Letter to Obama by Ms Kathleen Lyday, a 4th grade teacher

This letter you are about to read was written by a 4th grade teacher.

April 27, 2009

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington , DC 20500

Mr. Obama:

I have had it with you and your administration, sir. Your conduct on your recent trip overseas has convinced me that you are not an adequate representative of the United States of America collectively or of me personally. You are so obsessed with appeasing the Europeans and the Muslim world that you have abdicated the responsibilities of the President of the United States of America . You are responsible to the citizens of the United States .

You are not responsible to the peoples of any other country on earth. I personally resent that you go around the world apologizing for the United States telling Europeans that we are arrogant and do not care about their status in the world. Sir, what do you think the First World War and the Second World War were all about if not the consideration of the peoples of Europe ? Are you brain dead? What do you think the Marshall Plan was all about?

Do you not understand or know the history of the 20th century? Where do you get off telling a Muslim country that the United States does not consider itself a Christian country? Have you not read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States ? This country was founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and the principles governing this country, at least until you came along, come directly from this heritage. Do you not understand this?

Your bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia is an affront to all Americans. Our President does not bow down to anyone, let alone the king of Saudi Arabia . You don’t show Great Britain , our best and one of our oldest allies, the respect they deserve yet you bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia . How dare you, sir! How dare you!

You can’t find the time to visit the graves of our greatest generation because you don’t want to offend the Germans but make time to visit a mosque in Turkey . You offended our dead and every veteran when you give the Germans more respect than the people who saved the German people from themselves. What’s the matter with you?

I am convinced that you and the members of your administration have the historical and intellectual depth of a mud puddle and should be ashamed of yourselves, all of you. You are so self-righteously offended by the big bankers and the American automobile manufacturers yet do nothing about the real thieves in this situation, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Frank, Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelic, the Fannie Mae bonuses, and the Freddie Mac bonuses. What do you intend to do about them? Anything? I seriously doubt it.

What about the U.S. House members passing out $9.1 million in bonuses to their staff members — on top of the $2.5 million in automatic pay raises that lawmakers gave themselves? I understand the average House aide got a 17% bonus. I took a 5% cut in my pay to save jobs with my employer.

You haven’t said anything about that. Who authorized that? I surely didn’t! Executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be receiving $210 million in bonuses over an eighteen-month period, that’s $45 million more than the AIG bonuses. In fact, Fannie and Freddie executives have already been awarded $51 million — not a bad take. Who authorized that and why haven’t you expressed your outrage at this group who are largely responsible for the economic mess we have right now.

I resent that you take me and my fellow citizens as brain-dead and not caring about what you idiots do. We are watching what you are doing and we are getting increasingly fed up with all of you. I also want you to know that I personally find just about everything you do and say to be offensive to every one of my sensibilities. I promise you that I will work tirelessly to see that you do not get a chance to spend two terms destroying my beautiful country.


Every Real American

Ms Kathleen Lyday
Fourth Grade Teacher
Grandview Elementary School

Snopes says the letter actually was written by Franklin T. Bell of Columbia Mayland.  But no matter who wrote it, it was a good subjuct of discussion.

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11 Responses to “Letter to Obama by Ms Kathleen Lyday, a 4th grade teacher”
  1. Duane de Bakers says:

    Lady Kathleen:
    My goodness, after less than 9 months in office you’ve had it with President Obama. The next 3 years and three months are going to severely test your patience.

    Your first complaint is in regards to our President’s appeasement of the Europeans and the Muslims. The word “appease”, a transitive verb, owes its etymology to the word “peace”. In modern political usage it refers to buying off the demands of an aggressor nation at the cost of peace and/or principles, such as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin’s appeasement of Hitler. I am unaware of any aggressive demands made by any European (all of whom are our allies) or Muslim nation, save Iran.

