and form here opinion shaped yes by maybe teh values of their parents. That what real parents do they shape their children, not brain wash them.

    September 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  622. jimbo

    Did you ever wonder where the 30% of children who don't graduate come from? Most likely from these parents who are afraid of the president giving their children a pep talk of education. Further more I don't see a problem with asking the children to help the president, it's quite obvious the parents are not able to do so. In fact they can only do what the right wing radio host tell them to do.

    September 7, 2009 at 2:20 am |
  623. Robert

    So you see the media, Senators, and Governors along with the sick minded racist individuals who hides behind the so call right wing GOP are just SICK and RACIST that’s what going on. The Media and Washington are afraid to report what is, because if a black man would have shown up at rally or town meeting with a gun when Former President Bush was in office the black man most certainly would have been apprehended and probably been charged with the crime of terrorism.
    I think it is really sad even when the media is afraid to call this atmosphere in the United States of America right now just plain old RACISIM. Now African Americans has never been fooled we’ve always known that white people really have dismissed people of color in leadership positions as a quota. The only reason of this kind of behavior is the color of our skin; I mean President Obama has all the pedigree one can hope for as it relates to education yes he’s young but America has tried 50 plus the last twelve years and we can all see where it has gotten us as a country.
    But everyone in the GRAND OLD PARTY is hiding behind BOLD FACE RACISM the thing that troubles me most is, these same school districts who are complaining will have a fit if the President cut off there funds for there state.

    September 7, 2009 at 8:47 am |
  624. William OKeefe

    This isnt about black or white...and several comments back someone asked when a president met a mob or dissenters......Bush.....there wasnt a thing that man could do without being attacked....by comedians....the media.....their were movies made about him....websites or stories about how to assasinate him....suggestions by this baffoon that the President appointed to Jobs Czar who signed on that Bush and the administration knowingly allowed 9/11 Now I ask anyone to explain to a concerned parent ....why in the world is it wrong if a parent....says no...I do not want my children to sit and listen to a man who appointed an admitted socialist.....who accused a sitting president of mass murder. If this were the first mistake he had made it would be different....but it isnt.....he has a line of ridiculous mistakes....tax frauds.....cheats.....etc....and there still is the huge question of why....his wife.....who had a job that paid in the 150,000 dollar range....went to 300 and some thousand after he won the Senate seat....and after winning the presidency....her position no longer exists....if this had happened with Laura Bush you libs would have been all over it......He has a history of shady characters and shady decision making.....If you want your children to listen to him....have at it......this is a free country.....and their are partents who legitmately say enough......

    September 7, 2009 at 8:49 am |
  625. William OKeefe

    Also it is extremely obvious that the administration has again unleashed its internet squads to quell or intimidate dissent online.....Welcome ACORN thugs to the internet

    September 7, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  626. William OKeefe

    Bush read a book to one school.....the Bush family for your information for decades have been dedicated to illiteracy....Laura Bush a librarian......and Bush didnt put out a advance notice wanting the students to write and tell him how they could help him....Those are a few starters for what is different....chew on those and then once again you could start with the appointee of another foulmouthed racist....radical socialist....Van Jones

    September 7, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  627. William OKeefe

    ACORN you need to take a break and get some new writers....some of your notes are almost word for word identical......really take a coffee break....you will still get paid

    September 7, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  628. Janet Woodard

    This is nothing more than a bunch of racist Republicans disrupting a "pep talk" by our president.

    September 7, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  629. Chuck

    Tony:

    The recent controversy over screening the Presidens' speech to the school children on Tuesday is sick. All across the nation, schools are denying our children the right to hear the President of the free world. What are we turning into, a Communist Nation? President Obama is the comander and chief of the nation. Who in the heck are the ones that want to do the screening. In my opinion, this is RACISM BIG TIME AND IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED. The World is watching the U.S. and in their eyes we must look pretty foolish to elect a man for president and then not trust him. Question, isn't what we're fighting two wars to prevent. We want to promote democracy in third-world countries, is it really working in the US? Don't you think we should clean ours up first and get rid of of racial bias and show some respect for the President that was elected by the people for the people? This is shameful.

    September 7, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  630. Todd

    This is what conservatives are all about? Loonies and wackos. Liberals want Heath Care and Conservatives want what? To stop the president from speaking to school children.

    September 7, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  631. Kathleen Bierman

    This is unbelievable. President Obama is the first president I've heard encourage parents to turn off the t.v. and read to their children. Finally, a president who knows the value of education and wants to encourage parents and students.

    September 7, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  632. L Pearson

    The American President ( Obama ) should be able to speak to young Americans without having to get it approved by parents. Republicans believe in free speech, as long as its their speech.

    September 7, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  633. Bruce Haines

    I have never seen such a fuss over any U.S. President speaking to our nation, including its children. Where was all the protest when the last President was joshing and misrepresenting his way past the truth in his addresses to the nation? What in the world are people afraid of, and where do you find all these uninformed, paranoid citizens? Another thing that stuns me is the fact that the objectors seem to fear not only the content of Obama's speech, but they assume small children are going to be not only focused on it, but will understand it. I'm a teacher, I think the kids are going to be bored out of their skulls, and if you ask a child younger than high school any follow-up questions, they won't be able to answer a one. Since when does listening to diverse points of view threaten us so much?

    September 7, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  634. Howard Espin

    The man who said he doesn't want to let his children watch the presidents speech because he tells his children this is the greatest country in the world does not listen to the news, read a newspaper or check facts. He obviously doesn't want his children to lean anything but what he tells them. That is one of the major problems in this country. We have an enormous unemployment rate, a broken health care system, a national debt caused by President Bush which has nearly bankrupt the country with the war in Iraq, an education system that ranks us behind most of the countries in the western world including China, Corporate CEO's who care more about their bonuses and profit than the American people and I could go on. We have serious problems in this country. This country might be the greatest in some things but certainly not in the aread mentioned above.

    September 7, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  635. Doug

    Why is it that every parent we see complaining about Obama's student speech is white? Coincidence? Or is it that a segment of America refuses to accept the democratic will of the American people. Obama IS president, and he should be respected as such.

    September 7, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  636. Iver

    Do the same parents, who want to preview Obama's speech, preview the sermons offered by their minister in church before they take their children there?

    September 7, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  637. merlyn

    All of the people that do not want there kids to watch the Presidents speech on t.v, can not stand the fact that we finally have an intelligent leader for our country, who is clearly smarter than majority of the republicans.Thank god, we finally have a President that is smarter than a 5th grader. Just imagine, what our country would be like, if we had chosen republicans, the whole world would be laughing at us!

    September 7, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  638. Chris

    I think that we had better all pay more attention to who we elect as President of these United States or we'll be losing all freedom as well as our hard earned cash!

    September 7, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  639. Lisa

    I was amazed to hear one of the guests say that he did not want his child to hear about the flaws of the country... Sir, are you living in a bubble? Really, what are all these worries about the speech being inappropriate? What do you think will be said?? Please...

    I personally would be proud to have my child hear what the President has to say. He is such an inspirational man..his election alone touched so many. I only wish we had such a leader in our country.

    September 7, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  640. Christie

    For years our President has spoken to American school children. In that time you have never heard any complaints. As a Democrat who really disliked George Bush’s policies, I did not make any complaints about him talking to my children. As President he had the right and I believe in respecting the Office of the President.

    The anger we are hearing about President Obama speaking to school children is nothing more than bigotry hiding inside politics. I doubt that if this President was not of color we would not be hear a word about this. The same for the birth certificate issue. These are bigots just looking for excuse to not to support a fairly elected individual. As a white woman I find this disgusting and these people should be ashamed of themselves.

    September 7, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  641. Alexandria

    Our President, is the leader of our country and he represents this Country in every aspect of the word. It's very ironic how we never really had any major faults with many of the things Bush has done when he was President however, all our President is doing is giving a speech. Do they think giving a speech belittle the children in any way or lessen their education? The speech is not inappropriate in any way, it is nothing sexual nor is it about violence or teaching children anything negative. There all plenty of things needed in the school, that is not given, so why should take away something that can help our children understand where the President stands and what he is doing to improve our country.

    September 7, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  642. kim hazelwood

    definitely much ado about nothing. jeez. he's our President. i find it almost insulting he is voted into office and then he can't talk to our kids without suspicion? people! "much ado about nothing".

    September 7, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  643. lexie snyder

    i am going to school because i love the president and i wanna hear what he believes!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  644. Brady

    The parents who do not want their children to see the president speak are the ones who actually need an education.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  645. Dawn Harrell - Lopez

    Other President's have addressed school children, so why now do we have Caucasian people on the news literally CRYING about how they feel their rights are being circumvented? Are you kidding me?
    The GOP news propoganda machine playing on peoples racism and fears, is at its best. First flooding the town hall meetings with dissenting plants, and now making an issue of this address.

    The man cant even kill a fly without it being an issue, so this shouldnt come as a surprise.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  646. Nate

    The reaction conservatives are having to President Obama's speech to students sounds several alarms. They have been attempting to villify our President since day one. Now they are scared of him talking to their children as if he were a child molester. It is shameful that their personal politics will refrain their children from hearing a positive message about living to their full potential and the importance of education. What happened to intelligence on the conservative side. They appear to be completely against a healthy and educated American society.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  647. Latha

    I think its a great idea for the President to speak directly to the students. This is an opportunity for discussion, between students, students and their teachers, and students and their parents. If you disagree with what the President says, talk to your kids about it.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  648. Kristina

    Has anyone checked to see if the school students that George HW Bush spoke to in 1991 all became Republicans? That would give us an idea of how much a President speaking to school children can really effect their future political associations. If you listen to Bush's speech, you'll find out that it was quite political. So let's be scientific about it- someone track those kids down!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  649. Rebecca Stanford

    Tony – I live in rural S. GA. I have never in my life seen anything that could compete with the level of sheer paranoia and fear over a President's speech as I have this "back to school" address. It is beyond ludicrous to me. Do these parents really believe that in one small address that one man can undo, turn around, convert, or brain-wash their children into some sort of leftist, socialist zombie??? COME ON PEOPLE!!! Quit drinking the right wing, bigotry/fear based, propaganda koolaid and use reason and logic for just a few!! I commend President Obama for trying to encourage our young Americans to stay in school, to make educational goals for themselves, and to keep their noses to the grindstone. Looking at our national drop out rate, someone has got to do it!!!! I can't wait to tell some of these crazy people, "And you got your panties in a wad over THIS?" I'm mad, I'm over it, and I'm ashamed.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  650. R Feldman

    Great to see President connecting with students, as other presidents in the past.

    Obama should use caution not to overstep his role as president, and offend people with stronger convictions about government intervention.

    Obama has good intentions.

    Obama, you can't do it all yourself. Grab more bi partisan support.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  651. John Bachman

    A convicted sex offender is ordained as a minister but people object to the President telling their kids to stay in school. What's happening in this Country>

    September 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  652. Dawn

    I cannot understand why there are so many people up in arms about the President speaking to school children. His message is one that needs to be delivered – stay in school, work hard. There is no subliminal messaging. Children across the country have an opportunity to participate in a living civics lesson. Agree with the Democrats politics or not, he is Commander In Chief and deserves respect.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  653. Jon Dunwell

    Wasn't the concern about the follow-up curriculum the White House originally was proposing? I don't think the fuss was about the President speaking to students but rather the curriculum they wanted teachers to utilize following the speech. How come you're not mentioning that in your story? What was this original curriculum? I can't make a judgement without the full story.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  654. Karen

    When I was a kid if the president wanted to speak with us we would have felt honored. I don't know what's wrong with some people today....he's got 2 small children himself, what do they think he's going to tell them to do....

    September 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  655. Al - Las Vegas

    Tony this is ridiculous. Some of these parents are saying that politics is a family decision, No it is an individual decision. My parents have always been Democrats, I am a Independent.....so who is really doing the brainwashing here the Parents or the President.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  656. jon

    He is the president let him speak, people are so crazy and these are the people that call themselves christians!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  657. Kevin Leo (Riverdale, GA)

    Hope the cons are ready for a big heaping of humble pie after the speech is released! Maybe some of these parents need to spend more time back inschool.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  658. Kevin Erker

    While I did not support Mr. Obama in the 2008 presidential election, I fully support the him delivering the a message on the importance of education to our children. Our children must understand "Education is the Great Equalizer. Stay in school. Improve your world". It has become clear to me that Mr. Obama will confront baseless contraversy throughout the duration of his presidency.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  659. Ken - Long Beach, CA

    Give me a break! This has to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. These parents that are freaking out just because the President is going to talk to students about striving to be better students, study and be successful is beyond stupiduty. Do these people "really" think Obama has a agenda to brainwash kids with socialist ideas? with the failure rate of schools these days, perhaps the message to stay in school and study is probably what these kids need to hear the most.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  660. sarah smith

    The Presidency is bigger than just one man. The office needs to be respected whether a Republican or Democrat occupies the office. I cannot express how digusted I am over the debate about allowing students to watch the speech. Did parents voice concerns over watching the Innuaguration in school? I don't remember any problems with that speech. Was that propaganda? Or was that history? We have real issues to deal with in this country and a positive message about valuing education being delivered by the President should not even be in the news cycle. The right wing needs to get over it and move on.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  661. Tiffany

    My question is what are they trying to hide?? It shouldn't take this long to get his speech online point click send. What are they taking out of the speech before they post it? I think it should be up to the parents to keep the kids in school and help them get good grades.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  662. Alice, AR

    This is racism at its worst. If you notice, most of the people protesting this speech are white. Where were these protestors when past presidents addressed our children in the schools?

    September 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  663. grace carr

    Tony,
    I am VERY EMBARRESSED that President Obama's speech to children in our nation is being manipulated by the conservative movement. To those Democrats who criticized then President Bush, you were wrong then. To those Republicans who are criticizing President Obama now, you are VERY WRONG. We are rapidly undoing 50 years of slow social progress, which is clearly being manipulated by the right wing, and the right wing media.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  664. Marilyn Forrest

    I am a high school English teacher. Because of recent budget cuts in California, I have about 40 students in each class. As a teacher, I use every strategy in my arsenal to teach and to inspire every child, and every year there are transformations both big and small. These victories are the fuel that keep an old veteran like me going. However, as hard as I try, there are still students who remain unconvinced about the importance of education to better their lives and their futures. I leave each year feeling saddened by those I could not successfully turn around . What is wrong with the highest official of our nation encouraging our students to set goals, to work hard, and to stay in school? I am baffled and saddened by the reaction. Could it be that there is no political agenda here? Could it be that President Obama is just answering the pleas from many teachers in America? Could it be that he actually cares about our kids and wants them to succeed?

