Obama on September 8 is going to have a large audience for one of his speeches. This in itself is unusual in view of the declining TV ratings of his speeches. Even more unusual is the audience: most of the elementary public school kids in the nation. Why is he doing this? The US Department of Education has thoughtfully prepared a study guide for teachers here. It is untrue that it comes bound in a little red book.
It apparently is still undergoing revisions however:
“As one of the preparatory materials for teachers provided by the Department of Education, students had been asked to, “Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. “
Today, after Republicans accused the White House of trying to indoctrinate school children with liberal propaganda the White House and the Department of Education changed the section to now read, “Write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short?term and long?term education goals.”
“We changed it to clarify the language so the intent is clear,” said White House Spokesman Tommy Vietor…”
The ever cogent Erin Manning at her blog and sometimes tea has her version of the Obama speech and you can read it here.
The truly hilarious thing about this is how it demonstrates how tone deaf politically this administration has become. I can imagine the scene in the White House among the Obama political advisors: “The President’s critics contend that he has fostered a cult-like atmosphere and is a proponent of Big Brother goverment. How do we counter this? We’ ll go over their heads and talk directly to their kids! That’ll calm down his critics.” I almost do think that a Karl Rove mole in the White House is behind this “brilliant” move!