Parents! 6 Questions to ask about Barack Obama’s Address

Questions to ask yourself and talk to your children about after watching

Barack Obama’s Inaugural address

Dr. Robyn Silverman


When I was a little girl, a newscaster approached me and my Grandmother (Nanny) when we were outside of the Shoprite in West Orange, NJ.  As it was the anniversary of John F. Kennedy‘s assassination, he wanted to ask Nanny 2 questions; “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” and “What do you think the impact was of this event?”

This memory comes to mind on this great day as Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of the United States.  With such historical significance, I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re asked to recall where we were when President Obama was elected and what we think the impact of the event was on our country and on our families.

It’s in that spirit that I ask you, our Powerful Parents, to reflect with the Powerful Family Community on some questions and thoughts as you watch the swearing in ceremony and President Obama’s inaugural address:

(1) First, jot down where you are watching the event.  Are you there in Washington DC? Watching at home? Watching with friends and family?  Who’s there and what did you plan for this day?

(2) How did you feel when you heard the swearing in ceremony?  Were you touched and moved?  What thoughts ran through your mind about the state of our country or how your children and family will be impacted by this man and the decisions he will make with his team?

(3) What struck you about Obama’s address? Any quotes or messages that stick out in your mind? Anything you wished he would have said but didn’t?  Anything he said that surprised you?

(4) How do you think this election will impact the US and world in 4 years? 8 years? 50 years?

(5) What do you want your kids/grandkids to know about the event after its over and for the years to come?

(6) What is the most powerful thing about this man and this presidency? What powerful words come to mind when you think of Barack Obama?

I will be watching along with all of you.  I’m eager to hear your thoughts.

Dr. Robyn Silverman signs


5 Responses

  1. Presently, in the USA, there are those who are planning to re-distribute the wealth (of the world). It would be more difficult to “dominate his future victims” if he didn’t break their spirit down first. Anyone who was in military boot camp can attest to to this type of spirit breaking/mental preparing programing. Think about this very carefully.

    Adolf Hitler was also celebrated by both adults and children.

  2. […] to another blogger… this is an excerpt from a blog i stumbled across from Doctor Robyn Silverman, I decided i would answer these questions myself “It’s in that spirit that I ask you, our […]

  3. Dr. Robyn – great questions and great idea to get parents and kids talking about the significance of this event.

    My hope is that parents will focus on the unerlying message of love and faith that was so clearly demonstrated throughout each speech, song and prayer.

    My greatest concern and greatest hope for our nation is in the hands of the young women of our country. It astounds me that during the inauguration I still received emails from teen girls who are struggling with inner conflict. Until we help these young women to heal, there is no possible way for them to espouse what is to me the greatest quote of today’s proceedings, “love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

    Thank you so much for the work you do in this world Robyn, I am so proud to know you, to work with you and to share your vision for the empowerment and character development of our youth.

    May God continue to bless you with His abundant love and grace.

    We are one and Yes We Can!

  4. Powerful Words, indeed!

    “Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

    This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

    This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

    This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed – why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.”

    –Barack Obama

  5. Joseph and Kevvo- you are certainly entitled to your opinion. I choose to believe that this man has something great to offer beyond “fluffy words”. Only time will tell and it is an uphill battle. I wonder if your opinion is tainted by the color of his skin or by something President Obama said? Will you clarify?

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