Here’s a link to a 4 minute segment on today’s Meet the Press about the firestorm around the President’s plan to send school children a message on Tuesday.

This is one of the few reasonable exchanges on this topic that I’ve heard in recent days. This discussion is really blowing my mind. As a political science major and a father whose eldest son is about to start kindergarten next week, I find it troubling  that we’re so polarized as a country that we don’t want our kids to hear from the President. Regardless of what party he’s from. Let’s get back to thinking about the ideals we have in common in our great country rather than focusing on that which divides us. My kids are going to hear a lot of things at school from sketchier characters than this. Part of our responsibility as parents is to dialogue with our kids about what they hear and learn to help them discern what is good and bad. Just maybe, many of our squabbles in this political environment come from us talking at each other when ‘listening’ is exactly what we need to do. And who knows, maybe then we’d actually get something done.

From Today’s Meet the Press

Courtesy NBC

Another interesting article from Friday’s Newark Star Ledger by Mark Diiono, Stir created by Obama’s speech to students is ‘a sad time for America’

How can something so simple get so stupid. The bigger question is, when will the great masses in the middle say enough is enough.

President Obama will go on TV Tuesday at noon and speak to the nation’s school kids. It’s what every American president should do, and many have done. His job. As a role model. As national cheerleader. As an example of accomplishment and beacon of optimism.

“Hey, kids! Be like me. Stay in school, work hard and someday you, too, could grow to be president.”

….Sorry, but this is a sad time in America. A simple presidential pep talk about the importance of education has been turned on its head to teach the following lessons:

The elected leader of our nation is not to be listened to, let alone respected. Politics is more about our differences than what we have in common.

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