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April 25, 2009 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: Obama birth certificate, Pat Dollard, Poll n umbers, Pres. Barack Obama | 11 comments
OBAMA’S POLL NUMBERS TRAIL THOSE OF W.; GALLUP COVERS IT UP
Gallup reports that 56% of the public believes that Obama is doing an excellent/good job. Gallup reported 62% approved of George W. Bush’s job performance after the first 100 days. MSM tells us how popular Barack Obama is but the numbers tell a different story especially when used comparatively. Comparing the Gallup poll taken following the first 100 day of George W. Bush and Barack Obama is rather informative especially given the highly contentious nature of the 2000 election.
Here are the numbers for other presidents:
April approval ratings in first year in officeBush now 62%
Clinton, 1993 55
Bush, 1989 58
Reagan, 1981 67
Carter, 1977 63
Nixon, 1969 61
Sampling error: +/-3% pts
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Sarah and James Parker May not be able to attend classes with Malia Obama if her father and Sen. Durbin have their way.
March 3, 2009 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: birthers, Malia Obama, Obama birth certificate, Pat Dollard, President Barack Obama, Sasha Obama, school voucher, Sen. Dick Durbin, Sidwell Friends School | 2 comments
Will Obama Stand Up for These Kids?
Dick Durbin has a nasty surprise for two of Sasha and Malia Obama’s new schoolmates. And it puts the president in an awkward position.
The children are Sarah and James Parker. Like the Obama girls, Sarah and James attend the Sidwell Friends School in our nation’s capital. Unlike the Obama girls, they could not afford the school without the $7,500 voucher they receive from the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program. Unfortunately, a spending bill the Senate takes up this week includes a poison pill that would kill this program — and with it perhaps the Parker children’s hopes for a Sidwell diploma.
Known as the “Durbin language” after the Illinois Democrat who came up with it last year, the provision mandates that the scholarship program ends after the next school year unless Congress reauthorizes it and the District of Columbia approves. The beauty of this language is that it allows opponents to kill the program simply by doing nothing. Just the sort of sneaky maneuver that’s so handy when you don’t want inner-city moms and dads to catch on that you are cutting one of their lifelines.
Deborah Parker says such a move would be devastating for her kids. “I once took Sarah to Roosevelt High School to see its metal detectors and security guards,” she says. “I wanted to scare her into appreciation for what she has at Sidwell.” It’s not just safety, either. According to the latest test scores, fewer than half of Roosevelt’s students are proficient in reading or math.
That’s the reality that the Parkers and 1,700 other low-income students face if Sen. Durbin and his allies get their way. And it points to perhaps the most odious of double standards in American life today: the way some of our loudest champions of public education vote to keep other people’s children — mostly inner-city blacks and Latinos — trapped in schools where they’d never let their own kids set foot.
This double standard is largely unchallenged by either the teachers’ unions or the press corps. For the teachers’ unions, it’s a fairly cold-blooded calculation. They’re willing to look the other way at lawmakers who chose private or parochial schools for their own kids — so long as these lawmakers vote in ways that keep the union grip on the public schools intact and an escape hatch like vouchers bolted.
As for the press, complaints tend to be limited to the odd column or editorial. That’s one reason it was so startling back in 2000 when Time magazine’s Tamala Edwards, during a live televised debate at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, asked Al Gore about the propriety of sending his own son to private school while opposing any effort to extend the same choice to African-Americans without his financial wherewithal. As CNN’s Jeff Greenfield would note later in the same debate, Mr. Gore “bristled” when Ms. Edward’s put the question to him.
Virginia Walden-Ford, executive director of D.C. Parents for School Choice, wouldn’t mind making a few more politicians bristle. “I’d like to see a reporter stand up at one of those nationally televised press conferences and ask President Obama what he thinks about what his own party is doing to keep two innocent kids from attending the same school where he sends his?”
As for Sidwell, the school has welcomed the Opportunity Scholarship program. Though headmaster Bruce Stewart declines to get into either politics or the Obamas, he says that a program that gives parents more educational options for their children is not only good for their kids, it’s good for the community. Plainly he’s not doing it for the money: Even the full D.C. voucher covers only a small fraction of Sidwell’s actual costs.
