Skip to comments.President Obama Joins Elder George Bush in Call to Community Service
Posted on 10/16/2009 4:34:43 AM PDT by IbJensen
San Francisco (AP) - President Barack Obama, who has called on Americans to perform more community service, is joining former President George H.W. Bush in urging citizens to volunteer.
Bush on Friday was to host a forum on volunteering at Texas A&M University, to be attended by Obama, who initiated a "United We Serve" call to service in June that culminated in a national day of service on the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The forum is affiliated with the Points of Light Institute, an organization that honors people and groups who participate in community service. Bush created the Daily Point of Light Award in 1989 to honor volunteers.
The forum will be held at the A&M campus at College Station, Texas, where Bush's presidential library is located. It was expected to draw students, faculty and Points of Light award winners. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a former president of the university, was planning to attend as well.
As a candidate, Obama promised to make a call to public service a cornerstone of his presidency.
On the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday this year, on Jan. 19, the day before Obama's inauguration, the president-elect, Hollywood stars and thousands of other Americans volunteered across the country.
In April, Obama signed into law the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which tripled the size of the AmeriCorps community service program.
And in late June, when Obama kicked off the call to service program, he and his family worked with other volunteers at Fort McNair in Washington and helped load 15,000 backpacks with books, healthy snacks and toys for children with parents in the armed forces
"Read my lips. Volunteer for community service."
(Birds of a a feather.)
It’s all one big f*ing club and we are the waiters.
I don't owe society another G-d damn thing.
Don’t community service jobs just compete with some minimum wage/entry level jobs?
I can’t stand him, either.
Was working for a boat dealer at the time, making $ 80k a year.
We were out of business within a year of him passing his tax increase. Business in place for more than 50 years. Done in by GHWB in a year.
I’m no fan.
And we still have "Jeb Bush 2012" supporters here. Sheeeesh, what maroons!
Socialists love spending other peoples’ hard-earned money. But what will they do when the well runs dry?
More like the main course.
Yet they all live in the lap of luxury. Go sell what you have, give to the poor & then perhaps I’ll follow your lead.
“Its all one big f*ing club and we are the waiters.”
When the government (local, state, or feds) organizes any type of “volunteerism” run like crazy.
If it doesn’t come from the heart, it isn’t heart felt.
Remember, Obama is the only person in the world who can make COMMUNITY seem like a 4-letter word.
Now,showing up to work in a homeless shelter wearing $600 sneakers is *my* kind of "community service".
Yeah- thass what I’m talking about....
Exactly! When these elitist scumbags sell their 25 million dollar homes on the Malibu cliffs and start living in $250K houses in Encino *then* I'll believe that they're sincere about helping the less fortunate.Study after study show that the red states are the most generous when giving to charity while a state like Massachusetts,one of the richest (and most Marxist) in the country,is close to being last on the list.
Nationalize Healthcare. Nationalize Oil industry, Nationalize Pharmaceuticals, Nationalize Wal-Mart.
Then close the borders with an Iron Curtain so no companies or doctors can leave.
I can’t believe GHWB would in any way associate himself with Obama. I know they’re “birds of a feather”, but BHO is out in the world slamming GHWB’s son!
It’s all an act.
No Worries Dix. There will be a few thousand protesters there for King Obama come Saturday. I’m sure no media outlet will cover THAT part of the Bush/Obama Party, but they will be there.