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Chan Lowe cartoon: Obama "poisons" young minds

It's hard for reasonable people to even wrap their minds around the ugliness of thought that would cause a parent to prevent his child from being exposed to the words of the President of the United States.

One should at least have enough respect for the office to listen to its occupant before disagreeing.

It would be an excellent civics lesson, it seems to me, to talk to one's child after hearing the president speak and explain to him that it is all right not to agree with everything--or anything--he says. But all this does is teach children to hate, rather than listen to, those with whom we disagree. A variation, I suppose, on the Bush "we don't talk to our enemies" doctrine.

The other stuff, that he's trying to poison young minds with his socialistic, communistic dogma--well, if you really believe what Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck et al feed you, then I'm not going to waste further keystrokes trying to talk you out of it.

Oh, and if you have a problem with my cartoon or anything I've said, don't bother to post your comment, because if you do, I will remove it in order not to expose my other readers to your thoughts. By not being in lockstep with mine, they are ipso facto unworthy for this blog.

I'm kidding. Go ahead and rant; just keep it clean.

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Thank you, Mr. Lowe! Your cartoon really summed up my exact sentiments on Obama's speech. What is wrong with him just telling kids to be on the right path to achieve their goals? Whatever happened to reasoning, listening and understanding? Oh wait, I think that went out the window 8 years ago and still continues on with these GOP nut jobs and the blowhards like Rush Limbaugh that dare to call themselves pundits that dominate the airwaves to feed more lies and garbage to the public.

I'll take Twain's advice on this POS.

Good Day, Mr. Low.

President Obama seems to have successfully brainwashed most of the adults in this country, so why not the kids as well?

Chan, you're right on. Keep 'em coming.

I'm so glad that there are still a few intelligent people in this state. Thanks Chan!

Go ahead and rant; just keep it clean.

Well, I can do that. The problem, as usual, is that people expect others to pay for their children's education. Then they think they can have some control over the content of that education. It isn't going to happen.

Parents should have total responsibility for the education of their children. I shouldn't have to pay for it, and they shouldn't have to put up with my (or worse, the NEA's) input.

These "controversies" are always caused by government getting involved where it doesn't belong. Get government completely out of education.

Parents who want can have their children exposed to Obama all day long. Parents who prefer can expose their children to the dittohead. The rest of us would then be free to give our children a good, well balanced education.

One should at least have enough respect for the office to listen to its occupant before disagreeing.

The vast majority of the miscreants who have occupied that office deserve our scorn, not our respect. Abolish the presidency. We were never supposed to have a dictator ruling us.

Chan, you are on target as usual.

It's amazing how folks who followed Bush blindly are rejecting everything that Obama, an intelligent president who cares about the people, says or does.

As Joseph Goebbels aid: In order to do his job he needed a stupid, non thinking electorate.

I don't really understand why everyone is so upset? So confused.

Thanks Chan;

Have you ever thought about running for the School Board we could use some help! I can not believe they even responded to the outcry of the stupid! Iam sure those same parents are the ones who want us to say prayers in school everyday! hum

you ask what's wrong? have you studied how Dictators start? at this time Chavez, he did it the same way, wake up America, this time is US

You like most are missing the point. At a time when a majority of the public is disagreeing with the president on major issues such as health care why are you surpised that there is an uproar when the teachers are instructed to have the children write letters to themselves afterwards about how they can help the president. It is the phrasing of that question that caused the problems. And I for one have doubts that a major speech to all the kids in public schools someithing like the phrasing of the questions weren't vetted by several people. So I can't see it as a misfortunate wording.

For all the talk about this upcoming speech-- we haven't actually heard it yet!! So many people, on BOTH sides of this issue, are making judgements about his words, before he has even said them!! It's ridiculous. No one knows for sure he's going to say "set goals, work hard, stay in school." And correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think George W had a speech to students, nor did Clinton. And if W Bush did have a speech to students, I bet that tons of people would be "protecting their kids from his poison," and you wouldn't be drawing a cartoon like this in his favor. The analogy in the cartoon is...wrong. Misleading. And unfair.

