President Obama is planning to address the nation’s school children next week.  Of course, Republicans are having a hissy fit and throwing out all kinds of statements accusing Obama of potential indoctrination of the millions who may be allowed to listen to his remarks.   Heaven forbid, our children may just be inspired to continue with their education and realize how important graduation can be.

How quickly the Repubs forget – or simply ignore the fact that Bush 41 (Daddy Bush) did the very same thing in 1991 during his presidency.  The full text of his speech can be found preserved in the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library for posterity – or should I say for embarrassment of the now-whining and crying Republicans.

The fact is that there is a hatred in this country for President Obama, and the right-wing nuts are fanning the flames of that hatred by screaming at everything the president does or doesn’t do.  Blogsters like Michelle Malkin post misleading articles and her duped readers spit out their hate-filled comments without even bothering to check out that this isn’t the first time in history a president has addressed the school children of this country with a message of the importance of education.

Let’s face it – the Repubs look like twits since one of their very own took to the airwaves to deliver a speech about the importance of education to millions of school children – wow what an awful thing to do!  Sure, the Democrats criticized Bush 41 for what they believed was a political ploy and a poor use of eduction money.  But their criticism in no way comes near the level of the plain downright hate-filled rhetoric being spewed by today’s clutch of whiners – likening Obama’s purpose to Nazi tactics and the implanting of a socialistic agenda in the minds of all the school children who will listen to the speech.

Let’s hope that the hundreds of school systems around this country don’t cave to the fear-mongering and name-calling that have become such intrinsic characteristics of  the Republicans.

President Obama will address the nations school children on September 9th

President Obama will address the nation's school children on Tuesday, September 8th


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. timraiders says:

    Who cares, let him speak to whomever. Nothing wrong with that at all. It’s nice when a president does that. Shows he cares. It’s all about feel good politics. Yes that goes for republicans too.

  2. Timraiders:

    Theoretically, you are right – who cares or should care? But since the right-wing has decided to once again throw out their hate-filled rhetoric, I thought I would call attention to their hypocrisy.

  3. mark says:

    “…their hate-filled rhetoric…”? Did you read what you wrote? Pot, meet kettle.

  4. Dave MacDonald says:

    Republicans are troubled by President Obama’s “potential indoctrination of the millions who may be allowed to listen to his remarks”? Probably has something to do with this:

    or this:

  5. David:

    I am surprised that you would see kids singing in a non-school environment equal to those in Germany where the philosophy was kill, kill, kill. You are an intelligent person, so I would hope that perhaps you are just providing this for informational purposes and that you actually don’t believe that Obama will indoctrinate in his upcoming speech.

    Does this mean that anywhere in any country where children get together to organize for a candidate that they are now considered Hitlerized youth?

    As to the one where the boys march in, it looks to me like they are talking about achieving personal goals such as “I will be the next lawyer”, “I will be the next chef” – not planning to take over the world or kill millions of Jews, gypsies, and handicapped citizens. Do you have something against inspiring and instilling kids to succeed? Indiana’s graduation rate is 75% – miserable.

    Your response – if you truly believe it – is exactly what I am talking about, people will do anything to demonize Obama and liken him to those who committed atrocities and destruction beyond compare. How sad.

  6. Mark:

    Excuse me, but I did not show up at McCain/Palin rallies shouting “terrorist” or “kill him.” I do not show up at health care rallies sporting weapons strapped to my belt like some macho “Rambo.”

    Please point out for me in my post where I likened Daddy Bush to a dictator who committed genocide – something that the Republicans continue to do in reference to Obama. Show me where I likened the rantings of the conservative right to Hitler’s philosophy.

    I stated the truth – which apparently you find too difficult to accept. Here are some of the statements from supporters of McCain/Palin in last year’s election:

    1 -“I’m afraid if he wins, the blacks will take over. He’s not a Christian! This is a Christian nation! What is our country gonna end up like?”

