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Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaints
AP ^ | 19 APRIL 2014 | JOHN MILBURN

Posted on 04/19/2014 5:33:50 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.

A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was the notion that Obama's speech, tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools, would overshadow the student's big day.

"I'm a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself," said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. "I've told him education is the only way out. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They've taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn't know our kids."

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1 posted on 04/19/2014 5:33:50 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Don’t you know? With the Obama’s EVERYTHING is about THEM...


2 posted on 04/19/2014 5:37:28 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I would never invite an Obama to any meaningful ceremony. It should be about the kids, and the guest speaker (if any, I’d rather see a valedictorian speak) should be an inspirational local role model, not an example of government dependence gone bad.


3 posted on 04/19/2014 5:39:40 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Pollster1

It’s all about Mooch...


4 posted on 04/19/2014 5:40:21 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Maybe it’s just me, but there was something special about having graduation IN the school where I had spent my entire life as a teenager. Having a city ‘general assembly’ just doesn’t get it. Where is that ‘final goodby?’


5 posted on 04/19/2014 5:42:37 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Obama's speech, tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools

It would be interesting to compare these graduates' literacy and numeracy to that of black high school graduates 60 years ago.

6 posted on 04/19/2014 5:43:44 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Entropy is high. Wear a hat! And carry an umbrella.)
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To: stars & stripes forever

Most schools don’t have an indoor space big enough for all the graduates and guests.

My graduation was in the school football stadium, and there was no limit on attendance. In later years, it was decided that outdoor graduation was too hot (or rainy), and they started holding them in the city convention center. This required issuing limited numbers of tickets to each graduate for his family/guests.


7 posted on 04/19/2014 5:46:07 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Entropy is high. Wear a hat! And carry an umbrella.)
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To: Tax-chick

The Board of 501 school district dropped this on their high schools on Thursday afternoon. Mooch couldn’t draw a crowd of 100 here so this is a completely captive audience. Literally.
To say we’ll have a turnover at the next local election is an understatement.


8 posted on 04/19/2014 5:47:32 AM PDT by Kanzan
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They’ve taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn’t know our kids.”


Obamas believe the world revolves around their sorry asses.


9 posted on 04/19/2014 5:48:06 AM PDT by boycott
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To: Kanzan

I figured this was planned at a high level in the schools administration. No students and very few parents would agree, if asked.


10 posted on 04/19/2014 5:53:15 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Entropy is high. Wear a hat! And carry an umbrella.)
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To: Kanzan

Topeka West students had announced a petition at Change.org but it looks like their submission didn’t make the PC cut. Should be some choice comments at the cjonline.com site.
Also a one-sided office pool on whether she’ll get away with her real intention: a fundraiser for the SOL Kansas Democrats.


11 posted on 04/19/2014 5:56:39 AM PDT by Kanzan
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To: stars & stripes forever

There is that and each school has it’s own tradition. Apparently the bagpipes are played at one of these schools ceremonies and will be squeezed in with pieces from other ceremonies.

At my school we graduated at the church across the street. However, we got dressed and lined up in the school and there was a procession from the school to the church. It’s a BIG DEAL still today to participate in “the walk.”


12 posted on 04/19/2014 5:57:25 AM PDT by PrincessB (Drill Baby Drill.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

That is what Moochie needs - another platform to push her personal agenda.


13 posted on 04/19/2014 6:00:34 AM PDT by Slyfox (When progressives ignore moral parameters, they also lose the natural gift of common sense.)
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Graduation exercises are a recognition of achievement, not a certification program. Parents are perfectly capable of gathering their chirren at a local church and holding a fabulous graduation honor program complete with valedictorian, local talent and great food. That would be meaningful, as opposed to some trumped up mega event that loses all uniqueness and personal recognition. I would hope those who are opposed to politicians capitalizing on their children’s achievement will take this step.


14 posted on 04/19/2014 6:17:48 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Outside of liberal Lawrence, Kansas is not Obama country.


15 posted on 04/19/2014 6:18:53 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Domestic terrorists!


