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  • No, Sidwell Friends School has no armed guards [We Obama critics were wrong on this one]

    01/20/2013 6:49:30 PM PST · by grundle · 130 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 18, 2013 | Valerie Strauss
    The National Rifle Association is airing a television ad (and has on its website this four-minute video) that says the private school that President Obama’s daughters attend, Sidwell Friends School, has 11 armed guards. It doesn’t. In fact, it has no armed guards. My Post colleague Glenn Kessler, who writes The Fact Checker column, wrote about the issue here and quoted Ellis Turner, associate head of Sidwell Friends, as saying: “Sidwell Friends security officers do not carry guns.” Parents and students say they have never seen one either. The president’s children are protected by Secret Service agents, which is required...
  • Obama's school advertizing to fill armed guard positions.

    01/17/2013 11:16:19 AM PST · by Another Kansan · 12 replies
    Sidwell Friends School ^ | August 10, 2012 | Sidwell Friends School
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the NRA's ad is "repugnant and cowardly." Setting aside the irony of a Quaker school with armed guards, do you suppose Jay thinks it is "repugnant and cowardly" for Sidwell Friends School to be advertizing to fill a vacancy for armed guards? Armed guards are a routine part of exclusive high dollar private schools in big cities like Washington. And the elite demand nothing less. But don't you dare protect your kids! For those outside the beltway, Sidwell Freinds is fameously where the Clintons sent, and Obamas send, their children to school. Tuition...
  • Jay Carney: NRA Ad “Repugnant And Cowardly” (Surprise! Carney's kids also attend Sidwell Friends!)

    01/16/2013 10:36:45 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    TPM ^ | 1/16/12 | EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney excoriated the National Rifle Association Wednesday for a TV ad released by the group that called President Obama an "elitist hypocrite" because his daughters have armed protection at school.
  • White House Calls NRA Ad "Repugnant and Cowardly"

    01/16/2013 8:55:37 AM PST · by kristinn · 30 replies
    Reuters via Fox CT ^ | Tuesday, January 16, 2013 | Steve Holland
    SNIP "Most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as pawns in a political fight. But to go so far as to make the safety of the president's children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly," White House spokesman Jay Carney said
  • School Obama's Daughters Attend Has 11 Armed Guards

    12/24/2012 7:29:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/24/12 | AWR Hawkins
    Some interesting news has broken in the wake of the latest push for gun control by President Obama and Senate Democrats: Obama sends his kids to a school where armed guards are used as a matter of fact. The school, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, has 11 security officers and is seeking to hire a new police officer as we speak. If you dismiss this by saying, "Of course they have armed guards -- they get Secret Service protection," then you've missed the larger point. The larger point is that this is standard operating procedure for the school, period....
  • Gregory Mocks LaPierre for Proposing Armed Guards, but Sends Kids to High-Security School

    12/23/2012 7:21:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/23/12 | Daniel Halper
    The Blog Gregory Mocks LaPierre for Proposing Armed Guards, but Sends Kids to High-Security School 4:58 PM, Dec 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts David Gregory mocked the NRA's Wayne LaPierre for proposing that armed guards be at every school in America. But the NBC host seems to have no problem with armed guards protecting his kids everyday where they attend school in Washington, D.C. "You proposed armed guards in school. We'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. You confronted the news media. You blamed Hollywood and the gaming...
  • Obama's daughters' school evacuated

    10/18/2012 10:28:36 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | October 18, 2012 | Byron Tau
    Sidwell Friends, the Washington D.C. private school that both Obama daughters attend, was evacuated Thursday due to a suspicious package, police officials say. Araz Alali, a spokesman for the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, said that the scene is now clear and that there is no evidence that the threat was directed at the First Family. According to the Washingtonian, this message was distributed to the school's emergency alert system: "This is an emergency message from Sidwell Friends School. Due to a suspicious phone call, the buildings on the Wisconsin Avenue campus have been evacuated. We will notify you when...
  • President Obama says Sasha and Malia influenced his stance on same-sex marriage

    05/09/2012 5:34:19 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 132 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/9/2012 | Norah O'Donnell
    President Obama endorsed same-sex marriage Wednesday, just hours after North Carolina adopted a constitutional amendment to ban it -- one of 41 states where same-sex marriage is illegal. President Obama's declaration does not change any law, but it does inject a contentious social issue into the race for the White House. "For me personally it is important for me to affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married," Mr. Obama said. CBS News correspondent Norah O'Donnell reports Mr. Obama has often said he was in favor of civil unions for gay and lesbian couples and...
  • Obama Daughters' School Features Japanese-Inspired Lunch Menu on Pearl Harbor Day

    12/07/2011 10:02:54 AM PST · by Sopater · 111 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 06, 2011
    The elite Washington, D.C., school where President Barack Obama's daughters are students is offering a surprising lunch menu on Pearl Harbor Day. The Washington Post revealed the lunch menu at the Sidwell Friends private school for Dec. 7 -- the date Japan attacked US forces at Pearl Harbor in 1941 -- includes teriyaki chicken and edamame alongside tofu and "oriental noodle salad." The menu is printed on a school calendar, which notes that Wednesday is Pearl Harbor Day.
  • Sidwell Friends sued for $10 million over affair.

