Michael Schaus

He can’t help it. Really, he can’t. Given that Barack Obama has spent essentially his entire “professional” life campaigning, I guess it’s hard for him to shake it. During a commencement speech to a bunch of kids who are barely old enough to vote, he made sure to take a couple of digs at the GOP, then encouraged the youngsters to cast their ballots for Democrats. Like a political hack blundering through a stump speech – rather than the President of the United States addressing the graduation class at Worcester Technical High School – he accused the GOP of being un-American, and keeping kids out of college.

According to the Washington Times:

At the mention of the GOP, some graduates began to boo.

Wait. Why did he feel compelled to mention the GOP in a commencement address? Oh, that’s right: He’s the greatest bi-partisan President ever... So naturally there was a little political stumping while he gave words of wisdom to a crowd of high school seniors.

“Don’t boo. Just remember to vote,” Mr. Obama said. “I know it’s frustrating for parents, for students who are working hard and doing everything right. There are too many politicians in Washington who don’t have the right priorities. We need to straighten them out. Maybe they forgot where they came from, and who invested in them along the way. And when a bill to help you pay off your college doesn’t pass, it’s a disservice not only to your generation but to our history as a nation that strives to put quality education within reach of every American.”

Whoa… Slow it down, Mr. President. If a family was “doing everything right”, I’m guessing they wouldn’t actually have to borrow tens of thousands of dollars to go to college. Right? And let’s get something straight right away: Making it easier for kids to go into debt – and making it easier for that debt to haunt them for decades – isn’t the definition of compassion.

Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership.

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