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Obama to nation’s youth: “I hope you’ll all wash your hands a lot”

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 by George Bennett

President advises hard work, hand-washing

President advises hard work, hand-washing

President Obama’s controversial speech to the nation’s school children is today at noon. Schools in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties have the green light from administrators to show it and parents who object can get their children excused from participating.

Our Kimberly Miller breaks down the local situation here.

Many conservatives and Republicans were critical of the speech last week, with Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer accusing the president of trying to indoctrinate America’s youth with “socialist ideology.”

Redistributionist economic policies are nowhere to be found in an advance copy of the speech released by the White House. The “birther” movement, however, might pounce on the fact that Obama mentions his childhood years in Indonesia. And those who oppose an expanded government role in health care might find significance in the leader of the free world advising students to wash their hands to minimize the spread of flu.

Read the entire text after the jump….


Conservative Wall Street Journal opinion page slaps Greer’s “overwrought” criticism of Obama

Friday, September 4th, 2009 by George Bennett

Greer: fears socialist indoctrination in Obama speech

Greer: fears socialist indoctrination in Obama speech

The Wall Street Journal‘s conservative editorial page says federal educrats appear to be “aggrandizing” President Obama with the curriculum they’ve suggested to accompany Obama’s Tuesday address to the nation’s school children. But even the right-tilted WSJ editorial board says Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer was “overwrought” in his criticism of the speech.

Read the whole thing here.

Meanwhile, our Laura Green reports that Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie county schools will all allow students to hear the Obama speech. Palm Beach County Schools Supe Art Johnson says parents can send a written request to excuse their students from the broadcast.

Klein tele-town hall excerpts on illegal aliens, abortion, taxes, Marxism, public option for health care

Thursday, August 27th, 2009 by George Bennett



During his “telephone town hall” meeting on health insurance reform Wednesday night, U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, fielded questions on abortion, illegal immigrants, whether there should be a government-run “public option” and whether the proposed overhaul would constitute a drift toward Marxism or socialism.

Klein’s office said about 6,460 people listened in. Seventeen people asked questions during the 70-minute teleconference.

Click here to read an article on the event.

More detailed excerpts are available after the jump….


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