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Obama asks New Orleans students for a "pinkie promise"

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release October 15, 2009

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
TO THE STUDENTS AT
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CHARTER SCHOOL

Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School
New Orleans, Louisiana

12:31 P.M.

THE PRESIDENT: What's going on, King? How's everybody doing? (Applause.) Well, what a warm greeting -- I appreciate that, guys. Thank you so much.

It is great to see you. I just want you to know that I am so appreciative that your school has been such a good host during my visit. I had a chance to meet some of the students, your fellow students in there, and they told me all about what you guys are doing at the school.

And, you know, I'm especially glad to come back here because I remember four years ago, right after the storm, a lot of people here felt forgotten. But because everybody worked hard, everybody kept hopeful, everybody was determined to rebuild -- you now see just a school that is doing much better than it was ever doing before the storm. (Applause.) So to all the parents and the community leaders who have helped rebuild, we are so grateful to you.

But my main message is for the students here. So I want everybody just for a second, listen up, real quiet. I think some of you know a little bit about me. You know, when I was growing up I didn't have my father at home; he had left us. We weren't rich. We didn't have a lot. But the one thing that my mother and my grandparents told me was that if I worked hard in school -- if I loved to read and I loved math and I loved science and I studied hard -- there wasn't anything that I couldn't do.

Now, just from meeting the young people here today I can tell that there are so many bright, smart, promising students here. But, you know, there are a lot of distractions out there. A lot of you think, well, you know, I don't want to study -- I'm just going to play basketball. Or, I don't want to study, I'm going to be a rap star.

I want all of you to know that the most important thing you can do for yourselves and for your community and for your country is to work hard in school and to treat each other with respect -- and treat yourself with respect. Because I'm confident that if you all work very hard, then there's no reason why you can't be a doctor or a lawyer. There's no reason why you can't be the Secretary of Education or a principal of a school. There's no reason why you can't be a congressman or a senator -- maybe you can be the President of the United States. (Applause.) All right?

So I just got a promise in there -- I want a promise from every single one of you that you guys are going to work hard in school each and every day. Give me that promise. You promise?

STUDENTS: Yes! (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: You give me a pinkie promise?

STUDENTS: Yes!

THE PRESIDENT: Make your promise! All right, you know, that's a big promise there. So I'm counting on you guys. I'm going to come back and check on you guys to make sure you've all been working hard. All right? Okay. (Applause.)

And I also just want you to know that Michelle and Malia and Sasha and our dog, Bo -- (laughter) -- everybody says "hello" and everybody wishes you well. All right, thank you, guys. All right. (Applause.)

END 12:36 P.M. CDT

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With the cutesie remarks like "pinkie promises" and the reference to his dog, Bo, I can understand why kids are lapping up Obama's attention, what I can't understand is why adults aren't calling on him to explain the discrepancies between his speech words/promises and his actions.

One thing that comes immediately to mind while reading this speech are details remembered from his campaign days-- things like his having done drugs during his undergraduate days, his somehow having been able to travel the world with no source of income (perhaps college grant monies?), and his current reversals in regards to abortion issues. From my perspective, he is not respecting the voice of faith and conscience at all. In fact, one might go so far as to say he is deliberately heating things up for violence and confrontation. Take a few things-- the current healthcare reform bill in which the whole decision regarding abortion rights and conscience clause will come under the jurisdiction of bureaucrats assigned by Obama and so entirely taken out of the whole democratic process. The final decision will be left to Kathleen Sebelius, who was made infamous by her support of late-term abortionist George Tiller.

There will also be, per the current document, interviews with those 65+ years to set down their end-life decisions (a time when Medicare spends most of its money on people). These decisions go beyond the basic idea of removing life support when there's no hope left, it also involves receiving any antibiotics. Now, how is an elderly person to know if they want antibiotics or not now when disease is becoming increasingly complex. Moreover, while antibiotics may not help the senior citizen involved, it may be a case of preventing the spread of disease, like with Avian Flu or Swine Flu that is spread easilty between infected persons. Most importantly, such "consumer" decisions will bind the hands of their doctors, who will be penalized for not providing the care written on paper. So they will have to choose between conscience and their position or paycheck....

One also hears that seniors are more susceptible to depression, feelings of low self-worth, and a sense of being not needed, which could unduly influence them in such decisions. A poor prospect all around. Where is the protest against this? Are we so under the magnetic charm of this New Age charlatan that we cannot see plain facts any more? Where is the respect promised above in Obama's speech for these vulnerable people? All I see is he reaches out to the increasingly popular and expanding voting electorate of the young and radical groups whose agenda is not particularly consistent with traditional American beliefs nor the stability necessary to run a healthy, non-violent, democratic country.

So, "boo" on Bo and Pinkie Promises with no merit. Let our kids be taught the American constitution again, not meet with this political charlatan with his illusory promises and quick sleights of hand when it comes to delivering on his promises, nevermind the ultimate electromagnetic (New Age-style) charm that has been seen since Elvis.

May God help and bless us all, we sure need it!

The President is doing very little to dispel the false accusations of racism directed toward him. Once again, that is Perception Management (Democrat style). It is easier for him and his handlers to portray him as a victim of racism than have to answer to legitimate criticisms. We are in the 21st century. Can we actually have a dialogue with each other and about our phony politicians without racism being interjected at every other breath? On the world stage, he is seriously over matched, as well as his cabinet. Domestically, he is struggling. That is why Lynn and all of the other mainstream media outlets give us the photo op and soundbite "feelgood" stories. Republicans and Democrats have resorted to it for years, but I have never seen it as shamelessly done as it is now. The "Media" should be confronted at every opportunity about their lack of intense scrutiny of this administration. It is very good that young African-American children see the highest position in the land held by a man of color. It is a sin if they are being manipulated into believing that he is hated, and that the hate is fueled solely by racism. This is the next generation that you Libs are perverting for your own gain.

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