    2 – “When you got a Negra running for president, you need a first stringer. He’s definitely a second stringer.”

    3 – “He seems like a sheep – or a wolf in sheep’s clothing to be honest with you. And I believe Palin – she’s filled with the Holy Spirit, and I believe she’s gonna bring honesty and integrity to the White House.”

    4 – “He’s related to a known terrorist, for one.”

    5 – “He is friends with a terrorist of this country!”

    6 – “He must support terrorists! You know, uh, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. And that to me is Obama.”

    7 – “Just the whole, Muslim thing, and everything, and everybody’s still kinda – a lot of people have forgotten about 9/11, but… I dunno, it’s just kinda… a little unnerving.”

    8 – “Obama and his wife, I’m concerned that they could be anti-white. That he might hide that.”

    9 – “I don’t like the fact that he thinks us white people are trash… because we’re not!”

    And, if you think these people still aren’t out there spreading these hate-filled misconceptions – then I have the proverbial land to sell you. Honestly, someone still using the word “negra?”

  7. Dave:

    Just a follow-up on the “indoctrination” issue. What about the days when public schools taught religion, started the day with a prayer, said the Pledge of Allegiance, and forced us to take a Bible study class? I didn’t have a choice because I grew up in those days. Isn’t that indoctrination? Or is that acceptable because it involves religion?

    Even today, some schools thumb their noses at these prohibitions and still do these things. If you protest as did the mother in Huntington (trailers for religious classes on school property), you are labeled with all kinds of vicious tags. She even received death threats.

    Where do you draw the line on what you consider indoctrination? Did you know that our school children used to use the raised hand salute a la Hitler to salute the flag when they said the Pledge of Allegiance? Guess why we place our hand over our heart now and don’t use the raised Hitler-style gesture? Could it be that we didn’t want those who saluted to look like Hitler?


    I would argue that the indoctrination that occurred and still occurs in our public schools on a daily basis is much more egregious than a short speech by President Obama extolling the virtues of education and graduation.

  8. Iceironman says:

    It gets old being called a hate monger. And your memory is selective. You picked some quotes from righties, and you know for every fringe quote you provide, I can provide twice as many to make dems look bad. Look at Cameron Diaz on OPHRA, one of the highest rated daytime shows with millions of viewers. She said to the O “’If Bush gets elected, rape will become legal.” No crazies on the left, with millions of viewers tuned in.

    From Newsbusters.
    As Barack Obama prepares a nationwide broadcast to America’s students next Tuesday, it has been revealed that Democrats complained in 1991 when then President George H. W. Bush broadcast a speech from a Northwest Washington junior high school.

    In fact, the House Majority leader at the time, Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.), said “The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students.”

    Such was reported by the Washington Post on October 3, 1991 (h/t KY3 Political Notebook via Chuck Todd):

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    House Democrats criticized President Bush yesterday for using Education Department funds to produce and broadcast a speech that he made Tuesday at a Northwest Washington junior high school.

    The Democratic critics accused Bush of turning government money for education to his own political use, namely, an ongoing effort to inoculate himself against their charges of inattention to domestic issues. The speech at Alice Deal Junior High School, broadcast live on radio and television, urged students to study hard, avoid drugs and turn in troublemakers.

    “The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students,” House Majority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) said. “And the president should be doing more about education than saying, ‘Lights, camera, action.’ ”

    Two House committees demanded that the department explain the use of its funds for the speech, an explanation that Deputy Secretary David T. Kearns provided late in the day in a letter to Rep. William D. Ford (D-Mich.), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee. Education Secretary Lamar Alexander was out of town. […]

    Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-Colo.), chairwoman of the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families, said it was outrageous for the White House to “start using precious dollars for campaigns” when “we are struggling for every silly dime we can get” for education programs.

