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Is This Appropriate In Schools

| October 01, 2009, 10:45 AM | 5 Comments

Has Obama Love Gone Too Far?

This video has been highlighted on the news recently.It is a song that is being performed in a New Jersey elementary school.  Has this gone too far?

While New Jersey is only a few hundred miles up the coast, this is also being introduced a bit closer to home in Howard county.  The right leaning (no sense in hiding it) blog by Brian Griffiths has obtained an email from a concerned parent. Apparently his first grade son was told to learn the words to the “Obama Song” and the parent had requested the lyrics from the school. You can read them after the jump.

But, is this appropriate for any school? For any elected leader? Where does it stop? Are we to sing the praises of Ellen Moyer, John Leopold, and Kevin Maxwell immediately after the Pledge of Allegiance?

What do you think? Please leave a comment! (Lyrics and email from Howard County Asst. Principal after the jump)

Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 11:33 AM
To: (Removed)

Subject: Song

Hello Mr. (REMOVED),

The words to the song are below.

Thank you!

Laurel Marsh

President Obama,
President Obama,
President Obama,
President Obama–He says
Yes we can!
President Obama–We say
Yes we can!
President Obama–I say
Yes I can!
President Obama–He says
Yes we can!
Barack Obama–Oh yes he rates,
The first Black President in the United States!

He’s smart and he’s–so so good!
He’ll lead this country as he should!
He wants us all to work together,
To make this country even better!
Prez’ Obama says–“Yes We Can!”
Make the US better–hand in hand!

President Obama,
President Obama,
President Obama


Laurel Marsh
Assistant Principal
Longfellow Elementary

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  1. SevernaPark Guy says:

    The reason many conservatives where up in arms over the Obama speech, wasn’t necessarily due to the fact he was speaking to the kids, but rather, the white-house generated curriculum that would be taught by left-leaning, union card-carrying educators, who most likely (as shown in the video) would insert their own political agenda into the discussion. “Equal pay for equal work”??? “Glory to Obama”??? Are you kidding me! Parents worst fears have been realized by this whole excercise, who want the school to educate their child, not indoctrinate into a thinking that is so foreign to many Americans. Just think the media uproar if schools in Texas and the south made songs praising Bush! Also, Bush 41 spoke at a High school in 1991, which led to an independent investigation (led by the Democrats) into whether funding for the “political” stunt was proper. In the words of former Majority Leader Dick Gephardt(D): “The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students.” The media silence on this issue is deafening.

  2. chris says:

    Just think the media uproar if schools in Texas and the south made songs praising Bush!

    How about kids in New Orleans singing about Bush?

    Our country’s stood beside us
    People have sent us aid.
    Katrina could not stop us, our hopes will never fade.
    Congress, Bush and FEMA
    People across our land
    Together have come to rebuild us and we join them hand-in-hand!

    Boy, what an uproar! [sarcasm]


  3. SevernaPark Guy says:


    You guys on the left have an answer for everything! Again you fail to see the difference. The Bush White House didn’t generate a curriculum in the aftermath of the hurricane and provide teaching points to educators. If you think for a minute that Bush politically was given the “benefit of doubt” after the disaster…you must be smoking what Bill Clinton matter of factly did “not inhale”. I googled “Hurricane song Bush” and found Huffington post with a mention and that is it! It was not reported anywhere of significance (because maybe it was positive for Bush to have children singing his praise….and the media couldn’t have that). My recollection after the failed recovery was “Bush hated Black people” and generally was given very low marks by everyone in the media. He could do no right. Thanks for playing.

  4. cherylo says:

    Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) focuses on being safe, responsible and respectful. The Obama Song mentions “Obama” 13 (thirteen) times putting into question the Howard County Public Information Officer’s position, “the focus of the lesson was on the children, positive behavior, not the President”.

    I am a grandparent, with no children in HCPS, and I did call to get some facts when I heard a sound bite on Fox News Radio. Perhaps my complaint is less weighted as a lowly taxpayer? “One (yes only one) parent called…”.
    Dear Parents, listen to “Grams”, if the complaint is valid, it doesn’t matter if there is one complaint or one hundred.
    Never apologize for having concerns on behalf of your child.
    It is unfortunate that the Vice Principal received terrible emails and calls but if they rise to the threshold of a threat, they may and should be filed with the police department. The concern about the impropriety of the politically identifiable song being played and taught to first grade children in a public school supported with tax payer dollars remains.

    I have other questions. Who approved the “Obama Song” to be played, and taught this year?

    How was the same “Obama Song” distributed last year?

    For what technology contest was the “Obama Song” prepared last year?

    Who sponsored that contest?

    “The Howard County Public School System respects the right of individuals to disagree…..What SHOULD concern everyone”…. “Enough already! This is much ado about nothing.” (?)

    As a taxpayer, without children in the school, I have a concern about the process that led to this political song being played and taught to first grade children. What is the responsibility of the school system as the gatekeeper that controls curriculum? Is there an ethics document for teachers (beyond dress code) that would outlaw religion, politics, and union and/or membership songs, materials, and proselytizing in the classroom? If not, why not?

    If we look to D.C. Schools, we will see 100 (one hundred) students demonstrating on behalf of the teacher’s union.

    Teachers are very powerful and have the potential to impact every child’s life. That power should never be abused.
    Teachers have a right to a personal life, a political life, and even a sex life. To share those things, even worse, force those things on students, no matter how subtle, is unethical and wrong. Students trust. Parents trust. Even Grandparents trust teachers, not schools.

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