Opposition to School Speech 'Silly': Gibbs

Obama press secretary also hints at possible racially-driven censorship
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2009 5:10 PM CDT
Schoolchildren may be confused by all the to-do.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Robert Gibbs fired back today at critics of President Obama's planned address to school children, calling it "a little bit of the silly season," the Hill reports. Noting that that Ronald Reagan and the elder President Bush both made school addresses, he painted Obama's critics as censors, making a reference to school districts that "won't even let" students "read Huckleberry Finn."

Gibbs also mentioned that the president’s planned message, to stay in school, is shared by the National Basketball Association. “If staying in school is a political message, then somebody should tell the NBA,” he said. “I think we've reached a little bit of the silly season when the president of the United States can't tell kids to study hard and stay in school.”