Obama’s Dreams for Kids Don’t Include Entrepreneurship

President Obama has a new kids book, Of Thee I Sing, in which he pays tribute to 13 Americans he believes have traits he sees in his kids. Also, we can assume the traits he mentions are traits all kids should emulate. What is striking is that there is not one entrepreneur or business person on Obama’s list of famous Americans highlighting traits worth striving for.

The book has scientists, entertainers, politicians, social workers, a labor leader and various other great Americans, but not one entrepreneur or business leader is chosen to represent a great attribute: ie creativity, bravery, strength, exploration, perseverance, independence, compassion, etc.

Ford, Carnegie, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Brin & Page, Estee Lauder, Ray Kroc, Andrew Grove, Mary Kay, or Thomas Edison?? From job creation, improved living standards, technological innovation, and tremendous philanthropic impact, American entrepreneurs have been central to our success.

Am I just nitpicking here? Is Obama alone in not seeing the importance of American entrepreneurs in our greatness?

You can read more about the book at USA Today:

Obama shares dreams for his kids in book on 13 Americans – USATODAY.com.

2 thoughts on “Obama’s Dreams for Kids Don’t Include Entrepreneurship

  1. It is very clear that the current president does not really believe in or advocate entrepreneurship. His policies clearly show a drive toward government-independence, and he tends to decry free enterprise. So, no, I am not surprised that he does not mention entrepreneurs. Which is a bit sad, since the history of the United States shows a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.

  2. Thanks for your feedback. I tend to agree with you. The President’s policies have been supported and in many cases produced by the Pelosi/Reid coalition.

    IMHO, you nailed it on the head ‘since the history of the United States shows a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.’

    I live in DC and cannot believe that among all the monuments, museums, public statues/plaques, names of bridges, etc. that little if anything tells the story of America’s entrepreneurs.

    It is a foul omission, but not surprising in the ultimate government town. It also, to be fair, goes well beyond the Obama Administration.

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