This is for real

Children sing for Obama

If your video isn’t working, here’s the actual U-Tube description supplied by the film’s creators:

Sing for Change chronicles a recent Sunday afternoon, when 22 children, ages 5-12, gathered to sing original songs in the belief that their singing would lift up our communities for the coming election. Light, hope, courage and love shine through these nonvoting children who believe that their very best contribution to the Obama campaign is to sing.

Sing for Change was a confluence of hard work, good will, and shared vision. Inspired by ideas raised at a grassroots Obama fundraiser, a music teacher, Kathy Sawada, and the children composed and rehearsed the songs in less than two weeks. Several musicians heard of the effort and volunteered to accompany the children. Parents and older siblings designed and provided the T-Shirts and the banner. There’s a first for everything, but rarely do so many firsts come together at once: for the children and their parents, this is their first performance, first video, first banner, and first involvement with grassroots work on a presidential campaign.

As Sunday approached, a neighbor volunteered a home. Production wizards got wind of the project and offered their help in recording it. The likes of Jeff Zucker, Holly Schiffer, Peter Rosenfeld, Darin Moran, Jean Martin, Andy Blumenthal, and Nick Phoenix rearranged schedules to participate. Holly Schiffer was able to get three High Definition cameras (Panasonic HVX250’s), and an AVID editing facility. When Jeff Zucker went to pick up the camera package, Ted Schilowitz happened to be there and offered a RED camera set up on a Steadi Cam.

What we accomplished in a few hours on a Sunday afternoon embodies the nature of the Obama campaign: its grassroots inspiration, its inclusiveness, its community building. People pitched in quickly for a cause that resonated with them. There were not many conditions: “Think this is a good idea? Want to help? Great. Sunday at 12:00.” At the heart of the project were 22 children and their music. The willingness of all involved to come together for them was a testament to our hope, unity, courage, joy and belief in the future represented by these children.

We are offering the video to everyone, the Obama campaign and all media with high hopes that we can all join together to Sing for Change.

Well worth your time viewing. I find it a disturbing and disgusting example of brain washing tots but hey, you may love it – it’s all about change or at least, a return to the Soviet Union of 1939.


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7 responses to “

  1. Anonymous

    I agree, children should not be politicized this way.

    I’d also like to see Sarah Palin stop wearing her Down Syndrome infant on her shoulder at every photo op, treating that child like some sort of pro-life fashion accessory.

  2. Anonymous

    I agree. How DARE Palin allow her defective child to appear with the rest of her family. I’m confident President Obama will make sure Down Syndrome kids stay hidden, where they belong.

  3. Anonymous

    You miss the point completely. The issue is that the child is toted out purely for effect.

    Palin is currently holed up at one of McCain’s estates, trying to cram into three days what she should have been learning for the last 20, if she had one drop of intellectual curiosity.

    Think she’s paying much attention to her children these days?

    Look, I’m a Republican, too–but Palin embarrasses all of us.

  4. ACF

    I’m confident President Obama will make sure Down Syndrome kids stay hidden…

    If not aborted.

    I’m a Republican, too…but… We see that phrase a lot these days. Did you vote for Bush in 2004?

  5. Anonymous

    I miss the point? Silly me. Perhaps that is because I am not a Republican (too). My friends with DS children include them in virtually all family activities. Until now, in my ignorance, I hadn’t understood this was merely for effect. Chalk it up to a woeful lack of intellectual curiosity.

  6. Anonymous

    Cut Palin some slack, just because she doesn’t fit into your pre-packaged idea of what a politician should look, sound and act doesn’t mean she is stupid, uncaring and evil. I think the story of this election will be about how treacherously the press has acted, from Charlie Gibson staring down his glasses condescendigly at her to Andrea Mitchell making full-fledged partisan comments all under the guise of “reporting”.

    How does being a mother, mayor, governor and VP candidate of a major political party make her an embarrassment?? You couldn’t dream of such feats and you have the audacity to throw names at her. Your comments wreak of idiocy.

    You’re the one who should be embarrassed to have made such stupid comments.


  7. Anonymous

    I didn’t say that Gov. Palin was stupid, uncaring, and evil.

    Just stupid.

    Let’s catch up on Thursday night after the debate, shall we?