Students at Dobson High School not thrilled with Obama’s visit

We’re grateful to the East Valley Tribune for covering this, since the protest and opposition to Obama’s visit was largely ignored by the rest of of the mainstream media. This is from a class of students at Mesa Dobson High School, where Obama spoke Wednesday. Am very proud of our high schoolers that they can see through the fawning adoration of the media. Here are some excerpts:

The students in the class were hopeful things will work out, but questioned whether Obama’s plan would actually work to dig the country out of its economic woes.

Senior Syna Daudfar took some notes during the speech and was one of the students that was the most vocally opposed to Obama’s words.

At one point, when he talked about the costs of his stimulus plan, senior Maaike Albach and Daudfar looked at each other and said, “Uh, oh.”

“Overall I think it’s a good idea, but he’s not addressing the issues of the economic crisis,” said Daudfar, a John McCain supporter who added he leans more towards being a moderate conservative. “The spending bill he just passed is just progressing the Democratic agenda, rather than addressing the economic issues in the country.”

Daudfar thinks Obama’s plan is backwards, and deals with the “less important stuff” first. “Bailing out businesses” and “providing better regulatory systems for giving out money to businesses” should have been first, he said.

“If businesses can’t afford to hire people, then people won’t be able to work and pay off their mortgages,” he said. “It’s kind of like putting money into a funnel.”

Albach, who is also a Republican, said Obama’s plan sounds good, but questioned how Obama can want to rely on “people’s responsibility,” when that is “what got us in this economic crisis in the first place.”

“This puts us more into debt,” said Albach, 18. “It’s a horrible situation we’re in.”

Senior Brandon Miller wore a shirt with the words, “Hitler gave great speeches too,” above a picture of Obama.

Miller said he had been an Obama supporter “because of his speeches,” but after debating the issues in this class and looking more into Obama’s policies, his vote was swayed towards McCain.

The students also questioned why Obama chose their school for his speech since he wasn’t talking about education, and wondered how much money the district spent on beautifying the campus while district positions and services were being cut.


Comments

  1. Young voters preferred Obama over John McCain by 68 percent to 30 percent — the highest share of the youth vote obtained by any candidate since exit polls began reporting results by age in 1976, according to CIRCLE, a non-partisan organization that promotes research on the political engagement of Americans between ages 15 and 25.

  2. Who cares what a High Schooler said about politics?

  3. Oh yeah, on Tuesday I saw all those kids at Dobson HS screaming “No, we can’t!” and chanting “McCain!”

  4. Yesterday Rush Limbaugh said Obama was a fascist. Now he’s compared to Hitler.

    I guess you don’t like far-right people, do you?

  5. Looks like those high school students have more facts and reasoning at their disposal then anybody writing for the Star or Citizen. Bet that they don’t go into Journalism.

  6. AZrep “Who cares what a High Schooler said about politics?”

    I certainly do! They are our future, some of them are already old enough to vote. AND…these bailouts are coming out of their future pockets.

  7. Kenny Jacobs says

    framer said: “Looks like those high school students have more facts and reasoning at their disposal then anybody writing for the Star or Citizen. Bet that they don’t go into Journalism.”

    They appear to express their opinions better than the writers of SA. At least they use their real names.

  8. Kenny,

    And yet, here you are on Sonoran Alliance, reading what they have to say, and using their forum to let others know what you think with little threat of being censored.

    The internet is a big place and this, of all places, is where you end up. I suspect Sonoran Alliance must be doing something right.

  9. Kenny Jacobs says

    Censorship, Framer? I read them at the EV Tribune site, remember, it’s in the original post. You may be a conservative but your reply came from left field. But we agree on one thing, Sonoran Alliance is doing something right, it makes me laugh.

  10. Senior Brandon Miller wore a shirt with the words, “Hitler gave great speeches too,” above a picture of Obama.

    Miller said he had been an Obama supporter “because of his speeches,” but after debating the issues in this class and looking more into Obama’s policies, his vote was swayed towards McCain.

    Sounds like a smart young man who was willing to smartly and calmly debate a point, without rhetoric or name-calling, and then give thought to the arguments made.

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