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IC-SPAN: Why Stop There?

Of Thee I Sing, by Barack ObamaPresident Obama’s brand-new children’s book, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, illustrated by Loren Long, is an ode to the creativity, generosity, and pluck of 13 famous Americans as well as an inclusionary invitation to children to feel part of the American family. Among the profiled are Helen Keller, George Washington, Martin Luther King, and Neil Armstrong. Another  subject is Sitting Bull, which prompted Fox Nation to headline its article, “Obama Praises Indian Chief  Who Killed U.S. General.” Uh, actually, the consensus candidate is Sitting Bull’s nephew, White Bull. But why stop there? Billie Holiday is one of the subjects, too. So how about, “Obama Praises Prostitute/Heroin Addict?” And  Dr. King had some personal peccadillos. Want to go there? I guess George Washington is safe, but Abraham Lincoln? “Obama Praises Depressive, Unattractive Man.” But Fox Nation probably would like this one when it comes to Jackie Robinson: “Obama Praises Republican.”



About the Author:

Ilene Cooper spends most of her day looking at, assigning, and reviewing (some) of the 7,000 children's books that are published each year in her role as contributing editor at Booklist. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Ilene.

2 Comments on "IC-SPAN: Why Stop There?"

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  1. Bill says:

    But is George Washington really safe? “Obama praises environment-defacing vandal.”

  2. Keir Graff says:

    I had a similar thought. Then again, brush-clearing has tended to meet with approval on Fox.

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