Skip to comments.Chesterfield rejects Michelle Obama's bid to speak at county school [Virginia]
Posted on 09/13/2012 9:13:38 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
First Lady Michelle Obama had sought to speak at a Chesterfield County elementary school during her campaign swing through Virginia today, but county school leaders rejected her request, citing school policy, a Chesterfield supervisor has confirmed.
I do believe and think that Mrs. Obama, the first lady, should be allowed to attend a Chesterfield school, said Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland, who confirmed the Obama campaign request. I know its not school policy. However, I just do not agree with that, because I think its an honor for the first lady to visit a school. Thats just my personal opinion as supervisor."
Chesterfield schools officials refused to discuss the Obama campaigns request or even confirm whether a request had been made. School system spokesman Shawn Smith did not reply to two email inquiries about the matter Wednesday until after the Times-Dispatch contacted School Board Chairman Patricia M. Carpenter.
We respectfully decline to comment, Smith said in an email.
Holland, the only Democrat on the five-member Chesterfield board, was unaware of the Obama campaign request until contacted by a reporter. He then confirmed it after contacting the county administration.
It was confirmed that (Mrs. Obama) did in fact ask to come to a Chesterfield school,Holland said. I dont know the extent of what their request was, whether it was a political request or whether it was an educational request.
If it was official, that would be appropriate, Holland added. If it was political, that would be inappropriate.
Wednesday evening, the school divisions community relations director, Tim Bullis, sent by email a statement regarding the school boards policy in response to the newspapers inquiry.
If a political campaign were to inquire about the use of a school facility during the school day, the campaign would be referred to a School Board policy...
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As Nelson would say... ha, ha
Who could possibly reject a visit from the first lady, unless they’re a racist?
It’s less than two months to Election Day, and this guy thinks Mrs. Obama was coming to educate students? (eyes a-rollin’)
Never too late to get an education.
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