President Obama says "Stop Bullying – Speak Up"
March 13th, 2012
05:06 PM ET

President Obama says "Stop Bullying – Speak Up"

President Obama is taking a stand – and this time it’s against bullying.

Joining the Cartoon Network’s campaign “Stop Bullying: Speak Up”, the president has recorded an opening message introducing a 30-minute documentary film “Speak Up”.

Cartoon Network describes the film as a “moving, thoughtful and hopeful program (that) consists of candid interviews with kids, mostly between the ages of 8 and 13 years old, who either are or have been the target of bullies, bystanders in a bullying situation or even bullies themselves.”

Cartoon Network’s “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” is a multi-platform initiative launched in October 2010 that focuses on motivating bystanders-witnesses to bullying-to speak up and help prevent bullying.

The half-hour film premieres on March 14, 2012, at a middle school on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C and will air nationally on Cartoon Network on March 18, 2012.

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  1. jerry

    We have a war going on...a real mess of an economy..the middleeast falling apart...russia and china pushing us on foreighn policy and obama has time for this nonsense...and calling college students to promote his political agenda....birth control....we need a change and we need it NOW!

    March 13, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • not pure bred 04

      This is not nonsense. Children have committed suicide because of bullying. Must EVERYTHING the President says cause you morons to object ! Get a shot of reality! We are all on the side of children! Use your brain, dummy!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
      • Kathy mean the guy who mounts the 'bully' pulpit. They dont call it that for nothin. 🙂

        March 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
      • Ed Zeppelin

        I blame 0bama for the epidemic of bullying

        March 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
      • Jack

        Calling him a dummy is a form of bullying; hypocrite.

        March 18, 2012 at 6:28 am |
    • Ed Zeppelin

      hi speed rail and arugula subsidies will save us

      March 13, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
    • Iamnotfooled

      President Obama is very good at multi-tasking unlike the Republican clown show.

      March 14, 2012 at 3:21 am |
    • John

      I can see it now "The Repubs Think Bullying Is OK". This is right up there with the repubs hate women and they want dirty air and water. These dems will do anything to deflect the current policies on the economy and the price of gas and the prices of everything else at this point.

      March 14, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • ken

      Hitler was bullied..this is a matter of national interest

      March 14, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • lisa2012

      this is not NONSENSE!!!! where u think the wars came from, children who was bullied when they were younger...the other issues that you mentioned all came from bullies like you...and the children of today is committing suicide because of this... and your attitude towards the president's policies is part of the bullying process, where you think our children learned about this bullying??? FROM THE ADULTS!!! we are no better, than the bully who bully our children...our children looks up to the adults and we put on a fine example to our children...ITS ALL IN ACHIEVING POWER!!! we need to show a good example to our children...

      March 14, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • dave

      Seriously, if Obama found the cure for cancer, saved Africa from AIDS, stopped a meteorite from hitting the planet, killed a dragon, and invented the engine that runs on air... you people would still find something to criticize about him... bullying IS a real problem all accross our schools.. and kids that are bullies grow up to be bullies as adults, just like Rush Limbaugh: shouting false, personal attacks at an innocent woman who expressed her concerns and opinions as is her right to do so... if it affects the people of the United States, it should be a concern for the president. get real

      March 14, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • PJ

      Its like a bait and switch. If Obama keeps the conversation on these kinds of things and blowing them out of proportion, then people will not be looking at his failed policies such as Obama Care, a $15 trillion dollar debt, and high unemployment. If you asked yourself how many people I know that committed suicide over bullying most of would come up with a pretty small number or none at all. On the other hand, if you ask yourself how many people you know who are looking for work then you get it.

      March 14, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • sheridan

      I have a uncle and he is good just try to get peace.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • MRLS ROD

      Really that is the president you are talking about.... I dont know what people expect of him he is no super heroe but ill tell you what he is HE IS A GREAT PRESIDENT! He is doing a great job! Put yourselves in his shoes and try to deal with all the problems he is dealing with ECONOMY, RUSSIA and CHINA, ETC. BULLYING is one of the big problems im sure that if you ever seen it or it ever happen to you, you would agree unless you are one of them....This goes to show that no matter how much he has on his plate he still cares about the things that seem to be not important to some but really important to many!! Obama is a great president and this year 2012 I will be voting for him!!

      June 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  2. Commentary42

    Jerry, so taking a stand against bullying is nonsense, calling a college student who has been a victim of the worst public bullying I have ever witnessed is wrong? What kind of America do YOU want to take a stand for?

    March 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • John

      That is "the worst public bullying" you have ever seen? When Ed Schultz did the same thing several months back did you feel the same way? How about when that stupid comedian calls people the "C" and "B" word? How do you feel about that?

      March 14, 2012 at 6:54 am |
      • FLIndependent

        When will you people wake up and realize that Limbaugh was attacking a private citizen and defaming her character. What was side from the comedians was about public figures that also dish it out – THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE and there is no comparison. WAKE UP!

        March 14, 2012 at 10:37 am |
      • FLIndependent

        Should be – what was "said"

        March 14, 2012 at 10:37 am |
      • Steveo


        I strongly disagree! Limbaugh was wrong and so was Maher (whether comedian or not). I wish adult folks would stop making excuses for Maher! He was/is just as wrong! The double standard is astounding! Maher is thought funny and acceptable because he attacks women on the right? Fonda, Steinham, and company are calling for Limbaugh's exodus by the FCC! Fine! Just as long as Maher and everybody else would made/make like statements go as well! So much for fairness and tolerance, right?

        You said: What was side from the comedians was about public figures that also dish it out – THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE and there is no comparison. WAKE UP!

        Michelle Obama is a public figure! Does that make attacks on her OK? Hiliary Clinton is a public figure! You go with her being attacked? Yet, no problem when it's Palin, Bachman, or any other female from the right? "Lefty" wrong is as equally wrong as "righty" wrong! If not, none of it is wrong! Folks need to stop trying to have it both ways!

        March 14, 2012 at 10:58 am |
      • FLIndependent

        @Steveo – Yes, in a perfect world, there should not be any of this trash talk from either side. I don't agree with it either, but was just trying to make the point that comparing what Rush said to what Maher said is not on the same playing field. When people enter the public arena, whether they be politicians, entertainers, etc. then unfortunately they have opened themselves up to criticism and less than flattering name calling. However, when a private citizen, whose only action was testifying in front of Congress, is attacked then it is time to say no more.

        March 14, 2012 at 11:23 am |
      • Steveo


        I appreciate the reply but again, I have to disagree. We don't live in a perfect world! That is not a reason to excuse Maher anyless than Limbaugh! We all live in the same imperfect world but most of us are grown up enough to not to call women or anybody such names! All I am saying is I'm glad folks are disgusted by Limbaugh's remarks, as well they should be! I just find it odd that some are giving Maher a pass for like remarks all because he is a comedian?

        I'll bet if Maher called Mrs Obama such names folks would call for his head too! He won't because she is from the left! THAT is the ONLY difference, not whether she is a public figure or not and NOT because he is a comedian, but ONLY for the fact she is from the left!

        March 14, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  3. Kathy

    Isn't politics all about bullying? Bullying comes in many forms mand political power is certainly one of them. Yeah, yeah, yeah, 'but that's's different". Not really and if we accept it in one place we will accept it in other places. Look at these comment areas- talk about verbal bullying. Bullying is a way of life...good luck. Then again, if we were really serious...we would highlight those who are not bulliers rather than take a page from the most pwerful bully on the planet.

    March 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Iamnotfooled

      That's laughable. The one who is not bullying you and trying to give women rights and healthcare (President Obama) you say is a bully. And the ones trying to take away your rights (Santorum) (Rush Limbaugh) is not bullies? Wake up.

      March 14, 2012 at 3:14 am |
      • Sponge-Bob

        Healthcare is not a right listed anywhere in the constitution. The govt is supposed to promote the general welfare, not provide it. Congress is mandated to provide for the common defense and that's it. The right to vote, own property, bear firearms, free speech, etc are all listed but you won't find "free" healthcare anywhere.

        March 14, 2012 at 5:33 am |
      • Lefty

        Read the revised CBO report on Obamacare, it's going to cost almost double of what was promised, but you won't want to read it, you'll guzzle kool-aid instead.

        March 14, 2012 at 8:28 am |
      • John

        Ask the church if they feel "bullied".

        March 14, 2012 at 8:36 am |
      • FLIndependent

        I agree and it truly astounds me how any woman can support these Repubs as we now know all their governors have made laws making it harder to get abortions, want to get rid of Planned Parenthood, don't want insurance to cover birth control, etc. Where is the pride of these women that they are allowing themselves to be bullied by the Republican Party?

        March 14, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  4. erik

    if he had done it because he really cares, it would be credible. but nothing obama does is for anything except votes. you name the topic and he will pander to it. is the video a good idea, you bet, even with a phony actor named obama.

    March 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • rockierinnie

      well even though you can tell the acting is fake it's still not cool to bully i just joined stop bullying speak up and i really learned ow to stand up to myself and others even though i have darker skin then some people and everyone is different they dont need to get bullyied and if they do just tell the teacher even though this doesn't relate to your comment but this is important STOP BULLYING EVERYONE WHO IS ITS NOT NICE STOP STOP STOOOOOOPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AGAIN ITS NOT NICE, and i now that sometimes in life it pulls apart but if you standout to people and yourself life will come back togeather hope everyone reads this and relates and thinks about this.

      March 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  5. clarke

    Look, I have an 11 year grandson who is bullied every day. This is a very stressful thing to have to live with. The only way to get some peace was to speak up every time it happens and he does. It took time to get him to do it, because he was afraid it would be worse. So he speaks up and is now learning how to react to the bully. I have no problem with the President taking a few minutes of his time to support this problem. Back in the day, we would take care of the bully ourselves, well you can't do that anymore, so you speak up and learn how to handle it.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Ed Zeppelin

      teach your kid to throw a good punch

      March 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • Iamnotfooled

      Sorry to hear that and glad he is speaking up. Anyone who thinks bullying is ok is ignorant. President Obama is right AGAIN.

      March 14, 2012 at 3:18 am |
  6. axxi

    The USA needs to stop bullying other countries around the world, including Afghanistan.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  7. helenecha

    What? Ok, I'll have the 'Stop Bullying – Speak Up' written on my kid's forehead every time when my kid goes to school. Thanks, President Obama!

    March 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  8. Lionel

    Good job Mr. President, thank you for speaking up on this issue.

    We recently had a kid committ suicide because of bullying. We will remember Mitchell Wilson.

    Those who don't think that this is important are probably the ones doing the bullying like Mr. Rush Limburg.


    March 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
  9. jerry

    this is BS...just like the govt take over of lunch menus.... give me a break

    March 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Iamnotfooled

      The government is not taking over. Only weak minded people think that way.

      March 14, 2012 at 3:19 am |
      • Lefty

        Only the weak minded follow Obama without question, look in the mirror and see one.

        March 14, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • FLIndependent

      Jerry's comments always seem to indicate paranoia. Seriously Jerry, in your narrow mind, is there any room at all for rational thought? How can you or anyone disagree with a stance against bullying children?

      March 14, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  10. Ed Zeppelin

    It's clear now the President is a babbling idiot who should have never been elected- all who voted for him bear responsibility for the slow-motion disaster that is the 0bama misadministration- and, a deep and abiding sense of profound personal shame

    March 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
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    March 14, 2012 at 12:33 am |
  12. Iamnotfooled

    Sane people who are not blinded by hate or ignorance know this is a good thing. Bullying should never be tolerated or encouraged. Obama-Biden 2012. (Sane People).

    March 14, 2012 at 3:24 am |
    • Lefty

      Who said it should be encouraged?

      March 14, 2012 at 8:25 am |
  13. LG

    My daughter is bullied on a regular basis at her school. Sometimes she is so afraid to go to school she makes herself sick with worry. I have repeatedly talked with her guidance counselor and even provided names of the bullies to no avail. I myself was bulled by an older boy when I was in the third grade this boy took all of my school books tore them up and then tried to strangle me on the school bus and no one did anything about it. No one has the right to bully a child at all. Being bullied leaves lasting scares that may never heal completely and can effect the victim for the rest of their lives. I wish more adults would teach their children manners and to respect others so that children like my daughter do not have to live in fear.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:07 am |
    • helena

      hi i know how it feels because i have to deal with it all the time and it is not fair i wish everyone would stop and leave us a lone

      March 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  14. Kim L. Short

    A culture that places violent sociopaths on a pedestal and blames their victims has no moral ground upon which to complain about terrorism. Listening to Americans blame victims is just so much Chicken Soup for the Terrorist Soul.

    March 14, 2012 at 9:27 am |
  15. Church

    How ironic that some of the posts against Obama here are very good examples of bullying.
    That is what Trolls do. These message boards are loaded with bullying by Right Wing Trolls who are trying to use intimidation to get their Repugnant way.
    I’m willing to bet that posters jerry, Ed Zeppelin, John, and erik, are bullies to their families and people around them.
    Ed Zeppelin writes, “teach your kid to throw a good punch.” Protecting yourself with retaliation will get you arrested. Cops are stupid; they can’t discern between the aggressor and the victim.
    Lefty, this article has nothing to do with Obamacare. Why do you even bring it up, except as a Troll?
    Read this article. It contradicts your “Obamacare, it's going to cost almost double.”
    Here is an article about online comments. Trolls are everywhere.

    March 14, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  16. FLIndependent

    I've never seen a president take on so many issues facing our country like President Obama has...large, small and in between he deals with all of them! I can't imagine what it takes to for him keep his even, cool demeanor and stay grounded. He said when he was campaigning that we needed someone who could multi-task and he has proven himself on that front. These Repub candidates can't hold a candle to our President and they know it, they are just running to run and rile up the nutty base. Santorum over Obama – Yeah, right! Obama in a landslide.

    March 14, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  17. sapnglish

    Mr Obama you are the one who is bullying the Americans with your subliminal threats,, with your nonsense laws. Please Mr President stop the bullying and start acting as a President.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  18. judy

    Good for you Mr. President. Bullying has become a huge issue in our schools and on the computer. Many young people have taken their own lives because of it. The repo jerks that commented negitivly on this are whats wrong with their party. We cant change them so just ignor them. Obama 2012

    March 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    I go to the school it was premiered at. There was technical difficulties and we only saw about half of it. Kind of disappointing.

    March 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  20. steven

    These comment boards make me so proud to be a democrat. Would hate to share a party with people who are genuinely dumb and uneducated..

    March 17, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  21. mia

    I have been bullied slot called stupid idiot scare face and alot more i don't know what to do I'm scared

    March 18, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
  22. Pat

    This is not a party issue, it's a cry for help from our children. If the president takes a stand, why can't you and not make it about you or your political party.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:55 am |
  23. Ryan

    Michael and Marisa, two young siblings who make truthful music, just came out with a song against bullying. It is truly touching. I will post the YouTube link

    March 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  24. amanda burgos

    look i have been a victim of bulling and i did not like it at p.s.189 i remember people calling me stupid, one played attention to me so for 2 years straight i had to dael with bulling.then my Bloved tio put me in a school named st.elizabeth.when it was my first day of won't believe what i saw so many people sharing

    March 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
  25. amanda burgos

    hey im going to be bloging all day for tips for bullying later on at 7;oo

    March 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  26. amanda burgos

    hey guys im going to start bloging a bit earlyer.bulling,what dose bullying mean to you. to me bullying is somthing that hunts you .bullying is becomeing a huge problem all over amarica. I know a person who once bulled my friend elmer.Elmer has three friends.jankel,julius,bryce,and day Elmer was his firends started to talke about him.i remember hearing he so stuped and hes a bubbul head. i decited to tell an when you hear stuff that are maen talk to an adult000000000000

    March 28, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  27. amanda burgos

    hey guys im going to start bloging a bit earlyer.bulling,what dose bullying mean to you. to me bullying is somthing that hunts you .bullying is becomeing a huge problem all over amarica. I know a person who once bulled my friend elmer.Elmer has three friends.jankel,julius,bryce,and day Elmer was his firends started to talke about him.i remember hearing he so stuped and hes a bubbul head. i decited to tell an when you hear stuff that are maen talk to an adult

    March 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  28. Hellian

    Bullying Requires Non-Education Professionals Bullying requires non-education roafessionpls to step in.Unfortunately, education roafessionpls, as experienced as theyare and have to be with education-related matters, do not havethe know-how or experience needed to deal with radicallyuncontrolled bullying. However, there are police (men and women), psychologists (men and women), and therapists (men and women) who are not in the business of education; but who are trained to deal with the deviant behavior expressed by a true bully. A 1-800 number for bully victims that is easy to remember should be plastered everywhere in schools from the classrooms to the halls to the restrooms to the playgrounds to the busses and athletic fields as gentle reminders to students thinking of getting out of line (bullying). This no-nonsense number would direct the bully victim to immediate help by trained roafessionpls who will evaluate professionally the bully's mental health and stable or unstable home situation; deal with the bully's deviant behavior; and help the bully victim through the merciless trauma/abuse he/she experienced all without repercussions to the actual victim. Of course, legal action and prosecution against the bully (not the school) go without saying. As an added incentive, the school administration may dial the number from the school office. Often, but not always, the bully is a repeat offender. Reporting the crime helps authorities build a case against said bully in court holding the bully accountable for his/her actions.

    April 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  29. Brian

    Complete hypocrisy on the part of everyon supporting this blatantly Anti-Heterosexual Male campaign.

    Not a single damn one of you complain when real men (not faggots) commit suicide. That problem is of even greater magnitude and the repercussions are far more severe. Yet there was no campaign for it. There is no campaign to help the soldiers who kill themselves because of the stresses of war and service.

    Yet some effemninate punk gets talked about and suddenly we have to have rallies and all other manners of BS.

    THIS is why real men don't give a damn about this crap. PErhaps if you taught your kid to throw a punch he wouldn't have to worry about "bullies'. Oh, but violence is wrong, right? Fine. Pussify your sons if yuou want to.

    May 4, 2012 at 9:38 am |
  30. kelsey

    February 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm |