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Schools don't seem to interested in having Obama as their commencement speaker.

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.

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Asked by Carpy at 9:40 PM on Mar. 7, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • i guess i'm just lazy but a lower number of applications would make the choice all that much easier imo. i guess i make things too simple? not sure what the issue is.

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 9:43 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • LOL Oh now I can't believe there aren't more predominantly black schools that want Obama to speak.

    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

  • I lost faith in him when he pushed for passing the healthcare bill. Everyone that I have talked to was against it, so why did it pass? There are people so poor that they are barely making ends meet. There are even more people that aren't making any money at all because there are no jobs. Our government wants to fine these people because they can't pay for the healthcare that is being imposed on all of us. How are they supposed to pay those fines? Some of those people that can't get a job are growing marijuana and selling it. I don't know what the rest of the people are doing. Good luck to them. When it comes to presidential speechifying, I have never heard of a president giving a speech to a school in the midwest of the west, unless it is to Berkley. It makes me think that Washington DC doesn't care about the people unless they live in the East.

    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

  • Pretty pathetic when you have to call on your staffers to encourage schools to apply. Why in the hell would you want this to be known? Surprising? No!! Betcha Oprah gets more schools than Obama! LOL

    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

  • 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

    LOL, that would be funny, and why do I get a feeling you would have done that as a kid?

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 3:08 AM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • Wow. It does sound like begging. While I can see extending the deadline (schools here and in other states are suffering through the annual NCLB testing), I don't know if I'd be wanting actual numbers put in writing anywhere.

    Just think of all the hype he could have played up in the speech about how this school was chosen out of all the entries. Now, though he will try, it will fall flat.

    Answer by May-20 at 7:49 AM on Mar. 8, 2011

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