President Obama's speech to the school children of America yesterday and all of the controversy leading up to it remain on my mind this morning.
I'm remembering President Kennedy's speech during which he laid out the commitment to land men on the moon before the end of the 1960s. I recall the impact that declaration had on schools and on little boys like me. We all became interested in astronomy and the planets and science.
And, I remember watching public events like the inauguration and other major addresses on classroom televisions.
I'm also thinking of the children in my neighborhood who heard the President speak yesterday. I know many found inspiration in his words. My school aged grandchildren were ill yesterday and stayed home from school, but they watched the speech with their mother, she saw to that!
I'm wondering what the kids thought and felt when they heard the negative speech and news reports about their President and his desire to speak to them? I wonder what the children of color thought as they watched him and then considered all of the blow back against him?
We spend our days doing everything we can to encourage these children. Frankly, it upsets me when others behave in a manner that cuts into the impact of anything that might encourage them.
I'll let it go now. But, nothing is more important than the future of the children. The President seems to understand that. At least, that's what I heard from what he said yesterday.