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September 08, 2009

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James

I, too, agree with former First Lady Bush. Last night I posted to my Facebook page her comment:

"I think that there is a place for the President of the United States to talk to school children and encourage school children, and I think there are a lot of people that should do the same. And that is, encourage their own children to stay in school and to study hard and to try to achieve the dream that they have."

Laura Bush on School Speech, Politico.com

Earlier this weekend, I suggested that my Congresswoman (who votes wrong 95% of the time) should also seek to address school children in her district sometime in the future. This could become a useful civic ritual at the start of each school year: a President addressing the nation's youth, or Senators and Representatives addressing the youth in their districts, touting the value of education.

We don't need such occasions to become the sort of partisan platform that Reagan sought in his school speech, but Bush the Elder and now Obama have given us a model that could be unifying and edifying.

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