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Old 09-04-2009, 05:50 AM
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1. How can you ever expect your kids to respect authority in any way if you keep them home when the leader of our country wants to speak to them?
2. He's doing it in the middle of the day so the kids who need to hear it will actually get to hear it.
3. The President is asking his students how they can help the country. He's THE PRESIDENT. That's what he's supposed to do. He's asking kids how they can help their country. Putting the responsibility on THEM. And this somehow offends the neocons who talk about "personal responsibilty" constantly?
4. It's your inalienable right to disagree with the president. Personally, I'm pissed he hasn't used his majorities in Congress and the House, wrangled the Blue Dogs and passed health insurance reform -- Republicans be damned. They weren't bipartisan, why is he trying to be? But, there are a lot of misinformed rubes talking about death panels or worse yet, selfish seniors who want to keep Medicare for themselves while denying anyone else a chance. And you can't deny this common refrain, "I just feel we're losing our country," has some coded undertones.

Old 09-04-2009, 05:57 AM
Location: CLT native
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Originally Posted by coped View Post
Personally, I'm pissed he hasn't used his majorities in Congress and the House, wrangled the Blue Dogs and passed health insurance reform -- Republicans be damned.
Do I have this right?
Obama's health care plan will be written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it, funded by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that is broke.

Thank goodness for gridlock.
Old 09-04-2009, 05:57 AM
Location: Charlotte
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Originally Posted by smclarke4 View Post
Here is a link to the address that President George H W Bush gave to students in 1991.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum :: Public Papers - 1991 - October
I thought I remembered something like this. I was in 8th grade. I don't recall my family being concerned even though we are mostly liberal democrats.

I still don't understand the worry over the upcoming speech. Everything I have read says it will not be about policies and will encourage students to do well in school.

I don't see that in my real life experiences- and that goes for people of ll races, but primarily Black. Some people like what he is doing, some don't and some are still reserving judgement. I do see/hear a lot of crazy wacko stuff that makes me shake my head. These boards are not reflective of my real life exeriences.
I agree. I know democrats (whites and minorities) that are not happy with what he has done or the direction he is heading. I know quite a few that were never supportive to begin with.
These boards are not reflective of my real life exeriences.
Or mine, thankfully. I will not go OT but there is a reason I visit here less and less nowadays.
Old 09-04-2009, 06:00 AM
Location: Right where I want to be.
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Originally Posted by baybook View Post
Not sure if you remember, but Reagan and Bush did the same thing. One of them had a say no to drugs message. I can't remember which.
There are a few things that make this visit stand out, the 'Praise Obama' class assignments being the most obvious. I've already said that I don't care that he addresses the students. It's a government school. I don't think he is going to say anything objectionable....but the folks who came up with the lesson plans...geesh, they really must think he is a god of some sort. I object to the way this is all being presented...as if it is more about Obama than the kids. It's too late to change the impression people have, first impressions are everything and this came across as not a simple address to students, but The Obama Show, where students are called on to help the president, held accountable for doing so, must be inspired by the president and isn't the president grand and wonderful and isn't it an honor for him to be zoomed into all of our classrooms!!! NO, it's an honor FOR HIM to be in the position to do such and the focus shouldn't be on what students can do for Obama but what they can do for themselves, for their classmates and neighbors. Obama doesn't need the help, his kids go to the best private school in DC.
Old 09-04-2009, 06:16 AM
Location: North Carolina
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Originally Posted by stlterp View Post
In a recent poll, I think it was 24% of North Carolina Republicans believed that Obama was not a citizen. Like it or not, there is a significant segment of the population who are anti-Obama - because of his race, background, "Muslim beliefs", etc.
Or maybe they just don't believe he is a citizen?
Old 09-04-2009, 06:27 AM
Location: The 12th State
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stick to original post
Old 09-04-2009, 06:43 AM
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Can we start a post about Charlotteans views on Obama? ;-)
Old 09-04-2009, 06:46 AM
Location: The 12th State
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no in the politics forum you can

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Old 09-04-2009, 06:57 AM
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no I can just let them watch Glenn Beck
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