President Obama: I Need to Ask You to Watch Your Language.

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Let the record show, the sun came up on the morning of September 9, 2009.

Once I heard the President was going to speak directly to kids, I wasn’t sure this would happen.

After listening to educators obsess about this speech for over two weeks, I was convinced this was the end of the world as we know it.President Obama... Using Bad Words When Kindergarten Students are Listening.

I hadn’t been this frightened about the future of humanity since 2001. That was the year the NFL had the brainstorm to pair Aerosmith and Britney Spears as their Super Bowl halftime show.

The horror.

Britney Spears on the same stage as a band with talent.

I survived that… barely. Although I must admit, my ears did bleed ever so slightly.

It took me 8 long years to get over that, and then this happens. I’m not sure how much more I can take.

The idea was borderline insane.

Barack Obama talking to our kids.

Who does he think he is?

The President of the United States?

Oh, he is? Never mind.

So begrudgingly, schools (some) allowed the President to address their students.

Just the thought of him encouraging kids to work hard, take responsibility for their education, and listen to their parents and teachers was almost more than I could handle.

He even told them to wash their hands.

In my estimation the speech was almost perfect.

Encouraging but not political. He spoke to younger students as well as to high school seniors.

He was positive while being demanding.

It was far better than I could have imagined.

Except for one thing.

Mr. President, you can’t say “stupid” when talking to kindergarten students.

While I didn’t graduate from Harvard Law School, I do know that is a curse word to almost every 5 year old. So Mr. President, if you dare take on the ever so controversial act of addressing school children in the future, please clean up your language.

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4 Responses to “President Obama: I Need to Ask You to Watch Your Language.”


  1. Harry Grzelewski
    on Sep 9th, 2009
    @ 10:41 am

    Another great post. And I agree with your advice at the end as well. Even though Latin America was not his intended audience, “stupid” is also a dirty word throughout Central and South America. So, Mr. President, strike the word from your vocabulary completely. Much of the world finds it offensive. English is rich with alternatives. But please keep addressing all of us with your wisdom and advice. Harry from Costa Rica.


  2. Beth
    on Sep 9th, 2009
    @ 4:37 pm

    Darn it! Can you believe he ENCOURAGED students?! And his wife wears shorts! The outrage!


  3. Daisy
    on Sep 9th, 2009
    @ 4:55 pm

    Oops. At least he didn’t wiggle his fingers in his ears and sing, “Na-na-na-boo-boo.”


  4. Kelley
    on Sep 9th, 2009
    @ 9:46 pm

    and the man can speak in complete sentences…and not mispronounce half of them (think nu cu lar), is this the kind of role model we want for our school children?

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