In a place beyond their parental control.
Schools, these people fear, are teaching their children ideas that they deem undesirable.
Some of these parents have vowed to keep their children home from school on Tuesday, the day Obama is set to address
And to this, these lucky schoolchildren are very probably thinking that Barack Obama must have some magical, mystical hold on their parents who otherwise shoo them out the door every morning so they won’t be late to the bus stop.
In other words, to these kids, Obama is the best president . . . .ever.
But really, these parents don’t have a very good read of their own children.
Because of their frantic and frenetic actions to suppress Obama’s message to them, it only serves to raise their kids’ curiosity. So they miss the airing of Obama’s speech, so what? They’ll be able to watch it on their favorite video website any time. They'll see it on You Tube. They will download it and watch it on their iPhones.
And never doubt that this is exactly what they will do. If their parents are so against them watching Obama’s speech, the last thing they will do is avoid watching his speech.
In short, this speech could be the most-watched presidential address by Americans under the age of 18, thanks to the efforts of these reactionary parents and the inciters at Fox News.
146 years ago one of the most famous presidential addresses ever was delivered to a crowd estimated at around 15,000. My guess is that there were some schoolchildren in attendance. It was a rather big affair, what with the 15,000 people coming to a town of a mere 2,400, the population of
A president, who at the time, was being reviled even by those within his own party.
So if, on Tuesday, Barack Obama says anything completely memorable to the extent that Lincoln’s
And maybe, just maybe, that will be enough to make this speech one for the history books.
And make his address one that the Christian Voltaires of the future will recite from their own high chairs.