    Rep. Martin Frost (D-Tex.) said that if Bush feels obliged to use government funds to hire outside consultants “to make him look good,” then he should fire some of the public relations experts on the White House payroll. “Then the president might be more sympathetic to unemployment benefits,” Frost said, referring to Bush’s threat to veto legislation to extend benefits.

    Makes one wonder if today’s media, with the economy in what they’ve repeatedly called the worst recession since the Great Depression, will question Obama’s use of education funds for his upcoming speech.

    After all, when you look at Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s letter concerning this event, one has to assume it’s costing the Department a great deal of money.

    So there it is. I will be reading the script of Obamas speech to see if there is anything wrong. I am tired of telling my kids they cant do a report on man made global warming. If there is any mention of climate change and how they can help, no go. That is an agenda that wont be pushed on my children.

  9. Iceironman says:

    Van Jones is gone?? And he was such a nice communist that signed the 911 inside job papers. And I loved his talks on how whites where killin the blacks with their pollution. Im going to miss that radicle.

  10. Ice:

    I believe I noted in my post that Democrats criticized Daddy Bush – since I wanted to be “fair and balanced.” But the criticism that is coming from the right-wing is simply ludicrous – throwing out statements that liken Obama to Hitler and dictators. I don’t recall those terms being used when the Dems criticized Daddy Bush.

  11. Ice:

    By the way – I don’t have a problem with the Republicans criticizing whether or not it is a wise use of education funds – given the state of this economy. But that isn’t what they are doing – again, they are likening Obama to Hitler and dictators – a far cry from legitimate criticism.

  12. Iceironman says:

    I think that one difference between bush and obamas addressing the kids is that obama has set an agenda for the kids to, well read below

    From fox news
    But in advance of the address, the Department of Education has offered educators “classroom activities” to coincide with Obama’s message.

    Students in grades pre-K-6, for example, are encouraged to “write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.”

    Teachers are also given guidance to tell students to “build background knowledge about the president of the United States by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama.”

    During the speech, “teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful.”

    For grades 7-12, the Department of Education suggests teachers prepare by excerpting quotes from Obama’s speeches on education for their students to contemplate — and ask as questions such as “Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us?”

    Activities suggested for after the speech include asking students “what resonated with you from President Obama’s speech? What lines/phrase do you remember?”

    I know Bill Ayers’ main focus on “change” is through indoctrination of school children. I guess I look at the big picture, and I know who obamas friends are and what shapes him. You dont run around with terroists and marxists and not have them sink in a little or a lot. Im sure Chavez also has children in schools sit down and ponder how they can help him. Comparing Chavez to Obama?? Oh thats right Obamas FCC divesity chairman Lloyd raved about Chavez'”democratic” revolution, all through the media forum. Big picture.

  13. Bob says:

    These are methods that teachers use all the time in the education of students. Over my 31 yrs of teaching experience, it became more and more common for even the book companies to prepare the same sort of activities for students as an aid to teachers. Children learn in many different ways and the presentation of different activities is one way to accomplish the goals of all education.
    Teachers are given more and more responsibilities than ever before and can use all the help they can get.

    Hats off to the teachers of our children.

  14. mark says:

    Well, Charlotte, I didn’t do or say those things either. The difference is that you are willing to attribute those comments and actions to tens of millions of people who might think of themselves as conservatives or, gasp, republicans, and to demean all of them in the nastiest terms you can muster. I’m not.

    Obama’s agenda is being rejected. The economy and the absolute failure to explain the proposals are no doubt adding to the doubts that would otherwise exist. But meeting every criticism with a shout of “racist” or “fear-mongerer” is driving people further away. You don’t have to be a racist to question global warming and wonder whether cap and trade will do anything other than hurt the US economy. You don’t have to be a “birther” to be a little creeped out by the WH suggesting school children write essays on “how they will help the president.”

    But rather than debate the issues, you keep looking for the craziest behavior and use it to label all those who dare to disagree. That approach is working real well for you.

    Honestly, read your own post and tell me how you can criticize anyone for “name-calling”?

