In a blatant move to shore up two vital components of his base–blacks and students–President Obama announced yesterday that he would create a federal office aimed at promoting education for black students. From MSNBC:
Locked in a tough re-election battle with Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama aimed to energize his core supporters – African American voters – by delivering a rousing speech and unveiling a new executive order at the Urban League’s annual convention in New Orleans Wednesday night.
The president told the largely African American crowd of roughly 3,700 people that the executive order will seek to improve educational achievement for African Americans at all levels “so every child has greater access to a complete and competitive education from the time they’re born to the time, all through the time they get a career” the president said to cheers.
An administration official tells NBC News the order will create a new White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans that will “work across Federal agencies and with partners and communities nationwide to produce a more effective continuum of education programs for African American students.”
Of course nothing solves long-running socioeconomic problems as immediately and totally as an executive order. With a simple wave of President Obama’s hand, education problems in the black community are gone, just like that–and just in time for re-election.
But surely the members of every race deserve greater bureaucratization of the government response to their education problems…