Obama to introduce airing of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
April 4th, 2012
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Obama to introduce airing of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

(CNN) – Boo Radley and Atticus Finch will soon be returning to a television near you, but this time they’ll come with a presidential introduction.

On Tuesday, USA Network announced that it will be premiering a “digitally remastered and fully restored” version of the 1962 classic film “To Kill a Mockingbird” with a new introduction from President Barack Obama. The presentation will honor the 50th anniversary of the film's release.

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  1. once upon a horse

    uh oh I'm sure that will enrage the likes of Limbaugh and Newt Gingrinch especially since the storyline does not make far riight conservatives of that era look very good.

    April 4, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Great story. Riveting movie. A film that challenged the American thought process at the time of its' release. That era saw a number of trend setting films that gave black actors roles that were outside of the box laid down by Stepin' Fetchit.

    April 4, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    It is sure nice to know the Celebrity-in-Chief is tackling the big problems our country faces like movie introductions. Honestly, can we survive 4 more years of this nonsense? Obama has reduced the Presidency to a level of announcer. This clown has to go.

    April 4, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    once – you mentioned Limbaugh, and I have a theory about his anger toward everyone who is not a bagger. Rush is extremely large, and sitting in that chair 3 hours a day has to create a lot of chafing. And we all know what a pain in the butt is like.

    April 4, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Getting Real

    to: Once Upon an Horse!- the film makes all bigots look bad, "Far Right" and "Far Left". Just look at the current time line for how bigoted the "Far Left" is with the Media convictions of Zimmerman with "guessing at what happened" rather than the facts. Gresham's movie was just as poignant as "To Kill a Mockingbird". It just didn't get a presidential endorsement or introduction. If the current occupant of 1600 Pen Ave would spend more time on our problems like the Dem's in the senate actually following the law and producing a budget for reconciliations, and he would also enforce the laws on Immigration all the other laws he finds inconvenient for his philosophy, maybe we could get out of this quagmire. I thought he was the president of ALL THE PEOPLE, not just so called Progressives!

    April 4, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Anthony

    Should I work on gas prices, the economy, or intro a 50 year old movie on basic cable today?

    April 4, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Truth – Unlike the last knuckle dragging moron from Texas who could only do one thing at a time, and could not focus on anything longer than a few minutes like a child with ADHD, our president can multitask. Think about the evening leading up to the death of bin Laden.

    April 4, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Lisa P

    once upon a horse

    uh oh I'm sure that will enrage the likes of Limbaugh and Newt Gingrinch especially since the storyline does not make far riight conservatives of that era look very good.
    April 4, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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    Not to mention the heresy that sometimes lawyers are needed to achieve justice - God doesn't just do it all by Herself without any help from the prayerful, ignorant, deeply prejudiced townsfolk. Oh, and what's that - a liberal interested in doing what's right vs. local government authorities interested only in doing what's expedient? Rush's head will probably explode. And how dare Harper Lee imply that blacks weren't happy with segregation and that separate was far less than equal! The nerve of some people, challenging Newt & co.'s revisionist history of the good ol'boys' imagined good ol'days South!

    April 4, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "It is sure nice to know the Celebrity-in-Chief is tackling the big problems our country faces like movie introductions. "

    Yeah. I mean, the 5 minutes he spent in front of a camera one day reading off some introdcution written by some staffer for him...that totally caused the recession to last another 5 years.

    April 4, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Right wingnuts must not know that our domestic oil production, under our president, is at the highest level in history. Taxes under our president are the lowest in 50 years. Under our president, he leadership of al Qaeda has been decimated. We have seen the stock market almost double, under President Obama, and have seen 4 million private sector jobs created in the last three years. All this without a single republican vote.

    April 4, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Wire Palladin, S. F. - our president can multitask.
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    yeah, he sure can multi-task between campaigning (on our dime), fundraising (on our dime), vacationing (on our dime), celebrity events, late night TV appearances, and now movie introductions. Obama ha sno real interest in doing the REAL work of this country. He's nothing but an empty suited puppet for Pelosi and Reid.

    April 4, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Get Real you need to get real about the Trayvon killing.The facts KEEP coming out and making Zimmerman look more and more homicidal. In regards to your diatribe about the President everyone is entitled to their opinion.

    April 4, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Lisa P. Nice one!

    April 4, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    yeah, he sure can multi-task between campaigning (on our dime), .....
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    He was multi-tasking the night that he roasted Donald Trump while ordering a covert operation to capture/kill OBL. And he did on our taxpayer dollars to boot. That's what Republicans have always called leadership when their guy is in the White House.

    April 4, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Myviewis

    I don't see what good comes from showing a movie of a case in Alabama which was predominantly Democrat and who were the owners of black slaves. This movie only reminds us that the Deep South, the Southerners, states such Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansa, Mississippi, Louisiana which are generally dominated by Democrats were the slave owners and hated, mistreated blacks. These people did not see blacks as equal human beings, they were cruel to blacks. Thank God President Lincoln freed the black people from their owners.

    April 4, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis wrote:

    I don't see what good comes from showing a movie of a case in Alabama which was predominantly Democrat and who were the owners of black slaves. This movie only reminds us that the Deep South, .....
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    It serves a reminder of just what the meaning of the phrase, "The South shall rise again." actually and truly means.

    April 4, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Dan

    Oh, we can all see how important this is. After all, why should our 'Failure in Chief' be concerned with pesky little things like....high gas prices, high unemployment, Obama's wars, high food prices at the stores, our dept crisis.....

    April 4, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |