Progressive elites set themselves apart with their smug promotion of failing institutions while they would not subject themselves to the same, be it public healthcare, education, or whatever. You may call it hypocrisy, I will call it cruel arrogance since it further victimizes the most needy in our society. Latest example of cruel arrogance was on display yesterday.
While President Obama was conducting a town hall meeting on MSNBC with Matt Lauer, he was asked (by a parent in the crowd) if he thought his children could get the same education in a DC Public School vs. the elite private school he sends them to now. His answer:
“I’ll be blunt with you. The answer is ‘no’ right now,” Obama said. “The D.C. Public School systems are struggling. They have made some important strides over the past several years to move in the direction of reform. There are some terrific individual schools in the D.C. system…." He continued:
“I’ll be very honest with you. Given my position, if I wanted to find a great public school for them to be in, we could probably maneuver to do it. The broader problem is that for a mom or dad who are working hard and who don’t have a bunch of connections, don’t have a lot of choice in where they live, they should be getting the same quality education for their kids as anybody else.”
His bombshell hypocritical answer caused no ripple and nary a peep from the national media.
An amazing moment since President Obama, in a payback to his union (NEA and AFT) supporters, killed the DC Opportunity Scholarship program last year and denied 216 low-income parents from sending their children to a better school. These 216 kids are being forced to attend a poor performing public school – something Obama doesn’t impose on his own children.
This spit-in-your-face hypocrisy is not only jaw dropping, it’s incredibly sad for the 216 D.C. parents who don’t have the power of the Presidency to force a better education onto their children. What a shameful moment for our President and this country.