Mike of NY, 57 states? Now I know that Israel should be considered our 51st state, and many want Puerto Rico as our 52nd, but where do the other five come from?
Presidents, have been using their office as a bully pulpit for over a century, and I think longer. So as a national leader he has every right to comment on about anything that he thinks affects the nation. You and everyone else also have the right not to agree with him.
So, it is not in support of any of his positions, but I will support the tradition that he has the right to use his office as a bully pulpit.
Jim Lincoln wrote: I would also suppose that president Obama's statement was in large part to help keep adolescents off the street. The babysitting factor of public education can't be overlooked.
"So tonight, I am proposing that every state‚ÄĒevery state‚ÄĒrequires that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn 18,‚ÄĚ Obama said on Tuesday night.
Of course, we might ask what business is it of the president, and by what authority does he propose it. But we don't seem to think deeply enough to challenge the ongoing overstepping of constitutional authority, do we?
And he didn't say whether "every state" meant all 57 of them.