I’m with you, Ben. I’ll admit, when I fi…

I’m with you, Ben. I’ll admit, when I first read the stories about Obama making a speech to school kids, I worried that it would be some kind of end-run around the parents, an attempt to get a political message directly to the kids (not that the schools don’t already do that every day). But I reserved judgment until I read the text of the speech.

I’m no fan of President Obama, but it’s hard to find anything to object to in a speech whose message boils down to “Your future success is completely up to you, and you need to work hard to achieve it.” (I’m not sure the message is consistent with Obama’s actual policies, but that’s another matter.)