I’m having a hard time understanding why President Barack Obama (he’s the President of the United States, the American President) shouldn’t be allowed to give a speech to school children all about the importance of education and staying in school.
Amazingly, I am not making up these quotes: “Thinking about my kids in school having to listen to that just really upsets me,” a suburban Colorado mother, Shanneen Barron, told KMGH-TV in Denver. Sounds like they were going to be forced to listen some evil satanic rock music or some lewd, profanity-laced comedy routine.
Then she added: “I’m an American. They are Americans, and I don’t feel that’s OK. I feel very scared to be in this country with our leadership right now.”
Memo to Mrs. Barron: Barack Obama is also an American. He’s the President, as I mentioned there at the top. We had 8 years of George W. Bush: asleep at the wheel while 9/11 was planned and carried out; still napping in the aftermath of Katrina; knowingly lying us into a war of choice that didn’t keep us safer and wasted trillions of dollars; approving and carrying out TORTURE and suspending Habeus Corpus (Google it Mrs. Barron); and illegally spying on innocent Americans through warrant-less wiretapping. But NOW you’re “very scared to be in this country with our leadership”??
And it’s not just some ignorant uninformed citizen making these ridiculous statements. The Chairman of the Florida Republican Party actually accused Obama of using taxpayer money to indoctrinate children. “As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology,” Greer said. Really Mr. Greer? As a human being, I am absolutely appalled that you are the chairman of anything semi-official. And the S-word again?
“The idea that schoolchildren across our nation will be forced to watch the president justify his plans … is not only infuriating but goes against beliefs of the majority of Americans, while bypassing American parents through an invasive abuse of power.”
First of all, no one is being forced. Second, last I checked the majority of Americans voted for Barack Obama to be our President. Third… abuse of power? Again, does everyone have amnesia from the previous 8 years, or just the Obama haters? And finally, it is not a speech for the president to “justify his plans,” it is a freakin’ pep talk to our nations youth about education. From an official White House statement:
“The goal of the speech and the lesson plans is to challenge students to work hard, stay in school and dramatically reduce the dropout rate,” an administration spokesman said. “This isn’t a policy speech. It’s a speech designed to encourage kids to stay in school.”
Oh the horror! He’s gonna, he’s gonna…. Tell… kids… smart… stuff.