Liberal messiah sending his daughters to ritzy private school

posted at 8:32 pm on November 21, 2008 by Allahpundit

Michelle believes very strongly in the value of public education, mind you. Just not for her kids.

Lelyveld said that while public schools were considered, the Obamas felt that a private school was in the best interest of their children. The two girls currently attend the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where Michelle Obama is on the board.

Michelle Obama went to public schools on Chicago’s South Side, and undestands the importance of strong public schools, Lelyveld said, and the administration plans to work hard on that issue…

The quality of the school and its extra security make Sidwell Friends a good choice, said Letitia Baldrige, who was Jackie Kennedy’s social secretary and chief of staff during the Kennedy administration. Caroline Kennedy attended first grade in a makeshift third-floor classroom inside the White House.

I’d say something snarky but I’ve been informed by my betters that it’s wrong to criticize The One for hypocrisy on this point because, and I quote, “none of us knows what it’s like to be a president of the United States of America or a president-elect.” There’s video at the link; do bear it in mind the next time you get the urge to object to anything he says or does.

Chelsea Clinton went to this same school, incidentally, which is perfectly in keeping with the blueprint Obama’s followed thus far. Here’s an actual e-card I sent to our favorite liberal a few days ago. Share it with a Democrat you love.


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Carter sent his daughter to the DC Public Schools and look how that turned out. I don’t begrudge the Obama brats the opportunity to get a good education but I do criticize their parents for denying others that same ability by trapping them in a failed inner-city system because that’s the way the NEA and AFT want it.

highhopes on November 23, 2008 at 8:31 PM

Liberal hypocrite. Do as I say….

hawkdriver on November 23, 2008 at 9:15 PM

All liberals always say (Do as i say not as i do)they have always belived this .Yet the same dumb A** people who want school vouchers vote for them time after time.Why are we suprized?

thmcbb on November 23, 2008 at 9:55 PM

Liberal hypocrite. Do as I say….

hawkdriver on November 23, 2008 at 9:15 PM

Has Obama ever said “send your kids to public schools”?

mycowardice on November 23, 2008 at 10:57 PM

highhopes on November 23, 2008 at 8:31 PM

Isn’t it a little early to be blaming the “parents for trapping children in a failed DC school system”. Obama isn’t even president yet. How do you know what he may or may not do with regard to education?

According to the Washingtonian

While there’s been some speculation that after singling out Michelle Rhee’s reform efforts in one presidential debate this fall, President-Elect Obama might decide to send his two daughters to a public school–as Jimmy Carter did–a public school presents a host of problems for a First Family, not the least of which is a set of security concerns. After 9/11, security officials believe a public school is out of the question.

kanda on November 24, 2008 at 6:52 AM

I love the half measures. If you want to really give EVERYONE access to good private schools, similar to the one that Obama is going to send his kids to, you will need massive socialism and redistribution.

oh yes the answer is always socialism. its worked wonders in Zimbabwe hasn’t it?

if you want to give EVERYONE access to good private schools, eliminate the teacher’s union…and public schools.

we’ve been spending more on education for decades…worked wonders hasn’t it?? just like socialism!

keep the faith comrade!

right4life on November 24, 2008 at 8:49 AM

How do you know what he may or may not do with regard to education?

hope and change…more of the same..

right4life on November 24, 2008 at 8:51 AM

kanda on November 24, 2008 at 6:52 AM

But it was somehow okay for Jenna to teach in a DC public school for a few years… This ridiculous security argument holds no water because of that. Also, the Obama girls both went to a ritzy private school in Chicago before Daddy started running for President. They went here because the Obamas understood that the Chicago Public School system sucks, just like the DC Public Schools suck. No one begrudges the Obamas their right to put their daughters in the best school. What people are objecting to is the Messiah making the best decision for his family while consigning poor black and Latino students to the crappy public system.

Has Obama ever said “send your kids to public schools”?

mycowardice on November 23, 2008 at 10:57 PM

No, but most black and Latino parents cannot afford to pay for the best schools. He’s consigning these children to an awful third rate education through his failure to support vouchers, competition, and other reforms in the education system.

Illinidiva on November 24, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Has Obama ever said “send your kids to public schools”?

mycowardice on November 23, 2008 at 10:57 PM

In July, when he addressed the NAACP’s annual convention, Sen. Barack Obama expressed his devotion to American public schools, vowing he would not “walk away from them” by supporting school-choice programs like Sen. John McCain did.

“Should parents be given vouchers to enable them to send their children to any school?” Obama answered: “No: I believe that public education in America should foster innovation and provide students with varied, high-quality learning opportunities.”

