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Reply to "O'bama's address to school children"

In 1991 Bush addressed children across the country with a message of study hard be honest and so on. Here are some of the predictable remarks from that time:


  
"The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students," said Rep. Richard Gephardt, then the Democratic majority leader in the House of Representatives."And the president should be doing more about education than saying, 'Lights, camera, action.'"

Patricia Schroeder, then a Democratic member of Congress from Colorado, said the speech showed "the arrogance of power," and that the White House should not be "using precious dollars for campaigns" when "we are struggling for every silly dime we can get" for education.

Republicans, though, defended the right of the president to address students. "Why is it political for the president of the United States to discuss education?" asked Newt Gingrich, who was then the House Republican whip. "It was done at a nonpolitical site and was beamed to a nonpolitical audience. . . . They wanted to reach the maximum audience with the maximum effect to improve education."



Seeing how the rhetoric has ratcheted up from then is frightening.

The ability to disagree with political opponents yet still afford them the respect due fellow Americans has decayed to the level of playground squabbles. For the first time in my life I fear for the safe future of America’s traditional peaceful transfer of power.

I did not vote for Obama, but I am appalled by this lack of respect for our countries president. If my children are prevented from seeing this speech in school, we will certainly be watching a recording of it that night.
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