Secret WH memo: Why aren’t any high schools asking Obama to speak at commencement this year?

posted at 9:10 pm on March 7, 2011 by Allahpundit

Is there any sadder testament to the fading magic of Hopenchange than this? Reading it, I actually felt sorry for the guy.

Any high school principals out there in the HA audience have time to throw together an application and reassure The One that kids still love him? And by “love him,” I mean “will happily sit through a speech/photo op in lieu of having to go to class.”

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.”

Act now, people. By the time June rolls around, Saudi Arabia might be locked in a civil war. It could be your school’s graduation where he first calls for an “orderly transition” or whatever in Riyadh.


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Loser.

Cicero43 on March 7, 2011 at 9:12 PM

it’s all about Obama, they even included a shot of some kid screaming and waving his hand in the air because Obama touched it…

commodore on March 7, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Sad.

amerpundit on March 7, 2011 at 9:14 PM

It’s hard to accomdate him facing East with a prayer rug when the kids can’t pray to baby Jesus to help them pass a math test.

SouthernGent on March 7, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Gah. This is why it’s so important that we field a good candidate in 2012. It should be like shooting fish in a barrel, for pity’s sake.

cynccook on March 7, 2011 at 9:14 PM

“Me Me Me Me Me Me Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Let Me Be Clear I I I I I I I”

Jeddite on March 7, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Some leaker is going to be in trouble…uh oh.

txmomof6 on March 7, 2011 at 9:15 PM

There were several lawsuits against schools last year by the families of teachers who had attended a PBHO commencement speech, it seems they died of intense boredom and the schools were blamed.

Bishop on March 7, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Duh! Winning!!!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 7, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Well, at least he will still have the younger ones in his corner. Poor guy.

keep the change on March 7, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Obama is an IQ vampire, he sucks the smarts out of any room he walks into.

RedRedRice on March 7, 2011 at 9:16 PM

I bet he hasn’t been invited to a wedding in years because he kept making the occasion all about himself.

cthulhu on March 7, 2011 at 9:17 PM

He could tell the graduates that they should apply to the state to become janitors for their school and retire at 43 with a full pension and benefits for life.

DeweyWins on March 7, 2011 at 9:17 PM

“Just spent another trillion dollars bailing out government employees kids, have fun paying that back, mmmkay.”

forest on March 7, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Loser.

Cicero43 on March 7, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Duhhhh! WINNING!

Just like Charlie Sheen. Oops, forgot he got fired today.
Maybe something Obama can also have in common with CS some time soon.

mechkiller_k on March 7, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Is this anything like how Democratic candidates didn’t want him to campaign for them?

His touch has turned to plutonium and no one wants to be there when he reaches critical mass.

ajacksonian on March 7, 2011 at 9:18 PM

it’s all about Obama, they even included a shot of some kid screaming and waving his hand in the air because Obama touched it…

commodore on March 7, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Can’t blame the kid. Everything else Obama touches pretty much turns to $hit.

BigWyo on March 7, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Wah, wah, wah.

redfoxbluestate on March 7, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Something isn’t working.

or, conversely,……someone?

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Most high schools don’t have an auditorium large enough to hold both the graduates and PBHO’s ego.

Bishop on March 7, 2011 at 9:19 PM

I blame tiger blood and Vatican assassins.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 7, 2011 at 9:19 PM

We should also make sure the Cabinet is pushing the competition out to their lists

Kevin Jennings read that really fast and got all hot inside…

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:20 PM

It’s probably best not to expose children to Obama’s hair-brained schemes.

FloatingRock on March 7, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Mmmmmm….mmmmm.mmmmmm?????

BigWyo on March 7, 2011 at 9:23 PM

It could be your school’s graduation where he first calls for an “orderly transition” or whatever in Riyadh.

Or he could be calling for King Abdullah to step down, when he really means baby, maybe next week…..cause you see I’m on a losing streak I can’t get no….no no no…

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Duh! Winning!!!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 7, 2011 at 9:16 PM

I think that is going to be my favorite post on anything Obama-related for awhile.

txmomof6 on March 7, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Who wants a LOSER speaking at their commencement?

GarandFan on March 7, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Obama was a flash in the pan. He’s so 2008.

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:26 PM

I can tell you why.

Because he sold them a barfbag full of hopenchange and all they have to look forward to is flipping burgers, being a WalMart greeter or living in Mom’s basement eating cheeto’s while contemplating their navels.

