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I must have heard that statement hundreds of times over the reign of President Bush. You can disagree with the policy, but you must respect the office of the President of the United States of America. He is our elected leader. As our leader, President Obama plans to address our school children to kick off this school year. This speech is planned for Sept 8th, and was to be broadcast to schools live at 12 pm EST.

According the US Dept of Education:

During this special address, the president will speak directly to the nation’s children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school. The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.

Texas has immense challenges with education excellence and keeping our children in school. This address is even more important here. Of course, in a state where the leader is encouraging the most anti-American movement possible, secession, it should not be a surprise that those following his lead don't show the respect that the President of the United States deserves.

Governor Perry said today,

I am troubled that local school boards and superintendents were not involved in the process. State law gives parents the discretion over whether they think this is appropriate for their children.

Kay Bailey Hutchinson also said,

I share the concerns of many parents about the President addressing schools in a way that leaves little choice for parents if the speech includes a political agenda.

Well, neither needs to worry since many schools in Texas have decided not to show President Obama's address live to students due to the intense pressure of parents and elected officials who do not want their children to be influenced by this President. Some schools will offer the recording on their websites, some will show the message if the teacher deems it appropriate, some after parent permission is granted, some will simply not show it at all. Parents will be allowed to opt-out if they request.

If your school refuses to broadcast this important address to your children, it's up to you to be their educator. I urge parents across the country to record the speech which will be broadcast on C-SPAN, September 8th, 12 pm EST, and it will be available over the internet at Use the classroom activity guides to help you teach your children how they can achieve their goals.

Pre-K to 6th grade:
7-12th grade:

You still have time to encourage your teachers, schools, principals, school boards and superintendents with letters and phone calls to let them know that you'd like your child to hear this important message by our President, and how important it is to model respect for the Office of the President of the United States of America.

Lainey Melnick
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Texas 21st District
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Originally posted to lmelnick on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:00 PM PDT.

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    •  A grade school student doesn't care if the Prez (8+ / 0-)

      is a democrat or republican. They don't even know what that means. But they do know what it means to be president and it shows how despicably divided our country has become that this is happening.

      And it also shows how fearful many have become of having this president serve as a model for their children. We certainly can't have that.

      Republican motto: Vote Democrat and die, vote for us and be granted eternal life.

      by karma bum on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:52:15 PM PDT

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    •  On September 11, 2001 this country put their (3+ / 0-)
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      neroden, Knarfc, ems97007

      differences aside and gave George Bush his highest approval ratings. Higher than any other president ever. If something like that happened today, Republicans would never unite like that, they would start screaming bloody murder and dividing the people.

      Why, Why, Why, Why, are we trying to work with them? This is just ridiculous.

      "Glenn Beck... he's the guy that took the 'c' out of oligarchy" - Matt Nowack

      by voracious on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 11:02:55 PM PDT

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    •  Even Democrats asked for respect (1+ / 0-)
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      Hoyer: Bush deserves respect
      By Josephine Hearn
      Posted: 05/03/06 12:00 AM [ET]

      House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) took on a rare role yesterday as a defender of President Bush.

      Hoyer came to the defense of the commander in chief after Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, where the president took a drubbing from comedian Stephen Colbert.

      "I thought some of it was funny, but I think it got a little rough," Hoyer said. "He is the president of the United States, and he deserves some respect."

      "I’m certainly not a defender of the administration," Hoyer reassured stunned observers, but Colbert "crossed the line" with many jokes that were "in bad taste."

      Colbert needled Bush, often prompting only an expressionless stare from the president, who appeared not to be amused.

      Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.

      by EdgedInBlue on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 01:02:16 AM PDT

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  •  This makes me incredibly sad (15+ / 0-)

    Imagine the shitstorm that would have occured from the right if Bush had made one of these addresses, and some school in Massachusetts didn't want to show it.

  •  IOKIYAR (12+ / 0-)

    I'm wondering where all this concern was when Saint Ronnie and Bush the Elder did the exact same thing during their presidencies.  I don't remember Democrats saying a word about it, and even if they did they certainly didn't freak out over it to this extent.

    -7.12, -7.54 / "Health care reform will never take place until Rahm Emanuel is strangled with the entrails of Frank Luntz." - Diderot

    by Big Tex on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:07:27 PM PDT

  •  Born in 1972 (11+ / 0-)

    I'm feeling what it was like to live in the fifties.  

