Friday, September 4, 2009

Obama on TV

You knew I wouldn't be able to stay silent on this one. I have more questions on this one than anything. What are people so afraid of? Why are they so threatened by a speech by the President? What type of "indoctrination" can happen with a back-to-school speech?

I've heard my students say things like...

"Parents are upset because they can't watch it." Sweetie, it's on CSpan. As much as we would like that channel off the air, it is still there. The last time I checked it was accessible to everyone.

"My parents don't let me watch something they haven't watched before." BS. BS. BS. I doubt your dad screened the new episodes of Tool Academy you were talking about the other day.

"It's dangerous for little kids to watch something that might brainwash them." It's the President of the effing US. Isn't it brainwashing to tell someone the President is out to brainwash you?

I just cannot get past the ridiculousness of this entire situation. As long as I have been teaching, if the President (this includes Bush) was giving a speech, our TVs were on. It wasn't required, but I thought it was a learning opportunity and important to show an interest in national affairs. I guess that stuff is only ok if you voted for the guy.

PS- I don't recall such outrage over Bush being on TV from Dems, this is making the Repubs look like a screaming bunch of sissies. Sorry for the name calling, but c'mon, Repubs, do you really need anymore bad press?

6 comments:

Jillsywillsy said...

This conservative is going to have to agree with you on this one. I will watch it and wait to make any judgments.

Renee said...

What on earth are you talking about? I haven't watched the talking heads lately (and my blood pressure thanks me) but there is outrage over his back to school televised speech?? What the heck is wrong with people??

Katy said...

I agree with you 100%. What's the big f-ing deal people?!?!? This type of fear driven bull.....crap, drives me batty. It's the freekin' president, not Hitler.

EmperorDarTea said...

pretty sure all people agree with you Keiko...at the very least they will wait to see what he says before pouncing on things.

my only request...if you don't watch the speech yourself, don't comment. that is, if you are relying on Fox or MSNBC to tell you what you (really) saw, reserve your comments.

brett and carly said...

I am pretty darn conservative and I have to agree as well. I saw so many people commenting on FB about how they aren't allowing their children to go to school that day. Really people? Like you said, he's the President... what harm can really be done? Besides, if you don't agree with what he says it can be an opportunity as a parent to discuss the different views with your children. Come on people, but away the bubbles!

Sharon said...

I'm frustrated with idiocy. Where's the hero worship, the indoctrination, the brainwashing? He's the President for God's sake. As children become older, they are going to be exposed to things that parents can't control. Better they start thinking for themselves. Oh gosh, a speech encouraging students to get educated and make a difference. I doubt, I really doubt, he's going to use this as platform to get his "agenda" across.