Many of my cohorts on the right who have studied President Obama's past, including the cast of socialist-communist-hate America associates who made this "Community Organizer" who he is, have our antennae up for the slightest public overture from our Celebrity-in-Chief. It is no surprise the loud outcry this week emanating from concerned parents across the country when the president announced his September 8, 2009 speech (pep talk) to America's public school children.
Educational "pep talk" sounds OK, Mr. President, but what's this about asking students to write a paper about how they can "help the president"? And following the speech, you want the kids to have a discussion about what "the president wants us to do." Wait a minute -- I thought the subject was education ?
Reaction: Outcry! Protest! Massive E-mails! Talk Radio Abuzz! Keep your kids at home on Obama Speech Day!
Response from the White House: The president and his staff have decided to take out the offensive parts of the program -- reword things, if you will. "In response, the White House last night confirmed they were revising the lesson plan that was distributed last week by the U.S. Department of Education. 'We're clarifying that language,' White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said. "By Wednesday evening, the sentence asking children to think about how they can 'help the president' had been replaced. The rewritten line said students should 'write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and long-term education goals.'"
-The Washington Times
My question is, don't these Obama policy and event planners think about the repercussions of their creepy, Big-Brother, Quasi-Fascist ideas? Remember the one about reporting anything "fishy" to the government web site? They dropped that idea following an embarrassing public outcry. Intentionally or not, there was the obvious appearance that we were all being encouraged to rat on our anti-Obamacare neighbors.
"Hey, White House, ya think people might be a little worried about some of this Change Kool-Aid that you're rushing us to swallow?" This is an administration that makes embarrassing missteps because they seem to presume that everybody thinks like they do. They march forward with their Change Brigade assuming, "Problem? Problem? What problem?" ...until the restless natives start banging on the door in protest.
Isn't it obvious that concerned parents would get upset about a national speech to school children from a leader who opposes choice in education, and operates in the shadow of Planned Parenthood and the teacher's union? Add to that the waning public support for his health care reform plan, and the Obama-centric follow-up exercises following the speech, and you have another big "OOPS" from Obama and Co. (And just who is this Kevin Jennings, Obama's assistant deputy secretary of education for the Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools)?
Perhaps this administration should start running these proposals through an advisory council from "Middle America" before assuming that everybody thinks like they do. Some of us want to keep leftists and socialists in check. Some of us are simply wary of where the Obama team wants to take this nation with their high-spending, liberal touting, leftist ways. Some of us just don't trust them. Mr. Obama, you might consider this speech to the kids an innocent pep talk, but don't presume that you'll hear a big chorus of Rah-rahs or see a wave of Pom Poms from everybody in the audience. Not everybody is a part of your "Hope and Change" Pep Squad.