Marching for Obama

Black male middle-school students dressed in camouflage pants and T-shirts march, gesture and chant about how Barack Obama has inspired them to be architects, auto techs, engineers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, etc. Then each boy steps out of line to recite an aspect of Obama’s health plan.

A teacher at a Kansas City charter school was suspended Monday after video of his public school students chanting in praise of Barack Obama became a national sensation on YouTube.

The video was made in May during the primary campaign, but didn’t hit YouTube until recently.

Charter schools are public schools with the same bars against partisan activities.

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  1. My understanding is that the teacher was suspended for posting a video of students for the public to see which was against the school’s regulations. His suspension did not have anything to do with the partisanship of the student’s speech.

  2. Catch Thirty-Three says:

    Obama: not a Presidential candidate but a personality cult.

  3. Bill Leonard says:

    Personality cult, indeed. Some followers act more like he is the messiah.

  4. Oh, stop with the idiotic and groundless “messiah” crap. I’m getting sick of idiots saying that. No Republican should ever say anything in this regard until they stop with their truly disgusting Reagan worship.

  5. Mike —

    Did you hear what the kids were chanting as they marched into the room at the beginning: “Alpha. Omega. Alpha. Omega…..”

    From Revelation 22:13:

    “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

    Hmmmmm…..

  6. Winston Smith says:

    Mike–

    Wake up and pull your head out.

    Thanks.

  7. Cardinal Fang says:

    The teacher certainly should be suspended. That kind of partisan activity doesn’t belong in public schools.

    On the other hand… Here we have black boys chanting about taking personal responsibility for their actions. At McCain/Palin rallies, when Palin mentions Obama, her supporters yell, “Traitor,” “Terrorist,” “Kill him!

    Which is worse, yelling about killing a political opponent, or yelling about taking responsibility for your own actions?

  8. Catch Thirty-Thr33 says:

    Mike, unfortunately for you I have yet to hear a Rightist refer to Reagan as “the Lightworker”. Yet, I HAVE heard that about Obama. Nor did Reagan give nomination acceptance speeches in football stadiums with settings designed to look something like the Parthenon. And, back in the 1980s I could expect to go grocery shopping and NOT see Reagan’s face all over such mags as Us, People, and the like. I can barely go grocery shopping these days without seeing three or four images of Obama on mag covers, ALL portraying him as warmly and positively as possible.

    My father tells me that some of his earliest memories of growing up in the Midwest was of visiting various relatives, all of whom had, among the family photographs, portraits of FDR. This is what is going on right now around Obama, and it is scary, and depressing in some regards.

  9. Yelling about taking responsibility for your own actions obviously.

    No one’s compelled to attend a McCain/Pallin rally so whatever attendees yell they’re yelling on the basis of their own views. The guys in that video were organized along para-military lines with all the implies. They could be yelling about healing the sick and feeding the hungry and it wouldn’t matter against the backdrop of the imposition of a groupthink mentality.

    The instructor responsible for the video obviously thinks that indoctrination in the tenets of the Church of Obama is more important then instruction.

  10. Well, I suppose you have to be a believer in Jesus to think calling Obama the Messiah is any worse than calling Jesus that. Clearly Jesus has become a larger social figure, but that has more to do with the believers who cam after Jesus than with the man himself. And remember the early followers of Jesus were probably considered to be a bit nuts as well.

    And yes Reagan did give speeches in sports stadiums, I attended one of them. At the time I think the mood of Reagan worship was probably similar to Obama worship, perhaps even greater. Both men have charisma in spades.

  11. Bizarre video. At least the uniform shirts weren’t brown.

  12. Well, I suppose you have to be a believer in Jesus to think calling Obama the Messiah is any worse than calling Jesus that. Clearly Jesus has become a larger social figure, but that has more to do with the believers who cam after Jesus than with the man himself.

    Early Christians believed that Jesus was the Messiah because they believed in the stories that had him feed 5000+ on a sack lunch, heal people just cause he said they would be, and come back to life after being executed. You can argue that the stories are a myth or exaggerated, fine, but at least his title was considered earned based on accomplishments.