  •  OK, I don't really have a thing against this (0+ / 0-)

    "message" from Obama to our students.  But saying part of the message is "and how important it is to model respect for the Office of the President of the United States of America" is a little out there for me.  What does that have to do with anything?  

    "Peace cannot be achieved by force. It can only be achieved by understanding" Albert Einstein

    by BigAlinWashSt on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:10:43 PM PDT

    •  Not in the program (10+ / 0-)

      I was saying that the teachers should model respect for the office of the President. That isn't part of the speech or program. Here in Texas they show respect for the American Flag, the Texas Flag, the moment of silence. They should show respect for the President also.

      -- Lainey Melnick Candidate for US Congress Texas 21st District

      by lmelnick on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:15:04 PM PDT

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    •  forgot to mention that (2+ / 0-)
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      Yeah, good point.

      The "respect" thing doesn't apply.  The resistance is not about respect, it is about people thinking he is trying to indoctrinate our children, which he is not.

      •  It's about both (0+ / 0-)

        They would never have agreed to Liberals "not respecting the position of the President" in the last 3 republican admins.  It's just more of that IOKIYAR stuff.

        The fabrications about indoctrination also fall flat b/c republicans used that exact tactic in 91 and 82 (See my post below) probably more explicitly.

        I'm a Kennedy Catholic.

        by EquiStar on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:26:17 PM PDT

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    •  My only disagreement is w/ the captive audience. (4+ / 0-)
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      GATXER, BigAlinWashSt, ravenmad, erush1345

      Air the address at dinner time, on the major networks, cool.

      Mom & Dad can watch it, the kids can watch it. They have that option.

      Or they can put on a DVD or go out to dinner. They have that option, too.

      I do not agree, however, that any president has the right to speak to a captive audience of children, required by law to attend, and not free to either dissent from or wholeheartedly embrace (depending on whether the teacher or district is red or blue) what is said.

      neca politicos omnes; deus suos agnoscet.

      by khereva on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:52:54 PM PDT

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      •  I'm with ya. (1+ / 0-)
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        "Peace cannot be achieved by force. It can only be achieved by understanding" Albert Einstein

        by BigAlinWashSt on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 11:02:01 PM PDT

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      •  That's really up to the teacher (0+ / 0-)

        I give teachers in both red states and blue states enough credit to allow an open discussion if the speech is actually interesting enough to warrant it.

      •  Umm... (5+ / 0-)

        You do realize that every teacher "has the right to speak to a captive audience of children, required by law to attend, and not free to either dissent from or wholeheartedly embrace (depending on whether the teacher or district is red or blue) what is said," right?

        He's going to talk about the importance of education. That is something every teacher, parent and administrator SHOULD be saying in schools. Why is it any different coming from the President? The President is part of history, civics and social studies classes and textbooks. It is not REQUIRED that the kids watch. But it is requied that they watch Romeo and Juliet or read Lord of the Flies. Why should watching THE PRESIDENT talk about the value of education be any different than any other part of the curriculum?


        •  Umm... (0+ / 0-)


          But there is a difference between learning information, and being told what one "should" think/do/feel/say.

          The one belongs in a school. The second in a church/synagogue/mosque/etc.

          And a wall of separation belongs between them.

          neca politicos omnes; deus suos agnoscet.

          by khereva on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 02:43:48 AM PDT

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          •  excuse me? (2+ / 0-)
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            You think there should be a "wall of separation" between school and promoting the value of education? Huh?

            •  between information and indoctrination, yes. (0+ / 0-)

              And I'm not talking about the partisan complaint about "leftist indoctrination," but about the basic difference between informing students and giving them moral imperatives.

              neca politicos omnes; deus suos agnoscet.

              by khereva on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 10:05:15 PM PDT

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          •  Like kids are taught they "should" (0+ / 0-)

            say the pledge of allegiance, walk in a line, raise their hand, read To Kill a Mockingbird, use a hall pass, bring sneakers on PE day...

            Your correlation between school and a synagogue would only be valid if the President were talking to students about prayer, creationism, the original sin,...

            He is a part of American history, a part of American civics, talking to public school children about education.

            Schools bring in guest speakers. My husband's school brought in a NFL player last year (one with a blemished record, btw) and all the kids participated because there wasn't a "permission slip". There wasn't an uproar.

            When I was in high school, the guy who played Rerun on Good Times came to my school to talk about drugs. There wasn't a permission slip. He was a recovering addict whose only accomplishment was dancing like a goofball and wearing a beret on a TV show. But for some reason the President talking about the value of education is a bad thing. PLEASE!


