High school confidential: Only 68 schools enter contest to win Obama as a speaker, down from 1000 last year

by editor on March 8, 2011

Forget the Rasmussen Poll, ignore Pew and don’t bother with Gallup. The best way to gauge President Obama’s popularity may be to look at strength among America’s youth. And a recent White House memo underscores the Commander In Chief’s plummeting popularity.

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No longer the big man on campus

CBS News has the declining details:

The White House is ramping up an effort to promote a nationwide competition to decide which high school wins a commencement speech by President Obama.

An internal White House memo indicates that the White House is facing a shortage of applications less than a week before the deadline.

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 isn’t 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 didn’t release the number of applications we received last year until after the submission period)-so folks should not use it in their pitches.”

On Monday, officials declined to cite the number of applications received so far.

There does appear to be hope for the youth of America.

Source: CBSnews.com

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Wesley M.
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The winner of the Presidential Commencement Speech Challenge has just been announced!

http://inmycopiousfreetime.blogspot.com/2011/03/associated-press-home-schooling-ingalls.html

KimmyQueen
Guest

Once again selling the prestige of the office for cheap promotional tours with a sprinkling of indoctrination. He is so awesome.

hisham
Guest

Ahh, that’s so sad. I’m really broken up that the Libtard-In-Chief is being kicked to curb by high-schrool graduates who would rather listen to KORN or Def Leopard than to the FLIC (F-ing Liar In Chief). Booo Hooo!

spymyeyes
Member

he is nothing but an empty shell waiting for his telepromter to tell him what to do.

the kids get to see that every single day when they look at their great union fed teachers.

nothing to see here people, move along, move along now.

jukin
Guest

Only 68 high schools that are not…
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wait for it..
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You know what’s coming…
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RACIST!!!!111!!!eleventy

rs
Member

Kids have a unique ability to see right through bullshit.

RockingHorseGuy
Member

So, how did Obama get elected?

whiskeyriver
Guest

He got elected by 52% of the voters, most of whom went to pubic skool, and now even their children can tell what a mistake that was.

Ruben
Member

There’s a difference between “kids” and “arrested adolescents.”

KimmyQueen
Guest

Actually more than likely they announced it at the schools and parents said nyet. A lot of parents would prefer if they didn’t have to deal with the crap that Obama would be dispensing and then have to clean up when the kids get home. I think this is hilarious but I think overall it is the parents that we have to thank.

jim9101
Member

If the winning school could designate where Obama speaks the contest might get more applicants. Like the old joke where first prize is a one week trip to Philadelphia. Second place was a two week trip.

hardwurkindaddy
Member

AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!!!!!!

CO2Insanity
Admin

Obama isn’t too popular these days……..mmmmmm….mmmmmmm….mmmmmm

Ruben
Member

And why should he be? Who really wants to hear a sophomore speak?

BTW, your “mmmmm…. mmmmm…… mmmmm” made my eyes water, I laughed so hard!

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