    September 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  665. Mel

    He has proven to not always be up front about his reasons for his speeches. Those who believe it is not political are terribly naive. He already said he made a mistake about the worksheets and changed them. What changes has he made to his speech to try to clean out the political changes? People do not trust the White House and certainly do not trust that this speech, too, is not political. People need to start thinking instead of just feeling and trust this white house.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  666. S. Nelson

    There is a segment of this country that will never accept having an African-American as President of the United States. They are manipulated by "Right Wing Media." And, this is the result, Stupidity! It is unfortunate this has become a story; because it is a sad commentary about our progress or lack of progress as a nation.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  667. Stephen

    It is not about the speech. It never was about the speech. It is the 'lesson plan' that follows. We don't want our children to 'help' with the administrations effort to bring this country to its knees, It boils down to a line in the sand. You are either a constitutional patriot willing to fight for our freedom by maintaining our soverneity or you are a one worlder bent on subverting the most powerful nation on earth. Obama has shown his one world communist ties and we want no part of it. The outcry is a demonstration of the lack of trust we have in Obama and whom he surrounds himself with.

    Stephen

    September 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  668. Josie

    I am completely disgusted and dissappointed in american people. If parents believe that 1 speech will detour their childs mind in the wrong direction for the rest of their lives then they do not have much confidence in how they are rasing those children. For this lady i saw on CNN crying over the fact the President will address children to stay in school is foolish to me. What in the world are you crying about ?- We finally have someone in office that seems to have a heart for people... a real heart to help and really make and create change for the better of the US and the world but people are so non supportive – its simply ridiculous. People say he is losing ground – i say people are looking for majic – people must remember He did not create this big messy snowball – He is only trying to melt it ... Think people – Think! – Put that on your news broadcast –

    September 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  669. Shirley

    I have never seen such disrespect for a president! Racism is at it's best. Why are people afraid of what the president has to say?

    September 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  670. R. Jones

    I am so disgusted with the parents and republicans who are speaking out against Pres. Obama addressing students. What is wrong with this? Our failure rate in the schools is horrendous, kids need the encouragement and need to be taught to do the right thing "Stay in school and get good grades". As far as writing letters to the President on how students can help him what is wrong with that? These kids are the future... their ideas may help to set the foundation for something they can continue as they grow up... I see this as no different as when JFK asked the young people of America "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country". Its the same premise.. just a different delivery method. We need to come together as a country and support our President regardless of party affiliation – not divide it as what is happening now.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  671. Ash

    If parents in America today actually cared about their children they would allow them to form their own opinions.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  672. Bill Salter

    Why are we getting so upset that the President of the United States wants to talk to our kids about staying in school. It is about time that someone stands up and tell kids how important Education is. Most parent don't care what their kids do. So I praise the President for what he is doing.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  673. R shores

    Censorship is a horrible lesson to teach our children. Just because someone doesn't agree politically with others is no reason to try to silence them. Smart children can listen in school then go home and possibly hear an opposing view. They can then make up their own political minds.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  674. Ruben Shealy

    Do you seriously believe Obama is going to say the same thing now. He will give a completely different speech after experiencing the negative reaction. Or, why didn't they release the speech last week. The speech has been re-written. Duh

    September 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  675. Lou

    I understand your question quite well. What I don't unjderstand is why you don't call this exactly what it is This is STILL a racist country. The respect that is due the office of the President of America is being trampled on because racist America will not grow up and stand by what it says it is- A CHRISTIAN NATION.

    So what if the President of America asks students to help the President. Who else should we help- The President of Russia??? There does not seem to be respect for this president for who he is, not his policies.

    We can disagree without being disagreeable.. But no ones wants to talk about the REAL issue do we??? WE ARE A N ATION OF COWARDS!!!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  676. Terry (from Washington state)

    I saw a woman crying today on CNN about our President talking with the students and I couldn't believe it. She was crying (omg, she needs some mental help). I am 55 years old, I have never in my life seen anything so ridiculous. My son-in-law is in the US Air Force and I would be proud to have our President talk with my three grandchildren. These parents need to grow up and should be thanking our President for taking some time out of his busy schedule to talk with our children.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  677. Ralph Diaz

    I do not need the president of the United States to provide my children with any advice. What can a cigarette smoking president our my kids as advice? We clearly see what our nation is going through under his wacth. Leave my home alone.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  678. Katherine Shelton

    As a former educator I would welcome the opportunity for our President to address our students regardless of his political preference. He's a parent himself. What could he possibly say that would harm our children? Why would his message be anything but positive? Our young people should know their President. Teachers can choose to use the lesson plans or not.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  679. Jo Macomber

    WHAT AN HONOR TO HAVE THE PRESIDENT SPEAK TO SCHOOL CHILDREN!!! I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A PLAN IN PLAY TO DO ANYTHING TO DISHONER PRESIDENT OBAMA. PARENTS SHOULD BE MORE CONCERNED AT WHAT THEY THEMSELVES EXPOSE THEIR CHILDREN TO IN THEIR PRIVATE LIVES DAILY. I BELIEVE THAT EXPOSURE IS WHAT WILL INFLUENCE THEIR CHILDREN, NOT ONE SPEECH FROM OUR PRESIDENT.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  680. reck

    Unfortunately, I believe many of President Obama's "enemies" do not like the color of his skin!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  681. Jim Szafarek

    This is another attempt by the extreme right to paint the President as a socialist that is somehow going to take our country from us. It's as disgusting as the "town hall" meetings interupted by "average Americans". Get real. He was elected by a majority. He won. HE IE THE PRESIDENT, let him speak.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  682. Ruth

    I feel the racial overtones in all these protests. I am an older white woman and have lived through many presidencies - some were popular & some were not, but this president is trying to help us all & these people who have to let Rush Limbaugh & his ilk do their thinking for them are pathetic. Why have they not been protesting wars where our young are dying every day, instead of protesting against someone trying to help us. If his health care plan were in place look at all the money consumers would have tp spend on improving the economy which, in turn, creates jobs - especially in retail. Does anyone else smell bigotry?

    September 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  683. Ed Jones

    It's sad but what this is boiling down to is censorship of the president's future words. Unbelievable! When has this ever happened before? Scary new norm for a president to deal with. What CNN and other news organizations should do, I believe, is pose the question (perhaps in polls) is: Do you see a double standard in the treatment of Obama to other presidents before speaking to students? CNN, please force the historical comparison at a higher level. Obama should no longer submit... no longer be defensive. His speech should not be posted online beforehand for scrutiny. This is unprecedented bowing to (becoming institutionalized) disrespect to him and his office. I believe there are some crazy, racist, to the right Americans with an entitlement mentality who are advancing their non-intelligent, paranoid "right" mentality. Pathetic. It will be interesting if this treatment of the next Republican and/or Caucasian American president will persist.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  684. joe

    Watching news from Canada every day. What is wrong with you people down there? You're afraid to have the President speak to your children? If it wasn't so sad I'd be laughing. It is the most ignorant narrow minded view I've ever heard. Your country is being hi-jacked by these horrible,insane right wing nut cases like Glenn Beck and Limbaugh. So SAD.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  685. Steve (a teacher)

    If President Obama had tried to do this last fall while running for president I would buy the cries of politicizing the opening days of school. As the sitting president it is his right and responsibility to address the citizens of this nation not matter how young or old. Stay and school and do your homework? Really? This is going to poison our students? Save your anger and passion for a real issue, instead of, once again, flaming a fire that just is not there.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  686. Carlton Colquitt

    Teaching your children to fear the President's words, which everyone knows are merely about encouraging children to be good students, is the tip of the iceberg. This is mainly about teaching children to fear the President because he's black.
    Bigotry and hatred are stronger in the US today than they were when I was growing up in mid-20th-Century Georgia. The lower class white mentality was the same then as it it among the middle and lower class whites today. White supremacy and racial hatred are the mainstays of those people's religious faith.
    .

    September 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  687. Donna Hilton

    This debate is obscene! Every US president has given motivational speeches to students nationwide. It is typically considered a generous use of presidential time.

    But this president has to qualify his remarks? Barack Obama is still being forced to make history. It is plainly obvious that these people object less to the remarks than the person making them.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  688. opinionated watcher

    Obama is going to address US students??

    Thank God the upcoming event is not featuring Dan Quayle giving spelling lessons or George Jr. giving the definition of "sovereign".

    That woman blubbering because her child might have to listen to our president tell him/her to stay in school...absolutely ridiculous. That woman needs to pull herself together, because there are a lot worse things her child will encounter in life and her child does not need such a basket case as a parent.

    Every smart person will listen to any speech that any president gives, no matter what their political affiliation is.

    Obama has been elected as our president. The republicans need to get over it and move on.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  689. Phil V.

    I feel as though there is a large group of people out there that truly fear the president and I think they don't really know why. They just read disinformation on the internet and that, coupled with a deep-seeded inability to accept Barack Obama as their president. As a Canadian, I am appalled to see people compare this man as a Nazi, as his policy proposals on health care are similar to those in my country. Canadians are not Nazis, our system may not be perfect but it is better than yours. Do kids really understand or care about these policies anyway? I seriously doubt the president would think of talking to the nation's children about them. Get real people.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  690. Sharon Nickolett

    The parents that are blocking their children from listening to the President of our country are the ones doing the brain-washing! If the parents disagree with a politician, then they can submit their votes in an election. These children are not voters now & they should be allowed to listen to all sides of all subjects. That is what democracy means!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  691. Scott Stodden

    I find this appalling and Wacko that parents and schools across the country would not want to see or hear the President Of The United States speak to the children across the country about staying in school, say no to drugs, go to college & be successful. Did we all of a sudden forget about former President George W. Bush reading to kids in school on 9/11, former President George H.W. Bush speaking to a classroom of children, or Nancy Reagan speaking to schools about saying no to drugs. I just think is crazy that any parent or schools across the country would not want to hear President Obama encouraging the future generation, this is what's wrong with kids today, we dont have parents being smart and we have dumb leadership in the schools from teachers all the way up to the administrative positions. Wake Up America, My mother and father would have thought it an honor for the President to speak to children in schools across the country cuz god knows the parents and schools aint doing the job. Please read my comment on the air, Im your # 1 fan of all time Tony.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    September 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  692. Claire

    I am a public school teacher who is trusted by the parents of the students I teach. Nothing comes into my classroom without my review . While I respect the office of the presidency, I do not trust Mr. Obama. Remember, half of the country did not vote for him. Our school district's voters are predominantly in that half. Many parents have expressed concern for their children being "indoctrinated" to believe issues contrary to parents' beliefs. We have assured them this will not happen.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  693. Pete Baumann

    As soon as they read what he WILL say, it will be all about what he will NOT say. There no satisfying these people. It's about disruption. The sooner Pres. Obama figures that out the better it will be.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  694. Michael Patterson

    If the people against the Presidents speech are so concerend about the possible political motives behind the speech, then they should use the speech as a teaching experience for their children. They should let their children watch the speech and then download the speech and read it themselves. When thier children come home from school take this oppertunity to discuss what they dissagree with with the speech and explain why the dissagree. This way they can nip any preconceived liberal indoctrination in the bud.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  695. Susan

    This whole thing against Obama is nothing more than closet racism. It's not fashionable to be racist now a days. Racists have to do something! So they nit pick everything that the President says or does. A Racist is nothing more than a person with low self esteem. These people have to find someone to be better than because they don't think very highly of themselves. No one is better than anyone else. Some have more money, are smarter, more creative,etc. But we all have a place here. We all should be working together. I could care less is your skin is darker than mine. So what? I only care about the kind of person you are and how you treat not just people but other creatures that we share this planet with. Racism...only for the insecure.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  696. Rochelle Johnson

    Lets face it racism is not dead...Its alive and well. Everything President Obama has tried to do has hit such road blocks. If you took a poll on who wont let ther children listen to the President (mind you they probably see worse on TV) are probably white Republicans-if I am wrong I apologize. But what do these people think...he is going to brain wash their children?
    We have a opportunity to be a cohesive Country that transends racial lines. Why cant people just give the man a chance and see what he has to say before condeming him?

    September 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  697. Brigette

    For the people thinking that the president is going to "brain wash" your kid(s), How can you even say that? First off kids 10 and under probably have no insight towards politics at all. I'm 15 years old and I'm not even 75% clear on politics. To keep your kid(s) home from the schools that are airing this speech is just rediculous he's just trying to tell your kid(s) to stay in school and don't do drugs and for you to keep them away from school so they dont hear this is basically telling the public you want your kid(s) to do drugs and you don't care if they stay in school or not. This is not a big deal he's being the president and doing his job. I really think those parent crying! on the news about this speech are very mellow dramatic and stupid they need to suck it up because he's are president and you need to respect him and his job.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  698. Jon

    Have we become afraid to let our leaders speak now? Maybe its that we just don't want to discuss such things with our kids. By censoring what our kids hear based on political view, we lose an opportunity to teach our kids about the political process, critically examine what is said with their parents and teachers, and then form their own opinions.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  699. Vicki - Wichita

    The "parents" who refuse to allow their children to watch the President's address are simply afraid...that their children will find inspiration from someone that they have chosen to hate even before he became President....and that in doing so their children will turn out to be smarter than they are. If it was Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, they would stay home from work themselves to hear their ramblings.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  700. Andie Ximenes

    Tony, you ask what more is to play in the current politcal sphere. Yes, it goes to show the deeper root of the racial views of this country. There is still a large majority who will not accept the changing color of America.
    Andie Ximenes

    September 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  701. Mary M. Carr

    Shakespeare said it best: It is much to do about nothing.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  702. Wendy In Houston

    Let's all be real. The right wing conservatives cannot get over the fact that a Black man is President. They would rather see the man dead before they let the President speak to their children.

