I haven't written on Obama's speech today because overall I really don't care that much about it.
It sounds as if he told the kids to stay in school, etc. It sounds like he inserted a little politics in the speech. Okay, not likely anything more than what the kids hear from their teachers on a daily basis.
My issue all along was the study guide they were including. I thought that was too close to indoctrination. I also find it likely he changed the speech due to all of the controversy. Again, not real excited.
I'm not saying I was a fan or agreed with it, I'm just saying he's done worse in the last 7 months.
I do have one major issue with the whole thing though:
George H.W. Bush's Speech to Students Drew Democratic Probe
Much has been made about the criticism surrounding President Obama's Tuesday speech to the nation's schoolchildren.
But when President George H.W. Bush delivered a similar speech in October 1991 to students at a junior high school in Washington, D.C., Democratic critics went much further and investigated the event, Washington Examiner columnist Byron York reported Tuesday.
Democrats, who controlled Congress at the time, ordered the General Accounting Office to probe the production of the speech and later summoned top Bush administration officials to Capitol Hill for a hearing, York wrote.
The Bush speech at Alice Deal Junior High School cost $26,750 -- an expenditure paid by the Department of Education -- and drew fire from Rep. William Ford, then chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, who ordered the probe.
"As the chairman of the committee charged with the authorization and implementation of education programs, I am very much interested in the justification, rationale for giving the White House scarce education funds to produce a media event."
The GAO found no wrongdoing on the part of the Bush administration
But after Bush spoke, The Washington Post implied in a front-page story that the speech was staged for the president's political benefit, and Democratic allies continued to pounce on Bush for the cost of the event.
So, my only questions are:
How much did taxpayers spend on this?
Will the GAO investigate?
Will top Obama administration officials be summoned to Capitol Hill?
When do the Congressional hearings begin?
What was the Washington Post's stance on this today?