An Editorial Piece and the Text of Obama’s Speech to YOUR Children

I thought I’d preface Obama’s speech with the following editorial:

The Problem Isn’t Obama’s Speech to Kids, It’s His Dictatorial Style and Socialist Agenda

Emily Miller –

Giving a back-to-school speech is a standard presidential event, like the Easter egg roll or pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey.

[Uhm, respectfully, I would have to say, “no.”  Giving a widely broadcast (via internet or television) “back-to-school” speech to school kids is NOT a standard presidential event.  If it were standard, it would be observed EVERY year, but it is not, now is it?   In fact, one is hard pressed to find more than a few scattered examples of past U.S. Presidents addressing a nation-wide captive audience of school children.  However, you can darn well bet that Obama certainly intends to make this an annual event like the Easter egg roll or pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey.  It’s the quintessential hallmark of all fascist dictators to brainwash every school-aged child they can get their grubby meat-hooks into.]

President Obama created a massive public outcry, however, when someone on his team wrote on a supplemental activity sheet that after hearing the speech, public school children should be encouraged to write letters about how they might “help the president.”

Obama’s botched attempt to force American school children to promise to help him shows again how he is out of touch with average American family values. The politicizing of public school classrooms outraged parents and teachers.

Had the president stuck to the standard back-to-school address instead of attempting to promote his (socialist) agenda, he would not be in this mess. Instead, the White House is in crisis communications mode to stem the public backlash.

First, the administration announced that it was taking back the “help the president” letter and changed it to what kids could promise themselves. Second, the White House took the unprecedented step of releasing the speech text 24 hours in advance, supposedly so parents could be reassured that its contents were safe for young ears.

[Oh, I can guaran-damn-tee you that Obama’s  speech has been HEAVILY modified ever since parents caught wind of this fascist event.  So, now we will get the heavily watered-down version.  Another major victory for We The People!  Good job, America!]

But the real reason the White House is releasing the speech on Labor Day, in my opinion, is to dump it on a holiday, in a media blackout, when people are at the beach and barbecues. The political scheme is for the 24 hour news cycle to wash and clean the anti-Obama rhetoric by Tuesday, when people are back to reading papers and watching TV.

The public outrage stems primarily from Obama’s dictatorial style of forcing children to support him. Who can’t help but think of the Soviet Union during the Cold War?

Also, the country’s educational system is based on state rights, so the federal Government’s intervention in such an extreme way — putting a TV speech in a classroom — is un-American.

In addition, although I agree with the president’s overall message of encouraging kids to take personal responsibility, study hard, and stay in school, the concept that the federal government can teach – rather, dictate – this lesson is offensive to parents.

If anyone is going to have an influence in a child’s education and future, it is a parent or teacher. What mother or father thinks a TV speech by the president would be more effective in encouraging their children than their own family lessons?

Of course, this latest uproar would never have risen to such a level if President Obama had not just angered the American public for nine months straight by governing as a socialist – especially in pushing for an overhaul of our health care system — after winning the election as a moderate.

The U.S. is a moderate conservative nation, so the socialist liberal policies being rammed down our collective throats this year has caused a crisis, for us and for him. Obama’s approval rating now stands at only 50 percent; he has had the steepest decline in the time period of any president in modern history.

Which is no surprise, given that the unemployment rate in the U.S. has now reached 9.7 percent, the highest it has been since 1983. So much for celebrating Labor Day, Mr President.

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Text of Obama’s speech follows:

Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Back to School Event

Arlington, Virginia
September 8, 2009

The President: Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I’m glad you all could join us today.

I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it’s your first day in a new school, so it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you’re in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could’ve stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.

I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday – at 4:30 in the morning.

[Hmmm…  “all the AMERICAN kids…”  Interesting choice of words for someone who claims to be an American.  I can’t think of any time in my life that I would have had to use that verbiage while addressing American kids…]

Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, “This is no picnic for me either, buster.”

So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I’m here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I’m here because I want to talk with you about your education and what’s expected of all of you in this new school year.

Now I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked a lot about responsibility.

I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.

I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.

I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.

But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.

And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.

Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.

Maybe you could be a good writer – maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper – but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class.

Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor – maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine – but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.

And no matter what you want to do with your life – I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.