    What I find appalling is parents that wanted their child to see the speech. Why didn't those parent call the schools. Look people if you voted or supported the President you need to speak up. Just voting for the President is not going to get it. It's time to stand up and support what you voted for.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  703. carole

    What could be nice than for our president speaking to our children the start of a new school year. He truly cares about America's children.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  704. Carol Stotesbury

    It is totally unbelievable to me that parents would be so narrow-minded as to not want their child to hear the President's speech. First, in order to for our children to function in a multi-cultural, global world, they need to have a broad view of life, issues facing our nation, and the reality of every day life. Second, even if your political views are different than the President's, what about the issue of respect for the office and respect for the person. It appears to me that these parents are setting the example that it is ok to be disrespectful of people who may not share your same views. Wasn't our country built on the premise of allowing people to think and believe the way they wish? If these parents truly believe that politics should be taught in the home, what better avenue for opening a discussion with your children than the President's speech. Come on...get with it and listen to what President Obama has to say. You may be surprised, and we definitely need to encourage education in the US with such a high drop-out rate. If we don't educate our youth, what happens to their future?

    September 7, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  705. Kimberly Harris

    Please say it isn't true...I woman on t.v. crying because the president is going to speak to her children and other students in our great country about the importance and value of education. OMG!!! You've got to be kidding...and some elected Republicans are trying to justify it!!! If we, the level headed Republicans, Democrats and Independents allow this to fly...we deserve what we get. People, stand up and speak out against this INSANITY!!!! If we would just monitor our childrens' video games and tv shows maybe they could learn.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  706. Della

    I think it is a ridicolous overreaction to the speech our elected President wants to give our children. Seriously, Obama is one of the brightest President's we have had in office in quite some time and I am sure he is not going to do or say anything that is inappropriate to our children that he would not want said to his own daughters. Give him a break and give him a chance to prove that he can do the right thing. Those parents who are complaining about the upcoming speech are not doing their children any good by sensoring it when other forms of negative media are influencing our their children anyway. President Obama just wants to bring together a nation that has been divided too long due in large part to the failures of the last President...What is so wrong with that? Give him a chance and you may be surprised.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  707. Tony d.

    This does not make any sense.Politics its crazy the republicans and others cant stand when the president speaks on positive notes such as staying in school i mean where is the wrong in that,or health care we all know that the system is flawed yet the republicans hit the panic button and so does the others.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  708. Patricia / Tennessee

    Preventing school children from listening to the President of THEIR United States of America has to be the most pathetic time in our nation's history. Prayer in schools have been banned, In God We Trust is now printed on the edge of our money as to not offend anyone. Trying to take "One nation under God" out of our Pledge of Alligence. I have children and grandchildren. I want them to hear prayer in school and I want them to be able to read "In God We Trust" on our money. And I want them to hear THEIR President. How ridiculous!!!!! And to top that, the President will post his speech for parents to review?????? I am fearful and ashamed of what Americans have become. Yea, I know. Love it or leave it.....

    September 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  709. William Jacocks

    It was OK for Sr.Bush to address our children in this manner.Why is there a problem with President Obama doing the same.It is always the white part of America and the uncle toms that has the problem. If Obama sneezed whites would criticize the type of tissue he used.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  710. George Carter

    The president is taking on a responsibilty that todays parents are neglecting. Politicized or not, he's ultimately telling children to further their educations. We should be thankful that someone is still trying to spread a good word to the youth...

    September 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  711. Charles Anteros

    Tony,

    I am a Canadian and do have kids go to a private school. Ever since Obamda had been running durin the compaigns and after his election, my kids' school has been showing Obama's live speeches to the school children and it is likely to continue to do so for any special upcoming speech like this one. It does not offend me as a parent because there is simply no brain washing. What the GOP is very frantic about is the likelyhood of the young votes to become more liberal minded than continue in the conservative paths of their parents.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  712. Jarett Monterio

    If the President is truly speaking on issues such as the importance of education and staying in school, I do not understand why such a vital message needs to be perceived as a politically motivated statement. Saying how and what he will do to keep children in school would become political. Merely stressing the significance of a solid education should be a message embraced by all.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  713. Mary Waters

    These people that say they won't allow their children to watch Obama's speech because he is trying to brainwash their kids are just too afraid to admit that they are racist!
    Even though our son's high school will not be airing the speech we will make sure our 14 year old son watchs it when it becomes available to us.
    I'm proud of our president and his accomplishments and am raising my son to respect President Obama.
    We are a white middle class family and I can't tell you how many times other whites have commented negatively because we have a black president. It's sad to see how narrow minded and racist some people still are in these times. We will never move forward as a prosperous nation if we don't leave racism in the past where it belongs!!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  714. India Rose

    This controversy over President Obama's speech to schoolchildren is just silly. I recieved a "robo-call" from my daughter's middle school that they would not show it live, but tape it and show it another time. I was furious. The call came at 6pm friday night, so it was too late to talk to the school about it. I will tape it on CNN and show it to my four kids tomorrow night. What bothers me is that kids who don't have internet or cable access may not be able to see it at all. I seems that the kids who could benefit most from this "pep talk" are the ones being kept from seeing it. What is the school so afraid he's going to say? Does it brainwash our kids to tell them to work hard, stay in school, and try to better themselves? I guess I'm brainwashing my kids too,then.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  715. Sheila Logan Cowan

    As a teacher, I'm very angry that the President's speech is being screened before our students can listen to it. These same people who are causing the controversy are the ones who are listening to a drug addict, Rush, and believing every word that he says to them. This group of people listen faithfully to the raving lunatic, Glen Beck. If I have the choice of my grandchildren listening to a drug addict or a man of great character such as our President, I choose the latter.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  716. Lynn Flewelling

    Dear Tony,
    I think this uproar about the President's address to the school children is just an extension of the general hysteria going on these days. Death panels! Socialism! Mind control! It's so absurd. I don't know if it's just the way these things are being presented by the press, but the people who are most often shown protesting both health care reform and this silly school thing are white. Could there be a bit of unspoken racism at work here? And I ask that as a white woman who proudly voted for Obama. We tell our kids that if they stay in school, they might grow up to be president; now it seems if they do, they can't go back and tell anyone else the good news. Ridiculous. Keep up the good work, CNN!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  717. Steve E

    These people complaining about Obama speaking to students and the health care plan being socialistic are the same ones who have been duped for years by the wall street bankers, insurance companies and the conservatives who have had their power over our country for so long to satisfy their own agenda. Thusly they are now doing whatever they can to try to stop Obama from giving the power back to the people where it belongs as is stated in our Constitution of the United States.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  718. Stephen

    I find it ironic that people talk about a lack of education when it is them that dont see the ties to recent history. It was thru gun control and govt healthcare that all the tyrants have destroyed nations. If you cant see the parallels, it is your own education that lacks.

    Stephen

    September 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  719. usindian

    Being father of 2 wonderful school going kids, I think this opposition to watch Obama speak to children is silly and in some districts it borderlines being racist. We have had several presidents speak to our children at the start of school year in the past and I don't recall such a great uproar like this one. I think its important we spare our children from politics and don't politicize what appears to be a simple speech.

    Coming from a 3rd world country, I use to marvel the maturity the politicians showed in this country but that is no longer the case.

    FYI I am not a democrat.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  720. Mark Adelson

    When will the right wing crazies shut up. Its just a speech. At least this president can speak ENGLISH not like that moron BUSH.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  721. Jack Stall

    I'm extremely concerned at how easy it was for the Republican's FEAR
    TACTICS to take hold on the American public. IF the protestors at the
    health care reform meetings are acting out of honest fear, then a larger number of Americans than I ever would have guessed are a bunch of mindless sheep! A perfect example is the speech that President Obama wants to give the school kids about how important it is to stay in school and get an education. I just saw a woman on your program crying like a baby that she did not want her children to be subjected to have to listen to his speech. GET A GRIP PEOPLE! THE REPUBLICANS ARE SO AFFRAID THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL SUCCEED AT FIXING WHAT THEY CAUSED THAT THEY WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO SEE HIM FAIL!!!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  722. Pierre

    Did you hear the last comment on the reporting? "This president" cant talk to our children. The concern is not so much about president Obama's message. It is about the man. He is a black president. They considered him not legitimate. Racial has been and still is a dangerous epidemic in the USA. UNLESS we admit that it is, there will never be a cure.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  723. Aimee Miller

    I am absolutely disgusted by the outrage of parents about the president speaking to their children. What has our generation come to? Are these parents going to sit in classrooms with their children and govern every topic that is being taught, because they may not agree or they want to shelter their children. I have three children in Kindergarden through fourth grade and I welcome any encouragement or support the President of The United States is willing to give!!! Maybe part of the assignment should be for them to go home and talk to their parents about politics! I think it is truly an honor!!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  724. MA

    It's great that the president is reaching out to children, and helping them see that working hard is the only foundation they'll have to a successful future. Most of these parents probably wouldn't put up a fuss if Angelina Jolie walked in to say the same things. It's shameful that people would reject a good message from someone who has different opinions, particularly the president of our country.

    More than anything, it shows contempt for the legitimate process that elected him, which, if anyone has forgotten, was democratic. If you don't like the job he's doing, this is not the way to show it.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  725. Emily

    As an educator and parent, I am appalled that there are still adults who are racist, ignorant and disrespectful to the president of the US and to basic facts. The fact that they will keep their children out of school because President Obama is giving an address to school children is disgusting. They should allow him to speak to their children because he is an educated man and knows the benefits of staying in school. He is experience in how situations can push children to quit school and knows that there are some parents that should also go back to school to learn a more diverse civic lesson in how to deal with people from all walks of life.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  726. Katie

    What most people don't realize is that a main factor in the objection to the president's speech is the teaching plan accompanying the speech.

    The president should be respected but we have the right to question anything his says and form our own opinion. Our children have not learned to do that yet. They simply do not understand politics. Although he may not speak directly of politics, he will indirectly influence the children. The children may see a blurry line between politics and celebrity status. If the children should be inspired, that is exactly who should speak to them, a respectable celebrity.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  727. Tiffany

    Ricky Ross- Why does it always have to go back to race??? I for one am sick of the race card being pulled everytime someone says anything. And another thing pulling us out of a mess I watch the news and I have seen the billion of dollars that have been given away only to put us depper into debt. And I Pray you are not talking about the war. Because I am with the CLOWN on going over there and taking care of business. Remember 9/11.

    It is sad that my grandkids are going to be paying for all this bail out. Who is going to bail out them??

    September 7, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  728. Ken - Long Beach, CA

    Obama should take the exact same speech that George Bush used. That way when the Teabaggers throw a fit, we can all sit and laugh at these idiots.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  729. Nora McCarthy

    I think the disrespect being shown this President over his speech to the American youth is unconscionable. After seeing the shameful way some Americans have been conducting themselves throughout this past election and since President Obama began his term in office, it is painfully clear to me and I'm sure many Americans what the real issues are behind this and it's disgraceful in every respect. I am one American who is sick to death of it. To have the President of the United States speak to our children is a great thing and should be wholeheartedly embraced. To see parents in tears over this on the news makes me wonder what is wrong with them......but I think the answer to that one is perfectly clear. I personally would like to see and hear on the news more people speaking out against this kind of lunacy and more in support of our President.

    Nora McCarthy
    Peekskill, NY

    September 7, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  730. Huck

    The real issue is the leader of our country is a Black Man" and some of us cannot get pass that point. In the real world we can not be with our children 24/7. "Be for real People."

    September 7, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  731. Anne E

    The fact that the President is encouraging children to stay in school and study hard is a GREAT idea. HOWEVER, the White House caused this controversy, not the opponents. If they had not come out with teaching material that told kids to write an essay on "how they could help the president", this would have been a non-issue. It would be interesting to see what his speech looked like last week as opposed to the one that was just made public. How different was it? Whether you like the president or not, this kind of event should not be a political issue, but it was the White House that originally made it a political issue. The President needs to learn that every event is not a campaign speech.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  732. Cliff

    Obama may be my President and lead this country for the next 4 years but he will never be our Commander In Chief. We military are required to be in attendance for his speeches but our children should never be!
    I'm glad that he was pushed by concerned Americans; to change his agenda of questions for the children's sake, It is not right that his speech is mandatory in some states. It's all about him being in front of the camera.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  733. James

    The media needs to call it like it is. Those so-called conservatives who are supposedly so outraged about the President injecting politics into the public school system when he speaks to students are just masking their racist attitude toward the nations first African-American President.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  734. Thomas

    This Pres. is showing more and more how much he is a socialist. He acting as if he hates this great country and the principles it was founded on. That is why there are so many people that reject his 'speech" to there children. YOUR NOT mentioning that.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  735. Peter Chetirkin

    The President is a concerned parent, as well as being concerned about the kids in this country. It is extremely unfortunate that some parents feel that the President's speech to the youth will some how influence the school kids negatively. The focus is to help kids realize how important it is to stay in school and develop into productive citizens. If the President's talk to the kids is somehow inappropriate then those parents who are against the President's speech have more serious problems then is realize.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  736. N Cochran

    I think that we as parents feel that the president has lied so much to us adults, that we don't trust him with our children. Will he be telling them about the three trillion dollars they will have to pay back? You bet I have a cause for concern!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  737. Directionwoman

    If the truth be told, all of the controversy surrounding anything that President Obama says or does is because he is black. It is sad to say but a good portion of white America has not come to terms with this man. I can almost hear some say, "what a black man telling my children how to succeed in life." They would rather have Harry Potter do it. It is so crazy to me that somehow the color of your skin makes a person not capable. What amazes me the most is that this man is the product of both . We have a long way to go America.

    Thank you,
    Direction woman

    September 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  738. Marilyn Murphy-Mancilla

    Today is a very sad day for me in American History. I am deeply saddened by the reaction of ignorant people who do not want their children to listen to my beloved President. What a disgrace to this great country of ours! I am a retired educator and I am going to make sure my Great grand daughter, who is 8 years old listens to President Obama's speech. Why is there such a horrible backlash to something that can benefit our children and our country? People who are against the speech are frightened; they're scared stiff of any progress or achievement our President can gain and now these nitwits are using their children as shields to masked their racism. Yes, I said RACISM! That's the bottom line! I can read between the lines, too! They don't even know the content of the speech and now their shooting their mouths off of something they don't even know about.
    Finally, I support President Obama's speech because I know he has always been pro-education as I am. And I applaude and support our President 100%. We are fortunate to have him as our President.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  739. Leslie

    I am a licensed teacher of Social Studies in Jr and Sr high schools. That means I am "highly qualified" to teach US History, World History, Geography, and Government.

