Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Nation's Cartoonists on Obama's School Speech


Anonymous said...

The president's message to students was a conservative message that Reagan might have delivered. The key theme was taking personal responsibility. But Obama's words rang hollow to alert listeners since his agenda and policies run 180 degrees opposite of taking personal responsibility. He wants bigger government and a nanny state. Therefore, is it fair to say to the president "you lie?"

Richard Day said...

Actually, No.

When Reagan spoke to school children, his address was full of partisan politics. But since the message was conservative, conservatives had no problem with the speech. Principles were nowhere to be found.

Anonymous said...

There might not have been any controversy had the white house not made up their own lesson plan to go along with the speech initially. Also, it probably wouldn't have been an issue if over half the American people didn't believe he is full of lies. I'm also pretty certain that most parents would not have minded he talk to their children if he didn't constantly talk out of both sides of his mouth. Etc., etc., and etc.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the above post. The White House lesson plan was silly and not meant to encourage any criticism of the President or his social agenda. Although I voted for Obama, (because Palin was too unseasoned) I know that Obama's speech was quickly re-written when the criticism about the lesson plan appeared.

I think Dr. Day is fast becoming, or trying to become, the Merlene Davis of the poedagogical world. It almost seems he, too, thinks those of us who criticize the President are latent racists.

When anyone, from a local superindentent to President Obama. tries to convince the public "it's just about kids and their education," critical thinkers know that there is a hidden motive.

And while that hidden motive might just be to go down in the history books as an "educational reformer," we know that the motive has little to do with children or education.