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Michelle Obama tours elite private schools for Malia and Sasha

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WASHINGTON -- The most elite private schools here are competing for Obama's daughters, and Michelle Obama toured two of them during a Monday day trip.

Since the Obama girls, Sasha, 7 and Malia, 10, already attend a private school -- the University of Chicago Lab School -- it seems unlikely that the Obamas would enroll the kids in public schools here.

As Gabriel Sherman in the Atlantic put it, "The Obama era may be less than a week old, but denizens of the city's toniest neighborhoods have already fixated on the objects of greatest cachet: for status-conscious parents and elite private-school headmasters, nothing is more coveted than the Obamas' young daughters."

Sherman continued, " . . . Among the Washington power elite -- the law-firm partners, high government officials, and big-name journalists -- the process of applying to private school is not only ulcer-inducing (and wallet-busting -- tuitions run as high as $28,000 this year) but is a particularly brutal spectator sport, a playing field littered with broken egos and thwarted ambition. With everyone looking for an edge, what could be better for a couple than letting slip to social rivals at a cocktail party that their child is a classmate of a presidential daughter?"

When I asked President-elect Obama at his press conference last week if he decided on public or private schools for their daughters, he replied, "Michelle will be scouting out some schools. We'll be making a decision about that in the future."

The Associated Press reported that Michelle Obama visited Georgetown Day School and the Quaker-run Sidwell Friends School -- both in Northwest Washington -- taking the side trips after meeting President Bush and Laura Bush with her husband, the president elect.

Sidwell, near the Washington Cathedral, is the school Chelsea Clinton graduated from and is the place where Bill and Hillary were often reported, back in the 1990s, attending parent conferences and such.

"We are not commenting on schools until a decision is made on where the kids will go," Michelle Obama spokesman Katie McCormick Lelyveld told me in an e-mail.

55 Comments

Oh, wait... Joe average citizen can't send their kids to a private school using school vouchers. The Dem argument for this is that our public schools are MORE than adequate. If public school is good enough for the average American, it should be good enough for the children of an Arab terrorist like the Obamas.

Hypocrites.

So let me get this straight, Obama is looking at the most elitist PRIVATE schools for his children. At the same time he's dead against school vouchers while claiming he's all for the middle class.

So public schools are not "good enough" for his children, but they are just fine for the "middle class" he claims to want to help.

Hypocrisy, an earmark of the Obama Administration. Get used to it.

THEY ARE IN PRIVATE SCHOOL CURRENTLY, DON'T START
WITH THE CRAP ABOUT WHERE YOUR YOUNGSTERS GO TO
SCHOOL, YOU MADE THE CHOICE WHERE THEY GO, AND
YOUR KIDS WON'T BE LIVING IN A FISHBOWL THE REST
OF THEIR LIVES EITHER, SO RELAX AND GO TO WORK,
OR SHOOT SOME HOOP, DON'T START WITH THE STUPIDITY
ONCE AGAIN HIS KIDS CURRENTLY GO TO PRIVATE
SCHOOL AND THEY AREN'T SENDING THEIR KIDS TO A
SCHOOL TO PLEASE YOU, BOTH OF THE PARENTS ARE
SERIOUS ABOUT EDUCATION, ASK YOURSELF ARE YOU
SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR KIDS EDUCATION!
THE PRESIDENT ELECT ATTENDED SCHOOL IN HAWAII,
INDONESIA, NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA AND HARVARD LAW!
THE MOTHER OF THESE PRECIOUS YOUNGSTERS ATTENDED
A MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL, PRINCETON UNDERGRAD IN
NEW JERSEY, HARVARD LAW!
NOW UNLESS YOU COMPARE WITH THAT, LET THEM RAISE
THEIR CHILDREN, BECAUSE YOU CERTAINLY WON'T!
YOU CAN TAKE THE WORD HYPOCRISY AND PUT IT IN A
SAFE, IT DOENS'T PLAY HERE!
YOU AREN'T TALKING TO MCCAIN, YOU ARE TALKING
ABOUT PRESIDENT AND MRS. OBAMA'S YOUNGSTERS!
VOUCHERS DON'T WORK, NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND
DOESN'T WORK, EDUCATING YOUR CHILDREN DOES WORK!
DON'T THROW STONES IF YOU LIVE IN A GLASS HOUSE!

