Elmbrook responds regarding Obama’s speech

Elmbrook won’t be showing it.

Matt Gibson gave the call. He kind of sounds like he’s gonna cry.

He encourages parents and students to watch it at home.

I pressed “1” to repeat the message so I could get the whole thing for you, but it didn’t work and disconnected me instead.

Oh, well.


  1. Mr. Gibson just called here too!

    Plenty of time to call again!

  2. sorry that should be Dr.

  3. This is a sad day when people of my community can’t see beyond having their team lose. This is a horrible lesson to our children about respect and going forward when the people have spoken. I would never have tried to bully a superintendant if George Bush would have addressed our children about their future. I can’t help but feel like I used to when “adults” couldn’t control their emotions on the soccer field when my now grown children had to witness immaturity at it’s finest. Please try to teach your children well the need to focus on coming together and making the right decisions based on reason not emotion.

  4. Well cozy up with your critter when they come home and watch it anyway. No one is stopping you.

  5. Randy in Richmond says:

    Somebody once said ‘all politics are local.’ You refer to ‘my community’ and ‘their team’. We all know what you mean here except you’ve got it backwards. Election results from Waukesha County reveal the following: McCain 145,162 (63 %)
    Obama 85,339 (37 %))

    While I am not debating the merits of the issue it does appear the Superintendent is doing the will of the majority of Waukesha’s voters, if the score you are keeping is based on them and us, per your reasoning.

  6. Good job getting the data, Randy. That was exactly my thought. Though the U.S. may have thought Obama the one, I’m in a heap of friendly territory in this corner of Wisconsin.

  7. No; the U.S. thought Obama WON. You’ve seceded? The Republican Party has abandon representative democracy? Julie doesn’t have anything backwards.

    To be clear, I’m fine with not showing the speech today. Our kids mostly don’t need the pep talk.

  8. The point that Julie is missing is that the board and administration was unable to determine ahead of time if the actual speech would be appropriate for use in the schools, and at all grade levels. Our administration has already been chastised once for using curriculum which had not received prior approval (sex ed.). Therefore, I applaud Dr. Gibson for learning from past mistakes and not blindly allowing his teachers to use material (in this case, a speech) of undetermined content. He did exactly as you suggested, Julie. He made a decision based on reason.
    Just because it comes from the president does not automatically mean it is appropriate for all ears. Think back to Bill Clinton’s address about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

  9. Seceding is a great idea. I think I’d move to Texas if they’d get up the gumption to do it.

  10. What’s the slogan, “Texas is a whole other country?”

  11. Randy in Richmond says:

    Kathryn, you have select-vision. I wish just once you would read an entire post. Why do you think I even inserted my first sentence. I’m in the USA but I won’t be voting on the Board that appointed Dr. Gibson and neither do I live in his community.

  12. Select indeed. I was responding to Cindy.

  13. He blew this speech. He said nothing, what a wasted opportunity.

  14. Randy in Richmond says:

    Where in her posts does Cindy speak of anything “backwards”? Your comment was directed to my post.

  15. It gets all jumbled in comment mode, Randy. I wouldn’t worry about it.

    On to the next great speech! Health care. Tomorrow night. I’ll be on a plane, but might catch some of it at O’Hare before the international flight.

    I doubt Obama will be releasing text of that one beforehand.