I find it a bit ridiculous tthe outcry against President Obama’s recent address to schools about education. This is nothing new for presidents, as GHW and Reagan also gave speeches to our children in school. Some were more political than others (cough-reagan), but I think it is a great thing for our kids to see that the man leading our country cares about them and their education and future, regardless of who it is.
Their was an unfounded overreaction to the speech that isingnorant , fear-based, and annoying.
“Thinking about my kids in school having to listen to that just really upsets me,” suburban Colorado mother Shanneen Barron told CNN Denver affiliate KMGH last week, before the text of the speech was released. (Emphasis added)
Two points of emphasis on that exerpt. 1. She doesn’t even know what “that” is (unless she is referring to the president, and that would be a whole other post) because 2. The text had not even been released yet.
Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer accused Obama last week of trying to “indoctrinate America’s children to his socialist agenda.” Again this was before the speeches text was released. Again, a bit rediculous, and obviously an overraction. Even he realized this, as he inserted his foot into his mouth.
My hope is that people will not let the fear get to them and they would look at the facts. This goes for speeches as well as health care bills. Give the guy a chance before you freak out. Wow.