After airing the pro-Obama “I Pledge” video at a Wisconsin middle school’s Peace One Day event, school district officials had to apologize to a group of angry parents and students.
The Hudson School District admitted the video’s central message of serving the president could have been perceived as offensive to some people, according to MyFox9.com.
The video featured celebrities pledging to make a better world. Although most of their examples were pretty innocuous, some were downright over the top.
“I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama,” Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis said in the video.
“I pledge to be a servant to our president,” actress Demi Moore said.
Middle School Principal Dan Koch apologized to students Thursday afternoon. MtFox9 reported:
The “I Pledge” video we viewed yesterday included some messages about serving President Barack Obama. We apologize for any part of the video that was offensive to students, their families and staff. The video conveyed a message that people serve the presidency when in fact our elected officials serve the people. We respect the Office of the President of the United States but like all of our other elected officials, that office serves each of us as well. I sincerely hope that as participants in Wednesday’s event what you took away from the experience was to choose to make a difference in your world.
Here’s an interesting observation. On Wednesday, when students in Hudson, Wisc., were encouraged to serve President Obama, students in Liberal, Kan., were urged to serve God through student-led prayer.
All things considered, I’d rather be in Kansas.
Here’s the YouTube video that caused the furor.