A YouTube video featuring school children singing a song praising President Barack Obama has been making the rounds on the internet today. The video is located at the following URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zrsl8o4ZPo
Its information states that the video was “filmed at the B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, NJ and uploaded on June 19, 2009.” The video linked to was actually uploaded on September 06, 2009, and it has attracted a quantity of hits and comments in the past 24 hours. A Google search targeting a twenty-four hour period will show how the “popularity” of this video has taken off in a short time.
While the song’s lyrics in and of themselves do not contain anything that can be coined ideology, I can see the point of parents who are upset about their children being taught this song. Instilling a sense of patriotism in schoolchildren is not a bad thing, but having them sing a song about any one political figure is a mistake.
At any rate, this was poor judgment on the teachers part. If the teachers are Obama supporters, they should have realized the reaction such a display would cause. There is an alternate possibility though, and that is whomever recorded the video and recently posted it realized the controversy such a moment could generate, especially after they witnessed the backlash that came with President Obama’s speech to schoolchildren. At a time when so many key decisions are being made, a little public controversy, especially controversy involving children, is a very clever way to detract attention from issues being discussed on Capitol Hill. The fact that the poster used targeted words like “indoctrination” as YouTube tags, hints that generating contention may have been the video’s true purpose from the beginning.
The one aspect of the video I have not seen discussed yet is the very nature of its having been recorded and posted on the internet. The video seems to be children at school practicing a song, not singing at a school pageant. Who recorded these children? Did they have permission to record the children? And did they get the permission from the parents of these young children to post a video of their child on the internet where it would create controversy and be seen by millions?
The video was posted on YouTube. The children are recognizable. The name of the school they attended was listed. If the parents did not approve this, and if it was a school official that recorded the video and shared it, I would say B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, NJ has to deal with the President Obama song and some severe privacy invasion issues as well.