From Saturday's Herald-Sun/CHH: "President Obama's plan to give a televised speech to the nation's students Tuesday might be causing a ruckus in some locales....
But Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Superintendent Neil Pedersen has sent a note encouraging principals and teachers to make Obama's speech available to students Tuesday at noon if schedules permit.
Obama plans to urge students to work hard, set goals and to take responsibility for their educations. President George H.W. Bush gave a similar back-to-school address in 1991 and so did President Ronald Reagan before him."
No single episode has spotlighted the crazed, anti-Obama monomania of Republicans as well as this one. There's such a stunning lack of acknowledgment of their own inconsistency that we could stand in awe if it weren't part of a larger, yet more irrational and predatory mindset.
There's no question that if the shoe were on the other foot -- if Democrats had criticized a Bush or Reagan "indoctrination" of their school children and tried to prevent them from hearing the President's speech -- Republicans would have howled about the lack of patriotism and near-treasonous lack of respect for The Office of The President.
It's tempting to thank Sup. Pedersen for taking at least an "encouraging" stand, but it's idiotic that he should have been called upon to do so in the first place. I remember toasting Pres. Eisenhower with a glass of milk in 1st grade. Clearly, that "indoctrination" failed with me, but I did remember honoring the Presidency.