It appears the text of the much ballyhooed speech President Obama is giving to the students (across the country) has finally made it’s way to the public.
On the whole, it seems pretty much like something any other past President would have said. Stay in school, do your best, listen to the wisdom of teachers, parents, other adults, when they “advise you” to study hard, do your homework, and be the best you can be.
But the real issue here is not so much the speech itself, as far as the content goes, it is rather vanilla; anyone could have given it. Of much greater importance is when, and to whom it is being addressed. Had the President given this same speech, say after the typical “dinner hour”, addressing the country when parents and children could view same in the comfort of their home, where there could exist the chance of parents reinforcing what was being said, or promoting some sort of debate/inter-action with their kids, over the main points of the speech; than this whole issue would have been avoided.
Given the man’s track record with advancing socialist ideals and ideas in the school room, while he was part of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, and seeming to constantly associate with those whose ideas and ideals are at best considered “radical”, if not diametrically opposed to those held by the majority of Americans (specifically, American parents), you have to wonder if there is more to this precedent being set. (Yes, other Presidents have visited schools, and have talked with individual groups of students, but nothing was ever done on the scale or scope the current President is establishing.)
If this is to be a one time event, judging by the content of the speech, than over all no harm, no foul. But if this is (or, given the negative publicity already generated, was) the first of many such speeches to the children, with future “talks” being perhaps, of a more indoctrinating nature, in style and substance, than all bets are off.
To quote David Hedrick, parent and Marine extraordinaire, “Stay away from my kids!!”