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Applauding Obama?

So my nine year old comes home from school...Catholic school...yesterday and she says that the teachers hooked up a television in the cafeteria for the Inauguration.

They were given the option of going over to watch it or staying at their ordinary tables. My daughter said she wasn't interested and stayed with a few friends and ate her lunch.

But she said that when Barack Obama was inaugurated a few of the teachers started applauding.

Now look, I'm pleased that for the first time in our country an African American is President but there's no way I'm breaking out into applause over this guy becoming President. I mean, this is a Catholic school and I've got teachers applauding Obama in the cafeteria? I don't know. Not liking this. At all.

I wish him success. I'll pray for him. But there's no way I'm applauding.

Am I overreacting here?

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41 comments:

Amy Giglio said...

No, you're not overreacting. At my son's Catholic school, all of the kids (K-8) gathered in various places with TVs hooked up to cable to watch the inauguration. Which is fine, if you're praying a rosary for his heart to soften on abortion, but they weren't, so I was put out. I work in the school building, so I told my son, who was watching with his class, that he was to say an Our Father for the President while he was taking the oath.

President Obama's inauguration IS a historic moment. It shows that our country has come a long way in its history. But let us not forget that he endorses abortion and will step up our tax dollars to pay for it. We ought to pray for him as we celebrate.

Baron Korf said...

I don't know if our country has come that far really. We gone from one race of people being sub-human to one age of people being sub-human. Sounds like we are back at square one.

redandy75 said...

I think you could be overracting a bit. Would it make a difference if the teachers applauding were African-American?

Applauding Obama can be done for more than one reason. Regardless of his stance on some social issues, he made history yesterday. This is seen by many as the fulfillment of MLK's dream... something that can be celebrated and applauded by all of us.

Anonymous said...

No, it would not make a difference if the applauding teacher was black. What would make a difference is if the applauding teacher was unborn.

President Obama made it to where he is because of racism, pure and simple. The only difference is we're not allowed to talk about it.

Anonymous said...

Nope, not over reacting. I think that if teachers didn't have to take courses in "Education" but just in their specialty or general studies then we would have much better teachers. I think that education courses are so pathetic that they actually weed out many potentially good teachers who do not have the patience to sit through four years of bs. Therefore most people that make it through are leaning a little left.
Which would correlate with soft Catholicism.

David L Alexander said...

It depends on why they applauded.

DG said...

You might be overreacting. It's possible you're reading thoughts into teachers that they may or may not have had, e.g., "yay, no more Bush!" or "yay, Obama our messiah is now our dear leader!"

When I clapped after the oath yesterday along with my coworkers in the conference room, I was applauding our wonderful system of government and the ease at which something as major as this can happen. I was applauding America.

Matthew Siekierski said...

Why would anyone applaud a TV broadcast?

John Hetman said...

Hey, it's not everyday that a guy who should be selling Edsels and Yugos at "Honest Barry's Used Car Lot...No Credit Needed!" is sworn in as the President of the United States. Those who think that the almost totally obsequious homage paid to him by our media, celebrities, and intelligentsia is indicative of the greatness of the American
electoral system might find that the prone position suits them more than standing tall as a once proud citizen of a once great country.

Anonymous said...

Judging the man not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character, this guy does not pass the MLK test. F-

Deusdonat said...

My humble opinion is yes, you are overreacting a bit. I think any president who is legitimately elected to office should merit applause during his swearing in ceremony. This is Democracy at work. You are applauding 200+ years of a freely elected government, including this current leader of the US.

That having been said, dissent is of course the mainstay of any healthy democracy. We can support our presdident and country without supporting all of his or its policies.

As they say, love it or leave it. I've currently left it, but nothing to do with the election.

Nzie said...

Atleast not all of them were applauding. I don't know about overreacting or not. What I do know is that people who like the man don't just support him- they have somewhat (or completely, in some sad cases) deified him. If someone puts that much hope and faith into someone and doesn't react with joy at his triumph, they're somewhat inconsistent. The sad part is they've chosen the wrong person to follow.

Here in the moonbat homeland of Liberachusetts, my 16 year old sister has been taking flak from a study hall teacher all year over politics and religion. This teacher has done everything from Bush bash to basically say that any number of my younger sibs (probably including this one, who's fourth) should never have been born.

I'm hoping my strategy of having my sis write everything she says down and ask the woman to sign it works. That person's bad, but fortunately the school administration is really good.

Tito Edwards said...

You're not overreacting at all.

I'd investigate the curriculum that is being taught at the school. Especially the textbooks and the teacher profiles. From there if there is any suspicion of deviating from Catholic teaching, go forth and make your concerns known.