    Calling Obama a Messiah because of what you think he will do–not what he has done–seems ignorant at best.

    And incidentally, if Jesus is who Christians claim to be, then he was going to become famous one way or another. After all I think anyone with those “mad skillz” would get a rep regardles.

  13. Tom,

    I believe that John the Baptist announced Jesus as the Messiah before he accomplished many of his works. And as you said, this was from the believers point of view.

  14. Catch Thirty-Three says:

    pm – I can’t remember either the 1980 or 1984 nominations being accepted in sports stadia with props suggestive of something like the Parthenon.

  15. Louis Farrakhan Calls Obama “The Messiah”: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/275272.php

  16. Cardinal Fang says:

    “I can barely go grocery shopping these days without seeing three or four images of Obama on mag covers, ALL portraying him as warmly and positively as possible.”

    Gone shopping lately? This week it seems to be back to the usual round of Angie, Jen and other the usual blond suspects, but the couple of weeks before that, I couldn’t buy a gallon of milk without walking past Sarah Palin on three or four covers.

    Palin’s got charisma. Obama’s got charisma. This is not sinister.

  17. Catch Thirty-Three,

    Here’s a link to a photo of the parthenon:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Parthenon-2008.jpg

    Kind of reminds me of these buildings:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Lincoln_memorial_dc_20041011_095847_1.3008×2000.jpg — Lincoln Memorial

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:WhiteHouseSouthFacade.JPG — White House

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4b/Cc_aerial_w.jpg — Capitol Hill

    Doesn’t surprise me that someone who wants to look presidential would want to surround himself with similar images.

    Not sure about the significance of a sports stadium for an inauguration.

  18. Does Obama answer prayers? I’m praying to him to downscale his enormous hubris if even just a tad, but he seems to be ignoring me.

  19. BadaBing,

    LOL

    Sounds like you’ve been asking the wrong guy 🙂

  20. Andy Freeman says:

    Those students may have been saying that they want to be architects and the like, but if they’re being educated according to Obama’s standards, they won’t be. Why? Because they won’t know any math or science.

    Obama was on the board of the Annenberg education challenge. They had free rein to spend $150M and yet never bothered to fund any math or science education. They didn’t improve education in other areas either.

    They did, however, fund a lot of political organizations and organizers.

    In 10-15 years, those kids may look back and ask why their dreams didn’t come true. I doubt that any of them will realize that they were betrayed.

  21. Cardinal Fang says:

    Andy– do you have any cites for the results of the Annenberg challenge? I’ve been trying, in a desultory way and without much success, to figure out what the controversial Ayers’ views are on education. He’s an education professor, but what does he believe? Maybe that could be a post for Joanne.

  22. pm… well if you believe the narrative, a voice from heaven called Jesus his son so at least there’s reason to understand why John the Baptist called him as such.

    So are you saying, if we call Obama the messiah, he’ll start doing miracles because you might get me to vote for him then…

  23. Bill Leonard says:

    It’s easy to see why some of his true believers act like he’s a messiah. After all, Obama is at least tacitly implying that he’s going to perform miracles:

    He’s going to provide a tax break for 95 percent of working families, even though roughly 40 percent of them don’t pay any income taxes.

    He’s going to jump-start a struggling economy by raising taxes.

    The $1 trillion in new taxes that he plans to raise will be fed into all manner of new and wonderful entitlement programs…and in the process, he will give us the choice of a mandatory government health plan.

    He will renegotiate or abandon NAFTA, even as he supports free trade…or at least, bigger unions.

    Gee, some of us unbelievers just can’t wait…

    Bill

  24. Andy Freeman says:

    > Andy– do you have any cites for the results of the Annenberg challenge?

    You’d argue with any of them, so google for yourself.

    We have the deafening silence from the Obama campaign wrt his executive accomplishments. If Annenberg had been a success, do you really think that Obama wouldn’t be talking it up? Instead he goes with “I’ve run a successful political campaign.”