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  1. I think it’s horribly inappropriate for children to sing songs with controversial, politically charged lyrics like “Barack Obama is our president.” Don’t they know he’s from Keynanesia or Muslimistan or wherever??!?!?!?!?!

    I wonder if those same kids sing praise to George Bush when he won re-election? I mean, sure, they are toddlers in Jan 2005, but that’s no excuse.

    And on a mean-spirited note, they really should drop the word Harmony from the school’s name.

  2. I don’t really see much of an issue with the song the Mableton school sang… especially compared to some of the other ones I read there. What exactly is your beef with the song? To me, they’re not really singing praises so much as they’re singing a history lesson. Barack Obama is our new President. Check. Barack Obama is the leader of our land. Well, yeah.. that’s what our President is supposed to be. On November 4, 2008 All the Americans voted in each and every state. Well, yeah, that’s when the Presidential election was. He moved into the white house with his wife, Michelle his daughters, Malia and Sasha and new dog as well. Well, yes, the White House is indeed where the President lives during his Presidency. Hrmm… I could go on examining line by line, but I think I’ve made my point here. There’s nothing to see here… move along…

    • ByteMe says:

      What’s to see is how really really angry Pete is that a Democrat (and a Black Man? Given Pete’s history here, that’s probably fair to include) is in the White House.

  3. GOPGeorgia says:

    The words are not that out of line, but do we really want kids singing about ANY president? The kids do need to learn how to sing though.

    • I think we should, yes. Shouldn’t the President be a position that inspires people? As a kid, did you ever say “I want to grow up to be President!”? Do we really want to shun our current generation away from that to one of looking down upon Presidents and mocking them? Shouldn’t the position of President still garner respect from the country’s citizens? I’m not saying you have to agree with his policies, but can’t you respect someone while fully disagreeing with them?

    • ByteMe says:

      The kids do need to learn how to sing though.

      And what better way to be humiliated for the rest of your life than to have it on YouTube?

    • GOPGeorgia says:

      You can respect the office of the President without worshiping him as a deity. I don’t recall every being asked to sing about Ford, Carter or Reagan, let alone Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, or JFK. My problem doesn’t have to do with disagreeing with his policies. It’s more about watching selected parts of America looking like North Korea and singing praises to a great and glorious leader, Kim Jong-il, I mean BHO.

      It could be just me. Let me know if you sang (or were asked to sing) praises to the President who was in office when you were in school.

      • ByteMe says:

        So the effort to rebrand airports, roads, politicians — damn near everything that didn’t move fast enough — with the name of “Ronald Reagan”… that isn’t worshipping or anything, right?

      • rugby says:

        So you don’t want people singing about Washington and Lincoln on President’s Day? Awesome.

        For the record, my school had an annual President’s Day celebration and I know mine wasn’t the only one.

        “You can respect the office of the President without worshiping him as a deity.”

        You never fail to bring the stupid. Which is good for a laugh I’ll give you that.

      • Okay, how about this… here’s the transcript below, just to save you the time. Now, could you please point out the part below that sounds like they’re worshipping Obama as a deity? I failed to see any mention of the words deity, god, allah, jehovah, or anything else remotely resembling that. Please enlighten me oh blessed GOP one. 🙂

        Transcript:

        Barack Obama is our new President
        Barack Obama is the leader of our land

        On November 4, 2008
        All the Americans voted
        In each and every state

        Barack Obama is our new President
        Barack Obama is the leader of our land

        He moved into the white house
        With his wife, Michelle
        His daughters, Malia and Sasha
        And new dog as well

        Barack Obama is our new President
        Barack Obama is the leader of our land

        He’ll bring us all together
        And work hard every day
        To make our nation better
        And keep our people safe

        Barack Obama is our new President
        Barack Obama is the leader of our land

        In the oval office
        From sea to shining sea
        He’ll represent our country
        The land and the free

        Barack Obama is our new President
        Barack Obama is the leader of our land

  4. rugby says:

    “Education is the key. Education is the secret.
    Education is the way. Education is the path.
    Can I make America better?
    Can I make America better?
    Can we make America better?
    Yes! Yes we can!
    Yes! Yes we can!”

