Conservatards have gone completely fucking bananas. Forget about covering Michael Jackson's funeral or a fist thrown after a college football game, the real news should be the descent into total rabid insanity by the country's right. Steve Benin:
President Obama wants to deliver a message to students next week emphasizing hard work, encouraging young people to do their best in school. The temper tantrum the right is throwing in response only helps reinforce how far gone 21st-century conservatives really are.Michelle Cottle:
The administration has offered to make the text of the address available in advance, just so everyone can see how innocuous it is. It's made no difference. Conservatives don't want school kids to hear a message from their president. Those who claim superiority on American patriotism have decided to throw yet another tantrum over the idea that the president of the United States might encourage young people to do well in schools.
This is what American politics has come to in 2009.
Obama is the leader of this entire nation. It doesn't matter if you voted for him -- or even if your head threatens to explode every time you think about him. He is the president, and, as such, it's a big deal that he's speaking directly to students about the importance of education. And, whatever one's party registration, the idea that any child should be kept home from class purely so their parents can make a political statement about an apolitical speech is appalling.Fun fact: Saint Ronnie of Reagan did the same thing in 1986 and 1988. So did George Bush the Slightly Smarter in 1991. And the Dictator-tot "regularly visited individual schools and discussed the importance of education with students," and never once was struck by God's own lightning.