Outrage Over Speech to Students

As a result of the President’s national speech to schoolchildren, a prominent member of the House Education and Labor Committee, ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate the cost and legality of the President’s appearance. He is also summoning the Education Secretary and other top administration officials to testify at a hearing devoted to the speech. The hearing will be to examine the expenditures of the Department of Education funds to produce and televise an appearance by the President at a local high school in nearby Virginia. As a member of the committee charged with the authorization and implementation of education programs said, “I am very much interested in the justification and rationale for giving the White House scarce education funds to produce a media event.”

The Washington Post headline the morning after the President’s speech was, “The White House turned a Northern Virginia junior high classroom into a television studio and its students into props.”

With the Post article in hand, those in Congress pounced. “The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students,” the House Minority Leader said. “And the president should be doing more about education than saying, ‘Lights, camera, action.’

The National Education Association denounced the speech, saying it “cannot endorse a president who spends thousands of dollars of taxpayers’ money on a staged media event at a school in Virginia — while cutting school lunch funds for our neediest children.”

Yes, this did happen just as reported. Only it was in 1991 after President G.H.W. Bush spoke to students saying pretty much the same things President Obama did.


  1. Oh, I love that double standard the left justifies.

    I haven’t heard of any Republican pulling such a stunt over Obama’s speech, have you?

  2. Yup … dumb then… dumb now.