And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.

You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.

[Hah!!! You bastard!!!  Couldn’t help your Commie self, now could you?  “more fair and more free” is Commie-speak for Socialism, for crying out loud.  Now, when you put that paragraph in context with the deleted section of the lesson plan, things start coming together; Obama wants your children to “help him” transform America into a Socialist country.]

We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that – if you quit on school – you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.

Now I know it’s not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.

I get it. I know what that’s like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in.

So I wasn’t always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I’m not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse.

But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn’t have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.

[Yeah, and it helps to have radical Islamists and card-carrying Commies funding your schooling, doesn’t it, Mr. Obama?]

Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don’t have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there’s not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don’t feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren’t right.
But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying.
Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.

[Not if Obama has his way…]

That’s what young people like you are doing every day, all across America.

Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn’t speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.

I’m thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who’s fought brain cancer since he was three. He’s endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer – hundreds of extra hours – to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and he’s headed to college this fall.

And then there’s Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods, she managed to get a job at a local health center; start a program to keep young people out of gangs; and she’s on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.

Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell aren’t any different from any of you. They faced challenges in their lives just like you do. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same.

That’s why today, I’m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education – and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you’ll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community.

[More Commie-speak from the “Community Organizer” in Chief…]

Maybe you’ll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn.

[Drilling that “race card” home, eh?]

Maybe you’ll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope you’ll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don’t feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.

Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.

I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work — that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you’re not going to be any of those things.

But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject you study. You won’t click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.

That’s OK.  Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published.

[Gee, imagine that;  Obama is promoting an author who teaches bad morals to children (via the characters in her books) AND is a Left-wing Socialist to boot!  How surprising is that?]

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

These people succeeded because they understand that you can’t let your failures define you – you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.

No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. It’s the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust – a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor – and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.

And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you – don’t ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.

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.

It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.

So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?

Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I’m working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you’ve got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don’t let us down – don’t let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

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15 Comments on “An Editorial Piece and the Text of Obama’s Speech to YOUR Children”

  1. tgusa Says:

    If I were to head on over to my brothers house and deliver this message, unsolicited, to my nieces and nephews, what do you suppose my brothers response to that would be?

    Mr. Obama’s Neighborhood.

  2. ciccio Says:

    It is now official. Obama has gone further and faster than any other president in history. Down that is. From an approval rate of +28 in January to -13 today.That means that 41% of the people who voted for him have changed their minds. Keep up the good work Bambi!

  3. teach5 Says:

    He should get as close to the camera as possible, and quietly say, “Don’t get anything lower than a B. If you do, no Christmas presents for you. I’m the President and I can do it!” This was Lileks’ idea on Hewitt last Thurs! Great idea. The kids have heard the ‘work hard, blah-blah-blah’ stuff for two weeks now.BOOOOOrrrrrring.
    Love the line that this is a standard presidential event. Hardly. Wishing a happy ramadan is now this guy’s standard presidential event. I looked to see if he did a ‘Happy Easter’ event. Nope.

  4. tgusa Says:

    My main beef with all of this is we have seen how Obama’s democrats have treated adult voters at their town hall meetings. We have listened as we were called every name in the book. We have watched as they didn’t show up, stacked the audience with out-of-towners, showed their contempt of their constituents and generally treated the people of their districts like they were in 6th grade.

    And now this same group wants their leader to speak to our minor children, to tell them what they should be doing now and when they grow up? If we are going to continue to go around being kicked around we are never going to get anywhere that we want to go.

    Oh and the number one reason kids hate school today, liberal smothering, they have turned the places in to something where you have about as much freedom as you would in a minimum security prison. Its like one huge detention that never ever ends. Oh yeah, every American kid just dreams of spending half or more of their day at a place like that.

  5. I vote for vouchers. My kids pray three times a day in their schools. Obama will not be viewed there. I wonder when he will try to close all of the private schools? Enough is enough! Come and Take It!

  6. irishoaks Says:

    Who would have thought Twisted Sister would have the theme song? WE’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT!!!!

    This drivel would bore me and I am the one who preaches. It is lies and pelosi piles the entire read. Porcelain thrones anyone? Oh it’s puking time again, you’re going to need it….

