Obama gives a speech on early education, calls Congress preschoolers

President Obama couldn’t help taking a jab at Congress during his post-SOTU speech yesterday in Decatur, Ga, comparing them to unruly preschoolers.

“And that whole playing well with others, by the way, is a trait we could use more in Washington,” he said to an enthusiastic crowd. “So maybe we need to bring the teachers up every once in a while have some quiet time. Time out.”

So much for one of the key the sentiments Obama described in his second Inaugural address. “We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate,” Obama said Tuesday night.

Obama used the speech to promote one of the new policies he introduced in Tuesday’s SOTU – universal preschool education. He mentioned Georgia specifically as a state “that make it a priority to educate our youngest children” during his address.

“And that’s why, on Tuesday night, I proposed working with states like Georgia to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America. Every child,” the president said.

Leaving his valentine at home to prepare for their $900 dinner date that evening, the campaigner-in-chief didn’t miss the opportunity to remind those in attendance how thrilled he was that they were spending part of their holiday with him.

“Well, it is great to be in Georgia! Great to be in Decatur! I can’t imagine a more romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day than with all of you,” the president said to the rows of smiling teachers in the Decatur Recreation Center.

Only a handful of preschoolers actually attended the event, however, as they were on spring break this week.

Video of President Obama calling Congress a bunch of ‘preschoolers’ can be found below: