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Shortage of applicants for contest to have Obama to speak at high school graduation
see-bee-ess ^ | March 2011

Posted on 03/07/2011 9:48:33 PM PST by doug from upland

White House memo notes shortage of applicants for contest to have Obama to speak at high school graduation

The White House is ramping up an effort to promote a nationwide competition to decide which high school wins a commencement speech by President Obama.

An internal White House memo indicates that the White House is facing a shortage of applications less than a week before the deadline.

The competition was extended from the February 25 deadline until Friday, March 11 after few schools met the original application deadline. CBS News has learned a White House Communications Office internal memo dated February 22 noted "a major issue with the Commencement Challenge."

"As of yesterday we had received 14 applications and the deadline is Friday," the memo said. The memo also urged recipients to, "please keep the application number close hold."

A follow-up memo on February 28 reported receipt of 68 applications. Noting the competition among more than 1,000 schools last year, the memo said, "Something isn't working." It called on staffers to ask "friendly congressional, gubernatorial and mayoral offices" to encourage schools to apply.

"We should also make sure the Cabinet is pushing the competition out to their lists," the memo said. The note reiterated, "We do not want the actual application number out there (we didn't release the number of applications we received last year until after the submission period)-so folks should not use it in their pitches."

On Monday, officials declined to cite the number of applications received so far.

The president will travel to the school that is judged to best prepare students for college and careers. The competition is part of Mr. Obama's ultimate goal of making the U.S. the country with the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.

Officials were unable to explain the reason for the apparent lack of interest, beyond pointing to possible procrastination by school systems.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan told CBS Radio News, "It's a huge opportunity for high schools to tell their story." Asked about the lagging application numbers, Duncan said, "Folks are working hard." He called on schools to "put their best foot forward and join the competition."

Education Department press aide Elizabeth Utrup said the deadline was extended "to provide an ample amount of time to reach out to schools from across the country." Utrup added, "Like last year, we anticipate the overwhelming majority will be submitted near the close of the Challenge."

The White House has posted on-line video appeals from President Obama and a student from last year's winning school, Kalamazoo (Michigan) Central High. Entertainers John Legend and Nick Jonas recorded their own videos for the challenge when they were in Washington for a recent "In Performance at the White House" event.

The exact deadline for schools to apply is 11:59P.M., Eastern Time, March 11. More on the application process is posted here.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: arneduncan; elizabethutrup; graduation; notakers; obama; speaker
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BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Only 14 applicants.
1 posted on 03/07/2011 9:48:39 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
And so it has begun!!

NERO has suddenly feeling pangs of loneliness as the masses begins to avoid him in droves.
Obama is suddenly thinking "Gee so this is what it feels like to be a god without dutiful worshipers!"

2 posted on 03/07/2011 9:51:47 PM PST by prophetic (0Bama = 1 illegal president = 32 illegal, unconstitutional & unnecessary CZARS to do his job!!)
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To: doug from upland
the memo said, "Something isn't working."

No CHIT Sherlock!!!

3 posted on 03/07/2011 9:55:08 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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To: doug from upland

Maybe the teachers’ unions are sending a warning to the Obozo to try harder to keep their unions alive. Maybe another porkulus package with all of the funds, rather than just 95%, going to unions.


4 posted on 03/07/2011 9:55:33 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: doug from upland

And in other news, vampires prefer anyone else but Obama for their nightly feeding ritual..


5 posted on 03/07/2011 9:57:21 PM PST by Soothesayer9
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To: doug from upland
The Worst President in history addressing 11 year olds. REAL popular with the kids!

"Just shoot me!" beg the children!


6 posted on 03/07/2011 9:57:38 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: doug from upland

This story is really a hoot! Just brought a big ole grin to this old fella’s face.


7 posted on 03/07/2011 9:58:52 PM PST by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: doug from upland

He’s as popular as the Plage..the 0bamic plague..


8 posted on 03/07/2011 9:59:21 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: prophetic

Nobody is interested in having the White House Commie reading the TOTUS even high school tadpoles...


9 posted on 03/07/2011 10:01:56 PM PST by Stayfree (Find out the truth at RewardForObamasBirthCertificate.com!)
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To: doug from upland

“We want Biteme, send us Biteme!”


10 posted on 03/07/2011 10:04:56 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Stayfree

Where is the application from MauMau High in Kenya?


11 posted on 03/07/2011 10:05:10 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: FormerACLUmember
Yeah, so much for being "The most brilliant man ever to be elected President" when he needs a teleprompter at every public appearance.

Whoever made up that crap about him really needs to be publicly TARRED & FEATHERED!!

Its scenes like these that forcefully makes the point that Obummer is a PUPPET and not a President.

