Elementary Epidemic: 11 Uncovered Videos Show School Children Performing Praises to Obama

John Nolte, Big Hollywood, November 4, 2009

Big Hollywood has already posted a couple disturbing videos of young school children singing/speaking praises to President Obama, but when eleven more dropped in our email box it came as quite a shock. What seemed like an aberration now appears to be a troubling pattern.

Maybe “epidemic” is a better word.

Each one of the videos below is creepier than the last because the further down you go, the younger the children–brace yourself for kindergartners– except for the last and most disturbing video, which you have to see to believe.

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There was some guesswork, but to the best of our ability the videos run from oldest to youngest, starting with high schoolers. We list the name of the school and the date the video was posted. From there, if it could be found (or a confident guess made), you’ll find the schools’ website, followed by the original title given to the video and any notes added by whoever uploaded to YouTube.

Each video has also been transcribed so you can follow the bouncing ball . . .

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WEST HIGH SCHOOL–12-6-08

This is the school’s probable website. What’s going on here is explained below in the video notes.

Video Title: “Multico’s Finale is Obama’s victory speech!”

Video Note: Each year, MULTICO, a company of West High School students chosen to reflect the diverse ethnic and racial population of Madisons schools, tours elementary and middle schools with an original thirty minute production focusing on the concerns and experiences of children and adolescents in a multicultural, multilingual urban environment. MULTICO, a two hour a day English class, writes and performs a series of short sketches that highlight race, gender, sexuality and conflict, providing another tool for classroom teachers to use as we all work towards a more empathetic world.

Transcript:

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, today is your answer.

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled–Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of red states and blue states; we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other.

The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.

For that is the true genius of America–that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

America, we have come so far. But there is so much more to do. This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time–to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and to restore the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can.

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MORGAN PARK HIGH SCHOOL–11-13-2008

This looks like the school’s website. Morgan Park HS is located in Chicago, these are high school students in the choir.

Video Title: “Change We Can Believe In-Song”

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Transcript:

Change we can believe in

Change that makes a difference

Together we can change the world

Tell every man and woman, every boy and girl

Change can tear down every wall

You and I can make the greatest change of all

We’re united we all stand as one

Divided we will fail and we will surely fall

Tell the children

Take them by the hand

Tell the generations that we can take a stand

Tell the nation let them know that God can heal our land

Change is what we all must be

Change is what we all must see

This is our moment, This is our time

Seize it, [unintelligible], we won’t be denied.

Say yes we can, yes we can,

Yes we can

From the power you may go so very long

Go so very long

Let us live [unintelligible]

Don’t matter what may come our way

They can not [unintelligible]

Tell the children

Take them by the hand

Tell the generations that we can take a stand

Tell the nation let them know that God can heal our land

We want change

We need change

We want change

We must change

Change, Change, believe it

Change, Change, a difference

[unintelligible]

Our change is here.

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SCHOOL UNIDENTIFIED–3-9-09

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Video Title: “Yes We Can–Barack Obama Music Video 7th Grade Version”

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Transcript:

Kids Speak over (Yes We Can by Will.I.am) playing in the background:

This is for the young and old

The rich and poor

Democrats and Republicans

Black, White, Hispanic, Native Americans

Gay, Straight

Disabled, Not Disabled

We can!

Yes, I can be my own person.

Yes, I can be a policeman

Yes, I can have a good future

Yes, I can be the first person in my family to go to college

Yes, I can do good in school

Yes, I can become the first Mexican President

Yes we can.

I can save electricity

I can do good in school

I can help clean up the community

I can volunteer

I can save water

I can give donations

Just as a Seventh Grader?

Yes, we can.

[unintelligible]

What you want to do say

Yes we can

Ay

Yes we can

Ay

Baseball, football, Yeah we can do it all

Yes we can

Ay

Yes we can

Ay

The constitution and make straight A’s

Yes we can

Ay

Yes we can

Ay

Lose or choose now what you want to do

Yes we can

Ay

Yes we can

Ay

Yes we can

Be at school on time

What the . . . loser

Don’t do drugs

Get good grades

Give me your money–give me your money

Leave him alone

No bullying.

Recycle.

Yes we can

Si se puede

I want to join the Army

Yes she can

I want to be a football player

Yes he can

I want to join the Air Force

Yes she can

I want to pass the Seventh grade.

Yes he can

I want to be a doctor.

Yes she can

Yes we can!

Yes we can .   . be a dentist

Yes I can be an anesthesiologist

Yes I can be a choreographer

Yes I can be a lawyer

Yes I can be a basketball player

Yes I can be a teacher

Yes we can

Yes we can

Yes we can

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GIFFEN ELEMENTARY–2-12-09

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Video Title: “Barack Obama Rap”

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Transcript:

Barack Obama–Recorded:

“I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas. I was raised with the help of a white grandfather who survived a Depression to serve in Patton’s Army during World War II and a white grandmother who worked on a bomber assembly line at Fort Leavenworth while he was overseas. I’ve gone to some of the best schools in America and lived in one of the world’s poorest nations. I am married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slave-owners–an inheritance we pass on to our two precious daughters. I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and every hue, scattered across three continents, and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.”–Barack Obama, “A More Perfect Union,” March 18, 2008.

