President Obama plans to televise a speech directed at school children during the busy back-to-school season. His staff says that the speech will encourage kids to work hard and stay in school, but critics are comparing the speech to something that seems more sinister.

The LA Times notes that one critic wrote, “I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology.” Schools in several states have decided not to air the speech in response to the controversy.

What do you think? Would you mind if the President directly addressed your children? Do you think it’s worthwhile for kids to watch it, or would you prefer to keep politics out of the classroom? You tell us!


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  1. I will record his speech and play it for my child IN CASE he doesn’t hear it in school. Having listened to his words for years now, I know it will be an inspiring and empowering message about the importance of getting a good education, staying school, being a good person, etc., and we can’t wait to hear what he has to say!

    Incidentally, I find the whole controversy ridiculous, as Reagan and GWB both addressed our children in the past, and no big deal was ever made about those speeches. The anger with no substance is really bothering me, quite honestly. Do we really even know what our TEACHERS are saying to our kids every day?!

  2. T. says:

    I doubt our kids are siding with a political party based on the President addressing them. More than likely, it will peak their interest in politics and the real world and they won’t end up like me–a person who doesn’t pay ENOUGH attention to this stuff. At least we have a president who wants to address kids and adults alike.

  3. sara says:

    The far-right is at it again, trying to skew anything that comes out of Obama’s mouth as ‘socialist.’ Rush Limbaugh and his cohorts need to take a hike. I’m so over it. They had already issued their statement about the speech before it was ever given. Idiots!

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