Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on September 3, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama’s effort to reach out to the nation’s students got big play on the Department of Education website.  Unfortunately, it looks like the Department of Education needs a remedial course in spelling:

Delivers a national address to whom?

The nation’s schoochildren.  Schoochildren?  Does the White House need a Spelling Czar?  (h/t HA reader Monica S)

Update: Reader Brennan points out that this misspelling originated with the White House:

Which is why it belongs in the Obamateurism files.  Thanks, Brennan!

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Ed, let’s not be racist. Everyone knows “schoochildren” is how you say it in ebonics.

Red Cloud on September 3, 2009 at 8:06 AM

You have to say it out loud to really appreciate it.

BigD on September 3, 2009 at 8:07 AM

scoochildren? hmm…it does sound like ebonics. or is it obonics now?

becki51758 on September 3, 2009 at 8:08 AM

(h/t HA reader Monica S)

Thanks Ed. I’m famous!

Monica on September 3, 2009 at 8:10 AM

IT would have been funnier if it read “schoochilrens”.

milwife88 on September 3, 2009 at 8:10 AM

Van Jones must have written it…among other things

NYconservative on September 3, 2009 at 8:10 AM

Dept. of Education. A fine example of a function the federal government is doing that is not their constitutional job. Eliminate it.

CC

CapedConservative on September 3, 2009 at 8:11 AM

Das coo

blatantblue on September 3, 2009 at 8:11 AM

It’s not Obonics. It’s Obamanure.

Crusader Rabbit on September 3, 2009 at 8:13 AM

Gee Ed, imposing an imperialist, patriarchal, white male (and Noah Webster is a dead white male) version of spelling on us? What other dead white male visions do you want to impose on us: freedom of speech (which only leads to right-wing hate radio), freedom of religion (which only leads to right-wing hate sermons), freedom from government intrusion into our houses and healthcare?

Don’t you know that the men who stood up to the best military force in the world at Lexington were actually fighting for universal healthcare rather than for liberty?

/sarc — a sadly needed tag in these days

rbj on September 3, 2009 at 8:15 AM

My six year old (at the time) immediately got that Biden had the number of letters off in the word “jobs”. Spell check would hurt these guys. They have even spelled Obama’s name wrong in official documents.

TXMomof3 on September 3, 2009 at 8:15 AM

President Bush’s staff could type correctly even with all the W’s taken off the keyboards.

yoda on September 3, 2009 at 8:16 AM

I grew up in PG County, Md. I don’t see no errors.

Rambotito on September 3, 2009 at 8:16 AM

In my spell checker, Obama isn’t a word. ;)

Beaglemom on September 3, 2009 at 8:17 AM

President Bush’s staff could type correctly even with all the W’s taken off the keyboards.

yoda on September 3, 2009 at 8:16 AM

In the liberal mindset, Texas accent equals ignorance.

TXMomof3 on September 3, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Just trying to get some cred with the kids in the hood.

Alden Pyle on September 3, 2009 at 8:20 AM

Spelling is not important. When propagandizing, it’s the thought that counts.

ROCnPhilly on September 3, 2009 at 8:20 AM

We have a president who doesn’t know math, economics, history, or geography. Why would you expect good spelling?

backwoods conservative on September 3, 2009 at 8:22 AM

TXMomof3 on September 3, 2009 at 8:18 AM

You are so right. I’m proud to say I have a little of my Texas accent left.

yoda on September 3, 2009 at 8:23 AM

I looked at “Wakefield High School” in Google and the WIki page shows the breakdown of students I expected (he won’t venture where he isn’t adored). I guarantee by mid-way through the speech he won’t be understandable to most of America, U-kno-mmm-sayin’?

Marcus on September 3, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Went there to check, and they hve now fixed that. You just gotta know someone there is not having a good day.

MikeA on September 3, 2009 at 8:23 AM

They can’t spell schoolchildren correctly, but every ‘t’ is crossed and ‘i’ is dotted when they need to use the phrase “Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists”.

They only have the time, or the inclination, to proofread the important stuff.

