James Greer may have done the president a favor.
Thanks to the Florida GOP chairman’s condemnation of President Barack Obama’s back-to-school speech Tuesday, this may turn out to be one of the most watched, most scrutinized presidential addresses ever.
Especially by the target audience.
Manatee students can “opt out” if they bring a note from their parents, but I can imagine kids watching anyway out of curiosity.
Never miss a local story.
“Oooh, what’s Obama going to say that mommy and daddy don’t want me to hear?”
It is much ado about nothing.
I can count on one hand the number of televised presidential speeches I’ve really listened to in entirety this decade and still have three fingers left over.
One was President George W. Bush’s address to Congress after 9-11.
The other was the inaugural address of our first African-American president.
Yet I may have to tune in Tuesday just to see what the fuss is all about.
I seriously doubt it will amount to anything close to Greer’s hysterical denunciation of Obama using “taxpayer dollars to indoctrinate America’s children to his socialist agenda.”
Get a grip.
Since when does the president challenging students to set educational goals, work hard and take responsibility for their learning constitute brainwashing?
Or, as Greer put it, “using our children as tools to spread liberal propaganda.”
Greer isn’t even being original.
When President George H.W. Bush spoke to students in 1991, touching on the same classroom ideals, Democrats criticized him for spending Department of Education money for “political advertising.”
Nobody is being forced to watch Obama’s speech Tuesday, contrary to Greer’s ranting.
Just bring a letter from home.
Still, I’d be interested in what students say Tuesday, kids who can think for themselves, ignore the bombast and watch the president’s speech.
They might even learn something.
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