    Fortunately our school system’s administrator had already declined this and so I won’t be having to keep mine out of school–which I fully intended to do.

    Thanks for posting the letter.

  7. Chris Says:

    Come on, P L E A S E ! Some of us, both liberal and conservative, are getting sick and tired of the gratuitous and viral Obama bashing. Reflect on what you are saying: In the same blog you are calling Obama a fascist dictator and a Commie. Ideologically, he can’t be both.

    You attack Obama for recounting how his single mom couldn’t afford to send him to the private school where all the American kids attended. He’s referring to the Joint Embassy School in Jakarta which was very expensive. That’s where the kids of expatriate embassy and oil exploration families (of all nationalities) attended and the classes were conducted in English. The local and free schools taught in Indonesia, which would have been an obstacle for Obama. What’s so wrong with Obama’s mother want him to have the best education possible?

    The rest of your rant is about the future possibilities that Obama could turn this speech into an annual event injecting his fascist-or-communist-? doctrines into young people’s minds. That’s all fertile speculation, and no more.

    I have read his speech, and it’s about individual responsibility, staying in school, and working to make America better. What’s wrong with those values?

    Get a life. P L E A S E !

    • tgusa Says:

      Well we are just warming up Chris so my advice is learn to live with it yourself. We are going to force you all live up to your rules and guess what, you cant. When faced with opposition you and the rest of your pals are unable to control yourselves, that is obvious now. We know that the violence of the left will increase as we succeed we are prepared for that. You all split the country now we all want a divorce from you and perhaps a restraining order as well. And guess what, that is never going to change. Kiss the old opposition goodbye and say hello to the new and improved opposition. Thers an old saying. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

      BTW no one here cares what you say, think or want so keep it up and we will keep ignoring you.

    • Chris,

      You know I love ya’, but, as with your views on abortion, you obviously haven’t fully thought this one through:

      There are many ways to usher in Communism in a society.

      Fascism, in the context I use it in, is the means to an end wherein the end goal is the implementation of Communism.

      Fascism is a system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.

      That certainly sounds a lot like Obama’s modus operandi.

      Just so you don’t get bogged down on what a “dictator” is, I think we can both agree that Hitler is the quintessential archetype of a Dictator.

      Therefore, let us explore that:

      What was Hitler’s Party? The Nazis. What is Nazi short for? The National Socialist German Workers’ Party.

      What is a Socialism? From Webster’s Dictionary:

      1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
      2 a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
      3 : a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done

      Ergo, the ultimate goal of Socialism is Communism.

      What is Communism? From Webster’s Dictionary:

      […] a totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party controls state-owned means of production.

      Again, let me restate this for you: there are a multitude of ways to usher in Communism. Fascism is a means to that end.

      Obama is using fascism to implement a Socialist agenda which, ultimately, leads to Communism.

      Therefore, Obama is most definitely a Fascist Commie.


      Secondly, you say that I am attacking Obama for recounting his experience in Indonesia. I merely pointed out that it was an “interesting choice of words” that I, myself, would not have used when addressing an American audience. In fact, the correct phrasing should have been, “…where all the other American kids went to school.”

      No attack intended on my part. I just thought it was an interesting choice of words for someone who claims to be an American.


      As for future possibilities that Obama will turn this into an annual event? Well, I base this assumption on historical precedence whenever a fascist Commie gets in power. Most recently; Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Kim Jong-il, etc. All of them have made it a goal of theirs to annually address schoolchildren.

      “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” – Adolf Hitler

      And, as the saying goes, “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.”

      Also, I’m sorry that you can’t see the Leftist overtones in his speech. I thought I pointed those out for you.

      Perhaps I could further your education by passing a law that would “volunteer” you for community service. Oh, wait…Obama is already working on that one.


      P.S. – I highly recommend you read Jonah Golberg’s book, “Fascist Liberalism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning.”

  8. CavMom Says:

    I was asked why I was against this speech and why I will not watch any more of his speeches and the answer came quite readily…

    President Obama has surpassed “strike three” with me.

    He has been given pitch after pitch and is now up to strike 128 or so. I am not saying he was up against any easy pitcher, but he is obviously not qualified to be playing in the big league and I should not be forced to watch. It is insulting to all to keep championing a T-ball President in the big league game.

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