Indoctrination Alert: Students Sing Praises of Obama
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Indoctrination Alert: Students Sing Praises of Obama

Burlington : NJ : USA | Sep 24, 2009 at 1:02 PM PDT
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Children Singing Praises of Obama

B.Bernice Elementary school in Burlington Township, New Jersey is the focus of the latest allegations of student indoctrination. There is a video making its rounds through the internet and other news mediums showing a class of students practicing a song praising the accomplishments of President Obama.

These are the lyrics to the songs the children were being taught:

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!

The songs were being rehearsed by the children for Black History Month.

This is a notice posted on the website of school district:

Dear Burlington Township Families:

Today we became aware of a video that was placed on the internet which has been reported in 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 unauthorized.

If you have any further questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me or Dr. King, Principal of B. Bernice Young School, directly.

Sincerely,
Dr. Christopher M. Manno,
Superintendent of Schools

The criticism, in a nutshell, is perhaps explained by Fox News equating the use of children to praise President Obama to songs used to rally support for fascists like Hitler and Mussolini.

Added to the criticism is that the song they used, “co-opted lyrics from "Jesus Loves the Little Children" with Obama's name inserted in place of God,” according to

Some critics, including average citizens and media members, are upset that the "Christmas songs" are not allowed in school, praising of God is not allowed, yet the praising of a sitting President is allowed.

To the critics I say: Everyone in the country is an American. Everyone in the country is not Christian.

When I was in second grade, I had to memorize a song about Martin Luther King, Jr. A group of us students were picked to be each letter in King’s name. I was the J in Junior. We went to five or six classes and said a rhyme dealing with King’s achievements. J was for justice.

In third grade, I was part of the holiday season show. I was taught to sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Walking in the Winter Wonder Land” and “Joy to the World”. For those that don’t remember, “Joy to the World” has lyrics very friendly to the Christian religion. I am Muslim. No biggie, I sang the song, and I am still a Muslim.

Also I third grade, I was part of the Presidents’ Day activities in my school. We had sung a song about the achievements of Lincoln, Washington, Teddy Roosevelt and others.

In first grade, my sister, learned a Jewish song for the same holiday season show I learned "Joy to the World".

Barack Hussein Obama(that 's his real middle name, not some part of the Muslim conspiracy) is the first Black President of the United States of America. He is a figure that will go down in history(He is already a historic figure). He is a living, breathing example of black achievement. To sing a song about this man, who has achieved something no other black man has achieved, for an activity scheduled for Black History Month is not indoctrination. It is not bad taste. It is not sinister.

It should not be compared to Hitler and Mussolini or fascism. Obama did not order this school activity. The teacher responsible for the songs is not a part of any government office. The school district did not hide anything from the parents. There were no lesson plans sent in for teachers to follow.

Obama is not a socialist, a fascist, a Nazi, a commie, a red, a Hitler, a Himmler, a Stalin, a Pol Pot, a Castro, a Mussolini , a Chavez or anything else the haters of Obama like to label him.

This school event took place in February, long before his alleged “indoctrination” attempts in September.

I can understand how “He said red, yellow, black or white, All are equal in his sight” can be taken to be a little too much praise of Obama, but the “his” in the lyrics is not capitalized. Obama is not being turned into a god-like figure.

By the time these kids are of voting age, they will have heard enough about Obama to make up their own mind about whether or not they truly believe Obama is “mmm, mmm, mm”.

Malkan writes, “We already know what the response will be to critics of this elementary school agitprop: Raaaaaacist!”

Well I’m not going to call your concerns over this racist. I will call them bull$#!t instead. This is another attempt to characterize Obama as an uber-liberal, a super-lefty, so far left that he is being confused as a socialist.

What is really frightening about the lyrics of the song? Is it the repetition of the name “Barack Hussein Obama”? Is it just that the kids are being favorable to a sitting President? Is it that they are singing good things about Obama? How is that different from praising Lincoln? How is it different from praising Reagan?

Is it the equal pay for equal work that bothers you? Is it the make our economy number 1? Is it the “And we stand for all Americans under the great Red, White, and Blue!”?

Is it that children sang a song praising the achievements of a President you do not like? Is it that children are praising the achievement of the first black President for Black history Month?

Is it that you are looking for anything to attack the President with, whether it is valid or not? In hopes that even if it isn’t valid, it will get a few extra heads to question the motives of the President that you do not like?

Will singing "hip hip hooray" and "mmm, mmm, mm" turn these children into members of Obama's secret army? Let's wait another 10 years and see.

To read an article about when children sang praises to President Bush please click on this link: http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/4238853-students-sang-praises-of-bush-too

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