I just saw a news item that Obama is planning to speak to all public school students on September 8.
The Dept. of Education has issued a prep sheet for teachers. Among the items are included:
"students can prepare by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama"
My comment: What if George Bush had issued this order that students read books about him?
"Why is it important that we listen to the president and other elected officials?"
My comment: Notice how the wording of the question assumes that it is important to listen to the president. Isn't it the other way around? Aren't our elected officials supposed to be listening to us? The American government is built on the idea of government "of the people, by the people, for the people." Obama is accountable to the American people. He is not supposed to be brainwashing our children to look on him as their "dear leader." We are a free people, and that means we can choose not to listen to the president if we don't want to.
"What is he asking me to do?"
My comment: Why does he think he has the right to demand our children to do anything for him?
This is just another red flag indicating that Obama is trying to accrue more and more power to himself and the federal government. This is not a good direction to be going in. The United States was built on the idea that the people have the right to be free of oppressive government and autocratic civil leaders. We don't need the president to foster a personality cult around himself, especially with children.
A few weeks ago the White House asked people to report emails and other communication from people who were spreading what they called "disinformation" and "fishy" things about the health care plans before Congress. Now they've pulled that down and started a website instead. Can you imagine the uproar that would have ensued if Bush had done anything like that?
I find all this very disturbing and bordering on indoctrination of our children. It's one thing to appeal to love of country, and what we should do for our country. It's quite another to make the appeal to what we should do for the president. Then it becomes a personality cult. As John F. Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.