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School Children Praise Obama in Song – Indoctrination or Innocent Ditty?

By Sunny Chanel |

obamaLet the accusations of indoctrinations, brainwashing and teaching socialism to our school kids be slung around yet again.

A YouTube video from earlier in the year, which was shot at a New Jersey Elementary School, is getting lots and lots of new attention. The clip shows about twenty children singing songs praising President Obama. One celebrates his “great plan” to “make this country’s economy No. 1 again”. And just to really get nervous parents panties in a bunch, the song takes quotes from the spiritual Jesus Loves the Little Children and replaces Jesus with Obama. Yeah, that’s probably taking it a bit too far.

The video has been deemed ‘ not appropriate’, propaganda like, disturbing, out of line. 

Comment sections are a twitter with comments Like:

“idoctrination doesn’t just happen in other countries. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Get ‘em while they are young. “

“So sad, using the innocent children who know no better. This is Nazi Germany all over again!! People WAKE UP!!!!! I don’t want my_ children singing praise to any politician.

“I wonder if any of the parents of these kids are seeing their kid worshiping Obama here for the first time! Something’s wrong with_ this picture…this is ‘Jesus Camp’ for liberals!”

Yeah, and those are the nice comments.

The school officials posted on their website the following statement:

“Today we became aware of a video that was placed on the Internet which has been reported by the media. The video is of a class of students singing a song about President Obama. The activity took place during Black History Month in 2009, which is recognized each February to honor the contributions of African Americans to our country. Our curriculum studies, honors and recognizes those who serve our country. The recording and distribution of the class activity were not authorized.”

The lyrics, to burn or teach to your own child are below here:

Song 1:
Mm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said that all must lend a hand
To make this country strong again
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said we must be fair today
Equal work means equal pay
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said that we must take a stand
To make sure everyone gets a chance
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said red, yellow, black or white
All are equal in his sight
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

Yes!
Mmm, mmm, mm
Barack Hussein Obama

Song 2:
Hello, Mr. President we honor you today!
For all your great accomplishments, we all doth say “hooray!”

Hooray, Mr. President! You’re number one!
The first black American to lead this great nation!

Hooray, Mr. President we honor your great plans
To make this country’s economy number one again!

Hooray Mr. President, we’re really proud of you!
And we stand for all Americans under the great Red, White, and Blue!

So continue —- Mr. President we know you’ll do the trick
So here’s a hearty hip-hooray —-

Hip, hip hooray!
Hip, hip hooray!
Hip, hip hooray!

Do you think this is just kids honoring our president innocently during black history month or something more sinister?

Also check out Jeanne’s Hilter Learns Obama’s Coming for Our Kids here

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30 thoughts on “School Children Praise Obama in Song – Indoctrination or Innocent Ditty?

  1. jenny tries too hard says:

    seriously creepy and not at all catchy.

  2. Bunny says:

    I fail to see where honoring the President, someone who we’re all supposed to look up to (’cause, you know, he’s in charge) is “indoctrination.” While I can’t imagine a particularly uplifting song about GW Bush, one about him would be equally appropriate – and I don’t doubt there are songs being taught in schools about other historical presidents, like maybe Lincoln and Washington. Like it or not – the first Black president is kind of a big deal and will be noted in history for the duration.

  3. Howard says:

    Comments How cowardly and obscene … to manipulate innocent children for political purposes. It’s tantamount to child molestation. History has shown us Chairman Mao … Hitler … Madrases, and now Obama and his fanatics. This must STOP now! … and, those who are perpetrating this indecent behavior must be identified, held accountable, and punished … ASAP!!!

  4. jenny tries too hard says:

    There was a song taught to my kids on Presidents Day about Washington and Lincoln. It was not about honoring them per se, but more like pneumonic device to help the kids remember facts about them. That’s the only even remotely similar instance I can think of. But I am getting a little freaked out by the blurring of lines between patriotism and devotion to a man. Yes a song about Bush–especially while he was in office and likely to run for a second term–would be equally INapproiate. We don’t sing praises to leaders in this country. The celebrity video where Demi Moore pledged (seeming serious, though obviously other celebs were kidding) to “Serve Barack Obama” was pretty bonkers, but, hey I’m not paying her and she has a right to say and serve whatever she wants. The teachers who spent class time teaching this little ditty to kids are paid by the taxpayers, though, and should not be teaching to kids to literally sing praises to someone who will (probably) run for this office again in just a few years.

  5. jenny tries too hard says:

    er, INapproiate = IN appropriate

  6. Diane says:

    It’s sad to me that teaching our children to honor our country’s leaders is so politically incorrect these days. This political war is costing more than we know right now. How divisive are our children grow up to be?

