Saturday, May 01, 2010

Don't Come, Obama!

Many folks around town seem thrilled at the possibility that President Obama might give the commencement address that Kalamazoo Central High School.

Obama commencement competition provides "great moments" for Kalamazoo Central and community
Obama contest keys on school reform: Kalamazoo Central, other finalists represent different models for American education

K Central is a finalist in the Race to the Top High School Commencement Speech contest. Previous rounds were decided by online voting, but the final pick is Obama's. It isn't clear what the point of the competition is. It seems as if which community is the best at Obama-worship may be the real criterion.

While such a speech may be special to the students, it will be a headache for everyone else. The freeway will be shut down for several hours, snarling local traffic. Cities that more regularly receive Presidential visits aren't nearly as thrilled.

Stay home, Obama.

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