I have a H.S. student. Trust me, they are all in a state of Obamalaise and I feel sorry for them. They can’t even apply to be bag clerks at grocery stores. Those jobs are taken by our Senior Citizens who can’t afford the cuts *yes I said cuts* to Medicare and Social Security under Sebelius and Berwick.

Key West Reader on March 7, 2011 at 9:27 PM

I’ve got it! It’s, uhhhhh, the previous administration’s fault.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 7, 2011 at 9:27 PM

hey. Tigerblood boy has got some time on his hands now. I betcha he’d give a helluva commencement speech and the after party would be….killa….

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Reading it, I actually felt sorry for the guy.

Beta males have guy cards too, and I revoke yours, AP.

gryphon202 on March 7, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Bah-hahahahahahahaha.

Blame Bush Bieber?

NickelAndDime on March 7, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Solid B+

Timothy S. Carlson on March 7, 2011 at 9:29 PM

I haven’t laughed this hard in weeks. Thank you

BrideOfRove on March 7, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Moochelle would have to tag along to preach to the kids about eating healthy, right before heading to the nearest vending machine and trying to shake out a free Baby Ruth.

Bishop on March 7, 2011 at 9:29 PM

I bet he hasn’t been invited to a wedding in years because he kept making the occasion all about himself.

cthulhu on March 7, 2011 at 9:17 PM

::Cough::: William and Kate ::Cough::

/Sniff

I wouldn’t want them at the commemoration of a turtle pond.

/slurp

Key West Reader on March 7, 2011 at 9:30 PM

It called on staffers to ask “friendly congressional, gubernatorial and mayoral offices”

I actually found this quote to be more interesting…… In a bad way.

Now Obama is like the former high school prom king/capt. of the football team walking around in his team jacket saying “Hey, you guys remember…….”

ThePrez on March 7, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Moochelle would have to tag along to preach to the kids about eating healthy, right before heading to the nearest vending machine and trying to shake out a free Baby Ruth.

Bishop on March 7, 2011 at 9:29 PM

heh. put the security cam footage of that up on PPV. It’d be like ‘duh, winning!’

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:31 PM

High schools can’t afford high-tech teleprompters

Rovin on March 7, 2011 at 9:32 PM

But these numbers don’t include those hundreds of thousands of applications from high schools in Indonesia, Kenya, Russia, China, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, and Palestine, to name a few.

TXUS on March 7, 2011 at 9:32 PM

I wouldn’t want them at the commemoration of a turtle pond.

/slurp

Key West Reader on March 7, 2011 at 9:30 PM

especially, a turtle pond propped up on a fence post…

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Kid thought bubble: “Wow, you look so bright and clean. Just like they said. I am. So. Excited. To. See. You.

Will you give me a kiss when you are finished wrecking my life with the diligent rod of discipline and hopenchange?

Key West Reader on March 7, 2011 at 9:34 PM

AP, when did you go meet the president? Does your mom tie your dickey?

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:34 PM

especially, a turtle pond propped up on a fence post…

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Hey now, don’t make fun of running Turtles. There are 14 loose in Illinois, and they can’t even find the fence they’re crawling back to sit upon!

Leave the turtles alone, Ted!

Key West Reader on March 7, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Que the appropriate music

Kini on March 7, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Leave the turtles alone, Ted!

Key West Reader on March 7, 2011 at 9:35 PM

a little turtle humor never hurtle anybody now did it?

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Duh! Winning!!!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 7, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Carlos Estevez: Adonis DNA
barack Obama: Narcissus DNA

malclave on March 7, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Strangely enough, George Bush High School in Fort Bend, Texas keeps getting rejected.

Bishop on March 7, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Que the appropriate music

Kini on March 7, 2011 at 9:36 PM

heh. reaching in the way back machine there!

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Moochelle would have to tag along to preach to the kids about eating healthy, right before heading to the nearest vending machine and trying to shake out a free Baby Ruth.

Bishop on March 7, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Can I have your permission to send this one to http://www.michellesmirror.com?

That would be a great post for her/him to do.

Key West Reader on March 7, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Kevin Jennings read that really fast and got all hot inside…

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:20 PM

You really crack me up sometimes. :)

mrsmwp on March 7, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Strangely enough, George Bush High School in Fort Bend, Texas keeps getting rejected.

Bishop on March 7, 2011 at 9:36 PM

and Washington, Jefferson, Adams, even Roosevelt too…. damn

They haven’t received one from MLK High. The application was written in eighth grade+ language.