            •  False equivalence. (0+ / 0-)

              As for your examples, in order:

              1. it's bullshit and should be abolished.

                       2 & 3 & 5. those aren't moral suasion, those are rules of conduct under which the school operates.

              1. is not moral suasion, it's a syllabus.
              1. is a dress code, not moral suasion.

              Barack Obama is no more a part of American history, civics, or anything else than you or I am.
              No less, either.
              When George H. W. Bush spoke to American schoolchildren, Democratic lawmakers objected to this as a poor use of public funds. It was true then. It's true now.

              neca politicos omnes; deus suos agnoscet.

              by khereva on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 10:11:17 PM PDT

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  •  This is being blown out of proportion (12+ / 0-)

    You would think Obama is trying to sell the Public Option to 8th graders the way this has been reported.  Maybe he is asking their opinion on the torture investigation.  Hmmm....

    He is going to push kids to finish school, etc.

    I hope he does a repeat of his speech telling kids there is no excuse to give up on your future because you are black or poor.

    I am glad he is doing this.  I think the fact that the president is black will make a difference in the lives of other black and minority kids.

    Go Obama.  I see nothing wrong with a non political message.

  •  What they meant was: (6+ / 0-)

    respect the office of Republican Presidents, and show absolute fealty to Movement Conservative Republican Presidents above all.

    When a Democrat is in the White House, they are fine with people bringing guns, ropes, and pictures of Hitler around where he is speaking.

    In between talking up conspiracy theories about secret concentration camps, nefarious plans to end this or that democratic institution or practice, or how certain people have been assassinated or how birth certificates aren't real.

    I'm glad you are trying to stop that.

    But it certainly puts their constant whining about respecting this or that, bipartisanship, and 'what ever happened to civility?' lamentations in perspective, now doesn't it?

    It's a bad faith movement, trying to take advantage of people who try to see the good in everyone, and when that doesn't work they move on to taking advantage of people who flinch when threatened.

    100% Concern Troll Proof

    by LeftHandedMan on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:14:27 PM PDT

  •  Points made on other diaries... (6+ / 0-)

    "on the eve of the 1992 presidential campaign -- October 1, 1991, to be exact -- President George H. W. Bush pitched his education plan in a speech broadcast live to school classrooms nationwide."

    On November 14, 1988, Reagan addressed and took questions from students from four area middle schools in the Old Executive Office Building. According to press ... Read Moresecretary Marvin Fitzwater, the speech was broadcast live and rebroadcast by C-Span, and Instructional Television Network fed the program "to schools nationwide on three different days." Much of Reagan’s speech that day covered the American "vision of self-government" and the need "to keep faith with the unfinished vision of the greatness and wonder of America" but in the middle of the speech, the president went off on a tangent about the importance of low taxes:

    Another Wingnut Meme goes down the drain

    I'm a Kennedy Catholic.

    by EquiStar on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:19:45 PM PDT

  •  this shit is spinning out of control (9+ / 0-)

    The Democratic Party won the last national election, but the Republican Party is overturning that victory by shear force of dollars. It's a leveraged buyout of our country. It's a slow-motion coup, like a bad dream that you can't wake up from.

  •  I always thought the president was pretty cool (2+ / 0-)
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    no matter what grade I was in.

    The president is not to us what he is to these school children.  He is not a man trying to bring change for the better to this country or an evil socialist out to bring the ruin of this country.

    He is the president.  He will say some cool things and motivate the least until they go play Guitar Hero and forget all about it.

    •  You haven't heard the scary (1+ / 0-)
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      things TX kids say about this president then.  There's a level of brainwashing that's frightening.

      I'm a Kennedy Catholic.

      by EquiStar on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:27:25 PM PDT

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      •  When I was in public schools (1+ / 0-)
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        b. 1980

        I don't remember any badmouthing the president.  While too young for Reagan and Bush, Clinton was never bad mouthed.

        Maybe the fact that during my High School years Clinton wasn't that controversial (to non political people) and we wern't involved in what many concider a war contributed to the lack of anger or hype in school.

        The kids now have more access to information obviously.  More political shows are on that their parents are watching be it Beck, Hannity, Olberman, Maddow.  They hear it too.

        I don't know.

        Kids shouldn't be forming political opinions.  They should be learning first.

  •  These assholes (1+ / 0-)
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    Didn't have a problem with the president addressing school children when it was Ronald Reagan doing it or Bush doing it.

    It's only when it's Obama that it's a socialist plot to indoctrinate the youth of America.

