During a call-in TV show Gov. Chris Christie was criticized by a constituent for sending his kids to parochial school while cutting the budget for New Jersey public schools. His response: “With all due respect, Gayle, it’s none of your business. I don’t ask you where you send your kids to school, don’t bother me about where I send mine.”
The media immediately jumped on the straight-talking governor, echoing the charge of hypocrisy (how dare he not send his kids to public school) and denouncing his straight talk as “insensitive.”
On MSNBC, Joe Scarborough asked the Governor, “You‘re in charge of the public schools of New Jersey. Are they not good enough for your kids?” And in an interview with The Today Show, Matt Lauer, asking Christie about his response to Gayle queried, “Why isn’t that a fair question?”
Funny how President Obama got no such “fair” questions by the media when he and Michelle chose the swanky, private Sidwell Friends School (also attended by first daughter Chelsea Clinton) over the public schools (in Texas) attended by the Bush daughters.*
On Jan. 5, 2008, as Sasha and Malia began their first day of school at the $32,000 a year Sidwell Friends School, Matt Lauer and fellow guest psychiatrist Gail Saltz and Vanity Fair’s Maureen Orth pondered the following deep question: “Do we have a sense of the mothering style of Michelle?”
The truth is, the media fell all over itself reminding the public that it was “none of our business” to question a family decision as personal as school choice. Apparently choice in school is something the left believes only the wealthy and Democratic politicians are entitled to. Unbelievably, even after President Obama made one of his first acts as president to pass legislation to cut funding for vouchers from low-income minority students attending DC private schools, including vouchers for kids attending their daughters’ new school, only conservative media outlets cried foul. The mainstream media refused to ‘go there.’
Describing the DC public schools these low-income families were hoping to escape, Washington Post education reporter Jay Matthews says, “In terms of achievement rates, drop-out rates, scores, they are really scraping the bottom of the barrel.” A barrel President Obama has no problem throwing poor minorities back into as payback for teacher union support during his campaign. Now tell me, who’s insensitive and who’s the hypocrite.
* CORRECTION: I initially wrote that the Bush daughters attended public schools in Washington, DC. They in fact attended (and graduated from) public schools in Texas before George W. Bush was elected president. On a further note, President Carter’s daughter attended a DC public school. I suspect the DC public schools were not as bad back then. Frankly, I don’t blame the Obama’s or the Clinton’s for not sending their kids to DC public schools. I just wish they would support other parents who want the best for their kids too. Choice and competition make for better schools for EVERYONE.