Had we in the conservative world not made an uproar, I have no doubt but that the Obama speech, and the supporting teaching materials, would have encouraged children to come to the cult of Obama. Thanks to the uproar, the speech shows that the cult of Obama is pretty much comprised of one member — Obama himself.
You can read the speech here. My eyes rolled back into my head about 12 paragraphs in, after Obama’s umteenth reference to himself. “I” this and “I” that. An enterprising Hot Air reader counted 55 self-references to Obama and only four to America. It a paralyzing speech made up of equal parts vanity and lecture.
When I was living in England, there was a running joke about Yorkshire codgers greeting every complaint about the hardships of modern life with a self-serving story beginning “When I were a lad….” Thus: “You call this snow? When I were a lad, it snowed like this every day, all summer long, and we had to walk through this wearing nothing but our swimsuits and snowshoes.”
Obama has created his own “When I were a lad” speech. Unless his personal charm comes through in the videos (and some high schoolers with lingering affection for him may see it), most students will be twitching with the desperate desire either to run or to sleep.
We must be eternally vigilant, but I think we’re safe this time.