The Obama's have worked hard and can afford to sent the kids to the best school for them. Security concerns will probably also be considered, given the level of hate generated by "hate radio" and Rovian rumors.

School vouchers are just welfare for Christofacists who want more free rides from the government.

Freedom in the USA includes separation of Church and State, hence our tax dollars should not support religious education.

This is a very taboo subject. No one will dare ever write or say this.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE FOR POOR PEOPLE AND MINORITIES!! The exception is charter and magnet schools. I don't blame any parent for not sending their kids to city public schools. This is the main reason why people leave the city when they have kids, if they aren't rich enough to afford private school.

Some of these schools actually have daycare centers, thats how bad the teenage pregnancy problem is and metal detectors. The violence and fighting is out of control. The kids are so rude and disrespectful. The teachers spend most of the day trying to get order in the classrooms, so very little learning goes on. I wouldn't want the negative influences of these children to rub off on my kids.
These schools are used as adult daycare centers. Many of the students aren't interested in learning they're just there to socialize and because their parents make until they come of age.

Nancy and dalmatian7 are right! This is all BS. The public schools in DC can't cut the mustard for the Obama's?? What's wrong with that pic?? Everything the guy and his wife have said in public is what most ignorant people want to hear. They aren't going to do one bit of good for our country; they're out to get even richer than they are already. Two lying, sneaky lawyers backed by celebreties and the media(...not to mention each and every despot out in the world...) So they can read a teleprompter really well. So what? So they seem to be smooth talkers....watch out! God Bless our nation; it's going to really need it in the years to come.

As a resident of the DC metro area..I think
it is great that Malia and Sasha will be
living and going to school in this area.
After all this campaigning and stuff..it is
really great to know it's our turn now.

It is not hypocritical to do what you have always done and the Obama children have always attended private school and their parents are paying for it with their own money. Both President-Elect Obama and Michelle Obama have worked to improve the quality of education in public schools and I believe they will continue to do so. At the end of the day, the main concern for the Obamas and a reason they will likely choose a private school is safety.

In case you weren't aware the Obama children already attend private school in Chicago. It would only stand to reason they would attend a private school in Washington. There are several "average Joe" or "middle class" children who attend private schools.

You should have been reaised better than to call people names, especially those you don't know. President-Elect Barack Obama is his name. He is not an Arab he is a Christian. Which is why name calling never hurt him.

God bless.

Such an interesting two comments already left here. Has it occurred to anyone that it would cause more problems for students at the school should they attend a public school? With security, the secret service, and the interest already in these two girls, it would create chaos at any school, especially a public school where nearly anyone can get onto it.

Before you start calling Obama a terrorist, read the news, other than Fox News. Get your information from all sources. You're the hypocrite.

With Obama not only being the president, but the first African-American President...I would not expect him to place his daughters in schools where they can control thier environment for safety reasons. And if you can afford to send your children to the best schools then WHY NOT?

The terrorist comment is so old and tired already

When are they going to impeache this fool

Nancy -

Your very insulting and uneducated comment regarding the President Elect of the United States of America is disgusting and shows your true colors as a racist bigot.

The children of the President of the U.S. are high terrorist and media targets. In order to preserve the children's safety and control their media exposure, they must go to a private school. The magnitude of the resources that the secret service would have to employ to preserve the girls' safety will be huge and end up costing the American people a lot more money.