    05/12/2011 3:53:10 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 31 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 05/12/11 | By: Lisa Gartne
    Sidwell Friends School is being sued for $10 million for allowing its staff psychologist to carry on an affair with the married mother of a 5-year-old student he was treating. James Huntington taught sexual education to sixth-grade students in 2009-2010 — the same year that President Obama's daughter Malia was in the sixth-grade at the elite Quaker private school — while having sex with Tara Newmyer, according to a lawsuit filed by her husband on Thursday morning. Terry Newmyer is seeking $10 million for emotional damage inflicted on his oldest child, who was a pre-kindergarten student at Sidwell. Newmyer claims...
  • Does 'Sidwell Friends' Ring A Bell With Morning Joe Crowd Bashing Barbour?

    12/21/2010 6:59:30 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 31 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    <p>There was a hypocritical double-standard on display by the Morning Joe folks who turned Haley slowly over a spit today. Hat tip NB reader Ray R.</p> <p>Eugene Robinson took the lead in belting Barbour for sending his children to private schools in Mississippi rather than to local public schools attended by black children. Joe Scarborough chimed in with his Mississippi-childhood recollections of such post-integration private academies springing up. Mike Barnicle did his bit, contributing the tale of whites in South Boston pulling their kids out of integrated public schools in favor of parochial and private ones.</p>
  • Fidel-ity: Three Decades of the Myers Spy Ring

    06/08/2009 5:37:57 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 8 replies · 762+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 6/08/09 | clarice Feldman
    Last week a Department of State retiree and his wife were arrested and charged with spying for Cuba for thirty years. In this article I will sort out what we know, don't know and need to explore about this matter. Walter Kendall Myers, Jr .and his wife Gwendolyn Steingarber Myers
  • Obama divulges Malia's grades, not his own

    11/05/2009 4:43:35 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 18 replies · 719+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 04, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – President Obama, who has refused to release his college transcripts, yesterday divulged his daughter Malia scored a 73 on a sixth-grade science test. Obama went into unusual detail about Malia's 73, telling a Wisconsin school audience his 11-year-old daughter recently "became depressed," explaining that in the Obama household "our goal is 90 percent and up" on school tests. Obama said Malia complained her test differed from the class science study guide but that after changing her habits, she scored a 95 on the next science test. He quoted Malia saying, "I like having knowledge." "In our household...
  • Will Sidwell Friends hear the Bamster's speech this Tuesday?

    09/06/2009 5:39:40 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 4 replies · 545+ views
    I was at the tea party in Southaven MS yesterday, and a speaker said he will of course speak to his own children about responsibility and staying in school. That made me wonder if the Obama girls will be hearing this speech in thier own classromms this Tuesday? A good father would demand thier children would hear such needed prose! This would be the first question Gibbs would be asked. Will the Obama children hear this?
  • Report: Obama Daughters Featured in Controversial Food Ad

    08/09/2009 12:14:34 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 31 replies · 1,946+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | August 05, 2009 | FOXNews.com
    A controversial ad campaign featured in the Washington, D.C., metro area is comparing public school lunches across the country to what President Obama's daughters eat at their elite private school. MyFOXDC.com reports that the ad, sponsored by Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine, shows an eight-year-old girl speaking about the "healthy" vegetarian lunch choices Sasha and Malia Obama have at Sidwell Friends -- a Quaker private school in Northwest Washington, D.C. The girl then asks, "Why don't I?"
  • The Obama Girls Aren't Like You and Me

    05/12/2009 11:54:25 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 54 replies · 1,408+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | May 09 2008 | Megan Mcardle
    I'm willing to countenance the possibility that Barack Obama genuinely believes that the DC voucher program is not helping the students who participate. Here's what I don't understand though: how come the Obama girls benefit from leaving the DC public school system? Surely, if it doesn't make any difference, the Obama girls would do just as well in ordinary, democratic, thoroughly American public schools as in an elitist Quaker institution. Wouldn't it bring wonderful diversity to both the school, and the Obama daughters, to have the children of the president rubbing shoulders with the children of the district's more ordinary...
  • Obamas prove stingy with (daughter's) school auction