12 posted on 03/07/2011 10:10:41 PM PST by prophetic (0Bama = 1 illegal president = 32 illegal, unconstitutional & unnecessary CZARS to do his job!!)
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To: doug from upland

List of places named after Barack Obama
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama_Elementary_School#Schools


13 posted on 03/07/2011 10:14:26 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("You cannot invade the US There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass." Yamamoto)
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To: doug from upland
Nobody is much interested in any speaker at a high school graduation. The student speakers a little, maybe, but an invited adult, very little. Hurry up, shut up, and sit down.

Why, then, would sensible people want to be put through the added aggravation of having all the extra security to deal with? Not to mention how having POTUS speak is likely to throw the timing off, and in some towns, multiple schools utilize the same facilities on the same day; timing has to be done carefully or you have a huge mess. In other towns, the venues for graduation are limited and not really large enough and they are jamming people in with a shoehorn to accommodate families; why add to the headaches?

That's besides the fact that a lot of people don't wish to hear him nor see him. Some may also not wish to see their or their childrens' special day turned into a three-ring circus.

14 posted on 03/07/2011 10:14:35 PM PST by susannah59
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To: IncPen

If you cannot get the kids to respect you, how will you ever get world leaders to respect. I imagine his remaining time in office is going to be difficult. Even MSM is not going to be able to cover for this imbecile


15 posted on 03/07/2011 10:18:17 PM PST by Nailbiter
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To: doug from upland
Oh Me... pick meeee.... ME!...Me!... Pick Me!.... NOT!
17 posted on 03/07/2011 10:21:50 PM PST by Safrguns
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To: doug from upland

Because the last time he spoke, he brought his teleprompter? This idiot sucks.


18 posted on 03/07/2011 10:23:37 PM PST by max americana
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To: doug from upland
A follow-up memo on February 28 reported receipt of 68 applications. Noting the competition among more than 1,000 schools last year, the memo said, "Something isn't working."

Interest is down by more than 93%?

I guess the Yoots didn't like the Change they got.

19 posted on 03/07/2011 10:26:22 PM PST by Uncle Miltie ("And did you exchange a walk on part in a war, for a lead role in a cage?")
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To: doug from upland

Realistically, would you want the POTUS, any POTUS, at your kid’s graduation? The whole security thing along would take from the event, then the POTUS would be the center of attention, not the grads.


20 posted on 03/07/2011 10:29:52 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: doug from upland

Well, won’t that make choosing easier?


21 posted on 03/07/2011 10:32:23 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“Well, won’t that make choosing easier?”

You’d think for someone as indecisive as Obama, it’d be a good thing!


22 posted on 03/07/2011 10:35:02 PM PST by EDINVA
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I just had a brilliant idea. Everyone from FR should apply for this. Make up a fake school, with a fake address in a vacant lot or something, and write the most impressive essay you have ever written. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have the president show up at a vacant lot to speak?


23 posted on 03/07/2011 10:45:44 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: doug from upland

This guy needs to go. He is not Presidential matter period.


24 posted on 03/07/2011 10:46:52 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: doug from upland

“Win a date with Barry!”


25 posted on 03/07/2011 10:47:57 PM PST by sinanju
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To: doug from upland

This cannot be correct. Everyone loves to hear Barry’s speeches where he uses the words “me” and “I” about a billion times while droning on and on and on.......


27 posted on 03/07/2011 11:03:31 PM PST by dupree
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To: doug from upland
Officials were unable to explain the reason for the apparent lack of interest, beyond pointing to possible procrastination by school systems.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan told CBS Radio News, "It's a huge opportunity for high schools to tell their story." Asked about the lagging application numbers, Duncan said, "Folks are working hard." He called on schools to "put their best foot forward and join the competition."

Liberals are always dumber than dirt and are genetically stupid & incapable of understanding why others don't fall all over themselves, gushing to be chosen by the usurper-in-crap 0b0z0 the commie pig.

Hey you liberal dumb-ass turds! Even the young people are tired of 24/7 coverage of the worst pres___ent in history. Nobody wants to be associated with this narcissistic commie pig! Get used to it!

28 posted on 03/07/2011 11:38:09 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: doug from upland

The problem is that the essays must be submitted in either Ebonics, Swahili or Arabic.


29 posted on 03/07/2011 11:56:34 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: doug from upland

The unlucky school who gets the POTUS to visit should just request the script so they can hand it out and avoid Obama having to read it off the TOTUS.


30 posted on 03/08/2011 12:05:30 AM PST by matt04
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To: doug from upland

I wouldn’t even want him in the same state for any important event in my life. It’s bad enough that he inhabits the same planet.


31 posted on 03/08/2011 12:06:03 AM PST by Ronin ("Dismantle the TSA and send the screeners back to Wal-Mart.")
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To: doug from upland
What a maroon!


32 posted on 03/08/2011 12:09:54 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy." -- Ron Paul)
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To: EDINVA; All
A acquaintance's child was among the graduates at KZoo's Obamafest. I recall they were pleased with the event organization but I'm sure they voted for Obama too.

In principle it'd be an honor to have any president as a graduation speaker. I certainly never had anyone so notable keynote my commencements.

