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President Obama’s Address to Students Across America
Produced by William Ayers Teaching Ambassador Fellows, U.S. Department of Education
September 8, 2009
Before the Speech •
Teachers can build temples to the President of the United States and his speech by stacking books about presidents and Barack Obama. Teachers could motivate students by telling the following questions:
Who is the President of the United States? Barack Obama Right?
What do you think it takes to be President besides the Stupid Electoral College and where is it anyway and how many Bowls Have they Been In?
To whom do you think the president is going to be speaking To You'm That's Whom?
Why do you think he wants to speak to you'm?
What do you think he will say to you'm?
Teachers can ask students to imagine that they are delivering a speech to all of the Japanese First Ladies on Venus - that's a planet up there.
If you were the president, what would you tell students to do about Fox Cable News?
What can students do to help in our school's fight for the planet and the next American Idol?
Teachers can chart seats for students to sit in.
Why is it important that we listen to the president and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor but not the Crazy Beeeotch Former-Governor of Alaska who will Run in 2012?
Why is what they say important to you and President Obama who already knows what you think and don't think for a minute Little Miss that he does not, because he has Rachel Maddow keeping a Snitch Chart on you and Maddie, and Beckey and the Twins?
During the Speech
As the president speaks, teachers can go out and smoke the same brand of Marlboro Red Hardpack as President Obama, but be sure to use that Family Dollar Hand Sanitizer that poor Mr. Walsh used to drink and had to go back to Rehab.
Ask students to write down key names of uncles and aunts who had McCain/Palin lawn signs and bumper stickers. Smart students could use a note‐taking graphic organizer such as a “cluster web of Enemies of Our President;” . . .
Or, students could record their thoughts on sticky notesand later burn them, because they will be wearing paper hats to work and going in the Army and voting Re-Thuglican.
Younger children could draw pictures of Way-Cool Guys Playing Guitar Hero with Dinosaurs. Sharks! Draw Sharks eating fat kids!
As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following, but will no doubty drift off into a fantsy about Old Country Buffet and Batting Cages:
What is the president trying to tell me and why did he keep pulling that wax out of his ears and look at it?
What's that buzzing sound? What's the Frequency Kenneth?
What is the president asking me to do with the 1st Communion Money from Uncle Stosh and Aunt Beryl?
What new Action Figures is the president challenging me to think about?
This gum is still minty!
Students could record important parts of the speech where the president is asking them to do something, but. . . like that will happen.
Students might think about the following - or not:
What specific job is he asking me to do on the two kids at the end of the block whose Dad is in the Medical Insurance Business?
Is he asking anything of anyone else, like Ted Kennedy? Yeah, What will Ted Kennedy be doing? Nothing! Not Fair.
Teachers? Principals? Parents? Lend me your ears! The American people? We Apologize for the American People! A Nation of Racist Imperialist Power Mongering Cowards,Killers and Planet Slobs! I Hate Myself!
•Remember to Color Purple for SEIU!
After the Speech
Wait and see, Mr Pretties! Wait and See!!!!!!!!!!