I think those quotes answer that question…Obama was for vouchers, but to get the union vote he had to give up on the kids education, and go with the union.
Hey, what’s another generation of not teaching kids…especially the inner city kids.

right2bright on November 24, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Illinidiva on November 24, 2008 at 9:11 AM

36% of public teachers send their kids to private school in Chicago…

right2bright on November 24, 2008 at 10:31 AM

36% of public teachers send their kids to private school in Chicago…

right2bright on November 24, 2008 at 10:31 AM

Gee… That’s reassuring that the teachers have so little faith in their ability to do their job.

Illinidiva on November 24, 2008 at 10:35 AM

I love the half measures. If you want to really give EVERYONE access to good private schools, similar to the one that Obama is going to send his kids to, you will need massive socialism and redistribution.

mycowardice on November 23, 2008 at 8:27 PM

No, all you need is a simple voucher system. If in your school district it costs $8,000 per year to educate the student, then give a $7,000 voucher to a parent (keep $1,000 for administrative costs). The public schools will gain $1,000 per child, the parents can choose the public or private school. You will end up with a small school system less “socialism and redistribution”.

right2bright on November 24, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Honestly, who the hell thought that Michelle Obama was going to send her princesses to a Washington DC school with the rest of the kids from the ‘hood.

In fact, I told people that the Obamas would send their kids to the same Friends school as Chelsea. Obama vilified the Clintons and now is using them.

So much for “change”.

stefystef on November 24, 2008 at 10:40 AM

According to “Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: School Year 2005-2006,” a report published by the Department of Education in July, total expenditures per pupil in the District of Columbia’s public schools was $15,798, more than the per pupil spending of any state.

I think we could find a private school that would actually educate your child for $10,000 per student…the D.C schools would pocket almost $6,000 per “student”.
Figure 77,000 students, and you have $77,000,000 (seventy seven million dollars) more in the system to help the public school kids.

right2bright on November 24, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Figure 77,000 students, and you have $77,000,000 (seventy seven million dollars) more in the system to help the public school kids.

right2bright on November 24, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Oops math is way off, I started with a 100,000 student and didn’t change the math…$462,000,000, that’s 462 million folks.

right2bright on November 24, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Its hypocritical, but the right thing to do

Bevan on November 24, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Many private schools accross the country are losing students due to the economy. Parents are looking for ways to cut back and the tuition is often the first thing to go. These children, who have been receiving a superior education for half the cost of public schools, now go into the public school maelstrom. More students in the public system mean more costs, more classrooms, more teachers, more school buildings, more materials, etc…etc… Vouchers save the government money by allowing parents to choose a private school if they desire. Can’t do that though. Some of those NEA tenured teachers might get laid off…just like excellent private school teachers are now.

sdd on November 24, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Obama’s K-12 education policy.

Note that it calls for many forms of increased spending on schools, but not a word about vouchers or otherwise allowing parents to pull kids out of schools that suck. Oh, and of course he advocates spending tons of new money on teachers. Thanks for that union bloc vote, here’s your check.

hawksruleva on November 24, 2008 at 11:55 AM

I think those quotes answer that question…Obama was for vouchers, but to get the union vote he had to give up on the kids education, and go with the union.
Hey, what’s another generation of not teaching kids…especially the inner city kids.

right2bright on November 24, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Nothing in your post shows that Obama said “send your kids to public schools.”

mycowardice on November 24, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Nothing in your post shows that Obama said “send your kids to public schools.”

mycowardice on November 24, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Yeah… Because he knows that poor parents have no choice in the matter. They have to send their kids to crappy public schools while the Messiah and his closest minions send their kids to ritzy private schools.

Illinidiva on November 24, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Gee… That’s reassuring that the teachers have so little faith in their ability to do their job.

Illinidiva on November 24, 2008 at 10:35 AM

I’m confident in MY abilities as a HS science teacher. I am NOT confident in the abilities of a kid’s parents to get him to school on time, be responiible, do their homework, etc.
I am NOT confident in the abilities of a lot of public school teachers in general. The union has set forth a blanket policy of mediocrity by making sure all teachers of all abilities and educational backgrounds and experience make the same amount of $$. So a dumb$$ with 20years in can make more than an intelligent, driven young teacher with more ability.
To all of those capable of providing discipline, thought & regimen, I say home-school your child. Your local school HAS to provide you with guidance & materials.
And don’t give me the BS about how they don’t get socialized. If you want to socialize your kid, you’ll find a way to do it.
And BTW-what about people who live way out in the country & have to home-school? They don’t turn out anti-social.
School is for LEARNING. Not socializing.
Obviously Obama realizes public education sucks. Bcs he’s a public figure, he has a duty to practice what he preaches.
Vouchers are the way to go. And the union is worthless. The only thing they’re good for is the insurance & lawyers they provide when your district abandons you & someone is after you.

