High Schools diss the dear comrade leader?

As a high school administrator, what would you do for the opportunity to have our dear comrade leader speak at your graduation ceremony? I mean, we’re talking about the guy who’s been compared to FDR, Lincoln, Superman and Reagan – a “sort-of God” for crying out loud (more here). This is the guy who promised us “Hope” and “Change,” world peace and lower sea levels, and sent tingles down Chris Matthew’s leg. Who wouldn’t swoon over the chance for him to deliver a commencement address at their school? Apparently there there’s still hope for this to happen but you have to hurry (story here).

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.

Hmmm. Last year there were 1000 applicants and this year only 68? Even after extending the deadline? How do you explain that? Simple:

Officials were unable to explain the reason for the apparent lack of interest, beyond pointing to possible procrastination by school systems.

Couldn’t possibly be that our dear comrade leader has lost some of his luster. It’s the lazy school administrators!



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