So Much Noise

Over nothing.

58259802I hope America’s children are OK after being exposed to the President of the United States. 

“Study hard.”  Whew.  That is one tough message for kids to hear. 

But your kids probably knew that already. 

The bigger lesson, if they were paying attention, was not to be like all the mommies and daddies and pretenders who grew up to fill air time and print space and cyber space arguing about as innocuous a speech as any President will ever give.  Not to be like the schoolyard bullies those mommies and daddies and pretenders are, screaming at the top of their lungs, “I’m right and you’re wrong.  Period.”

Maybe the President of the United States should give them a pep talk, and their kids can make them watch.

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I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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20 Responses to So Much Noise

  1. Brenda says:

    I hope the mommies and daddies read what you wrote, then maybe they could learn something!!!!

  2. George Dominguez says:

    So much noise over nothing, huh Gerry?

    Listen, I’ve got no problem with the President speaking to the kids… but if you think that that ‘noise” didn’t change things, you are either lying or conveniently underinformed.

    I prefer to think it’s the latter, so please take a look at the following:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/02/wh-withdraws-call-students-help-obama/

  3. Paul Rosazza says:

    Perfect Gerry! I watched Ronald Reagan in high school & strangely enough I never turned into a screwball conservative.

  4. Once again… despicable is what I call the furor over the President talking eduction to America’s school children.. disguised racism I believe.

  5. You’d think will the litany of truly important issues facing our country, and the world, tight now that the media and the pundits could focus on real issues.
    This is a diversion from reforming healthcare, reversing Bush’s catastrophy in Iraq and doing the responsible thing in Afghanistan.
    At a certain level, it seems to me that the critics are either racists or are filled with so much hate for people who have honest political differences. Neither one of these is healthy.
    “Study hard” should not be a controversial statement.

  6. Consider the source, George ( If I may ) The Washington Times. Not always the most objective of newspapers, especially when it comes to Mr. Obama. I read the piece to which you linked us. Talk about taking things out of context. The news story was written badly. It lacked context when refering to the ” help the president ” message. The speech was about encouraging students to work hard and stay in school. Helping the president meant, in that context, helping him spread the word that staying in school is crucial. That hard work is essential.

    Hardly partisan messages. Hardly socialist rhetoric.

    You obviously read the Washington Times. I hope you go to other sources, with opposing views, every now and then.

    And implying that Gerry might be a liar because he has a different opinion than yours. Gerry responded to that like the gentleman he is and always has been.

    If you had implied on my blog that I was a liar? I’d try to count to ten. But I’d probably get to about six then respond in an ungentlemanly manner.

    Nonetheless. Welcome to the conversation.

  7. George Dominguez says:

    First of all, Terrence, I’m a little new to the Blog concept, and wasn’t aware I was breaking Blog etiquette. If I did, my apologies go to Gerry.
    Regarding your other comments…
    No, I am not a routine reader of the Washington Times, and am unqualified to agree with or challenge your critique of its journalistic quality. In fact, I don’t routinely read any newspapers anymore. But I have noticed that when people cite a news article to support their position, they either quote from their favorite news sources, or cite a source they dislike, and say something like “See? Even the ________ says ________!!!!”
    In this case, I stand by the notion that even the White House concedes: That President Obama’s message and the accompanying lesson were altered substantially as a consequence of the public’s outcry; thus, his speech ulitmately was controversy free. But if you and Gerry don’t recognize the impact of the “noise”, may I respectfullly suggest that perhaps it may be YOU who needs to consider news sources that perhaps reflect view different from YOURS, as that account is hardly unique to the Washigton Times.
    Finally, free to count to one and go ahead and say anything to me, anytime you wish. Sticks and Stones always seemed like a reasonable theory to me—even though I forget the source and their politcal leanings, though.
    Repectfully,

    • Gerry says:

