The misinformation campaign that our current president faces is so incredibly ridiculous that I can barely contain myself. I mean, really? We've reached a point in our society that just because the other guy wins, we throw a tantrum and demand that our kids not be “indoctrinated” by his evil message of “work hard and stay in school”?
I didn't like George Bush. But if he had addressed the schoolchildren about the importance of staying in school, I'd have been all for it. In fact, I had no problem with my son learning about him in school. I thought he was a lousy president, but I did make sure that my son knew that even though I didn't agree with him, he was still the President, and that I admired him for the strength of character it took to overcome his drinking problem. It's about having a certain amount of respect for the person elected by the people. And about teaching my son that civil dialogue, rational discussion and listening to a variety of different viewpoints should be the way we do things. Screaming talking points, without stopping to think about them, or even finding out if they contain factual information, is not real political discourse.
Besides, last time I checked, you could go to the school and listen with your kids. It's a public school. You can go observe anytime you want. Go to school on September 8 and watch the message. Make sure that you know exactly what your kids are up against so that you can contradict Obama point for point. We don't want them getting any crazy ideas that if you work hard, do well in school and try your best, you have a shot at success. Hell, you just might become President of the United States. You don't even need to come from money or a political dynasty.
What a crappy message to send to our children: “Anyone really can become president.”