We don't need bias in a school when it goes against Church teaching.

If those teachers clear mustard, then it's ok. Just as long as they are teaching according to Catholic Teaching. Regardless of their misguided bias.

Maggie said...

It seems rather appropriate that this event occurred... where else... but in the cafeteria.

Deusdonat said...

Hmmm...posted this before. Don't know why it was removed.

I think you are overreacting a bit. I think it is highly appropriate to applaud the ascent of any freely and legitimately elected president upon taking his oath of office. That is Democracy in action. We are applauding the democratic process.

And of course dissent is a key component of any real Democracy. So, we can disagree with specific policies of our president or government while at the same time supporting them.

As they say, love it or leave it. I left it, but not because of the election.

CP said...

I've got 2 words for you:

Home. School.

Jennifer @ Conversion Diary said...

Am I overreacting here?

The man enthusiastically supports infanticide in its most grisly form. I would say no.

Scott W. said...

Overreacting, but not for the platitudinous hoo-haw offered in defense of the applauding. Rather, the applause is insipid, and it is simply not worth the energy.

Anonymous said...

He said it best:
"Matthew Siekierski said...
Why would anyone applaud a TV broadcast?"

Deusdonat said...

It was obviously more a display for the others around the immediate vicinity.

Julie said...

I read this post earlier this afternoon...so I was especially relieved when my kindergartener came home and told me that she has a sub tomorrow because her teacher is going to the March for Life. :)

David L Alexander said...

"Why would anyone applaud a TV broadcast?"

Cuz... your favorite team won the Super Bowl?

Anonymous said...

You did fine. Murdering babies is not nice, and vetoes whatever positive characteristis someone might possess.

-- Mack, evil public-school teacher

Niall Mor said...

You are not overreacting. I watched the swearing-in ceremony and the inaugural address several times yesterday (it was pretty much all that was on) and heard nothing that made me want to applaud.

Rusty Shackleford said...

And it appears the Anointed One is poised to repeal by Executive Order the Mexico City policy this week, effectively thumping his nose at all pro-lifers. Will this be what it takes for pro-Obama Catholics and others to wake up?

Jack said...

I teach religion in a Catholic high school and all teachers had to stop and show the inauguration (which was fine, it is historical), all the history teachers had to devote their lessons to him and there was an extended morning prayer over the intercom. However there was NO mention of his abortion policies nor was a prayer included for him in that regard (except in my classes) - over the intercom, the headmaster, after singing Obama's praises, felt moved to celebrate our 'Catholic' vice president. And this is in a rather conservative (i.e. Catholic) school. It's all a sick lovefest.

ruthannie said...

Applause for a historical moment, ok, but really his position on life sort of sucks the air right out of the moment. What continues to be odd to me, is how normally skeptical, intelligent people seem to be in a state of thrall over this one. I admit I was caught up in it at the very beginning (before I read any policies or background). After the primary, last year, I started having a feeling something wasn't right. It's like the whole country was mesmerized by June. It still seems that way. Collective derangement,hypnosis, psychosis- etc.? I too have been saying prayers for his conversion of heart on abortion.

Seatuck said...

I applauded the peaceful transfer of power and respect for the office. I'm praying like mad for conversion of the man.

John Thayer Jensen said...

I just came back from lunchtime Mass (here where I live, in Auckland, New Zealand). The visiting priest introduced himself as "Father Patrick, a retired American priest," and said that he hoped we would all join him in giving thanks for the new American president, Barack Obama.

Sheesh!

Subvet said...

I know your daughter is probably too young to know, and you weren't concerned with that particular school four years ago. I just wonder if they applauded for Bush's inauguration?

As far as B.O. being black, African-American, a person of color or whatever is the right phrase these days, isn't that using the same criteria we'd see in electing a prom queen? Not too good when it's used for the Chief Executive of the most powerful nation in the world.

Rick said...

I won't applaud for him either. I saw his comments about FOCA in a speech to Planned Parenthood & I was irked by how he dismissed pro-life sentiments as a cultural disagreement that he would bulldoze over to move on to more important matters. I may be over-reacting but I am furious. If there is anything that I appreciate here is the American people who elected or accepted his election.

Phillip said...

In his inaugural address, President Obama said "The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."

There is a certain amount of irony in these words, considering his stance on abortion and what he promises to do about FOCA.

I don't think you're overreacting at all.

Baron Korf said...

Now are we talking standing ovation or courteous golf clap?

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Not over reacting at all.

kat said...

I agree: homeschool, but you won't be able to blog as much.

