Friday, September 25, 2009
Incredibly, the principal of the school has said she approves and would do it all again. Also, I heard on Fox News this morning that the superintendent of schools Burlington Twp. not only thinks the activity was appropriate, but has attacked whoever posted the video on Youtube for invasion of privacy. (The link is to a secondary source, but my attempt at this writing to access the Burlington Twp. schools website was unsuccessful--it is unclear whether the site is down because of traffic or the message was purposely tossed down the memory hole.)
As Michelle Malkin notes in her take on the incident (which I urge you to read), the person who originally posted the video, one Charisse Carney-Nunes, is a longtime admirer of Barack Obama and author of the children's book, "I Am Barack Obama." It appears that Ms. Carney-Nunes might have been present at the school when the video was made in February 2009. Be that as it may, according to Ms. Malkin, Ms. Carney-Nunes has removed the video from her Youtube account as of sometime in the morning of 24 September.
I have no problem with teaching kids about famous black Americans, nor am I concerned about teaching kids to respect the office of President of the United States. What bothers me about this video is the emphasis on Mr. Obama as the source of everything good and pure. The emphasis on him personally as a sitting President is what I find so disturbing, as well as the obvious political propaganda, e.g., "He said we must be fair today, equal work means equal pay." This crosses over into the realm of building a personality cult and political indoctrination, and that is absolutely contrary to the American tradition.
I saw a video bite this morning in which a mom whose child attends the school said she had no problem with the event, parroting school officials who said it was merely a recognition of Black History month and Presidents Day. I wonder what her reaction would have been if the name of Barack Hussein Obama were replaced by George Walker Bush?
The sad thing is, nothing is likely to happen to either the principal or the superintendent in future elections because the township, according to Fox News, voted almost 3 to 1 for Obama in 2008. So I guess we have a little San Francisco clone in New Jersey--no wonder a plurality of adults in New Jersey would move out of the state if they could.