During the election campaign, I had a teacher (it was an anomaly) who assigned watching one of then-senator Obama's speeches. I thought that was wrong, and at that time, I wholeheartedly supported him. I think a lot of schools try to stay out of politics, to avoid being perceived as biased.

ON a different note, this controversy is really good for President Obama. I never would have even heard about this speech if people weren't upset about it, and otheres weren't upset about them being upset.

That being said, as a high school senior, I am going to watch the speech, independently of my school (which begins after tuesday).

the quality of debate in this country is getting ever lower. Hypocrisy rising like the waters after Katrina.

And it's one, two, three, what are we fightin for?
Don't ask me I don't give a damn,
Next stop is......

Interesting that somebody quoted Joseph Goebbels. Here's something else he once said, "Think of the media as a giant keyboard on which the government can play." I don't think anyone has been a bigger puppet for the Obama administration than you, Mr. Lowe. Keep up the good work!

I give conservatives credit for one thing at least they are consistent. No matter what the issue they will disagree with whatever a reformer says, and they will use name calling and misinformation as their justification. We get it conservatives don't want to pay more taxes, no one likes to pay more taxes. I think most of their perspective boils down to this underlying issue. If taxes go up they oppose everything related even if it is at the detriment to society. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, but im having trouble ignoring this observation. Can someone on the other side of the issue please make clear what the issue is with his address? On a related note I consider myself a centrist who believes at times we need a shift to the right and at other times a shift to the left. It seems from the state of the country that the drastic shift to the right of the previous administration garners an appropriate shift back towards the center.

I guess my biggest issue with those opposed to his speech is their silence about Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush doing the same thing. The opposition makes it sound like Obama is trying to "indoctrinate" the youth, yet when their party spoke to school was an honor. The last time I saw such paranoid behavior was when the terror alerts were color coded and duct tape and plastic sheeting were all the rage. All this disrespectful behavior is simply a continuation of the Sarah Palin "Paling around with terrorists", "He's a Socialist/Communist" fear mongering and right wing propaganda. Stoking the fires of ignorance and bigotry should NEVER be confused with Patriotism and I'm afraid that's all these people have really done: confuse the two.

I have never seen so many naive morons in my life! Chan- you're a typical liberal. Obfuscate the issue by going back to Bush who started an unnecessary war that Obama said gave the Iraqis the "wonderful gift of freedom". We sacraficed tens of thousands of lives to halt the advance of communism and now we welcome it into the WHite House with open arms. RIght Mr. Jones?

I guess this is a liberal site for bad humor. It is very clear why most newspapers, including Sun Sentinel are going out of business, doesn't Chan realize he reduces his audience down to 1/2 by printing this trash.

Don't worry Chan your far left liberals will continue to support your slow death. As for me, I am going to cancel my subscription to the paper.


You commie pinko... I LOVE you, man! The hypocrisy of the right is breathtaking.

Keep up the good work.

As usual, you are on target. There has always been disagreement between the Dems and Repubs, but recent very organized outbursts have taken things to a very creepy level.

Well said!!!

Where were you when the democratic shills were spouting the same claims at George Bush when he was set to give the same type of inspirational pep talk?Oh yeah, you were leading the charge, as is obvious by your insipid cartoon.

1. The liar didn't even propose a plan. Until now, of course.
2. the liar handed the "heavy lifting" to the current crop of imbeciles in congress.
3. Congressional imbeciles put forth a bill written by un-elected, self serving leftists.
Now the liar-in-chief comes at us with yet another campaign speech. More lies, followed by lying speeches. When will the lies ever end? I have Obama's voice recorded for special occasions when I have to induce vomiting-like an accidental ingestion of poison. Other than that, I wouldn't waste a nanosecond listening to the KING of liars, an America-hating community organizer, communist named Obama. Only lies come forth from the lips of this traitor.

If anyone has such a huge problem with our country....move to Canada. Or whatever other country you deem good enough. And if you can't find one, help to reform the government instead of calling them a gang of murdering criminals.

