Skip to comments.Secret WH memo: Why arenít any high schools asking Obama to speak at commencement this year?
Posted on 03/08/2011 7:29:49 AM PST by mandaladon
Is there any sadder testament to the fading magic of Hopenchange than this? Reading it, I actually felt sorry for the guy.
Any high school principals out there in the HA audience have time to throw together an application and reassure The One that kids still love him? And by love him, I mean will happily sit through a speech/photo op in lieu of having to go to class.
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 isnt 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 didnt release the number of applications we received last year until after the submission period)-so folks should not use it in their pitches.
(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com ...
Guess the bloom is off the rose.
I was surprised that the WH PR office would even release such embarrassing information.
Someone will get thrown under the bus for that error in judgment.
My daughter graduates from our home school this May.
I would be happy to have him visit for the meal and celebration, as long as I get to do all of the talking and ask all of the questions.
We have to assume that kids who ACTUALLY DO graduate, know how to read and write.... SOOOOO it goes without saying that THEY don’t want to hear “O”?
Then, the kids who do not graduate aren’t there to ask him to speak!!!
He should give the commencement speech at a madrassas.
I guess the early pool of school applicants are not to their liking. If I had to guess, all the early applicants are inner city failing schools.
Maybe because a lying, thieving, despicable marxist just isn't as fine a role model for young people as the jihadist-in-chief thinks he is.
Because he’s a half-a$$ POS Muslim and everyone knows it???
...,.just the White Hut’s way of saying “I’m available”....secret memo that wasn’t so secret....he needs to get out of town at least 4 times a week. Being President has taken it’s toll on him....even though he dodges responsibility daily.
Poor Dumbo, ever since Junior said his electric car was a piece of ****, he’s been in a funk.
extended from the February 25 deadline until Friday, March 11 after few schools met the original application deadline
Those few schools should be investigated for gross incompetence in their senior staff and administration.
Doesn’t sound to me like they released it. Sounds like an internal memo was leaked.
maybe they made the application too complicated
you know, above the 3rd grade reading comprehension level
that would rule out many of zerO ‘s base supporters
why doesn’t he just speak at his own alma mater, in the mean streets of Punahou
"Officials were unable to explain the reason for the apparent lack of interest, beyond pointing to possible procrastination by school systems."
Care to guess how many times a day you'd see this on CNN if it were a Republican?
I think they structured it all wrong.
The contest should have been to say 0bama would speak at ALL High Schools thru-out the US. Then, each high school would be invited to submit an essay as to why 0bama should NOT come to their school. There will be a FLOOD of entries, and the top 27467 essays get to have him NOT speak at their ceremony. The unlucky 27468'th school... will have to bear it.
Just wait, some Democrat will find the uncounted applications, in a box in somebody's car trunk.
Why is this an issue? He won’t be going to 68 schools or 1000.
He probably planned on one school, so he can pick from the 68 that entered. or pick two.
Or are they wishing for a different type of school, unsatisfied with the 68 entries?
Actually, most schools probably don't want the hassle of it all--the over-zealous security and the arrogant leader upstaging the event, which is supposed to be about the kids' achievement, not the "ONE". Can you imagine how many times Obamalamadingdong uses the word "I" in a commencement speech? Sheesh...what a beating that speech would be to sit through.
Lots of schools are having to make unpopular budget cuts, and dragging in the most polarizing president in history to upstage their kids' graduation probably doesn't win too much support with the local taxpayers.
Besides, everyone knows he's just going to leave early to go play golf.
barak ususally speaks at college campus’s.
Wonder who has extended an invitation?
Why arent any high schools asking Obama to speak at commencement this year?
Because they don’t want to.
[Just wait, some Democrat will find the uncounted applications, in a box in somebody’s car trunk.]
Who wants to listen to someone reciting verbatim from a teleprompter???
He can always give the commencement speech at Notre Dame.
They love their messiah. They’ll even cover the cross on his behalf.
I was thinking along similar lines.
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This may be a silly idea, but isn’t it a better idea for schools to . . . wait for this . . . teach . . . than to sit around in an auditorium listening to an anti-American socialist boast about how wonderfully he has turned what would have been a brief and minor recession with a risk of 8% unemployment into an extended depression in which 8% unemployment would be considered a recovery? This White House failure gives me a little hope for our schools.
Well, whoever let this memo loose - thank you! (If it had been me, I think it would be totally worth it.)
Here is an interesting anecdote. My kid is a young swimmer and gets the monthly USA swim magazine. They do short interviews with young swimmers across the country. One of the questions invariably asked is “Name a famous person you would like to meet”. Without fail the young kids would answer Obama. I used to grind my teeth. I haven’t seen one kid say that in over a year.
Several trade schools have asked him to appear, including TEXAS CHAINSAW UNIVERSITY.
Several trade schools have asked him to appear, including TEXAS CHAINSAW UNIVERSITY.
Who got a clue? The kids or the magazine? Both?
‘Cause everyone assumed that he’d already be tied up? There are plenty of leftist school administrations that would love to have him; now that the word’s out, he’ll probably be flooded with requests.
Then, the kids who do not graduate arent there to ask him to speak!!!
How would they no about zero if they can’t reed or right?
From the TV~!!!!!!
I couldn't have said it any better.
I think you’re on to something. There is nothing more boring than a political speaker at a graduation, IMHO. The kids want it to be Their graduation. Besides, there really are typically plenty of hassles in getting to the graduation venue, parking, seating (tickets required), etc. Sometimes outdoor graduations get pretty hot, too, in addition to being long.
Personally, I think the one really important thing a graduation should never be without is an expression of gratitude for the parents, faculty and staff who persevered with the students the whole way through. That, and passing out diplomas and taking pictures, should pretty much cover it.
“Why arent any high schools asking Obama to speak at commencement this year? Because they dont want to.”
BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO LISTEN TO HIS BULLCRAP!
BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY’D GET ARRESTED AND DRAGGED OUT ON NATIONAL TV WHILE SHOUTING “YOU LOUSY LYING POS, WHERE’S YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE”!
BECAUSE HE MIGHT BRING THE WOOKIE, AND AT THAT TIME OF YEAR, PERSPIRING WOOKIES STINK UP THE PLACE.
BECAUSE LOUSY LYING POS’s HAVE NO SENSE OF HONOR OR INTEGRITY AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO ENCOURAGE IN OUR CHILDREN, NOT FORCIBLY EXPOSE THEM TO THE EXACT OPPOSITE!
whew, I feel better.
“whew, I feel better.”
Thank you! I feel the same way. “Set the barn on fire” anger at the right things is so refreshing!
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