Badger40 on November 24, 2008 at 1:33 PM

It (BHO) just keeps getting better and better, and here I thought we’d have no ammo for our fights ahead…

/facepalm

Mark Garnett on November 24, 2008 at 2:18 PM

It (BHO) just keeps getting better and better, and here I thought we’d have no ammo for our fights ahead…

/facepalm

Mark Garnett on November 24, 2008 at 2:18 PM

No more ammo. Chinese are buying up all the brass.
KEEP YOUR BRASS FOLKS!

Badger40 on November 24, 2008 at 2:20 PM

The above article appears on WorldNetDaily.

AdrianS on November 24, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Hi crazy person… Please leave. You’re making the rest of us look bad.

Illinidiva on November 24, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Illinidiva on November 24, 2008 at 2:24 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^ Yeah, what he said! Doubled!

Mark Garnett on November 24, 2008 at 2:26 PM

I have no objection to the Obama kids going to a good private school. I just wish everyone else had that opportunity. Charter schools for all!

rbj on November 23, 2008 at 3:04 PM

I love the half measures. If you want to really give EVERYONE access to good private schools, similar to the one that Obama is going to send his kids to, you will need massive socialism and redistribution.

mycowardice on November 23, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Sidwell is frosting on top of frosting. You don’t need $30,000 for a good education — what $30K buys you is exclusivity and entry to a certain network, and that network has only other people who can afford $30K per year for their child’s education. The Obamas are priming their kids for upper class life — a life which is obviously barred to most of us.

That’s OK (from a Republican standpoint, but not from a Democratic one), but again, I find it disingenuous that Obama will, for his union pals, bar to others the education part of what he’s buying, which is far less expensive.

unclesmrgol on November 24, 2008 at 11:55 PM

Sidwell is frosting on top of frosting. You don’t need $30,000 for a good education — what $30K buys you is exclusivity and entry to a certain network, and that network has only other people who can afford $30K per year for their child’s education. The Obamas are priming their kids for upper class life — a life which is obviously barred to most of us.

That’s OK (from a Republican standpoint, but not from a Democratic one), but again, I find it disingenuous that Obama will, for his union pals, bar to others the education part of what he’s buying, which is far less expensive.

unclesmrgol on November 24, 2008 at 11:55 PM

So by birth there should be 2nd class citizen in this country. By birth there should be the ones that are barred from getting into the upper class life.

Vouchers by themselves aren’t a solution. It has to be voucher plus some kind of alternative school system. Vouchers could be bypassed if we simply created this alternative school system.

I personally don’t mind vouchers if done right, and I hope Obama comes out with creative solution to fix education.

mycowardice on November 25, 2008 at 12:59 AM

Vouchers by themselves aren’t a solution. It has to be voucher plus some kind of alternative school system. Vouchers could be bypassed if we simply created this alternative school system.

I personally don’t mind vouchers if done right, and I hope Obama comes out with creative solution to fix education.

mycowardice on November 25, 2008 at 12:59 AM

The “alternative school system” you are describing costs money. That money either has to come from the government or from private persons. We already have a government-funded school system, and in many places, it is not working.

The governments in many places have responded with “charter schools” — most of which seem to inherit the problems of the government-funded school system whose administration they share and whose funds they use.

Vouchers ARE the solution, since they allow a parent to vote for the school which best fills their child’s needs. The state can attach conditions to the vouchers (as most principalities using vouchers do), but it becomes the parent who determines the best use of the state funds.

By such voting, bad schools cannot remain in business for very long. I outlined above some bad outcomes from indiscriminate use of vouchers, but I’d rather see a bad voucher-funded school close mid-year than to see a bad public school remain open year after year after year.

With respect to your “2nd class citizen” statement, you are, in a backhanded way, seconding my position on vouchers. There should be no disbarment from the upper class by birth (although in most places there are), but, even more importantly, there should be no disbarment from an excellent education due to lack of school choice. Education in this country is the portal to the middle and upper classes; without a good education, a child is doomed to poverty.

unclesmrgol on November 25, 2008 at 2:15 AM

Illinidiva on November 24, 2008 at 2:24 PM

All of the Constitutional issues outstanding against BHO are anything but crazy. People may be embarrassed about them, but tough. They are legitimate and important. You can rest in the idea that our SCOTUS probably doesn’t have the guts to enforce whatever law is left these days, but that should be a point of sadness for all. The request for the BC is not a hardship in any way and the arguments concerning nationality (in all of its variations) deserve serious attention.

