Washington (CNN) - After attending a noon-time speech by President Obama that focused primarily on education reform, many of the nation’s most conservative governors spoke to reporters outside the White House on Monday and said that they’d heard some things they liked in the president’s message.
“We absolutely have to have the best educational system in the entire world, so I do agree with the need for educational reform,” Louisiana’s Republican Governor Bobby Jindal told reporters.
Perhaps indicating why the president chose the topic, Jindal quickly went on to outline his disagreements with the Obama administration’s approach to almost every other issue other than education.
“I walked into the meetings this morning believing that we need to have a conservative in the White House. I left the meetings continuing to believe that,” Jindal said.
Jindal’s reaction was not unique. Visiting the White House as part of the National Governors Association Winter Meeting, several often-critical governors reacted positively to the president’s call for a redoubled focus on education.
“There was a lot of broad agreement on education today,” said Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, a widely-rumored top contender for the vice presidential spot on the GOP ticket in November.
McDonnell went on to call the president “very gutsy” in his approach to education reform, praising both Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for their actions to force policy changes in public schools.
“I mean he's been very outspoken on that and we certainly agree with him on that,” McDonnell said. “I think there's broad room for support on those issues.”
Even Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who famously clashed with the president over her state’s immigration reform, said that she largely agreed with the president on the issue of education.
“I think that we all realize that everybody's not going to be headed to college, that we have to have out community colleges and good job training,” Brewer said. “We need people that fit in with those kinds of skills that they have. So all of that's really, really important.”
When a reporter pointed out that that was basically the president’s proposal, Brewer said that she agreed.
Education reform was brought to the forefront of the Republican presidential primary again recently when Rick Santorum accused the president of educational snobbery for his calls for every child to go to college.
“I wish he'd said it differently,” said McDonnell – a Romney supporter – when asked about Santorum’s comments. “I want more college graduates, but that means community college and four-year universities but not to the exclusion of realizing that some people are going to graduate from high school and be in the trades. I think what we say is we want someone to be career ready or college ready.”
At the White House briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to Santorum’s comments.
“I don't think any parent in America who has a child would think it snobbery to hope for that child the best possible education in the future and that includes college,” Carney said. “As you know the president has always made clear that he believes higher education is important for everyone and that includes, if not a four year degree, and a bachelor of arts degree, then a two year degree from community college or vocational training from a community college. "
Santorum is just ridiculous. Well.... most of the GOP contenders, really. As I recall, Santorum went to college, right? Does that make him a left-wing snob?
right on, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahla. How bad did romney do in school to hate it so much?
Yes it does. He is also a major insider. He has never come across that another governmnet program couldn't fix. He thinks big brother can fix all, similar to BO.
I am surprised that Jan Brewer showed up... she was completely disrespectful to our president... you can have difference of opinions without being rude.. she holds a public office and should remember that... glad I don't live in Arizona...
Were you upset when people were rude to Bush or Reagan?
Name one instance when people were rude to Reagan or Bush. Other than Piper Laurie claiming Ronald Reagan was rude and insensitive I don't remember anyone being rude to either.
Nothing in league with the current crude comments about President and Mrs. Obama.
No Democratic politians EVER wagged their finger in GWB's face! No Democrat ever talked about Bush the way our current crop of Conservative Congress member did during the Healthcare discussions. there are ways of disagree and still respecting the office.
We as citizens don't practice that as often as we should, but a politician should NEVER for get that.
I don't ever recall a goverrnor doing that to Reagan or Bush. A governor is not just a regulat citizen.
Jean, once again you are way off. I will list a few titles of articles that paaeared in the press. The titles are bad enough, but the articles really killed him. I don't even like Bush and you libs have me defending him. Mirror News, UK "George W. Bush Legacy, The Global Village Idiot". Huff Post " Is George Bush An Idiot"?. Flicker @ Yahoo "Can George Bush Be Prosecuted For Murder". I can list about 100 more just like these.
Jean, I challenge you to list 1. I doubt if you can.
Name one time anyone, private citizen or office holder showed out right disrespect to the President. Shaking a finger in his face, shouting out "you lie" in the Congress, or interrupting the Presidents comments in an interview 30 times as O'Reilly did on Fox news. And then Fox laments the fact the Pres. will not go on their shows. What for? To be disrespected and shouted over while trying to answer a question?
You mean like while the President of the United States of America is addressing Congress, someone rudely shouts "You lie!"
How many times did that happen to Bush?
How many times was Bushes place of birth questioned?
How many times was Bushes religion questioned?
