Kathleen Parker lamented that President Obama [“The reluctant First Father,” op-ed, Dec. 12] has not put into words what Texas law professor Lino Graglia observed as the causes of blacks and Hispanics falling behind in education: namely, poor, uneducated, single, female mothers — without involved partners. Well, Mr. Graglia may be correct, but the president may have two reasons for not offering similar homilies about being uneducated.

First, had Mr. Obama weighed in on this subject before the November election, it’s likely he would have offended many black and Hispanic voters and lost their support. Second, the only activities in which Mr. Obama seems eager to lead are spending other people’s money and campaigning to spend still more. In these two activities he excels.

John K. Lambert, Silver Spring