Sep 13, 2010
Hysteria absent from back to school speech this year
What a difference a year makes.
At the start of last school year, Republican teabaggers were in hysterics that President Obama was going to address students on the first day of school on the importance of education, staying in school, working hard and perseverance. Parents threatened to boycott the schools, and some even threatened recruit “other parents to keep their children home on fall student count day if the district aired the speech.”
This was the height of the Astroturf teabagger movement, and they falsely claimed the President telling the kids to study hard, stay in school and work hard was “socialist indoctrination.” Rightwing talk radio hosts even tried to organize a "Keep Your Kids Home." That crap led many districts allow student to opt out, tape it to show later instead of live and some even ignored it.
On Tuesday at 1 p.m. President Obama will deliver his second annual Back to School speech on at Julia R Masterman Middle-High School in Philadelphia, PA. The President’s Back to School speech will be streamed live on the White House web site, and schools can also view the speech on CNN which has said it plans to take the event live.
Despite all the false rhetoric and outright lies from the right and the Republican noise machine, the news about this year’s speech has been extremely quiet. Apparently, right-wingers are too busy trashing the 1st Amendment to worry about this annual event by all U.S. presidents.