    I would definitely have my students watch the President's message to students. Whether it is simply a "study hard for success" or a political commercial – I would follow up the message with open discussion. Students need to talk about these things, ask questions, start making their own decisions about this country – especially high school students who may vote for the first time while in high school.

    Students need to begin independent thinking and not be a puppet to their parents. The parent's generation (including myself) have not done too great in running this country, today's students have a mess to clean up – they must be thinkers not puppets.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  740. Evelyn Simpson

    I'm amazed at the comments that I heard on TV about President Obama's speech to the children. I'm in Florence, Alabama where there is a 40% drop out rate. Schools should be happy that the President is willing to speak to our children. This is nothing new for a President to speak to our children. He's pro-education and the ones that at fighting him should be ashamed. As for the parents that keep their kids at home, I think they should receive an unexcused absence. The Conservatives are fearful and spreading unwarranted fears to children and uninformed American. Just like the bill for health care, many have not even read the bill, but they are against it. How much sense does that make?

    September 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  741. Mario

    Dear Tony:
    As a Canadian/Italian citizen, together with friends in Canada and Italy, we share and feel shame and repulsion to see the US citizens adverse and contrary to Obamas speech to the students!
    We can not believe that there are parents that are so against to Obama
    enthusiasm and willingness to better the life of America middle and working class. The Public Option on Health would improve the life of citizens who cannot afford to have a decent medical assistance.
    The fact that so many US citizens are contrary to Obama speech to students, seam to us it has its roots in racism, as in many other cases.
    Sorry for America.

    Mario

    September 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  742. Stephen

    If one reads the president's speech and still has a problem with it...you are not an American. There is nothing objectionable in that text. Thank you President Obama.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  743. Bill Swety

    Obama's "talk" to children is not necessarily about the content; it's about his obvious intent to portray himself as The Leader–as have other "Uncles" in the not too distant past.

    In addition to his ubiquitous TV presence and his portrait in every classroom, what's next? His visage on outsized banners flowing throughout the nation? Scary.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  744. Annette of Colorado

    What is all the fuss you ask? The answer, in my opinion, is racism, pure and simple! Although some claim it is a fake, the Willie Lynch Letter, is a road map for the racist. The racist, who I believe are predominately Republicans, aren't alone as there are also racist Democrats whose allegiance is first to their race (mostly White), rather than to this country. People like Michael Steel and Clarence Thomas are the types of Blacks described in the Lynch letter who are used by the racists to help perpetuate racism. There is a lengthy paragraph in the Lynch letter about "Controlled Language;" this is the real deal about the uproar over PRESIDENT OBAMA's speach! Control the message, control the Man. Aren't we better than this? What a display for the rest of the world to see racism in action in this country!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  745. Yolanda, SC

    This uproar over a positive message by our president to school children is nothing more than a cover for how people really feel. Many of those people will not outright admit that they are very bitter that we have a black president. The majority of us that have good common sense and open minds see through this facade for the racist rant that it is.Get over it already!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  746. Lois

    A friend of mine used the right word – "nonsense." Why have other Presidents spoken to schoolchildren without an uproar? Why would anyone even question Obama's messages – "Stay in school", "Work hard." Wow! We don't want our kids to hear that, do we? My grandchildren will be thrilled to listen to him, and I'll discuss his messages with them. The petty people creating this issue should be ashamed of themselves. I am embarrassed for our country, and I feel badly that our well-meaning President has to deal with this reaction to a special message for children.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  747. Juliane Schmidt

    Frankly I feel that the ignorance of the general public regarding the education of their own children is amplified by the statements that I see parents willing to make regarding their stand on a speech they know nothing of the content. Tears, please...I found that reaction humorous. It tells me these parents have no clue what their children are actually learning in school. To oppose something without being aware of or privy to content is illogical. Do parents oppose some of the curriculum at their local school? Are the detractors of the President of the United States airing a public message speech on education supportive of censorship? It is a parents job to facilitate education, the most valued part of my job as a parent of three is to objectively discuss what they hear and learn in school and teach them to have their own opinions based upon learning from more than one source, that is education. For ANY public school to pull this message from the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES is old school fear mongering censorship that crushes a huge learning and debate opportunity and environment for our parents and children. Might as well ban a few books while you are at it.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  748. Norman Donchin

    This is one of the silliest protests I have ever encountered; and it has the earmarks of being organized, at least to some extent, by the same anti-Obama Republicans who organized (despite their denials) the healthcare protests.

    Every speech given by every President in history has presented his own point of view. The conservative parents who say that they don't want their children indoctrinated with Obama's philosophy don't understand the nature of a free and civilized society. The very freedoms they constantly preach about are diminished when one who has been legally elected by a majority of the people is censored. It widens the ideological gap between left and right and it makes it more difficult to govern this multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-philosophical, multi-everything nation of ours.

    They are not doing the country they profess to love any good, nor are they doing their children any good by teaching them to turn off any point of view that doesn't agree with theirs. All of this coming before any of them even know what Obama will say.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  749. Patricia Lite Hickman

    I think it is a sad day in America when the President has to pre-post his speech to school children; no other president has had to do that and I personally think our President should not have done that. He is the President, if he wants to talk to school kids he should just do it as all others have. To the mother who cried in the commercial I am still laughing at the silliness of this whole speech mess which only served to take everyone's attention off of Health Care which is what the perpetrators meant to do.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  750. diane taylor

    i can't belive that thees right wing would reject a speech to their children from the president of the USA ON STAYING IN SCHOOL AND ETC.because they believe that he is trying to force his politics on them but they don't mind taking them to meeting or tea parties to hold up hate signs and pictures of hitler and a bunch otherderagatory signs .i fear for these peoples children because they are bring up their children to hate anybody who thinksdifferent and looks different

    September 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  751. Beatrice Wilson

    It just makes my blood boil with all these self righteous people who just can't stand to accept that weTHE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA have elected Black man yet everything he does is put under a microscope. Yet when President Regan, Bush Sr and Jr not one parent called the media or the school boards and demand at their children be taken out of school or that the schools not allowe their speeches to be broadcasted this is just crazy all it is just a bunch of races people who have jumped on this ban wagon of wanting to put fear out in the world that President Obama has this magical power that if their children listen to anything that he saids that they will all of sudden not be able to think for themselves how STUPID do they really think this generation of young people really are. This is just so unbelievable the PRESIDENT is a well educated individual and all these stupid people just can't accept it that UNITED STATES OF AMERICA could have a man of color leading the most powerful nation in the world. GET OVER IT because their children have!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  752. Ralph

    I do not need a CIGARETTE smoking president to say something "STUPIDLY" to my young impressionable school age children. Leave my kids alone. By what I am seeing of the economy and how irresponsible he has spent tax dollars without accountability, he will already have plenty of influence on them especially when they have to pay back increased taxes because this so called transparent president has mortgaged their futures.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  753. Yolanda Smeltzer

    I did not vote for Mr. Obama, but now that he is our President, I extend to him all the respect that I have to all "AMERICAN PRESIDENTS." This is wonderful that he has taken the time to speak to all American Students. This is a great Government & Historic time and to include the students is wonderful.

    My feelings about all the people that are making such terrible comments about Mr. Obama speaking to "American Students" are just demonstrating what I call "BACK DOOR RACISM!" It lives on in our country whether we have a Black President or not.

    Mr. Obama, do what you know to be right and do not listen to those who oppose you do to Racism and not any other reason, even though they make an excuse.

    Best Wishes,
    Yolanda from El Paso, TX

    September 7, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  754. Thelma Fowls

    I am a retired high school teacher and am very pleased to hear that our great President is going to re-enforce a message that all teachers have been trying to get across to our students - and that is to work hard and stay in school and they will succeed in life. I cannot believe that some teachers are against the speech, so my suggestion to them is to find another career.

    If parents are against the speech, then I have to question their reasoning. What parent would not want that message re-enforced? When the first President Bush aired the same message in 1991, he received great support. What is the difference today? Obama is not using his Presidency to help his party; and we have to respect the Presidency no matter who is in office.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  755. Douglas Tredwell

    My son and I were on the floor laughing at the lady who was crying because her children might hear the speech by Obama. I don't mean to be crass but that was just ridiculous. My son, who is going to Wakefield High and who is white can not understand peoples overreaction to this subject. Do people really think their children will be changed by a simple speech. If that is the case then they better censor everything they hear for the rest of thier lives.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  756. Beverly robinson

    God forbid we should let our children think for themselves, they might learn how too solve problems without killing each other. Wouldn't that be terrible. This whole thing is about Obama being a Black man, what's, even worst he is an educated Black man.How dare he tell there children to stay in school and work too the best of there abilities.
    In 18 mins, how can anyone brain wash a person unless that person can be easily influenced any way. These parents should be ashamed of themselves what are they teaching there children, when you don't agree with something just walk away, give me a break. Thank God for my Parents and the good Sister's who taught me in school that I had a brain and I should use it and think for myself.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  757. Madelyn C.

    Tony, the bottom here is that many "white people" still refuse to accept the fact that the POTUS is a BLACK MAN! And it is for this reason and no other reason why they don't want their children to hear him speak. I know that parents should have the right to say and/or choose what their children hear or see, but in this matter, it is visibly clear that they are in fact using their own children to voice their unfounded fear and hatred agains this Obama. It is a sad commentary that in 2009 this is still going on. If the truth be told, it's not Obama whom they should fear, but instead, it is their own prejudice attitude that will do more harm and damage to their children then anything else.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  758. Raymond Zander

    Dear so-called White Americans (who aren't true Americans anyway!!) If you hate us Blacks that much, then you should have never stolen us from our country in the first place! you are some of the most hateful and ignorant people on the planet, you need to remember more than anyone else that, God don't like ugly. you really need to take a long hard look at yourself.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  759. Mariana

    Hearing some of the parents speak about their anger about the President speaking to their children only shows their ignorance, racism, and dependence upon radio talk shows and conservative churches for their own political education. To me it is a lack of respect for this country and our government. Most of the comments that I have heard are completely inane and exhibit a lack of education in these people who follow the conservative herd.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  760. Joan

    I am deeply saddened at the reaction the President's proposed speech has generated among some people in this country. I never thought I would see the day when a President has to justify his reason for addressing kids in our public schools, What we are seeing today reflects what most Black people experience in this country, where they have to prove themselves far beyond their white counterparts. Did anyone ever raise questions about the content of Bush's address to kids years ago? While we have elected our first Black President we are showing the world that we are not prepared to let him lead us. We are teaching out children that it is okay to disrespect authority and the office of the President. When I see what is happening around the country I am almost ashamed to be an American.

    I am enraged at the media,. Why aren't they publicizing the many Americans all across the country who are praying for President Obama daily, and who agree with President Obama's leadership of this country? Stop this nonsense!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  761. jim

    First of all, this is not about the President speaking. It is about the writing to the President. What can I do to help the president? That is what was wrong. If it wasn't wrong "libs" then why did the President retract the original paper???? Now on health care, people wake up!!! Who are you going to argue with when the Government decides not to cover you or your family member for a certain drug or surgery deem not important or too expense. At lease you can argue with an insurance company or switch your insurance company. You also can sue them if something goes wrong. When the government takes full control who are you going to turn to????? Now did anyone here that the Green Jobs Czar had to resign. Did this station even cover it at 1200 Saturday night. How come I did not there was no outrage on this station about all of these Czars not needing Congress's approval!! I guess that the Presidents cabinet must need a lot of help.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  762. Kenneth Rodgers

    I don't agree with what the president is doing, but the parents who are keeping their children home need to pay more attention to what their children listen to on a daily basis from other students and teachers and not what the president says one day.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  763. Smalls

    You overly prejudice drama kings & queens are as transparent as glass. You are the types to cut off your nose to spite your face. We have a black president so all of our country needs to get over it & stop ordering WAM-burgers with your french-CRIES. You should be ashamed of your self. You take everything positive & turn it into something negative simply because his skin color is different. Take a deep breath, blow it out slowly & when your done...STOP HATING!!!!!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  764. Carol

    I live in Kentucky.....sometimes I feel so alone here...a spot of blue in a sea of red. I work in a nest of extreme conservatives. (will be retiring in the spring......Thank goodness!) They say Pres. Obama
    is speaking to the schools to spread socialism/communism.
    I say they are pure idiots!!!! They will not let me speak.
    I believe these people are angry, and by listening to them, I have come to the only conclusion possible in this pathetic situation.
    1. They are not very bright people.
    2. They are racists. (I hear racial slurs daily)
    3. I feel sorry for their children.
    I believe Barrack Obama is a good man, who loves his children.
    I support the president!!!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  765. DeeDee

    I am elated about this controversy so that people who have had their heads in the sand can finally see and hear that racism is alive, well and kicking.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  766. Tiffany

    People it is 2009 going on 2010 put away the RACE CARD. People can dislike other people based on more than the color of thier skin. It is people like that living in the past that will never make it to the future!!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  767. Angel

    Frankly I am disgusted with the state of America and the groups that are trying to villify the President! This is unheard of. I think what the President is trying to do is send positive messages to a needy society. We are in real need of this change. It is really a shame that our children today are taught to disrespect the leader of our country in this manner. I strongly feel that there will be repercussions in the future.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  768. Mariio Verardi

    From Nanaimo, B.C. Canada:
    As a Canadian/Italian citizen, I share the same shame and repulsion to see parents adverse to the speech President Obama will air to US students.
    I share those sentiments with Canadian and Italian friends, who think, as I do, that in this contrariety there is a lot of Racism, still live and present in the US, and present in any issues the Democratic Administration puts forwards with the hope to improve the life of million of citizen who cannot afford to have a decent medical assistance.
    Sorry and hopeful.
    Mario-Nanaimo, B.C.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  769. Catherine

    Education is a universal need. President Obama is a parent and I believe that he recognizes the potential in our children to have successful futures. The stir caused is evident of the odds our children's futures face, can this really be a glimpse into how ignorance is still Rampart in this nation?

    September 7, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  770. anita campos

    as a parent of three children in denton county isd , texas i am totally disappoited how people take the speech of president barack obama to me is for a very good cause that our children need , because they do not recived that kind of stimulation from the school and specially here in texas they make our children feel they are not good enought, if you don't have money . the department of education in texas don't care about the safe in our children, they are using our children to block and make the president look bad , my daughter was abused for a theacher in fifth grade and they never protect my daughter it all they protect the teacher i have proof for everything my daughter and family went thru , harassment , intimitation etc , those people do not said a good reason why not , just because they do not accept a democrat , black american president , that is what all about , god blees our president obama and family , we love you .........

