As is modus operandi with just about everything this administration screws up, the inevitable backpedaling has commenced on Obama’s planned speech to students next Tuesday:

White House Withdraws Call for Students to ‘Help’ Obama

The Obama administration is rethinking its course recommendations for students ahead of President Obama’s address to the the nation’s schoolchildren next week, rewriting its suggestions to teachers for student assignments on how to “help the president.”

The Washington Times reported Thursday that presidential aides acknowledged they helped the U.S. Education Department write the suggested assignments, which stirred criticism by many who say Obama is trying to indoctrinate the education system.

White House aides said the language was supposed to be a inspirational, pro-education message to America’s youths, but its unintended consequences were evident.

Among the activities initially suggested for pre-K to 6th grade students was to “write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.”

Sure enough, that item is now absent from the teacher’s guides for the speech, but how many teachers already printed off and will use the “old” teacher’s guides? This fact does not escape the Obama administration. These things are like “mistakes” in newspapers — the initial “error” was on the front page and read by thousands, but the retraction ends up on page 16E and is seen only by a couple of parakeets.

“Unintended consequences” is Hopenchange-speak for “we got caught trying to pull some s*#t.” They’re still getting what they want though.

Obama’s people set agendas like they’re selling stuff at a garage sale — put a price on something that’s twice as much as you want, and that way if somebody talks you down you can appear to be giving up of what you wanted and still ending up with exactly what you were after.

I know they’ll be watching and listening intently at Barack Obama Elementary:

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Update: If you don’t want your kids to hear the speech, just give ‘em a pass.

Update II: Kids in NYC, Boston and L.A. won’t hear Obama’s address — those districts don’t start school until the next day. It’s hardly a surprising oversight considering this is indoctrination brought to you by the same people who put together the Manhattan flyby, the health care disaster and the Cash for Clunkers cluster foxtrot.

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