If you want to point the finger at someone for the kids singing thing, what I've read makes it more of a teachers and principals leaping on the opportunity of a young black well-educated good-looking powerful role model for their kids, especially their young black kids, and these teachers (and to some extent parents) delighted to have a 'celebrity' they can point their kids to other than basketball players and athletes.
I agree that Obama is a role model for young black children just as Justice Clarence Thomas and Condolence Rice are. This goes way beyond being a role model or celebrity.
The first video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aqMTD5UFmU
) was posted by Charisse Carney-Nunes a Harvard shoolmate of Obama and senior vice president of The Jamestown Project. In the left hand side of the video on an easel is her book "I Am Barack Obama".
This was an official school function presented by Charisse Carney-Nunes .http://exurbanleague.com/2009/09/24/...-activity.aspx
Why she named her book "I Am Barack Obama".
"The most important thing I think, and the reason the book is called I Am Barack Obama, is because I like when children say I am Barack Obama," Carney-Nunes said. "They understand that there is a little bit of Barack Obama in all of us." Charisse Carney-Nunes
And she urges kids to " keep looking for that inner-Obama."