Jean2009, how about when harry Reid called Bush a liar and never apologized?
The GOP and their minions have been trashing Obama in the most horrid ways, telling the most outrageous lies and misrepresenting his positions for three long years, and all you can find is one remark Reid made about the shrub? And you have the balls to accuse anyone on the left of hyporacy? After the last disgusting three years worth of bad behavior by the right in this country, I'm not even surprised any more. How long have you worked for the RNC?
Hey old salt – do you have 1 you can list? You libs post trash and never back it up with facts. Where are my facts to back up what I just sad? Read the posts here.
To his face?
Was he lying?
Yasmine:I agree with you. She probably is going anger menpausic episodes.I admire President"s Obama patience. But gee, she is dangerous,what if she had carried a weapon? She should be in prison.
DC 2003 – Unlike BO, Bush actually released ALL od his doc's so nobody needed to question where he was born (or his grades). But, John McCain was sure questioned about where he was born so this is not unique to BO. Re-religion – Bush never claimed to be a Muslim, BO did and needed to be corrected by the left wing liberal press. He actually spoke about his "Muslim Faith". Do you think they would have corrected Bush if he made a mistake and said he was Muslim? Heck, have you or anyone else you know of (other than BO) claimed to be a different religion and needed to be corrected?
Despite what Mr. Santorum believes concerning "higher education"....
I am glad to see that our elected officials can appreciate the positive, esp. when it comes to education in this country.
There is nothing wrong with being a blue-collar worker, but even many blue-collar workers aspire to move on to bigger and better things in life. Getting a good education will only help the younger generation.
Heck, a lot of 'blue collar' jobs now require specialized training and certifications – so ol' Frothy Mix's misstatements are even *more* out of line than a lot of people realize.
GOP Governors....such SNOBS!
All college-educated I'll bet!
Seriously anyone that is AGAINST kids going to college is a flat out M0R0N!
But we already knew that about Santorum
he's not against people going to college, college isn't for everyone. A lot of people don't consider the cost of college worth the expense... particularily in mining-territory. Also, it's not the government's role to make kids go to college. It's merely a privelege we have in this country.
Typical lib spin. Please quote anyone you heard say they are against kids going to college? People were talking about kids that do not go to college. Do you libs think everyone in this country should be forced to go to college? Do you think nobody can get a decent paying job without college?
Typical Republican spin..Obama never said every must go to college he said everyone should have the opportunity to higher education to include Votech and career training to make them competitive. It's not the libs you should be worried about, it's the independants like myself who are the majority. I'm embarrased to be an American with what the republican candidates have to say.
You have one who's stuck in the dark ages, one explaining why he has off shore accounts, one using his failed speaker crudentials. Huntsman, Paul and Pawlenty had some ideas, but since the new idea is my way or no way, it would be irresonsible to vote for a Republican. Why do you think Cristie, Jindal and other good candidates are not running. Until you become objective, nationally the GOP will be rejected.
John, that's typical pro-Santorum-but-ignore-the-three-college-degrees-on-his-wall spin.
It's already established that Obama isn't trying to 'force' anyone to go to college (where are you even getting this guff?), but he wants the process easier for those who *do* want to go to college.
There are already published articles about manufacturing jobs in this country going unfilled because of a lack of *trained* and *certified* employees in those fields – which means 'higher' education in some form.
That some will happily turn meaningful education reform (that the Republicans in the article above specially went on record supporting) into a 'socialist takeover of our freedoms' is just sad. And untrue.
Jan Brewer has a nerve showing up anywhere! She is one rum soaked, smoking sot! Look at her recent ad for Arizona Tourism...the only place she should be showing up in the Betty Ford Clinic! Last year, she could hardly put two words togethere in a sentence! But, she fits Arizona, it is a state full of crackpots starting way back with Barry Goldwater...It has to be the sun! Look at her...she looks like a Gila Monster!! Arizona, Florida, they have a lot in common, weird, weird people...the common thread? Sun! Except for Daytona...rain rain rain...Sunshine State? I think not! All hype!!
Wait now Alex. Not all of us Floridians are weird :) Some of us actually take voting seriously-like not voting for a Medicare fraud for governor in state full of seniors. I still can't get over it. Tricky Rick.
OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!!
Oh Bobby J, be sure you don't side with the pres, you would then be a snob in your own party.
Tell me again where Piyush "Bobby" Jindal is govenor again?? Oh yeah....Louisiana. He should be very, very quiet when the subject of education comes up. (And, why is he so ashamed of his real name...Piyush?)
because he is an indiam (Indo-american). Does not want a hindu sounding name.
