Some five hundred kids from Arlington will be bused out to watch former President George W. Bush give a speech later this month at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. These are the same kids who weren’t allowed to watch President Barack Obama’s speech to American school children yesterday.
Hypocrisy has a new name, and it shares it with a school district in Texas.
District officials say it’s all different of course. They’ve secured permission slips from the parents for these kids to hop on a bus. Did you hear “nanny, nanny, boo, boo” in the background too?
But the district Superintendent also told the Fort-Worth Telegram that “officials didn’t want to interfere with instruction already planned for Tuesday.”
So which is it Arlington? That you needed the parents to weigh in or that you believe instructional time is more important than speeches? Because compare a twenty-minute televised speech to boarding five hundred kids on buses, sending the buses out, unloading them at a stadium and allowing kids to find their seats, sitting through a speech and then the whole bus process in reverse, and which address actually cost more instructional time?
Although parents are being given the opportunity to sign off on permission slips, I’m not finding anything on the internet about what exactly the former president will have to say. Will it be . . . gasp . . . political? His wife, the former first lady, was one of the many who came out and called the protests against the Obama speech ridiculous, but there’s been no word from the Bush camp on this particular move.
I’m not actually against kids being bused out to see Bush speak. He’s a former president – whether I agree with him or not, it could ostensibly be an “educational” field trip. But the same argument has to hold for watching the current president speak.
Let’s just say Arlington officials won’t be playing in that Cowboys stadium anytime soon with the way they fumble.
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