Students sing praises of president

Combining cute with creepy, a multi-racial class of second graders sing the praises of “Barack Hussein Obama” and his policies on a YouTube video that’s raised again all the brainwashing fears. Parents at B. Bernice Young Elementary in Burlington, N.J. aren’t pleased, reports Fox.

One song that the children were taught quotes directly from the spiritual “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” though Jesus’ name is replaced with Obama’s: “He said red, yellow, black or white/All are equal in his sight. Barack Hussein Obama.”

Here are the words of the two songs — one seems to be sung to the tune of John Brown’s Body.

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. . . .

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! , , ,

Apparently, children learned the songs for a celebration of February holidays, including Presidents’ Day. They also sang songs praising Washington and Lincoln. You’d think the teacher would understand the difference between a president who’s in the political arena and presidents who are not. (Because they’re dead.)

Update: Here’s a slightly older class of students in an unknown school singing about Obama as our first African-American president. It’s a very bland song that doesn’t endorse Obama’s policies. And the kids sing a lot better. Plus they have a cowbell!

In 2006, a private charity called Katrina’s Kids got young hurricane evacuees invited to the White House Easter Egg Roll, where they sang a song praising “Congress, Bush and FEMA” for helping in the rebuilding.  Not so much creepy as weird, I’d say.

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  1. Oh, please. And no, I wouldn’t have minded if these were about George W. Bush, either. Is it such a bad thing to teach respect for the President to children? They’ll learn all on their own to not only respectfully criticize, but also to sling mud, when they’re older. Very young children tend to sing simple songs with familiar melodies so that they’re memorable for them. This is a non-issue. Little kids singing a happy song for the President does not equal Hitler Youth.

    I’ve now spent three consecutive school years with Obama being a hot topic. Kids care passionately about him and a casual mention of the President gets kids interested. Many of my students chose images of Obama when they were asked to find people or things that helped to express their values and interests. You could do far worse as a role model.

  2. Wow! Miss Eyre, you’d be the very first person I met who would be okay with such a song even if it were about Bush. I, as a conservative, would NOT be okay if it were about any sitting president, or any president in the last 100 years to be quite honest. Washington, Lincoln, cool. But come on…a sitting president?

    Then the lyrics…”make this country strong *again*”??? What? Was it weak? That’s the implication. It’s clearly politically tainted. To say otherwise is hogwash.

    A teacher should not have allowed this and an administrator should not be supporting it – regardless of the president’s party.

  3. Miss Eyre, there’s a difference between respect paid towards an elected figure and undisguised adulation and near worship at a public school.

    I’m willing to say that, as a rule, children in a public school shouldn’t be singing the praises of currently serving elected officials. It generally leads children into thinking their job is to serve their government and their government officials and do what they tell us to do, where in the U.S. we do no such thing.

    And I would agree it’s not a Hitler Youth thing – this is more the type of personality cult that Stalin craved and fostered in the Soviet Union.

  4. Miss Eyre,

    Why not just leave Jesus in the song if the only purpose of the song is to promote “respect” for our leaders. We could teach the kids that Jesus wants us to respect those in authority like the President, and our parents. It’s not like using “Jesus” would be promoting any particular view…

  5. “Kids care passionately about him”..realy? How old are they? My son is 17, and teens in his class that “care” for the prez can’t even explain why, except that he’s black that is. Isn’t that a little thin for an argument? Teaching respect for the office is one thing, singing praise to his controversial “accomplishments” is another. When God can’t be mentionned without the ACLU filing suit, having elementary school students praizing Obama is an outrage. Don’t tell me they fully understand all the implications of the song’s lyrics. So, it is endoctrination. For the rest, I entirely agree with Eric.

  6. You’d think the teacher would understand the difference between a president who’s in the political arena and presidents who are not.

    That’s hilarious.

    Little kids singing a happy song for the President does not equal Hitler Youth.

    No it equals North Korea.

    Welcome New Totalitarians.