We have changed part of our nightly prayers from "God bless the President" to "May the President be converted, especially in regards to the 5th Commandment." It is a little wordy, but I just couldn't leave it like it was. Any suggestions?

D.J. Lower / KKairos said...

I'd say yes, you are. If you really want to, you could apply the principle of charity to what was done, and assume that they were applauding for stuff that had nothing to do with his incredibly pro-choice record. I mean maybe that was it, but I guess the first thing that comes to my mind on that is, at a Catholic high school, that probably wasn't what generated the applause. Even if it were, I guess in your position I wouldn't necessarily be angry so much as mildly irritated, but to be honest, I doubt they meant to offend.

Now for the record, I went to a liberal Catholic high school, which as a theologically conservative Protestant (political moderate-conservative, and still!) was very interesting; if you think applauding a presidential inauguration is bad (I obviously don't!) try being in a place where lots of people throw around the supposed maxim of "you can't legislate morality" (during Oregon's gay marriage/Measure 36 fiasco), where the day of Pope Benedict XVI's election was a day of mourning for many of your teachers...

I'll fully admit I got more than irritated at points, but I guess the applause in and of itself makes me think more that they're applauding the new president and the demonstration of what a land of opportunity that America is rather than seriously applauding the pro-choiceness. I'm still a tiny bit perturbed and irritated on your behalf, though, and I can't quite figure out why. :/

Would it make any difference if those particular teachers weren't Catholic? (Apologies if I'm ignoring the rules at your daughter's school, at mine that was definitely not a pre-req for every position.)

Also,

With respect to prayers of blessing vs. conversion: Why are they mutually exclusive? If President Obama went to mass and crossed his arms before the priest, wouldn't he get something along the lines of "May God bless you and bring you to everlasting life?"

Since the priest is acting (at least according to you guys) as the representative of Christ on earth at that moment, and since such a prayer seems to contain both a blessing and a notion of conversion, it would seem inappropriate for us not to pray that God would bless the president, the necessary corollary of which would be to convert the President if he needed it.

D.J. Lower / KKairos said...

As long-winded as I've already been:

I should point out I guess, in Catholicism the priest acting AS Christ in that moment, but I don't have the leading Catholic theologian in my house to consult (he's sleeping right now.)

But I think that would only strengthen what I said, not weaken it.

ScienceMom said...

I would be upset, too.

And kat is right; if you homeschool, you won't find nearly as much time to blog.

But I am really wondering what you mean when you say: "I wish him success" given that you DON'T want him to succeed on many, even most, points of his agenda.

Anonymous said...

Your're not over reacting at all! Did you watch the march for life today. there were Pro lifers for Obama signs!

Anonymous said...

For the most part, teachers are liberals based on their service-minded avocation. That is also why cirriculium is liberal based and conservative dogma is downplayed or ridiculed in schools. No surprise that the teachers were enthralled and excited with an uber-liberal half African-American President! So far all he has done with his entire life is get elected as President. His speeches have been many, but boiling them down for actionable committments reveals that he has really had very little to say. We really need a President that talks less and supports middle America more. Less blah, blah, blah and more "this is what we are goning to do..." Look for direction in the middle east, on energy on anything; lots of long winded "feel good" pontification but no real action. Jeesh, when is he gonna stop talking and DO something!!! Don't worry about the teachers they feel very empowered now that they are safe and secure by the same men and women they revile that hold guns and kill the bad people the liberals just want to talk with. They are the verysame cowards that will gladly step back and let others fight their fights and spill their blood. They demand peace, but only without bloodshed, they want security, but don't like it when a terrorist that gets caught setting a bomb to kill Americans has water put up his nose. Teachers are first class hypocrites and cowards, and that pretty much sums up most of Obama's constituency. Just wait until the next 9/11 for them to fade back and expect, once again, for the strong and decisive men and women to go after the bad guys and clean up their mess. To all the liberal teachers out there; KISS MY BUTT!!!

Anonymous said...

Applaud what? A man that got elected to the highest position in the free world based on an "American Idol" popularity contest? A man that now holds the reigns of the most powerful military in the world and he doesn't have a clue how to use it? a man that talks and talks and talks but commits to very little? I fail to see where his attraction is because his background is full of bad or questionable choices, some of them (his cocaine usage) very criminal and nothing is apparent that he deserves the adulation of anybody. Sorry, but he is just a slick salesman with a gift of gab that was up against a stern and hard to like President that was forced to make some tough calls. Obama is over his head and as proof he has surrounded himself with veteran Dems to make up for his woeful lack of experience. with Pelosi acting as co-President, she will soon move to make sure that what SHE wants is what Obama does.

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