    If my children ever say this…heaven help them. Heaven help them.

    • GOPGeorgia says:

      “Change has come. Change has come.
      Hope.
      Uniting blacks and whites.
      Hope.
      Being both, Obama cannot take sides.
      Hope.
      Don’t worry, said hope. I will be your bridge.
      In time, hope will be the bridge for all of us.
      Hope will last enough for you to make a difference.
      Change has come. Change has come.
      Go now, fly free.”

      I was looking at the first half of the transcript. President Obama is “hope” and “change” and he will be the bridge for all of us. I remember a hymnal called “He is come.” Change has come. “Being both, he cannot take sides.” God loves us all.

  5. GOPGeorgia said: I was looking at the first half of the transcript. President Obama is “hope” and “change” and he will be the bridge for all of us. I remember a hymnal called “He is come.” Change has come. “Being both, he cannot take sides.” God loves us all.

    Seems I remember a few porn flicks out there with the word come in them in as well. I suppose they should be considered hymnals as well, since they share 1 out of 3 words in the title? Come on, you can do a bit better than that as for why you claim they’re worshipping him as a deity. You’re reaching here… really reaching…

    • GOPGeorgia says:

      From the MMM MMM MM video

      “He said red, yellow, black or white/All are equal in his sight.”

      Jesus loves the little children
      All the children of the world
      Black and yellow, red and white
      They’re all precious in His sight
      Jesus loves the little children of the world

      Whether you’re rich or whether you’re poor
      It matters not to Him
      He remembers where you’re going
      Not where you’ve been

      Jesus loves the little children
      All the children of the world
      Black and yellow, red and white
      They’re all precious in His sight
      Jesus loves the little children of the world

      If your heart is troubled
      Don’t worry, don’t you fret
      He knows that you have heard His call
      And he won’t forget

      Jesus loves the little children
      All the children of the world
      Black and yellow, red and white
      They’re all precious in His sight
      Jesus loves the little children of the world

      All around the world tonight
      His children rest assured
      That He will watch and He will keep us
      Safe and secure

      Jesus loves the little children
      All the children of the world
      Black and yellow, red and white
      They’re all precious in His sight
      Jesus loves the little children of the world

      • YouTube is blocked by our proxy at work, so I’ll have to look at it later. The transcript you just posted didn’t mention Obama at all. (Unless of course Obama translates to Jesus in some language I’m not familiar with, or when you’re speaking in tongues.) However, if the transcript you just posted was sung in public school, then indeed I do have problems with it. Not because they’re singing about a President (they’re not), but because they’re singing about Jesus. I’m very familiar with at least the chorus of that song, as I was raised in a southern baptist church. (Though from what I remember it was Red or yellow, black or white, though I guess the order doesn’t really matter that much.) But if you’re saying this childrens’ Christian hymn shouldn’t be sung in a public school, I wholeheartedly agree with you. I just don’t think they’re talking about Obama here.

        • rugby says:

          David, David, David, David…When will you ever learn? In the minds of right-wing nuts, Obama=Jesus. Or wait, is it all of Obama’s supporters think Obama=Jesus? Or is it, Jesus=Obama?

          At any rate, I believe you get my drift.

        • GOPGeorgia says:

          All I am saying is the took the basic concept of a childrens Christain song and tweeked it every so slightly and sung about President Obama in the same way that that kids sing about Jesus. The first line I metioned in quotes “He said red, yellow, black or white/All are equal in his sight.” is from the MMM MMM MM video, talking about BHO. Check it out when you get home.

          • ByteMe says:

            I think it works both ways. My kids come home from day care singing religious songs to the tune of “London Bridge is falling down…”

  6. Romegaguy says:

    A lot of the “standard” religious songs written in the 1700-1800’s were reworked lyrics to drinking songs of the day.

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