    04/27/2009 1:09:50 PM PDT · by llevrok · 94 replies · 3,595+ views
    When Chelsea Clinton was a student at the Sidwell Friends School, the same school the Obama girls attend, the Clinton family’s involvement with the school’s annual benefit brought in big bucks. In 1996, a round of golf with Bill Clinton went for nearly six figures; This past weekend was the Obamas’ first chance to participate in the Sidwell Friends School Dollars for Scholars benefit, and some families who remember the Clintons’ support are disappointed in the Obamas’ first showing. According to a source with ties to the school, the only items up for bid from the Obamas included a signed...
  • Michelle Obama bans daughters Malia and Sasha from mixing with celebrities (No, they can't!)

    01/31/2009 12:10:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 2,270+ views
    The London Telegraph ^ | January 31, 2009 | Philip Sherwell
    The girls' final encounter for now with A-list stars came on the night of Barack Obama's inauguration. The Jonas Brothers boy band made a surprise appearance in the White House as Malia, 10, and Sasha, seven, explored their new home and their parents danced at the inauguration balls. But family friends told Us Weekly that Mrs Obama is "trying to keep them grounded" and insisting on no special treatment as they begin their new lives in Washington. That means an end to hanging out with celebrities such as Beyonce, whom the girls were thrilled to meet during the campaign, according...
  • Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

    01/29/2009 7:12:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 1,121+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 29, 2009
    Climate Change: As a winter storm shutters D.C.-area schools, Al Gore does a show-and-tell on global warming before Congress. The road to Copenhagen is being paved with good intentions."When it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things," a joking President Obama told reporters Wednesday morning. Daughters Malia and Sasha had a snow day as the private school they attend, Sidwell Friends, closed due to a winter ice and snow storm. Truer words were never spoken. When it comes to weather, the current Democratic majorities in the nation's capital don't have a clue....
  • Obama gives chilly reception to canceled school

    01/28/2009 9:39:50 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 84 replies · 3,236+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 1/28/09 | BEN FELLER
    "Can I make a comment that is unrelated to the economy very quickly?" the new president told reporters at a gathering with business leaders. "And it has to do with Washington. My children's school was canceled today. Because of, what? Some ice?"
  • The Obama Girls' Menu: For All the Talk About Helping the Poor, Obamas Lead the Elitist Life

    01/21/2009 5:54:13 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 2,349+ views
    debbieschlussel.com ^ | January 21, 2009 | Debbie Schlussel
    For all of his talk about helping the poor and telling us we have to be community activists, we already know how out of touch with even the average American Barack Hussein Obama is. It's not just Obama's "Arugula Moment," when he famously lamented the price of arugula at Whole Foods to Iowa farmers who'd heard of neither the snooty greens nor green purveyor. It's the school to which the Obamas send their kids and the unnecessary and costly redecorating Mrs. Obama will do at the White House. First, the school. We already know that attending Sidwell Friends School--the far-left...
  • Off to School for Malia and Sasha: Obamas Share Day 1

    01/05/2009 8:53:03 AM PST · by lewisglad · 35 replies · 1,307+ views
    Washington Whispers ^ | January 05, 2009 10:47 AM ET | Paul Bedard
    It couldn't really be a weirder first day of school, with their dad set to be president and the family living out of a suitcase. But as you can see by these pictures shared by the Obama Transition Office, Barack and Michelle Obama are trying to make the first day easy for the incoming first kids, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.
  • Barack Obama forced to live in Washington hotel

    12/31/2008 4:59:06 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 83 replies · 3,633+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/1/2009 | Toby Harnden in Washington
    Barack Obama is to move to Washington this weekend but will be forced to stay in a hotel after President George W. Bush said an official residence was "not available". The Obama family are bidding farewell to Chicago and moving to the American capital shortly after their Hawaii holiday ends on Thursday because daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, seven, are due to start school. Mr Obama had requested to stay at Blair House, opposite the White House, but was told by the Bush administration it was booked up for farewell "receptions and gatherings" and was "not available" until January 15,...
  • Sorry, We’re Booked, White House Tells Obamas

    12/13/2008 7:24:39 AM PST · by jedgarlives · 50 replies · 2,202+ views
    The Caucus-NYT Blog ^ | 12/12 | Helene Cooper
    The Obamas have decided to send their two daughters, Malia and Sasha, to Sidwell Friends School in Washington.
  • Obama’s Daughters to Attend Pricey Private School

