Posted March 3, 2008 – While stumping in southeast Texas , Sen. Barack Obama sounded a lot more like the Cos than a presidential candidate as he urged African-American parents to turn off their kids’ TV sets and video games, make them do their homework under a watchful eye and fix them a nutritious breakfast, instead of slapping some cold Popeyes chicken on the plate.
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"It's not good enough for you to say to your child, 'Do good in school,' and then when that child comes home, you got the TV set on, you got the radio on, you don't check their homework, there is not a book in the house, you've got the video game playing," Obama told a cheering crowd in Beaumont, Texas. "So turn off the TV set, put the video game away. Buy a little desk or put that child by the kitchen table. Watch them do their homework. If they don't know how to do it, give them help. If you don't know how to do it, call the teacher. Make them go to bed at a reasonable time. Keep them off the streets. Give ' em some breakfast. Come on. ... You know I am right. I've got to talk about us a little bit.”
He continued: “We can't keep on feeding our children junk all day long, giving them no exercise. They are overweight by the time they are 4 or 5 years old, and then we are surprised when they get sick. I know how hard it is to get kids to eat properly. But I also know that if folks letting our children drink eight sodas a day, which some parents do, or, you know, eat a bag of potato chips for lunch, or Popeyes for breakfast.”
Obama’s words were disrupted with laughter as he spoke.
"Y'all have Popeyes out in Beaumont ? I know some of y'all you got that cold Popeyes out for breakfast. I know. That's why y'all laughing. ... You can't do that. Children have to have proper nutrition. That affects also how they study, how they learn in school."
Obama sounded a lot like another famous father during his swing through the Lone Star State , actor-comedian-activist Bill Cosby, who drew both criticism and praise for his admonishments to the Black community, particularly poor Black parents, to put more emphasis on their children’s nutrition, education and overall well-being.
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