  15. Mark:

    You sre grasping at this point, and you are throwing in red herrings.

    Your statement:

    1. “But meeting every criticism with a shout of “racist” or “fear-mongerer” is driving people further away.”

    Every criticism? Come on, didn’t you some time ago jump all over my case for making a blanket statement in reference to unions? I don’t believe I have met every criticism with a shout of “racist” or “fearmonger.” In fact, if you follow my posts, I do not write about Obama very often, so you are simply throwing in a generalization which is false.

    So, perhaps you weren’t referring to me? Or, if you did, then you aren’t paying attention to my posts.

    Your statement:

    2. “You don’t have to be a racist to question global warming and wonder whether cap and trade will do anything other than hurt the US economy.”

    Please tell me where I labeled someone racist because he or she was questioning global warming or cap and trade. In fact, I haven’t written one word about cap and trade, and I have only written about global warming in a general sense of explaining what it is. And even that was sometime ago.

    Your statement:

    “You don’t have to be a “birther” to be a little creeped out by the WH suggesting school children write essays on “how they will help the president.”

    3. Yes, I have written about the “birthers” and their continued conspiracy theory that Obama wasn’t born here. What is so “creepy” about giving school children an assignment to write how they will help the president? What is unacceptable about asking students to write down goals and discuss why education is important?

    The only reason it is now “creepy” and seen as the act of a dictator – by many who are opposed to his speech – is that the request is coming from Obama.

    By the way, did you look at he YouTube clip? Do you think these people are a small minority? If you do, you are burying your head in the sand.

    Your statement:

    “to demean all of them in the nastiest terms you can muster.” Not sure where you get the “nastiest terms you can muster” since I didn’t call them Nazis or dictators – as has been done to Obama.

    Here is a definition of fear-mongering:

    “Fear mongering (or scaremongering) is the use of fear to influence the opinions and actions of others towards some specific end. The feared object or subject is sometimes exaggerated, and the pattern of fear mongering is usually one of repetition, in order to continuously reinforce the intended effects of this tactic, sometimes in the form of a vicious circle.”

    And you think this isn’t going on in spades by the Republicans, in general, and the right-wing, specifically?

    If you don’t see this in what is happening, then you are being less than honest with yourself.

  16. Iceironman says:

    The people in your al jezeera video are the minority, just like van jones is in the minority on thinking 911 was an inside job. The difference is that we dont elect people who put the fringe in powerful positions.

    You perpetuate the conservatives as fear mongers, hate filled, racists. I thought is was patriotic to question govt. I guess not, it makes you a racist now.

    Is it crazy to question where the govt is going when they own GM and want to own healtcare? Is it rational to say we are moving toward socialism. Is it rational to say we are moving toward socialism when Dem senators say they want to “nationalize the oil industry”. Is is ok to question why obama wants a standing civilian force as well funded and armed as our military? Is it ok to question where he wanted to know what rumors where just below the surface? Is it ok to question freedom when his diversity czar at the fcc wants to tax talk radio at a rate of 100% and the funds go to govt controlled NPR, and Lloyd loves Chavez. Is it ok to question why a self proclaimed communist was in the whitehouse, unvetted. Is it ok to question a healthcare bill the president doesnt understand.

  17. gopmom says:

    Hmmm, lets see. The most polarizing partisan President ever has his Secretary of Education send a letter to school principals across the nation telling them POTUS will address the nation’s “schoochildren” and they should refer to the accompanying lesson plans whilst participating in this unprecedented event. And you have no issue with that because you just love the guy. Fine. That is your prerogative, just as it is mine to protest the participation of my child/my private parochial school. (My school is not participating by the way. Responsible parents FTW.) Parents are the decision makers, followed by elected school boards and superintendents. The Secretary and the Prez attempted a complete usurpation of the power of parents across the nation and all the MSM and Libs can whine about is that we don’t want our children “indoctrinated”. Nice dodge but those of us who are paying attention fully understand that it is that usurpation of power and the ridiculous lesson plans that are the issue here. This is the missing link. No other President who has addressed the nation’s children – voluntarily, I might add – has had the arrogance and stupidity to provide a read about my magnificent but still unverified life story and/or write about how you can help POTUS instruction.
    Obama and his cronies completely overstepped on this one and they are the ones who should be lambasted for their mistake. We all know full well that if W had made such a poor move, heads on the Left would have exploded. Anyone with any intellectual honesty would recognize this. I suppose this is the problem.

