Kindergarteners chant paean to Obama

As part of a Black History Month program, kindergarteners at Tipps Elemementary School in Houston were sent home with lyrics to a chant lauding Barack Obama, reports The Blaze. It includes “Barack Obama is the man” and “He’s our man, yes we can!” A note to teachers said students would be “required” to learn the chant, though the school claims only some students were chosen for the evening program and parents could refuse to sign a permission  form.

Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo, a syndicated radio host, publicized the chant after receiving a complaint from a parent. It’s fine to be proud that Obama is the first black president, but children shouldn’t be forced to “genuflect” before him, the radio host wrote in a letter to the principal.

“The Barack Obama Song,” which prioritizes rhyme over substance, does have a sort of North Korean enthusiasm for every aspect of our president’s life.

Who is our 44th President?
Obama is our 44th President
Who is a DC resident?
Obama is a DC resident
Resident, President

Who’s favorite team is the Chicago White Sox?
Obama’s favorite team is the Chicago White Sox
Who really thinks outside the box?
Obama really thinks outside the box
Outside the box, Chicago White Sox
Resident, President

Who really likes to play basketball?
Obama really likes to play basketball
Who’s gonna answer our every call?
Every Call, Basketball
Outside the box, Chicago White Sox
Resident, President

Who’s famous slogan is Yes we can?
Obams’s famous slogan is Yes we can
Who do we know is the man?
Barack Obama is the man
He’s our man, Yes we can!

And it goes on and on. I wonder how they get little kids to learn all that, even with a teacher doing the first line of every stanza.

In my kindergarten days, we’d never be asked to learn more than four lines. And our parents would have complained about a program in which public school students proclaimed:

We like Ike.
He took Allied Forces on a European hike.
He likes to play golf, but doesn’t bike.
Ike, hike, bike
We like Ike.

We did learn: “If your Mommy is a Commie, then you gotta turn her in,” but not in class.

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  1. Aw, isn’t that sweet! The Obama-jugend have their very own song.

  2. Aren’t things great here in Texas!

  3. They made us sing “It’s A Small World” in 2nd grade, so maybe there is hope.

  4. Bill Leonard says:

    Were the kids also exhorted to call him The Dear Leader, or will The Anointed One do?

  5. Deirdre Mundy says:

    Also, since they stress that he’s a ‘resident president’ and not a ‘citizen president’, will this reignite the birther controversies?

  6. georgelarson says:

    Drill and Kill is okay for politics, but not for Math or English,

  7. This teacher and adminestrator in charge should be fired immediately! This is political indoctrination…

    • Oh please!

      Your indignation might be better received if you learned how to spell.

      • Ummmm, widebody, I don’t know if you just learned about this whole “internet” thing, but trying to dis somebody for spelling a word wrong on an informal comment board like this is immature and silly. Nobody cares about spelling in situations like this. the message is what counts. Get with the program.

  8. JoseToyou,

    They probably got a grant from the Dept. of Education just to do it!

  9. That really is pretty creepy.