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:38 PM

It might help if he said he`d bring the beer.

ThePrez on March 7, 2011 at 9:41 PM

I blame it on Vatican assassin warlocks.

El_Terrible on March 7, 2011 at 9:41 PM

It might help if he said he`d bring the beer.

ThePrez on March 7, 2011 at 9:41 PM

let him do it then have the US marshalls arrest him for bootlegging unpasteurized beer across state lines and avoiding the brewer’s tax. I think he could go to jail for that.

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Maybe if he just sent the TOTUS?

entropent on March 7, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Even the young kids have him figured out.
http://www.blackfive.net/main/2010/08/obama-message-booed-by-boy-scouts.html

diogenes on March 7, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Maybe even the school kids know it’s all lies so why bother …

tarpon on March 7, 2011 at 9:47 PM

…they even included a shot of some kid screaming and waving his hand in the air because Obama touched it…

commodore on March 7, 2011 at 9:13 PM

He was just trying to tell everyone that Barry stole his lunch money.

Kensington on March 7, 2011 at 9:47 PM

heh. reaching in the way back machine there!

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:37 PM

I can almost hear Obama, “You don’t love me anymore

Kini on March 7, 2011 at 9:47 PM

I can almost hear Obama, “You don’t love me anymore“

Kini on March 7, 2011 at 9:47 PM

dude!? you committed 3Mb of brain memory to that song? lolllz.. I never heard of it and i think i may have had a weird al album at one time.

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Less than zero.

Buy Danish on March 7, 2011 at 9:53 PM

oops screwed that up. Meant to say:

Out: The Audacity of Hope.
In: Less than Zero.

Buy Danish on March 7, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Maybe he should just do it via video link and speak at all of the high school graduations.

If he attends will Michelle bring carrots to go with the One’s sticks?

kringeesmom on March 7, 2011 at 9:56 PM

It Takes a Village!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

canopfor on March 7, 2011 at 9:58 PM

I was actually saddened by this, too. It’s the highest office in the land, people. Even though he’s made a cynical joke of it.

John the Libertarian on March 7, 2011 at 9:59 PM

I had to laugh, and laugh hard when I read this earlier.

I don’t feel a bit sorry for him. He made his bed. Now he can lie in it.

There is nothing he says, or would say, that I want to hear, nor do I want my kids to hear.

I find it rather amusing, that he’s resorting to begging, to high schools no less.

capejasmine on March 7, 2011 at 10:01 PM

In: Less than Zero.

Buy Danish on March 7, 2011 at 9:55 PM

ohh ohh *raises hand* I know that question.

“What are the total number of applications received that request the POTUS to come speak?”

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Anybody but Barack Hussein Obama,
Mmmmm, mmmm, mmmm.

Dusty on March 7, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Luh huh hoo
Zuh huh her

darwin-t on March 7, 2011 at 10:02 PM

I bet he hasn’t been invited to a wedding in years because he kept making the occasion all about himself.
cthulhu on March 7, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Cause he and Michelle lecture every guest about the dangers of sugar and white flour after scarfing down the top tier of the cake, then give a toast about the need to sacrifice and have some skin in the game and give them the wedding presents.

Buy Danish on March 7, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Teenagers have a very heightened BS detector,I mean lets face it they hear the union hacks in class so they know stuff when they hear it. Plus da won ain’t got a band n a serious sound system,who needs dullsville. Now if it was hip hop n free beer the forms would flood in.
“Let me clear” is like a Frankie Valley one note hit.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 7, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Hope springs eternal.

I wouldn’t want a tyrant at my commencement, either, unless it was an opportunity to throw things at him.

Midas on March 7, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Awwww.

No principles and no principals.

Who’d a thunk it?

Aaaah. Rich, golden delicious irony.

hillbillyjim on March 7, 2011 at 10:07 PM

I betcha there’s some enterprising high school senior that’ll do a smart assed application with a valdictory speech titled “I’ll show you my transcripts if you show me yours“….heh

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 10:09 PM

They aren’t old enough for a beer summit.

Roy Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 10:11 PM

I can’t wait to hear him at his Impeachment…”I don’t recall….I don’t recall….I am not a Communist,well, not in the Lenin model, more like Mao…….Yes, I have read “Rules for Radicals” more than the Koran, and yes, that was Saul Alinsky’s theories on the blackboard(in that famous “Professor Obama” photo) when I was a Constitional Professor. No, I wasn’t FULL TIME, I was a guest speaker for Communist International”….

