July 19, 2023

Obama Criticized for Supporting Banned Library Books He Claimed 'Shaped' His Life

Former President Barack Obama has been criticized for expressing his support for sexually explicit books that have been banned from some school libraries.

The feedback also blasted his claim that the controversial materials were among books that have "shaped" his life.

“Today, some of the books that shaped my life—and the lives of so many others—are being challenged by people who disagree with certain ideas or perspectives," Obama tweeted.

"And librarians are on the front lines, fighting every day to make the widest possible range of viewpoints, opinions, and ideas available to everyone,” the former president added.

"At the forefront of book restrictions in school libraries is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Parental Rights in Education Law which prohibits school employees or third parties from distributing materials on 'gender identity' or 'sexual orientation' throughout all grade levels," Fox News reported.

"DeSantis has also criticized efforts by mainstream media to paint his law as an outright ban against books rather than a response to parental objection," it added.

Obama's claims are both humorous and outright frightening when it comes to supporting books banned in many school libraries.

The books that have been targeted have largely focused on graphic content that encourages sexually explicit acts among young people in displays that are highly inappropriate for children.

Obama's effort included a video that was filmed in multiple libraries nationwide to show support for librarians and their work, seeking to focus on such workers as being on the "frontlines" of education.

The narrative may sound positive but the content certainly is not, with parents right to respond with criticism over a former president supporting explicit materials for easy access to young children.

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