The GOP made him change his name because people in Louisiana couldn't pronounce it.
Gee! Bobby Jindal agrees with the President. What a big time hypocrit! This is the Governor who has been fund to Education big time!
Where is Bobby Jindal? Bobby Jindal, where is Bobby Jindal? What happened to Bobby Jindal for president?
Looks like the rats are sensing the boat is sinking!
Of course they are going to say that they share common views with the president, but only to his face or the press's faces. They will go back home and go back to their conservative conclave and bash the president as socialist, Muslim, Marxist, who hates America and they want "their country back."
Jan Brewer looks like somebody drew an angry face on a baseball glove.
hahahahah, THIS is FUNNY!!!!
Santorum keeps saying he is proud to be from a working class family and was able to move upwards in life by getting several university degrees. Now he doesnt want young less wealthy people to remake their lives with higher education. He obviously doesnt want poor people to become nurses, teahers , doctoors, plumbers , electricians tc all jobs that require college ed or higher. He must want all pofessions restricted to the children of people already in these professions, to me that os being a snob. Poor people shouldnt rise above their station so 1800's
Santorum's body went to college but obviously his mind didn't.
DEMS keep fighting until November.....Because its far from over. Let's run this race to win!!!! Obama 2012!!
Do any of you really trust politicians to decide how and what to teach your kids? If you do, then you need an education badly.
If Santorum is such a good catholic, why does he lie so much about what Obama has said and done? In hs State of The Union addressed Obama called for higher education. He even specifically mentioned community colleges and apprenticeships. As to the charge that Obama wants kids to go to college so that liberal professors can brainwash them, the four GOP candidates seeking their party's nomination all went to college and , i think, all even have graduate degrees. Those liberal professors apparently aren't very good brain washers. If Obama came out tomorrow and said that the moon is not made of cream cheese, his republican opponents would accuse him of trying to destroy the american dairy farms by undermining the good name of cheese.
When the gop doesnt agree with obama, democrats bash them and label them as racists. Now that they have agreed with him on something, you still bash them? Hypocrites
actually many of their comments are bigoted or raciest. If anyone with an ounce of brains disagreed with Obama on education, it would show utter stupidity. The only way we move forward is to out educate or competitors. You think China, South Korea, Japan, even Germany are sitting back in terms of education. The cast majority of patents want thierry kids to be well educated, whether it be a 4 year degree or some other form of education. That is not hypocrisy. Bashing the republican candidates doesn't take much. Santorum shows his hypocrisy every day. He likes to talk about his faith, yet he does a lousy job following the teachings of the church. The Xatholic Church is against capital punishment, for immigration reform, against war. That's 3 strikes against Ricky. So before he wants to preach his faith, maybe he should follow the church's doctrine..
Yeah, Sonic, you've said that a couple of times. Are you waiting for a response? Here's one. The GOP aren't racists because they disagree with the president. In fact, I've never heard that said or read it anywhere. I will say, however, that the GOP Lies and Slime Machine, which has been in high gear for some three years now, has come out with the most outrageous lies and misrepresentations of the truth heard in American politics in many years. No self-respecting conservative with an ounce of honesty would identify with the GOP today. But, they're not hypocrites. They're whores, who have sold their souls to the rich and big business, and in spite of your lies, they are going to get their collective asses wiped in November. They've put party before country the entire time Obama's been in office, even stating publicly that they wouldn't support him on ANYTHING, regardless of whether it was good for the country or not. Son, you lost the moral high ground in this dog fight a long, long time ago. If you don't hang your head in shame, then YOU'RE the hypocrite.
That sir is incorrect. U dont have to disagree. Its when comments like "our blacks are better" or "liberal" media never calling the president "president" let alone sir. Its saying hes a failure without stating the failures. U people say that we bashed pres bush but hold this guy up as a messiah. First pls point out the good things pres bush did and compare it to pres obama? Next u "christians" know what ur saying when u put pres obama and messiah in the same sentence. When u deny is why we call u racist
I USE CAPITAL LETTERS DUE TO VISION DIFFICULTIES. ANYWAY.EDUCATION AND LEARNING THINGS THAT CHALLENGE OLD AND FANTASY BELIEFS SETS PEOPLE FREE AND CHOOSE THEIR OWN PATH IN LIFE. I THINK FOLKS LIKE SANTORUM WANT AN UNEDUCATED VOTING GROUP THAT CAN BE EASILY CHEATED, LIKE THE TEA PARTY. LITERACY DOOES NOT MAKE PEOPLE MORAL AND WORTHWHILE, NOR SUPERIOR. I HAVE A UNIVERSITY DEGREE,STILL THAT DOES NOT MAKE ME FEEL SUPERIOR THAN ILLITERATE PEOPLE.
