School teacher wrote a letter to President Obama criticizing his actions
on a 2009 overseas trip -Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: A forwarded email containing a letter to
President Obama claiming to be from a school teacher named Ms Kathleen
Lyday. The letter is critical of the things that the
President said and did while on an overseas trip during March and April
The Truth: This Letter began appearing in email in
baskets, commentaries and internet blogs shortly after President Obama's
2009 trip to Europe.
Ms. Kathleen Lyday is
a real person, works for Grandview Elementary School in Hillsboro, MO
but told TruthorFiction.com
that she did not author this letter.
We have not found who
actually wrote this.
The letter opens with critical of remarks
about some of what President Obama said and did while on his March/April
2009 trip to Europe. Obama took criticism, for example, for bowing
to Saudi King
Abdullah and telling the Muslim world that the US was not a
Below is a CNN link
about the President's comments in Turkey. It was not the first time Mr.
Obama made such a statement. On June 28, 2006, while serving as Senator
of Illinois, Barack Obama was the keynote speaker at the "Building a
Covenant for A New America" conference sponsored by a group called the
Call to Renewal. He told attendees that the United States is no
longer a Christian nation but a nation of citizens with different
CNN Coverage of President Obama in
Released video from the President's March/April 2009
trip showed Obama bowing while meeting the Saudi Arabian King Abdullah.
The Whitehouse press secretary downplayed that and explained that the president was shaking hands with
someone much shorter than him. In the past Presidents have been
known to follow protocol offering gestures of respect to foreign dignitaries.
In 2005 the Saudi King visited George W. Bush at the Crawford ranch
where he was greeted by former President with a kiss.
CNN Coverage of the bow
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
*EXCELLENT LETTER: TEACHER SLAMS
*Date: Sunday, 10-May-2009 20:38:18*
This should be put on the front page of every newspaper. This
administration is on the verge of ruining our Country, 3 ¾ years how
much can he spend in that time?
April 17, 2009
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington , DC 20500
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
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
P.S. I rarely ask that emails be 'passed around'...PLEASE SEND THIS TO
YOUR EMAIL LIST...it's past time for all Americans to wake up!
Ms Kathleen Lyday
Fourth Grade Teacher
Grandview Elementary School
11470 Hwy. C
Hillsboro , MO 63050 Phone numbers withheld by TruthorFiction.com