Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Obama Escapes, Ben Feller, AP (hat tip Newsbusters)
Two weeks in office and Obama is already having to escape from the pressure? Oh, my. Two of his appointees are out, one bowing out for an episode of back taxes (paid) and the other bowing out for back taxes not paid. One has to wonder who is running the investigation process. Not exactly a smooth transition here. Of course, the other tax cheat was confirmed. Boy, how thrilled are we about that?!? We average Joes actually can't get away with things like that. Here's part of the story.
"On the rockiest day of his young administration, President Barack Obama did what surely made him happy for a while.
With little notice, the president and first lady Michelle Obama bolted the gated compound of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in their tank of a limousine on Tuesday. They ended up at a Washington public school, greeted by children who could not care less about the collapse of a Cabinet secretary nomination.
"We were just tired of being in the White House," the president candidly told the gleeful second-graders at Capital City Public Charter School.
"We got out! They let us out!" Mrs. Obama said as the kids and their teachers laughed.
The White House said the Obamas' trip had been planned, just not publicly announced.
The surprise timing, though, gave the feel of two different worlds.
At the White House, press secretary Robert Gibbs was getting grilled about Tom Daschle's doomed nomination for health and human services secretary.
Meanwhile, the president was getting questions from boys and girls who are the same age as his seven-year-old daughter, Sasha.
One child asked him if he had a favorite superhero. Spiderman and Batman, the president answered.
Another student asked what it was like to live in the White House. Mrs. Obama took charge on this one, delighting the kids with all the perks of life in America's most famous house: a florist, a bowling alley, a movie theater, even a special place where people make chocolate and candy.
"You should come visit," she said.
The stop at the school underscored a promise that the Obamas made and insist they will keep: to avoid getting caught up in a White House bubble. They say they will be visible parts of the Washington community - even in the midst of a hectic day. Or a difficult one." Read the rest of the story here.
Gee, my question, had I been a student might have been, how come your kids are too good to go to public school and though you pretend to represent the common man, you just paid over $60,000.00 tuition for the Sidwell School they are attending. That is only tuition. In other words, they will visit the schools but wouldn't be caught dead sending their kids there. Right. Hey kids, don't wait for that invitation to "come visit." Ain't gonna happen. Oh, and had Obama supported school vouchers, it's quite possible that one or maybe even two kids in this class might have had a chance at the same education Obama's kids are getting. But of course the NEA wouldn't stand for that. They are a very powerful leftist lobby and not to be trifled with. What a damn shame. School vouchers could have made a difference in a lot of kids lives, but the NEA says it will take money out of the school system. I guess we know who their God is.