Obama Snubbs 150 Tardy Kindergarteners

Gee, too bad these 5-year-old Kindergarteners will still be too young to vote in 2012.  But, you can sure bet their parents will remember this day when going to the polls…

Sobbing Kindergarteners Snubbed for Steelers?  Kids locked out of White House; officials say they were too late
Fri, May 22, 2009 – NBCWashington

Thursday was supposed to be the highlight of the year for more than 100 kindergarteners from Stafford County, Va. They got up early and took a chartered bus to the White House for a school field trip. But when they arrived, all the 5-year-olds got was a lesson in disappointment.

The buses from Conway Elementary arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue a little later than planned, and they were locked out.

“We were going to the White House, but we couldn’t get in so I felt sad,” 5-year-old Cameron Stine said.

Parents say they were just 10 minutes late for their scheduled tour. School officials say White House staff said they needed to get ready for the president’s event with the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, so they couldn’t come in.

“I was angry cause they were disappointed,” parent and chaperone Paty Stine said.


A lot of preparing had gone into the trip. Conway Elementary teachers had been planning the trip for months, each child paid $20 for a seat on the chartered bus, and names were submitted to the White House for clearance.

Parents say they tried to make it on time, but their chartered buses hit heavy traffic that slowed them down substantially. They thought they were supposed to show up by 10:15, but they say they arrived at 10:25 instead, and couldn’t get in.

“The person who headed this White House trip up came out and said, ‘I’m sorry, the White House tour’s off.’ There were a lot of crying kids,” parent Barbara Stine said.

The White House tells a slightly different story. A spokesperson said the group was actually supposed to be there at 9:30, but they held the gates for the group until 10:30, 15 minutes longer than they told the group, but when they still hadn’t arrived, they had to draw the line.

[Uhm, is anyone else catching this?  The White House spokesperson says that the group was actually scheduled for 9:30 and that they had held the gates open until 10:30.  But, the group showed up at 10:25, so how could the White House have  “drawn the line” at 10:30?  The kids were already there!]


“Here we have President Obama and his administration saying, ‘Here we are for the common, middle class people,’ and here he is not letting 150 5- and 6-year-olds into the White House because he’s throwing a lunch for a bunch of grown millionaires,” [Paty] Stine said.

[Welcome to my world, Mrs. Stine!  Glad you have finally made the leap from “Hope and Change” to R-E-A-L-I-T-Y.]


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One Comment on “Obama Snubbs 150 Tardy Kindergarteners”

  1. tgusa Says:

    The main difference between Obama and these kindergarteners is they had to show not only a birth certificate but proof of residence in the district they applied for school in.

    Obama and the crats now want to take away our electricity through price hikes. Look what they have done to America across the board. My suggestion to the energy problem is shut down the guvmint schools we are not getting our monies worth anyway. That includes trips to the capitol. Also, how much energy does bloated DC suck up while destroying the country? Bawney Fwank, how much pollution does his unsafe lifestyle produce? Outlaw it. Shut down Washington too, they are worse than useless they are dangerous.

    It is war, a civilian war, and they have us all in their sights. It’s the democrat taliban, they prefer to kill you slowly.

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