    September 7, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  771. Ann

    Please don't downplay the response of parents to the president speaking to students. We all know the White House could have changed the speech after receiving flack about the content. The White House has been trying to discount the concerns of average citizens who protest on the speech, healthcare etc. as "plots by Republicans and others" but the people I know are not part of an organized protest group but really concerned about what they see going on. We don't want our kids used for political purposes. We want to get back to "Gov't of the peolpe, by the people and for the people", not Gov't rule for the benefit of politicians, big business, the drug companies and we want the truth. We no longer trust the politicians. He has no business taking to the students .

    September 7, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  772. Destin Taylor

    I have watched the "birthers" and Town Hall rage with strong concern. However the tone has switched from disagreeing to disrespect to downright destructive. The unfounded, conspirasy and, fear driven hatred has hit an alltime high. I'm now concerned for our presidents safety. I have watch the Becks and Hannitys go from respected journalist (in my eyes) to leaders of a nationwide witchhunt, in efforts to do away with anything pertaining to our Presidents agenda. Even if its as innocent as a pep talk to our nations youth. It would not suprise me if the Turner Diaries becomes a bestseller again with the endorsment of immature "jounalist" as these two.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  773. Natasha Zazhinne

    Your reports today leave me more than saddened. I'm disturbed.
    I'm ashamed of America and at last becoming scared of where we are, who we've become, and where we're going. A President speaking to children in schools used to be a great thing. If parents disagree with Presidential views–that's an excellent springboard for discussions at home. We screamed for change but now that we're feeling it–we're terrified. 52% of Americans are on mind-altering drugs: anti-depressents, anti-anxiety drugs, sleep meds, more. People are acting like angry tweakers. America needs to get off drugs, remember our self-reliance, self-respect and the things we claim to believe in.The media needs to stop fanning the flames of incendiary fools, giving them their 15 seconds of fame and focus more on what reasonable intelligent people are doing to make things better`-not what some racist, ignorant, hateful people are perpetrating. The news is showing US it's ok to act like we're all on Jerry Springer. Stop giving these fools more of a platform than our free speech rights allow.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  774. Steve

    I teach in a high school in a part of Pennsylvania that James Carville aptly called "Alabama". Our administrative team decided not to air Pres. Obama's speech, due to controversy. I believe this has sent a horrible message to our students, while giving in to a minority of vocal, irrational parents. Twenty-four hour media coverage has definitely given more power to the lunatic fringe. In the meantime, I feel total disgust with my school and I will enter the building this week with a diminshed respect for the weaklings I work for. They have made the important qualities of tolerance, open-mindness and fairness even more difficult to instill in students who live in an area with almost no diversity. I'm completely disgusted.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  775. fedzup

    I am really disappointed but not shocked at the reaction of some of the america people in relation to the speech that President Obama plans to make to the school children. The way some people are acting you would think President Obama was planning to brainwash these kids. It is a disgrace that in 2009 society is acting this way . We all know that their reaction has nothing to do with what's in his speech this reaction is because of who he is.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  776. DeeDee

    If your school district denies your child the right to hear from the President of the United States, make sure that you don't allow any elected official to ever come to your child's school for any reason whether it's a democrat or republican. If my president cannot give children a pep talk I don't want any one with anyone who has been elected to office to show up at my child's school and that's including school board members. I don't want any discussion of politics at all because I cannot trust the school system to take a neutral approach about politics. Let's remove all talk of politicians and politics from our schools. Doesn't that sound ridiculous?!!! I think so. These people who are upset and crying about the President speaking to school children need psychological help. This is the crazy.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  777. Andrea

    I am so sick and tired of these people and their racists attitudes about this President. No president has ever had to "reveal" the text of a speech like he has to have it approved before being "allowed" to speak. Let's call this what it is...it's out and out RACISM!!! They don't want a Black man who is the leader of the free world...speaking to their children. I bet these same people didn't have a problem listening to past presidents speak to them...in class...about policy...or staying in school. Racists!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  778. Scott Stodden

    Tony Hello I just read the speech and it was a beautiful speech on whitehouse.gov and I think people, parents & schools are afraid that someone is speaking the truth to our kids. Its either the schools, teachers, & parents are afraid he's telling the truth or its because he's a black president who relates to everyone in this country. This speech said nothing but what children need to hear in this country, we have children who have no hope just like there parents have no hope. Children who are cursing, pulling guns at schools, doing drugs as early as 10yrs old, wearing pants off there butts, and worried more about the computer, T.V., and the X-Box than doing there school work and being successful is not what's cool and our President is trying to tell these children dont give up hope, stay strong, stay in school and become whatever you want to be. To all the parents and schools who didnt want the President to speak to your child or had a problem with the President speaking to the kids that your sick, crazy and dont have any sense. Tony this is what's wrong with the children in this country we have kids raising and leading kids, we dont have true leaders, teachers, parents or anyone that our kids can look up to, This is racism at its fullest in this country. I would be honored for the President to speak at my school, speak to me personally or hearing the President on T.V. speaking to all kids all across the country. Whats wrong America, Wake Up. George W. Bush created all the mess were in, the Republicans and President Obama has done nothing but try to get us out of this mess that were in. Nothing can be done overnight, unemployment might go up, the economy may be in disarray but it took Bill Clinton 8yrs to get us through and that still wasn't enough time to get anything done. Stop the predjudice America we need not judge nobody by the color of there skin, This is our President Of The United States and I demand respect for him. President Obama I encourage you to stand strong and continue your fight to change America, I vote to re-elect President Obama in 2012, Oh yeah and America Im a 33yr old homosexual who's been HIV positive white man so no this isnt a black or minority Im white and never been predjudice.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    September 7, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  779. teri-Kansas City

    It is sad that we are still trying to control young peoples minds. That was the reason that some could not deal with the civil rights movement, that's why some could not deal with those in the 70's who felt the war in Vietnam was wrong, and why today it is hard to believe a Black man could be President. This is what institutional racism looks like and how it reacts. It is all about fear, regardless what some say or do, if the President had not been Black, there would be no discussion, Look at "past action to put forth great change."

    September 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  780. NJ

    I have listened, in dismay, the reaction to our president wanting to talk to our students. As a registered republican, I am embarrassed and just dumbfounded at the negative response to this subject. What have we come to in this country? The Health care topic is the same way. As a healthcare worker I have seen the use and misuse of care for those that have no coverage. That republicans and democrats can't figure out a very workable solution or a VERY workable compromise is so frustrating for me, I cannot imagine what it must be for the President. Too many people with loud mouths and a misguided need to have improved ratings are influencing decisions which need real people with real problem solving skills and knowledge to develop solutions. Think how a word from our president may impact a number of children to stay in school and do well that otherwise do not hear it from their parents or other significant people in their lives. Politicians and other 'loud mouth people' need to leave it alone and get on with something else. This can only be good for the targeted children and future productive adults of our country. I hope school administrators take the high road and let the students hear a program for THEM.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  781. Mike J

    It's really odd that anyone would be upset that the leader of their own country would like to address the future leaders of their own country about things that will inevitably affect them as they become the leaders of THEIR country! COME ON PEOPLE.

    From this point forward i would like those people who are making up reasons to be "concerned," to say what is truly bothering them. Be honest. It has nothing to do with the message... it has to do with who is giving the message. Were it the vice president giving this message, not one of you would have a thing to say.... if it were McCain, you'd all be applauding his initiative... but it is neither of those caucasian men... It's the man who is making history by changing the way GREEDY CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY make a living. The funny thing is, the poorest citizens are the idiots fighting the rich mans battle. Just like ex-president Bush enlisted many unwilling poor people to fight his unjust war over oil, we now have WILLING idiotic poor people fighting to keep themselves POOR!! It just goes to show ignorance is bliss.

    By disallowing your own children to listen to the leader of your country or even worse, not teach them that it is their responsibility to listen to the direction the president and form their own opinions, you are doing them a grave disservice. Be honest with yourselves and your children. I just hope they grow up to be far more intelligent than you are and shake off your prejudices before they become voters in this country.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  782. Edna

    What are we saying to the world, we elected a president to represent us in other countries, but we do not trust him enough to talk to our children. The parents complaining should decide who appears ignorant, the country that elected him or the few parents with the negative input. Let's get real and save the tears for the children that are not motivated to stay in school.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  783. Gabriel

    The U.S. is revealing it's trueness today, dispite the fact that there were many caucasins that voted for a blackman in america. Historically when you say american, you are thinking of white people in this country because they have been the benificiaries of the slave labor of the blacks( in particuliar) and all of the darker peoples(of not just america) but the planet since they were made through a grafting process derived from The Blackmans dna. Whites can't help knowing the time and are frustrated because it is at an end, as came with the immorality, decadence & disobeidience of nations before them. The will of Almighty God (The Blackmans God) (who is present today)cannot be frustrated. The caucasin never wanted their children to look to any of their ex-slaves for any goodness. Therfore dooming their own offsprings to a future was inevitable. Let this message serve as another portion of the grace of The Blackmans God. Who after searching the earth found us in this terrible condition. Here in America!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  784. Nancy

    Let's face the reality here, "it takes a village to raise a child." If each and every parent did their job to encourage, motivate and monitor their
    child's educational success, we wouldn't have the problems that we have with truancy and drop out rates. Education needs to be valued by all parents, no excuses accepted. Since this certainly is not the case, students need all the encouragement they can get from those who want to provide it. Success in school requires direction and goal setting. I applaud the President for encouraging students to start the year with a plan that will make success possible. As a former educator, I always began the school year by having my students self- evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and set goals for their year. I did not have parent conferences but rather student led conferences with parents present. The student presented their portfolio of work and explained the grades that they earned, including grades in citizenship. Next, the student had to present to both the teacher and parents a plan of what efforts they were going to make to sustain their strengths and improve their weaknesses. I followed this format for over 23 years with students from kindergarten through fourth grade. The results were overwhelmingly successful. Students took ownership of their learning and behavior, parents were engaged in the process and I was there to mentor both of them. I can honestly say, that my 23 years of teaching were exceptionally rewarding!

    September 7, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  785. Jim Szafarek

    I just finished reading President Obama's speech @whitehouse.gov. It's an inspiration for all students to do their best, both for themselves and their country. I read NOTHING about some socialist, hitler agenda being propagated by the talking head at FIX NEWS or other extreme right wing haters. People get over yourselves. THERE IS NO SOCIALIST CONSPIRACY.

    Jim Szafarek

    September 7, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  786. Kristopher CO Springs

    The Republican opposition is completely bipartison and unacceptable! The Bush's had nothing near this kind of opposition to speaking to school children which has become somewhat of a tradition at this point. Democratic presidents get no respect and Republican presidents are actually feared and rarely aposed to the extent that Democtatic presidents are. I hate to say it, but it doesn,t help that Obama is black and that should not matter but is clearly evident. Our country has been split in two and I hope the Republicans self destruct from their unacceptable and embarrassing behavior.

    September 7, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  787. shannon miller

    Mothers crying because President Obama is going to encourage their children to finish their education,is blatant RACISM!! Interesting that Louisiana has opted out and New Orleans is a go........hmmmm!!
    Lobbyists and their followers, elderly who are terrified of change, the rich who don't want to part with a little more money for taxes, and the rest of the U.S. citizens, who are afraid of their own shadows will try to discredit their president!! What a travisty of human kind!!! I watch Cnn everyday as you are my neighbors,but the U.S. citizens know almost nothing about Canada!!! I am 69 and without healthcare I guess I would have been homeless years ago, after 5 children and all their doctoring,many surgeries and 2 pacemakers!! Change is always positive so get with the programU.S.A and help one another!!!!

    September 7, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  788. fedzup

    To the so call man of God praying for the death of President Obama. You truly need prayer and you need to go back to the altar and ask for forgiveness. God is LOVE and not hate.

    September 7, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  789. Rhyne Redwine

    Wow! How can we as a nation move forward? We, the United States of America, claim to be a Christian Nation. Our youth need to be encouraged to do their best in school, give a 110%, don't do drugs, be polite and so on. Brain washing is what is going on with this picture. Brain Washing to the extent that it is becoming racial. Why can't this intelligent President speak to this nations youth? He is a positive role model for all races. Black men, White men, Hispanic men, other nationalities, families, children, other nations, all of us. So, what is the big deal? Christians don't teach hate for anyone even those they disagree with. This President is trying to correct a mess inherited. Yes, he is his NATIONS KEEPER (President). A job most of us (adults) wouldn't want and could never become.

    September 7, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  790. William Jacocks

    I love Obama :but he need to stand up for himself alot more.He is the ost disrespected president (without cause) in American History.

    (The cops did act stupidly) Stop Biteing your tongue Sir.

    September 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  791. Al

    Please understand that the guy from Frisco does NOT speak for the entire city. He is obviously still upset from the party's loss in November. Get over it.
    Where was his concern in 1991 when the president spoke to students? We strongly encourage our children to receive the talk on education from the president. We do not appreciate this guy’s biased views being imposed on the entire school district! Our kids Will watch this speech tomorrow in Frisco.

    September 7, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  792. Ryan

    With issues like childhood obesity on the rise, failing schools, health care reform, gangs, teen violence, corporate manipulation, job loss, and millions of struggling Americans....why has the President's "pep talk" to American school children become so taboo?

    Naturally, a President who speaks to the common man and actually listens...is a threat to our security. Duh! Are you kidding?

    Our country is full of many sheep willing to follow any orders that are shoved down their poor uninformed mouths but unwilling to seek the truth and consider the most important factor of them all....humanity and altruism.

    During times like these we should be united, yet we refuse to.

    Why America? Why?

    September 7, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  793. Ryan

    I'm just glad we have a President that can speak at an elementary level, Bush could barely speak at a pre school level!

    Thank you, tip your bartenders.

    September 7, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  794. George

    I agree with many of the points I've read with the exception of the racism comment. You can't group everyone's concern regarding his speech as steming from some level of racism.

    Speaking for myself, I think people should have not said anything, let the President speak and if there were any issues, address them based what would have been "real" instead of speculation.

    I do believe that many people have a lower level of trust in what the Administration and members of Congress say and do. They [the Administration and Congress] have told people one thing, but then when people dig deeper, they realize that even though it wasn't a lie, but it also wasn't the complete truth and full disclosure / transparency. When that happens over and over, people will move from one side of the spectrum to the other, not because of some underlying racist feeling. It's because they now want to see the details first and then decide whether or not to accept it.

