Anyone find it ironic that the man who wrote the book “Audacity of Hope” is telling kids they ought not to dream? Read the following quote:
“Most of you brothas are not” great basketball players. “I know you think you are, but you’re not. You are over-rated in your own mind. You will not play in the NBA.”-Obama
I actually think that Obama gave some good advice. He was trying to say that kids need to stay in school and go to college. Still, why use a negative message and say, you suck at basketball, so get an education. Why not instead tell kids they should dream, but they also ought to get an education. I remember an old Boy Meets World episode (season 1) where Cory is set on being a MLB player. He stinks, but Mr. Feeny shoots down his dream. It may be the only time in the show where Mr. Feeny makes a mistake. Cory gets a visit from Jim Abbott, the great one handed Yankee pitcher who threw a no-hitter. Abbott keeps Cory’s dream alive, but tells him about how a great education is important.
Sadly, even Barack Obama with all his great rhetoric was a cynic with our Children. I would hope for a little more of the politics of hope, not the politics of, your-over rated, so go to school.