"Ugliness of thought."
I couldn't have put it better.
I have never felt sadder about
the discourse in this country.
Civility is gone.

You mean like this pothead?

Hey Chan--

If "starting unnecessary wars" was an issue Bush had, then why is YOUR president sending more troops to Afghanistan.

For how long are you going to resort back to Bush for all the problems Obama is causing??

Obliterate the Republican Party!

'Nuff said!

Chan says:
Dear Chan-hater,
I think most people would agree that Afghanistan was a war with a valid purpose and goal, which was to hunt down and eliminate those who attacked us on 9/11. The problem was with the follow-through, which is why we're having to pour more troops in now.

Since there turned out not to be any WMD in Iraq, and the so-called "intelligence" about them was cooked, I still don't know why we went in there. If it was to safeguard our sources of oil, we should have said so. Maybe you can answer that question for us, because it eludes me.

As for Obama being "my" president, the last I heard was that he won the election in 2008, fair and square. Since in a democracy the majority rules, that makes him the president of all Americans, including you. I felt that Bush was my president, too, even after the murky results of the 2000 election. The Supreme Court decided in his favor, and I accepted it along with all of my compatriots, liberal and conservative alike. The law spoke, and we are a nation of laws.

If you are a true patriot, which I suspect you are, you will accept the rule of law also. It would behoove us all to wish our president success. Since he is our chief executive as well as head of state, to wish him failure is to wish ill upon our country.

What heppened to all the "Transparency" we heard about? Why did the White House refuse to release the speech in advance, and then when people got angry, decide to release it on a Monday holiday, less than 24 hours before he gave it?

Schools are a State and Local issue; I'd rather my kids learn reading, and math, and science, and grammar then listen to a speech and do lessons on it. You know who ELSE asked the children of his nation to make a pledge to him?

Great cartoon and commentary Chan. It is really depressing that the level of discourse is so poisonous. We have a great president in office. We have so much work to do, and yet so many citizens are unable to add anything to the effort except ignorant name-calling.

The guy who repeatedly calls Obama a liar... where is your evidence? Link your source. Put up or shut up.

The idea that it is wrong for a President to speak to the school children is a new concept. The same people who are screaming foul are the same ones who supported every move made by our last president. Was it not Regan who also spoke to the school children and I don't remember any outcry then. Is it just this president that they object too?

I agree with you that President Obama's speech was good for our children. He had a lot of good things to say and nothing that most Americans haven't told their own children at one time or another.

What you don't seem to understand is that MOST people were upset NOT at the President's speech but at the various tools and exercises (proposed by the White House) that were recommended teachers use with the students immediately following the speech. Although you don't hear anything about these recommendations now, since the White House rapidly pulled them) after realizing what impact they had, these recommendations were well outside of the realm of simply trying to help our children. They were bordering on know it, I know it and the White House knows it. If Bush had tried something like that there would have been an atomic reaction from the liberal democrats and media. So now that many people are confused about exactly what the President was trying to accomplish, and rightly so, don't try to blame the situation on anything but the White House crew screwing up. End of story.

Illegal for a president to be with schoolchildren?

Hmm, where was Bush while 9-11 was going on? Oh yeah, with SCHOOLCHILDREN.

Hypocrites don't even notice the holes in their "logic".

Bravo Chan!!

I love this one!
It's perfect!!


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Gotta love how this was somehow turned into an insult by the fearmongers. You wing nuts crack me up. Just remember the Republicans demonize anything they disagree with. Great stragety.

For those of you that disagree with this cartoon and say Obama is wrong, shut up. You what Obama says on this issue is correct and as students we should stay in school and set our own goals and work hard to achieve them. Only few people happen to catch the luxturies that Bush caught. And what this cartoon here says is that in the 21st century that we live in, don't get your hopes up for any real future unless your daddy is someone big with power. And for those of you that still want to say that I support Obama you are also wrong. I choose neither side because both sides are idiots as a whole. There are some subjects that I will agree with and some I won't.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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