Yoop on September 3, 2009 at 8:24 AM

Potatoe.

beatcanvas on September 3, 2009 at 8:25 AM

Everyone knows there ain’t no ‘L’ IN ‘SCHOOCHIDREN’.

thomasaur on September 3, 2009 at 8:26 AM

Remind me again why the Department of Education exists?

fireweednectar on September 3, 2009 at 8:26 AM

Went there to check, and they hve now fixed that. You just gotta know someone there is not having a good day.

MikeA on September 3, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Clearly they are monitoring Hot Air. It’s so fishy here.

ROCnPhilly on September 3, 2009 at 8:27 AM

Truly, nothing sums up this administration more than the outreach to “schoochildren.”

This could well be the sine qua non of Obamateurisms.

highhopes on September 3, 2009 at 8:27 AM

I grew up in PG County, Md. I don’t see no errors.

A friend is a prosecutor in PG County. She had a case where the mother was furious because no one could manage to pronounce her daughter’s name. Everyone had tried to pronounce “La-ah” but each attempt further infuriated the little girl’s mom. Finally, she screamed “y’all is stupid, her name is perfectly clear, it’s “La DASH A”!

Haunches on September 3, 2009 at 8:27 AM

Barack Obama’s effort to reach out indoctrinate a captive audience of to the nation’s students…

FIFY.

Basilsbest on September 3, 2009 at 8:27 AM

Halp us Brack! We’re stuk in schoo.

PatMac on September 3, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Remind me again why the Department of Education exists?

fireweednectar on September 3, 2009 at 8:26 AM

To provide employment to inept NEA “educators” who are too damned stupid to become administators in local school systems. Duh!

highhopes on September 3, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Remind me again why the Department of Education exists?

fireweednectar on September 3, 2009 at 8:26 AM

To keep the children ignorant, so they grow up to be blindly trustful of and dependent upon the federal government.

Surprised you didn’t know that…

ROCnPhilly on September 3, 2009 at 8:30 AM

your all wrong….it’s schoochidren

PatriotRider on September 3, 2009 at 8:30 AM

The spelling error is a decoy. The serious problem is the Administration thinking that a one-size-fits-all video interrupting the normal school day of public school students (18 year old HS students sure don’t think they’re ‘schoochilrens’) is legitimate. It’s absurd and a HUGE COSTLY distraction/waste. Every state-run school will interrupt its schedule to watch a video suitable for 5 year olds and 18 year olds? Every child left behind.

clorensen on September 3, 2009 at 8:30 AM

See, this is why I am glad that my county isn’t requiring us to sit through his “schoochildren address”

g8trman307 on September 3, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Ed, let’s not be racist. Everyone knows “schoochildren” is how you say it in ebonics.

Red Cloud on September 3, 2009 at 8:06 AM

Chairman Soetoro axed around and all I got was this bloody t-shirt…

sven10077 on September 3, 2009 at 8:31 AM

Meanwhile…world leaders are laughing their asses off at the current administration….

ladyingray on September 3, 2009 at 8:32 AM

America’s Schoochildren, yo.

LibTired on September 3, 2009 at 8:33 AM

Instead of hitting a “reset” button on healthcare, they need to learn to hit SPELLCHECK first.

singlemalt_18 on September 3, 2009 at 8:34 AM

Spelling is no longer inmportant, dontcha know? Like in my daughter’s class, where during spelling tests, they’re encouraged to get up and go to the word wall – to ensure that they’re spelling the words correctly in the sentence-writing portion of the test.

This did make me laugh a little, though, because I do know people who pronounce it “skoo.” Drives me a bit crazy, as I am obsessive about enunciation. : )

Anna on September 3, 2009 at 8:35 AM

Potatoe
beatcanvas on September 3, 2009 at 8:25

57 states

yoda on September 3, 2009 at 8:35 AM

Morning Joe mentioned this in their first hour, all of them laughing it off. The problem is that they didn’t inform viewers that the Obama administration sent discussion points for class discussion, and, as I understand it, they circumvented the superintendents of school districts and contacted school principals directly. Both points are extremely creepy.

BuckeyeSam on September 3, 2009 at 8:35 AM

your all wrong….it’s schoochidren

PatriotRider on September 3, 2009 at 8:30 AM

now that’s e-bonics.

SHARPTOOTH on September 3, 2009 at 8:37 AM

I went to a meeting for my daughter’s school and they had the principal get up and address us. She said it was important that we make sure our kids know “they address”.

TXMomof3 on September 3, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Halp us Brack! We’re be stuk in schoo.

PatMac on September 3, 2009 at 8:29 AM

FIFY

MikeA on September 3, 2009 at 8:39 AM

ROCnPhilly on September 3, 2009 at 8:30 AM

and

highhopes on September 3, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Is that what it says in their charter? ;)

fireweednectar on September 3, 2009 at 8:39 AM

I grew up in PG County, Md. I don’t see no errors.

Rambotito on September 3, 2009 at 8:16 AM

I started school in PG County and my parents even stayed when the court order resulted in 50% of the school population coming from the ghetto (and 50% of the neighborhood having to go to the ghetto for “schoo”). The tipping point for my parents was the PTA debate over whether including Frosty the Snowman in Christmas celebaraionss is racist because Frosty is white (I’m not kidding).

highhopes on September 3, 2009 at 8:40 AM

your all wrong….it’s schoochidren

PatriotRider on September 3, 2009 at 8:30 AM

See my post @ 8:26

thomasaur on September 3, 2009 at 8:40 AM

I grew up in Memphis. Whachoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?

kingsjester on September 3, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Yo, Ed! Crittersizen’ da gubmint be a bad ting. Are schoochillins doan need no spelin hep from u. We gots teechers for dat.

Barb Dwyer on September 3, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Is this one of them there “teachable moments” we all been hearin’ about?

MikeA on September 3, 2009 at 8:42 AM

BuckeyeSam on September 3, 2009 at 8:35 AM

hmm…wouldnt this have to be approved by local school boards, then the superintendent? Dont the obarfo administration know that?

becki51758 on September 3, 2009 at 8:42 AM

See my post @ 8:26

thomasaur on September 3, 2009 at 8:40 AM

you be speekin e-bonics tooo.

SHARPTOOTH on September 3, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Is that what it says in their charter? ;)

fireweednectar on September 3, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Of course not but it doesn’t identify the Dept. of Education as a Welfare to Work program either. The employees’ esteem would be harmed by the reality of the truth.

highhopes on September 3, 2009 at 8:43 AM

ugh dont=doesnt so much for my schooin.

becki51758 on September 3, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Not a good start.

Bishop on September 3, 2009 at 8:45 AM

ugh dont=doesnt so much for my schooin.

becki51758 on September 3, 2009 at 8:43 AM

That’s okay. I have to turn off my Hicklish when I come to work. Also, you aren’t putting out official documents for the administration.

TXMomof3 on September 3, 2009 at 8:45 AM

If you want to tell the DOE what you think of this, their phone number is:

one ate oh oh ate sebin two fie three two sebin

MikeA on September 3, 2009 at 8:46 AM

The employees’ esteem would be harmed by the reality of the truth.

highhopes on September 3, 2009 at 8:43 AM

And we all know how feelings tend to create policy lately. Don’t want to make them feel bad!

fireweednectar on September 3, 2009 at 8:46 AM

TXMomof3 on September 3, 2009 at 8:45 AM

yea..me too. lol and thank God I dont work for this administration!

becki51758 on September 3, 2009 at 8:46 AM

ugh dont=doesnt so much for my schooin.

becki51758 on September 3, 2009 at 8:43 AM

There are no misspelled words on this thread.

thomasaur on September 3, 2009 at 8:47 AM

Just thinking ahead here.

