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Posted on 10/01/2011 6:07:39 AM PDT by maggief
One of the young wordsmiths behind President Obamas oratory is leaving the administration, a crack in a close-knit speechwriting team that helped propel Obama to the White House and has played a major role in shaping his words ever since.
Adam Frankel is leaving to become executive director of Digital Promise, a new nonprofit group that will explore ways technology can be used to strengthen education.
I worked with the president on a lot of his education speeches, Frankel said in an interview Friday. So I was thinking about what I want to do and I realized that I wanted to see if I could have some kind of impact in education.
Frankel, 30, was part of the original core of campaign wunderkinds led by Jon Favreau and Ben Rhodes who toiled on speeches as Obama slogged his way past Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries. Today is his last day.
At the White House, Frankels forte was speeches that involved issues of morality and history. When Obama would be called on to give a eulogy, the assignment often fell to Frankel.
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I’ll wait until Ubama leaves our White House before I’ll do any celebrating.
I guess it's a hard job, writing I, me, my, mine.
There is only just so much fiction one guy can crank out...
Or “The rich must pay their fair share” over and over and over and over.
Its all in the delivery. The smug look is the most important part.
More like TelePrompTer programmer.
I guess he knows that he won’t have a job come Nov 2012 so is leaving the criminal in the white house..
Mr. Frankel is smart enough to know he should jump from the sinking ship before the rest of the rat pack drowns November 2012.
“...Frankels forte was speeches that involved issues of morality and history.”
If he is the one responsible for the numerous historical errors made by Obama...he definitely should NOT be going into educational work. He needs to BE educated.
As for morality, it seems that the entire administration of Obama has a severe lack in that department!
Dear leader says: “I think I’m a better speech writer than my speech writers,”
No need for this jamoke!
“a new nonprofit group that will explore ways technology can be used to strengthen education.”
Give every kid a teleprompter?
Oh quite the contrary.
The project was actually authorized in 2008 by law, and should be receiving money from the U.S. Department of Education as well as a variety of philanthropies, reported The Hill.
You ever wonder why Obama’s speeches seem so immature? This is why.
His words are shapeless, and by design. I'd be embarrassed to a PR flunky of his.
Is this the “eat your peas” guy, or the “pass the bill now” guy?
Ran out of ways to say Bush’s Fault.
Pray for America
Will he still be "perfectly clear"?
...Or is he gonna have some smudges on that?
I wonder how often we hit the mute button on his speeches in our home?
Jon Favreau, Director of Speechwriting
Fair-weather speech writer... thinks he can quit while he’s ahead... think again.
Congress made them do it.
Oh, you will. A strongly negative one, no doubt.
I'd like to see the papers he grades: "Timmy, this essay has no analysis, no facts, not even any opinions. All you did was spout the same four sentences over and over for seven pages. A+!"
If You Like Solyndra, Youll Love the Presidents Digital Promise
He comes from a family with deep roots in Washington politics and government. His father worked for the United Nations in Washington and still does consulting work for U.N. agencies. His great uncle is former FCC Chairman Newton Minow, who in a speech gave one of the most searing indictments of television, calling it “a vast wasteland.”
Paternal grandfather Stanley Frankel wrote speeches for former Democratic presidential candidates Adlai Stevenson, Robert F. Kennedy and George McGovern. None went on to become president. So after the younger Frankel finished up a stint in Sen. John F. Kerry’s failed presidential campaign in 2004, he got some teasing from his family.
This must be the dope that told Obozo to profess he wasn’t much for ethics.
Or was that just Obama telling the truth for once?
This likely means he’ll be on the public payroll his entire life.
That is SO true. I once worked for a non-profit that was absolutely infested by libs. They would all pat themselves on the back on what a good job they were doing and meanwhile they were wasting so much money, running things inefficiently and rewarding buddies with jobs. Of course 99% of their income came from state and federal sources so they didn't feel the need to actually be fiscally conservative. Basically it was like the federal government on a small scale...don't do anything that will save money or efficiency or that means the gravy train is over.
Second, He wants to work in education, does it involve pushing the progressive agenda on to young children.
Is this satire? His speeches are legendary by now for their reliance on platitudes and their repetitive nature.
“Adam Frankel is leaving to become executive director of Digital Promise”
Founded after more than a decade of effort, including a 2004 report to Congress, Digital Promise has been endorsed by virtually every major national association of educators and educational institutions, libraries, and museums. The project that gave rise to Digital Promise was launched by the Carnegie, Century, Knight, MacArthur, and Open Society foundations, ...
“(Frankel’s) great uncle is former FCC Chairman Newton Minow,”
The idea for the center its official name is the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies first emerged a decade ago. A handful of foundation leaders urged former Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton Minow and former NBC News president Lawrence Grossman to create an organization that would help schools figure out how to use the Internet and other technologies to help students learn.
Then theres Obamas Digital Promise. Where the government plans to invest in technology for schools largely to connect classrooms to the Internet.
(Wait didnt then-Vice President Al Gore the inventor hereof already promise we were to have done this by 2000? Indeed he did. Were still paying phone taxes for that one.)
But is this Digital Promise inanity necessary? No - we have 2009 stimulus evidence aplenty that the government is terrible at this, too.
Where the Leviathan spent $7 billion repeatedly creating/augmenting competitors to existing private sector Internet providers. Who had invested their own money and then had to compete against some more of their own money.
Hows that for creating uncertainty?
But the Federalies were even more and more fundamentally stupid.
98% of Americans have access to broadband Internet solely via and thanks to the private sector.
(Which leads one to ponder why is the government getting involved at all? The free market seems to be working splendiferously well.)
The remaining 2% for the most part live remotely. In the wilds of rural America.
There are two ways to connect to the Internet wired-ly, and wirelessly. Wired with the digging and laying of cable and pipe is obviously far more expensive than is wireless. Especially so when trying to connect a single, rural abode.
So what format did the government time and again choose when engaged in their Internet stimulus folly?
Wired, of course.
Those who dont know idiocy are doomed to repeat it.
I see the good ol’ Open Society folks are involved.
a 30 year old speech writer?
geez... that explains a lot of the mindless drivel
trust me all you young freepers- when you are 50 you will WISH you knew as much as you thought you did at age 30
Obama said something was hard the other day...it was something like what Barbie says.."Math is Hard"!
Translation: get grants to find new ways to leverage new technologies to further indoctrinate children in liberal orthodoxy.
"Ethics is hard!"....I'll bet.
See post #34.
Like "take off your bedroom slippers", not "take off your $200 kicks."
“Mr. Frankel is smart enough to know he should jump from the sinking ship before the rest of the rat pack drowns November 2012.”
Well Axelrod as much as told him they were aboard the Titanic. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out what’s going to happen next.
Explore ways technology can be used to strengthen education.
In other words, gotta work on brainwashing kids faster to become better commies.
Another Soros funded org.
This time the propaganda is aimed at educational institutions. As Michelle Obama said, we need to rewrite our history.
“Libs love working for non-profits as long as they get their six-figure salaries.”
Libs love “public interest” and “government service” jobs. This makes them feel special and caring while at the same time they are pulling down big salaries that allow them to do all the elistist, chic, and avant garde things liberals love to do to set themselves apart from the unwashed masses.
This must be the easiest job in the world. He’s been giving the same speech for 3 years now. The teleprompter is worn out.
Is he taking the “teleprompter” with him?
Look where he’s going! A non-profit. This guy is headed to oblivion where he belongs.