September 5th, 2009
02:22 PM ET
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. davinder

    This is complete nonsense. Thank you cnn for giving coverage to crap!

    September 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Pepou

    These people who cannot even listen to a speech urging students to stay in school should get a life ! Too bad they even have children !

    September 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Roger

    We are seeing the "American Talibans" in action.....the American's who have extreme views react like they are ignorant to what is really going on....they do as they are told & believe what someone else tells them to believe (GOP)...If the children behave or are like their parents who are keeping them out of school it is a good decision to keep them home for the day, they would be disruptive to the classroom & would not be safe for the children who have sense enough to behave like they should, we have seen how these people behave in the town hall meetings & most REAL families with values do not want to be subjected to this behavior...

    September 5, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Michigan

    I can't believe the media is spreading this stupidity...every president of the United States should be addressing students to encourage desired bahaviors like getting an education!

    I can remember when Reagan addressed students saying to not raise taxes; George Sr. asked students to send letters of ideas to help him; George Jr. was in a classroom on 9/11...the furor reasoning is very suspect...

    September 5, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Retired US Army Officer - Kansas

    It is a sad day in our nations history when a group raises issues about a President of the United States of America addressing students. I do not question the President, but I do question those that are so hate full and Anti-American that they dare attack the President in this fashion. This is beyond freedom of speech but is a fundamental attack on our nations very form of government and upon t he Presidencey of the United States. I can think of no actions taken in our nations history that dishonor or insult the nation or the Office of the President more than the cat calls and actions of these individuals and their anti-American veiws.

    September 5, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Post always rejected by CNN

    The republicans in this country are a bunch of low class characters. They did not say anything when bush traveled around the country speaking as schools. who knows if he didn't push the republican agenda. Since he was the president the democrats took him at his word. But it seems to me the republicans are so jealous, so much full of sour grapes, so wanting to get back in power to ruin this country more than what did under bush that they latch on to any little thing they can to slur and slam.

    I think this country would be a much better place if every single one of them left and re-located on some desert island. Let them take their stupid beliefs and govern themselves. Pretty soon it would descend in to chaos just like they are.

    September 5, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. sue sue

    you concervatives whatever you are, you need to stop this racism and hatred towards the president of united states. you are ashaming yourselves throughtout the world. while the president is popular and loved by many americans and also many throughout the world, a small number of radical americans are tarnishing his name. you are just a small number stirring hatred. millions of the rest of americans are watching to see you make a fool of yourself. no other president in history of united states has been treated with much disrespect from day one of taking office. the mess was created over many years, ofcourse only a miracle can undo it in 8 months. many presidents have spoken to school kids. but hey, anything that comes out of a black presidents mouth is treated as trash and politics. what a pity. Lord have mercy.

    September 5, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Susan Glenn

    There has been far too much coverage by CNN of the far right attacks on President Obama! Yesterday I saw five minutes of coverage of the "tea party" folks, including rabid speeches accusing the president of violating the Constitutiojn for promoting health care reform. This was followed by 30 seconds of coverage of a pro-health care reform rally, with no speeches by those who support the president. You simply give more credibility to the wacky right than they deserve, and encourage their delusional ideas.

    If Texans do not think their students have the right to hear their own president (fairly elected by a solid majority, which is more than one can say of former President Bush) then perhaps they should secede from the union and become the Lone Star state once again.

    In all fairness, how about some commentary by the not so loonie members of the left, who actually would like a single payer health care system as they have in France, rated by the World Health organization as the best health care system in the country.

    A disappointed viewer of CNN

    September 5, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. True American

    All great leaders, such as Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro, Chaves, and Obama, need to indoctrinate the young.

    September 5, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Gary

    This has gone too far. There is nothing wrong with the President encouraging kids to work hard. The GOP is about to Whig out.

    September 5, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. unshrub

    When Bush spoke to the school children the republicans thought it was a good idea. Now, all they do is come up with a bunch of LIES about what Obama is going to say. This is politics at its worse. The republicans are spreading a bunch of lies and getting everyone worked up for nothing.

    September 5, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Russell, NC

    Obama needs to find something better to do. It is political, political. Every thing he does is for political gain.

    September 5, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Jackson

    Ok so it seem no matter what this President does the conservative wackos are going to be against it. I don't see any evidence that he is trying to spread propaganda or whatever...who was the last president not to do something similar?

