Obama's Kids Book Hits Shelves, Fox News Grumbles
Network is not happy about inclusion of Sitting Bull
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2010 8:20 AM CST
In this book cover image released by Random House Children's Books, "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters," by Barack Obama, is shown.   (AP Photo/Random House Children's Books)

(Newser) – President Obama's children's book hits shelves today—what could possibly go wrong? Well, Of Thee I Sing includes a tribute to Sioux medicine man Sitting Bull—or, as Fox News puts it, "Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Killed US General." The book is framed as a letter to Obama's daughters, and talks about 13 Americans the president admires. In addition to Sitting Bull, luminaries like Billie Holiday, Helen Keller, Cesar Chavez, and Abraham Lincoln are included, the Washington Post reports. Proceeds are being donated to a scholarship fund for the children of killed or disabled soldiers.

The Fox News piece, Gawker points out, is actually just a reprint of a USA Today report on the book, except with a markedly different headline (USA Today's was "Obama Shares Dreams for His Kids in Book About 13 Americans") and the paragraph about Sitting Bull bolded: "His most controversial choice may be Sitting Bull, who defeated Custer at Little Bighorn: ('A Sioux medicine man who healed broken hearts and broken promises.')" Writes Maureen O'Connor on Gawker, "Basically, this picture book is [Obama's] jihad. You heard it here first."

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Dec 1, 2010 4:36 PM CST
I saw this book in Walmart yesterday and read it. It is an absolutely beautiful book. I will buy several for my nephews. Why does every thing this president does is so scrutinized. It's a beautiful book and should be read by all.
Ronald J
Nov 17, 2010 3:45 PM CST
The Black Hills (where the Little Big Horn is located) was ceded to the Navajos and other Indian Tribes via the Treaty of 1868 signed in Ft. Laramie, Wy. by General William T. Sherman and Samuel F. Tappan (US Indian Peace Commissioner) on June 1, 1868 and ratified by the US Senate on July 25, 1868. In 1874, the United States unilaterally decided this treaty was null and void after gold was discovered in the Black Hills. This criminal action resulted in US military forces being sent to the area to "relocate" all Indians living in the area to other areas as chosen by the United States. Custer and his hoard were part of this invasion force. Of course the Indians resisted and Custer received a very, very close hair cut.
Nov 17, 2010 8:44 AM CST
BTW: Anyone who feels we stole the land from the Indians, please give your land back to them, right now you thieves!!!!!!!