I am standing up and saying, I am proud of our President Obama! I watched him yesterday as he spoke before the United Nations. He was Brilliant. President Obama signaled a sharp break with the policies of former President Bush and echoed the themes of his own presidential campaign. He urged world leaders to act together to combat global warming, nuclear proliferation, extreme poverty, and continuing conflict in the Middle East. The audience rewarded and honored our President with applause, eight times during his speech. Applause is extremely rare at the United Nations.
I have been proud of previous Presidents. I remember my 5th grade class being so excited and motivated about the Presidential election in 1960. We studied both candidates. We were split almost 50 - 50, with half of our class supporting Candidate Kennedy, and the other half supporting candidate Nixon. I, of course, supported Kennedy. My sister and I saw him when he visited Lansing, our State Capital. I wrote to him and asked for an autographed picture, which he sent me. I was so proud when he was elected. I remember his speech. All of us watched his speech in school. "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." I remember talking about his speech in class and asking ourselves what we could do to support our President - support change in America. We all wanted to help him.
The President also started a Physical Fitness program. We started exercising in school (no choice, mandatory, but we all liked it). I remember the song we were told to sing, "Give that chicken fat, Back to the chicken, And don't be chicken again. No, don't be chicken again." The song, Chicken Fat, also known as “The Youth Fitness Song” was composed for President Kennedy’s Physical Fitness Program. Recordings of this song were sent to school districts throughout the United States to accompany the official U.S. Physical Fitness program of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness.
I remember many of the President's policies and being so motivated. I believed in equal rights for all, the Civil Rights Movement and Women's Rights. I remember thinking about joining the Peace Corps.
I remember sitting in the living room with my whole family, watching TV as Jackie Kennedy gave us a tour of the White House. I remember thinking how beautiful she was, and how she spoke before world leaders in Spanish, in French, and thinking, I want to speak other languages and learn more about the world.
The sixties were a magical time. The country was proud. The world was proud. We were Patriotic, Motivated for Peace and Equality. I loved those times and I long for us all to be Patriotic, honor our President and joined as a nation again -- in equality!
I saw a bit of the same through other Presidencies. I remember kids sending Jelly Beans to President Reagan. I remember Bush I and II reading to children. Reagan, both Bushes and Clinton spoke to children in school about Reading and Education.
Knowing and living through all of this history, I am totally, totally appalled by what Fox News and Republican Right Wingers are doing to chastise and belittle school children who sang a song about our President. These teabagger, deather, birthers have gone beyond the pale. On youtube footage, these psychos have spliced in footage from Korean dictator Kim Jong. It is just deplorable.
I am showing this video to show you how INSANE these Beck/Hannity supported teabagger, deather, birthers are. Additionally, here are the actual lyrics to the cute song the little children wrote in support of our President. They took these children's beautiful, creative words and tried to turn them into something else. These extreme right wingers are despicable.
First: Here are the cute lyrics created by the children:
"we're going to spread happiness, we're gonna spread freedom.
Obama's gonna change it. Obama's gonna lead em.
Now we'll all lift our voice to say, we with all our heart.
For our children, for our families, Our nation all joined as one."
"yes, we can. can. can."
Next: Here is what the despicable, evil right wingers turned them into:
All I can say is, Thank you Glenn Beck for proving HATRED survives in your depths of depravity! Stop passing it around! Leave the little Children alone!!
Here is a 2nd video, 1st the lyrics:
He said that all must lend a hand, To make this country strong again
Mmm, mmm, mm! Barack Hussein Obama
He said we must be fair today, Equal work means equal pay
He said that we must take a stand, To make sure everyone gets a chance
He said red, yellow, black or white, All are equal in his sight
Mmm, mmm, mm! Barack Hussein Obama
Hello, Mr. President we honor you today! For all your great accomplishments, we all doth say "hooray!"
Hooray, Mr. President! You're number one! The first black American to lead this great nation!
Hooray, Mr. President we honor your great plans, To make this country's economy number one again!
Hooray Mr. President, we're really proud of you!And we stand for all Americans under the great Red, White, and Blue!
Now here is how the crazee teabaggers wrote about it on youtube and fox:
Just as the young children of Nazi Germany sang to Adolph Hitler..We are now teaching our children to sing a song to the new fascist leader of the USSA. (funny how this was filmed in June but suddenly this is posted on youtube with these despicable words and FOX immediately reacts!)