Since the Kennedy Administration, President's have used "plausible deniability" to accomplish tasks they believed needed to be done, but for which they wanted no blame.
President Obama has created a new presidential expression - "implausible accountability" to NOT accomplish tasks he believes need to be done, but for which he wants no blame for lack of achievement.
With his powerful rhetoric on American Education today, the President gave the speech Americans wanted to hear - "setting world-class standards, rewarding outstanding teachers, paying more for math and science teachers, paying more to put great teachers into failing schools, more charter schools, teacher accountability, cutting edge plans, 21st century skills, etc etc."
Of course the President knows everything he "promised" to the American people are things he can't deliver.
The only possibility of making good on these promises would require the courage to use the "historic opportunity" created by our collapsing economy. For a brief period of time, President Obama could hold the $100 Billion Education Stimulus purse strings and compel States to actually do what he says should be done for America's children.
He had the power today - in one speech - to push American education into the 21st century, but he let the opportunity pass.
Instead, he chose to make bold, lofty and implausible promises for action for which only State legislatures are accountable. The moment to demand change is when one has control of the money, not after it has been given away.
And so, American children remain trapped in a 20th century school system where they haven't a prayer of preparing for the high wage, high growth careers of the 21st century.