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
February 2009

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.


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.

13 Responses to Cult of Personality-Take 2

  1. Todd says:

    “Oooo Im a proud American”

    “Political indoctrination in our schools-thank the NEA.”

    Donald, are you sure you’re not a closet hippie? Relocating to Canada anytime soon?

  2. Donald R. McClarey says:

    And miss participating in the rout of the party that you vote for Todd? Not on your glory & praise hymnal!

  3. Todd says:

    Swing and another miss, Donald. I don’t vote Dem on the federal level. We independents outnumber R’s by a 2-1 margin. We might well be a political force that exceeds both parties. Another try?

  4. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Actually Todd I believe Obama is a Democrat on the federal level and you have stated you voted for him.

    Here is a link to the politics collection on your website. You are as independent as Nancy Pelosi.

  5. Donald R. McClarey says:

    And from a comment you left on Inside Catholic last year:

    “I think you overstate the choice, Deal. Obama is a moderate. If he were a true liberal, he’d have moved beyond Nixon’s universal health care. A true secular liberal would be bringing the troops home on 21 Jan 2009, abolishing the death penalty, advocating same day registration and voting, resuscitating the ERA, overhauling the tax code, repealing NAFTA, legalizing cannabis, refinancing social security, signing Kyoto, and deporting Rupert Murdoch.

    The scare tactics are unimpressive, my friend. Some will be duped, but you are right this election does provide a clear choice. McCain will have to distance himself from the stain of immorality and incompetence of the past 7.4 years of Republican rule. As I’ve said elsewhere, the only thing saving the GOP right now is that in a two-party system the worst one can do is second place. If the US were a parliamentary democracy, W would already be gone and the party would be in shreds.”

    If you don’t regularly vote Dem on the national level, I suspect it is because you view them as too conservative.

  6. Todd says:

    “You are as independent as Nancy Pelosi.”

    Strike three. But you get a bonus point for the research … or the portfolio you keep on me. I’m a registered independent. Proudly so. I don’t believe the Speaker has abandoned her party affiliation overnight.

    It is true I view President Obama as a moderate Democrat. If he were as liberal as Dennis Kucinich, say, he would be unelectable. I disagree with his handling of foreign policy in Afghanistan. I don’t like the people he has in Treasury or their policies. But I’m a realist when it comes to politics.

    Getting back to your meme I don’t think you’ve uncovered indoctrination any more than some on the Far Left have uncovered racism in the opposition to the president.

    It’s more accurate to say this is a tussle over celebritism and anti-celebritism. Americans have their heroes: politicians, athletes, and media stars on the whole. And Americans also indulge an anti-celebrity streak, as you and many other Catholic conservatives do. It’s not a surprise that conservatives, still feeling the sting of getting mangled in the past two federal elections, are somewhat more anti- these days. After all, who do you have as a serious contender right now?

    Donald, I think you just need to look a little deeper than your hurt feelings. Otherwise, this kind of conservative commentary comes off as Oprah-worthy whining.

    Take the last word, my friend. This has been a tough one for you.

  7. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Let’s see Todd you don’t vote for Dems on the federal level but you did vote for Obama. You do see the contradiction therein don’t you? As for last year’s election Todd, I think it is good for Americans to give the Dems complete power every generation or so. It often serves as an innoculation against that particular mistake for quite a few years. Doubtless Todd we will be seeing more of you at AC as the outlook grows increasingly bleak for the Dems in 2010, and I look forward to it. Peace, Todd.

  8. Dale Price says:


    “Oooo Im a proud American” is a perfectly admirable sentiment. But in context–especially in the absence of anything similar pre-Obama–it’s clearly–and only–a pep rally for The One. And I know you didn’t miss this part of the chorus:

    “YES WE CAN!”

    Just admit it’s a ham-handed (and in the long-term ineffective) bit of political proselytizing and attack the outrage from another angle.

    BTW, I missed your NFL preview this year. I hope you didn’t peg the Lions as anything better than 3-13. The team is better, but that’s not saying much given last year’s historical milestone.

  9. TomSVDP says:

    “I missed your NFL preview this year. I hope you didn’t peg the Lions as anything better than 3-13. The team is better, but that’s not saying much given last year’s historical milestone.”

    Though I like the Vikings and always have and they did well this past Sunday vs. the Lions, there is no way imho that they deserved to win that one game versus the Lions last year. Calls by the officials helped Minnesota. And then, it would have been Brad Childress’ team that lost the only game that Detroit won last year.

    Pro Football is a bit of an oddity, why some teams can do well every year and there are some teams that hardly ever do well. In general, I’m against the dominant teams. Before the Salary Cap; for some reason, money I guess, the Cowboys and the 49ers were way ahead of everyone else.

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  11. JB says:

    Remember Rev Jim Jones ? Time to open a Kool-Aid stand

  12. Mike Petrik says:

    Did you notice nobody was kneeling? Where oh where are the liturgical police when you need them.

  13. TomSVDP says:

    The Cult of the Lions! Detroit Wins!

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