    Like everything else emanating from the right these days this is just eaten up with ignorance and hypocrisy.

  •  Whose this Obama guy anyway? (2+ / 0-)
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    miss SPED, abarrenfuture

    The way he's acting, you'd think he was the leader of the free world or something.

    Recovering Intellectual. 12 days stupid.

    by scionkirk on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:30:16 PM PDT

  •  when the office is occupied by one of "them" (5+ / 0-)
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    begone, malharden, JNSD, miss SPED, Micheline

    there is no way those not-so-closeted confederates would ever respect it. doubly so when there's the possibility of tejas' many black and brown students seeing a black president in the oval office, and their teachers treatng him as a legitimate president.

    might give the kids the wrong idea.

    surf putah, your friendly neighborhood central valley samizdat

    by wu ming on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:30:40 PM PDT

  •  I had a bumper sticker 10 years ago (1+ / 0-)
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    during the impeachment hysteria that said "I Support My Country and My President."

    I can see that I might have to get another one.

  •  This whole 'controversy' (5+ / 0-)
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    askew, Ash Tree, Virginia mom, Micheline, jhw22

    saddens me deeply, seriously I feel like crying. And the fact that the MSM is giving these wingnuts platforms and amplifying a phoney argument just angers me beyond belief. The amount of disrespect these people have shown to the President is sickening. I don't care what you think of his policies, but he is the President and leader of the free world and should be shown some regard.  

  •  I graduated high school in Texas in 1980 (4+ / 0-)
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    iiiii, malharden, misfit2btied, jhw22

    George H.W. Bush came to my small school in SE Texas to give us a campaign speech.

    We seniors were pulled out of class to listen to him because we were going to be eligible to vote.  It most certainly was a campaign speech.

    No parents complained.

    We watched the Watergate hearings in class when I was in seventh grade.  Oh, and Jesse Jackson came to speak at our school.

    No parents complained.

    I'm embarrased about this and I feel sorry for the president.

    As much as I hated GWB, I wouldn't have protested about him speaking to our school children.

    I feel sorry for my country and I'm afraid.

    This can't go on for too much longer.

  •  Can we just cut to the chase. (0+ / 0-)

    Everything that is bad in this country is because of Republicans. They are a cancer on our society and should be excised like a cancer. They are against everything that could possibly help people, education, health care, every dam thing. Lets just cut to the chase and say what we all really think, this country would be sooo much better off without any Republicans in it.

  •  The disrespect towards President Obama (7+ / 0-)

    Is unlike anything i ever saw. It's a full blown hate and racism exhibition, and sadly, no one from our side is standing against it, standing to defend the president.
    I know that everyone is tangled in this health care fight and emotions run high and most of the Left is pissed at Obama - But this terrible incitement campaign from the wingnuts will end badly, and then we'll ask ourselves where were we all this time.

    "Where all Obama's people to help him with this now? He is like Michael Jordan on a VERY, VERY, VERY bad team". - Bill Maher.

    by blackwaterdog on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 02:14:35 AM PDT

  •  The fucking office must serve "We The People" (0+ / 0-)

    Respect the Office of the President

    The fucking office must serve "We The People".

    If it does not do that, then the Office of the President should get no respect.

    It' hasn't just been one guy, but a series of presidents that have earned our scorn.

    Progressive, Independent, Unitarian, Vermonter.

    by Opinionated Ed on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 04:26:12 AM PDT

  •  it's a damn shame when the prez can't speak to (0+ / 0-)

    our children because of the color his skin. what does the republican party think they are doing they have really cross over the line in the sand. their bigotry and hatred is poisonous.childern are taught to respect the president. my state Va is not showing showing the president speaking

  •  Talk about "indocrination" (0+ / 0-)

    Remember when the NCLB Law required schools to turn info on teens to the DoD so they could get info on joining the military? I don't remember howling about kids being recruited as cannon fodder.

    Let tyrants fear.-Queen Elizabeth I

    by Virginia mom on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 05:50:07 AM PDT

  •  Equal Access (0+ / 0-)

    To me, this is an equal access issue.  Some kids won't be able to watch this at home.  They won't have a computer or they don't have a vcr to tape the message.  And it is these kids that will benefit most from the message.  So, when the school district refuses to show the speech, they are denying access to these children.

    Parents who don't want their kids to watch this speech have the ability to keep their kids home or ask the school to provide a speech free location, like the library.  But don't stop the masses from listening to the President because of the complaints of a few.

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