NBC & MSNBC's John Harwood rips into the nutters protesting Obama's speech to school children set for next week (like those of Ronald Reagan & like George H. W. Bush):
I’ve been watching politics for a long time, and this one is really over-the-top. What is shows you is there are a lot of cynical people who try to fan controversy, and let’s face it, in a country of 300 million people, there are a lot of stupid people too, because if you believe that it’s somehow unhealthy for kids, for the president to say "work hard and stay in school," you’re stupid. In fact, I’m worried for some of those kids of those parents who are upset — I’m not sure they are smart enough to raise those kids.From DKTV:George H. W. Bush on the eve of his failed re-election bid promoting his "education plan" (also via DKTV):
On October 1, 1991, George H. W. Bush pitches his education plan in a speech broadcast to school classrooms nationwide:
Bush’s speech was delivered on the eve of his presidential re-election campaign, and although it did contain some inspirational rhetoric, significant portions of it were focused promoting his own education plan.
A conspiracy theorist might even claim Bush’s goal was to influence parents by "indoctrinating" their children.
Here's Ronald Reagan's partisan "tax lecture" to a school girl in 1988 (via Media Matters):
CNN's Sanchez responds to if Reagan had done it argument by pointing out that "Reagan did address children"
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