    September 5, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Barb

    This is another example of how extreme and crazy Republicans have become. I remember even as a young child having President Eisenhower address students to encourage good work. The Republican party is becoming more and more like the Taliban daily.

    September 5, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Kevin B

    Didn't Presidents Reagan and HW "the education president" Bush do the same thing in encouraging children to study hard and complete thier education?

    The GOP wants to create as much fear and hatred as possible to gain some sort of advantage in next years elections, even if it means depriving thier own children of opportunity. These folks are nothing more than thinnly veiled bigots and cowards.

    The dumber americans become, the more republicans will be created.

    September 5, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Willy Brown

    If Bush would have done this you all in the media and Teacher's Union would still be howling.

    September 5, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Brenda

    I am disgusted with the negative comments that I have heard thus far concerning President Obama addressing the school kids in reference to the importance of staying in school and graduating.

    Personally, I feel that not only the President but anyone voicing a concern for education is in my pocket. We as American "say U.S.A. is the greatest county but I differ when we are lagging in education.

    Do we want Americans to more of an educated country or continue to have generation after generation not graduating; which leads to lying, stealing, cheating and prison. Which do you prefer?

    Tampa, FL

    September 5, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Sami

    This flap is about the stupidist thing I have ever heard of. It is racist at its very core. There was not a peep when Regan and the elder Bush did the SAME THING. Even Bush 43rd directly interacted with students when he read (?) to them in class (9/11)

    When Republicians open their mouths, stupidity falls out!

    September 5, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Loup Garou 782

    Why should parents allow their children to be captive audiences in the classroom to be indoctrinated in the obama ideology learned from Sol Alinsky, William Ayers, Rev. Wright, Rashid Khalid's and others. This administration is following in the footsteps of Adolph Hitler.

    September 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. lysh

    President's should not be allowed address our kids in school (unless of course you're a right-nut and it's Reagan or Bush doing the addressing). If our kids are going to be indoctrinated, then I'd rather have the right-wing wackos indoctrinate our nations kids at home. With more appropriate messages of how our president is a Nazi communist. What's happened to our country when our president can promote "staying in school"? What happened to the good old days when they promoted Republican tax cuts (Reagan), or "Every Child Left Behind" (Bush)?

    September 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    We've watched those GOP liars for months now.

    Wait until next year when we vote even more of them out. The hate is NOT what this great country needs or wants.

    It's not the United States of Republicans.

    It's my country too, and I want it back from the Hate-Mongers.

    September 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. JOBLESS IN IOWA

    Obama not only wants to doctrinate your children to his way, such as that of Hitler, but now to make you save, but at the speed that the Government wants is to pay you in US Bonds, which take longer to mature and really dont make a good percentage for years. Sounds like government controll of your money. Obama's SPREAD THE WEALTH campaign promise.

    Brought to you by the Obama Socialistic Republic of Non-America

    September 5, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. Honest Abe

    Face it... He (black) Pres. Obama is YOUR President! All Pres. have addressed schools – why anything different here? Keep your kid at home I guess – idiots. Republicans are so UN-AMERICAN

    September 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Patty in the CA mountains

    I have never, in my 56 years, witnessed such treatment of a sitting president as I am now with Mr Obama.

    Only so many incidents such as this can take place before I must begin to consider race as the overriding factor. I have given the offenders the benefit of the doubt up till now, because I hate to always throw "race" into the mix. But no more.

    If Mr Obama was a white republican there would be no such noise being made. For God's sake, bush was reading to a classroom of children when he was told aboaut 9/11....no one was angry that he was in the classroom (even though he was holding the book upside down!!) we only took issue with his inability to function after the news.

    The disrespect being shown this president is appalling and his tolerance of it is classic. This man has class, education and ethics....that's so much more than I can begin to say about those who continue to rail against his existence.

    September 5, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Denna

    Robert Gibbs is right – we have reached the silly season. Since when is it wrong for a President to encourage children to stay in school and, gasp, to think for themselves. We now know why there is so much ignorance in America. Just check out the conservative parents blowing a gasket.

    I think the administration approached this the wrong way. Since President Obama is African-American (and white) the administration should have stated that the message was for minority students only. THEN the conservatives would have blown a gasket and INSISTED that ALL schools hear the message. When you are playing with silly putty minds, sometimes you have to moisten them.

    September 5, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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