All of which leaves the First Parent with a decision to make: Will he stand up for those like his own children’s schoolmates — or stand in front of the Sidwell door with Mr. Durbin? It’s hard to imagine white congressional Democrats going up against him if he called them out on an issue where they have put him in this embarrassing position. This, after all, is a man who has written of the “anger” he felt as a community organizer, when his attempts to improve things for Chicago school kids ran up against an “uncomfortable fact.”
“The biggest source of resistance [to reform],” he said, “was rarely talked about . . . namely, the uncomfortable fact that every one of our churches was filled with teachers, principals, and district superintendents. Few of these educators sent their own children to public schools; they knew too much for that. But they would defend the status quo with the same skill and vigor as their white counterparts of two decades before.”
Let’s just say that Sarah and James Parker — and thousands just like them — could use some of that same Obama anger right about now.
March 2, 2009 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: Black History Month, Inauguration, Obama birth certificate, Pat Dollard, Pres. Barack Obama | 2 comments
Is the unbridled idol-worship of Barack Hussein Obama II going too far:
When Chase Drew’s second-grade son came home from Alexander II Magnet School with a permission slip asking the child to memorize an “Obama rap” for a Black History Month program, Drew got upset when he read the lyrics.
One verse asked that troops be brought home from Iraq. Another line sought lobbying for health care.
“If it was we’re celebrating a new president, fine,” Drew said of the lyrics. “They’re putting politics into it.”
He didn’t allow his son to participate in the rap during a Feb. 25 assembly at the magnet school.
Since President Obama, the nation’s first black president, was sworn into office Jan. 20, the Bibb County school system has received a few complaints that politics has unduly crept into school activities.
Some Bibb County schools, especially high-minority ones, marked the historic milestone with celebrations, essay contests and other tributes to Obama during their Black History Month programs.
School officials don’t see anything wrong with it.
“This is Black History Month and we teach the political process. These were all activities to school instruction,” Superintendent Sharon Patterson said last week, responding to the few complaints.
Objections first trickled in to the school system days before the inauguration, when some schools announced that they would allow students to watch the swearing-in ceremony live.
“We have some parents who do not want their child/children to view the oath of office and inaugural address as they do not feel it is an educational activity,” said a central office e-mail sent to principals.
If John McCain had been elected, one principal said, no one would have objected.
“Why should we not want to teach history as it’s being made?” said Baheejah Hasan, Ingram-Pye Elementary School principal. A black president in this country has “never happened before, so it’s a good topic to talk about.”
Her elementary students marched down to a nearby church on Inauguration Day to celebrate. The school has no auditorium, and students and teachers used the church facility, which had more space.
The march, in which students carried signs and were escorted by police and firefighters, led to at least one protest letter to the editor in The Telegraph. It also fueled a handful of residents to speak out at a February school board meeting, contending high security costs.
Hasan and Patterson say there was no costly charge. If any lessons were too extreme or costly, “I’d take action,” Patterson said.
The latest complaint involved Alex II’s black history program.
At the assembly, some of the magnet school’s second-grade class mimicked a rap they saw students from the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta perform Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.
One verse goes: “Dear Obama hear us sing, we’re ready for the change that you will bring, going to shine the light for the world to see, to spread peace, hope and democracy. The time is now bring our troops home. Iraq can stand strong on their own. And fight for health care for the young, so that coverage is available for everyone.”
Drew, who says he didn’t vote for Obama, said his son read the verse, then came home asking what war is and why the country was at war?
“He’s the first minority president and that’s a good step for America, and we need to celebrate that part of it,” Drew said. “Kids don’t need to celebrate what (Obama’s) promised or not promised, not the politics.”
Alex II principal Linda Bivins said no other parents objected to the rap, and school employees didn’t think it was inappropriate.
“Politics is a part of our business. We teach government,” Bivins said. “I don’t let teachers wear Obama shirts. That’s politicking.”
If there was an outcry from parents that school officials were teaching something that adversely affected students, “we would take another look at it,” Bivins said.