    12/05/2008 5:43:13 PM PST · by John Semmens · 18 replies · 727+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire | 5 Dec 2008 | John Semmens
    President-Elect Barack Obama’s two daughters will be attending the same Sidwell Friends School that former first daughter Chelsea Clinton did. The price tag: $29,000-a-head. Obama brushed aside the “elitist” implications. “Am I saying that the DC public schools are unfit?” Obama asked. “You’re damned right I am. I’m not going to sacrifice the education of my children just because some might think it looks bad politically. Not when I can afford to do otherwise.” This decision has been described as “highly personal” and is not expected to influence the administration’s position on controversial issues like school vouchers or school choice....
  • America Needs "Change Parents Can Believe In"

    12/04/2008 7:50:09 AM PST · by CampusKing · 4 replies · 401+ views
    ALG News ^ | December 4, 2008 | Howie Rich
    "Let's not kid ourselves." "Barack Obama isn't the first (and he certainly won't be the last) Washington politician to send his children to exclusive private schools." "In fact, Sidwell Friends – the elite private academy chosen by the Obamas for their two young daughters – was also selected by Bill and Hillary Clinton for their daughter, Chelsea, while they lived in the White House." "But you won't hear me – or any other true educational choice advocate – condemning either family for selecting the educational environment that best fits the needs of their children."
  • How Obama can fix education

    12/03/2008 1:04:35 AM PST · by MartinaMisc · 8 replies · 623+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/3/08 | Jeff Jacoby
    IF MONEY were the key to great education, Sasha and Malia Obama might be getting ready to transfer next month to the Francis-Stevens Education Center, the Washington, D.C., public school assigned to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., which will be the girls' new address as of Jan. 20. The District of Columbia, after all, boasts one of the most amply funded school systems in America. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the DC public schools spend about $13,700 per pupil. That is a level of funding more lavish than in 48 states and half again as generous as the national...
  • "What the Obama Kids Will Miss Out On at Private School"

    11/29/2008 8:21:35 AM PST · by AJKauf · 14 replies · 811+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/28/08 | Ari J Kaufman
    Why deny Malia and Sasha such gifts as unionized teachers and courses like Transgender Studies?
  • What the Obama Kids Will Miss Out On at Private School

    11/28/2008 11:18:30 AM PST · by AJKauf · 13 replies · 910+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 28 | Ari J. Kaufman
    Why deny Malia and Sasha such gifts as unionized teachers and courses like Transgender Studies? I taught students the same age as Malia and Sasha for a few years in urban Los Angeles. My school was 100% racial minority: 75% Hispanic, 25% African-American. While Sidwell’s exhaustive website notes that the school’s missions include “prizing diversity” and “environmental stewardship,” our motto was simply, “Be respectful, responsible and safe.” I made sure my students abided by that credo. Since it would be a shame for Sasha and Malia to miss out on all the “benefits” of public schooling, here are some recommendations...
  • Obamas Choose Elite Private School for Kids

    11/24/2008 7:11:03 PM PST · by ebiskit · 32 replies · 1,109+ views
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | Friday, November 21, 2008 8:04 PM | Associated Press
    Obamas Choose Elite Private School for Kids Friday, November 21, 2008 8:04 PM WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama and his wife have chosen Sidwell Friends School for their two daughters, opting for a private institution that another White House child, Chelsea Clinton, attended a decade ago. "A number of great schools were considered," said Katie McCormick Lelyveld, a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama. "In the end, the Obamas selected the school that was the best fit for what their daughters need right now." She said Sidwell can provide the security and privacy that Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, will need as...
  • The Sidwell Choice (Libs: School choice for me, but not for thee)

    11/24/2008 7:19:23 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 54 replies · 1,251+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 24, 2008 | Editorial
    Michelle and Barack Obama have settled on a Washington, D.C., school for their daughters, and you will not be surprised to learn it is not a public institution. Malia, age 10, and seven-year-old Sasha will attend the Sidwell Friends School, the private academy that educates the children of much of Washington's elite. Vice-President-elect Joe Biden's grandchildren attend Sidwell -- as did Chelsea Clinton -- where tuition is close to $30,000 a year. The Obama girls have been students at the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where tuition runs above $21,000. "A number of great schools were considered," said Katie...
  • The Obamas Walk Away from Public Schools

