Tuesday, February 24, 2009
"Dear Mr. President, Tell Me What to Do..."
Caught President Obama's speech tonight. Now, I know why never watch these things. The "spontaneous" partisan applause that breaks out every 90 seconds. More standing and sitting and standing than a Catholic wedding. The post-speech autograph session?!
I'm sure most of tomorrow's water cooler conversation will revolve around Obama's awkward tiptoe through the weeds of nationalized banking and government-run health care, but for a few seconds, the President was speaking directly to me:
In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute for a mother or father who will attend those parent-teacher conferences, or help with homework after dinner, or turn off the TV, put away the video games, and read to their child. I speak to you not just as a President, but as a father when I say that responsibility for our children's education must begin at home.
Hey, I read to my son! I do one of those things!