    I don't think it's out of line for people to question the content of the message, but I do believe that once the content is disclosed (which is not unreasonable), the schools would be wrong to block access to the speech. Making it optional for students? Fine, let those parents look foolish later.

    September 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  795. Guillaume

    President Obama is taking a very frightening step in his unrelenting plans to "bring change" to the country. His latest–and scariest–ploy is to indoctrinate the schoolchildren of America to see him as "Uncle" Barack–which brings to mind some other historical "Uncles" who tried to change their world. In addition to his ubiquitous TV presence and his portrait in every classroom, what's next? His visage on outsized banners flowing boldly across the country?

    "1984" may be 25 years late in coming, but it is now upon us! Wake up, America! The Pied Piper is taking us farther down the road to disaster as more and more naive Americans are being duped by his duplicitous oratory, as demonstated by the outpouring of blind hero-worship in these blogs.

    September 7, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  796. DJ Lil Tone

    Listen up America! Obama has kids. Just like any responsible parent, he wants to give his children advice that will help them. Almost giving them a "heads up" on the issues that they may encounter. We live in the United States... The land of hope, the land of freedom, the land of opportunity (Well that is what it's supposed to be, but we will save that for another blog) We can teach kids about sex, watch as many violent movies, play video games where we can kill the whole city, continuously report about people dying, being killed, tourtured, sex scandals, and all kind of craziness... All that our children have access to and many times are around to witness. The teachers, bus drivers, principals, and society are not responsible for teaching children right from wrong nor is it their reaponsibility to raise our children. Now you mean to tell me that people are mad, outraged and upset because the person who we have elected as President decides to do his job? (a job that stretches across so many issues and comes with enormous responsibility) Obama is promoting education, helping our fellow man, helping build a better America. If the people of America are too scared of change, ignorant, or stuck in the days of slavery... Then how can America bounce back and actually become that better place for families, become that better place to own a business, become that better place to live! The man went to college and obviously has been successful. That looks like a great role model if you ask me. 

    September 7, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  797. Dave E

    There are several comments on this thread about how "scary" it is that Obama will address kids... and how it's "like Orwell's 1984!!" and indoctinating and brainwashing... blah blah

    Was it brainwashing and indoctination when Bush part 1 made a similar national address to America's youth? Was it brainwashing when Reagan did the same thing?

    HUH? Was it?!!! What's that you say sheepishly... "no"? So why is this any different? Or is it not any different but you are just perpetuating the BS and the Republican noise because that is all you have left?

    September 7, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  798. Chagrined

    We feel profoundly sorry for children whose parents have chosen Rush Limbaugh, divorced three times, a drug addict, a coward who avoided the Vietnam War like Cheney, Bush, Giuliani, Lieberman and so many Republicans, as a ROLE MODEL. These children should not be held responsible for the absence of morals of their parents who have displayed a virulent lack of respect for our Democracy. These children will grow up to act like their parents' role model, Rush, and will probably become dropouts, drug addicts, divorced and a detriment to society.

    I also feel profoundly sorry for the children who must be in he same classroom with these less fortunate children who are products of their environment, who learn from their parents to be disrespectful. The Conservatives' stand against learning, against civility, against our Democracy, against a President who is attempting to restore America's credibility and encourage children to stay in school and get a good education is un-American! The children of cerebral, thoughtful, patriotic Americans welcome President Obama's message of HOPE! They deserve to hear his message in a civilized environment so, by all means, keep your children home where they can listen to Rush while children of well cultured parents can be inspired by President Obama!

    September 7, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  799. MRF

    Having ANYONE outside of school stand up and encourage our children to stay in school and do their best is a relief to teachers. Having a government leader do that is so encouraging for the whole system. We need to strengthen our schools and support all the efforts our teachers are making. For the first time in a long time, we have a President who is not afraid to step up and value education.

    September 7, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  800. Joan

    If the objection was to the lesson plan and not to the President's speech as some claim, why not simply ask that the lesson plan be revised rather than insisting that the President not address the students? Since when did the President write lesson plans that he is now being accused of using to manipulate the students. Anyhow, what's wrong with a lesson plan asking what the kids can do to help the President? Obviously the question was being asked in connection to his call for children to stay in school and work hard rather than a broader call for students to assist him politically. Let's use some common sense in interpreting what he hear. These parents who are crying on TV about their fears that Obama will infuse their kids with socialist ideas need to examine their real motives for behaving in this manner.

    Obama is the President of the US, whether you are Black, White, Hispanic, Republican, Democrat, educated, uneducated....the list goes on. Accept it and let's work together to build a better America rather than this nonsense!

    September 7, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  801. Sassy J

    Tony, This is the problem with the US now. Listening to the ones promoting fear and hate, no matter if it for color of skin or making this country better. We aare at the bottom of the list in education, health care, and in industry. Here we have a President who cares for our future and we have folks trying their best to make his job so hard, not even a white man would want the job. I can remember being in school and listening to Presidents, Senators, and govenors make speeches to us while in school. I don't remember what they spoke about, I just remember them being in my school. When parents start telling the dept of education how to run their schools through fear of reperation, there is something wrong with the citizens of this country. Just keep telling our children to disrespect the ones teaching them is wrong.
    I also believe that teachers like Karon teaching children is wrong. She thinks that a President speaking to just them is wrong about staying in school shouldn't happen. This to me is telling me she doesn't teach very well. I would check her class to see how many children believe she is a good teacher.
    When parents teach hate for your President because of his skin is outragious and they should all prove their education qualifications. To me this is a form of child abuse and child protective groups need to step in to let them know they are hurting their children and brain washing them theirselves.

    The Americans that are blogging on here that are of positive stature needs to step up and help our President against the GOP fear tactics. I myself am tired of all the hatred and racism in this country. I am a caucassion female in my 50's and I am ashamed of all those who can't bring themselves into the future of this country. How can anyone be proud of this country when all's we promote is violence, hate, ingnorance, and selfishness. We don't say I'm sorry for the things we do wrong to anyone and that needs to change also for other countries to stop hating us, or we'll never be safe from terrorist. We also have terrorist right here in this country that call themselves Christian Americans. Grow up people stop the negativity we never go to heaven, most are acting just the way the devil wants us to.

    September 7, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  802. MRF

    Having just read the speech, I wonder what all the fuss is really about! As a retired school board chairman, I have given a similar speech at least five times at high school graduations. No one accused me of trying to force socialist ideas down their children's throats!!! Now I am certain the POTUS will have much more of an impact than me of course and I hope he does. I hope young people will realize they can make a difference for themselves if they stay in school and set goals.

    So to some of the posts here, especially the guy with the French name, what would you say if you were asked to make a speech the week kids were going back to school?? The same thing – work hard, stay in school, get an education.

    September 7, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  803. Donald in CA

    Its a crime how this President is being treated. A third of America will never look at blacks as their equal. Its all about the color of his skin that bring out the haters who will never accept a black President. Look what happened to the recent Supreme Court nominee. That was a crime also.

    September 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  804. vic nashville tn

    Some Republicans want president to fail for that they are ready to do anything but it will back fire

    My friend is republican on this issue he didn’t like his party because he don’t want to tell his son don’t watch president speech . he said when ever I say NO to his kids I give the reason why they shouldn’t do it
    On this issue he doesn’t have reason He doesn’t know what to say
    Republicans lost his vote

    September 7, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  805. Lorraine

    These parents say they are afraid the President will try to "brainwash" their children. I say, what kind of brainwashing are they getting from parents and teachers who choose to adhere to unfounded rumors and smears rather than seeking out the facts and then forming an opinion, whether it be pro or con.

    September 7, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  806. Chris

    Now is not the time to tune out or turn off this President. He's proven already that he's like a snake in the grass. He keeps quiet about his true intentions until now that he's in office. He's putting racial overtones to most of his appointments, he's putting racial overtones towards his plan for "free" healthcare as a retribution for slavery (an injustice that has made American citizens out of another country's citizens by use of force (which sound illegal and should never have happenned), and now he wants to start controlling the minds of our children. No, do not tune out, but yes to watch out for this man and his followers.

    September 7, 2009 at 7:05 pm |
  807. donna j. campbell, esquire

    At this point in my life, I am embarrassed to call myself an American.Why? We have an outstanding President who really cares about all Americans. But racism and nothing but racism is attempting to destroy a better life for all in this country. When I watch the news, I feel like I am back in the 60's with Bull Conner, Wallace and the gang.
    Without question, the ignorance displayed during the health care town meetings is nothing more than bigots who cannot stand the fact that an African-American is President. The news stations, including CNN ,pretend that it is just politics. However, never in the history of this country has a presidnt been scrutinized and held to a higher standard than Presidnt Obma. That in a nutshell is racism.

    September 7, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  808. Jani Lockwood

    President Obama's talk with school students should be heard...absolutely! President Bush Sr. said the exact thing and no one opposed. We may have had very strong opinions about past Presidents but never would we try to obstruct any talk...that would encourage people to get an education and to take responsibility for their future. This is a good thing. Anyone, and I repeat...anyone who objects is doing so out of ignorance, hatred, misinformed, racist, prejudice and just plain angry they did not win the election and will oppose anything and everything while Obamas is President. You can count on it. See it for what it is. The very kids that will not be permitted to listen are more than likely, the ones who will need it the most. Their parents are not thinking of them, just wanting to keep their kids just as ignorant, misinformed and prejudicial as they are. This thninking is not responsible for any parent. People should grow up...and move on. Life is too precious. They will only benefit. But, they know what impact Obama will have..as an educator and someone who inspires. That..is what they are afraid of. That is my opinion.
    If you will notice, the percentage 15 to 20% of people who oppose Obama talking to their children are the ones who are the birthers;deathers;Birchers, you name it, They are the same people, over and over again. It would be best to ignore them for they know exactly what they are doing and pay more attention to those who truly want change for all and want their kids to benefit from someone who is intelligent and caring. All the hoopla is about nothing and is nothing more than a vehicle to obstruct and confuse issues.
    Jani

    September 7, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  809. Stephen

    He was elected only by fraud and deceipt. Name one thing he hasnt lied about? Gun control and universal heath care has been the vehicle for more than one tyranical take over.

    ACORN is a fraudulent front for his political machine.

    Study history before you open your mouth about the future.

    Stephen

    September 7, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  810. Jeni Boulanger

    Ever since my district announced it's decision on Friday to cancel its scheduled airing of the president's address to students tomorrow, I've been angry & preoccupied with what I can do to get this teachable moment into my classroom. Today, hearing Jim Greer announce he will now send his own kids to school to hear the message, after he personally incited so much of the threats & hysteria that caused my own district to ban the speech, made me more mad since my own children & students won't have the same opportunity!

    After some blogging & thinking, it finally came to me that my children, and those thousands around our country like them who won't be allowed to view the speech at school, will be learning an entirely unintended lesson instead - not the uplifting "pep-talk" Mr. Obama will deliver, but the darker, more sinister realization of the irrational fear, hate & bigotry that still holds such power in our country. Yep, that's the lesson my 8 and 10-year-olds will learn tomorrow... then we'll catch the much lighter president's speech later on with Tivo.

    September 8, 2009 at 3:13 am |
  811. Justin Smith

    I am taking my child out of school so she can see the presidents speech, Lee county schools in Florida have decided not to shot the speech . Instead tape the speech then decide weather or not to air it based on if it is appropriate or not. So i have elected to take my child out let her view the speech then let her resume her classes for the rest of the day. They are excusing kids from watching the speech at schools that are showing it so AI believe it works both ways.

    September 8, 2009 at 7:43 am |
  812. Anthony

    For the life of me I don't understand what the problem is with letting President Obama's speech be shown. So he tells children that dropping out of school is bad, or in the part that was cut, asked them how they could help their country. I'm only 34 but I've heard President Kennedy ask in a recorded speech, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." I just wonder what the difference is.

    September 8, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  813. John

    Why is the media so afraid to call this and all the other pushback against President Obama what it is - white racist backlash? No former President has ever faced such opposition for making a speech to children about the importance of edcuation. And they have all been white men. All the nutjobs who are invoking everything from Hitler to communism, and using hate speech or borderline hate speech against our President all have one thing in common - they are all white people who are apparently appalled that this country actually elected a Black man as our President, and they are lashing out. The media coverage has only emboldened them. Where is the media coverage of the President's supporters, and all those millions of Americans who are embarassed and appalled by the level of racist rhetoric that is being spewed by the racists throughout our society? That includes the so-called 'Tea Party', the Palin-istas, and all the other white racist backlash groups that have sprung to life since the election of Barack Obama as President. Let's have some more balanced coverage, please. Let's hear from those of us who are not racists!!! Why not try to promote unity and racial harmony rather than giving the racists a national stage and platform?

    September 8, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  814. Nigel

    What an example we are setting for our kids and the world... Some of us parents are so one track, that we try to grow our kids the same way. Then we wonder why the rest of the world is flying passssss us in the US. Think parents think because your kids are looking at our every move... Set a better example for our future generation.

    September 8, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  815. Cornelius Mason

    Let's hear it for John, but it just might be a blessing in disguise. we in America have come to think that since we have an AA president, we have overcome. Well, not yet, so let the news media continue to expose rarceism because raceism and racists are alive and well. The news media is doing a good job exposeing it and them. Thanks news people keep up the good work.

    September 8, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  816. J. Dunnam

    All the controversial comments against Our President's address to school students is absolutely disgusting. There is no respect left in this country. It is a sad commentary to think about all the lies being spread and rumors that are totally untrue, and that our children are being exposed to these radical ideas. Fear is no way to lead a country.

    A concerned Grandmother!

    September 8, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  817. Bethany

    All this controversy about the President speaking to our children disgusts me. He is the most important person in our nation. Our children are US citizens...of course he should address them!! Nobody cares if someone like "Hannah Montana" or any celebrity gets on TV and encourages kids to do well in school. Why should it be any different for the President, look at all the morons that we have influencing our kids already, making them think its cool not to do well in school. The President is someone that can be respected and looked up to for success and achievement, not just because he's a teen movie star. He should be looked at as a positive role model for our children.