It’s a shame that this wasn’t taken care of two years ago, when it should have – or even 1 year ago, but here we are, and none of the simplest questions have even been addressed in any decent way. And we have people acting as if legitimately addressing the Constitutional problems that are clearly floating around BHO is an embarrassment.

progressoverpeace on November 25, 2008 at 2:18 AM

Illinidiva on November 24, 2008 at 9:11 AM

….and your point is? oh I get it Jeanna is an adult and Obama’s children are…well children. Nice comparison as both are children of a president and president-elect but it’s a bogus argument.

kanda on November 25, 2008 at 8:20 AM

AdrianS on November 24, 2008 at 2:18 PM

I wonder why you want a petition to find out something we already know. Reality stares you right in the face and you deny it. Are you a member of the 911 truthers?

kanda on November 25, 2008 at 8:24 AM

….and your point is? oh I get it Jeanna is an adult and Obama’s children are…well children. Nice comparison as both are children of a president and president-elect but it’s a bogus argument.

kanda on November 25, 2008 at 8:20 AM

I don’t think that threats against the President’s kids suddenly disappear when they turn 21. It seems to me that the same risks would still apply (along with the same security disruptions for the other students and parents). The whole security argument is ridiculous. The Obamas are sending their daughters to Sidwell and Friends because they understand that the DC public schools suck. This is their right as parents; however, let’s not make up bogus excuses for them. The sad thing is that the Messiah is willing to consign poor minority children to an awful education and refuses to offer them choice.

Illinidiva on November 25, 2008 at 10:08 AM

The whole security argument is ridiculous. The Obamas are sending their daughters to Sidwell and Friends because they understand that the DC public schools suck.
Illinidiva on November 25, 2008 at 10:08 AM

I see. So you have determined security is a ridiculous argument for not sending the Obama girls to public school. That is an opinion I do not share with you. Wow…you are so all knowing you can see inside their head and determine the real reason they picked private school over public school.

Out of curiosity did you go to private or public school? I suspect private since you are so “anti” public school.

kanda on November 25, 2008 at 10:20 AM

see. So you have determined security is a ridiculous argument for not sending the Obama girls to public school. That is an opinion I do not share with you. Wow…you are so all knowing you can see inside their head and determine the real reason they picked private school over public school.

Out of curiosity did you go to private or public school? I suspect private since you are so “anti” public school.

kanda on November 25, 2008 at 10:20 AM

A. The Obama girls both went to the Unviersity of Chicago Lab schools (ritzy $20K/ year). I believe that Malia started there while Obama was still a state Senator. Pray tell me what was the security threats against an IL state Senator’s daughter that no one ever heard of. It’s clear that the Obamas chose the best school for their kids, which is their right as parents. Where I am faulting them is the fact that they deny other people the same choice.

B. I went to both Catholic and public schools. I transferred to public school in 7th grade after I ran afoul of some “mean girls” at my Catholic grade school. The level of education that I received at the public school vs. the privatte school was ridiculous. I spent most of seventh and eighth grade sitting at my desk bored. I never studied and never did homework; yet, I still received straight As. The ‘rents ended up putting me in a Catholic HS after that educational experience.

C. I’m not anti-public school; I am anti bad public school. I live in northern IL and there are quite a few good public school districts around here. Most parents jump at the chance to send their kids to Stephenson, Libertyville, Lake Forest, or New Trier, all public schools that are always on the US News and Newsweek best school lists. However, since my parents could not afford a house in these districts and the schools where we lived were definitely not at the same standard, private schools were the best choice for me. And I grew up in a middle class suburbs and my parents had the money to afford me this choice unlike many poor kids in DC and Chicago.

Illinidiva on November 25, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Illinidiva on November 25, 2008 at 11:13 AM

A. The Obama girls both went to the Unviersity of Chicago Lab schools (ritzy $20K/ year). I believe that Malia started there while Obama was still a state Senator. Pray tell me what was the security threats against an IL state Senator’s daughter that no one ever heard of. It’s clear that the Obamas chose the best school for their kids, which is their right as parents. Where I am faulting them is the fact that they deny other people the same choice.

Of course you understand that security is much at issue here now that he is president-elect. Give me 1 specific example of the Obama’s denying other people the same choice.