If I get an infection, and the gubmint is my health care provider, will they will issue me a prescription for Aunty-Biotics?

fogw on September 3, 2009 at 8:47 AM

Spellin iz phun

For all those idiots who talk to me and use the term “axed”
instead of “asked” I usually tell them that it’s a verb not a hatchet.
I cannot believe how many teachers there are that let those verbal errors slide without correction
Oh the joys of Publik Edjukashun

ZeeMI on September 3, 2009 at 8:49 AM

If you want to tell the DOE what you think of this, their phone number is:

one ate oh oh ate sebin two fie three two sebin

MikeA on September 3, 2009 at 8:46 AM

I don’t care who ya are that’s funny right there.

thomasaur on September 3, 2009 at 8:49 AM

thomasaur on September 3, 2009 at 8:47 AM

Whew! What a releef!

becki51758 on September 3, 2009 at 8:49 AM

yea..me too. lol and thank God I dont work for this administration!

becki51758 on September 3, 2009 at 8:46 AM

I hate to be the one to tell you this but if you pay taxes you are indeed working for this administration.

highhopes on September 3, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Well Obama can’t be expected to check every little detail.

Or the medium details.

Or the big details, really.

Or the gi-normous ones.

He just reads speeches. Ask Axelrod and Emmanuel.

NoDonkey on September 3, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Is that what it says in their charter? ;)

fireweednectar on September 3, 2009 at 8:39 AM

If the contitution can be ignored, so much more so a simple charter.

They have a higher purpose:
“Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.
-Vladimir Lenin

ROCnPhilly on September 3, 2009 at 8:52 AM

He just reads speeches. Ask Axelrod and Emmanuel.

NoDonkey on September 3, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Don’t you mean “axe” Axelrod and Emmanuel?

You’ve heard of “speak like a pirate day?” I say we declare today “Speak like a Dept of Education employee” day where there is no such thing as bad grammar or poor spelling.

highhopes on September 3, 2009 at 8:54 AM

highhopes on September 3, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Dang…I didnt look at it that way. what a way to start my day. :(

becki51758 on September 3, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Wakefield High School
He’ll have to speak spanish.

Haunches on September 3, 2009 at 8:55 AM

I say we declare today “Speak like a Dept of Education employee” day

How about a “Speak like the President Day?” All sentences have to start with “I” and contain one or more “Ums.”

Beaglemom on September 3, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Ed, let’s not be racist. Everyone knows “schoochildren” is how you say it in ebonics.

Red Cloud on September 3, 2009 at 8:06 AM

Wow, ebonics has evolved, I thought it was spelled ebonically as: skuchillin’

Jeff from WI on September 3, 2009 at 8:57 AM

As horribly amusing as this is, I still think this whole Obamaterism thing is being stretched beyond its worth.

Some career WebHead at the DoED typos and that is an example of Obama’s lack of experience?

Yes its was worth posting since it provides a good laugh at the expense of our overly expansive government. But it has nothing to do with Obama. Unless you think part of his job is not only to read the legislation he signs but to review every work-product of every federal agency.

He is screwing up enough stuff on his own without adding these.

OBQuiet on September 3, 2009 at 8:58 AM

A former colleague of mine swears he once found a school record on which the child’s name was Shi’thead, supposed to be pronounced shuh-theed. When you really look at the spelling, though, you get a whole different pronunciation.

Now, we call disagreeable people “shu-theed.” For instance we might say President Shi’thead.

Ampleforth on September 3, 2009 at 8:59 AM

So the U.S. Department of Education doesn’t at least have spell check?

Jeff from WI on September 3, 2009 at 8:59 AM

I say we declare today “Speak like a Dept of Education employee” day

How about a “Speak like the President Day?” All sentences have to start with “I” and contain one or more “Ums.”

Beaglemom on September 3, 2009 at 8:56 AM

That sounds like a lot of fun. It sounds a lot like the Caroline Kennedy “you know” drinking game my brother invented.

Jeff from WI on September 3, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Edjoocashun

It took me three times to figure out what this meant….guess all those good grades thru schoolin’ paid off, eh ??

……or maybe the coffee hasn’t kicked in yet.

Jerome Horwitz on September 3, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Better stop making fun of it or it’ll cost us another $2 billion program for a Federal Employees Remedial Spelling Program.

