Why Is Reaction to Obama's Speech So Strong?

By Ben Briscoe
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TX - Over five times more people than usual have responded to our web poll about Thursday's story.

An overwhelming 78 percent think schools should not show Obama's speech. So what's different from other speeches?

Some commentators think it's the fact that this is the first time the white house has strongly suggested schools show the speech. Others think it's the proposed homework assignments the president has to hand out to kids.

But Trudy Hanson has an entirely different theory.  As the head of the Communications Department at West Texas A & M, she knows the power every speech can have - but says this one is even stronger because of the political climate.