Unfortunately, this whole Obama back-to-school speech controversy of the past few days has taken on a life of its own and as is often the case with these things the story has become the story rather than the underlying issues. In other words, it’s quickly becoming one of these perpetual motion machines you see in politics.
But pause to ask yourself, what sorry point have we reached where the President of the United States can’t give a speech to schoolkids without it turning into a political circus like this? Is “helping the president” by staying in school really a partisan issue now? This episode is especially unfortunate because the President is uniquely well-positioned to offer a message on the importance of staying in school so this controversy has real consequences. In many ways, the conservatives on the attack over this are showing the same “burn the village to save it” mentality that from the left led to the tearing down of Reading First and the loss of a billion dollars in federal reading funds. That also had consequences. Who is willing to say enough and call BS?