16 posted on 04/19/2014 6:20:12 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
First Lady Michelle 0bama waving red communist flags during her tax payer-funded trip to China. What would you like to say to the woman that is representing America?
17 posted on 04/19/2014 6:21:09 AM PDT by PLD
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To: Tax-chick

Michelle could issue each student an Obama-phone (as a graduation present) and give a remote address from the comfort of the White House. Everyone would be happy.


18 posted on 04/19/2014 6:34:30 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: Pollster1

I would invite Obama to speak at the opening of a outhouse. It only seems fitting since he is a expert.


19 posted on 04/19/2014 6:36:37 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

All the students should show up wearing half a watermelon for a hat and a KFC T-shirt.

That would nullify the Mooch’s photo op, you would never see that on TV!


20 posted on 04/19/2014 6:37:47 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Another cow who gets too much attention.


21 posted on 04/19/2014 6:47:40 AM PDT by jetson
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http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/255737801.html

More local news from WBIW in Topeka, you have to read the comment section, I did pick this one up in the comment section: “Also since the First Lady will be there no personal pictures or videos will be allowed to be taken. Someone tell me WHAT PARENT DOESN’T WANT A PICTURE OF THEIR CHILD RECEIVING THEIR DIPLOMA ON STAGE!”


22 posted on 04/19/2014 7:14:43 AM PDT by jonefab
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To: Tax-chick
Most schools don’t have an indoor space big enough for all the graduates and guests.

Most schools don’t have an indoor space big enough for mooche's big @$$. Fixed your comment.

23 posted on 04/19/2014 7:27:28 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
re: Obama’s speech, tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education

60th anniversary???? A couple who have been married for 60 years - now that is a big deal and worthy of a special celebration. But other than that, big celebrations usually follow certain milestones such as 25 years, 50 years, 100 years, 200 years. That the Obamas have chosen the 60th anniversary of this court case to interject themselves into tells us that this affair is nothing more than political staging, with Michele as the star.

24 posted on 04/19/2014 7:35:08 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

If they go through with Moochelle attending the graduation, all those kids should bombard her with all the crappy food she’s forced on them in their senior year.


25 posted on 04/19/2014 7:35:48 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: jonefab

Sheesh....what a “b” word


26 posted on 04/19/2014 7:37:01 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Nevadan

Very good point!! It’s all about them and their propaganda


27 posted on 04/19/2014 7:38:25 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Future so bright, I gotta wear shades....be sure to sign up for Obamacare and register to vote as you leave.


28 posted on 04/19/2014 7:43:41 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: goodnesswins
They have suddenly changed the date and the place and the purpose of the ceremony. Graduates sent out invitations, ordered months in advance, now must call folks about new date and place. Invites were not inexpensive. Call goes something like this. Ah, can you come to Mrs. Obama’s speech about segregation instead of my graduation. We can have cake at my house latter, and the school will mail me my diploma sometime, I hope.
29 posted on 04/19/2014 7:45:15 AM PDT by cotton
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Haze secrete service man! Dat girl, 10th row back on the left 5 seat down is eat’n sumthing not on da skool lunch menu....bringz it to me, I be hongry


30 posted on 04/19/2014 7:46:41 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Are they going to give her an honorary high school diploma?


31 posted on 04/19/2014 8:08:22 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Can’t they move it to Arrowhead Stadium? Only 70 miles away. I’m sure there will be legions wanting to see MooseChelle speak.


32 posted on 04/19/2014 8:11:24 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Beagle8U

“All the students should show up wearing half a watermelon for a hat and a KFC T-shirt.”

Good idea. What could possibly go wrong with that?


33 posted on 04/19/2014 8:12:11 AM PDT by Fuzz
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

There should be a recall ballot to remove every member of the Topeka school district who voted to invite Moochelle Antoinette Traitorobama to the high school graduation. Such school board members should be designated as “unfit citizens.”


34 posted on 04/19/2014 8:19:47 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

It would be interesting to find out the racial makeup of each school. I suspect the reason why they are having all these schools together in the graduation is that the schools are divided along racial lines. It makes Michelle look stupid if she is praising the Brown vs Board of Education ruling to a school that is mainly one race. That is why they are having these schools all together, because the photo op will show the audience as mixed races, which may not be true in reality.


35 posted on 04/19/2014 8:24:17 AM PDT by kaila
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To: PLD
Is that photo for real?

If so, is she for real?

What would you like to say to the woman that is representing America?

Prison.

36 posted on 04/19/2014 8:30:33 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; FReepers; Patriots; FRiends




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37 posted on 04/19/2014 8:33:18 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society. - Aristotle)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
As far as I know it is for real..I think that is why she did not want the press around her while she was visiting her comrades..I will try and find the article it came from..
38 posted on 04/19/2014 8:38:06 AM PDT by PLD
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To: jonefab
No cameras or videos?

Does that mean no smart phones? Or do we need to leave them in the car to get stolen?

Wonder what the SS will do when someone breaks out an air horn?

39 posted on 04/19/2014 9:37:12 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Wonder if she’ll be brazen enough to mention what a “rousing success” her school lunch program is. I would be booing my head off to that.


40 posted on 04/19/2014 9:45:49 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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"I'm a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself," said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. "I've told him education is the only way out. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They've taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn't know our kids."

Our halfrican, mooselimb, communist, prick, narcissist, pResident and his American hating beard, may have jumped the shark if they piss off single women with multiple chilrun.

41 posted on 04/19/2014 9:55:59 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Exterminate the terrorist savages, everywhere.)
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What I don’t get is why she is asked to speak at all.

She is the wife of the president. Big deal.

How about getting a speaker that has accomplished something.

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42 posted on 04/19/2014 10:02:45 AM PDT by Mears
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Shove those two commie flags up that part of your anatomy where the sun doesn’t shine, mooch. Despicable woman, and I use the term “woman” loosely.


43 posted on 04/19/2014 10:43:07 AM PDT by itssme
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To: jonefab

Hey, parents, you and the kids had better speak up and make a stink about this. This is YOUR child, and this is a special DAY for both the graduating student and their family.

Kick the mooch to the curb, cancel her appearance. DO SOMETHING..THIS IS YOUR CHILD!


44 posted on 04/19/2014 10:45:47 AM PDT by itssme
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To: Carl Vehse
Love the way you think...get rid of the aholes responsible for this kiss-azz display of luv for the mooch, and to hell with the graduates and their families on this special day.
45 posted on 04/19/2014 10:48:14 AM PDT by itssme
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To: itssme

Waiting for the 501 Board to tell students when to show up for auditions for the diversity crowd that has to sit behind her. Local paper poll shows 67-37 opposition to this thing.


46 posted on 04/19/2014 12:32:27 PM PDT by Kanzan
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“I’m a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself,” said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. “I’ve told him education is the only way out.”

What an ungrateful woman. Why, if it weren’t for the Obama’s, her son wouldn’t even have been able to go to school! And what about those great lunches he gets? I bet she forgot about those.


47 posted on 04/19/2014 12:37:40 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: jsanders2001
Don’t you know? With the Obama’s EVERYTHING is about THEM...

EXACTLY! I've heard people calling in on talk shows that the families are limited to the number of people they're allowed to bring (bad enough), but the family members will NOT be allowed to bring cell phones or cameras to the graduation.

I guess as far as the Obamas are concerned, there's no need for photos of their loved ones graduating, after all, the memory of Angry Wookie at the graduation should be enough, and will be ingrained in the memories of the attendants.

Mark

48 posted on 04/19/2014 4:26:47 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Kanzan
her real intention: a fundraiser for the SOL Kansas Democrats.

There are some rumors that Kitty-Cat Sebilius is mulling over a run for a Kansas senate seat.

Mark

49 posted on 04/19/2014 4:35:28 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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> EXACTLY! I’ve heard people calling in on talk shows that the families are limited to the number of people they’re allowed to bring (bad enough), but the family members will NOT be allowed to bring cell phones or cameras to the graduation.

I’m guessing MSM will have their own Oprah style “slimming cams” to hide the size of her butt from the general public since she’s lecturing everyone else on what THEY should eat while consuming thousand dollar and up desserts and caviar on the taxpayer’s dime as her own backside thickens...


50 posted on 04/19/2014 5:39:55 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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