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Obama gives speech to kids: those who oppose it are insane. Bush gives speech to kids: GAO investigation and a Congressional hearing called

September 9, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
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People have said to me, “It’s the same thing Bush did.”  No it’s not.

  1. Bush did not have study guides instructing children to write how they would help him achieve his agenda and have teachers hold them accountable to those goals.  Obama did.
  2. Schools showed videos prompting children to “be a servant to our president” and to “pledge their service to Barack Obama”.  Bush did nothing of the sort.
  3. Entire school district were not required to watch the speech and parents not allowed to decide not to view Bush.  They WERE required to watch Obama.
  4. Bush gave his speech as written and did not have to have it edited when he people went nuts.  Obama did.
  5. Anyone who disagreed with Obama’s speech were labeled everything from silly to sociopathic in the news.  After Bush’s speech, the Dems called for a GAO investigation and Congressional hearings.

The Obama Administration and Democrats were incensed that Americans objected to Obama’s proposed speech to schoolchildren, labeling the objections as everything from silly to paranoia. Compare that to the Democrats’ after-the-fact reaction to a similar speech by President George H.W. Bush:

“The controversy over President Obama’s speech to the nation’s schoolchildren will likely be over shortly after Obama speaks today at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. But when President George H.W. Bush delivered a similar speech on October 1, 1991, from Alice Deal Junior High School in Washington DC, the controversy was just beginning. Democrats, then the majority party in Congress, not only denounced Bush’s speech — they also ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate its production and later summoned top Bush administration officials to Capitol Hill for an extensive hearing on the issue.”

So Democrats authorized a GAO investigation and held an extensive Congressional hearing? That seems a bit … hysterical, especially since it came after they heard Bush’s speech and knew it was as unremarkable as Obama’s ended up.

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