In the East Bay, a few parents kept their children home from school.
Bridget Melson said she decided to have a "fun day" with her kindergarten and first-grade children, who attend Hearst Elementary in Pleasanton, because she didn't think Obama's message matched his character.
"It was more of the man behind the speech," she said. "I thought the speech was relatively benign. I don't think he got the presidency in an honest way."
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