Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Lights, Camera, .... Action!

This is why previewing the school speech was pointless:

Hypocrisy Alert: Democrats have gone to lengths to paint those who question Obama's intentions with his school speech as right-wing nutcases. After all, why should anyone suspect this administration would use kids as political props . Byron York reminds us that when President George H. W. Bush spoke to students in 1991, the Democratic outrage came after the speech:
Unlike the Obama speech, in 1991 most of the controversy came after, not before, the president's school appearance. The day after Bush spoke, the Washington Post published a front-page story suggesting the speech was carefully staged for the president's political benefit. "The White House turned a Northwest Washington junior high classroom into a television studio and its students into props," the Post reported.

With the Post article in hand, Democrats pounced. "The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students," said Richard Gephardt, then the House Majority Leader. "And the president should be doing more about education than saying, 'Lights, camera, action.'"
Of course Democrats being Democrats did not stop with the accusation President Bush used the event as a paid political advertisement, they held hearings to investigate whether there was a misuse of taxpayer money to hold the speech. President Bush's speech was just as innocuous as Obama's on it's face. Bush, however, didn't cue the adorable tyke asking the lightening rod political question.

Hat Tip: Hot Air Headlines

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