I’m inclined by temperment to say that the US President should be able to address children in schools on the importance of education. Before the 24/7 cable news, I remember presidential addresses and news conferences were special affairs, and the President always had an aura of importance that the last few presidents’ omnipresence has degraded. But Obama is simply not like other presidents. His appeal, his sense of self, and his special emphasis on the importance of his personality and rectitude is quite unusual. Several school boards, expressing concerns about controversy and indoctrination, have not allowed the Obama address to be shown to their students.
Why would we worry about indoctrination? Well, consider if you will the following, which was typical of the strange imagery of the Obama campaign. It’s honestly totally un-American and weird to have this much love for a politician, and it’s doubly weird–though not unprecedented–to try to get kids in on the act.
* The only good thing I can say about these videos is that their bright-eyed and idealistic tone seems dated and a little different from the angrier and more partisan tone he and his supporters have adopted since tackling health care.