"I think there is a place for the president ... to talk to schoolchildren and encourage" them, she said. Parents should follow his example and "encourage their own children to stay in school and to study hard and to try to achieve the dream that they have."
Bush indicated that she didn't think it was fair for Obama to be labeled a "socialist" by critics and expressed her disappointment with the intensely polarized nature of contemporary American politics.
Part of the reason for the polarization, she said, was the increase in the number of congressional districts dominated by either strongly conservative or liberal voters.
"We've seen that for the last eight years, certainly, and we're still seeing it," she said. "That's just a fact of life."
Bush conceded that after her husband was elected president, he was unable to replicate his success as governor of Texas in reaching across the aisle to Democrats.
"He was disappointed that that was not the way it worked out in Washington," she said. "I'm sure President Obama didn't expect it to be that way [either]. ... All of us need to do what we can to come together on issues."
Laura Bush is correct about that there is a place for the president to talk to schoolchildren. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I do think future presidents should make addresses to children on television where they can be viewed at home with their parents. Presidents addressing students at school away from parental supervision opens the door for politically motivated teachers to indoctrinate and the Department of Education’s original lesson plan made it easier for them to do just that. This is the issue that Laura Bush misses.
For a real world example of teachers pushing an agenda, take a look at Adrienne Ross of Motivation: Truth blog. She details the not so subtle Obama push that went on at her school during the campaign season.
Laura Bush’s comments on Obama as a socialist and her bemoaning the lack of bipartisanship, pretty much echoes why her husband got tarred and feathered by the left over the last 8 years. The left had zero interest in being bipartisan with the Bush administration. It was in the left’s political interest to oppose Bush at every turn and thus they went about accusing him of every problem the nation faced both real and imagined. It was the Bush administration’s “take the high road at all cost” attitude that allowed so much of its agenda to be undermined. From Laura Bush’s remarks, they still have not learned their lesson.
Via: Hot Air
H/T: Motivation Truth