I am not going to weigh in on the Obama school address “controversy” other than to say it is stupid. If the president wants to talk to kids on the first day of school, that’s fine. He is the president and that is his prerogative.
What I will take issue with is some of the parallel structures the President used towards the end of his speech. Here is the text:
The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.
It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and they founded this nation. Young people. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google and Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.
So does that mean the Twitter guys are the modern-day equivalent of the Founding Fathers?
I don’t know about you, but I can think of a few patriots the President could have mentioned without lowering the bar of greatness quite so dramatically. I’d like to nominate James Guilliow, the inventor of the cup-holder, Helen Barnett Diserens, who developed under-arm deodorant and the Committee to End Pay Toilets in America, whose work liberated us all from the indignity of pay-toilets to name a few.