There was a debate in the Snob Household the other day about whether or not President Obama was doing the right thing in giving a back-to-school speech to school children. Mama Snob felt it was the president’s right to do this as a tradition had been established by previous presidents, like George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. Papa Snob felt Obama already has too many problems to be opening up any new fronts of attack for the opposition and that by doing this all he did was “step into shit.”
The White House moved Thursday to quell the controversy. First it revised an Education Department lesson plan that drew the ire of conservatives because it called for students to write letters about how they can help the president.
Then Obama aides said they would release the text of Obama’s address on Monday, a day before his speech is to be beamed into the classrooms – an apparent attempt to show skeptical parents ahead of time what he plans to say.
Obama’s speech to students was first announced late last month but criticism grew this week, as conservative commentators including Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin said Obama was trying to improperly influence the students. Beck even urged parents to take their children out of school on Tuesday to protest Obama’s speech.
While I could see my father’s POV, I had to agree with my mother. While the Obama’s Department of Education has fumbled this thing badly (with the whole learning plan suggestions to go with the speech that were EASILY ridiculed as being silly), what the hell is the president supposed to do when everything he does, no matter how rote and ordinary for another president, is examined with laser scrutiny in this cycle? Is he supposed to execute his job from under a rock for the next three-and-a-half years because a significant and vocal minority of the US population cannot accept and will not respect him as president? I mean, I get it, you LOST an election. It’s not the first time someone has lost an election. But he’s still the president. If you can’t respect the man, could you AT LEAST respect the title.
Oh, wait. Can’t do that. He’s not really an American. I keep forgetting he’s a Manchurian secret Muslim candidate Kenyan Socialistic piglet wearing Hitler’s bunny slippers!
“The gist is, ‘I want to see what the president has to say before you expose it to my child.’ Another said, ‘This is Marxist propaganda.’ They are very hostile,” said Patricia O’Neill, a Democrat who is vice president of the Montgomery County School Board, in a district that borders Washington, D.C. “I think it’s disturbing that people don’t want to hear the president, but we live in a diverse society.”
I mean, C’MON! He’s the least threatening, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood-style president I’ve ever seen. He’s Will Smith as president, not Wesley Snipes as president. President Snipes might take a round kick to the forehead of the Republican Leader in the House. Smith would just joke about how bad his fake bake tan looks. Which is exactly what the actual president did. That’s how threatening he is to John Boehner. He thinks his orange tone is a color insulting to nature. Ooo. Scary.
Remember when President Bush got those shoes thrown at him and how the immediate reaction of most rational people (whether you liked him or not) was 1) Where’s the Secret Service! OMG! Someone threw something at the president! and 2) Damn, that Bush has got reflexes like a cat! The point was that even if you didn’t like Bush and didn’t vote for him, you didn’t want people THROWING THINGS at your president. Respect the office … even if you don’t respect the man. I get that not everyone is on Planet Be Free, Hug A Tree with President Obama and the First Family. That’s all Peaches and Herb with me as far as I’m concerned. But don’t act like the president is some Pied Piper of Pennsylvania Avenue coming to steal your children away at night with his smooth, Colt 45 — It works every time — charms. If you actually believe that the president of the United States is some comic book supervillan could you please get off the air waves and radio call shows and stand on the grassy knolls of insanity with the rest of the conspiracy fruit loops. Some of us are trying to have an intelligent discourse around here. Put on your tin foil hats and leave the real politicking to us wearing our big britches and big girl panties.