School teacher wrote a letter to President Obama criticizing his actions on a 2009 overseas trip –Fiction!


Summary of 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 2009.

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 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 Christian country.

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 beliefs.

CNN Coverage of President Obama in Turkey

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

updated 05/22/09

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:


*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

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

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