    11/24/2008 5:09:07 AM PST · by FreeKeys · 13 replies · 632+ views
    Cato@Liberty ^ | November 21, 2008 | Andrew J. Coulson
    A few months ago, Barack Obama told a gathering of the American Federation of Teachers that he opposes private school choice programs, adding: “We need to focus on fixing and improving our public schools; not throwing our hands up and walking away from them.” It’s not clear whether or not the president-elect will be able to fix our public schools, and I don’t know if he’s thrown up his hands, but he and his two daughters have just walked away from the public schools. Again. When they move from Chicago to D.C., Malia and Sasha Obama will be moving from...
  • Obama's children: Off to private school at a cost of $29,000 each

    11/22/2008 3:24:27 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 77 replies · 2,065+ views
    Obama's children: Off to private school at a cost of $29,000 each By Yael T. Abouhalkah, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist Barack and Michelle Obama's children will attend Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., it was confirmed Saturday. It's a private school that charges (gulp) $29,000 a year in tuition. And that doesn't cover the cost of textbooks or other services from the school. You can see the eye-popping numbers at the school's Web site. In KC, that's double what the most expensive private schools -- Rockhurst, St. Theresa's, Barstow, Pembroke Day -- charge.
  • Obamas choose private school for daughters (Sidwell Friends School, same as Chelsea Clinton)

    11/21/2008 7:30:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies · 1,926+ views
    Xinhua ^ | November 21, 2008
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have chosen a private school in northwestern Washington, D.C., for their two daughters on Friday, where former President Bill Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, has studied. "A number of great schools were considered. In the end, the Obamas selected the school that was the best fit for what their daughters need right now," said Katie McCormick Lelyveld, a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama. Obama's daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, would move to the capital with their parents from Chicago, Illinois, after his father is sworn in as the next president on Jan....
  • Obamas Choose Sidwell Friends School for Daughters

    11/21/2008 5:11:02 PM PST · by Elvina · 99 replies · 2,742+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/21/08 | Brad Haynes
    Clinton, Daschle, Geithner… The big-name speculation over President-elect Barack Obama’s Cabinet appointments can wait while Obama watchers focus on another critical name that surfaced on Friday: Sidwell. The Associated Press is reporting that the Obamas have chosen the Sidwell Friends School in Washington for daughters Sasha, seven years old, and Malia, 10. The private Quaker school’s alumni include former presidential offspring Chelsea Clinton and Tricia Nixon Cox, as well as House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank and a former princess of Japan. Sidwell Friends beat out another elite school, Georgetown Day School. Michelle Obama and her daughters reportedly visited both...
  • NYT: Obama Looks Into D.C.'s Elite Private Schools For Her Kids (no school choice for the serfs)

    11/15/2008 10:49:56 AM PST · by quesney · 24 replies · 1,466+ views
    New York Times ^ | who cares
    Don't think the First Lady-elect plans to visit any of D.C.'s public schools or even public charter schools as part of her search for a new school for her kids. But I'm sure she "supports" D.C.'s public schools in principle...for other people, that is (that would be a "no" to school vouchers and school choice for the serfs): ---- Excerpt: IN a town abuzz about all things Barack Obama, the policy wonks and government insiders have been whispering and wondering about who will be who in his incoming cabinet. But among power parents in the nation’s capital, there is yet...
  • School Choice and the Obama Family

    11/15/2008 10:12:28 AM PST · by limitedgovernment67 · 4 replies · 541+ views
    PolicyInAction.com ^ | 11/15/2008 | PolicyInAction
    Now that Barack Obama has won the Presidential election, he has some personal choices to make when he moves his family to Washington DC. One of the most important choices they will face is where to send their daughters to be educated. However, the liberal hawks have already swarmed in: Bobb and Lord have ludicrously urged Obama to send his daughters into the “trenches” of D.C.’s public school system. They write that “no private option offers President-elect Obama a personal reality check on the No Child Left Behind mandates he campaigned to reform. Public school parents see test-prep squeezing out...
  • Barack Obama Family Likely to Choose Private School (Sidwell Friends/Georgetown Day)

    11/11/2008 12:21:02 PM PST · by lewisglad · 46 replies · 677+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | Last Updated: 6:35PM GMT 11 Nov 2008 | Alex Spillius
    Barack Obama family likely to choose private schools The Obama family are considering sending their children to one of Washington's elite private schools. By Alex Spillius in Washington Last Updated: 6:35PM GMT 11 Nov 2008 Government schools in the area are among the worst in the country, set in some of the poorest, most crime-ridden neighbourhoods. The couple have been urged to make a statement by spurning the private schools traditionally attended by children of the elite. But it appears they are inclined to go private for their girls Malia, ten and Sasha, seven, and spend about $56,000 (£33,000) a...