President Obama reopened Monday what is often a sore subject in Washington, saying that his daughters could not obtain from D.C. public schools the academic experience they receive at the private Sidwell Friends School.
But the city, accustomed to the mantra that its schools need reform, seemed to view the judgment as self-evident.
Obama made his comments on NBC's "Today" show in response to a woman who asked whether Malia and Sasha Obama "would get the same kind of education at a D.C. public school" that they would get at the D.C. private school that has educated generations of the city's elite.
"I'll be blunt with you: The answer is no, right now," Obama said. D.C. public schools "are struggling," he said, but they "have made some important strides over the last several years to move in the direction of reform. There are some terrific individual schools in the D.C. system."
Obama said that if he wanted to get his daughters into one of the public schools, "we could probably maneuver to do it." But he said the "broader problem" is that parents without "a bunch of connections" don't have such options.
Well, Mr. Obama, you and the Democrats killed one option that may have been available to District parents and their children when you both KILLED the voucher program in D.C. The fact is, Obama talks a good game but when the rubber hits the road, his actions show he's vapid. The man doesn't care about the education of your kids, just his.