Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The Texas tourist bureau likes to entice visitors with the saying, “Texas, it’s like a whole other country.” I believe them.
Case in point, the Arlington Independent School District (a Dallas suburb) which refused to air President Barack Obama‘s live classroom address, announced that some students will be bussed off campus to hear a message from former President George W. Bush on Sept. 21.
District officials said students will sent to the Cowboys Stadium to hear from Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, as well as legendary Dallas Cowboys players and unnamed community leaders. The event launches the Super Bowl committee’s largest-ever youth education program.
Students must have their parents’ permission to attend the event, but in Texas, where football is the unofficial state religion and George W. Bush is worshiped like Christ, few parents are expected to decline the invite.
The Arlington Independent School District’s decision to not air President Obama’s speech is curious. The president told students to stay in school, not drop put, work hard, do their homework, listen to their parents and teachers and, set goals, in an 18-minute speech delivered Tuesday morning at the Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA. Hardly controversial.
The Arlington school district, like many in Texas, decided not to broadcast the president’s speech live after some parents expressed concern about its content.