Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Obama chooses Booker T. Washington in Memphis to deliver commencement speech
The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | Bartholomew Sullivan

Posted on 05/10/2011 10:02:53 AM PDT by Sybeck1

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will deliver a commencement address at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, the White House has confirmed.

After the announcement was expected last Friday and again Monday but delayed, the winner of the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge was named to great expectations after each of the three finalists were notified.

The date of the speech has yet to be determined. In his first 27 months in office, Obama has not visited Memphis as president.

The other finalists were High Tech High International in San Diego, Calif., and Bridgeport High School in Washington state. Nearly 100,000 people participated online in ranking the schools’ video pitches for the presidential visit.

BTW outpaced state goals in Algebra 1 by 27 percentage points last year. It also surpassed the goal in English and raised its graduation rate from 60.4 percent in 2009 to 81.6 last spring.

Booker T. Washington is the city’s oldest high school created for black students during segregation.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: commencement; memphis; obama
The One is coming!!!
1 posted on 05/10/2011 10:03:00 AM PDT by Sybeck1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1

Booker T and the MG’s?


2 posted on 05/10/2011 10:04:27 AM PDT by Adder (Say NO the the O in 2 oh 12)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1

Hopefully he arrives just in time to get swept out to the gulf with the rest of the debris.


3 posted on 05/10/2011 10:06:41 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1
I don't think Booker T. Washington and Obama were on the same page:

"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well."
--Booker T. Washington, 1911

4 posted on 05/10/2011 10:07:15 AM PDT by circlecity
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mouton

Sadly for Obama, there won’t be any white kids to show behind him for diversity at Booker T.


5 posted on 05/10/2011 10:08:10 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Releasing the photos is a "GUTSY CALL"............)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1
I thought Booker T. Washington was dead.

Besides, I doubt that he'd have given a commencement speech for obama.

Washington was, as I recall from studying US History, a self-reliant individual who had no interest in fanning the flames of racism.

6 posted on 05/10/2011 10:08:19 AM PDT by HIDEK6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1

Maybe The One could take time out from promoting himself to lower the Missippi river around Memphis.


7 posted on 05/10/2011 10:08:46 AM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1
Booker T. Washington is the city’s oldest high school created for black students during segregation.

Just curious--is it still segregated?
8 posted on 05/10/2011 10:08:51 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1

I recall vividly when Bush II visited some Eastern High School, at the very last minute, the teacher in charge of the band at one of the schools with drew their participation, claiming that she did not want the students to show preference.

In other words, these students practiced for days, weeks in anticipation of playing for the president, and in the end this liberal twit, prohibited them from playing.

I don’t expect the same thing to happen to Barry Obama.This guy is in campaign mode. He will be stopped by his own Carter moment.

The world leaders know, that he is gutless and will vacillate esp over something like China attacking Taiwan or someone attacking Israel.


9 posted on 05/10/2011 10:09:13 AM PDT by nikos1121
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1

heck, they can and will bus them in.


10 posted on 05/10/2011 10:09:13 AM PDT by Tupelo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: American Quilter

Mississippi! I can’t believe I wrote it as “Missippi.”


11 posted on 05/10/2011 10:09:38 AM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: rightwingintelligentsia

Yes, unless busing starts.


12 posted on 05/10/2011 10:11:12 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Releasing the photos is a "GUTSY CALL"............)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Adder
Booker T and the MG’s?

Greatest instrumental band ever.

13 posted on 05/10/2011 10:12:31 AM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator

Play it, Steve.


14 posted on 05/10/2011 10:14:05 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1

“BTW outpaced state goals in Algebra 1 by 27 percentage points last year”

...big deal. In my daughters public HS the graduation rate is 99.8% and 25% of seniors have a 3.7+ GPA. Over 85% have already been accepted into college. It’s all about the parents.

All city schools do is lower the bar until they get the numbers they want. Black kids don’t have a chance from the start. No Dad, entitlements, revisionist history and no understanding of economics doom them. It’s working just the way it was intended.


15 posted on 05/10/2011 10:14:27 AM PDT by albie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1

Bridgeport High School was one of the losers. It is a very small school in Eastern Washington. The graduating class is less than 30, and many of them are here illegally.


16 posted on 05/10/2011 10:15:36 AM PDT by proudpapa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ComputerGuy

How ‘bout some Green Onions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czuKJeH-t84


17 posted on 05/10/2011 10:16:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1

A.) Wouldn’t the date he delivers the commencement address coincide with the graduation date?

B.) Has BO not been watching the news? Does he not know the place is underwater?


18 posted on 05/10/2011 10:16:50 AM PDT by Hatteras
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1
And how very convenient there happens to be a little problem with flooding in the area. He can campaign - oops, I mean console all the good people.

Obvious, much.