"The Dem argument for this is that our public schools are MORE than adequate. If public school is good enough for the average American, it should be good enough for the children of an Arab terrorist like the Obamas. Hypocrites." -Nancy

Wow. So the Obamas are "Arab terrorists"? I had no idea! I guess their American heritage, strong family values, and willingness to work hard are part of some conspiracy theory in your head. People like you are a cancer in society and shouldn't even be allowed to vote. The Obamas have two beautiful daughters that will succeed at whatever they do, while you're just spreading hate.

President-Elect Obama and his wife the first lady can choose which-ever and whatever school they want for their children, be it private or public.
The public has to understand that there are limits to President-Elect Obama public life.
As a African-America person of Jewish Descent, I chose to place my children in a Jewish private school in which I gladly pay for. Education is the great equalizer in America and everyone should provide their children with the best education money, time and effort can buy.
Enochspeaks

Nancy-

Let me make sure I understand you. You think Obama is an Arab terrorist. Where did you get your information? I have a German last name, does that make me a Nazi? Just curious.

Lets be real. We would all send our kids to the best private schools if we could afford to. The Obama's could afford it before he was elected and they can afford it now. More power to you Mr. President !!!

Future First Lady... Please put your children in private school. People want you to put them in public school so they can follow them around like they have a right to know your children every move.
They do NOT!

I was hoping they would consider public schools for their daughters, too. But, from what I heard about the Amy Carter experience, there were problems, and she was pretty much isolated - she couldn't even go out in the playground. Regardless of what people think about Obama, he should do what is best for the girls and what would make him look better. Plus, the Obama's seem very status conscious, and are Ivy League grads, so name recognition and status seem to be important to them.

lol, I could leave a few comments to the outraged people leaving comments on this article, but it won't matter. They're going to be outraged about ANYTHING Obama and his family does, the same way they were with the Clintons.

So that being said, perhaps Sidwell is the best bet for the girls. Chelsea seems to have turned out well. Even better, perhaps the choice will allow our new wave of scandal seekers to somehow connect the dots between the Clintons and Obamas in some super secret liberal education scandal.

I know they would never send their kids to a public school, whether it be charter or magnet. They are a part of an elite group of people
(upper middle class) who believe that public schools are for the poor and too beneath(inferior) them. There are well performing charter schools in their neighborhood with a curriculum to match any private school and the students are also from upper middle class homes, so they don't have the same ills as CPS. They like the prestige and exclusiveness of private schools. I don't care where they chose to send their kids to school, but they shouldn't claim to believe in the importance or support public education when they obviously don't.

Why not just ignore "Nancy" and the other screen names she is using to start a flame war? Anyone with half a brain knows the Obamas will select a school that's appropriate for their girls. When W and Laura came to Washington, I didn't hear anyone complaining that their daughter Barbara was attending the very elite Yale. Maybe the Bush twins should have lived at home and gone to community college?

Many people who live in DC send their kids to private schools if they can. People who are serious about education want the best for their children. DC public schools are among the worst in the country. The Obamas are obviously well educated and want the best for their daughters. They also need to be concerned with security and safety issues. I attended DC schools through 9th grade, and then attended a private high school. I applaud my mother for her sacrifices to make this possible as a single mom. Selecting a less than ideal school for their children in order to prove something to the general public is not something the Obamas should do. They are not the general public, they are the First Family! Their children are already in private school. Their kids won't get a "redo" if they attend a school which doesn't challenge them. Please stop picking on them for choosing the best and most appropriate school they can for their daughters. They have worked hard to be in a position to do so. Please respect that. Isn't that what we all try to do?

I do not have a problem with the Obama kids being in private school. My problem is that working families who don't have the Obamas' millions won't have the same choice under his presidency because he doesn't support vouchers.

This is a classic example of not putting your money where your mouth is. Obama ran as a populist and he should take a personal stake in the system instead of buying his way out of it. School choice shouldn't just be for millionaires, Mr. President.