  7. jenny tries too hard says:

    Honoring the president is one thing. Rewriting the words of a religiously significant song so that the central figure of a religion is replaced by the president is something else entirely.

  8. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    I’m sorry but I’m cracking up laughing here. When I was in school, we sang a similar song about Dr. King. I guess that wasn’t so scary because he’s dead. But now, it’s OHNOES! INAPPROPRIATE! INDOCTRINATION!

  9. Melissa says:

    Comments – I watched this in horror on television this evening and could not believe my eyes. One of the songs I learned in Sunday Shool years ago but it was praising Jesus not Obama. Please parents wake up!

  10. Joey says:

    Bam-Bam is nothing more than an unqualified, incompetent pig. He belongs no where near ANY child. He is a racist maggot. All he has done is drag this country down to the pits. He deserves NO respect. Equal oppourtunity got him to where he is today. Not hard work. That’s right sheepole! Send your kiddies to your Messiah for brainwashing.

  11. puasamanda says:

    Joey forgot to take his meds today.

  12. Bunny says:

    Some of you people terrify me. Patriotism includes honoring your elected leaders. It included Bush, now it includes Obama, whether you like him or not. Or, do you have a problem with patriotism, too?

  13. jenny tries too hard says:

    I said it before, I’ll say it again–”Honoring” is appropriate, “Worship” as this is, is not. It is confusing for the kids who sing “red and yellow black and white, they are precious in His sight” in church to have those words manipulated in that way, and it is disrespectful to their faith. “Patriotism” is about honoring the country, not the man or woman who leads it. When we called Bush a liar, and Republicans called us unpatriotic, it was wrong then. Objecting to this and being called unpatriotic for it is wrong now.

  14. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    Apparently, Obama doesn’t count because he is not people’s idea of a “Real American.”

  15. GP says:

    That song is actually sung to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, which is an abolitionist song, a strange subtle undertone to its appropriateness. What’s ironic is that the hymn is traditionally played at the closing of Republican conventions. I’m actually not thrilled by this school project, although I generally am an Obama supporter (he’s not progressive enough for me, personally), but it’s no big horrible thing.

  16. jenny tries too hard says:

    Its not ironic for the Battle Hymn to be sung at Republican events–Lincoln was a Republican

  17. GP says:

    Its ironic that the teachers would choose this song, on that count. What’s especially ironic is how the “party of Lincoln” has become the party of assholes….bahahahahahaha!

  18. GP says:

    I guess its not ironic, on one level, because Obama admires Lincoln so much. I tend to “forget” L was a Republican because of the way the party has gone down the tubess…

  19. Jan says:

    I think it’s a big creepy myself. Kind of reminds me of my Chinese relatives’ Cultural Revolution stories of Chairman Mao’s Little Red Guards singing the praises of their leader, Chairman Mao. The only thing missing was the red scarves and copies of Little Red Books being waved in the air.

  20. Bunny says:

    Jenny – are you aware that there are children who do not attend church, because they are not Christian, and therefore wouldn’t be at all aware that the song is drawn from a religious tune? I wouldn’t have been.

    Believe it or not, this isn’t an exclusively Christian nation. Crazy, huh?

  21. jenny tries too hard says:

    Of course not all children attend church. Last I checked, we don’t go around counting heads before we respect a lifestyle. That’s the point I’m making. Also, Jewish, atheist, or Muslim children might feel a little weird hearing their Christian friends talk about how similar it is to “Jesus Loves The Little Children”. Overall, it’s a good idea to leave well-known symbols of faith (and that song is not exactly esoteric) out of politics and public school.

  22. haha says:

    haha funny.. what childs do in America O.o

  23. Politico says:

    Lincoln’s republican party is not the same as the current republican party.

  24. jenny tries too hard says:

    Fulfilling my role as resident Devil’s Advocate—

    The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln, the party of the early abolitionists, and the party who had the majority vote for the Civil Rights Act (though Dem. President Johnson signed it) Republicans are typically seen as racist primarily for opposing on small gov. principles Affirmative Action and social welfare programs which disproportionately affect minorities. The current leader of the Republican party, Michael Steele is black. I don’t understand how you justify saying that Lincoln’s republican party is not the same as the current one.

    Democratic Party was the party of segragationists Bull Connor and George Wallace, and boasts an admitted Klansmen as an elected senator.

  25. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    Yes, Jenny. You are trying too hard.

  26. jenny tries too hard says:

    truth in advertising

  27. anonymous says:

    Indoctrination

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  30. we love jp says:

    this is absolutely ridiculous…did obama make this song up himself?

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