This is basically an appeal that is founded on the liberal perspective. Although they are conservatives and although they did believe that government spending should be reduced, the governors expressed agreement with the President. Apparently, what convinced them to support the President’s call was the fact that the appeal was none in a manner that treated education as an investment, a perspective that is conservative. By using a conservative perspective to convince the governors to support a liberal social policy, President Obama won them over to his campaign to retain government spending for education. This is definitely an example of how political leaders are able to skillfully use diplomacy to achieve goals without necessarily compromising their ideology.
In February 28, 2012, Associate Press came out with a news report about President Barack Obama’s appeal to the governors of the states not to cut funding for education. The appeal was made while the President was giving a speech at the National Governors Association’s annual winter meeting that was held in Washington. In the said article which was written by Beth Fouhy with contribution from AP’s Jim Kuhnhenn, it was mentioned that President Obama “urged the nation’s governors to invest more state resources in education, saying a highly skilled workforce is crucial for the U.S. to remain competitive with other countries” (February 28, 2012). The appeal was made apparently to counter the measures of many states that led to drastic cuts in their respective education budget which led to the inability of thousands of students to complete their college schooling.
It is clear that the Obama’s administration showing its liberal character in the issue of education. A liberal perspective on the issue of education would be that that government must have a social policy that guarantees