I totally agree with Phil Smith Jr. The Obamas will decide where there kids go to school. Private school works for them and they, and only they, make the decision. My kids go to an expensive private school in D.C., and I decided early on that when the time came and the tuition became to much, I would pick up an extra day here and there at work to offset the cost. A good education is worth every dime. You make the choice since you write the check.

WHEN THE CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS VENTURED AWAY
FROM NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS, THAT'S WHEN THE SYSTEM
WENT DOWNHILL!
IF EVERY SMART YOUNGSTER FROM EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD
ATTENDS A MAGNET SCHOOL WHO WILL BE IN THE HONOR
OR AP CLASSES AT THE PUBLIC SCHOOL IN THE
NEIGHBORHOOD, I'LL ANSWER THAT ONE FOR YOU,
MARGINAL YOUNGSTERS, EVERYONE AT MAGNET SCHOOLS
ISN'T THE SHARPEST KNIFE IN THE DRAWER ANYWAY!
THEN YOU HAVE SCHOOLS THAT HAVE OLD TEXT BOOKS,
SCHOOLS THAT HAVE MARGINAL TEACHERS, SCHOOLS THAT
MAJOR IN SPORTS INSTEAD OF A WELL-ROUNDED
CURRICULAR, WHY DO YOU THINK REV. MEEKS WAS ON
A MISSION TO SHOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NEW TRIER
AND THE CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE LOW INCOME
NEIGHBORHOODS!
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND HAS LEFT EVERYONE BEHIND!
IT WAS CREATED TO PUT THE TEACHER IN A TRICKBAG
INSTEAD OF TEACHING THE CHILD!
UNFORTUNATELY IN AMERICA IN EVERY CITY YOU HAVE
WHAT IS CALLED THE HAVES AND HAVE NOTS!
SCHOOLS IN THE INNER CITY WITH INADEQUATE FUNDING
AGAINST CHARTER AND MAGNET SCHOOLS!
SOME OF YOU WANT THE OBAMA'S TO SEND THEIR
DAUGHTERS TO INFERIOR SCHOOLS SO YOU CAN SAY HEY
I'M PROUD OF YOU FOR SENDING YOUR CHILDREN TO
PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THE OBAMA'S ARE SMARTER THAN THAT
THEY CURRENTLY SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO PRIVATE
SCHOOLS AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO!

What are they supposed to do--send their kids to Columbine? Would that make the public happy?

When did the American public start thinking it is somehow entitled to an explanation for our leaders' parenting choices? Can you imagine how it feels to be Michelle and Barack Obama right now, with two young daughters that the world is watching? Obama may be the president-elect, but he and Michelle are still parents, whose children are as precious to them as any average parents' children. Would any average American parent choose a school for their child in order to make a "statement" and avoid hypocrisy? Would any responsible parent use their child as a pawn to further their political agenda? Of course not. It's absurd. Children are not political statements. Any loving parent would think about where their child would get the best education, be the safest, make friends, fit in, etc. Why would the American public hold the Obamas to a standard, when it comes to fiercely parenting and protecting their children, that perfectly jives with every political statement Obama has ever made? Personally, I would not be impressed with a president that put his political agenda before what's best for his children. Think about it.


HOW DARE YOU COMMENT ON TERRIORTS THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHERE THEY GO TO SCHOO; THEY ALSO NEED TO CONSIDER FIRST THERE SAFETY AND WHATS BEST FOR THEM NOT US OR THE WHOLE WORLD

Hey, I am not an American, but watching from outside, I do not understand what you people are fussing so much about... That guy is your president and he owes you explanations for every decision he makes about your country.
But where he send his kids to school... that is none of your business!! You are not paying for that are you?

I am from Barbados, and I think its great to have the Obamas in the WHITE house after so many years of racial comments surrounding this issue. As for the children attending a private school, it has less to do with 'to high and mighty' and more to do with the safety of the children due to the fact that their lives has change when their father was elected President, and with getting the best education possible, thats the main concern of the parents as this is really important to them'Education'. I think people should take a step back in time, and let us know of any Presidents' children who have attended a Public School during his term. I beleive Obama is the best choice in President the American people have ever choosen, and the should give him a chance to prove this true. The world also choose Obama, and they should be proud to have such a remarkable leader.

