Sidelined in Chicago, Obama wows 8th grade graduating class
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.
Obama 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.
Photo credit: Reuters/John Gress (Obama campaigns in Chicago June 6)