What they said, Monday Republican edition


by David Safier
From the NY Times:

Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, said on “Fox News Sunday,” “It is good to have the president of the United States say to young people across America, ‘Stay in school, study and do your homework.’ ”

And Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, said on the same show, “Of course the president of the United States should be able to address students.”

“If I were a teacher,” Mr. Alexander added, “I’d take advantage of it.”

And this from the Salt Lake Tribune:

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert supports President Barack Obama's plan to deliver a televised back-to-school speech to the nation's students Tuesday, saying he sees "nothing but good coming out of this."

Herbert said he favors letting students listen to the speech, and he thinks it will foster a dialogue between parents and their children.

"I think it's great. To hear from the president of the United States is an important thing," he said Saturday. "I'd like to hear what he has to say.

"I hope parents will take the opportunity to discuss the issues with their children, hear what the president's views are and what his vision is for the future of America. If they agree, then explain that. If they disagree, explain to their children why. I see nothing but good coming out of this," he said.

The governor, who has grandchildren in the Utah school system, said he can't imagine that they wouldn't watch the speech.


  1. A friend of mine who teaches at in a district in Tucson said that the administration is making it very difficult to show the speech. Letters to be signed by parents, video systems to be reserved, qualifications, etc.

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