NANCY YOU WOULDN'T KNOW AN ARAB TERRORISTS IF
ONE SPIT ON YOU!
STOP WATCHING FOX NEWS!
IN FACT DON'T WATCH TV OR LISTEN TO THE RADIO FOR
THE NEXT 69 DAYS!
GROW UP AND GET A LIFE AND ACT LIKE A HUMAN BEING
WASH YOUR MOUTH OUT WITH SOAP 3 TIMES!
READ BEFORE YOU BLOG AND YOU WILL BE JUST FINE!
MAYBE YOU SHOULD GO OVERSEAS AND MEET A REAL
TERRORIST, IF YOU MAKE IT BACK YOU CAN TELL US
ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE!
ALSO YOU NEED TO GO TO THE INAGURATION AND WHEN
YOU SEE ALL THOSE TEARS OF JOY, YOU WILL REALIZE
THIS SPECIAL MAN IS NO MORE A TERRORIST THAN I
AM OR YOU!

Obama would be an idiot to send his lovely girls to a public school. People would complain about the taxpayers having to spend money for the secret service to guard the girls at public school. The girls education and safety are priority number one for their father.
I think private school is the best thing for the girls at their current age. If, they want to attend public school in their teens..that is up to the girls.

Oh my - I see, it isn't a SAFETY issue. After all, this candidate had to have Secret Service protection 7-8 months prior to the usual date they are assigned? and Oh, by the way, he has threats against his life EVERY day. No - I think public school would be a great place, post-9/11, for the President's kids to go.

Hypocrites? In normal times, maybe, but right now, first African American president IN THE WORLD, I'd take a private school the Secret Service could protect as a much better arena for learning.

I believe Sasha and Malia's safety and happiness should be more important than public perceptions of the first family: Why should they be forced to go to a school where they can't play outside just because it makes them "look better".

Of course Obama is a hypocrite for sending his kids to private schools while opposing vouchers. That's what socialists and leftists do - tell everyone else what rules must be followed, while not following those rules themselves.

Face it, parents, most public schools are pathetic dungeons meant only to brainwash our children in socialist ideology. Don't wait for vouchers, you'll die waiting. Sacrifice any and everything to send you children to private schools, or home school, or start your own school with the help of neighbors. If no one attends the public schools, they will eventually close their doors. Force them into bankruptcy. Yes, it's terrible to pay for both the good private schools you use and the bad public schools you don't use, but the futures of our children depend on our doing just that.

I don't care where the guy sends his kids to school as long as every other American family is free to send their children to a school of their choice without having to also pay for the schools they didn't choose. I don't need a voucher, I just don't want a bill for overpriced services that have not been rendered. All schools should be private - they teachers and adminsitrators would then be held accountable and not protected by the NEA.

If you like Fords and I like Chevys, don't ask me to pay for your Ford after I choose a Chevy for myself. Pay for your own darn car and leave me alone. And after your Ford breaks down, don't come looking to me for a jump start.

I think Obama is actually in favor of Charter Schools (which are different than vouchers and not every state has embraced them) and that has allowed a huge number of families (mine included) to have a higher quality education for our kids without having to pay expensive tuition. I'm considering sending my son to a boarding school next year and I'm not exactly rolling in cash-- we're applying for financial aid just like most of us have to do when we send our kids to college. No Child Left Behind has been a disaster for most kids, and blown what was an ailing but not completely miserable option. Now, there's a lot of options out there (mostly because people of all stripes have refused to let our kids be subject to the public school fiasco and good politicians like Obama have backed us up) so please lets not make this personal decision his only comment on education. I think he'd like to see all schools be worthy of parents who care sending their kids there but the reality is they aren't at this point. He's not even in office yet- can we give him a few years before we start thinking we know how he feels about education?

