16 September 2009

B.O. rewrote school speech after the fuss

This article from the Washington Post confirms my earlier suspicion that B.O.'s speech to school children was re-written after a furor erupted over the auxiliary teaching material for the speech was made public.

When critics lashed out at President Obama for scheduling a speech to public school students this month, accusing him of wanting to indoctrinate children to his politics, his advisers quickly scrubbed his planned comments for potentially problematic wording.

This is the reason his perfectly boring and harmless "Stay in School" speech had no connection with the teaching material released prior to the speech. Of course, the original speech could have been perfectly harmless and boring too, but the teaching material did not suggest that.

I find it interesting that the 7-12th grade materials called for teachers to hang banners in their classrooms with B.O. quotes written in block letters. I've seen this sort of thing before. . .in communist China when I taught English there in 1990.

Seriously, can you even begin to imagine the hell the Bush White House would have caught had it suggested such a thing?!

3 comments:

  1. I'd give a fair amount of money to see what the original speech said.

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  2. As if we didn't KNOW that it was a rewrite...it was so annoying to hear all the talking heads snidely remark that the speech was not objectionable at all...blah, blah, blah.
    I too would LOVE to see the original version...

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  3. My objection was not necessarily the speech as the lesson plans and "extras" that they had planned to go with it.
    Also, I think he should have aired it before school on regular TV so the kids could watch it with their parents.

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