    I believe the first priority of our government is our own national security. If I can’t get along with my neighbors I will be isolated in my own neighborhood. In today’s world, our neighbors include the whole world. As our face to the world, I expect our President to play well with others. This is an important step in ensuring our security. The arrogant and ineffective policies of the President’s predecessor have left our President with many fences to mend which involves making sure they know America will not be following the Bush model of diplomacy. He has, so far, done a good enough job to have received the Nobel Peace Price. He has appeased no one.

    I am not sure about the reasons for WWI (perhaps you could enlighten us?) but I seem to recall we entered WWII after Japan attacked us at Pearl Harbor and Hitler declared war against us. I don’t recall our President making any comments about his concern for the European people. In fact, a shipload of escaping Jews was denied entry to America. They were sent back to Germany where every single one was murdered. Concern for people in Europe?The attitude of Congress prior to December 7, 1941 was complete isolationism. Where is the concern of which you speak?

    You complain about President Obama bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia. This complaint is so silly I considered ignoring the comment altogether, but I am addicted to verbosityand I’m feeling a little pedantic. Bowing is nothing more than a sign of respect and greeting akin to a hand shake. It did not insult me but I thank you for thinking of me in your letter where you spoke for all Americans. It is a common greeting in many nations (Japan comes immediately to mind). Though I don’t respect King Abdullah and would never bow to him, I don’t represent the U.S. and have no need to get along with him. World peace and oil supplies do not rest on my shoulders.

    President Obama was correct. We are not a Christian nation. Though the largest religious group in America is Christian, that does not make us a Christian nation. That is as illogical as saying that, “because the largest group of Christians in America is the Roman Catholic Church, we are a Catholic nation”. We have never been a Christian nation. (And your remark “until you came along”, was just plain mean-spirited, uninformed, and not in keeping with Judeo-Christian ethics.)Two of the people who most often come to mind when speaking of the constitution were not Christians – Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. I must, therefore, ask you, have you not read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution?

    In regards to President Obama’s visit to Europe, did you complain when President Raygun went to Germany and visited the graves of German soldiers who were SS members? And while I don’t know anything about your service in the armed forces, allow me to tell you about mine. I am a combat veteran. I was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and was nominated for the Silver Star. I suffered numerous minor wounds and though I never put in my paperwork for the Purple Heart, I was taken out of the front lines because of my injuries. I have carried my dead and dying brothers to the choppers for tranfer and continue to pay the price to this day for my service to my country. I have earned the right to tell you that you do not speak for me. So please, never again presume to speak for “every veteran”.

    As for your blaming President Obama for not doing anything about the people you list, I refer you to your class’ civics lessons. Senators and Representatives are elected by the people to make laws and are part of the Legislative branch of government. The President. the Executive branch, has no authority over them or the way they run the Congress. If they want to give bonuses to their staffers that is their decision. In addition, he has no authority to take back any Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac bonuses. He does not run these private coporations.

    I do not understand how you can make the quantum leap in logic from disagreeing with the policies of our President, to accusing him of thinking we are brain dead. As for the playground name calling, it leads me to believe you think George Bush is President. He is not. I can only advise you to watch something besides the Faux News channel, where all of the aforementioned issues are repeated daily and expressed in the same verbiage.

  2. Duane,

    I think you misunderstood something. The letter is written by Kathleen Lyday, not Lady Kathleen. Lady Kathleen just posted it. The letter was sent by a friend.

  3. Duane de Bakers says:

    My deepest apologies. I got my Kathleen’s confused. Thank you for the clarification.

  4. Bridgid says:


    Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed response to the 4th grade teacher Kathleen’s (not my high school classmate Kathleen’s!) letter. I don’t care who wrote the original letter. Your response was addressing the contents of the letter, not the personality of the letter-writer.

    Thank you also for your service to our country. I am also a veteran (although I deployed in support of the war in Afghanistan, my service did not include combat) and I have several nephews who have served or are serving in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am always suspicious of people who claim to speak for “all Americans” or for “every veteran.” As you point out, many Americans and many veterans have distinctly different beliefs.

