Does this seem almost like begging to you?
By Peter Maer
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.
Answer by princessbeth79 at 9:43 PM on Mar. 7, 2011
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:51 PM on Mar. 7, 2011
IMO, it's pretty simple~Obama is a poor example of a leader. He lacks business experience. Apologizing does NOT a leader make...
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:53 PM on Mar. 7, 2011
Answer by dustbunny at 9:54 PM on Mar. 7, 2011
It's like finding a highly publicized hard bound first edition in a dollar store. LOL! It does seem a little like begging.
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:54 PM on Mar. 7, 2011
Apologizing does NOT a leader make...
LOL, nor does hoping for change a strategy make.
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:57 PM on Mar. 7, 2011
Answer by Kathy675 at 10:39 PM on Mar. 7, 2011
Wonder what he would do if some kid pranked him and pulled the plug on his teleprompter.
That would be funny to watch him stutter and stammer away.
The kids would at least get some enjoyment out having to listen to him speak.
Answer by Natesmom507 at 2:10 AM on Mar. 8, 2011
Answer by May-20 at 7:49 AM on Mar. 8, 2011