Friday, September 4, 2009

Obama speech raises strange hackles

The president of the United states wants to tell students to study hard, stay in school and be responsible for their actions. What could possibly be wrong with that?

Plenty, if you fall into the camp that sees it as a Communist plot, fascist exercise, socialist overreach or Nazi subterfuge. Or all of the above rolled into one.

Here are just a few of the articles in today's media about the (largely manufactured) controversy:

Education Week: Officials Move to Quell Furor Over Obama Speech
USA Today: Planned Obama speech to students sparks protest
New Orleans Times Picayune: Obama's upcoming speech to schoolchildren has some parents worried
Los Angeles Times: Banned from schools: first Huck Finn, now Obama?

Note: When President Reagan and the first President Bush made televised speeches to schools, there was nothing like the controversy that this spech has engendered.

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