The noise coming from the extreme nutball right over President Obama's message to school children really got on my nerves. Is there no place these blowbag radio and TV talk show hosts won't go, no American institution they won't stoop to attack?
Using school kids like that? Really?
Fox News reports that the Democrats did it too. (The Democrats did it too! Ha ha!) It's true that when George H.W. Bush, the father, announced a similar speech, the Democrats accused him of using government money to play politics and improve his image. The difference is that in 1991 there were no calls to keep kids out of school. No overwrought parents calling the principal because they feared the president of the United States would use their precious darlings for some kind of zombie mind control.
Both sides are more than capable of following a political agenda. What's unforgivable is when teachers and principals are suddenly thrust into a game of partisan tug a war over the kids.
What kind of sick mixed message are these parents sending their kids? The president wants to tell them to stay in school and they turn it into a skit from the Colbert Report. What happened to respect for the office, if not for the man?
Even former first lady, Laura Bush defended the president, which I thought was pretty classy, and kind of cool.
If you missed the speech, because you were at recess or something, you can read the full text of it here.