Lots of people here are having a tuff time seeing the point. Let me clarify. H should send his children to the best school available for any number of the reasons given. Everyone should send their children to the best schools available for the same reasons. H is being loathsome when he sacrifises our children for the sake of political support from the teachers unions. Really makes us feel as those he is looking out for us.... not. By the way, this is how it works in communist countries. The ruliong elite send their children to elite schools for the common folk are forced to attend the bad schools.

School choices are a private issue for each parent. If you can afford to send your child to the best schools then why need? The schools in DC are seriously lacking. I went to private school in New Orleans inthe 70s and 80s because the public schools were not of the highest standard. I managed to get a great education, a first degree and an excellent post graduate degree.
Unfortunately, the Obamas will have to contend with some stupidity and some hate individuals out there. Besides wanting the best education for their children, they will have to contend with the safety of their girls. People should just lay off the criticism. Life is not fair so grow up and stop bloody whining!

School choices are a private issue for each parent. If you can afford to send your child to the best schools then why need? The schools in DC are seriously lacking. I went to private school in New Orleans inthe 70s and 80s because the public schools were not of the highest standard. I managed to get a great education, a first degree and an excellent post graduate degree.
Unfortunately, the Obamas will have to contend with some stupidity and some hate individuals out there. Besides wanting the best education for their children, they will have to contend with the safety of their girls. People should just lay off the criticism. Life is not fair so grow up and stop bloody whining!

Phil Smith, who do you think you are typing in caps? Your just so important aren't you? Your message is the one that all should read. Self important a**. It only goes to show what Obama supporters are like. Only you are right and no one else has a right to their opinion or you spew your hatefulness all over the place. You are soooo typical. That what these sites are for you pathetic person. Can't anyone who disagrees with you have a voice? Of course not, you and only you, are important as you have showed with the caps.

I really don't understand what's wrong if president wants to send his kids to private schools. look:
Obama is a Columbia University and Harvard Law School gradaute.
His wife is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
Both of them went to Ive League schools, worked hard in their early years of marriage and were able to save enough money to send their children to the private school even before Obama ran for senator. They are not pocketing your money. It's their OWN money. So, oil your own machine.

The Obama's should send their daughter's to the best and safest school. They have earned the right to do this. They should not be expected to be martyrs.

I teach in a public school and MANY have MAJOR problems...but don't be hypocritical and talk about how GREAT they are for those who can't afford what the Obamas can afford. Why can't poor or middle class parents have the choice of using THEIR tax dollars and having their children go to a better private than public school in their area? By the way, for those who don't know...MANY great private schools are either RELIGIOUSLY affliated or begun by religious people, for example, Sidwell - Quaker and Harvard - originally a seminary.

The fact that most of what has appeared in this discussion is simply partisan venting is understandable; the abrasiveness of the election process has left all of us who cared quite raw. What is sad is that so few who purport to care about the education of the future first daughters or that of other children can communicate effectively. The general dumbing down of American education is now apparent even in most who have attended expensive, elite schools and universities where, as in most public schools, the focus is on what to think, not how. Many of us cannot afford private schools of any kind and choose not to dash our little ones against the walls of the public schools. One of the many satisfactions of educating our own children is the anticipation that after another generation of eduction as usual, our children will be the cream that rises to the top in spite of the disdain with which so many regard us.

DEAR DENISE
I HAVE BEEN BLOGGING THIS WAY FROM THE START!
TO CALL ME NAMES SHOWS THAT YOU ARE IMMATURE!
EITHER READ WHAT I SAY OR DON'T READ, BUT NAME
CALLING IS FOR THE BIRDS!
IF YOU READ WHAT I HAVE TO SAY, YOU MAY LEARN
SOMETHING, IF YOU CAN READ!
YOU HAVE ME CONFUSED WITH FOX NEWS, I DON'T SPEW
HATE, I COMBAT IT, NOW YOUR BOY SEAN HANNITY
IS THE ONE WHO SPEWS HATE!
BELIEVE ME ANYONE FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA WILL
NEVER SPEW HATE, WE RECEIVE IT, WE NEVER SPEW
IT!
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
SEE YOU AT THE INAGURATION!

Nancy-
Kay-

You two belong with each other..you are very ignorant and childish.. i feel sorry for you all though cause you must be very angry that obama won..guess what he is going to the white house and he will be your president too, whether you like it or not. And as for his daughters, while your kids will probably be in jail or on drugs his kids will be on there way to harvard or princeton just like their parents.

Now take that and call me in the morning!!

Bush Twin's Education
The Hockaday School

McCain's Daughter
Xavier College Preparatory

Real down to earth public school advocates there

Ok then Mr."won't show his birth certificate"is a fraud!!!Half the country knows that!!Typical socialist!!Crap spewer!!!And another thing is he is half white,born from a white mother raised by a white family all the while his sperm donor split town!!He should be called the first afro white president of the country.Not the messiah,which he certainly is not.

Will you lot get over yourselves!! For shit's sake!! This decision is ENTIRELY up to the Obama's!!
Why don't you think about the girls? This is going to be a pretty hard & isolated move for them. They are used to private schools. Can you honestly see them being happy in public school?
I have been in a private school all my life & i am heaps better off. It is NONE of our business & they don't have to answer to you about their decisions regarding their children & their education! GET A HOBBY PEOPLE!

HE IS A HUMAN BEING AND THE QUICKER YOU UNDERSTAND
THAT THE BETTER, IS HE A SMART PERSON, YES, HAS
HE BUSTED HIS BUTT TO GET WHERE HE IS TODAY, YES,
I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU WOULD CALL HIM THE WORD
MESSIAH, HE CANNOT RAISE THE DEAD, HE MAY BE ABLE
TO RAISE US MENTALLY THOUGH, I HOPE HE HELPS YOU,
HE HAS SHOWN HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE, THAT IS A
FOX NEWS SNIPPET, IT DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE, GROW
UP AND BE HAPPY WE HAVE HIGH INTELLIGENCE IN THE
WHITE HOUSE!
LOOK UP THE WORD SOCIALIST, AND YOU WILL SEE YOU
ARE MISUSING THE WORD, ANOTHER FOX NEWS SNIPPET!
THAT DIG YOU PUT IN ABOUT HIS FATHER WAS UNCALLED
FOR, THAT IS ONE OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, HONOR
THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER!
HE HAS NEVER HIDDEN WHO HE IS, BUT ISN'T IT SAD
THAT YOU WANT TO CLAIM HIM BECAUSE OF HIS MOTHER
AND THEN SOME WANT TO HARM HIM BECAUSE HIS SKIN
ISN'T LIKE HIS MOTHER!
THAT IS WHY YOU SHOULD TREAT SOMEONE LIKE YOU
WANT TO BE TREATED!
REMEMBER CONTENT OF CHARACTER, NOT COLOR OF SKIN!
PLEASE ELEVATE YOUR THINKING, IT IS ABOUT OUR
44TH PRESIDENT BEING A GREAT HUMAN BEING AND NOT
SOME OF THE HORRID THINGS YOU SAID!
FINALLY DON'T EVER FORGET HIS FATHER MARRIED HIS
MOTHER IN HAWAII, WHERE OUR 44TH PRESIDENT WAS
BORN, AND THE LAST TIME I CHECKED HAWAII IS ONE
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

I can completely understand why the Obama's would want to send their children to private schools. As parents, all of us want what is best for our children. Without a doubt, private school is probably what is best for these two precious young girls. The frustration is not about their private schooling. It is from the fact that many hard-working families who also care deeply about their own children's education are trapped in failing public schools. The word 'Hypocrisy' is being used because President-Elect Obama refuses to support a voucher system which might provide the ability for these families to also receive better education for their own precious children. Instead of getting so angry at another person's blog, maybe take the time to see things from their point of view. One blog I read made the statement that 'life isn't fair'. I completely agree with that. But Obama's platform was about making things fair. Voucher systems would go a long way to even the playing field. It's the kids we are concerned about. All kids. From the poorest to the wealthiest. It does smack of hypocrisy when on one hand Mr. Obama talks about making things better for the average person; yet in a situation where it is possible to make this happen (vouchers), he opposes it. On one hand he encourages the average family to stay in the public school systems (and many are failing), but he isn't willing to walk that road with us. I don't want him too, actually. I don't think it would make anyone feel better to have Pres-elect Obama's daughters forced to attend failing public school systems. We just want all children to have the opportunity to receive better education from institutions that are being run successfully. Vouchers would provide a way to accomplish this. Private school tuition is just not affordable for our own family; even working full-time jobs and picking up extra jobs on the side. Moving into a better school district is not financially feasible for us either. We're not lazy and we're not whining. We work hard and do everything we can; we're not asking for hand-outs. A voucher isn't a hand-out. A voucher wouldn't come close to paying for private tuition in our area. But it could represent the ticket for getting out of a horribly run public school and into a better school district.

K-Lee I agree completely with your comment. I do not care where his kids go to school either, but when you run a platform on public education and then turn around and show us you do not believe or support it... well then you open yourself up to comments like this.

Im not sure why anyone would have believed a word Obama said about education considering his own background. Public schools for him? No. We live in hawaii and the school system here is ranked 48th in the USA. We tried to get both of our daughters into the same institution Obama went to himself. Problem is.... They reserve the right to base admissions on Race... sad but true.

Lets move on to these charter schools, shall we? Fine and dandy to say you support them... but come to Hawaii... and see for yourself how they feel about charter schools here.... limited enrollment and again... the right to discriminate based on race.

Is it ok to use taxpayer money to pay for his childrens 60k a year education? When he cant support the voucher program, which is also taxpayer money? Every child should have an opportunity.

The voucher program is not welfare, it seems some people on this forum does not understand how vouchers work. Every year the schools release a base amount spent per student on educating them for the year. For hawaii it is 9700 per child a year.

So what happens is the parents recieve 4800 a year and use it towards a school of choice. The public school keeps the other half to go towards other students. For our family, this would be helpful in defraying the cost of our kids online prep schools. In our case, our 10th grader and 3rd grader attend online courses through Texas Tech at the cost of 130 dollars a class. 130 per class x 7 classes x 2 kids = 1,820.00. That does not include books, class materials, extra activities for PE and Music classes. We still pay taxes, the schools still gets the money and we get nothing. In essence we are paying for nothing. Im not happy about it but our kids come first.

So yes it irks me he is sending his kids to a private school that costs 60k a year on taxpayer money, because after all his paycheck is taxpayer money, yet he cannot support other taxpayers in this country with that same money, opportunity or safety.

Join McCain supports vouchers, as does President Bush.

"In February, Obama seemed open to the idea of private-school vouchers. In an editorial board meeting with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, he was asked about his opposition to Wisconsin's voucher program. If he saw more proof that vouchers are successful, Obama said, he would "not allow my predispositions to stand in the way of making sure that our kids can learn.... You do what works for the kids."

But at the American Federation of Teachers convention this year, Obama repeated his attack against spending government money to help low-income students attend private schools. He criticized John McCain's school-choice reform as "using public money for private-school vouchers," and he called instead for overhauling public schools"

Hawaaii is the highest taxed state per person, yet their schools rank in the bottom 5. Throwing more money into the pit is not going to help anyone.

I am not surprised by any of this, just disgusted. I will get through this as I always do, but I do not see Obama lasting more than one term. There is a brighter future after hsi departure.....

I think that they schould go to a public school.And have friend like i do .and if they go to a pi school they will not see the world like they need to. Love ,Da Baddest

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