This year more than just the kids went back to school. A few politicians entered the hallowed halls of learning. President Obama's trip to the classroom met with mixed reviews.
A seemingly innocuous and apolitical speech to 9th graders about the importance of an education was slammed by his right-wing critics before he even gave it, who accused the White House of political interference and attempting to sway public opinion on the health care debate. Said Florida Republican chair Jim Greer, "President Obama has turned to America's children to spread liberal lies, indoctrinating America's youngest children before they have a chance to decide for themselves."
Wow, and he believes that shit? That's right folks, the President is taking over the minds of America's youth. Next they'll accuse him of selling them on the benefits of socialism.
Meanwhile in Canada, Ontario's premier Dalton McGuinty went back to school this week, too. In Canada, a provincial premier is like a state governor...minus the extra-marital affair. Did he have an inspiring message to pass on to his province's youth? A stirring oratory on the advantages of a higher education? An announcement, maybe, of his government's investment in building more schools or enriching the curriculum?
Ah, well, no actually. He was there to wash his hands. Yep, he was teaching first-graders the proper way to scrub their hands so as to minimize their chances of catching swine flu. Was he criticized for warping young minds, for spreading socialism? Far from it. And in the school of public opinion McGuinty's grades are higher than Obama's, hands down.