After reviewing the play from every different angle, I can only conclude that in the case of the Great Presidential School Speech, we on the right got punked. Obama is a divisive lefty weasel. We know it. We've seen enough of him to know that he'd love to proselytize our kids with his ecohealthyhopeychange, and we made a rightful stink about Obama demanding audience with our kids. So Barry backs off - and instead of it being an Obama Youth recruiting message, 'Bams comes along and gives a very mainstream mom & apple pie kind of speech that catches us off guard. His supporters can now say "See? You haters make him out to be the bogeyman! He's not! He's just a normal, patriotic, hard-working guy like everybody else!"
Well, we know he's full of crap. A goodly portion of America also knows he's full of crap. But in this one instance, he got us. Not gonna pretend otherwise.