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Obamaphobia: The President is indoctrinating our schoolchildren!

UPDATE: transcript of President Obama’s prepared remarks now available.

This video is from 1992, right before the election. That wasn’t President Bush Sr.’s only address to schoolchildren, either – a few years earlier, he also made a 15-minute appeal to kids that saying no to drugs “won’t make you a nerd.”


Calling Obama’s plan for a televised address to schoolchildren “an indoctrination into socialism” is akin to labeling the video up above of Bush Sr “an indoctrination into fascism”. Since the speech is entirely voluntary on the part of each school, there’s no coercive element to this whatsoever.

Those ODS-afflicted parents who insist on keeping their kids home from school that day are welcome to do so. Their kids will miss out on a day’s education, be taught to perpetuate the atmosphere of political hatred, and view the Office of the Presidency with disrespect. That is perfectly within their right – but let’s not mince words, it is they who are indoctrinating their children, not Obama.


Perhaps ODS is an insufficient term here. I think Obamaphobia might be more apt.

Incidentally, Team Obama has a sense of humor, acknowledging that kids might not be that interested in what a dumb ol’ boring politician has to say, so they recruited someone rather more interesting people to help him out:


Related: good coverage of the Obama school controversy from The Christian Science Monitor, Politico, and an editorial in the St Petersburg Times, brilliantly titled “Danger! Obama talks” which notes, “this is not a partisan issue. This is about civic engagement and respect for the presidency.”

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Rob the Rev

posted September 4, 2009 at 9:36 am

I agree with your blog post. However you use an abbreviation, ODS, that you do not define and with which I am not familiar.

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posted September 4, 2009 at 10:10 am

These people believe that only white male right wing Christian Republican Presidents deserve respect. I’m so far beyond angry and ashamed.

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the aggravated lefty

posted September 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm

I am thoroughly convinced that the Republican party is dominated by racists. It is beyond comprehension why they dream this stuff up. Can they be so terrified of a Black Man in the White House? It seems that if they can’t dig up anything on the President they’ll stop at nothing to create a controversy, make up audacious lies, and promote these lies on their very own cable news network…commonly known as Fox News. Shameless liars that know full well that their “listeners” will blindly believe everything and anything they say, because most of their listeners are too lazy to do their own research and prefer to let the right wing “pundits” do the “research” (and I use that term very loosely. A very wise friend of mine once said, “America’s greatest resource is stupid people.”
He is absolutely right.

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Patsy Elders

posted September 6, 2009 at 9:13 pm

I agree with your posts (as usual)and the comments as well. It is so sad that the majority of Republicans (including 99% of my family) believe President Obama is evil. Mostly because he is a liberal and likes all people, but some because he is black. As a white woman who has 3 black children and a liberal, I am so saddened by how we treat one another in this world. President Obama is a wonderful human and one who is trying to unite instead of divide like Bush did. The racist right who sit in church and give lip service, would shun Jesus if he walked up now. I recently sent out an email stating Jesus would not get health care as he was homeless and poor and had pre existing conditions known as holes in his hands and feet. If they cannot honor Jesus (or any manifestation) than they can not respect President Obama. I am sooooo proud of MY president!
I wish all students were allowed to be proud of their country and listen to this man, instead, the Rep want us to listen and follow Rush and Glenn Beck, 2 racist individuals!
Peace to all…….namaste

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