Verse 1:

We’re here to tell you about the man. His name is Barack Obama he’s the leader of this land. He was born in Hawaii then he lived in Illinois. His father moved to Africa when he was a little boy. He got into some trouble when he was 17 and he has come clean now he’s [unintelligible] people [unintelligible] He fights for civil rights and better health care. He wants to make sure that we all will have care. He’s [unintelligible] reform [unintelligible] he’s very educated and he’s got a lot of rhythm. First black President with a heart that’s only true, he wants to make the world better for me and you. At Chicago University he used to be a teacher, [unintelligible] At the Democratic National Convention, the name Barack Obama became [unintelligible].

Chorus:

Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can.

Verse 2:

He was born, in August of 1961. In 2008 for President, He won. We have a new President, Barack is the President. He’s a pioneer. You can check the evidence. He’s African-American. The first black President. Now he’s in the white house. The 44th President. His campaign slogan was “Yes We Can” He’s a Democrat. He’s the man with the plan. There is a special book that was written by Obama. It’s Dreams from My Father, not Dreams from your Momma. [unintelligible] [laughter] [unintelligible] He’s running our country. [unintelligible] great power. [unintelligible] He ran against McCain. Now he’s our President we’re ready to make a change.

Chorus:

Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can, Say Yes We Can.

Verse 3:

He attended Columbia U in ’82. He married Michelle in 1992. He’s English, he’s Irish, [unintelligible], he’s a modern Martin Luther who was also a great man. [unintelligible] Obama’s going down as the first in history. [unintelligible] about war and that is really great. He’s known around the world–come on let’s celebrate.

Recording:

Celebrate good times, come on. Celebrate good times, come on.

Celebrate good times, come on. Celebrate good times, come on.

Continuation of Verse 3:

He’s proved that education is a big part of the game. And in his spare time he enjoys basketball. When he’s at work he signs legible. Obama is his name, [unintelligible} man, man, women, women and girl. [unintelligible] He’s a true American. If you believe say, “Yes We Can”.

Chorus:

Say, Yes We Can [repeated]

Audience Member: Yes We Can.

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GIFFEN ELEMENTARY–3-29-2009

Here’s Giffen again. The video quality makes it impossible to tell if these are the same students, but according to the YouTube dates this performance occurred the month after the one above, this time in front of something called The Association of Teaching Artists.

Video Title: “Barack Obama Rap at the Albany Institute”

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Transcript:

Barack Obama–Recorded:

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GOTHAM AVENUE SCHOOL–2-7-09

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Video Title: “Ending–Part II of the 5th Grade Performance”

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Transcript:

We believe in Barack Obama

He loves you and he loves your mama

We believe in Barack Obama, yeah

With all the change he’s building

Gonna bring hope to the children

We believe in Barack Obama, yeah

Change

That we can believe in

Change

That we can believe in

Change

That we can believe in

We believe in Barack Obama

He loves you and he loves your mama

We believe in Barack Obama, yeah

With all the change he’s building

Gonna bring hope to the children

We believe in Barack Obama, yeah

Change

That we can believe in

Change

That we can believe in

Change

That we can believe in

Yeah, haha, haha.

Alright, come on now, here we go;

You know we gotta get Barack and all of his crew

In the White House so they can prove that

In their hearts they know what to do

And that includes Michelle and the kiddies too

[kids chanting] “There is not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America–there’s the United States of America.”

We believe in Barack Obama

He loves you and he loves your mama

We believe in Barack Obama, yeah

With all the change he’s building

Gonna bring hope to the children

We believe in Barack Obama, yeah

[Chant at end of song–unintelligible]

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POWELL ELEMENTARY–May 6, 2009

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Video Title: “Powell Elementary Present Kings of Rock”

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Transcript:

Barack Obama there is none higher

Other politicians should call me sire

To burn my kingdom you must use fire

I create change till I retire!

Democratic Party come correct

Our cuts are on time our rhymes connect

Got the right to vote and will elect

Others can’t feel us but give us respect

Now I walked through crowds, shook many hands

Spent my time saying YES WE CAN!

I stood on many stages, held many mics

Took airplane flights at great heights

PA and Jersey, I won that fight

Chicago Illinois was so hype

Moving so strong

Biden joined the fight

Now we are a team and we ignite!

Now I crash through walls,

Cut through floors,

Burst through ceilings

Knock down doors.

He is George

And I’m Turan

We’re never far behind

In class we shine

For every living person

With dreams and plans

Keep hope alive–

Think “Yes We Can”

We’re the baddest of the bad

The cool of the cool

I’m Barack

I rock and rule.

