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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Singing A Different Tune

While the conservative Right is in twitching rage over a song that a group of school kids that sang a song about Barack Obama, it seems that these same people can't recall something that happened just a few short years ago. And, considering the context with which this happened, it makes it even harder to believe that these same conservatives just happened to "forget"

....such "propaganda" has not been limited to despots, dictators and the Obama White House. As a savvy source points out, back in 2006 children from Gulf Coast states serenaded First Lady Laura Bush with a song praising the President, Congress, and Federal Emergency Management Agency for their response to -- of all things -- Hurricane Katrina.

The event took place at that year's White House Easter Egg Roll and included roughly 100 children from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. President Bush, it seems, wasn't in attendance during the song itself. But he was there earlier, when the First Lady read the book, Will You Be My Friend: A Bunny and Bird Story by Nancy Tafuri, to the children.


More from The Huffington Post.

But the other side of the story doesn't stop there.

Has anyone seen the documentary Jesus Camp?



An interesting coda to this story is that this song was actually peformed as part of Black History Month.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

try being in the MANDATORY texas history class during the 1986 texas sesquicentennial and the songs we sang for sam houston, stephen f austin, our state, our country and yes, ronald regan...and this wasn't choir, this was history class, 6th grade...in front of the school, during school hours in the cafeteria, for a grade...

aironlater said...

I'd really like to hear more about that. What school was this? Was this reported at all in the media back then?

Anonymous said...

it was actually 7th grade 86-87 school year...o'banion middle school, garland, texas...

6th was social studies, 7th was texas history and 8th was US history (taught by the football coach)...

as for the media, it was saturated all year with the birthday of our "beloved" state and its melding with the US...and i imagine all the schools did something similar to what we did, it was expected - no one questioned it that i know of...certainly not my extremely liberal parents...

i couldn't tell you the words to any of the songs, it's been too long, but they were about the "leaders" that made us what we were "today"...i remember one about some guy named hogg...and one about reagan being a cowboy...no joke...

we sang for the rest of the school in the "cafetorium" and we all got 100s as long as we performed, so of course we all did...all the kids in choir we positioned up front, so that was nice...

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