I think the huge drop in numbers is because the novelty of the "first halfrica-American president" in general and of Obama himself, in particular, has dissipated.

He's can invoke the name as often as he wants but he's no Ronald Reagan. Pres. Reagan had earned people's admiration while Obama is little more than a carnival curiosity. He's grossly underperforming.

If he wins a second term, I see Obama growing into an angry, frustrated man like some hollywood "overnight sensation" who believed their own "greatness" and can't understand where their fans went once the next big thing has come along. W was never that way. Even the adulation addicted Clinton never really believed his own hype. I suspect Obama just might.

33 posted on 03/08/2011 12:35:23 AM PST by newzjunkey (AB80 moves CA presidential primary to June, why bother voting?)
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To: doug from upland

LOL! This is more serious for his ego than his big ears!


34 posted on 03/08/2011 12:36:28 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: Iron Munro; FormerACLUmember

Tell me this guy isn’t using TelePrompTers at school events!


35 posted on 03/08/2011 12:37:58 AM PST by newzjunkey (AB80 moves CA presidential primary to June, why bother voting?)
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To: EDINVA

Please anyone who was realistic would have never voted for this flim flam man the thought that he is our president
makes me want to throw up


36 posted on 03/08/2011 12:58:50 AM PST by funfan
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To: doug from upland

He continues to degrade the office of the President.


37 posted on 03/08/2011 1:27:37 AM PST by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: doug from upland

Well, first you have to have schools that (a) want Obama and (b) have some graduates for him to speak to.


39 posted on 03/08/2011 1:42:37 AM PST by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: TigersEye
“We want Biteme, send us Biteme!”

In two months I'll be attending the USMA commencement, where the speaker will be .... Biteme!

40 posted on 03/08/2011 1:46:22 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: doug from upland

LOL!

Past (grown-up) Presidents would receive invitations to speak, evaluate how they fit into their schedule and then respond to the invitations.

The man-child Obama has made it into a contest! And his ego is crushed when the game doesn’t make him look good!

= = =

So why the poor response? School administrators would wet their little liberal pants to have Obama speak in their district. I’m guessing that they recognize how devisive Obama is and don’t want their graduation to turn into a political boycott.


41 posted on 03/08/2011 2:06:46 AM PST by kidd
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To: Rummyfan

How did you get so lucky? /s lol


42 posted on 03/08/2011 2:20:12 AM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: F15Eagle
If he were honest, more people would like to hear him.

For example, If he said he bowed to King Saud because he's a Muslim, and America sucks. Or that he clapped his hands and smiled when we got attacked on 9-11. People would appreciate that kind of honesty.

But to have him on stage pretending that He loves America is bull shit, and the kids know it. We all see through it. We all have better things to do than to listen to some Kenyan born jackass bull shit and lie for an hour.

43 posted on 03/08/2011 2:21:17 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: doug from upland

There’s a daycare in our neighborhood...I could ask some 4 year olds to write. Subject: Why are you destroying our future?


44 posted on 03/08/2011 2:54:18 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: doug from upland
Liberals and RINOs never stop lying about what 11/2/10 was all about—and their MSM never tire of downsizing the potency in the massive groundswell of patriotic disgust it introduced.
Until they stop listening and believing in their own Leftist media—especially polls conducted by them—Liberals and RINOs are going to get savaged every other November until they vanish.
45 posted on 03/08/2011 2:57:19 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Only God has more power than the Second Amendment to save America.")
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To: doug from upland
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2685038/posts
46 posted on 03/08/2011 3:03:03 AM PST by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: doug from upland

Maybe they’d have an improved response if they held a contest for Obama to not speak at the school.


47 posted on 03/08/2011 3:22:40 AM PST by Jonty30
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To: charlie72

Nobody has less respect for the President than I but please don’t say that.


48 posted on 03/08/2011 3:27:36 AM PST by namvolunteer (We draw the Congressional districts this time)
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To: susannah59

The COST for assisting the feds with security detail and traffic control would shut down some of these communities. Besides, if the gov’t is so broke, they need to eliminate this kind of fluff.

“Why, then, would sensible people want to be put through the added aggravation of having all the extra security to deal with? Not to mention how having POTUS speak is likely to throw the timing off, and in some towns, multiple schools utilize the same facilities on the same day; timing has to be done carefully or you have a huge mess. In other towns, the venues for graduation are limited and not really large enough and they are jamming people in with a shoehorn to accommodate families; why add to the headaches? “


49 posted on 03/08/2011 3:30:25 AM PST by fivecatsandadog (Don't let reality ruin your day.)
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To: susannah59
...extra security...

You bring up a good point. I wonder if the schools are unwilling to pay for it? Or, maybe they didn't have to pay for it last year but this year they do and that's why only 14 have applied.

In any case I love this story. No one wants the "gangster administration" in their halls. Awesome!

50 posted on 03/08/2011 3:35:13 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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