Good Grief

I am not a democrat.

I am not a republican.

I am an American.

I am not an Obama lover.

I am not an Obama hater.

I am a parent.

I read the speech. I did not watch it as our district did not air it during school.

I was not offended. There are some kids out there who need to hear those words. From someone not their parent. From someone not their teacher. From someone not their principal. A fresh viewpoint. A fresh voice.

I pray that some lost soul truly heard. That some lost soul was motivated to be a greater person. That some lost soul felt cared for and respected. I work with children who have already "given up", lost the drive, or, frankly, care more about surviving than their schoolwork even as young as elementary age. I want them to know, to believe, that they can do anything. Anything. that they set their mind to do. I pray that all children stopped to think. To feel empowered about who they can become and to feel that they can jump those high, high hurdles.

And I would pray those things no matter who said the words.


Melissa said...

Amen, sister! Like you, I am not an Obama fan. But, seriously?!? I am thinking about putting my opinions on the blog soon. This will not happen tonight. I was highly irritated by much of the slander, assumptions, and racism that came around because of this attempt at encouraging students in America. We did show it at my school, by the way. Some of my favorite comments include "Obama is the Anti-Christ" (a fellow-teacher said this) and "He's just going to brainwash us" (student quoting a parent). Ridiculous!

D... said...

Wow, Melissa. How incredibly sad.

My little friend at school told me this morning that Obama was going to tell all the students that they had to write him a letter saying they loved him. I questioned him on the hows and whys of that statement. His response? Because he's the new Hitler. Another student quoting his parent and the vicious cycle continues. Disheartening, for sure.

This is nothing new in the world of politics but why, oh why, does it have to be so ludicrous?

Bubba's Sis said...

I love this post, D, and so agree with you. Like you, I don't get involved much in politics, but simply asking the objectors why they feel the way they do has started a tempest in a teapot on my FB wall! :-(

Debbie said...

The backlash over this speech has saddened me greatly. Our country is some kind of messed up when a man can achieve what Obama has in life and is unable to use that position to encourage our children without this type of fury. Neither of my kids saw it either. Sad.

Anonymous said...

Great post. The partisan politics in this country is a road to ruin. When winning becomes more important than the work you do for the people who elect you to office, there is little hope that the country can move forward in a constructive manner.

Jenny86753oh9 said...

Well said!! I'm sure there were a lot of kids that needed to hear that.

jennyonthespot said...

Amen. In the words of Former First Lady Laura Bush to CNN, "There's a place for the president of the United States to talk to schoolchildren and encourage schoolchildren" to stay in school.

forgetfulone said...

You said it so well! I so agree, too. After having the transcript released, it looks like all those "haters" had to realize it was much ado about nothing!

Patois said...

Well done.