In January, Barack Obama was inspiring kids worldwide by proving that anybody could become president. Eight months later, some American parents think he’s out to brainwash their kids.
On September 8, the first day of school in many places, Obama wants to go on TV to tell school children to work hard and not be dropouts. Some parents have a problem with that.
I could see it if we were talking about Bill Clinton lecturing on morality, or George W. Bush explaining peace. But what’s Obama ever done to poison children’s minds? Have an occasional cigarette, like parents never smoke?
These adult paragons of virtue insist that kids should learn values from them, not the president. Yeah, right. Like how to make a pictures of Obama look like Hitler in case they ever want to join the Klan. Or how to disrupt a town hall meeting by screaming incoherently at a Congressman to show how polite and respectful they are.
Some school districts are refusing to show Obama’s speech, or will let kids walk out like Obama’s the stranger with candy they’re warned to avoid, because he might do worse than molest them — he might turn them into socialists.
Give me a break.
If anybody’s got evil intent here, it’s the parents who seek to deny their children the opportunity to start the school year by having the president of the United States speak directly to them and encourage them to excel. It’s a message they probably hear all too seldom at home.