Jan Brewer looks like Christopher Walken in drag.
@ Mike, formerly from Syracuse
Jean2009, how about when harry Reid called Bush a liar and never apologized?
Bush did Lie , there were know MWD's in Iraq.
Or are you referring to Joe Wilson who apologized for yelling out "You lie!" to Obama ?
This isn't the 1800's. Perceived slights to ones honor don't lead to duels anymore. Everyone needs to get over it. Also, nothing much has changed in the 200 years. Politicians have been insulting themselves forever. Its not new. Just the amount of time you pay attention to it.
A good education is what makes the American dream possible Mr Santorum.
I don't mean fakes like Joe the plumber.
But I do know myself and many of my High school only colleagues and friends who took time out unsupported by government at the time to create small businesses ( several of whom with my college education and eventual professional qualifications) was able to assist in the bigger success of thier creations or help them overcome difficulties of financing and legal matters free of charge, because they asked hey can you help?
They and me are not SNOBS Mr. Santorum just living the american dream.I was lucky a) my parents paid for all my colege edication and b) I had fortunately the intellectual ability to achieve results c) I did learn that IQ is no measure of whether you can create and run a very successful business.
P.S I have not paid for a single plumbing job, car repair, house minor repair electrical or joinery or improvement except parts at cost for 20 + years.
Santorum is being an inverted SNOB and out of touch with the real world.
I remember here a most famous business commercial tenet for people in business commerce and banking whatever:-
YOU CAN ONLY RISE TO THE LEVEL OF YOUR OWN INCOMPTETENCE .
My god, Education at any and the best level practical for all of us is essential to our future. we are not all capable of being Ph'ds
Santorum has now lost my vote on at least three issues and so far fails to excite me with his Economic policies and job creation ideas.
WHERES MOTHER THERESA WHEN YOU NEED HER!
The GOBP Rove wingnut/teabagger trainwreck implosion is here.
Keep trying. The Tea Party was an overwhelming favorite during the last election. What makes you think that has changed? If anything the Tea Party is stronger today than during the last election when they overwhelmingly removed libs from office.
John, dream on. The Tea Party is maybe 20% of the Repub party and it is destroying your party for many years to come. Of coure, that's all good news for the Dems and President Obama.
Hmmm, what happened in the last election???? You libs keep trying to prop each other up and you have no clue you are about to crash and burn. Attitudes of the American working people have not changed since the last election.
America still has the best higher education colleges in the world and it is ironic that a prominent candidate says we do not need it. It is unfortunate that the best colleges are either too costly to afford, or there is no support from either families or government encouraging them to educate.
GOP leaders are worried that an educated person will lean towards democrats. They see the Colleges and Media as their enemies. It appears GOP wants to represent super RICH and work for them, but they need votes from the masses to come to power. So, GOP needs people to be uneducated, and glue to FOX news and so called conservative talk show hosts.
It is the uneducated people who are likely to have more time on their hands and more frustrated and angry, and are more gullible to GOP.
Santorum just like palin is the gop gift that keeps right on giving
Tp split hairs Santorum criticized Pres Obama as a snob for wanting all Americans to attend college or vocational training. I agree that college/university isn't for everyone, but that by no means makes anyone a snob. I don't know of any family that thinks their children or family members are snobs for going to college. Santorum made a completely idiotic statement by trying to force a divide among some blue collar workers and President Obama. The problem is Santorum is completely wrong and this will come back to haunt him. There were a myriad of articles in the news last week about skilled jobs that pay extremely well that companies can't fill because there are not enough trained workers. These jobs need more schooling to be able to operate computerized highly expensive equipment. How is that bad? How is making yourself smarter bad? I have never seen anyone be proud of being ignorant.
Also, Santorums supposition that students lose their faith in college is a bunch of BS. He says he read a study at sometime, but can't recall it or didn't have his campaign respond to his claims. So he just made crap up without any remorse. All politicians do that at some point, but I can't vote for someone who vilifies education even after he took advantage of it for his own improvement and touts it for his children. Anyone who would divide their constituents about the merits of education while promoting it for their own kids makes me view them as a divider and a class warfare proponent.
