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Somehow the Kids Survived September 8, 2009

Posted by Dindy in Obama, Politics.
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Well President Obama has given his much feared speech, and not a single white child turned black as a result. Nor did any children convert to socialism or Islam, and not a single one of them turned into a native of Kenya. I haven’t even heard of a single one who told his parents to support Obama’s health proposal as a result of listening to the speech. I did, however, hear of more than a few kids who said they were going to start doing their homework after listening to the president tell them how important it is:

At Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn, Wash., a racially and economically diverse district outside Seattle, sophomores listened attentively to the address. Fifteen-year-old Ariana Steele said the message connected with her.

“When you see someone of such power saying what your parents say or your teachers have said, like all your life, it really makes it more powerful to you and it really makes you want to try more,” she said.

And William Geist, a San Francisco fifth-grader who likes to sleep late, listened closely to Obama’s story of studying with his mother at 4:30 a.m.

“Now since I heard this speech, I’m like, `Man, I’ve got to get up early in the morning. I’ve got to get ready for school. I’ve got to do this,'” William said. ~ Associated Press

Hysterical parents across the US heaved a sigh of relief and many of them backed off their earlier rhetoric. “It was perfectly innocuous and a praiseworthy message,” Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, who originally opposed the speech, said Tuesday.

Honestly folks, what did you THINK he was going to say? Did you expect him to sign your kids up for membership in the National Urban League or the American Communist Party? As I have said more than once since this whole brouhaha started, you folks just need to get a grip.

Yet, despite the fact that the White house released the text of the speech a day early so that anybody who cared as much about what he was going to say to their kids as they claimed could look at it, despite the fact that no less a personage than Laura Bush came out in favor of the speech (now there’s a subversive element if there ever was one!), despite the fact that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has urged every child to read the Obama’s remarks, some people just could not get over their sour grapes:

“They don’t need to be told by the president what their responsibilities are. It’s the parents’ responsibility to teach them that, not the government,” said Ryan Christensen, a carpet cleaner who asked that his 10-year-old daughter be pulled from a fifth-grade class watching the speech in Caldwell, Idaho. ~ Associated Press

Now there’s someone who was just LOOKING for a reason to oppose the speech.

And finally, to the group of people who greeted the presidential motorcade when it arrived at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va, particularly the person who carried a sign reading: “Mr. President, stay away from our kids,” have you lost your mind? I hope someday you are able to explain to your kids about the idiocy and ill manners you displayed today, because it sure doesn’t make any sense to me.

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