I thought this was an honest, yet funny view of Obama's recent book reading to second grade students in Florida this past week. You may recall, the book Obama chose to read, in addition to the famous poem, The Night Before Christmas, was his own children's book, Of Thee I Sing. I think it should have been named, Me, Myself and I, as our President likes to make everything about him in some way.
For example, if he's not extending the former 'Bush Tax Cuts' and renaming them the 'Obama Tax Cuts', he's telling his audience that the American people 'ought to be thanking him', for what I'm not sure since we have a national 9.8% unemployment and stalled economic growth. This week he was seen reading his book to children, a week before Christmas, but instead of wishing the children a Merry Christmas, he snubbed one young boy who asked for his signature, by saying he'd have to do it for everyone if he did it for him. What happened to the spirit of Christmas and season of giving? Then before departing, he left the young children with a sense of guilt by reminding them to remember other children who may not be as fortunate as they open their gifts on Christmas morning. [See Video below]
While remembering the less fortunate during Christmas, or anytime of year is nice and something we should teach our children, I don't think our children should be told to do so on Christmas morning while they are enjoying their gifts. This humorous piece from American Thinker sums up how Obama is like the Grinch when he's off the teleprompter,what do you think?
When out spreading good cheer, Obama is famous for referencing himself. Why, just last week the President congratulated the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Chinese dissident and prisoner Liu Xiaobo, by reminiscing about the Michelle and Barry 2009 Extravagant Oslo Experience. Thus, with thousands of children’s books to read it’s not surprising Barack chose one that he himself authored.
For the book reading, America’s impassive President sat on a “wooden chair as the children sat cross-legged on the carpet,” giving credence to the affectionate label “rug rats.” In keeping with the holiday spirit, Obama selected “‘Of Thee I Sing,’ an illustrated volume in the form of a letter to his daughters describing the lives of 13 great Americans.”
Being careful not to misquote Honest Abe a second time, Obama moved to the back of the book to remind the children that Lincoln “helped to end slavery in the United States.”
Barack then lent his valuable signature to a copy of “Of Thee I Sing” for the school library, leaving one little entrepreneurial autograph seeker disappointed, contending that “If I sign autographs, then I'd have to sign for everybody.”
Obama said one reason he dropped by Long Branch is that Sasha and Malia don't always let him read to them - a revelation that may explain Barry’s extra-presidential evening activities. The President gave his young charges a glimpse into great moments in history with a short lesson on lawn consideration, biodegradable fertilizer and the joy of owning a pet.
Off-teleprompter Obama told the kids he takes his dog Bo for a walk at night and, being conscientious, shared that “Sometimes I have to scoop up his poop, because I don't want to just leave it in the lawn” (a scenario strangely similar to the task that lies ahead for Congress in the coming months)!
First, the President told the children, “I hope you guys have fun.” Then, amidst the festive mood, Obama “went straight to his work” filling the stockings of the merry tots with sobering reality. The President reminded the children, on Christmas morning when opening presents they should “spend time thinking about the less fortunate.”
The President gifted already anxious seven and eight year-olds with additional concern, which was a strange way to wish second graders Merry Christmas. Obama told them that “Not everybody is as lucky as we are. There are a lot of kids out there who may not be able to get a lot of presents for Christmas because their parents don't have a lot of money.”
So, after simultaneously spreading literacy, holiday cheer and a good dose of worrisome guilt, Obama left the kids to go back to the White House to tend to dog poop, while Long Branch teachers were probably trying to get four dozen children to stop crying.
Off teleprompter, Obama a Grinch
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