Cult of Personality-Take 2
A followup to my earlier post on school kids singing a hymn of praise to Obama. Hattip to Gateway Pundit. Apparently the video was posted on YouTube by the proud teacher behind this piece of agitprop.
“We began to write the song after watching the Inauguration. Our school day is packed bell to bell with academics, but were usually able to spend the last five minutes of singing songs as short ELD (English Language Development) activities. Day by day we used this tiny window of time to brainstorm lyrics. As the song took shape, the children became more and more proud of their accomplishment. It soon morphed into a tribute to MLK and others honored for their work towards social justice.
By February the song was done. We got requests to come and perform from adjacent classrooms that heard it coming from our room at the end of the day. Their egos boomed. I decided to make it something they’d never forget by producing the video. Nobody forced the children to participate–in fact a few sat it out. When it was finished, they were hoping the President himself would see it and wanted to be able to show it to friends and relatives. We got the consent of parents as well as the administration and put it online.
That’s the story. We hope you like the song.
The Obama Song (“Proud American”)
By Mr. B and the students of Room 8
Obama is the President!
First African America in history
44th president of the United States
The ground has shifted
The world has changed!
Oooo Im a proud American
Oooo yes yes yes yes YES WE CAN!
Im going to study really hard just like Barack
Learning never ever stops
Gonna set my goals HIGH and graduate
You might be looking at the President of 2048!
We are a nation of a thousand colors, look at me
Our strength is our diversity
Walking hand in hand we sing
Each a day a little closer to the dream of Dr. King
(Exerpt from MLK’s “I Have a Dream, 1963)
Together we walk
Me and you
So so much work
Left to do.
G C G D
G C G D
D C G
D C – G”
It was big of the teacher to allow some of the third graders not to participate. A child at that age of course would feel no anguish in not participating in an activity pushed by a teacher and would suffer no peer pressure from the other kids. Political indoctrination in our schools-thank the NEA.