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‘A Little 1940s Germany’: Parents Livid After Middle Schoolers Watch Video of Celebrities Who ‘Pledge’ Support for Obama —

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‘A Little 1940s Germany’: Parents Livid After Middle Schoolers Watch Video of Celebrities Who ‘Pledge’ Support for Obama — and Ask Viewers to Do Likewise

Remember that “I Pledge” video produced by Oprah Winfrey’s production company after President Obama took office in 2009?

It features a gaggle of celebrities telling viewers all the good they promise to do for humanity. But toward the end, it drifts into a pledge of support for Obama — the kind of rhetoric that befits a political convention spot as opposed to a public service message.

Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis says, “I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama,” kissing his biceps in the process.

Parents Livid After Hudson, Wis. Middle Schoolers Watch Video of Celebrities Who Pledge Support for Obama    and Ask Viewers to Do Likewise

(Credit: Harpo Productions via YouTube)

After a number of other celebs staring invoking their intentions to “be the change” (sound familiar?), Demi Moore finishes things by saying, “I pledge to be a servant to our president.”

Parents Livid After Hudson, Wis. Middle Schoolers Watch Video of Celebrities Who Pledge Support for Obama    and Ask Viewers to Do Likewise

(Credit: Harpo Productions via YouTube)

For some reason the Hudson (Wis.) School District unearthed the “I Pledge” video for its middle school’s Peace One Day event a few days back, and a number parents in attendance were outraged.

District and school officials made a quick backpedal, apologizing to those offended by the video, reports KMSP-TV.

“The reason the video was used was to show students small ways to make a difference in their communities,” the district wrote in its apology. “Unfortunately, the video also had a political slant. The district is non-partisan and does not endorse the political messages found in this video. This video will not be used in the district again.”

Middle School Principal Dan Koch this announcement to students Thursday afternoon:

“The ‘I Pledge’ video we viewed yesterday included some messages about serving President Barack Obama. We apologize for any part of the video that was offensive to students, their families and staff. The video conveyed a message that people serve the presidency when in fact our elected officials serve the people. We respect the Office of the President of the United States but like all of our other elected officials, that office serves each of us as well. I sincerely hope that as participants in Wednesday’s event what you took away from the experience was to choose to make a difference in your world.”

The district wouldn’t disclose whose idea it was to show the “I Pledge” video to students, KMSP reports, but people on the streets weren’t thrilled by offering the video’s message to middle schoolers.

“It looks a little 1940s Germany,” says one interviewee, who agrees that its essentially propaganda. Another adds, “It doesn’t seem right.”

Parents Livid After Hudson, Wis. Middle Schoolers Watch Video of Celebrities Who Pledge Support for Obama    and Ask Viewers to Do Likewise

(Credit: KMSP)

Peace One Day was started by filmmaker Jeremy Gilley in 1999 as “an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known.”

Here’s the report from KMSP:

KMSP-TV

For a walk down memory lane, here’s a look at the original “I Pledge” video (it shifts to pro-Obama chatter at about the 3:15 mark):


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Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 8:13 AM
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“The ‘I Pledge’ video we viewed yesterday included some messages about serving President Barack Obama. We apologize for any part of the video that was offensive to students, their families and staff. The video conveyed a message that people serve the presidency when in fact our elected officials serve the people. We respect the Office of the President of the United States but like all of our other elected officials, that office serves each of us as well. I sincerely hope that as participants in Wednesday’s event what you took away from the experience was to choose to make a difference in your world.”

Great apology dick-head.

Hitler made a difference.

Pol pot made a difference.

Lenin, Stalin, they all made a difference.

JustCJ
by on Sep. 30, 2013 at 8:21 AM
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LMAO I still don't get what kind of IDIOT puts stock in a celebrity....??? I mean seriously are they the poster children for intelligence and wonderful choices? Or lucky breaks and maybe some talent?

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM
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A few of those celebs were married when they filmed the commercial...now they are divorced...they couldn't keep the pledge of marriage, yet they want people to take a pledge to be a servant to the president....ignorant celerbrities!

SherryBerry106
by on Sep. 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM
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Children.

The   Hitler    Obama Youth.

Quoting JustCJ:

LMAO I still don't get what kind of IDIOT puts stock in a celebrity....??? I mean seriously are they the poster children for intelligence and wonderful choices? Or lucky breaks and maybe some talent?


 

PamR
by Gold Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Probably not appropriate for a school, but hardly Nazi.  Peace One Day was promoting peaceful communities throughout the world. 

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Sep. 30, 2013 at 8:57 AM
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Quoting PamR:

Probably not appropriate for a school, but hardly Nazi.  Peace One Day was promoting peaceful communities throughout the world. 


By pledging (through a video) an allegiance to Obama? How does that promote peace in that school or anywhere else for that matter?

IhartU
by Bronze Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 9:03 AM
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Pledging to a FLAG is also a little 'Nazi'. Just read "Pledge of Allegiance & Swastika Secrets' by Ian Tinny.

Point is that some people LOVE to bitch about Obama being a Socialist and Hitler-like and in the meantime are doing things associated with both themselves. lol.

PamR
by Gold Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 9:05 AM
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Think hard.  The organization, which was supported by President Obama, is intended to promote world peace.  I suspect the school obtained the video without realizing that the right-wing-fringe-Nazis-are-lurking-in the-White-House element of the population would attempt to turn it into something it isn't.  There is no there there.  This is much ado about nothing.  Surely you can find something more realistic to bitch about.

Quoting Ednarooni160:



Quoting PamR:

Probably not appropriate for a school, but hardly Nazi.  Peace One Day was promoting peaceful communities throughout the world. 


By pledging (through a video) an allegiance to Obama? How does that promote peace in that school or anywhere else for that matter?



Ednarooni160
by Eds on Sep. 30, 2013 at 9:09 AM



Quoting IhartU:

Pledging to a FLAG is also a little 'Nazi'. Just read "Pledge of Allegiance & Swastika Secrets' by Ian Tinny.

Point is that some people LOVE to bitch about Obama being a Socialist and Hitler-like and in the meantime are doing things associated with both themselves. lol.

It's not like Obama supports the constitution as it is..the same constitution that people pledge to by pledging to America by way of the flag.   I wasn't a Bush fan either..but Obama has gone way past the red line (as far as being  anti-American and/or abusing the constitution)..imo.


Ednarooni160
by Eds on Sep. 30, 2013 at 9:11 AM



Quoting PamR:


Think hard.  The organization, which was supported by President Obama, is intended to promote world peace.  I suspect the school obtained the video without realizing that the right-wing-fringe-Nazis-are-lurking-in the-White-House element of the population would attempt to turn it into something it isn't.  There is no there there.  This is much ado about nothing.  Surely you can find something more realistic to bitch about.

Quoting Ednarooni160:



Quoting PamR:

Probably not appropriate for a school, but hardly Nazi.  Peace One Day was promoting peaceful communities throughout the world. 


By pledging (through a video) an allegiance to Obama? How does that promote peace in that school or anywhere else for that matter?



Seriously Pam..you have NO problem with little kids getting indoctrinated?   So..I suppose if this had been a PLEDGE to BUSH..you would have had NO problem with it


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