  18. Ice:

    Come on, you are proving my point. No one ever said you couldn’t question government, but I certainly didn’t hear you ranting and raving against W the way you do against Obama.

    What about the fringe neo-cons who were put in positions of power by W? Sure, you don’t see them as fringe because they espoused the position that it is our right as a country to take over other countries as long as it is in the American interest. As far as I am concerned that is not only a fringe position but also a dangerous position.

    Perhaps W’s obsession with his notion that he was chosen to fight the non-Christian world should have worried more people than it did. But it got little play in the media.

    Where were you on that issue that borders on fanaticism? W’s fanatical idea that it was his role in life to extend democracy (that is once his original rantings of finding WMDs failed to bear fruit) no matter the cost has ended us up in two non-winnable wars costing us billions of dollars, American lives, injured military veterans, the deaths of thousands of innocent Iraqis and Afgahanstanis, and no light at the end of the tunnel.

    Oh yeh – I forgot – that is okay in your eyes.

    As to owning “private” companies, I thought the citizens were the government. And, in fact, it was taxpayer money that bought part of GM, and it is the taxpayers who will be paid back. Government is the people.

    As to health care, the idea is to offer a public option – not complete government ownership of health care. I do not support single payer health care, but I do support doing something to control the costs, provide health insurance for those who are uninsured, eliminate pre-existing conditions (where the heck would I be if that controlled since I was born with a condition at birth), and provide quality health care as a right – just as education is considered a right.

    How many Dems said they wanted to nationalize the oil industry? You have Maxine Waters in the House and Maurice Huntley in the Senate spouting that line, and, suddenly, all Dems are for nationalizing the oil industry. See:

    Again, you are simply proving my point about fear-mongering. A Rasmussen poll found that only 29% of Americans favored nationalizing the industry, 47% opposed (not even half), and 24% weren’t sure. A little bit surprising, don’t ya think, that not even half are against nationalizing. I would have thought the idea of nationalizing the oil industry would have brought 75% or 80% of Americans off their duffs and out on the streets marching.

    As to the Civilian Armed Forces, we already have a civilian arm of the military – it’s called the National Guard – which, by the way, has been used to its detriment to advance W’s vision of world democracy.

    Sure, it’s okay to have everyday citizens armed to the teeth with assault weapons and all manner of guns for the very purpose – as some have said to protect themselves from the government – but it’s not okay for me to be afraid of these weapons-carrying fanatics? I consider these gun-toting civilians more of a threat than I do Obama’s plans (if they even happen).

    Funny, I didn’t hear you getting upset when Republicans wanted to cut all funding to NPR. Isn’t that just as bad as wanting to tax private radio?

  19. GOPMom:

    Again, you and Ice prove the point of fear-mongering. See the definition I supplied under a response to Mark above.

    At first the screams from the Repubs and the right were that no other president had done this. Whoops, then they realized that, yes, two Republican presidents (Reagan and Daddy Bush) had done so. Then the goal was to focus on trying to distinguish Obama’s actions fron the two Elephants in the room.

    So, what happens? The whiners focus on the lesson plans. Gee, I wonder what would have happend if he hadn’t included lesson plans?

    Straight forward question to you GOPMommy – would you still rant and rant about the President’s speech if lesson plans weren’t included? After all, if you still oppose his speech sans lesson plans, then that means you would have, in all honesty (if that is something you are capable of) opposed Reagan’s and Daddy Bush’s speeches.

