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Fatherland, Socialism or Death, and the Text of Obama's Speech to Kids

Posted by parrotpatriot on September 7, 2009

Tomorrow BO will give his speech to the children. The teleprompter is ready to go, and it will tell the president to say what I have copied below. I’ve highlighted the things that should concern you as parents. I believe what I’ve highlighted is the message BO wishes most to send to young, impressionable children, and I write why I think so at the end of this post.

As published by the WH:

Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Back to School Event
Arlington, Virginia
September 8, 2009
The President: Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I’m glad you all could join us today.  I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it’s your first day in a new school, so it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you’re in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could’ve stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.  I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday – at 4:30 in the morning.  Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, “This is no picnic for me either, buster.”  So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I’m here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I’m here because I want to talk with you about your education and what’s expected of all of you in this new school yearNow I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked a lot about responsibility.  I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.  I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.   I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.  But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.  And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.  Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.  Maybe you could be a good writer – maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper – but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor – maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine – but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.  And no matter what you want to do with your life – I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.  And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.  You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.  We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that – if you quit on school – you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.   Now I know it’s not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.  I get it. I know what that’s like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in.  So I wasn’t always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I’m not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse.  But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn’t have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.  Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don’t have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there’s not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don’t feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren’t right.  But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying.  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.  That’s what young people like you are doing every day, all across America.  Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn’t speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.  I’m thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who’s fought brain cancer since he was three. He’s endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer – hundreds of extra hours – to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and he’s headed to college this f
all.  And then there’s Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods, she managed to get a job at a local health center; start a program to keep young people out of gangs; and she’s on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.  Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell aren’t any different from any of you. They faced challenges in their lives just like you do. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same.  That’s why today, I’m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education – and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you’ll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you’ll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you’ll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope you’ll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don’t feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.  Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.  I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work — that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you’re not going to be any of those things.  But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject you study. You won’t click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.  That’s OK. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”  These people succeeded because they understand that you can’t let your failures define you – you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.  No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. It’s the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust – a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor – and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.
And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you – don’t ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.  The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.  It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.  So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this countryYour families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I’m working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you’ve got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don’t let us down – don’t let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.


BO is telling the kids that each is responsible to himself and to his country. What is a student’s responsibility to himself? His responsibility to himself is to discover what he is good at so that it can be developed and so that he then has something to offer his fellow man. (Notice the emphasis on the collective, rather than the individual.)

A student’s responsibility to his country will be to write, invent, be a politician, teacher, doctor, police officer, nurse, architect, lawyer or soldier or help cure diseases, develop new energy technologies, protect his environment, fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and to make his country more fair and more free. (Notice the emphasis on environmentalism and social justice. And doctors -we’re going to need some of those! So far the “free” part seems way out of place, doesn’t it?)

We all know from looking at history that socialism kills the productive sector of society. There is no incentive for people to work hard for a lazy man’s wage. It makes sense that one attempt to get around that little self-interest-Adam-Smith-was-dead-on-problem is to indoctrinate your children with the idea that their responsibility is to their country, not themselves and their own family. A little guilt-inducing rhetoric will also go a long way towards motivating the SEIU-shirts.

Furthermore, notice the goals are about “social justice” – fighting poverty and all the other things the Statists-libs have been fighting for decades and still haven’t won the battle over.

Notice he’s calling on the children to help “boast our economy”. Yes, let’s get our kids mentally prepared to become slaves to their government in their efforts to pay off trillions of dollars of debt piled on by BO & Co.

Then, of course to top it all off, there is the self-obsessed, narcissistic, stories from the life of Mr. Cult of Personality himself. And you, dear children, if you don’t have all the advantages me and My Wife Our First Lady Michelle Obama had, look to us and we will inspire you!

So, do you recognize the theme yet?





Hitler Youth


See also:

BO’s Favorite Professor of Education, Bill Ayers

Tens of thousands protest indoctrination in schools

America’s radicals are taking over


16 Responses to “Fatherland, Socialism or Death, and the Text of Obama's Speech to Kids”

  1. Debbie aka patriotgirl ;-) said

    Definitely see the theme of this speech. One of many to come, I’m sure, so that the kids will see Heir Furher Obama as an inspiring mentor. NOT!!

  2. George Jefferson said

    Here is a transcript of the 1991 George H W Bush address to students. I’ve highlighted what should alarm you.


    Well, Dick, Admiral Truly, thank you very, very much; and to Charlie here and Tammy down there someplace, Lisa.

