Obama calls for parental perfection!
Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
In this recent address at a town hall meeting in Los Angeles, the Most Powerful Parent in the Free World took other child-rearers to task for letting their kids play “Super Smash Brothers Brawl” or “World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King” after school instead of doing their homework and generally becoming superlative, like their Chinese or Indian counterparts “who are outperforming us in math and science.”
There is some serious twisting of the facts going on here, not to mention some lies of omission. Obama, for instance, neglects to mention that young Beijingers totally suck at “Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess” and “World of Goo,” while most Mumbai scholars can barely get through the early levels of “Grand Theft Auto IV.”
He continues: “Our parents have to instill a sense of excellence and a thirst for knowledge [in us]…” Why are the Chinese beating us in frivolous areas like biochemistry, he asks, disingenuously side-stepping their pitiful performance at “Gears of War 2.” According to Obama: “We as parents are not insisting on the kind of higher performance from our kids. So everyone has to be more accountable to improve our education system.”
It’s a terrific speech, but here’s the problem, Mr. President: The sort of Americans who actually heed such warnings are already demanding freakish excellence from their kids, and you’ve just pushed them to even greater extremes. Meanwhile, the multitudes of indifferent parents are too busy Tivo-ing through “The Real Housewives of Orange County” to listen to your oration.
If you really want to make a difference, get yourself booked on “Osbournes Reloaded” and try this apeech again.