Friday, September 4, 2009

A Teachable Moment

Teachable Moment By Nick Anderson, Houston Chronicle
Pres Reagan Gave A National Address To Students in 1988 — Broadcast on C-Span — where the president used the opportunity to sell his ideas about cutting taxes.

On the eve of the 1992 presidential campaign Pres. G. H. W. Bush gave a speech broadcast live to school classrooms nationwide where he promoted his own education plan. (video at DailyKos)

On September 11, 2001 Pres. G.W. Bush was visiting an elementary school to deliver his message to students.

President Obama's speech is reportedly focused on encouraging students to stay in school, work hard to get good grades and take responsibility to get a good education. Republicans object to Pres. Obama's message to their children! Florida Republican Chairman Jim Greer says:
"As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology. The idea that schoolchildren across our nation will be forced to watch the president justify his plans for government-run health care, banks, and automobile companies; increasing taxes on those who create jobs; and racking up more debt than any other president, is not only infuriating, but goes against beliefs of the majority of Americans, while bypassing American parents through an invasive abuse of power.”
If Pres. Obama's message really goes against beliefs of the majority of Americans, he wouldn't have been elected president in a near landslide of Obama 365 to McCain 173 electoral votes!

Politifact investigated the claim made by Florida Republican Chairman Jim Greer that President Obama's upcoming address to schoolchildren will "indoctrinate" the kids with "socialist ideology." Their conclusion: it's a "pants on fire" lie.

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