    I was watching part of the program before we came in. I saw some of you all there. And let me say how exciting I think the efforts of the spacemobilers and the astronauts are to teach students about space and space exploration. When I was a kid, we had some idols we thought were out of this world. With people like Charlie and Tammy Jernigan, they really are out of this world. And you know what I mean.

    It’s also a privilege to be with so many fine students interested in learning about the future of space. And I especially want to salute the national winners of the Space Science Student Involvement Program who are in the studio with us here today. Their academic achievement, you guys can learn from them, their academic achievement deserves real special recognition.

    So looking forward to today, for a few minutes I was a hero with one of my young grandkids, younger guy than you. When I told her I was going to be on television, she thought I’d finally made it on to “Sesame Street.” [Laughter]

    And as you begin the school year, just think of what you can make of the future. Many of you are the class of the year 2000. In NASA lingo, that means “T” minus 8 years, 3 months, and 13 days. And you, the students of today, will help keep America the world’s leader. And all of you, if you work hard, but all of you can turn learning into an adventure.

    And to do this you have to prepare not just by studying, but by studying hard, especially math and science. And that means doing what I too often fail to do, that means homework. And it means setting goals both for you and for America.

    This is why our administration and the Nation’s Governors created six national educational goals, one of which is to be the first in the world in math and science. And together you can help say of American education, “All systems are go.”

    And since this telecast began, the astronauts orbiting in the space shuttle Discovery have traveled halfway around the planet Earth. Just think about that: Just since the program began, about 12,000 miles. Even if you don’t end up working in space, what you learn about math and science and all the rest of the subjects you study will help you for the rest of your life. So, do your best. Make America proud. Help achieve a lift-off to learning.

    And now, Charlie, having heard some questions I understand they’ve got a few more questions, and maybe you and I can answer them. I hope they give the tough ones to this guy, and I’ll take the easy ones. [Laughter]

    George H W Bush is telling the kids that each is responsible to himself and to his country. What is a student’s responsibility to himself? His responsibility to himself is to study math and science so that it can be developed and so that he then has something to offer his fellow man. (Notice the emphasis on the nation, rather than the individual.)

    We all know from looking at history that socialism kills the productive sector of society. There is no incentive for people to work hard for a lazy man’s wage. It makes sense that one attempt to get around that little self-interest-Adam-Smith-was-dead-on-problem is to indoctrinate your children with the idea that their responsibility is to their country, not themselves and their own family. A little guilt-inducing rhetoric will also go a long way towards motivating the SEIU-shirts.

    Notice he’s setting national education goals. Pretty scary stuff. Didn’t Hitler setup national educational goals as part of the Hitler Youth program?

    Then, of course to top it all off, there is the self-obsessed, narcissistic, stories from Mr Bush about how he looked up to some people he though were out of this world. And you, dear children, if you don’t have all the advantages that astronauts have, look to them and they will inspire you!

  3. George, I agree all of that would be poignant and scary (but maybe not as clearly collectivist talk as was BO’s) if Bush had surrounded himself with domestic terrorists, Socialists, & Commies & LOVED dictators like Chavez.

  4. George Jefferson said

    Ahhh, yes. The old “guilt by association” argument.

    Here’s a little exercise, that uses Glenn Beck’s “guilt by association” logic to reveal some “truths” about … Glenn Beck and … wait for it … YOU…ready?

    “Truth” number one – “YOU and Glenn Beck are big believers in excessive drug use”

    Fact: Glenn Beck is an an admitted alcoholic and drug addict. He also recently interviewed Rush Limbaugh, another admitted drug addict.

    Truth: Glenn Beck has surrounded himself with drugs and other drug addicts, and therefore must be a believer in excessive drug use. That argument can now apply to you. You have “surrounded” yourself with drug addicts and alcoholics, so, using your logic, you MUST also be a drug addict and alcoholic and believe in excessive drug use.

    “Truth” number two – “YOU and Glenn Beck are opposed to family values”

    Fact: Beck divorced his first wife and has had many “friendly” interviews with Mark Sanford, someone who totally disregards the sanctity of marriage.

    Truth: Glenn Beck, who is divorced, has conversations with Mark Sanford, who cheated on his wife. Therefore, he is opposed to family values. You have “surrounded” yourself with vow-breakers, so, you MUST also be opposed to family values.

    “Truth” number three – “YOU and Glenn Beck are polygamists”

    Fact: Glenn Beck is a mormon.

