How many of you adults out there have taken the time to listen to what President Barack Obama actually said in his address to the school children of America?
You can read a transcript and watch a video of the speech here. It's about 19 minutes long, including a introduction by a young student that is itself pretty inspiring.
I would like for you to watch it and tell me anything in it you might find remotely offensive.
My grandsons saw it at their school on Thursday. They saw it on Thursday because the principal wanted to watch it first. The school sent home slips for parents to sign if they did not want their children to see it. I don't know how many opted out, but after watching the video, I'm sorry for their children.
When I picked up the boys after school on Thursday, my 5-year-old grandson came running up to me, eyes shining, and said, 'Mom! Do you know who came to our classroom today? Orock Obama!!"
[Not only do I love the way he pronounces the president's name, I suspect the president would like it too. Gavin used to call him Orock Orama, but he's learned to pronounce the last name.]
I said,"Really! What did he say?"
"He told us to work hard and stay in school and learn a lot. Don't tell Curran. I want to surprise him!"
I said, "Ok." But as we walked over to pick up Curran from the second-graders' line, he also came running up and said, 'Mom, the president talked to us today!"
Gavin said, 'He talked to us too!" and suddenly both boys were talking at once, telling each other about the speech.
I asked Curran, "What did you like best about it?"
He thought for a moment, and then said, "He said that if we give up on school, we're giving up on our country."
He was quiet for a moment and then said, "That would be a really bad thing to do."
I said, "Well, you have a lot of people who will help you work hard. You've got Mommy and Daddy and me and Da and all your teachers."
And Gavin piped up, saying stoutly, "And we already work hard, don't we, Curran."
I have to say, doing homework that afternoon was much easier than usual. The boys had been inspired and it showed.
I am baffled as to why having the president of the United States inspire school children to work hard is considered a bad thing by some Americans.