The Republicans want the power back and will say and do anything. I dont trust one word that comes out of there
mouths. Republicans dont care about women the poor or the middle class. It's all about them getting richer on our
backs. We are the 99% and we vote.
Right, and those crazy repubs want dirty water and dirty air... LOL
Actually, I think you are the 49% that don't work. I am part of the 50% who works. Maybe you didn't notice, but the repubs gained control of the House back in the last election. Working people are more angry at this administration now because of their policies than they were when the libs were voted out.
BTW, do you have a clue what BO, Pelosi and the gang are worth?
John, put the joint down and check some facts. RED states received more welfare that blue states. But again, when you teabaggers let the truth get in your way.
I can understand both points of view.liberals please tell me what job having a dagree in liberal arts can be held? Besides a liberal arts teacher?Or community organizing,or protesting?I meen come on how do they better the country in anyway?
Any of you liberals watch (Waiting for superman) writen,filmed,produced,distributedby a liberal? Charter schools don't have unions to keep liberals in power. So I guess education is not as important as votes.
Even Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who famously clashed with the president over her state’s immigration reform, said that she largely agreed with the president on the issue of education.
what she didn';t get in his face with her finger again, or acuse the President of being rude to her,,jeesh she is slipping......
Without college, America's unemployment rate would skyrocket even more. College isn't just about education, it's also about keeping young people from joining the ranks of the current unemployed. Now, having earned two degrees, I won't argue that college isn't a good thing. But we need to be honest about our motives here.
The fact of the matter is, a large number of students, and former students who failed to graduate, simply don't or didn't belong in college. Motivation, maturity, and raw intelligence are often lacking. It's better to focus on a wide variety of training opportunities such as apprenticeships and employer financed job training as well as college.
We now have a huge number of college graduates and dropouts living with a crushing debt that is excluded from bankruptcy who can't find a decent job. College is just NOT for everyone, but should be reserved for bright, motivated, mature individuals. It's better to put our resources toward vocational training and programs that provide real skills that can be used to make a real living in the real world.
This is not a new concept...it's our right as citizens to cast votes in all elections...since the Democratic nomination is locked up, I fully plan to cast my primary vote in Georgia AGAINST Newt Gingrich. It is done in all primaries...I don't understand why it's getting so much attention in Michigan.
Well I see things are really and truly the same...you CNN 'truth-fighters' and I do mean 'fighters'....literally fighting the truth have again decided not to post my extended comment on the Santorum/Snob/Education situation! Well what else is knew? Hi Jean2009! Missed you a lot!!
Higher education? Why bother... it's for "snobs"
@Todd...you are so right. That Santorum is a piece of work! Every President I've ever known in all of my 'voting life' or may I say since I started paying close attention has come out to students in America about how important an education is to the realization of their dreams. They always have stressed the fact that they wanted everybody to go to school, study hard, gett good grades and thereby possibly being able to get scholarships, grants, loans and manytimes being selected into private and corporately sponsored programs. What changed since Obama became POTUS? Why is he the 'snob'? All the others were snobs then too, huh? The only thing about them suggesting or encouraging students to work hard is ...nobody called them that! As a matter of fact, the whole nation agreed with the President! Securing profitable careers always has been dependent on ones level of education! Obama only did or said the same thing to our children, American students as many other Presidents had! What in the world makes him the snob,...'who thinks he's smarter than you' and 'who wants to create you in his own image'? We know full well everybody isn't 'liberal arts' college material! We know that some have gone to junior colleges, technical and vocational schools and other institutions of 'higher and specific' learning. All Obama was doing was exactly what everybody else did in his position. Pres Obama's even specified to us some of the courses which obviously are in need of focus. Just listening to his many Presidential 'student and faculty encouraging messages', I've heard him listing computer tecnology, engineers, physiology, scientists, biologists, economists, mathematicians and professions of those types. Anybody in their right mind knows you don't always get that kind of training from a 4-5 year "Liberal Arts College"! As a matter fact, he didn't even mention 'liberal arts'; he was actually talking about 'technical' education! I don't believe for a minute he was talking about nor to white matriculating Americans. That's fine! His concern is with so many young 'minority' Americans of all races becoming educated now being able to THINK and discern. I think Santorum is a racist biggot, and is hate is so real, that he's blurting out his real feelings...which is actually a good thing! Hey! It's better now than later....he's sick and tired of all of these 'educated minorities', especially African American 'Snobs'! Another one might mess around and end up being President again! He doesn't fool me with that 'Christian' talk....he's a wolf in sheeps clothing!