    Truth: The mormon faith was, and still is in many cases, associated with polygamy. Therefore, Glenn Beck, by virtue of his association with other mormons, a polygamist. The fact that you share similar political beliefs as Glenn Beck, means that you are also a polygamist.

    What’s the reality?

    This exercise is a load of crap. Yep, I’ve taken some really weak and loose associations, and made some very derogatory assumptions. Do I believe these things to be true? Of course not. I consider myself a reasonable person. The guilt by association argument is a logical fallacy is an old debate tactic that can be used to incorrectly define anyone’s character or point of view.

  5. George Jefferson said

    Oh, I forgot to mention an interesting tidbit about the Bush family

    – Prescott Bush (father of George) made his fortune by financing the war effort of Adolph Hitler ( So essentially, the Bush family helped to finance a regime that murdered millions and lead to the death of 120,000+ American soldiers in the ETO.

    How would your great, great, great, great, great-grandfather feel about that?

  6. Let’s not make this personal, George. Someone might think I’d gotten to you.

  7. George Jefferson said

    Not personal at all…just pointing some things out.

    However, some news about surrounding oneself with “commies” just came to my attention and I thought I’d get your opinion.

    Did you hear about the speaking engagement that Sarah Palin is doing later this month? She’s giving a speech to the CLSA in communist China. That’s right, a speech to communists in the heart of the last communist super power, RED CHINA. By the way, she’s getting paid to speak to and help communists. Does this remind you of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg?

    What is your thoughts on this? How does this measure to associations that other leaders have had with communists in the normal course of political business?

  8. You might want to look into that some more: (it’s a joke, see?)

  9. George Jefferson said

    The relevance? It’s all about “guilt by association”. Your blog is littered with Beckism that utilize this fallacy. My point is that you can’t simply categorize someones beliefs and motivations by who they have dealings with during normal political business.

    Sarah Palin was reported to have accepted a speaking engagement in China. By your logic, if she talks to a communist or shakes hands with one…then she is a communist. Very McCarthy of you.

    • Association? Try administration! You’ve worked real hard here on my fringe blog. I suggest you take that same motivation and energy and apply it to making better arguments by learning the facts.

  10. George Jefferson said

    Hmmm…guess my facts were right…Sarah Palin DID speak in RED CHINA. And she was PAID a large sum of money (more than YOU or I will make doing a few YEARS of honest work) by communists to address their group. Face it, the leader of your nincompoop nation is a commie.

    Want to take bets in whether or not she has a tattoo of Lenin on her ass?

  11. Sigh. Oh hi, George. You’re back. Sarah Palin did indeed speak in Hong Kong. It was not, however, addressed to Communists.
    “Hong Kong is a global metropolitan and international financial centre, and has a highly developed capitalist economy. Under the “one country, two systems” policy[8] and according to Basic Law, it has a “high degree of autonomy” in all areas except foreign affairs and defence, which are the responsibility of the PRC Government.[9] Hong Kong maintains its own currency, legal system, political system, immigration control, rule of the road and other aspects that concern its way of life,[9] many of which are distinct from mainland China.[10][11][12][13]”

    In the speech that she gave at a CLSA meeting (that’s a group of people with skin in the game – not Communists, Socialists or other parasites), she said “the US government was wasting taxpayers’ money and could aggravate poverty” and “US President Barack Obama’s administration worsened an already difficult situation when earlier this month he slapped duties on Chinese tire imports blamed for costing American jobs”. Both of these statements I agree with. Jobs go overseas because it’s cheaper there. The pursuit of wealth is what drives ALL economies. It’s about who has the FREEDOM to pursue the wealth. You should look up Milton Friedman on Youtube and educate yourself. This one is particularly enlightening if you can for one minute drop the chip on your shoulder and open your mind:

    And thank God she’s making some money. She deserves it. And guess what she does with it!?! She uses it to take care of herself and her own family. She’s not a parasite like anyone who would say they are “entitled” to a commodity that someone else has to produce (that’s work for…or slave for) to provide to them. Don’t YOU like money, George?

  12. George Jefferson said


    Sarah Palin went to Hong Kong, which is part of China, and spoke to bankers (some of which were commies) and criticized American policy towards the Chinese????

    That, my patriotic blogger, makes Sarah Palin a Benedict Arnold.

  13. Zzzzzzzzzz. You’re boring me death, George. Do you have a point? How is Sarah Palin relevant to BO’s pushing socialism, marxism, communism on the children in this country? You’re losing your way. Stay focused please.

  14. And if you think I’m going to take down the honor badge your gave me by being a**-kissy and calling me “patriotic” now, you’re wrong!

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