Poor, poor President Obama! As his tenure in the White House progresses, he seems to get less and less popular. Case in point: nobody wants to invite him to their graduation!
It seems that in 2010, the President (or one of his minions) came up with a scathingly brilliant idea for a competition. They called it the “Race to the Top Commencement Challenge” and it entailed finding the high school which best prepared its students for college and a future career. The winning school would win the, er, honor of having the President speak at its commencement ceremony. In its first year, over 1,000 schools entered this competition.
Now in its second year, the President is having trouble finding schools that want to enter the contest! CBS News reports on a highly classified pinky-swear cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die double top secret memo discussing the dire situation:
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.” [emphasis mine]
Only 14 entries! And an extended deadline! Oh, the humiliation of it all. Why won’t anyone enter this year? I’ll tell you why: they all know what happened last year! President Obama’s speech was less than inspiring, that’s why. It was so much less than inspiring that he put his audience to sleep.
If a young man, probably specially selected for the honor of sitting behind the president while he pontificated, nodded off several times, just imagine what the rest of the audience looked like.
If Obama really wanted to do something “for the kids”, he’d hold a competition with the first prize being that he promises not to speak at commencement.
I bet that would get thousands of entries!
UPDATE: DaTechGuy points out: “ In just one year the number of schools that would like Obama to speak at their high school graduation has dropped by more that 93%.”