Happy Saturday Disagreeables!
As you may know, I am vacationing with my family on the Gulf coast of Florida, so I haven’t been posting at all because, well, you know, beach. But I woke up pretty early this morning for some reason and decided I could spare a few moments for the weekly address.
I’m not sure how many of you are watching these weekly address videos rather than just reading what I post about them. I find them pretty interesting, but I am not normal as we all know. To my mind, when the leader of the free world takes the time to record a weekly 3-to-4-minute video explaining his position on an issue or simply giving thanks to a person or a group, that represents a remarkable and unique opportunity and we shouldn’t ignore it. At the time of this writing (7:47 AM EDT) this video only has 255 views. That’s just amazing to me.
As I said before, even if Mitt Romney wins the presidency, and if he decides to continue this tradition, I will be watching and posting these videos because I think they are important, even just to get an unfiltered look at what the president thinks about an issue, and what issue the president thinks is important for any given week.
The weekly address is (and has always been, from the days of the “fireside” radio addresses) a political address, in that the president is presenting his side of the story on an issue, and often asking the public to contact representatives to push for action. However, it is not a campaign video or a commercial, and there’s a distinction. The president can’t ask for your vote or solicit donations to his campaign; he can’t urge you to volunteer to knock on doors or anything. Still, they are political, and the president uses this week’s address to present a clear contrast between his preferred policies for education and what the GOP House (including a certain unnamed Wisconsin Congressman) has allowed to be implemented.
Previous weekly address here. (I was traveling on the 11th and didn’t post then.)