Obama Speech to Students: Should Your Parents be Getting You Up at 4:30?
Campaigning, not governing, is the President's favorite way to spend his time, and parents would be more trusting if the President appeared more diligent in doing his work. As it is, Obama's style is to rush through legislation that won't take effect for years, moving forward on an agenda that the average citizen really can't understand. His administration then labels questions about what he is doing as "silly," "stupid," or a "distraction," responding with haughtiness, or in the case of press secretary Robert Gibbs, maniacal laughter. Is it any wonder that one parent shown on last night's news--upon reflecting that her child would be required to listen to the President's address to students today--was in tears? The President even refuses to have the usual cabinet approved by the Senate--adding in extra, unconfirmed people with "cabinet-rank" and "czars." Members of the public are beginning to think that something fishy must be going on with the President.
I've read the Obama speech to students, and it seems all about striving and not about being a kid. Great things; what ever happened to just being above average? It's one thing to be a slacker; it's another to be neurotically driven. No doubt, it reflects the President's values, or at least what he thinks your family values should be.
One thing that did stand out in the speech was that the President reported getting up at 4:30 while he lived in Indonesia, an effort known in America mostly in its rural past. But, before you feel too terribly sorry for Barack Obama getting up so early, do consider that many of his friends were awakening at the very same time for pre-dawn fajr prayers, which take place before sunrise in Muslim homes, the time varying with the season.
UPDATE: When President Bush gave a speech to schoolchildren in 1991 the House held hearings!
Do you like the cute little picture of waking up for prayers? I do. I found it at Pixie's blog, who writes from Canada about fashion and Islam.