Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Obama's speech to the kids, in the current version at least,

long and- well, let Althouse tell you:
Can any speech be good for such wide range of ages? 2540 words should take at least 15 minutes to deliver. Who gives a 15 minute speech to kindergartners?
Students tuning in? Glad you could join us? It's not voluntary.
"This is no picnic for me either, buster" is a long-time laugh line for Obama, but it's not exactly comprehensible to kids. Do kindergarters and first graders understand what a foreign country is? Do elementary school students recognize the word "Indonesia"? Will students understand why going to school with people other than Americans is so bad? (Isn't it prejudiced to think that? a bright child might wonder.)

And so on.

You know what I'd really like to see? The original version, the one written before the word got out and the outrage started; I have to wonder what was changed.

1 comment:

Windy Wilson said...

The original version went down the memory hole in the Ministry of Truth about a week ago. We may not see it for ten years.