    I will await your answer with baited breath. But, just like you said, that would take intellectual honesty – and therein lies the problem.

  20. Judith says:

    Please read the text of the speech President Obama will give to schoolchildren across our country tomorrow. You’ll find it at Perhaps you will urge your school to use this tool to motivate each student to do his/her best in school this year.
    Your children are blessed to have parents who care. President Obama urges all children to seek the help of an adult who wants them to succeed. He suggests families first, but there are more adults who will give encouragement.
    President Obama will give many examples of people who have succeeded in spite of difficulties. He challenges each child to set goals and to follow them. He explains that success will not come without hard work. He gives other necessary traits the child should choose to become a responsible adult. He says that our country will be strong if all children learn as much as they can.

    Read it–and help your children to listen and discuss the concepts. And hope that children who do not have the advantages your children enjoy will be motivated to be inspired. “The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.”

  21. Lewis Allen says:

    What does it say about our country that Obama’s speech to encourage school children to do well has become such a controversy? I think it says a few things: 1) There is a growing element of the right wing of this country is paranoid to the point of being deranged and delusional. 2) There are an awful lot of distortions and flat out nasty, hateful insults and lies being said about our President. 3) The herd of like minds that is the modern conservative movement is easily manipulated by the likes of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and the ridiculously biased Fox ‘News’.

    There are people just waiting to persecute Obama for anything he does. There is always a lot of vitriol and craziness hurled at any president, and yes, there were irrational Bush haters as well. But the scale, intensity, and overall tone of the criticism of Obama is truly unprecedented, and consider this: He is on track to have 3X as many death threats as GW Bush! He already has something like 30 EVERY DAY. This, and the man has only been in office for a little over half a year. Holy Cow! Give him a chance, already.

  22. Lewis Allen says:

    Oh, and one more thing. I just read the remarks the President will be making. If anyone can see socialism or ‘indoctrination’ in any of it, please, go see a shrink. It’s beautiful, inspiring stuff, and I think he should be applauded and cheered for delivering this speech. Children who miss Obama’s remarks becuase of their parents will only be further hurt, adding to the genetic disadvantage they already have from being born to dolts. But, as the President says, any hurdle can be overcome.

  23. Judith says:

    Louis Allen,

    Your description of President Obama’s talk to schoolchildren is so appropriate. My fear is that people like Gopmom are being used to fulfil an agenda of hate and fear. Many of the leaders of this anti-Obama movement don’t think that the child who is not learning, who is not trying his/her best, is really worthy of American citizenship, let alone leadership. An educated populace would consider many options for solving problems. Perhaps thinking ouside of the box, using rational evaluation of ideas, and using leadership skills threatens the status qou crowd.

    Our schools, and even our communities, are not stressing the responsibilities of American citizens to be part of a sustainable country.

  24. Dave MacDonald says:


    I posted the videos as an FYI. Many find them truly unnerving and it’s not difficult for me to see why.

    For the record, I would be equally disturbed by videos praising Sarah Palin as our “Supreme Ruler”/”Messiah”/[insert preferred deity here].

  25. Dave:

    Thank you for clarifying. I just did a follow-up post about comparing JFK’s famous exhortation to contribute to our conuntry with what President Obama is asking of today’s students. The big difference is that Obama is asking that our citzens take responsibility at an earlier age in life.

    Having lived this long, I know that many parents of the last few generations have asked the same thing of their children,.

    I guess I don’t see anything threatening in this.

  26. Iceironman says:

    Charlotte, please show and explain your name calling. What is a neocon and who was so on the fringe with Bush? You cant just say the 4th grade you did it too thing. I have established that there is a serious trend with obama and his appointees. You have yet to type the word van jones. HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM must have struck a nerve in the communist thing. So please explain the neocon thing and who was so offensive in the bush admin. Thank you

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