White House picks bad day to demand high-speed Internet access for (or to) students

As Twitchy already pointed out, the Obama administration either has a terrible sense of timing or just enjoys trolling the rest of us. On the same day the nation is learning that the National Security Agency and FBI have been tapping directly into the central servers of Microsoft, Apple, Google, YouTube, Facebook and other Internet companies, the NRA NSA decided to advertise for a “digital exploitation specialist.”

President Obama has, not surprisingly, been silent on the revelations today (perhaps he’ll read about it in the paper tomorrow), but the White House did choose today to push for high-speed Internet access for every student in the nation, so that America’s public schools could at last compete with … Starbucks?

That’s a cute photo for sure, but there’s no reason in 2013 the president should have to visit your school in person to see what’s on your laptop screen.

High-speed Internet access in every school sounds great, but not everyone’s convinced that’s the missing piece of the public education puzzle.

Editor’s note: We’ve corrected a typo that mistakenly identified the NSA as the NRA.

  • Jeremy


    This pretty much sums up the timing.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      I tried, but I couldn’t make it all 10 minutes!

      • Jeremy

        ha ha that’s alright.I think 10 minutes fits the Obama administration perfectly.

  • Emily B

    Because we all know that nobody ever learned anything in school without the internet!

  • RightFinShark

    “Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge.”

    Ray Bradbury

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      “I’m flinging my feces at you, America. Stand closer.”

      Baraka Obama

      • tops116

        Chris Matthews has long since reserved the upfront seat.

  • OLLPOH # UnBanHana!!!!!!!

    Gee, Barry why don’t you give the students a lesson in what D-Day is all about. That Americans gave up their loved ones, to fight for Freedom Liberty Privacy Private Property and there are 9000 headstones that never got to know Freedom Liberty Privacy Private Property…

    You have the gall to spy on anyone for your political advancement to include Congress, Mitt Romney, The Supreme Court Justices for legislative reasons along with all the rest of the Americans that you have disdain for, yet it will be written in the history books of the 21st Century be they of technology books. You are so not thankful for all that America has done for you, yet you campaign on D-Day, what a disgrace to this Great Country America! We bid you happy trails in all your endeavors because we know that you will never know the suffrage of those true Patriots. Hallow ground you know nothing about.

  • OLLPOH # UnBanHana!!!!!!!

    Trash pure trash.

  • vetgal1970

    Really? We EXPECT wifi with our coffee? Normal, reasonable people only expect coffee.

    • Squirrel!

      Well I like a little creamer with mine.

      • ThatConfused1

        Ha. Ha. Baileys.

  • john1gun

    In case they bite a pop tart into the shape of a handgun.

  • Frank Drebin

    Hey Twitchy… Typo in your first paragraph up top?

    Although, the NRA in charge of National Security is an intriguing idea…

    • tops116

      Yeah, at least the so-called gun nuts won’t scan this comment into a database in Utah.

  • neoface

    Every child deserves competency in Reading, writing and math on their graduation day from high school. Let’s try that first. Obama should go back and refresh his basic math. For some reason I can’t see that Obama can even read a Trig. book, let alone solving a polynomial.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Polynomials?! We are all for acceptance of various sexual mores but not THAT! /sarc

  • Andy from Beaverton

    I’m sure the reason is so the children can watch Michelle’s garden growing in streaming high def.

  • stuckinIL4now

    The monitoring program is called “Prism”–hmmm, sounds awfully similar to “prison”!

  • tops116

    Teacher, I looked up an article on the FOX News website for a class paper and now I’m being audited. Can I have an extension?

  • Jack Deth

    Don’t you have to be able to read and comprehend first?

    Or are my tax dollars facilitating the mass downloading of cheap porn?

  • ceemack

    Gee…how did I ever manage to learn anything before wi-fi was even invented?

    Oh, I remember. Teachers taught. And there were these things called “books”…