Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama likely did not foresee Dr. Seuss becoming persona non grata in President Biden’s White House when they highlighted his work to interns and children.
Clips of the Obamas praising and quoting the famous author back in 2015 have resurfaced in the wake of the Biden administration stripping his name from Read Across America Day.
In an April 2015 meeting between the then-president and White House interns, where he took questions from the group, Obama told the young politicos that “pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss.”
“It’s like the Star-Belly Sneetches, you know? We’re all the same, so why would we treat somebody differently just because they don’t have a star on their belly? If I think about responsibility, I think about Horton sitting on the egg up in the tree, while Lazy Mayzie’s flying off, doing whatever she wants. You know what I mean?” the 44th president asked the group of interns, referencing the Seuss classics “The Sneetches” and “Horton Hears a Who!”
“All I’m saying is that as you get older, what you will find is that the homespun basic virtues that your mom, your dad, or folks you care about or admire, taught you — about hard work, being responsible, being kind, giving something back, being useful, working as a team … turns out that’s all true,” he continued.
The former first lady also spoke highly of the late children’s author during Read Across America Day that same year, reading a copy of “Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good for You,” a revamped version of the children’s classic “Oh, The Things You Can Do” w… (Read more)