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E.Y.Y.
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Posted - 11/17/2010 :  8:42:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love it....I just damn well love it. Sitting Bull is one of the famous Americans he writes about in his new kid book dedicated to his daughters. Of course Fux News sees it as only they can. Not one word from them about what a shythead racist genocidal maniac Custer realy was. U keep on keepin on Barack...U da man.... Cant wait to buy the book 4 my kids 4 Xmas. Ck. it out:

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Obama Children's Book Ignites Controversy Updated: 12 hours 21 minutes ago
Andrea Stone
Senior Washington Correspondent

AOL News ANALYSIS

WASHINGTON (Nov. 16) -- Has anyone told President Barack Obama lately that he will never catch a break?

Today, as his first book for children was released, Fox News ran this headline on its website: "Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Killed U.S. General."

President Barack Obama's children's book, "Of Thee I Sing," hit bookstore shelves Wednesday. All proceeds from the book will go to a scholarship fund for children of wounded or fallen U.S. military personnel.The brief item is quoted from a USA Today piece about "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters," Obama's lyrical ode to 13 Americans "whose traits he sees in his own children." Addressed to daughters Malia and Sasha, the picture book begins: "Have I told you lately how wonderful you are?"

The newspaper notes in passing, "His most controversial choice may be Sitting Bull, who defeated Custer at Little Bighorn."

Obama writes that Sitting Bull was "a medicine man who healed broken hearts and broken promises. It is fine that we are different." The book, whose royalties will go to help the children of fallen or disabled service members, also says that the Lakota chief "spoke out and led his people against many policies of the United States government. He is most famous for his stunning victory in 1876 over Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in the Battle of the Little Bighorn."

That caused a storm of derision in the blogosphere as defenders and opponents of the president and Fox traded politically laced barbs about historical revisionism and political correctness. One sympathetic commentator sarcastically called the book "Obama's newest anti-American crime."

It was enough to make one wonder whether the man who ran on "hope" realized the irony that his book shares a name with perhaps the greatest American political satire ever written, a 1931 musical about a politician who runs for president on a platform of "love."

There is a certain bit of audacity in Obama's eclectic and ethnically diverse list of Americans.

Besides perennial heroes like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, there are those selected for being kind (social worker Jane Addams), strong (Helen Keller) and inspiring (farmworker organizer Cesar Chavez). Vietnam Memorial architect Maya Lin is included for honoring the sacrifices of others, singer Billie Holiday because "you have your own song."

So far, no one has criticized Obama for including a singer whose heroin addiction and alcoholism led to an early death. Or asked whether artist Georgia O'Keeffe, whose paintings evoke female genitalia, should be part of a book for children as young as 3 years old. And maybe the president should get points for including "explorer" Neil Armstrong, who blasted Obama for canceling NASA's back-to-the-moon mission.

"If President Obama patted a child on the head, Fox News would probably accuse him of assault," Indiana University historian Ed Linenthal said. "It certainly sounds like what Obama has done is ... expand our sense of who counts in our own history. ... America has always been a mosaic of communities in which individuals become heroes and heroines and role models and tragic figures and controversial figures."

The 'Greatest Chief'

That Fox would single out Sitting Bull for condemnation illustrates how the wounds inflicted during the settling of the American West remain raw long after the "closing of the frontier" more than a century ago. Yet historians say the Native American holy man earned his place in Obama's slender 31-page book.



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The inclusion of Sitting Bull in "Of Thee I Sing" has caused a storm of derision in the blogosphere over historical revisionism and political correctness."Why should that be controversial?" asked Linenthal, author of "Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields," an examination of how the Little Bighorn and other historic sites have been redefined in the nation's memory. "Is it controversial to hold up Robert E. Lee as a significant American even though he was commander of the Army of Northern Virginia and the Confederacy's goal was to create a new nation apart from the United States?"

The Lakota Sioux chief belongs among the pantheon of American heroes, said Robert Utley, author of the definitive biography, "Sitting Bull: The Life and Times of an American Patriot."

"He was probably the most Indian Indian, the most devoted to his particular culture, and he practiced it on a daily basis and had the political and spiritual influence to lead his people as their greatest chief," Utley said. "He is as American as they come."

Utley called the Fox headline "a vast oversimplification." Sitting Bull was already too old to fight at the time of the standoff with Custer, he said, and was back with the women and children when Crazy Horse led the war party at the Little Bighorn.

"I'd brush Fox News off," he said. "They don't know what they're talking about."

This isn't the first time controversy has erupted over a chapter of history immortalized in movies, books and re-enactments as "Custer's Last Stand."

In the 1990s, the National Park Service removed Custer's name from the site in Montana and renamed it Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, adding a monument to the Indians who died there. The move sparked a bitter debate over historical revisionism in which one traditionalist compared it to ''handing the Vietnam War memorial over to the Vietnamese.''

Though emotions have cooled since then, the current controversy isn't unexpected, said University of New Mexico historian Paul Hutton, author of more than a dozen books on the American West and military history. While he called the Fox headline "outrageous" and "provocative," he said Obama's book is reflective of young people's literature since the 1970s "when Custer was sort of erased from the children's book universe."

Hutton argues that Sitting Bull is an outlier on Obama's list of forward-looking role models. He calls him a "conservative spiritual leader" who fought to "live on the plains, hunt buffalo and live in tepees at a time when the telephone was invented" and the modern industrial world was dawning.

"I don't know what broken hearts and broken treaties he mended," Hutton said in reference to Obama's prose. "I don't believe he was a progressive leader by any stretch of the imagination. He was not fighting for the future, he was fighting for the past. He brought death, destruction and poverty to his people" by not seeking peace with the white man in a struggle Native Americans were doomed to lose.


Sponsored Links Ernie LaPointe, Sitting Bull's great-grandson, thinks he should have been left out for another reason.

"He never was an American," LaPointe said in a phone interview from his home in Lead, S.D. The author of his own biography of his ancestor, LaPointe notes that indigenous people were not granted full citizenship until 1924.

"I don't think he should be included in any book about Americans," LaPointe said. "He was a Lakota."

But Utley disagrees.

"He's a very good role model" for children, he said. "This book will introduce them into another culture from which they have been reared. I think it is a good inclusion."

earthw7
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Posted - 11/17/2010 :  11:02:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit earthw7's Homepage  Reply with Quote
i seen and wrote on their comment page

“I have not much to tell you except to help understand this earth on which you live. If a man is to succeed in the hunt or the warpath, he must not be governed by his inclination, but by understanding the ways of animals and of his natural surroundings, gained through close observation.”
Tatanka Ohitika—Brave Buffalo,


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Risi
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US
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Posted - 11/18/2010 :  12:09:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fox News-- extremely conservative and living in the past,inhabiting a "plain" white universe,hunting "commies" and "traitors" , not seeking peace with a diversifying society, but engaged in a cultural battle which they are destined to lose....
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jacksta_
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Posted - 11/18/2010 :  12:47:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think it speaks to the issue of just how marginalized and alienated we are in american society...relegated to the sidelines...

Did fox news think to interview any descendants of Sitting Bull? Instead what I "hear" from the right that to include Indigenous folks into the fabric of folktales of american history is to assault on the ideals of america...Manifest Destiny People...brown folks lost...get over it!

I am so disgusted with that joke of a "news channel" fair and balanced my eye...

jacksta

"Common sense is not so common." Voltaire
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enkv
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USA
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Posted - 11/18/2010 :  01:52:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fox News has always and will continue to be a racist and blatant media, so this is
not surprising; just consider the source.

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Bella
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UK
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Posted - 11/18/2010 :  07:42:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just commented on that on another topic, reveals a frighteningly ignorant mentality amongst Fox news reporters. If they think Obama's view is 'revisionist', his view is right. It's the people who try to portray Sitting Bull in a derogatory way who are re-writing history.



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RoseDove
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USA
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Posted - 11/18/2010 :  08:51:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fox News is controlled, well, they have to keep their quadruple $$$ after all!

We know the American media can set the tone for the sleepy eyed folk who slurp everything up and they are such a nice, conservative, God fearing group! Not!

Well, we are really the group they consider "Don't ask (PLEASE-PLEASE-PLEASE!)don't tell." You can't very well be heros when another strong, growing community is revealing the cowards outright! ooops! You mean they have to throw away those medals which were fight in battle for bravery? lol!

Go Obama, honesty goes a long way-too bad America hasn't learned that the wrong you've done is not going away! Get ready for the truth at last!

Rosedove

We believed in one God, the Great Spirit. We believed in our own kind of Ten Commandments. And we behaved as though we believed in them.
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Keenhmah
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Posted - 11/18/2010 :  09:12:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
History does not tell lies.



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earthw7
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Posted - 11/18/2010 :  09:32:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit earthw7's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Then look at american history it is all lies

“I have not much to tell you except to help understand this earth on which you live. If a man is to succeed in the hunt or the warpath, he must not be governed by his inclination, but by understanding the ways of animals and of his natural surroundings, gained through close observation.”
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Keenhmah
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Posted - 11/18/2010 :  09:34:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by earthw7

Then look at american history it is all lies



I did not say American history.



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mestiza1woman
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Aruba
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Posted - 11/18/2010 :  5:22:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You know what gets me is that Faux News is the number one news station on cable. This means this country is full of these blithering, raving, clueless, bigoted lunatics. They can't be reasoned with, they don't seem teachable, they've never learned anything and they're way is the only way. I know shocking right?

"I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people." - Huey P. Newton
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Tilsen
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Posted - 11/18/2010 :  5:34:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit Tilsen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
i can see why it pisses them off. the president is honoring a man who killed US military personal and openly warred with the government.
"he was a terrorist!" lol, I wonder if your average fox news watcher is going to wake up and realize they are being lied to. fox tells you that the media lies, but oh not us!
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kwai kane
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Posted - 11/18/2010 :  6:47:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
well america seems to be moving forward...so once the right wing figures this out, i mean, c'mon, civil rights and ah slew of others. fox news and the tea party are gonna make Obama get elected again.


funny how fox is sooo right wing but Red Eye is sooooo funny!!! haha!

pssssh as if...
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wanbligi
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Posted - 11/18/2010 :  7:42:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And then, psycho lady, Sarah Palin said she could beat Barack Obama in 2012. lol
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