Jeff from WI on September 3, 2009 at 9:02 AM

Stay in skool kids!

Akzed on September 3, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Oh just great Ed, now you have given them another post to fill when they may just want to take advantage of that application on most computers called spell check. Was the person who keyed the document upset that the special font for that word didn’t turn up on the final document?

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Does the White House need a Spelling Czar?

Stop encouraging them!

Browncoatone on September 3, 2009 at 9:06 AM

OBQuiet on September 3, 2009 at 8:58 AM

What? You got a problem with humor in general, or just if it is aimed at Obama? If you really want to grasp all this you need to begn from the point where you understand it is politics. In politics everything is about image and impressions, and both sides spend a great amount of energy creating and shaping impressions. There is some real worth in it too, as in a very broad sense we can see the value of a politician’s policies and views by watching those who support and agree with him. Obama himself told us that if we want to know who he is and what he thinks, look at who he associates with. That may be the best bit of advice he has provided to date.

MikeA on September 3, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Remind me again why the Department of Education exists?

fireweednectar on September 3, 2009 at 8:26 AM

To spread and dictate liberal propoganda

Jeff from WI on September 3, 2009 at 9:09 AM

Remind me again why the Department of Education exists?

fireweednectar on September 3, 2009 at 8:26 AM
propaganda

Jeff from WI on September 3, 2009 at 9:09 AM

I just had another thought: Maybe the DOE could re-send the memo pointing out the distinctions between “succeed” and “secede”; “across,” “crossed” and the nonexistent “acrossed”; and words with apostrophes and those without (e.g. “We are now open on Saturday’s!” or “No one give’s you more!”)

OBQuiet on September 3, 2009 at 8:58 AM

You’re right, OB. We shouldn’t pick on Obama because he didn’t read this DOE page. He doesn’t read anything his government puts out, so what’s your point?

fireweednectar on September 3, 2009 at 9:11 AM

via Rush
that should be skroolchilren
——–
DOE gets an F for the day

cmsinaz on September 3, 2009 at 9:13 AM

As horribly amusing as this is, I still think this whole Obamaterism thing is being stretched beyond its worth.

Some career WebHead at the DoED typos and that is an example of Obama’s lack of experience?

OBQuiet on September 3, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Would it be asking too much to have a staff over at the Department of Education that could spell?

Or if it was just a typo as you say, how about being capable of using spellcheck? I bet most of our school’s third graders know how to use it.

fogw on September 3, 2009 at 9:14 AM

looks like the Department of Education needs a remedial course in spelling

Hey hey hey hey……
Hey stoopid

Jerome Horwitz on September 3, 2009 at 9:14 AM

It’s summer school for these folks!

cmsinaz on September 3, 2009 at 9:17 AM

I’ve often wondered if TOTUS is actually written in Ebonics for Obama and he mentally converts it into recognizable English.

Jeff from WI on September 3, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Remind me again why the Department of Education exists?

fireweednectar on September 3, 2009 at 8:26 AM

Jimmy Carter’s gift to the teachers’ unions.

Wethal on September 3, 2009 at 9:19 AM

…after all onthe movie Airplane Beaver’s mom could speak Jive.

Jeff from WI on September 3, 2009 at 9:19 AM

…after all onthe movie Airplane Beaver’s mom could speak Jive.

Jeff from WI on September 3, 2009 at 9:19 AM

LOL

:-)

cmsinaz on September 3, 2009 at 9:20 AM

POTATOES????????

ndulik on September 3, 2009 at 9:20 AM

“Potatoes” is correct. Your point?

Haunches on September 3, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Dept. of Education. A fine example of a function the federal government is doing that is not their constitutional job. Eliminate it.
CC
CapedConservative on September 3, 2009

It was created by Jimmy Carter (pardon me while I vomit) as a payoff to the teachers union that supported his election.
Reason enough to kill it. Too bad we will never have a president (or Congress) with the balls to do so.

SKYFOX on September 3, 2009 at 9:24 AM

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