Obama spoke at the National Education Association convention Thursday.
(CNN) – It was a speech on education, but Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama ended up wading into the controversy over talk shows and politics Thursday.
The remarks came as Senator Obama addressed the National Education Association convention in Philadelphia. Obama was discussing the impact of education on the economy and America’s standing in the world when he said, “It’s not just about competitiveness, by the way. When we are not educating our children, we are not educating the next generation of citizens.”
In comments that were not on his prepared text released to the media, Obama added, “It’s part of the reason our young people aren’t necessarily involved in politics. Or when they are, they end up watching the wrong talk shows. They watch the wrong cable shows. They get bamboozled and hoodwinked. We need to raise a new generation of citizens.”
- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk