Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Obama’s First 100 Days

Lots of charm. Apology tours. And mistakes.

The NY Post lists 100 of them including:

100. "Don't think we're not keeping score, brother." -- Obama to Rep. Peter DeFazio, after the Democratic congressman voted against the stimulus bill.

99. Obama enrolled his daughters in a DC private school.

98. "Education Secretary Arne Duncan has decided not to admit any new students to the D.C. voucher program, which allows low-income children to attend private schools ... For all the talk about putting children first, it's clear that the special interests that have long opposed vouchers are getting their way." -- Washington Post, 4/11

And counting down - - -

66. "I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances." -- Obama, on consulting with only "living" presidents

65. "Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards." -- Attorney General Eric Holder

64. "The National Newspaper Publishers Association named Obama 'Newsmaker of the Year.' The president is to receive the award from the federation of black community newspapers in a White House ceremony this afternoon. The Obama White House has closed the press award ceremony to the press." -- Los Angeles Times, 3/20

We get to - - -

8. Obama taps Nancy Killefer for a new administration job, First Chief Performance Officer -- to police government spending. But it surfaces that Killefer had performance issues of her own -- a tax lien was slapped on her DC home in 2005 for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help. She withdrew.

7. In early February, the 2010 census was moved out of the Department of Commerce and into the White House, politicizing how federal aid is distributed and electoral districts are drawn.

6. "Mr. Obama is an accomplished orator but is becoming known in America as the 'teleprompt president' over his reliance on the machine when he gives a speech." -- Sky News, 3/18

5. "The White House says the president is unaware of the tea parties." -- ABC News, 4/15

4. Asks his Cabinet to cut costs in their departments by $100 million -- a whopping .0027%!

3. This year's budget deficit: $1.5 trillion.

2. "There is no doubt that we've been living beyond our means and we're going to have to make some adjustments." -- Obama during the campaign.

You can find
1 and all the others here.

The list is a clip and save.


Anonymous said...

I would give the Obamas a pass on the schoold decision for their children. The education of one's children is a parental choice. Their children had been in private school (the very high caliber Lab School of the University of Chicago). While Michelle Rhee is making improvements in teh DC public schools, the fact remains that the local DC public school classes that they would have attended would not have been of the same caliber. I would agree that the Obama administration's failure to support the school voucher program was a huge mistake - again given that he as president had the monetary withwithall (thus choice) to send his children somewhere other than the failing public schools so therefore he, as a public official who is trying to send the message that education is important should extend that opportunity through the voucher system to other minority parents.


Anonymous said...

Public schools are for the "litle people".

Anonymous said...

Public school are for the 'little people' .... who pay taxes.

0 does not care about those who pay taxes, he just wants the money, 'cause he cannot print it fast enough.

"The only problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money" M Thatcher

Anonymous said...

Public schools are supported by all tax payers because early on in our nation's history (the Northwest Ordinance of 1795) because representatives of the people determined that it was in the nation's best interest to have an educated citizenry. Parents have always been afforded a choice - they can either avail themselves of a public education financed by the taxpayers or they can support public education and pay additionally from their own pocket for private education. Each and every parent makes a decision (sometimes driven by economics, sometimes by religious reasons, sometimes for convenience, and sometimes for a combination of some or all of the above)as to what system he/she will avail themseelves for their offspring. While my husband and I chose to educate our four in the Catholic system (though we are not Catholic)it was not because of any ill feelings toward public education (my husband spend his entire primary and secondary existence within the public system and I chose to attend public high school over private school) because it was convenient - I was employed in the Catholic system and felt strongly that as a teacher in the system I was sending a message to the parnets of my students that I was "vested" in the academic quality of the program - beccause this way I did not get into daycare issues that I would otherwise have encountered due to differnt starting and ending times of bothe the school day and the academic year. If I had been a public school employee or worked at some other job, my decision would probably have been public over private.
For the Obamas, the choice of private school for the children was, I am sure, one that was not made lightly. The fact that they have the money to pay for such an education is a result of their working hard and placing education of their children above other concerns. I do not fault them on their decision.