New Canaan policy on Obama speech dra...

New Canaan policy on Obama speech draws Himes, 'Meet the Press'

There are 16 comments on the Stamford Advocate story from Sep 7, 2009, titled New Canaan policy on Obama speech draws Himes, 'Meet the Press'. In it, Stamford Advocate reports that:

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, spoke to a crowd of supporters -- and one vocal detractor -- Monday afternoon on the steps of Town Hall about the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's back-to-school speech, framing the issue as a debate over the free exchange of information.

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Barbara

Dumont, NJ

#1 Sep 7, 2009
New Cannaan is the home of Glen Beck and the Fox Nation- in the county it is called arian nation.
Amused

Morristown, NJ

#2 Sep 7, 2009
Fools to the right of me (Greenwich)
Jokers to the left (New Canaan)
and I'm stuck in the middle with you!!!!(stamford)

Stuck in the middle with you.....

Rich people behaving badly!
Ashamed in New Canaan

Rockville Centre, NY

#3 Sep 7, 2009
Keep in mind that this all started because of an e-mail blast from the Republican Town Chair. The RTC apparently felt that the town could not rely on the good judgment of the school administration. Besides, New Canaan and I suspect no other town in the area, has ever ordered a system-wide broadcast of any speech.

It is a shame that we have reached a point where the country is so polarized that a simple 'work hard, stay in school, and do your best' speech by the President of the United States is blacklisted as partisan.

I seem to remember when a 'welcome back to school' picture and column was included in the Jr Scholastic newspaper distributed to all students.
Stamford Girl

Lakewood, NJ

#4 Sep 8, 2009
Ashamed in New Canaan wrote:
Keep in mind that this all started because of an e-mail blast from the Republican Town Chair. The RTC apparently felt that the town could not rely on the good judgment of the school administration. Besides, New Canaan and I suspect no other town in the area, has ever ordered a system-wide broadcast of any speech.
It is a shame that we have reached a point where the country is so polarized that a simple 'work hard, stay in school, and do your best' speech by the President of the United States is blacklisted as partisan.
I seem to remember when a 'welcome back to school' picture and column was included in the Jr Scholastic newspaper distributed to all students.
Your point is well taken.
YBS

United States

#5 Sep 8, 2009
Amused wrote:
Fools to the right of me (Greenwich)
Jokers to the left (New Canaan)
and I'm stuck in the middle with you!!!!(stamford)
Stuck in the middle with you.....
Rich people behaving badly!
yeah, in Stamford my kid brought home an "opt out" slip, parents had to sign and return if you want your kid to sit in the library while everyone else watches!! I am shocked!
stamford resident

Plainfield, NJ

#6 Sep 8, 2009
What annoys me is, that we have parents of high achieving kids saying over and over how it's the families of these underachieving (code: minority) kids who aren't good role models and don't demand academic hard work, so we now have a black president who might just get through to these kids to tell them to study hard, and do their homework and that's a bad thing? Make up your mind, people!
Taxpayer

Baldwin, NY

#7 Sep 8, 2009
The Obama speech comes dangerously close to the line of having leaders revered whether they deserve it or not as in the "Great leader" in North Korea. We have always tried to avoid personality cults w/r/t leaders in this country and that is a positive. The original Obama speech asked children to write to see how they could help the president. How about having children ask how they could help the COUNTRY. Compare Obama and JFK who asked the right question in his inaugural address. Of course, Kennedy understood the proper role of the President as opposed to the current Narcissist in Chief.
RenoLady

Reno, NV

#8 Sep 8, 2009
Is it any wonder that New Canaan took that stand ? After all, it is the town Ann Coulter grew up in. Oh yes, my husband did also. Thank goodness he didn't grow up the same way.

The lunatics are trying to take over the asylum. Having lived through the McCarthy era ( when there was a Communist under every bed), I thought America had grown up. Obviously, we haven't and as one famous cartoon character has said, " We have met the enemy, and it is us ".
Ambrose

New Rochelle, NY

#9 Sep 8, 2009
stamford resident wrote:
What annoys me is, that we have parents of high achieving kids saying over and over how it's the families of these underachieving (code: minority) kids who aren't good role models and don't demand academic hard work, so we now have a black president who might just get through to these kids to tell them to study hard, and do their homework and that's a bad thing? Make up your mind, people!
Black Nation, White Nation? Is that what you want to go back to.?
carolyn

New Rochelle, NY

#10 Sep 8, 2009
I heard a remark on TV this weekend that sums it all up for me. Parents don't say anything when their children watch Spongebob Square Pants, but they won't let them watch the President of the Unite States, what's wrong with the parents today?

Since: Feb 09

New Canaan, CT

#11 Sep 8, 2009
THE SPEECH IS OVER!!! The red alert has been cancelled.

My question...Will there be personell in each school available tommorrow to council any student who may have wittingly or unwittingly heard the speech?
bert

Westport, CT

#12 Sep 8, 2009
leave kids be, let them study, and let the president do his job and not talk to kids about school, let kids decide their own future
CT teacher and parent

Stony Point, NY

#13 Sep 8, 2009
Oh for the days when the president's portrait hung in each and every classroom. Partisan politics aside, it was accepted.
Children like to feel a connect to their country. And who better to do that than their own president?
Bill Clinton did it with Socks on the White House web site for kids.
George Bush had Laura reading to kids.
Now with today's technology, kids can see and hear the president in real time.
Hurrah for today! Kids enjoyed and appreciated it!
RUNFAST

Bronx, NY

#14 Sep 8, 2009
Congrats New Cannan you had the nuts to do the right thing! When no one else did! I want to move to NC!
Unbelievable

Hamden, CT

#15 Sep 8, 2009
A ten minute speech from President Obama and all the little children will be bowing to images of Castro and Che Guevara. Do the parents really think Pres. Obama has the power in ten minutes to indoctrinate the little ones? Perhaps it's the complexion and not the words......
BRN

AOL

#16 Sep 8, 2009
Amused wrote:
Fools to the right of me (Greenwich)
Jokers to the left (New Canaan)
Turn around. You're facing the wrong way.

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