I just got a buy one get one free on Orville Redenbachers super butter blend. I’m hoping John Roberts and Crew open up soon with why Obamalinsky has a Connecticut S.S. number if he was born in Hawaii. That really makes no sense….

adamsmith on March 7, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Reading it, I actually felt sorry for the guy.

A little “Sympathy for the Devil” eh, AP?

kscheuller on March 7, 2011 at 10:13 PM

“What are the total number of applications received that request the POTUS to come speak?”
ted c on March 7, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Actually I was thinking that some of us call ‘The One‘ “Zero”, but that works too.

BTW, there’s something wrong with my keyboard and my apostrophes and quotation marks are all screwed up so if my comments/punctuation look bizarre, blame HP.

Buy Danish on March 7, 2011 at 10:13 PM

This made my day. Mr. Nobel Peace Prize left high and dry! I’m still giggling. Thanks for sharing it.

SagebrushPuppet on March 7, 2011 at 10:15 PM

No one wants a Socialist to tell them that they can’t have their Cakes and Ice Creams treats.

hawkman on March 7, 2011 at 10:18 PM

I am proud of the yutes of America.

kingsjester on March 7, 2011 at 10:18 PM

I can’t stop smiling, especially when I consider the impact on his GOTV in 2012 if he can’t build another group of Obamabots.

Laura Curtis on March 7, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Why would they want Obama to speak? He’s ruined their chances of finding jobs & their allowance can’t keep up with rising gas prices.

TN Mom on March 7, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Perhaps if he promised each graduate a new Chevy Volt?

kringeesmom on March 7, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Any high school principals out there in the HA audience have time to throw together an application and reassure The One that kids still love him?

Um…no. Just doin’ my duty as a conservative educator.

Yellowdog12 on March 7, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Kids don’t want to feel like background props on their graduation day…

Failing to Thrive!

Fallon on March 7, 2011 at 10:33 PM

I’m almost certain that my oldest nephew-the atheist who attends a Jesuit high school-would LOVE to have Zero be the commencement speaker when he graduates in few months. His mother would end up fainting like a teenybopper at a 60′s Beatles concert.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 7, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Kids don’t want to feel like background props on their graduation day…

Failing to Thrive!

Fallon on March 7, 2011 at 10:33 PM

I agree.

Beyond that, I have to wonder whether a lot of these young people feel like Ralphie (A Christmas Story) on the toilet decoding only to find out that Obama’s secret message is “Be sure to drink your Kool-Aid.”

BuckeyeSam on March 7, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Ok..I will start an office pool: He will visit a school that is in a safe blue state, so I take a town in Illinois. For the “power-ball” I will say the city is Chicago.

If I win both, then I want change from all the hope I was promised!

Rndguy on March 7, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Why aren’t any high schools asking Obama to speak at commencement this year?

Because he’s a fu*king nitwit?

Jaibones on March 7, 2011 at 10:50 PM

I’m sure there’s some school full of dumb asses on MLK Blvd.

somewhere just waiting for some inspiration.

nimrod on March 7, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Why aren’t any high schools asking Obama to speak at commencement this year?

Because he’s a fu*king nitwit?

Jaibones on March 7, 2011 at 10:50 PM

My son and my next oldest nephew graduate NEXT year and they don’t want O’Bozo anywhere NEAR their schools.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 7, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Because he’s a fu*king nitwit?

Jaibones on March 7, 2011 at 10:50 PM

That gets my vote.

whbates on March 7, 2011 at 11:06 PM

The one about George Bush High School getting rejected is my favorite!

Khun Joe on March 7, 2011 at 11:11 PM

“I actually felt sorry for the guy.”

Really? NOT ME! I kinda felt….

LIKE THIS!

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on March 7, 2011 at 11:21 PM

My recent college grad nephew reports that all of his Obamabot friends are now either apologetic, whining or silent. A friend reports on the overheard diatribe by a man of color complaining about the rapid rise of the price of gas: “that Obama-guy we elected isn’t doing so good.”

Anecdotal, but the national mood is looking ugly. Unfortunately, the candidates from the Stupid Party aren’t all that exciting.

obladioblada on March 7, 2011 at 11:25 PM

And people still think he is unbeatable next year? These kind of things are the REAL POLLS of the political winds out there. This is a 90% DROP in applications over last year. Zowie!!!!

karenhasfreedom on March 7, 2011 at 11:26 PM

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