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First Lady Brings ‘Inappropriate’ Message to Florida Schools

First Lady Brings ‘Inappropriate’ Message to Florida Schools


Written by PunditMom, taken with permission

Stay in school! Graduate from high school! Register to vote!

These are the subversive messages the Obamas have been trying to get into our children’s schools!

Remember a couple of years ago when some super conservative Americans decried the fact that President Obama was going to make a “stay in school” speech to be streamed into classrooms? Many on the political right claimed that was the president’s way of indoctrinating our children into becoming raging liberal Democrats (even though Republican presidents had given similar speeches).

A coordinated political effort followed to keep kids home from school on that day because some parents supposedly feared the possibility of how a message from the President of the United States might influence impressionable young minds. Some of that same rhetoric is now coming from some school board members in Florida over a recent campaign event featuring First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Miami event with the First Lady was held in a public high school auditorium, rented through the usual process that anyone would go through to rent the space during non-school hours. The event’s purpose? To recruit volunteers for the Obama campaign to help get out the vote. According to one news report:

[B]oard member Carlos Curbelo sent a letter to the school board’s attorney saying it is “inappropriate” and “sends the wrong message” for the Obama campaign hold a political event at the school. Curbelo has worked as a Republican strategist, the newspaper noted.

The use of public schools whose only focus should be to educate our children for political gain is downright wrong,” Diaz de la Portilla said in a statement provided to the [Miami] Herald. “Don’t these liberals have boundaries? Our schools are places for learning, not places for politicking.”

So I agree with Curbelo that schools are places of learning.  And if Michelle Obama held a sanctioned re-election campaign event to graduating seniors in the hope of winning a few more Democratic votes in the all-important swing state of Florida, maybe I could see his point. Except that this event was in July. While school was out. When there were no public schoolchildren in the building.  Oh, and there is one other thing to keep in mind — apparently it was perfectly acceptable for Mitt Romney to do the same thing.

When it comes to “politicking,” Republicans know how to put a spin on just about any event to make the most innocuous gathering (like a standard campaign volunteer recruiting session) seem like some evil plan concocted by Lord Voldemort and Sauron from Lord of the Rings.

The funny thing is this — when former First Lady Laura Bush actually went on campaign events held at public schools during the school year, talking to elementary school children, sometimes even with her husband,with the express purpose of bolstering George W. Bush’s re-election and fundraising efforts? Totally kosher and not a peep from anyone (at least that I could find with a relatively quick Google search).

That’s because this is a non-story that is being created for no purpose other than to trash the First Lady. And those doing it know that we live in an ADD culture that often forgets even the recent past. They count on it, in fact, in hopes of making as much political hay as possible on something trivial, that will distract voters from the real issues. If only we had a longer collective memory about these things we wouldn’t have to keep batting down silliness like this in a year when there is so much more we should be focused on.

Come on, Florida Republicans. We know you’re worried about which way your state is going to go in November. But I think you can do better than this.

This post was originally published by PunditMom and is republished with permission from the author.


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2:37PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

i love our first lady. stay in school! so many of the religious right are ridiculous

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Republicans always tell good Horror Stories and are leaders in fiction, fear, absolute silliness and a Tall Tale! Wrongs always make up The Right Wing.

12:29PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Stay in mother had to quit school to help her mother and later she had to get her GED to finish her retirement with the telephone company.....lets get is straight...stay in school and I am for neither party...this time around...

My mother told her son who wanted to quit school that he was going to get his high school diploma...come h or high water.

My own daughter did not want to do to summer school to make up a class to graduate with her class the next year...I said you will go take that class and you will graduate...later she went to community college...also...

education is never enough....stay in school....

6:16AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

would they have the same comments if it were Mrs Romney instead?

I might not be crazy about a lot of the things her husband is doing (or has done), but I like Mrs Obama.

1:50PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

"this is a non-story that is being created for no purpose other than to trash the First Lady. And those doing it know that we live in an ADD culture that often forgets even the recent past. They count on it, in fact, in hopes of making as much political hay as possible on something trivial, that will distract voters from the real issues."

so true, so very very true. and sad

1:47PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

this is stupid. telling kids to stay in school isnt going to affect who they vote for in the future. the fact is that far too many students drop out of school and dont get a proper education which could effect their future employment.

who cares what happens in a school after hours. if it was rented like anyone else would rent it and they paid for it there shouldnt be a problem. kids shouldnt even be there at that time so its not like they could influence kids at all.

must be hard to find something wrong with the obamas if theres nothing better than this to complain about. very stupid article.

9:58AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

There is nothing inappropriate about First Lady Michelle Obama.

6:00PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

It escapes me why right-wingers bother posting here. I've learned it best to just ignore them. I have no interest in talking in circles.

1:33AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

I like how the right-wingers get all "If kids stay in school, they'll become lefties, and that can't happen." I wonder if it's because educated people realise that the Republican agenda is a bad idea?

1:20PM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

'Inappropriate' for whom?

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