Its not the speech itself that bothers most people. Presidents have done this kind of speech before. It was the lesson plan that the Dept. of Education sent out with a bunch of leading questions like "What can you do to help and support the president", and "How did the president inspire you today?". I believe that lesson plan has since been retracted or modified. Either way, things are a bit too tense right now to be getting political with peoples kids. Its not surprising that this touched a nerve.
Help and support him with what? With the idea of getting kids to stay in school? To realize the importance of their education? I'm assuming the question is related to the topic of his speech.
Seriously, these distractions are starting to annoy me. There really are serious issues that we can disagree with him on. Heck, some of his ideas rightfully deserve outrage. So, can we stop distracting from the real stuff, with all this birther, hand-washing, "stay in school" speech, stuff?
This is the same guy who labeled the Crowley/Gates incident as a teachable moment. Obama is not someone I would want my kids (if I had any) to learn from. He stirred up a hornet's nest of problems and should focus on the mess he has created.
Let kids be kids. They hardly know themselves, let alone the POTUS. Does a 7th grader even know what the stimulus bill, healthcare bill, Cash 4 Clunkers programs are and how they impact the economy? They are way too young to fully understand these concepts. I know here in LA, kids perform worse than the rest of the country, and you want them to write about how Cap and Trade will help or hurt? Cousin please.
"I'm going to be making a big speech to young people all across the country about the importance of education; about the importance of staying in school; how we want to improve our education system and why itâ??s so important for the country. So I hope everybody tunes in."
What a fucking cunt. I can't believe the nerve of this guy.
There are too many "If he only....." answers above. I, unlike most of the above posters, have two elementary age children. My school principle has sent home permission slips, giving the parent the right to make the decision to view or not to view, and I very much respect this.
As for my decision, my children will not watch this speech at school. Not knowing, (or trusting) what Obama will say, I do not want my children watching in an environment where the child to teacher ratio is so high.
What I have decided to do is to Tivo the speech. My wife and I will set down with our children and watch it with them. If we object to anything he says, I will pause the recording and discuss the offending message with my children.
My personal opinion is that this is how such a speech should have been handled from the start. It should have been held at night, with children at home with their parents.