I realize it's uncomfortable for many of us, but Anna Belle clears up the spin this way:
Liberal pushback on this issue has revolved around the concept that several presidents have done this. This is the first lie that people accepted. While presidents do routinely visit individual schools, which I still have some minor qualms with, only one president has ever nationally broadcast a speech on Channel One, the closed circuit television channel on which all televised content is distributed to schools.
That president was George H. W. Bush in 1991. Though it’s been deleted from the collective liberal memory these days, know that liberals had a lot, rightfully, to say about that. They rightfully complained about the $27,000 price tag on what was essentially a campaign commercial at tax payers’ expense. Why was it considered a campaign commercial? Because people can do basic math. Nearly half of the high school kids that Bush spoke to would vote in the next election. About 3/4 of the high school kids who will see Obama’s speech will be voting in 2012. And how much will Obama’s speech cost? Will we ever know?
What Obama is attempting to do, just as Bush was attempting to do, was to get a bite at that pie before it comes of age. Regardless of content, the speeches such presidents give, and which are beamed into all of our nations public schools, are speeches advocating for political parties. The fact that the president is the head of his party is all you need to know to realize this little fact.
Thank you Anna Belle. We need historians like you, to help us know when the media isn't doing it's job, but is rather spouting political propaganda.
On the bright side.... the kids didn't buy it with GHWB. Did they?