President Obama dispensed some curious advice to interns that were gathered at the White House this week, telling them everything they need to know about life, they've learned from the books of Dr. Seuss.
No, seriously, he said this. Here it is verbatim:
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?
You know, 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? All I'm saying is that as you get older, what you will find is that the homespun, basic virtues that your mom, or 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, it's all true.
His twenty-something audience was delighted that the leader of the free world was talking to them about nursery rhymes.
It is interesting to note that before Dr. Seuss was providing moral tales for children, he was drawing his first cartoons in 1929 of a more political nature, one which has since been auctioned off depicted black-faced men, defined by the N-word, being chosen to go work a woodpile for a white man.
It is also interesting that when Democrats refer to the works of Dr. Seuss it's pure and right, but when a Republican Texas senator reads Green Eggs and Ham, it's cause for ridicule.