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What’s all the Fuss?

President ObamaHe got to see it – his cousin at another school in a more Republican part of the state did not.  A speech by the President of the United States to the young students of our great nation – and it wasn’t aired to everyone? Parents in tears over the possibility of their school district letting their kids watch it?  Threats to pull children out of school because they might be subjected to hearing the President (OUR President) speak?  What is going on here????

All day I told myself breathe.  Just take a breath.  Yet every time I heard something more about it, I would feel my blood boil.  After all, the transcript of the speech had already been released the day before.  All concerned parties knew exactly what he was going to say.  But that was never really it anyway, was it?

Have we become so polarized that people from one political party would say their kids couldn’t listen to the President (OUR President) because he represents another political party?  We’re not talking Howard Dean or Rush Limbaugh making a speech; we are referring to the President of the United States!

Might something be said that would cause an 8-year old, a 12-year old, a 16 year old to question all the beliefs they have been raised with and suddenly become indoctrinated?  Could something heard in a 15-minute speech cause children to become vigilant believers of a government-backed health care system or big government, or something worse?  (If you are worried your children could be so easily brainwashed, then yes, you do really have something to be afraid of – but no, it’s not the President’s speech.)

The insanity over this whole situation made me ill today.  It baffled me, and disgusted me, but mostly I think it saddened me.  We really are not where I thought hoped we were as a nation.  Far from it – or so it felt today.

Then I stopped and really listened to the President’s words.

Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.

So maybe we can turn it around.  Maybe here (right now) isn’t where we’ll end up – because it doesn’t feel too good to me.  Certainly nothing to be proud of when years from now we recall this day and the furor leading up to it.  Our kids will probably look at us the way we think back to the pre-Civil Rights stuff. (What? Certain people had to sit where?? All because of the color of their skin?)

My son got to watch the speech again tonight when we sat down and watch it as a family.  He had already told us his favorite parts; things that had really stuck with him.  But he eagerly watched it again.  Tonight while tucking him into bed, I reiterated the President’s lines of how he (and his sister) had many things they were good at and many things to offer.  And that it was his job to figure out what they all were – and then to do them well.  He hugged me back extra tight, obviously appreciating the encouragement.

I found President Obama’s Back to School speech to be a great message – one with the same common beliefs this Zen Mama Wannabe tries to share with my children on a regular basis.  One I am glad to not be the only one telling them.  How others could in any way find fault with it blow my mind and scares my soul.  Okay, I tell myself, just breathe.  We’ll get there. Someday.  I hope.

(If you didn’t get the opportunity to see it, you can view it on C-SPAN.org)

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5 Responses to “What’s all the Fuss?”

  1. Danna Says:
    September 9th, 2009 at 2:38 am

    AMEN! Couldn’t agree more. How sad & discouraging, that our children don’t all see the respect , open minded listening & informed discussion that should be available when OUR elected President speaks.

  2. callieandbatido Says:
    September 11th, 2009 at 2:30 am

    I add my AMEN to that! The lack of respect shown to OUR president is sad. We don’t have to agree, we can even disagree out loud, for we are a democracy. But as Danna said, we should teach our children to have “open minded listening & informed discussions.”

    On a happier note, my highschool age daughter watched the speech in school and then came home and wrote a paper about what the speech meant to her. She loved it and found President Obama to be encouraging, well spoken and motivational.

  3. Elcorin Says:
    September 12th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Greatings, Interesting, I`ll quote it on my site later.

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    May 2nd, 2011 at 1:16 am

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