Yes folks, that's right they posted the speech a day before the President will deliver it to students across the country and on Labor Day, a national holiday, at that. Odd, don't you think.
Here is the link to the text of the President's speech: http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/
I believe there are a couple of reasons for this, first, they miscalculated the public reaction to the President's speech to students in grades as low as Pre-School. Pre-School? Do we really need to encourage kids in Pre-School not to drop out.
Secondly, these people are not stupid, they decided to try and capitalize on their own mistake by letting those in opposition to the speech continue to do so while they "revised" the speech. Then, when there would be little time to review it, release it to the public. Once one reads the released text of the speech, it appears to be a "stay in school" rally speech. So now most people will be saying "what was the concern about my child watching this speech."
As a result, they discredit those who opposed the President preaching to their children via the school. They also create a distraction from the other contested debates about "health care", etc. and even create a bit of doubt as to why the "right" in America is fighting the current health care bill.
Don't fall for it folks, if the speech posted was the original why was it released a day before delivery, and on a national holiday. Why not release it after it was announced so people could read it before deciding if their children should hear it or not.
The answer, in my opinion, is because it is not the original speech. It was revised when the White House began hearing "strong" opposition to it, plain and simple. If you read the educational material that accompanies this speech without being able to read the speech, it certainly leads to many questions as to what the speech is about.
Here are the links to the material to be discussed after the speech, don't forget that the discussion topics were out before the speech, so view them from that standpoint:
Anyway, on to the speech and parts of it that I find funny and a bit odd:
When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn't have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday - at 4:30 in the morning.
Sure Barry, and I used to hike 10 - 15 miles to school everyday in two feet of snow.
Maybe you could be a good writer - maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper - but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor - maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine - but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.
Hmmm, no mention of maybe you could be President, now don't you think if he was trying to show that he had a rough time as a kid too but worked hard and became President, that he would mention that you could even be "President". No mention of it. Maybe because Barry plans on being President for a long time.
What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?
Good Lord, Does he really plan on being President that long?(LOL)
•The President's message will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov/live at 12 Noon
I wonder if there will be a spare teleprompter around just in case. ;)