I’m Joe. I rock and rule.

It’s not a trick or treat or April fools,

It’s all brand new

With a little old school.

We’ve got the music and the message

For all my friends.

Check us out on the internet,

Load and send.

Music ain’t nothing

but a peoples jam.

It’s President Obama

Rockin’ with the band!

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HENNIGAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL–July 16, 2009

This is the probable website for the school. Note the life-size cardboard cut-out of the President and the kid with Obama’s head on a stick.

Video Title: “obama”

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Transcript:

Barack Obama–Recorded:

“Because of what we did on this day, in this election at this defining moment, change has come to America.”

Kids:

Obama is fresh. Obama is cool. He has two daughters that like to go to school. It’s hot outside, they jump in the pool. [unintelligible] to follow the rules. Obama is President and has a new residence. There’s people all around who questions all the evidence.

Michelle wants her daughters to think their own things. She doesn’t want their colors to do it instead. The 44th President of the USA because he beat Senator John McCain. Obama in charge of the oval office. He told Bush and his cabinet to get off this. A–a-a-a-aay. Obama is President of the USA-aaaay. Tomorrow’s a new day–ay–ay- ay- ay. And we’re living our life.

Barack Obama–Recorded:

“It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.”

Screen Text:

Great Job! Merilyn B.; Rachel C.; Radael D.; Edwin G.; Faith M.; Oscar M.; Rosemary M.; Elena R.; Janetlah V.

Special Thanks to the CityYear Corps at the Hennigan!

Barack Obama–Recorded:

“I know you didn’t do this to just win an election. I know you didn’t do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead.”

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HARMONY LELAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL–2-14-09

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Video Title: “Barack Obama is Our New President”

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Transcript:

Barack Obama is our new President

Barack Obama is the leader of our land

On November 4, 2008

All the Americans voted

In each and every state

Barack Obama is our new President

Barack Obama is the leader of our land

He moved into the white house

With his wife, Michelle

His daughters, Malia and Sasha

And new dog as well

Barack Obama is our new President

Barack Obama is the leader of our land

He’ll bring us all together

And work hard every day

To make our nation better

And keep our people safe

Barack Obama is our new President

Barack Obama is the leader of our land

In the oval office

From sea to shining sea

He’ll represent our country

The land and the free

Barack Obama is our new President

Barack Obama is the leader of our land

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MARYMOUNT SCHOOL–3-18-2009

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Video Title: “No One’s as Irish as Barack Obama”

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Transcript:

O’Leary, O’Reilly, O’Hare and O’Hara

There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama

You don’t believe me, I hear you say

But Barack’s as Irish, as was JFK

His granddaddy’s daddy came from Moneygall

A small Irish village, well known to you all

He’s in the white house, He took a chance

Now let’s see Barack do Riverdance

Toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a lama

There’s no one as Irish As Barack O’Bama

He’s as Irish as bacon and cabbage and stew

He’s Hawaiian he’s Kenyan American too

He’s in the white house, He took his chance

Now let’s see Barack do Riverdance

Toor a loo, toor a lay, toor a loo, toor a lama

There’s no one as Irish As Barack O’Bama

From Kerry and cork to old Donegal

Let’s hear it for Barack from old moneygall

From the lakes if Killarney to old Connemara

There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama

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BARACK OBAMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL–1-31-2009

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The video below isn’t of students singing but of a woman named Janelle Kirton performing the school song. The song doesn’t mention Obama, it just relies heavily on his platitudes, but pay special attention to the school decorations inter-cut throughout the video.

If that doesn’t creep you out enough, check out this slide-show from the school’s website.

Video Title: “Barack Obama School Song, Do You Hear The Sound, Janelle Kirton, Barack Obama Song.”

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Transcript of “Do You Hear The Sound?”:

There’s a sound of Change

Blowing in the wind

It’s a sound that started long ago

By those who dare to dream

Fighting against the loss

With a passion of hope of better days

They had a dream

They had hope

for a friend to bring this nation together as one

The journey begins to education

Unlocking every door

Shaping a better tomorrow

We are sons and daughters

Of promise

Of school like a city upon a hill

Lights inside our hearts

And hope to [unintelligible]

To rise and conquer

[unintelligible]

To dream

To make a difference

Not just in our land

But in the world

Yes we can

Make a difference

If we unite

Together and take

I am the dream

I am the hope

I am the bridge that’ll bring this nation

Together as one

The journey begins to education

Unlocking every door

To shaping a better

Tomorrow

There’s [unintelligible]

If I teach you believe

My voice will count

My voice will be heard

Do you hear the sound

I am the dream

Do you hear the sound

I am the hope

Do you hear the sound

Yes we can.

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[Editor’s Note: The videos and video notes are all available with the transcripts here.]

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