B. I went to both Catholic and public schools. I transferred to public school in 7th grade after I ran afoul of some “mean girls” at my Catholic grade school. The level of education that I received at the public school vs. the privatte school was ridiculous. I spent most of seventh and eighth grade sitting at my desk bored. I never studied and never did homework; yet, I still received straight As. The ‘rents ended up putting me in a Catholic HS after that educational experience.

How did I guess you were mostly private school educated. I envy you. You were very fortunate to have such loving and caring parents. Too bad those girls picked on you. I didn’t think anything bad happened in private school.

C. I’m not anti-public school; I am anti bad public school. I live in northern IL and there are quite a few good public school districts around here. Most parents jump at the chance to send their kids to Stephenson, Libertyville, Lake Forest, or New Trier, all public schools that are always on the US News and Newsweek best school lists. However, since my parents could not afford a house in these districts and the schools where we lived were definitely not at the same standard, private schools were the best choice for me. And I grew up in a middle class suburbs and my parents had the money to afford me this choice unlike many poor kids in DC and Chicago

Well the only thing I can say is maybe you should select one or more poor child (according to your means) and pay for a private education for them if that will make you feel better. On the other hand you could get involved in your school district and make sure it lives up to your standards. You can also encourage others to do the same…or you can just keep whining about the failed Chicago and DC schools. Either way good luck.

kanda on November 25, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Of course you understand that security is much at issue here now that he is president-elect.

so how are the kids safer at a private school, rather than a public one??

Give me 1 specific example of the Obama’s denying other people the same choice.

he doesn’t support vouchers. in other words, unless you’re well-off like he is, you’re stuck with lousy public skools. thought he ‘cared’ about the poor…right.

On the other hand you could get involved in your school district and make sure it lives up to your standards. You can also encourage others to do the same…

why bother when they are controlled by the thug teacher’s union??

right4life on November 25, 2008 at 11:46 AM

right4life on November 25, 2008 at 11:46 AM

I see that you are unaware of the nuances of protecting a private school vs a public on. Not supporting vouchers is not a denial it is an enabler perhaps but not a good example. What…you have little faith in the teachers union? ha ha. well I’ll give you the last one

kanda on November 25, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Of course you understand that security is much at issue here now that he is president-elect. Give me 1 specific example of the Obama’s denying other people the same choice.

I’m just pointing out that it was clear that the security issue was a smokescreen put up by Obama kool-aid drinkers to shield their precious Messiah from any valid criticism. It is also clear that the Messiah does not care about truly fixing the horrible inner-city school systems. He cares about providing at placating the teachers’ unions. In that way, he is denying poor minority parents the choice of a quality education for their children.

How did I guess you were mostly private school educated. I envy you. You were very fortunate to have such loving and caring parents. Too bad those girls picked on you. I didn’t think anything bad happened in private school.

Bad things happen in every school district. In fact, I’m not a major fan of the Catholic school system because there were quite a few cliques there. If I ever have a child, I would definitely chose a good public school over a private one.

However, while I’m not 100% thrilled with the private schools, I do see choice and competition as the only ways to improve the US education system. The public school system acts as a monopoly in the U.S. and therefore has no incentive to provide good service. In contrast, the university system is one of the best in the world because it does have choice and competition.

Well the only thing I can say is maybe you should select one or more poor child (according to your means) and pay for a private education for them if that will make you feel better. On the other hand you could get involved in your school district and make sure it lives up to your standards. You can also encourage others to do the same…or you can just keep whining about the failed Chicago and DC schools. Either way good luck.

Actually, I already pay taxes to provide all children, including poor children with with a quality education. Also, it is incredibly difficult to go in and change a school. Most school boards and PTAs are dominated by teacher union representatives who oppose common-sense reforms.

Illinidiva on November 25, 2008 at 12:18 PM

I see that you are unaware of the nuances of protecting a private school vs a public on

oh NUANCES… liberal code word for BS!

right4life on November 25, 2008 at 10:19 PM

I meant you don’t understand…ha ha

Try this:

Main Entry: nu·ance
Pronunciation: \ˈnü-ˌän(t)s, ˈnyü-, -ˌäⁿs; nü-ˈ, nyü-ˈ\
Function: noun
Etymology: French, from Middle French, shade of color, from nuer to make shades of color, from nue cloud, from Latin nubes; perhaps akin to Welsh nudd mist
Date: 1781
1 : a subtle distinction or variation
2 : a subtle quality : nicety
3 : sensibility to, awareness of, or ability to express delicate shadings (as of meaning, feeling, or value)
— nu·anced \-ˌän(t)st, -ˈän(t)st\ adjective

kanda on November 26, 2008 at 8:59 AM

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