Whether the American public likes it or not President Obama IS the President. Other Presidents before him have addressed the Nation's school children and in my 42 years have never seen such a backlash as this "speech" is creating. I put the word speech in quotation marks because I don't think it is so much a speech as it is a pep talk to fire up the Nation's school children.
If you haven't read what the President is going to say today it is here: President's Pep Talk.
He isn't pushing a political agenda or mentioning health care [or anything else that makes some Repubs and all racists/bigots grab their chest in fear]; This isn't a Political Indoctrination - he IS OUR President. He is simply going to encourage our children to do their best, that our Country depends on them in the coming years. Isn't that what we tell our children everyday? Haven't you, as a parent, ever thought or even said out loud the following: "One day I won't be here and you will have to survive and thrive on your own"? He is going to speak about their personal responsibility - Something I hope I have taught my children and others have too. Unfortunately I see it less and less where we live.
The fear mongering and hatred among opponents to this speech make me sad - Sad that he had to release the speech ahead of time, sad that everyone can't just get along [this is the largest chasm I have ever seen in my life], sad that in trying to do something special for our children he is attacked. Vehemently, I might add.
He is only asking them to stay in school and do their best. I appreciate any positive reinforcement I can get when raising my kids. The President reiterating today what I have been trying to instill in them for years? Bonus
What is wrong with that?