Sidelined in Chicago, Obama wows 8th grade graduating class

June 11, 2008

CHICAGO – Barack Obama skipped a trip to Iowa today because he did not want to interfere with flood recovery efforts there. So instead, he surprised a class of eighth graders by showing up at their graduation ceremony.

rtx6lhy.jpgObama was at the Illinois Institute of Technology to hold a roundtable discussion on predatory lending practices. Next door to his event was the graduation ceremony for the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago, a school for disadvantaged youth.

When Obama made his surprise entrance at the ceremony, the children and their parents leaped to their feet and cheered, “Obama, Obama.”

They even cheered when Obama told them they should spend their summer preparing for ninth grade. He urged them not to settle for mediocrity, saying a changing world requires better educated Americans.

“What books are you going to read instead of watching TV?” he said.

When he ended his brief remarks, the crowd was still ecstatic that he showed up.

“Change, change, change,” they cried.

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Photo credit: Reuters/John Gress (Obama campaigns in Chicago June 6)


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Posted by Commentary » Blog Archive » When’s Recess? | Report as abusive

Just love that Obama fella!

Posted by Deborah | Report as abusive

This is indicative, Mr.& Mrs. Reader, of why Mr. Obama will be President-elect Obama come November.

OK Jack

Posted by OK Jack | Report as abusive

Obama vs. McCain = Inspiration vs. Constipation

Posted by Buck in NC | Report as abusive

And guess what? In four years most of these same eight graders will be around 18 years old! (i.e. voting age) Gotta love that always thinking ahead!

Posted by Dee | Report as abusive

I am disappointed to see that despite the fact that Obama was a happy surprise to the 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony at the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago, the ONLY ALL GIRLS public school in Chicago, your picture depicts a stage full of men.

Posted by India Simeson | Report as abusive