President Obama will talk to students tomorrow. He’ll say this:
I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.
I know Mr. Obama taught constitutional law at one point, but I think even he would be hard pressed to show me where the federal government gets the authority to do any of those things. States, sure. But the feds?
Yet another reason to stay in school, kids. You don’t want future presidents like this to try to convince you that they have more authority than they actually do, do you?
Obama will close with this:
What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?
Considering I’ll never run for public office, there’s not much chance my name will end up on a bridge, federal building, dam, highway, overpass or parking meter. Still, I’d like a future president to come along, use me as an example of cynicism and say that I was an obstructionist and an opponent of progress/hope/change. That might be nice for my grandkids to hear.