    George W. Bush was my commander-in-chief, and while I disagreed vehemently with his policies, I never considered challenging his authority in court, based on ridiculous claims about his birth certificate, as several soldiers have recently done with President Obama. Something seems to have become unhinged in our country since Obama was elected.

    4th grade teacher Kathleen’s letter seems to me to be nothing more than a mindless repetition of right-wing talking points. I often wonder where she was for the past eight years while the previous administration

    — authorized warrantless wiretapping and surveillance of e-mails and other electronic communications,

    — developed a torture regime and then prosecuted only the lowest-ranking enlisted soldiers for Abu Ghraib,

    — recklessly instituted $1.4 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans while simultaneously starting two very expensive wars

    The list goes on. Although I voted for Obama, I have also written to him questioning some of his Justice Department’s policies on continued government secrecy and illegal wiretapping, as well as prolonged detention without trial. These are issues that I feel undermine our civil liberties–the ones we as veterans are always thanked so loudly for “defending.”

    I think people like 4th grade teacher Kathleen represent a small, but very vocal, minority of Americans. But she does not represent me.

  5. Corey Bill says:

    Oh no, Ms. Kathleen, you’ve offended more liberals!!! You are a bad, bad woman!! These are the same people that would kick five high school boys out of school for wearing t-shirts with pictures of the American flag on them to school on the 5th of May, but allow Hispanics to take our flag down raise a Mexican flag with the American flag raised below it upside down.

    It is just a matter of time before there is another revolution. American was not built by bowing to other nations and apologizing for our actions. At the pace we are going, all blacks and whited will be deported and the land that is known as the United States will be given back to the Native Americans and our great nation will cease to exist. Way to go, Duane!!!

  6. Bridgid says:

    Corey — turn off the TV, stop listening to talk radio and go out and meet some real life liberals. Some of them are even serving in your Armed Forces! Like I did.

  7. Randy says:

    LOL….No wonder why Con’s believe everything Beck says.

    WOW…..Maybe I’ll write a Letter to The President and sign it, 1st Grade, Teacher of the Year. I wonder if Con’s will believe that tale to?

  8. J. Hale says:

    Duayne, thank you for your well researched and thought out reply to this letter. I don’t know nor do I care who the author of this letter is but I think that we all need to get used to the idea that President Obama is OUR leader for the his full term. Get used to it and get over it.

  9. LydiaMay says:

    This letter was not written by the teacher the email lists as it’s author. I do however agree with a lot of it, and there is a lot she has left out. I am concerned for those who are not interested in vetting this illegal president. Forget the birth certificate and all his “locked” up information. What is there to hide when you hold this powerful office? His life should be an open book.

    Why did congress try to pass several bills to remove the clause in the Constitution about parents being “Natural Born Citizens” as a requirement for anyone running for president? They were unsuccessful but we were too stupid when he ran to check into that area. Who would have thought? His Father makes him ineligible! Read some papers by historian David Ramsey back in the late 1700’s, early 1800’s. It makes sense. Would you want a child from Saudia Arabia being president here because he was born here while his father, who might have been an ambassador resided here temporarily? His loyalty would most likely be towards his parents and THEIR country of origin. The Founding Fathers were taking precautions against this. They knew, after coming from so many other countries that could interfere with their vision for America. Obama is stomping on their graves along with the rest of you.

    Marko Rubio has the same problem. They should not be considering him as a running candidate. He really could not be Speaker of the House either since that might open the door to the presidency if circumstances warranted. The difference between the two men? I believe Rubio loves this country but it would be a double standard. Race has nothing to do with this so do not pull that worn out card. In fact those that do are racists. They forget about Obama’s white side as well as the Arabic. Color or gender should not enter into these matters. We are all human beings first.

