Normally, a President is overwhelmed at this time of year with invitations to speak at high school commencement exercises all over the country. Not this year. No, folks, this year the bloom is off the Hopenchange rose.
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.”
Does anyone know how many public high schools there are in the United States? Anyone? You…yes you, in the back. What’s that? You said about 20,000?
Bingo! As of the 2007-2008 school year, there were about 20,000 public high schools in the United States. Of those, only 14 had any interest at all in the President as a commencement speaker. That’s 7/100 of one percent.
In other words. Ouch.
According to the memo, the White House is so desperate to get more invites that it’s asking members of Congress, Governors, Mayors, and Cabinet members to shake the educational trees in the hopes that a few more ripe apples will fall into their hands. I wouldn’t expect them to find many more takers. What student body wants to sit for an hour and listen to the President drone on and on about the future and how we need to win it knowing full well that he’s left them a future full of debt payments and unemployment?
Allah says he almost feels sorry for the guy. Me, I’m just cruel enough to splash about in the warm, comforting schadenfreude. Perhaps once this harsh rejection from the very naive youth whose adulation he was hoping to ride into a second term sinks in, we’ll get ourselves a humble President more interested in getting the heck out of our way so we can win the present.
I wouldn’t bet on it, but I can hope.