    September 8, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  818. Dot

    I think it is wonderful that our President has chosen to spend some of his valuable time to highlight the importance of an enducation to our children in school and to do it in an address to them.
    Our children will certainly resent the adults in charge if they are refused the privilege of hearing their president give a speech prepared just for them.
    I cannot understand Governor Pawlenty(R) of MN saying that he has "concerns" about what the President might say. Nothing like the leader of a state trying to promote distrust of the president in our schoolchildren.

    September 8, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  819. Mark

    This is ridiculous! These people accuse the president has a political agenda. I would like someone to point out this agenda against his speech because Ive read a few times over and cant see what this ruckus is about.... Some people have nothing better to complain about.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  820. Lisa

    President Obama speaking to the kids would be an encouragement for all kids of all races. It's awfully strange that this subject comes up 44 presidents late.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  821. Sally

    As a grandmother and great-grandmother, I wish someone would have given this speech when I was in school and certainly when my children were in school. I see nothing wrong with it, its too bad parents aren't teaching these suggestions instead of leaving it up to someone else to instill the importance of education into their children. Isn't that the parents job??? Thank you President Obama for doing the parents job.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  822. Chris

    The difference between democrats and republicans is that democrats are open to change, are open to improvements, are open investing in the future... and republicans... well, they only speak up when they think they have to pay a dime.... they want to turn their televisions off and quite frankly, thats ignorant.... your child is probably not stupid so why shelter them from formulating their own opinions?

    we live in a democracy. not a republicancy.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  823. LouieG

    Of the people who wont let their kids watch and learn what the President says, the kids will be ignorant and uninformed, thus appear stupid in convesations about the President, & they will be turn out to be losers by definitions. It's ok, good always wins over evil because one has to know which is which.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  824. Barbara

    what SHORT memories the media has....history does repeat itself when generations come along who are unaware & text books no longer reference it. American people do not trust Obama and his Czars. The first speech to be given to kids did not look like what it is today! You heard it. Quit invalidating Americans common sense. Obama is building another Germany by indoctrining our kids! He certainly sanitized the speech he is giving today. Get with it. You will complain when your rights are taken away and wonder, DUHHHH, what happened Doc?

    September 8, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  825. Lynn

    Is America going INSANE! Where are we going in this country where the President's speech on education is a sinister political plot. Words of encouragement, achievement, hope is needed for our future leaders. This is the President of the USA not a drug dealer. I wonder what other countries are saying about this issue – STUPID and Disrepectful Americans you need to wake up!

    September 8, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  826. Katherine

    Great speech. Too bad more presidents haven't cared enough to do something similar. All the fear mongers panicking about what he might say should have red faces at this point. Not to mention that the idea that someone can corrupt your kids with one speech shows a great disrespect for the intelligence of children. One thing that was especially nice about this speech is that the President didn't talk down to children. He addressed them as the intelligent people they are.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  827. Rozanna Patane

    I don't understand why the President's speech isn't a cause for celebration, a special assembly to inspire our young students. It's a terrible message that our school, right here in York, Maine, is sending to students: be afraid of bullies, don't stand up for what's right, and don't trust your president.

    I'm deeply disappointed in my community leaders, and I think Bob Herbert got it right in his New York Times editorial this morning: this country is having a mental breakdown and we need therapy. Or just courage. What's the saying...All it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to be silent.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  828. Chazmin D.

    i think the president is right because i am setting my goal to pass all my test an graduate from school.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  829. tony roma

    obama is trying to turn american school kids into little kim jung ils
    like the north korean leader. hes a socialist communist revolutionary trying to model our young people after his commi buddy chavez.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  830. Brian Rowser

    "I have been shocked lately to hear a number of friends and associates that are planning on pulling their kids from school to prevent them from hearing Obama’s speech. The country has become so divided over politics that I fear if we don’t start listening to one another we might as well split the union between the red states and the blue. I am by all definition staunchly conservative, but Obama is the duly elected Pres. of the country that I love. He was elected in a manner and process that I believe in, and our soldiers have died for. While I disagree with most of his policies, I respect his position and feel no reason to stymie his dialogue. I highly doubt that Obama’s speech to the children will be political, and am refreshed that he would take the time to speak to and hopefully inspire my children to value education. He is a truly talented and inspirational speaker. If the speech turns political, it will serve to encourage dialogue on many worthwhile subjects. While my first preference is for my children to be well thought out conservatives, I would prefer them to be well thought out liberals over “head in the sand” conservatives. Have conservatives really become so fearful of the liberal argument that we must shield our children from it? Would we prefer our kids to watch cartoons over CSPAN for fear they may hear a liberal at the lectern? When we cease to listen to one another the greatest experiment in self government will end, and at that point the liberals win by defacto. Some say that they don't want a liberal speaking to their child....have you seriously looked into the political leanings of all of your children's teachers? As a conservative, I take this moment to encourage others to allow the debate, there is no need to fear liberal rhetoric, it is generally hollow, emotionally based, and logically disproven. 🙂 (Just a small jab at my liberal friends!!) Speak on Pres. Obama, maybe you can keep my kids attention better than I." ~Brian Rowser

    September 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  831. Lela

    It is so sad that some people allow ignorance to get in the way of prosperity... What parent would not want to let their child hear positive words of encouragement? Great inspirational speech Obama! My kids will definitely be watching this today!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  832. Patricia Jeres

    Hey Tony,

    What a beautiful, even moving speech President Obama gave to our school children. My hope is that they are inspired by his words to excel, rather than by the unnecessary behavior of some of their elders.

    Patty
    Brooklyn, NY

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  833. McKenzie Anderson

    I just finished viewing the President's speech. Thank you for a severe waste of my time. All that hype for a whole lot of cliches, and not much else. I missed important class time to hear him ramble. How about we keep the speeches limited to a State of the Union or if we're in a state of emergency. If you're so concerned about my academic well-being, wait until after school for this crap.

    "What is the President inspiring you to do?"
    Vote against him in 2012. You can bet I'll be registered to vote on my 18th birthday.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  834. Candace Lindlaw

    The President's speech was challenging and inspirational. These are two qualities that brought many of us to select him as President. He is trying to pass on good advice to our children. His speech was not political... it was a personal pep talk to students at the start of a new year. Bravo, Mr. President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  835. Pat Baughn

    What an inspirational speech, and such an honor for Wakefield High.
    What rational thinking parent wouldn't want their child to hear it?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  836. Raji

    That was a very inspiring speech and the students in America definitely need more of this. Not sure why some parents are being fussy about their kids listening in.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  837. ekm1

    I think it was a nice talk he had with those kids. People need to do alot more chatttin with the kids instead of just putting them on some type of med. and telling them nothing.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  838. Felicia

    There is nothing wrong with exercising your right as a parent to filter what your child views at school. I chose to keep my child home and watched the speech myself. As a first grader my child would have not understood a word that Obama said in the first place! I believe the speech was a good concept for highschoolers, but I have a hard time understanding why elementary kids....

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  839. kwame legend

    Obama live long,children of America live long,America live long and shame on u opposition.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  840. Helen

    Hail To The Chief!

    Shame on those who would not allow their children to share in a nation of a new President that truly cares for all of us and.

    Are those so afraid that a Black Man would help to encourage our children to forge on through all roadblocks.

    Maybe this is really a race issue, not the message.
    Horray for the President

    September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  841. margaret

    This country will never evolve into the nation that it claims to be unless we elimante the hatred, bigotry, and partisan ways. The president has just presented to the children a message they should be hearing at home. Shame on all of those who refused to show his speach or allow their children to hear it. Our children have listened to many presidents, why why should this one be scrutinized??? Hatred, Bigotry, and Ignorance will never die,,,,,,,,

    September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  842. Ed O'Brien

    I, a 68 year old man, feel we are very fortunate to have Barrack Obama as our leader and I am very proud and honored to have him as our President. What he just said to our children, and us, is something that every parent should be saying to their children. Thank you Mr. President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  843. Robin E. Brooks

    President Obama gave a wonderful speech. Why any citizen would object to our president's speech is beyond my comprehension? What has happened to civility in our society? If adults do not model respect for those in elected office, how can we have a civil society?

    It is time for the media (that's you CNN!) to stop pandering to the most base elements of our society. Raise the level of discourse and you will see the ranks of the haters decrease. They will keep on shouting as long as they have your ear.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  844. Patricia Kay Hernandez

    I just listened to the President deliver his speech to the students in Arlington, Virginia. I found nothing offensive or political in his words. Only a republican could be stupid enough and narrow minded enough to deprive his/her child of the privilege of listening to this very motivating speech.
    Sincerely,
    Patricia Hernandez
    Kerman, California

    September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  845. Jean Burns

    That was a GREAT SPEECH.
    Those who insisted they would NOT listen or allow their children to watch because they did not know what he was going to say, probably don;t watch the News, OR go to church, or listen to others because they do not know what THEY are going to say. AND their children probably don't listen to them for the same reason. SAD.
    And they probably carry guns.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  846. Noel From Toronto, Canada

    What is wrong with you americans...seriously. Here in Canada, we let our Prime Minister speak to our children in school, even if some of us dont agree with the Prime Minister. We think it is important to have our leaders speak to our children to encourage them to be the best they can...not just for themselves, but also our country.

    Long Live Sacred Canada

    September 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  847. DeanRoth

    Pretty scary speech by our President. The nerve of Obama asking our children to be responsible for themselves and to care obout school work, even when their lives might not be going well at home or that they are under pressure from their peer groups to act out. The real scary part of is the grown ups that showed such desrespect for our President over these last few days. These are people that have not taken the time to do their own research about who this man is or what he is about. Hopefully they will take their ignorant minds and read his books that he has written and been written about him, to really find out who Obama is before coming out and condeming him. These are the scary people in our country that still teach hatrid and bigitry in our country. They hide behind God and Christian values, rather than practice them.
    Thank you President Obama for your wonderful, thoughtful and inspiring speech to our children in our country.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  848. Susie Martin

    I listen to President Obama speech, it was a great speech. I cannot understand why any parent would not want their children to listen to the president of the United States. He was talking to children giving good advise, He was talking from his own experience, he knowns what it take to suceed.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  849. Carl

    Our President is one who has
    -come from a challenged situation growing up.
    -a single parent household.
    -a biracial family with true, deep connections to both sides.
    -proved the American Dream.
    -been a responsible, loving husband and father.
    -become the President of the United States by a free nation's vote.

    What else is he going to say to the children of America
    but try hard, don't be discouraged, each youth has a special gift, irreplaceable gift, etc.

    If you're afraid of your President giving a back-to-school motivation speech, as did Presidents Reagan, Bush Sr. and Jr.,
    you are part of the poison still infesting this country.

    Did anyone even think of keeping their children home from school when previous Presidents spoke to America's youth on their role in academic achievement?

    One of Clint Eastwood's western characters said
    "it's only what men (and women) know about themselves
    that makes them afraid"
    Carl, NYC

    September 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  850. Sharon Carroll

    Why is it that a certain segment of America can sit around COMPLAINING and blaming young black teens, especially our young men and wanna be Rappers for all the crime, drugs, fights and everything wrong in our society, YET when someone of color is strong, confident, accomplished and speaks the truth steps up to the plate to reach out to our youth, these same segement of people come out to complain about that. They complain that their pants hang to low, but when someone black tells them to pull them up, they complain or spin that.

    Why do we or should we care about what these people think! We know what they think about our kids and our President and that should be enough to tell us all to IGNORE THESE PEOPLE! Keep your child home if that's what you choose, but realize that you are only crippling your child from having the knowledge of reality and what is happening right in front of them. Keep them separate from that and you are raising a child who will not be able to cope. And that's too bad because we are headed for a Better America and one would think you would want your child to be a part of that.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  851. Tracey

    I was very impressed by the President's speech of personal responsibility. I have spoke some these same words to my own two children, hoping that they will understand the choice to succeed belongs to them. It's an honor to have our President reinforce the same principle. With the negative exposure that is provided to children on a daily basis, why would any one to block this uplifting message? Thanks Mr President.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  852. Virginia Burcher

    I am a retired NYC elementary school teacher. President Obama's
    speech to the young people of America was great. It said it like it is.
    Not everyone has a role model to follow and what could be greater than the President of the U.S. encouraging students to take responsibility for their education. He sets an example of his personal
    life as an example saying that mistakes are necessary in order to learn. Great speech President Obama. I applaud you!!!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  853. Mary

    It is complete ignorance not to allow our kids to listen to a speech from our President. He was elected by the people, and no matter what your beliefs, he is our Commander-in-Chief. He directed a wonderful message to the youth of this nation. I hope he was able to inspire and motivate these kids. There are worse things on TV that these kids are watching!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  854. MARCUS MCNABB

    IT WAS A 15 MN SPEECH OF UPLIFTING SUPPORT FROM ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL FIGURES IN THE WORLD DIRECTED AT CHILDREN TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO BELEEVE IN THEMSELVES WITH NO POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS VIEWS, SOMETHING SOME MIGHT REMEMBER FOREVER. IT IS VERY UPSETTING TO KNOW THAT PEOPLE AFTER HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ THE TEXT DENIED THERE CHILDREN AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TELL THEM HE BELEIVES IN THEM AND THAT THEY MATTER AS INDIVIDUALS IS SAD. I HOPE THAT THE MESSAGE IS GIVEN AGAIN AND IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO AND THAT EVERY CHILD BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INSPIRED BY SOME BUT IT WOULD HAVE GREAT FOR IT TO BE THIS PRESIDENT THIS DAY.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  855. Lisa

    The adults should learn the biggest lesson from all of this and that is to not take anything said by a politician at face value. We should use our minds to investigate and make our own decisions. We as humans are blessed with minds of reason, supposedly. Don't drink the KoolAid offered to you unless you know what it's made out of.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  856. barbara magro

    What a great speech. i am ashamed of my home state of conn. and my current state of nc. for not letting their students see or hear our President's speech. How sad that they will not allow their students to think and choose for themselves. The speech was exactly what the young people need today, encouragement and a "Yes I Can" attitude. It is a shame that the oposition feels threatened by the President.
    Thank you President Obama for caring about our young people. You are one of a kind.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  857. Hazel M. Watson

    What a shame the children will be unable to share in history...Hazel Watson

    September 8, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  858. Vicki Butler

    I think it is a shame that we showed no respect to the President of the United States Of America. America what the real reason that you didn't want your children to hear? Our children have shown us that they look not at the color of a man but they are listening to what is been said at home and they see the hypocrite that they live with. When we stop looking at color and see the person. Do i believe that the President is saying and doing every rigth NO I don't but he's the KING that is in charge and JESUS CHRIST told me to pray for those who are in charge. So AMERICA tell the TRUTH you are mad because you have a BLACK MAN who is in charge.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  859. Glad D

    Anytime the President of the United States or the first lady is speaking to American children about education, it is imperative that we listen. The same way we did when the first lady went to schools all over america (Nancy Reagan) and told us to "Just Say No" or when Laura Bush encourages us all children to read. This is the actual president!! He delivered such an encouraging message and it was protested. That is insane! Why don't parents want their kids to be encouraged by the President of the United States? Hmmmm....

