It takes one to know one.
The minute-long introduction, which was pre-taped, featured the president speaking directly to the camera for the documentary titled “To SPEAK UP Against Bullying,” a 30-minute special broadcast that aired Sunday on Cartoon Network.
“Bullying is not a rite of passage or harmless part of growing up,” Obama said. “It’s wrong. Its destructive and we can all prevent it.”
Obama said that for him the issue is personal.
“I care about this issue deeply, not just as the president, but as a dad,” he said referring to his two daughters, Sasha and Malia.
I’ve said on several occasions over the past few years that, aside from the whole “I don’t want to punish my daughter with a baby” episode, I have little problem with Barack Obama as a dad. Frankly, one of the best speeches he has ever given was about paternal responsibility during the 2008 election and, as both a dad and a family law attorney, paternal responsibility is something that I pay attention to and take very seriously.
The part I have a problem with the president’s introduction of an anti-bullying program for children is the rampant hypocrisy. At the same time he tells students that “[e]veryone has to take action against bullying,” the president is undermining Israeli security and denouncing any efforts by Israel to defend itself against the nuclear threat from Iran. At the same time he tells kids that bullying is “destructive” and “wrong,” the president and his administration continue to seek ways to circumvent the legislative branch in enacting environmental regulations and expanding the reach and power of the executive branch.
Barack Obama speaking out against bullying is like Tiger Woods speaking out against marital infidelity. Both have absolutely no credibility with those respective issues, both are idolized for largely superficial reasons, and both will play more golf this year than you and I will in a lifetime.