Barack Obama gets slews of positive press for being a great dad, so what's he doing using his daughter Malia's up-and-down grades in a highly publicized post-election day education speech at a charter school in Madison, WI? I'm not exactly sure.
In essence, Obama tells about how Malia brought some mediocre grades that she thought were OK, but that once it was clear that only excellence was acceptable she got it. "She told me, 'I just like having knowledge,' " Obama said. "What had happened is that now she wanted it more than us."
Gak. The anecdote wasn't in his prepared remarks, which is extremely unusual for Obama (who uses a telepompter pretty much everywhere he goes). It wasn't really necessary to making the point (about effort and parental involvement. So why embarass your daughter? Why even bring your family into politics like this? I just don't get it. And I certainly don't like it. It sets awful precedents for the White House and for the press. Click below for links.
Obama pushes education reforms Tribune
Political Punch ABC News
Race to the Top and Higher Goals Fox News
Obama marks election anniversary by talking education Washington Post
Obama calls for end of 'firewall' rules that shield teachers LATimes
Transcript of President Obama, Secretary Duncan with Students WBAY
White House Press Gaggle by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Forest Park News