Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Hypocrisy Just Keeps Coming

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?

10 comments:

gramma2many said...

I was remembering the same thing yesterday. Yes he did, so I am told, temper his speech but what is the cost to us the taxpayer and what was the true reason for it? Still a bit unsure about the whole thing and its expected outcome. Is this just the beginning and will he continue, inserting a little more "meat" with each following speach? I can just imagine Monday mornings as "O" time forfeiting the Pledge of Allegiance in order to hear what the esteemed President has planned for the children for the week.
Yeah, I know, I am getting cynical but it just cannot be helped.

cube said...

1. Whatever the cost, it was worth it because, unlike republican presidents, a democratic president has the right to spend as much as he wants on date nights, weekly white house parties, extravagant vacations, school speeches, etc.

2. No, the GAO will not investigate. See #1.

3. No, Obama officials will not be dragged to the Hill for questioning. See #1.

4. The Congress has more important business to conduct (like ramming Obateddycare down our collective throats). See #1.

5. The Washington Post was quite mum on the wondrous occasion of the president telling children to study & stay in school. Why are so many people acting all crazy about this issue?

The hypocrisy between the two events is breathtaking.

I haven't read the whole speech... I gagged on the part where BO talks about his mother waking him @ 4:30 AM to teach him special lessons before he went to school.
Yeah, I can picture those two lazy commie asses doing that. Too bad there's nobody around to refute that tall tale.

kevin said...

I suppose we should be thankful that Van Jones wasn't the orator.

Chuck said...

Gramma, "I Pledge Allwgiance to Obama..."

Cube, kind of like Innauguration expenses huh?

Kevin, good point

MK said...

Had no idea about Bush's speech and the caterwauling from the lefties over that. Hypocrisy indeed Chuck, and the complete media silence and compliance to go along with it. Some pigs are indeed far more equal.

Chuck said...

MK, agreed

cube said...

The lies and the hypocrisy is breathtaking. It's like they've never heard of YouTube and the internet. D'Oh!

Chuck said...

Cube, with the media in the bag, they don't have to

Average American said...

YOU RACIST! How dare you ask NObama questions like that? He doesn't have to answer you, he's America's first black President! Even more im,portant, he's the messiah! You don't question the messiah.

Chuck said...

AA, sorry I took so long to reply, busy weekend. No excuse. Thank you for pointing out my shortcomings though, I'm trying to change.