    September 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  860. Mahlet Alemayehu

    I heard the President’s speech a few minuets ago in witfeild high school in Virginia and I don't find it any different from what parents or teachers or any responsible adult would tell their kids. Former presidents including George Bush made a speech in different schools and how come they were never questioned? How come it is a right thing to do for them and not for president Obama? I would be happy if my kids hear directly from the president that they have to be responsible and stay in school to better themselves and make their country proud. Who ever disagree with the president giving speech in schools, should question the deeper reason why they do saw. As far as I am concerned whether you vote for president Obama or not, once he is the president he should be granted the trust of the American people.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  861. donna

    i think that all those parents who were against president obama's speech are a bunch of hypocrits. I watch the presidents speech live and i am glad my kids saw this speech because kids in todays society don't listen to teachersr , parents, and they don't care about their education. Everything the president said is true and maybe the kids will think more about their education and their future if they hear it from the president. The teachers should be more like the President.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  862. Mahlet Alemayehu

    I heard the President’s speech a few minuets ago in witfeild high school in Virginia and I don’t find it any different from what parents or teachers or any responsible adult would tell their kids. Former presidents including George Bush made a speech in different schools and how come they were never questioned? How come it is a right thing to do for them and not for president Obama? I would be happy if my kids hear directly from the president that they have to be responsible and stay in school to better themselves and make their country proud. Who ever disagree with the president giving speech in schools, should question the deeper reason why they do so. As far as I am concerned whether you vote for president Obama or not, once he is the president he should be granted the trust of the American people.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  863. Charlene

    That's called sarcasm

    September 8, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  864. Duke Loring

    Some of the reactions to the proposed speech were over the top to be sure, but in typical liberal fashion if you disagree with ANYTHING this President says or does you MUST be a racist. President Obama claimed he would have transperency, an end of lobbyist, a new beginning, and out with the old and in with the new. What has he delivered? He and the liberal wing of the Democratic party take every opportunity to pit the old against the young, the poor should hate the wealthy, the blacks and latino's against the whites, and if your not down with any of that you MUST be a racist. We have high ranking members of his cabinet that do not bother to pay their taxes while VP Biden says it is un-patriotic to not want to pay more taxes. We get numerous former lobbyists in his administration and 1,000+ page bills with over 900 earmarks for things like ACORN, drilling for oil in Brazil, and lets not forget the mouse in Nancy Pelosi's district that received money. It sounds like the "do as I say, not as I do administration" is running at full speed. That is what people get upset about, I could care less if he were purple.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  865. Lynda J

    Kyra: Everything your guest, Ms. Allen,said is true, however, the President was speaking to the children today and it would have been inappropriate for him to speak to the disparages of the teachers, principals, superintendents and the educators during this speech! He has talked about these things so much during his campaign and since he has been in the White House. The President has a lot of issues on his plate and more support should be shown by Americans.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  866. Sandra

    I think the president's message was very positive because many of our children are missing the boat. Those people who opposed the speech were the ones playing politics! Incidently, was anyone in opposition when presidents' Reagan and Bush addressed the students with similar messages? I think not!

    September 8, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  867. Earnestine Parker

    PEOPLE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. THE PRESIDENT SAID NOTHING THAT KIDS SHOULDN'T HEAR BUT EVERYTHING THAT THE PARENTS SHOULD BE SAYING. GOD HELP US ALL TO TEACH THE CHILDREN THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG. THE PEOPLE PUT PRESIDENT BARRACK OBAMA IN OFFICE AND ARE AFRAID TO LET HIM SPEAK TO THEIR CHILDREN. THIS MAN IS NOT ONLY THE PRESIDENT BUT ALSO A HUSBAND AND FATHER. I AM SURE HE WOULD NOT INTENTIONALLY SAY SOMETHING THAT HE WOULD NOT LET HIS OWN DAUGHTERS HEAR.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  868. Judi Arnold

    Robbed! Students denied of the chance to listen to their president speak directly to them today have been robbed! What parent or school district has the right to rob innocent young American children of the gift of their president's time and attention? What a crime!

    September 8, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  869. Michele Breen

    The democrats did not protest when Pres. HW Bush or when Pres Reagan spoke to school children. This trumped-up protest is based in BIGOTRY ! Certainly not in common sense. The Special Interest (Republicans) are playing to the bigots and small minded who are most likely to jump to the most extreme, and ridiculous. They are so suspicious because they themselves are capable of nefarious acts – they assume the rest of us will stoop as low as they will. WRONG !
    It is a smoke screen to rile the people and cause doubt. They care nothing about America – only what they can get out of it. Shame on them.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  870. Brittani Brown

    Hi i'm Brittani brown and i'm 16 years of age.....
    My thoughts on this situtation is that its the school's job to do whats best for the childern and their priority's by them not letting the childern have a choose to listen to the speech, they stop the childern from hearing and listen to an higher powers out look on life and education.
    President Obama is a role model to the childern that have it hard at home or in there life and have lost all hope for themselves. By you with holding his experience's and the challenges he has faced and still face's in hope of give we the childern the hope and security that we can have a good education and a chance to be what ever it might be with hard work and deaction.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  871. Dale D.

    Was this just a prelude to the cuts that will need to be made to schools and lay-offs of teachers? I don't believe teachers in California will work for I.O.U.'s. The office of POTUS should never have kept it a secret, nor had D.O.E. created a lesson plan to follow.
    My first grader and I watched the speach together. What we feel is private, that's my job, not the schools or the Administrations.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  872. Delisa H.

    Shame, shame, shame on those who denied children the opportunity to be encouraged by their President. The speech President Obama delivered to students was OUTSTANDING! He said to our children what any caring parent would and should. My God, who can dislike a man that reminds kids to wash their hands?

    September 8, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  873. Jonnye Stewart

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but every child should not be subjected to everyones opinion. It is more damaging to a child for ignorance to be spreaded around such as keeping them out school for seven or more hours for a ten minute presidential speech.
    A speech that could do more good than harm. A speech that holding each child accountable for their furture. A speech that reaches into the mind of children to dream and perservere. Racism and ignorance can do more harm to a child than a 10 minute speech that could have been read before sending thier children to school. I will never understand the selected freedom of ignorance.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  874. Michael Sanford

    All of the uproar over the President's upcoming speech clearly demonstrated that much of this country is living in the past. They are clearly afraid of an educated intelligent black person. I am tired of the Republican efforts to derail a person who is try to accomplish so much in very difficult times. If you were a new CEO of a major corporation that was in trouble, you would be given the leeway to turn the company around. Our President is in charge of the largest corporation I can think of and he has only been at the helm for 8 months. I wish CNN would report more on the facts instead of fueling the fire by asking what we think about whatever! I haven't seen a detailed plan submitted by the Republican's for health care reform. Why are you not pushing for that?

    I listened to the Presidents speech and it was very much about the importance of education. Are the Republicans afraid that educated people will understand issues and make informed decisions?

    September 8, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  875. Jolinda

    It's about time someone in Washington address the realities of life so many of our children face daily. Who better to relate to them than our president; someone who grew up in the reality of less than ideal circumstances? The road to a promising future is found through education, and how encouraging for parents and educators to have the support of our president. It takes MORE than a village to make a difference in the life of our children; the future of our global community.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  876. Marjorie Dixon

    Often values are caught not taught! If parents disrespect the president aren't they showing their children it is alright to disrespect your elders and maybe even your country. What a sad lesson for their children!

    September 8, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  877. Keith A. Toney

    The President of The United States actually encouraged school children to achieve their goals. Wow, and without so much as one subversive utterance. I wonder what the criticism will be now?

    September 8, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  878. Tonya M. Davis; Oakland, CA

    I watched the CNN pre-coverage of the President's speech to the school children of America, and I almost fell over when one interviewee remarked that the upcoming speech was just like communism. Really? I wish I could as this man if he's ever lived in or been to a true communist country. I'm confident that he's never been in such a place.

    The blatant ignorance of some people continues to amaze me! (even though I should be used to it by now)

    As many others have said in posts earlier, this entire uproar is beyond ridiculous and is clearly the result of angry, racist people who are still angry that a black man is the president of these 'United' States.

    It is truly a shameful day and a shame on those Americans who continue to believe the hateful messages circulating about our President. The whole notion that President Obama is trying to 'indoctrinate' the children is the craziest thing I've heard yet. If your boss came to you and said, 'I'm trying to improve our company and I want everyone from CEO to janitor to write me an essay about how we can improve things.'; would you call him/her a communist and accuse him/her of trying to 'indoctrinate' you with their beliefs? And how could the schoolkids have been 'indoctrinated' with anything when the proposed lesson plan asked them to write their thoughts? So are the critics of the lesson plan saying the schoolkids would have been 'indoctrinated' with their own thoughts?

    Again this whole thing was blown waaaaay out of proportion and is yet another tactic to whip up support for the losing Republicans. There are folks who just can't stand the fact that a black man is running the country and will do anything to undermine him.

    I really hate the fact that the rest of the world is looking at us and laughing at our stupidity. It's no wonder we are rapidly slipping from world leader to world joke.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  879. patricia spost

    I think that President Obama's speech was excellent shouldn't the president be allowed to encourage every child to expect and receive the best education possible for him or her. Also, noting that the children have to be responsible for THEIR OWN ACTIONS. I loved the part where he said the parents are responsible too. I have raised my two sons and have been blessed with four grandchildren I did not hear anything in the president's speech that was offensive.

    September 8, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  880. jeleel

    I listened to the president's "speech" trying to find anything in there that could be rated "PG".

    But alas! what do i get; a PRESIDENT trying to build and instill confidence in the youthsof today...To be more upright citizens and to aim for the sky. That they can achieve anything they set there minds on.

    Hmmm!!!

    Is this what some parents kept there children away from school for?

    I have just this to say:....."ITS YOUR LOSS"

    September 8, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  881. Terri

    Very good Speech. I did not see anything negative, whats so ever. I do not understand what the big problem was, for parents not wanting their children not to see or listen to the President. I am a Republican. I repect the fact that he was voted in as President. So come on guys lets become a United Nation together. What is so wrong about him talking about education, isn't that what we all want for our children.

    September 8, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  882. MARCUS MCNABB

    IT WAS A 15 MN SPEECH OF UPLIFTING SUPPORT FROM ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL FIGURES IN THE WORLD DIRECTED AT CHILDREN TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO BELEEVE IN THEMSELVES WITH NO POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS VIEWS, SOMETHING SOME MIGHT REMEMBER FOREVER. IT IS VERY UPSETTING TO KNOW THAT PEOPLE AFTER HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ THE TEXT DENIED THEIR CHILDREN AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TELL THEM HE BELEIVES IN THEM AND THAT THEY MATTER AS INDIVIDUALS . I HOPE THAT THE MESSAGE IS GIVEN AGAIN AND IT DOESN'T MATTER BY WHO AND THAT EVERY CHILD BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INSPIRED BY SOMEONE, BUT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT FOR IT TO BE THIS PRESIDENT THIS DAY.

    September 8, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  883. cathy

    I a citizen of the united states am apauled at what americans are putting up with . The new president needs to listen to the people .Our health need a change. When he and his family uses it then it will be good enough for us.and all the senators that is over 50 they wont worry because they can go to the Dr of their choice and if they need a hip replacement will they have to wait because they are old and not important so just kill um off because they are not productive .and the social securety wont be needed .but after the old ones are gone who will undo the mess our goverment is in .

    September 8, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  884. Ken Moses

    Hy Kyra, ever wonder how many stupid people are in the good ole USA ? All you have to do is look at those individuals and schools that would not let children watch and listen to the President. You heard them say he is trying to brain wash our kids. Well I guess I telling our kids to stay in school, try harder, don't quit, then perhaps the parents should be brain washed.
    Thanks, Ken

    September 8, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  885. Justin Smith

    I believe the schools that censored the President should have some government (state and federal) funding taking away from school board members, have them foot their own bills. I provided a link to our local school board member spending let them pay it.
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    September 9, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  886. Thomasine

    Mr. John Downing I think you as well as others have lost touch with reality. It is a sad day when encouraging our youth is propaganda. I find it amazing that it was not a problem when past presidents talked to our youth but since we have an african american president now it is a problem. I find this as a new low for RACISM against a president. What is this world coming to when we continue to live in the past rather than move forward. Living in the past will never get you anywhere. WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE THIS IS A NEW DAY. GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  887. vivian

    Mitch Dworkin, You listen tp Rush too much. He had NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!to do with Arlen Specter leaving the republican party. He just got sick of the demented workings of the republican party. Dork Vivian

    September 10, 2009 at 7:41 pm |
  888. vivian

    Everybody, Who do think was responsible for the schools and the parents not to let the children listen to the President? The same group that delights in deception and setup town hall meetings with GOONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and AIRHEADS. Yours,TRULY Vivian

    September 10, 2009 at 7:59 pm |
  889. Tonya

    This country should be ashamed of itself! Public healthcare is not an option, its a moral obligation. If smaller "developing" countries, like Barbados, can manage to have a government-sponsored public healthcare system, there should be no reason that cannot happen here. Stop pouring money into foreign wars and pour it into fighting for improving the health of Americans.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  890. Angie Nichols

    Tony,

    President Carter has the courage to express the ill of racism that is the basic foundation behind the verbal attacks against our President. His critics including Ed Rowlins and James Carville are white men that choose to find excuses to deny the truth. Michael Steele is so in denial of who he is. He is being used and is in denial about who he is. He thinks he's free, he thinks he white and that is very sad. White men don't want a black man to be in charge. They don't want health reform to occur on Obama's watch. They don't want a black man to receive historical credit for positive change. In fact, they would rather see the country suffer than allow a black man to receive credit for moving positive change forward.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm |