For over 40 years Sesame Workshop has been dedicated to the founding principle to help all children have a chance to learn, grow and fulfill their greatest potential, and its work with military families reflects continued efforts to address the unique needs of children in the 21st century. Since its launch in 2006, this program has helped hundreds of thousands of families cope with parents’ deployments and combat-related injuries, build resiliency in times of separation and change, and most recently, help children cope with the death of a parent or loved one.
Through extraordinary public and private partnerships, Sesame Workshop has provided much-needed support to military families through the distribution of 2 million outreach kits, Sesame Street performances at military bases around the world, two award-winning television specials, and a social media site to help military families with young children stay connected. On the evening of June 2nd, 2010, Sesame Workshop honored the courageous families that are served by these programs at its Annual Gala.
Many in the world of armchair quarterbacks are giving President Obama high
marks for his handling of the Gen. Stanley McChrystal implosion and subsequent
resignation. After all, Obama faced a difficult decision; some in the media
world were even dubbing it a “game changer” for his presidency. No matter how
difficult one scores the “test” Obama faced, the bottom line is he passed.
For my part, I felt Obama only had one option. Insubordination cannot be tolerated, especially within the military and that far up on the chain of command. I would wager that, for many Americans, too, the president really had one option.