The President has no business addressing your child in his school because it is not his job. The president's job is to run the administration. There is nothing in the president's job description about dashing around the country fundraising, speaking in schools, or interfering with a police investigation in Massachusetts.
It is not his job.
The president's message is one of "personal responsibility." Ok, whose responsibility is it to raise the children? Why does President Obama want to usurp that responsibility? Aren't we giving the children conflicting messages about who is the child-rearing authority?
Speaking of personal responsibility, how about Van what's his name, who President Obama appointed as a close advisor position. Did he take personal responsibility for his actions? Or, did he blame his loss of a cushy job as the powerful Green Czar on lies invented by the radical right? Do the people President Obama selects to advise him exhibit personal responsibility to pay their taxes? Since as Biden says, it is patriotic to pay your taxes, what should we now conclude about personal responsibility, patriotism and President Obama? Just on that basis alone I would object to the president speaking about 'personal responsibility' to our children.
But more importantly, It Isn't The Presidents Job To Lecture Our Children.
The blogosphere and the so-called Main Stream Media are abuzz with talk of 'was the message right?' and 'who can object to such a positive lesson?' The question is not whether today's message is appropriate for today's children. The question is 'Why does President Obama think it is his job to lecture any child on anything?' Why invite controversy, President Obama, by doing something so clearly out of your job jar and expertise?
We shouldn't even be having this discussion because lecturing our children Is Not In His Job Jar.
I'll also harken to the Hippocratic oath: First do no harm. How many children will call bullshit when they hear the president's say "You can't drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You've got to work for it and train for it and learn for it." Many kids rebel against authority, who is to say the President isn't pushing these kids into dropping into the black market or drug dealing jobs? I say if there is one child that gets pushed into pushing, rebelling against authority, then that is one child too many. Why take the risk?
It isn't the presidents job to instruct our children on any issue.
Those that object on grounds of indoctrination have a point. Even if the whole world agrees that todays speech was the sermon on the mount, then why do we need the teachers to have lesson plans? How much was spent creating and distributing them? President Obama is asking for a dangerous precedent to be established allowing any and all presidents unrestricted access to children at the place of their learning. What if President Bush had asked for the same privilege? Do you think the MSM would have supported it?
It wasn't President Bush's job, either, to lecture our children.
If a middle aged man asked to come to speak with your child at his school, your answer would be an unqualified "Of Course Not! What kind of pervert Are you?" Yes, it would. That is because a 48 y.o. man has no business addressing your child in the classroom, unless he has teaching credentials, passed the background check, went through the substitute teacher wringer, etc. I'm pretty sure very few politicians have done any of those things. I know President Obama hasn't. Now, I am sure there are occasional guest speakers at school, although I can only remember a single instance from my own education. That person was invited to the school by the teacher to fulfill the lesson plan.
I don't remember anyone asking the President to give a speech at school. Does ANYONE remember the huddled masses asking "Please President Obama, Please counsel our children, they need your sage advice!?!?" ANYONE remember that? And why is that?
'Cuz it didn't happen, becuase it isn't his flipping job to indoctrinate our children.
Leave teaching to the those that can't do.