Tuesday, September 08, 2009

President Obama's First Day at School

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Today President Obama will visit America's classrooms. It will be his first day in school---as President.

He may have already learned a couple of things. Among those things learned is that many Americans do not want him talking to their children, particularly while the child is captive in a public school classroom.

While part of his presentation has been withdrawn---the part about children writing a letter explaining how they can help the President, there is still a major push back in school districts across the country.

Why did so many Americans push back on this?

Governor Pawlenty of Minnesota said he feels it will be disruptive, particularly on the first day of school for many. He said in today's environment of communication, the President could have made a speech for kids and put it on You-Tube. Those who wanted to see it could have done so with their parents.

However, there is a deeper more profound reason that parents are reacting.

Here's why.

White House spokesman Gibbs said all this fuss is just, "silly season," because the President is only trying to motivate kids to be all they can be. The press has breathlessly repeated that mantra over the past few days.

It may be easier for Obama if that were true. However, there is more going on than "silly season." Or even, "right wing extremists" with an agenda, as the media is fond of saying.

The wax wings of the President have melted. He is now a man who has fallen to earth, according to Columnist Charles Krauthammer. Krauthammer has written a column in the Washington Post titled, "Obama The Mortal."

While the column is not directed toward this classroom issue, it exposes a fatal flaw that will likely be problematic for the President on many fronts.

Krauthammer says of Obama, "Has unveiled his plans for a grand make over of the American system, animating that vision by enacting measure after measure that greatly enlarged state power, government spending and national debt. Not surprisingly, these measures engendered popular skepticism then burst into the tea party town-hall resistance."

And if many do not trust him with the economy, they will not trust him with their kids.

What he is going to say or not say to the children today seems secondary to the fact that many parents simply don't trust him.

Millions are losing trust in him and the polls are reflecting this.

Krauthammer says, "His wax wings have melted, he is the man who fell to earth."

He says, "After a disastrous Summer---mistaking the mandate, believing his press, centralizing power, governing left, disdaining citizens, for (of all things) organizing---Obama is in trouble."

He says of the President, "With answers so slippery and implausible and, well, fishy, he began jeopardizing the most fundamental asset of any new president---trust."

We are not entering "silly season," but rather a season of re-evaluation as to how we really feel about the President who said he is "remaking" America, while millions prefer to see America "restored."

No amount of labeling by Spokesman Gibbs or the press for that matter will turn back the genuine concern being expressed by rank and file parents and citizens.

There is a growing mistrust in the man who said "trust me." "Change" in the minds of many isn't working.

According to Krauthammer, "The charismatic conjurer of 2008 has shed his magic."

I strongly recommend you read his complete column.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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