    There is such a long list of offenses, mistakes, etc., that it would take too long to list them all. I am sick of hearing he inherited it from Bush. The D’s were in control of congress the last 2 years of Bush’s term. Bush did a lot of things wrong but I would take him back. Obama himself said, while a senator, that it was a sign of poor leadership that they were there discussing raising the debt ceiling……excuse me, so, he just called himself a POOR leader because 3 years down the road, what IS HE DOING? What a hypocrite!!! Not to mention the first 2 years of his term he had a super majority in his party and could have passed anything! Not one R would have had to show up to vote, it would not have counted. Yet he blamed the R’s for being obstructionist. It was HIS OWN PARTY obstructing him!!! Do YOU understand this?? And how about that transparency or no fat cats in his cabinet????

    This man is making those of you who still think he is wonderful, be blinded by ….something….or just plain brainwashed. If those of you who profess to be so knowledgeable yet do not see the trail of destruction, lies, and incompetence he leaves behind him, then you are just as responsible for the destruction of this country.

    His is not alone. Both sides, D’s and R’s are corrupt, and we need to go back to the worst starting in 1913 with Woodrow Wilson and the Federal Reserve. Most governments, federal and local are sucking the life out of the average citizen. Obama just has the pedal to the metal. We are all in the same boat so those of you who do not get it are taking the rest of us down with you.

    I think we should send Obama out to look for those 7 missing states and he cannot return until he finds them. Obama fans, you go with him. Lady Kathleen, vet the author of the letter.

  10. An American and noone's slave says:

    Years later from Ms. Kathleen Lyday’s comments and the replies of others… Does anyone have any doubt whatsoever about the Middle East or what the International community, including Russia, think of us now?

    Forget the international community, look at our own, over 17 trillion in debt and even the democratic party is turning cannibalistic towards Obama, oh but not it doesn’t stop there, both Reps and Dems have failed and are all too happy serving an Obama plate special of 17 trillion in foreign debt down the throats of all US people.

    SO in essence we have no money, because we are bankrupt to the tune of 17+ trillion, and our Senators , Congress, Judges and President are bank rolled by foreign nations and as most of us are paid in US dollars we are just slaves. Now the question that remains is – what happens when our debtors call in the marks, dictate terms, or decide to sell us off to the Middle East for oil and food for their people?

    Want to talk about US commodities being sold on the international market?

    How about your 8yo daughter, 14yo son, wife, or you being sold for perverted entertainment or as a mail order spouse? Want to own a president or judge ? We’re selling out at a discounted price today! New pharmaceutical investment opportunities – buy a percentage of the US population and make money off of drug sales and gain cheap human lab testing for R&D – comes with an entire nation of people who can’t refuse.

    Ms. Kathleen Lyday called it and unfortunately not only did we get one term of this we now have two to live down. This is exactly why you need more than just a political face on things because in the end that will get knocked right off.

    If there isn’t anything underneath a political waxed face, like good leadership, honesty, historical understanding, understanding of finance, knowledge AND understanding of the US Constitution and law and what AMERICA is really about expect to see just a hot melted pile on the floor with nothing else there. Aside from being Americans ready to take anyone else’ head or other appendages off in defense of ourselves, our families and way of life, it looks very much like the American people have been sold out
    If a political figure has none of the afore mentioned qualities it just becomes a dirty sock puppet that is tossed around for various international entertainments thus requiring a need for an ultra-bleaching soak before wash. Unfortunately, as most housewives should know, bleach destroys almost anything if left in it long enough and no matter how long this sock is left in the stains and stench aren’t coming out; better to throw it away an get a new presentable one. America has a lot better to offer in putting its best foot forward and if we HAVE TO put our foot in our mouth I’d would rather it be a clean sock.

    If there is an 800 number and an address to report and return defective presidents to their origin, I have one to send in for replacement. I can only hope that the replacement is better suited for its intended purpose which doesn’t fail to get the job done and in which I do not have to wait around for it to show up and work because these foreign-made jobs just do not cut it.

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