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Obama Running for President...No, Parent
Obama spoke the truth:
"Parents. If you don't parent, we can't improve our schools. You've got to parent. You've got to turn off the television set in your house once in a while. You've got to put the video game away once in a while." [Read
Though it does beg a question; Is Obama running for president or parent? Or, as your president, does he want to push government into your home and parent?
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At least he is saying the right thing about parents. Most public officials fear telling parents that their children are their responsibility.
Just based on these words, it makes one wonder how truly "liberal" he is. Words like these, suggesting personal responsibility, make him sound down-right conservative.
It is true that the advice on reducing TV-watching among children is good, he should have added that reading edifying books and exercise need to replace TV, since emptiness fills itself up with whatever is handy unless peop0le take deliberate actions.
But that type of sociological advice is the job of teachers, essayists, and sociologists.
I expect a presidential hopeful to expand on issues that only a president can handle. Otherwise he is filling up the time with irrelevncies. Last years, as an aspiring Republican presidential candidate, Sam Brownback showed similar myopia by using up precious airtime on long monologues pushing international adoption. That is not the president's job.
A president should talk about international affairs and national affairs. That would give him/her no end of subject matter if he/she were really qualified.