A little more about Obama’s pep talk to students

Eugene Kane is having a fit. He uses his best big-boy voice to ask, “Mommy, why can’t I hear the president’s speech?

It’s time to set a few things straight. I never gave an opinion one way or another about the speech being shown in Elmbrook’s schools. I e-mailed the principal of East, the only school where I have a student, with this question:

Mr. Bowers,

Will Brookfield East students be watching Obama’s on-line speech planned for the 8th of September? I’d like to know as the East principal what you’ve advised on this issue, and if curriculum is being built around the address.



I didn’t say I’d pull my kid. I didn’t call the President a whack-job. I didn’t use the words indoctrinate or socialism. I asked a simple question. Evidently, guys like Eugene Kane aren’t used to the concept of parents and school administrators actually talking to each other. They’re claiming we bullied, or threatened, or got all upset.


I actually don’t have a problem with my daughter seeing Obama’s speech to the schools. She’s a chip off the ol’ blocks. She’ll think for herself. But then, she’s 17.

What still bugs me is that Obama had no problem requesting time out of the teaching day for a special address. It’s going to be online. Can’t students watch it anytime they want? Sometime when it fits better into the day’s classroom activities? He gets to babble on all kinds of media. But asking for schools to rearrange their schedules is a bit much. And that first round of curriculum ideas that were given? Wowser.

So, Mr. Kane, let’s put this into perspective. Mr. Obama wanted to make a speech to inspire school children. His staff took off like crazy fools, pumped the spin including “historical,” assigned the Ed.gov group a little curriculum love, and landed themselves in a heap of trouble. Instead of picking themselves up, dusting off, and getting on with it, they’ve gone and enlisted the likes of you to make a bigger mess of things.

This presidential proffering should have never been an issue. But, in these divided states, anything can become one. As usual, Democrats are using all the tools in the toolbox to build a big sign pointing at Republicans. As usual, Republicans are guilty of nothing at all, but since controversy sells papers and TV ads, darned if the press will let it go.


  1. Whether the speech is shown or not, I won’t get a chance to see it. It’s during my lunch hour, and there is no TV in the cafeteria yet.

  2. Here’s an old grumpy grown up suggesting there shouldn’t be a tv in the cafeteria ever!