Obama, cheerleader

The White House has released the text of Obama’s speech to school chidren. It’s nothing deep, just a bit of rah-rah, study hard, you can do great things, yadda yadda yadda. It certainly shouldn’t have freaked out all those schools that were reluctant to expose their kids to the words of our Socialist Foreign President.

There’s nothing specific in it, as you might expect, and science gets a cursory mention.

You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy. 

Mostly harmless. Maybe a few students will be inspired.

Unfortunately, he chose to end with the standard political platitude. You know, the one that leaves the freethinking students in the cold.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

Would it have killed you to simply end with the first two words of that sentence, Obama? Please? You don’t have to be anti-religious, you just have to leave the superstition out of public pronouncements.