Skip to comments.Major school systems won't be open when Obama speaks to kids
Posted on 09/06/2009 4:11:58 AM PDT by kingattax
Hot Air's Ed Morrissey - joined by bloggers Baseball Crank and Moe Lane - notes that Los Angeles public schools won't be in session next Tuesday when President Obama delivers his speech to the nation's children. Neither will those in the Boston schools. Or the New York City public schools. Or those in Seattle, Buffalo or Eugene (Oregon).
It's the Obamatuerism of the day on this one, but it may be indicative of a new theme concerning the Obama administration's managerial and strategic political competence. All presidential teams tend to get high marks during their honeymoons. But the Obama honeymoon has clearly been over since early summer.
Now, the school speech was poorly thought out, both in concept and execution. The same can be said of Obama's recurring unsuccessful attempts over the summer to "reframe the health care reform debate," and the multiple mis-steps in responding to his Town Hall critics, beginning with the spectacularly inept branding of them as an "angry mob."
There will be many more such opportunities for political mis-steps and odds are the Obama team won't miss many of them. A blitz of news stories about the massive waste and fraud attending the $787 billion stimulus program is probably headed Obama's way in coming months, and who knows how many more Van Jones that he has appointed to influential jobs in the government will suddenly hit the front pages.
The lesson here is that the political ear that warns of potential mis-steps in a campaign is not the same one that works once you are elected and have to make the thousand decisions that come with daily governance of a central government that long ago become far too big and expansive to be effectively managed. This is why administration officials approach projects like the school speech without anticipating the explosion of negative public reaction.
So expect in coming months a growing theme in the media questioning the competence of those around the president. For liberals in Congress and the media, such a theme will provide a handy way of diverting blame from Obama's shoulders for the succession of blunders, misteps and embarrassments that is surely coming.
Those kids are already deep into their liberal indoctrination program...btw, how does Eugene OR get lumped in with those major cities?
My son started school on Thursday. He said there’s been no news about whether or not they were going to be watching Obama’s speech.
You can add to this...of the each 100 kids who do get forced into the room to watch....at least thirty are doped up, drunk or half-asleep from being up at 1AM. Three will be pregnant girls sitting there and worrying about how to explain to Mom about their situation. Eight will be anti-authority geeks who will challenge everything that the President says. Five will be guys who are having affairs with their teachers so they are thinking about lusty things. Twenty-five will be products of a “Rush-Hannity-Beck” household and openly repeat what Dad said or what Rush said...driving the English Literature teacher crazy because this ate up an entire hour. Fourteen of them will be wondering what the big guy is saying because English is a second language for them. Three will hint things related to 1936 Nazi Germany and be sent home for the rest of the day. So finally, we come to folks who remain...who might be far-left liberal. They might take something positive out of the speech.
These guys who dreamed this up in the White House....are thirty years removed and don’t grasp what’s going on in the education department of the heartland.
That must be a rural white southern school house with no cheering Obamaites. If there were, there would be more than three pregnant girls and bunch who can’t read and are waiting for the plantation owner to hand out the goodies.
The taxpayer dollars wasted on this fiasco must run in the millions.
Yet the dems are refusing to allow republicans to mail health care information to their constituents.
All the things that some thought were cool about this man are now being seen in a different light. Public speaking was one his ace in the hole, now it is a major liability. If he were smart, he would lay very low and out of sight for the next three years. But I never believed he was all that smart, just arrogant. I think is he is toast.
The speech is scheduled to run right smack dab during the lunch time for a lot of schools in central time zone.
Our school runs lunch in shifts, from 11 to 12:30. I think that played a part in a lot of schools blowing this off.
There are times when I think this administration is fraught with evil geniuses and then other times just plain stupid clueless people.
Maybe they’re idiot savants?
Mark Lloyd, FCC "diversity czar" is a very bad appointment. His views (and direct clips of him speaking) have been on FOX, but so far the exposure seems to have generated far less attention then it should. He is openly opposed to free speech on the networks. For those of you who didn't catch it, at one time he suggested a tax on private broadcasters of 100% of their operating budgets (not even their profits), to fund "public" broadcasting. He lauded the way Chavez took over the media when they started to mount significant opposition to him.
Great description of the failed school systems all around the country.
Regardless, I know some of my girls' teachers are uber-liberal whack jobs, but the girls will be prepared and loaded for bear.
They also know their fail-safe reply to any teacher who gives them grief - "call my mom - only don't call between noon and three because she's listening to Rush".
Looks like he should be THE NEXT TARGET ! ! !