In jurisdictions where it hasn’t been blocked by patriotic intervention, President Obama’s school speech is being viewed today. The President tells the no doubt enraptured kids that “if you quit on school — you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country,” so they should study hard and take inspiration from famous people who also studied hard. Students are also asked to wash their hands so they don’t spread flu germs.
Having denounced it in the run-up as fascism, Hitler, indoctrination, etc, rightbloggers attacked the speech post facto on lesser grounds.
“Do we really believe that the original speech was about Johnny washing his hands?” says Scared Monkeys. “After all, the context of the ‘talk to the students’ was released under the cloak of darkness even after the Van Jones resignation.”
Doctor Bulldog & Ronin objects that Obama mentioned the example of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, whose first book “was rejected twelve times before it was finally published.” This, says DB&R, is an outrage because “J.K. Rowling is, at the very least, a Socialist with Communist leanings.”
Confederate Yankee is outraged that parents at his daughter’s school who did not want their children to see the speech were asked to “send a note to the teacher, so that the student can be separated from the rest of his class. Nothing like a little grade-school ostracism, is there?” (Bad enough she has to feel left out when the school teaches evolution, or when other children use the fluoride-poisoned water fountain)…
“What is he, Social worker in chief?” says Riehl World View. “He should have better things to do with his time than try and make the children like him.”
National Review‘s Andrew J. Coulson complains Obama allowed Congressional Democrats to “kill the federally funded Opportunity Scholarships program… What does it say to American children, Mr. President, when you fail to follow your own advice?” — a peculiar sentiment coming a venue that usually features complaints about federal spending.
Others complain of what the speech doesn’t include. “Government should be about helping us to protect our freedoms, not making us into wards who are to protect and serve our government,” says Dr. Helen. “Obama’s remarks don’t make note of this.” Maybe President Dagny Taggart can take this up at some future date. “I wish President Obama had mentioned the teachers’ responsibility to thoroughly understand and teach their subjects rather than simply saying their job is to inspire students to learn,” says Patterico, though he admits “admittedly this is a speech about students and not teachers.” See, kids? Reading is fundamental!
As has become a popular gambit in this matter, some still found the speech objectionable, if not in word, because it “does, of course, offer a potential springboard for teachers or administrators who wish to promote Obama and/or his agenda,” a la Power Line.
Some accusations of Hitler persist, but in the main the brethren seem to be saving these for the next outrage.