Heard on the Hill: Reading and Writing and Espionage

Posted May 2, 2011 at 6:58pm

Hours after the president’s speech Sunday night, Sen. Dick Lugar took up the same topic with another attentive audience. But unlike President Barack Obama’s crowd, his listeners still think string cheese is an everyday food.

In a speech to students at Stout Field Elementary School early Monday, the Indiana Republican encouraged students to study hard, just like those who captured Osama bin Laden.

“Lugar to Stout students: People working in intel comm have used education wisely to find ppl who want to harm us like Osama Bin Laden,” his team tweeted live from the event.

“They’ve studied geography/science & used that knowledge to find where he was hiding. We celebrate their work today,” they continued on Twitter.

The Senator took up the topic early, beginning his speech at 8:30 a.m.

“His remarks were off-the-cuff, as are most of his remarks, so he must have decided late last night or early this morning to use this as an example that hard work in elementary school and subsequent experiences pays off in big ways personally and for our country,” a spokesman for the Senator said.

Although Americans are still searching for answers to their many questions, the elementary school students were less curious ­— none asked about bin Laden, despite a 30-minute question period with the Senator.