- The Washington Times - Friday, March 1, 2013

The superintendent of one Houston, Texas, school system was forced to issue an apology for an elementary-aged production with overtly political tones that praised President Obama while criticizing former President George W. Bush.

The assembly, at Katherine Smith Elementary School, was in celebration of Black History Month, The Blaze reported.

These were the lyrics from the opening song, called “Feels Like Change,” reported by The Blaze: “Oh, I tried to believe in George Bush, I tried to trust. But it’s ashes to ashes now, and it’s dust to dust. Do you feel it baby? Oh do you feel it? It feels like change.”

By comparison, these are the lyrics from another song, from the same school assembly: “Hey, Mama, Obama. He got the mo’ jama. Talking about Americana. H-O-P-E, hope I get a new pajama … Obama, Obama we got the mo’ mama, we got the mo. Fujiyama, sing Obama from the top of Mount Asama. … You’re on a roll Obama, you’re on a roll.”

The school superintendent, contacted by The Blaze for comment, said the songs were all part of a celebration for Black History Month, and student participants had parental permission to attend.

Superintendent Terry Greer also admitted this: “After reviewing the lyrics, the principal agrees that some of the songs were overly political and should not have been included in the program. The teachers who coordinated the program have been reminded that materials such as this must receive prior approval by the principal in the future. The principal apologizes to those who may have been offended.”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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