19 posted on 05/10/2011 10:18:07 AM PDT by greatplains
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1

I think he shold go to his alma mater, that school in Indonesia.


20 posted on 05/10/2011 10:20:01 AM PDT by DonkeyBonker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: circlecity
Recently read “Up From Slavery” by Booker T. Washington. Great book, short read, every American should read it.

He had some great things to say about Union strikes, but this one seemed appropriate in the context of 0bama....

“Among a large class (in Washington D.C.) there seemed to be a dependence upon the Government for every conceivable thing. The members of this class had little ambition to create a position for themselves, but wanted the Federal officials to create one for them.” Booker T. Washington

21 posted on 05/10/2011 10:23:09 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Hatteras

I am sure he comes bearing a case of water and a mint for all and sundry who may be wet.


22 posted on 05/10/2011 10:23:18 AM PDT by Adder (Say NO the the O in 2 oh 12)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator

Excellent!


23 posted on 05/10/2011 10:24:07 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: All; Sybeck1
A charter school with 100% of students going on to college, High Tech High is too successful. It's also in Republican San Diego.

Booker T. Washington would be the racist's choice so it's a given with this president. He'll work in the floods too. Gag.

24 posted on 05/10/2011 10:24:32 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Stay focused: Debt, Deficits & Immigration.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: HIDEK6

King was for individualism but that don’t stop the left in changing history!


25 posted on 05/10/2011 10:25:02 AM PDT by tallyhoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: albie

BTW’s most famous alum is Marion (’the bitch set me up’) Berry, former mayor of Washington D.C.


26 posted on 05/10/2011 10:25:13 AM PDT by Melchior
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Hatteras
B.) Has BO not been watching the news? Does he not know the place is underwater?

Ha! This is BO! He will part the waters and make them recede!

27 posted on 05/10/2011 10:25:57 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Stay focused: Debt, Deficits & Immigration.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1
Booker T. shows how much Obama loves diversity. If the situation were reversed, Bush would have been called racist.
28 posted on 05/10/2011 10:30:05 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1

Big mistake-the Mississippi River is cresting at 48 feet today in Memphis. It’s going to be hard for Dear Leader and the MSM to ignore the disaster when they have to drive (row?) through it.


29 posted on 05/10/2011 10:30:34 AM PDT by Spok
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: circlecity

As true today as it was in 1911.


30 posted on 05/10/2011 10:32:50 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1

If Obummer knew a thing about Booker T. Washington
(the man), he might have chosen a school whose name
aligned more with his core beliefs.

If only ideals and values could transfer by proximity.


31 posted on 05/10/2011 10:35:16 AM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]



Even this baby owes thousands on the national debt


Give what you can
Or donate monthly, and a sponsoring FReeper will contribute $10

Lazamataz is hanging by a pixel!

32 posted on 05/10/2011 10:40:10 AM PDT by TheOldLady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1

He probably scrubbed CAPA in Pittsburgh after one of their teachers got busted robbing banks, stealing school district computers, and breaking in to her neighbors’ homes, all to support a heroin habit.


33 posted on 05/10/2011 10:53:09 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Buckeye McFrog

I don’t know how Hitech High got that far. They didn’t have a chance because they are too white..and located at a former Navy Training Center in the heart of San Diego.
Good lesson on PC for those youngsters.


34 posted on 05/10/2011 10:58:25 AM PDT by Oldexpat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1

Whew. I’m glad he didn’t choose Washington State.


35 posted on 05/10/2011 11:10:06 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Release Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich and let him and his family get on with their lives.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: taxesareforever

BOOKER T. WOULD NEVER SUPPORT FLOODING THE NATION WITH ILLEGALS AND THE DEATH OF THE WORK ETHIC


36 posted on 05/10/2011 11:12:46 AM PDT by magna carta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: allmendream
Recently read “Up From Slavery” by Booker T. Washington. Great book, short read, every American should read it.

Ditto.

37 posted on 05/10/2011 11:20:35 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Oldexpat

Booker T. High School has 100% black student body and, most likely, 100% black staff. Just right for Obama the “uniter”.


38 posted on 05/10/2011 11:21:20 AM PDT by CobraJet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Sybeck1

I always rely on a Dem party run push poll front group like PPP for my Barry -Axelrod push poll propaganda !


39 posted on 05/10/2011 11:35:37 AM PDT by ncalburt (DO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: circlecity
There is a class of colored people

My guess is that Obama has not a clue what Booker T. Washington's position was on race baiting for votes or profit.

I would also be willing to make a small wager that Obama is also clueless about Fredrick Douglas and more importantly and more recently Thomas Sowell.

40 posted on 05/10/2011 12:49:48 PM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: magna carta

Of course you are right. But osama, I mean obama, is going down there to straigthen out that living belief.


41 posted on 05/10/2011 11:28:17 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Release Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich and let him and his family get on with their lives.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson