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September 8, 2009
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U.S. President Barack Obama is dealing with backlash, from some parents, for a school and education speech he's giving today. So, we wanted to know:

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Bill Winsor   September 8th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

This is a political maneuver on the president's part. It is preposterous to think that his motives are otherwise. He is struggling with his health care agenda and movement toward socialism; his desire to reach out to the kids of America is obviously part of his overall agenda.

Ndubi Mvula   September 8th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

It is one of the greatest thing to have a leader of my country Zambia speak to my two wonderful girls. During my school days, the first President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia made it possible that we knew members of his Cabinet by name hence making us know who our leaders were as we grew up. What President Barack Obama is doing is very important for the children and more especially that his message borders on inspiring the children so that they focus their attention on becoming the best and dependable citizens of not only their country United States of America but the global world world as a whole. I for one, a father of two girls aged 11 and 6 do make sure that my girls get to know what is happening around them. I want them to be more knowledgeable and they can listen to to speeches by even opposition political leaders. That will make them become well informed Zambians.

agnes   September 8th, 2009 4:29 pm ET

I've always believed that America belongs to the most modern nations, but seeing the way things are about Health Insurance and the way the opposition party is going about it making the American people believe it is a doom to Americans, I feel ashamed about the political interest of the opposotion party in America. Wake up Americans – You are living under Capitalist oppression and centuries backwards when related to countries like Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany and Austria. It is the right of every citizen to have adequate Health System provided by the government. Do not waste time making this a political issue.

Keira   September 8th, 2009 5:43 pm ET

This opposition that Obama's facing is preposterous! It's one thing to disagree with him on policies, politics, etc, but the "reasoning" behind the opposition is beyond ridiculous and quite honestly embarrassing. All this talk about "indoctrination into Socialism" is ridiculous, laughable and it shows the lack of critical thinking in this country. If President Obama wants to "indoctrinate" my nephews into staying in school and working hard, I'll drive them to the "indoctrination" myself. End of story!

heidi   September 9th, 2009 8:57 am ET

First, look up socialism and see what it means! It seems some people throw that word around for anything relating to national plans/ownership. Secondly, socialism and communism are not the same. Third, the US is not turning socialist.

I have a problem seeing how health care for all would be a bad plan? In parts of the world (eg Sweden, Norway, Denmark etc) people have free healthcare (only slightly higher taxes), social services and unemplyment benefits and get this: maternity leave is 9-12 months with full pay or 80% depending on lenght, and it is illegal for emplyers to fire them during their leave. The minimum wage is approximately $17. That doesn't sound too bad, now does it? For the record, these countries are social democratic and not socialist.

Fred K. Matovu   September 9th, 2009 10:18 am ET

America please. In uganda, we all look up to you. To imagine that you are opposed to universal health care ( a pipe dream for most of us), and opposed to the president advising your kids to stay in school and work hard is unbelievable. At a time when American kids are involved in drugs and gangs,what better way than to have the 1st citizen reach out to them , what better way than the president to inspire them? Un less ofcourse you want to cofirm to the rest of us what everybody is saying – that America's days as a super power are numbered – so much so that you can not appreciate the fact that Health for All is a National security issue, can not appreciate that American industry needs to survive (Jobs and technology leadership in the automobile industry) and can not appreciate that any country's greatest resource is the HUMAN RESOURCE. And this is what the prsident is trying to comunicate.

Helen   September 9th, 2009 6:16 pm ET

I voted yes because in my country, the president hardly has any good news and for sure, anything he said to kids would be lies.

However, Obama is a man of intergrity and wants only the best for his country. I don't understand why every little thing he does raise a lot of dust. He wants the best for his country.

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