the Drudge Report reads the entire text of the President's speech and comes up with this headline:
"OBAMA LECTURE TO STUDENTS: WASH YOUR HANDS"
God knows that must rub republicans the wrong way. Yes, best they keep their children at home to protect themselves from the President.
Thatís why today, Iím calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education Ė and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe youíll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe youíll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe youíll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope youíll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you donít feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.
Here's what I find really funny about this. Drudge has decided the "LECTURE: WASH YOUR HANDS" is somehow the entirety of the President's message to students, and that should make Obama appear as a dictatorial creep. Michelle Malkin's criticism, the same as Reboot's, is that Obama's speech is narcissistic --- she counts how many time he uses the word "I". So, what's FoxNews (Hannity, Beck, Fox & Friends) going to use? Which will be the attack used by the republican pundits sent out to CNN and MSNBC, tomorrow's AP headline in the paper ... my bet is that Drudge will change his headline before the afternoon's over and they'll all go with the narcissistic line of attack. But by the end of the day tomorrow they'll sneak in the "Messiah" snark too just to prepare a platform for Wednesday's pre-speech punditry.
If he'd left out his usual narcissism and used examples of other people that have overcome hard times I'd say it's a good speech. I figured he politicize it, he did it in the sense that he was campaigning for himself by blowing his own horn. The majority here probably didn't look at it like that but that's what it is. Be honest.
I'll be honest. That was the most bizarre criticism of this speech I could ever think of. I tried to imagine hating Obama and trying to think of something I did not like about the speech. Humanizing the speech with personal anecdotes was not one of them.
President and celebrity role models (like sports figures etc) are supposed to LEAD by example, Reboot. Unlike the last GOP sheep dip that was "Do as I say, Not as I do !" "I'm above the law (and anything else) !"
And Obama did overcome lots of disadvantages... that was one of the themes (in case the GOP has problems with reading comprehension ) is Don't let your situation get the best of you ! Keep working... overcome it! Quite a contrast from the previous prima donna who's father bailed him out numerous times (incl a drug charge) and he wouldn't have amounted to squat with it. The only way he was able to keep going was with many handouts... incl. one from Saudi Sheiks (Harkin oil).
Sorry, this criticism rings VERY hollow, and petty. Many of the GOP hyena howls are just frustration because Obama is a better example to follow.
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