After reading the transcript of the president’s recent back-to-school speech, I couldn’t find anything even remotely controversial in his words. I’m…

After reading the transcript of the president’s recent back-to-school speech, I couldn’t find anything even remotely controversial in his words. I’m not sure what is so controversial about encouraging students to stay in school and to work hard in school so that they’ll find success later in life. Maybe to certain people, the very idea of a child raised in disadvantaged conditions growing up to be a successful lawyer, doctor, politician, and so on is frightening? I really am not sure. From my understanding, there has never been this much “controversy” surrounding a president’s address to students on their first day of school. Are the people who are crying foul over the president’s words just trying to stir up something for attention? I’m still at a slight loss over this supposed “controversy”. I believe there was even a governor who criticized President Obama’s speech before he actually delivered it. Did he get an advanced copy? Did he travel through time? I’m sad that politics in the US has stooped to this level. I honestly thought the people who were “criticizing” Obama’s speech might actually articulate some of the criticisms some of us may have over his education plan, but no, it’s really just over his delivering the speech in the first place (the speech which really isn’t that “radical” or “socialist”!).  There is way too much anger in politics these days… – Allyson *The opinions of Switched-On bloggers are their own, and do not reflect the opinions of the staff, board, or volunteers of the National Runaway Switchboard.