As for political response, there is something both amusing and ridiculous about some conservatives fearing that a talk on homework by the president would corrupt the nation's fragile youth! Which makes the following understandable. Note, however that it says "Draft." From the Guardian roundup of White House emails. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/07/barack-obama-usa
To: David Axelrod <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Speech to the nation's school students, for broadcast Tue 11am — draft
Thanks for this. However, in view of all the fury about this speech on Fox News etc — all these conservative parents claiming they're going to keep their kids at home that day, for fear that they'll be victims of "socialist indoctrination" – I think we're really going to need to lose that passage about nationalising the means of production. And probably also the bit about replacing Congress with a system of workers' collectives. OH NO HANG ON A MINUTE! Taking a closer look, I see it's a tame little homily about why it's important to always do your homework, and the American right is full of delusional idiots. My mistake.
I have a sour and worrisome prediction. At this rate, soon some venerable right-wing firebrand will try to get claims that Obama must be a pedophile into popular circulation. Communist, African, wishful target of firearms brought to town halls, and Pied Piper have all been tried. Isn't it just a matter of time?
And if the administration survives that, next they'll create a story that he's into bondage or polyamory. Not that those should
be cause for alarm, but people are not educated on these matters. So just imagine it, piled on top of existing "Black Communist agent with ties to dark, primitive witchcraft continent"-style spin. Would they finally get around to the calls for impeachment hearings, with that? I am being half sarcastic. But I am in some disbelief at the range of thinly-veiled hate drivel that is being fielded.