Right Wing Radio Fuels National Boycott of Obama’s Speech to Schoolkids

by on September 4, 2009 · 21 comments

in Civil Rights, Education, Media, Organizing, San Diego, War and Peace

San Diego right-wing radio pundit Rick Roberts.

In the world of right wing talk radio hosts, Rick Roberts has to keep ahead of the curve. His daily show on KFMB-AM Radio ranks behind competitor KOGO-AM (Chip Franklin) and his audience is pretty much limited to the teabagger fringes of the Republican rank and file. Need to know what topics will be covered on his show this week? Just surf over to any of the Fox News discussion boards and look for the most inflammatory material: that’s what you’ll be hearing on the show this week.

Basking in the glory of helping out his buddy Congressman Darrell Issa (and regular recipient of Big Pharma/Healthcare PAC $) fill a couple of “Town Halls” this past week, Rick wants you to know about the next big thing on the horizon: a boycott of schools on September 8th.

That’s because President Obama is making a speech next week aimed at school kids. In a recent interview with student reporter, Damon Weaver, President Obama announced that on September 8 — the first day of school for many children across America — he will deliver a national address directly to students on the importance of education. The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.

So “Stay in school” is being called “indoctrination” and an attempt to “get ’em while they’re young,”. Roberts, along with Glen Beck and the usual collection of tin foil hat wearing pundits are now warning, “They are capturing your kids” and “your republic is under attack.”

It’s not that other sitting Presidents haven’t done pretty much the same thing.

Roberts and his cohorts apparently have forgotten that, while president, George H.W. Bush gave a speech to schoolchildren intended “to motivate America’s students to strive for excellence; to increase students’ as well as parents’ responsibility/accountability; and to promote students’ and parents’ awareness of the educational challenge we face.” The White House sent letters to schools across the nation to encourage teachers and principals to allow students to tune in the speech; live television and radio coverage was arranged at the request of the Education Department.

Also forgotten is former President George W. Bush posting a “teacher’s guide” on the White House website intended to help students understand the “freedom timeline” and encouraging them to “explor[e] the biographies of the President, Mrs. Bush, Vice President, and Mrs. Cheney.” Of course, we’ll never forget the seven minutes that President Bush took out to continue reading to school children in front of TV cameras after learning that the World Trade Center had been bombed.

Then there’s Ronald Reagan’s “educational” event on November 14, 1988, where he addressed and took questions from students from middle schools at the Old Executive Office Building. The speech was broadcast live and rebroadcast by C-Span, and Instructional Television Network fed the program to schools nationwide over three different days. Part of the President’s speech that day included a discourse on supply side economics and reduced taxation, plus a spiel about gun control.

How long did it take the right to go from: “if you criticize the President you are a traitor” to “School children should not trust the President”? So President Obama speaks to the nation’s youth and it’s:

The fascist in chief is taking his special brand of brainwashing to the classroom. Keep your kids home. I think this man is a threat to our basic unalienable rights. I don’t want him indoctrinating my children. Seriously.

Ask your school what their participation is in this leftist indoctrination outrage. Keep politics out of the classroom. Keep communists and their propagandists away from small children


Unless we get public assurances from the White House that the president won’t address health care or global warming or the homosexual agenda (under the color of “human rights for people different than us”) this might be a great time for parents to exercise their opt-out authority and give their students a biography of George Washington to read while the President turns the minds of an entire generation to mush.

More Marxist propaganda.

The difference is, when the right wingers used to go on about how everyone should respect the President they really meant that they would only respect Presidents that they liked.

The other difference is, this President is black. Maybe they avoid letting their children see Obama on TV because they’re afraid their kids will get the image of a black President in their minds and might think it is OK. That might be the “indoctrination” they’re worried about.

Or maybe it’s that this President has “secret powers” that allow him to sway minds in a 15 minute speech. But I don’t think so. The American people voted Dick “secret powers” Cheney’s party out of office.

Albert Einstein’s immigration to the US was opposed by the rightist Women’s Patriot Society who claimed “not even Stalin himself was affiliated to so many anarchic-communist groups.”

So, in the spirit of this sort of ongoing over-the-top righty responses, we’d like to propose a few more White House initiatives:

**National Dental Health Day. That way, Roberts & his crew could claim there is a nationwide conspiracy of dentists seeking to implant transmitters in the teeth of “true patriots”.

**National Buy A Book Week. Wouldn’t have much impact, except to knock Glen Beck off Amazon’s best seller list.

**National AM Radio Month. Heh, heh.

**National Abstinence Day. (But only with your mistress)

** A Presidential speech announcing that the world is, in fact, round. It’d be nice to get the flat earth society types out of the closet.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

bodysurferbob September 4, 2009 at 10:06 am

put a white sheet over that roberts guy and give him a white pointy hat – and there you have it – our very own klan radio pundit.


mr fresh September 4, 2009 at 10:18 am

i don’t know about the stench from the san diego river, but the stench coming off mt soledad (where kfmb’s transmitter is located) is really awful.


BillRayDrums September 4, 2009 at 11:34 am

Hey! Nice article. And by-the-by, I purchased suckonsandiego.com….LOL


Lane Tobias September 4, 2009 at 11:36 am

In fact, Mr. Roberts, this is how YOU recruit young, impressionable minds into your hateful, unintelligent camp….by telling them that a powerful black man – the President mind you – is not worth listening to.

