School Speeches - Democrats Investigated and Held Hearings on Bush, Republicans Simply Subdued Obama
This Washington Examiner article, was recommended in a facebook comment from a TexasGOPVote fan. After President George H.W. Bush addressed school children in 1991, the democrats got started with their brouhaha, complaints and whining, but that's not all:
Democrats did not stop with words. Rep. William Ford, then chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate the cost and legality of Bush's appearance.
Republicans took a more effective approach this year by acting BEFORE Obama's September 9 speech to tone down or eliminate the U.S. Department of Education's "detailed instructions to public schools nationwide on how to glorify the president and the presidency, and push them to drive social change" and "guidance that appears explicitly designed to glorify both the presidency and President Obama himself."
The Examiner article concludes that "Lost in all the denouncing and investigating was the fact that Bush's speech itself, like Obama's today, was entirely unremarkable."
Furthermore, writers are now criticizing Republican outrage over the Obama school speech, including Washington Post writer Kathleen Parker, stating that Obama's speech was no big deal and that Republican claims of "socialism" and "indoctrination" are ridiculous.
However, Ms. Parker fails to acknowledge that one reason Obama's speech was so mild (and "conservative") was that Republicans influenced it ahead of time rather than whining about it later! Just like the democrats who complained and wasted their energy too late and after the fact in 1991, Ms. Parker now attempts to make an issue of a past event, which has already been mitigated due to the diligent efforts of Republicans who saw what was coming and acted to assert some control!
If Republican pressure successfully pulled Obama's remarks from the far left to the middle and they became "unremarkable" as a result, well that's a remarkable outcome we can be happy with!