      George, no apology necessary, and I’m glad you’re in. I rarely post much in a political vein because of my job as an “objective” journalist. No human being is truly objective, but I work quite hard at keeping my personal beliefs personal on air and on line.
      In the case of this story, I stuck my big toe in the water because I thought the bloviators (on both sides) made an issue of nothing. Yes, the White House should never have used the words “how you can help the President,” and it was interpreted according to political taste. Too bad. Again, too much noise.
      I’d like to see that noise turned into constructive debate on critical issues that matter. Like health care.
      Again, welcome, and keep checking in. GB

  8. George Dominguez says:

    By the way, Terrence, given your commitment to objectivity and tolerance for diverse politcal opinion, I hope you’ve occasionally challenged notions like the ones Marshall and Josh imply above: that critics of President Obama are “either racists or are filled with so much hate for people who have honest political differences”? Maybe here would be a good place for you to do so.

  9. George

    Re: your last comment. It might help the debate if supporters of Obama used the word ” some.” It’s a given that there are some racists out there. It’s also a given that there are some critics of this first Afro-American president. I think it’s logical to assume, therefore, that some of his critics are, indeed, racist. Not all. Some.

    That’s my view.

  10. Appreciate your gracious response, Gerry…

    And fair enough, Terrence. It’s an unfortunate irony that a “race blind” society is made less likely by the proclamations of many people who pride themselves as race blind…

  11. What a lively discussion! Nice job Gerry. You got everyone all riled up.

    I agree that the noise had an effect in dropping that silly lesson plan assignment cooked up by the White House political office that George quoted. That flak out to be reassigned to write press releases about grain elevators for the Department of Agriculture.

    Some of the outcry probably is motivated by racism, Marshall, but what about the Dems who were so outraged by Bush 41’s speech at a DC middle school in 1991? What motivated them?

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/When-Bush-spoke-to-students-Democrats-investigated-held-hearings-57694347.html

    Sorry, it’s from a conservative publication, Terrence. The liberal ones wouldn’t go back and investigate it.

  12. Wendy says:

    Gerry….bravo to you again! Too much noise makes me think of a couple of things: A play called “Much Ado about Nothing” and a line from another Shakespearean play “….full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Oh one more thing…personally I dislike having “a battle of the wits with an unarmed person.” On that note…I am bowing out of the discussion on this subject! Have a good one!

  13. Li'l Em-Kel says:

    Everyone who isn’t a racist, raise your hand.

    Everyone who didn’t raise his hand, are you sure?

  14. Wow. Wendy knows Shakespeare.
    Do you know any George Carlin, Wendy?

  15. Kevin says:

    it did get some mainstream play, Jake Tapper of ABC did talk about the speech briefly last week, it had some odd wording asking kids how they could help the president and the white house made some revisions.
    If anything this was probably a welcomed controversy for Obama, it made the opposition look silly and took the heat off the real issues like the botch job his admin has done with Healthcare reform so far and the bizarre hiring/firing of the Van Jones guy.

  16. Gerry says:

    Wow.

    To quote the late, great Edwin Starr, “Good God, y’all.”

  17. God? God?!!
    And Y’all??!!!
    See, Gerry, you’re insulting athiests, agnostics, southerners, northerners, Edwin Starr haters (whoever he is), and so many others….HOW DARE YOU!!!???
    Now, that said, you obviously have a talent for keeping people of diverse views tuned in and willing to speak…I’d encourage you to NOT shy away from Politics….people of good faith can overcome the impossible and subjective requirement of objectivity….that is a rare talent. One I wish, but have reluctantly conceeded, I do not possess.
    Besides, sadly, as the issues of the day get more challenging, what was once simply Road Rage will grow into something bigger….I think that’s what you’re starting to see not only in general, but on your blog specifically….
    Leadership takes all sorts of forms….Go For It.

    • Gerry says:

      Edwin Starr was a soul/pop star circa late 60s/early70s. His big hits were “War,” and “25 Miles.” (You may be too young.)

      George, thank you for the kind words. I have to tread lightly on political issues, but not on the “road rage” you refer to, because I believe much of it is egged on by an uncivil media in its many forms.

      And thanks to everyone for the conversation on this post that we managed to keep above sea level.

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