His beard looks fake, too.


619-1502 September 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm

By now everyone in San Diego should know that channel 8’s evil step-sister KUFMUB- AM blows…but that picture of Roberts is priceless, a hundred & fifty dollar hair-do on a 5 cent head!


jon September 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm

I love the picture of Bush with the Blair portrait in the background. Classic. I think that’s funnier and more acceptable than just dressing him up in a hitler stache.


Dave Gilbert September 4, 2009 at 1:11 pm

That was the longest 8 years of my life but I never saw “W” as a Hitler type…Cheney maybe. But he sure looks bushed holding that phone upside down. Wonder if that was photo-shopped, nobody is that dumb, right?

Thank God for no drama Obama. ;)


jettyboy September 4, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Let’s get a grip here folks. There is no group operating today in the US that exemplifies hypocrisy better than the Republican Party and any/all of its affiliates. They actually have perfected a way to speak out of both sides of your mouth and call it truth and patriotism. What makes it even more amazing is that both sides of their mouths is really their ass.


Frank Gormlie September 4, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Dave – and check this out Jon, Jettyboy, Lane – I think Dave is on to something here. About the photo-shopped phone cord. Click on the pic to get a larger image and you can almost see where possibly the original phone line was – across the tie and shirt – . See what I mean? Jettyboy, I know you’ve done photoshop before. Whatta ya thimk?


jon September 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Oh it’s totally photoshopped! And hilarious. I highly doubt that W actually had an 8×10 framed close up of Tony Blair sitting on his desk. But I have been wrong(ed) before.


ClubStyle_DJ September 4, 2009 at 6:52 pm

I tell you what… you guys also need to watch out for Roger Hedgecock too. The crap coming out of he and his callers/listeners mouths is ridiculous also. I can’t believe he was mayor(check that… sure I can believe it). Remember how they used to listen to Howard Stern just to see what he’d say next? I kinda believe that’s why these reich wing-nuts have the ratings numbers they have. I’ve never in 30yrs been asked by a pollster what stuff I watch or Listen to… where do these numbers come from anyway? Is it Nielsen?


annagrace September 4, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Rick Roberts…just one more chunk of meat with eyes. Maybe we all should go to school with our kids and listen to the speech with them and their teachers. Talk about it together.

Imagine a groundswell of this kind of support from the majority of people who aren’t buying into the ignorance. That would send the wingnutz scrambling…


jon September 5, 2009 at 7:27 am

How long did it take the right to go from: “if you criticize the President you are a traitor” to “School children should not trust the President”?

About 8 months.

Great article Doug.


jettyboy September 5, 2009 at 8:05 am

Frank you’re right the cord is photoshopped, in fact the entire phone is. Look closely and you can see the phone is to large as is the cord. I think he was on a phone, but it was smaller and a different color.


Danny Morales September 5, 2009 at 8:09 am

…while the ghost of Prescott Bush waits patiently, like a troll, under the gates of Wonderland. Party hardy children but don’t get caught sleeping under the rainbow’s bridge. We’ve been through this before and before and before…and you don’t have to read Lenin’s “Imperialism, The Highest Stage of Capitalism” or “Mein Kampf” or “The Goebbels Diaries” for that matter. Just drop the keyboard and walk slowly over to the nearest community meeting, put your hands up in the air and…UP AGAINST THE WALL RED NECK MUTHA’…


Dave Sparling September 5, 2009 at 8:42 pm

The ditto heads of right wing hate radio are proof that even the dumbest of the dumb can operate a radio. I bet there was not much coverage of the crazy fundamentalist preacher in Tempe Arizona that told his congregation he was praying to his GOD to give president Obama brain cancer so he would die like Ted Kennedy. Of course Reverend Dave will cover this at Winstons Drunk Poets Society Monday @ 6PM 9/7/09.


jon September 6, 2009 at 8:07 pm

“You know, there’s a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit. But I think we should talk more about our empathy deficit – the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes; to see the world through the eyes of those who are different from us – the child who’s hungry, the steelworker who’s been laid-off, the family who lost the entire life they built together when the storm came to town. When you think like this – when you choose to broaden your ambit of concern and empathize with the plight of others, whether they are close friends or distant strangers – it becomes harder not to act; harder not to help.” -Barack Obama


annagrace September 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm

“The Culture of Cruelty.”


DBMilford September 8, 2009 at 6:51 am

Good article. Most of the outrage is totally illogical. The media (ALL of them) are fueling this foolishness. Here in Massachusetts all of the talk radio stations are right wing nuts and they have been driving this silliness into the ground. Let’s face it..this type attention
spent on fake outrage keeps the talk radio fools working. Speaking of fake outrage especially with these so called tea party fools, where was this OUTRAGE when we were spending billions of dollars a month for the last eight years! The government does not even know where the money was spent nor can they find a money trail. The President should start to promote the old Presidents physical fitness awards again. The right wing nuts like Glen Beck will lose their minds!


Marsha Sutton September 8, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Nice column, Doug. Appreciate your insightful comments to my blog on San Diego News Network. Now that the speech is over and it appears Obama has not turned our nation’s schoolchildren into brainwashed socialist zombies, the attacks are becoming more defensive. Now it’s about the “tone” of his supporters, rather than the substance of the message.



Dan August 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm

To understand who Rick Roberts is, read this:


He’s Islamaphobic.


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