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Respect for president

Published September 17, 2009 5:55 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2009, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I grew up as a child of the 1950s and '60s. In that era, we were taught to admire and almost revere our elected officials. As a child of 10, I had the experience of a lifetime when my grandmother, the housekeeping superintendent at the Hotel Utah, sneaked my older brother and me into the hotel where we spent all of maybe two minutes getting to meet and shake hands with President John F. Kennedy. Maybe things were as high-strung and politicized then as they are now, but to a young boy of 10, President Kennedy was to be admired.

Children today should be taught to admire and respect their president. The recent highly partisan campaign to deny children the experience of hearing President Barack Obama was a sham perpetrated by the right-wing fringe. If President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, or Gov. Sarah Palin had been making the speech, I doubt that there would have been an outcry to ban the speech and "protect" the kids. Kids don't need to be taught partisan politics at such an early age. The time to brainwash them into straight-party, right-wing radicals can come much later.

Kevin Sillito

West Valley City