“The thing that concerned me most about it was it seemed like a direct channel from the president of the United States into the classroom, to my child,” said Brett Curtiss, an engineer from Pearland, Tex., who said he would keep his three children home.
“I don’t want our schools turned over to some socialist movement.”
The White House has said the speech will emphasize the importance of education and hard work in school, both to the individual and to the nation. The message is not partisan, nor compulsory, officials said.
Chris Stigall, a Kansas City talk show host, said, “I wouldn’t let my next-door neighbor talk to my kid alone; I’m sure as hell not letting Barack Obama talk to him alone.”
Unbelievable. Children are more in danger from whack-job parents like these than from any speech by Obama, “socialist” or otherwise.
PLUS: “I never imagined the outbreak of right-wing crazy that Obama's gesture would provoke, and this time it's hard not to see racism behind the hysteria. The message is 'Obama's coming for our children!' the standard cry against scary boogeymen in every culture.” -- Joan Walsh, in Salon.com
[Graphic: Salon composite/AP photo of President Obama]