As it turned out, the speech itself wasn't about politics. It was about not getting discouraged and taking responsibility for one's own education, no matter the distractions. The people who wanted Obama to say something controversial had to be disappointed.
After the speech I listened to some of the spin and did get one good laugh before I shut off the television. A Republican spokesman said, in essence, that Obama is so charming and persuasive that many parents who disagree with him on OTHER matters are still afraid their children will start to like the president, if they listen to what he says about their education.
Wow! Talk about sore losers.