Obama To Talk To School Kids Critics Voice Concerns

09.08.09 | FL News Team

President Obama will welcome millions of kids back to school today, but it's a message critics would rather not have kids hear. The White House says the President will talk directly to students about the importance of taking responsibility for their education and setting goals for themselves. Lesson plans provided by the Department of Education say teachers could consider asking students how Obama inspires and challenges them.


Critics have voiced concern about the speech. Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota recently remarked the speech was "uninvited." He added that it could be disrupted, and that it raises concerns about what he called "the content and the motive." Nonetheless, former Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush gave similar speeches when they were in office.