  7. Welcome back, Joanne.

  8. One might think that unless one was a parent of one of these children it’s none of their business what a single school does to commemorate Black History month. It’s not like this was done by some edict out of the White House. It was part of a lesson plan drawn up by a person who wrote a book about Obama. It might encourage them to read a book. OMG the horror! I find it far more disturbing that the school principal received a death threat from some nutcase that got fired up by the overblown media/right wing bloggers’ attention.

    And it also seems to me that many of the people who are so appalled by this are the same people who want to bring back school prayer, abridging the separation of church and state and have hissy fits every time a kid decides he doesn’t want to pledge to the flag.

  9. Liam Goldrick says:

    Hmmm … this harkens of a song that ‘Katrina’ kids sang at the White House in 2006

    Our country’s stood beside us
    People have sent us aid.
    Katrina could not stop us, our hopes will never fade.
    Congress, Bush and FEMA
    People across our land
    Together have come to rebuild us and we join them hand-in-hand!

    Partisanship is NOT a one-way street, Joanne

  10. Concerned American says:

    Check out what The Americano has to say about this:

  11. Charles R. Williams says:

    This stuff is way, way out of line. And it can’t reasonably be viewed as an isolated incident. What is most discouraging is the fact that about 30% of the country, including many educators don’t see it.

  12. If there had been some national campaign to get kids to sing about President Obama that might be creepy. Jumping on an isolated incident like this is just another example of the right wing using any pretext to knock the President.

    By the way February is Black History Month.

    And I just learned that students sang praises of President Bush, without anyone finding it “creepy.”

    I guess it’s OK to sing the praises of Republican presidents, but not Democratic presidents.
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  13. The difference between this and the one sung at the White house was the adresseee. THe one sung at the White House was for the President, Congress AND the American People. This was addressed to one person, a sitting President, not congress or America as a whole. Sorry, there is a difference.

    I’m also sorry, we should have expected this for one who compares himself to Christ as a Civic organizer, Promised transperancy and cooperation, adopts many of the same policies that he and the media critisized former President Bush for, hangs around self proclaimed communists and socialists, has almost doubled spending in congress while cutting back on military during time of war and has dictators with a long history of human right violations praising his policies and wanting him to be the president for life.

    There are non so blind as those that will not see

  14. If I had heard of the song “praising” Bush I’d have been just as upset about it as this. However, I think there might be a difference, and that is that those children may have been hand selected to travel to the White House and sing that song. This would imply authorization from their parents. In this incident, it is my understanding that not all the parents knew of the song.
    Regardless, your argument of “this was done for Bush, why do you argue now that it’s done for Obama” is simply a logical fallacy – a red herring if you will. You’re saying that if it’s okay for one, than it’s okay for the other. This is inherently wrong. It’s not okay in EITHER situation. So now, after the next election, when Obama is voted out of office, and a new Republican President takes office, and a song is sung for him (or her), are you going to say it’s okay to do this since it was done for Obama? I doubt that seriously. Whereas, I on the other hand, will still be against it.

  15. Charles R. Williams says:


    The Bush incident involved children at the White House. Their parents’ approval is implicit. The Huffington Post comparison is disingenuous.

    No president in history has promoted the cult of his own personality the way Obama has. It is quantitatively and qualitatively different. Is this an isolated incident? I say it is the tip of an iceberg. The iceberg is that there are a significant number of devotees of Obamessiah in the public schools cluelessly indoctinating their students in this cult.

  16. Similar to what I posted elsewhere: There are about two hundred thousand second grade classrooms in the US. Of those, one sang this song.

    Get a grip. Even if this was poor judgement, an arguable point, it is of microscopic significance.

  17. “it’s none of their business what a single school does to commemorate Black History month. “

    The mantra of the New Totalitarian mindset. No questioning allowed.

    BTW Libby – have you recovered? Referring to someone else as a nutcase?

    It might encourage them to read a book.



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