While I know other Presidents have spoken to kids a few times, it looks as though this President feels he should talk to them every year. Of course we must all remember the hissy fit the left had when President George H.W. Bush spoke to school kids talking about staying in school and working hard. The reaction then was predictable.
If it was a waste of time and money then, it continues to be a waste of time and money.
You may have guessed this already, but news reports from the time indicate that Democrats criticized Bush for giving the speech.
"The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students," said Rep. Richard Gephardt, then the Democratic majority leader in the House of Representatives."And the president should be doing more about education than saying, 'Lights, camera, action.'"
Patricia Schroeder, then a Democratic member of Congress from Colorado, said the speech showed "the arrogance of power," and that the White House should not be "using precious dollars for campaigns" when "we are struggling for every silly dime we can get" for education.
The last thing we need is this Administration further indoctrinating our kids into believing there is something wrong with working hard and making tons of cash. Or that they should share their gummy bears with the other kids, because those kids don't have gummy bears. Or that if you disagree with the President you are a racist, intolerant, bigot who is not entitled to the same rights of free speech that the left-wing lie machine that is our main stream press.
Maybe this time it will be different.........I won't hold my breath.