Today the President of the United States talks to the students of the United States and I think it is a good thing.
This is an action with precedent—he will be following in the footsteps of President George W Bush.
On the other hand, the Department of Education has stirred up some controversy with its lesson plan, which played right into the hands of those who are protesting the Administration's plans to reshape the US economic landscape with TARP and the bailout of GM and Chrysler and now health care. Even the Education Department admits it erred.♠ I do think the protestors have been distracted by this tempest in a teapot.
Dan Phelps of The Lowell Sun, referred to the protestors as "silly." Well, Dan is a local columnist and a little over-the-top language is part of his style.
On the other hand, for Education Secretary Arne Duncan to refer to his fellow citizens as "just silly" after his Department messed up the proposed lesson plan, which invited the criticism, shows that the Administration has lost the sure hand it has shown in getting its message across to the American People. I am hoping that Rahm Emanuel has quietly taken Mr Duncan to the wood shed for his comment on one of the Sunday Talk Shows.
As a side comment, former Speaker Newt Gingrich just said on Fox News that he read an advance copy of the speech released by the White House and it is a terrific message for our school children. And, he noted the precedent and said, "fair is fair."
Remember, Bush did it in 2001.
Regards — Cliff
♠ I tried to find a link to the article on page A6 of Monday's edition of The Boston Globe, and failed. I will keep a copy upstairs if anyone wants to check it. EMail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me—I am in the book.