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Road trip for 8th graders from Colorado is saved

Posted on: April 12, 2011

Last week while Congress was arguing about the Continuing Resolution for FY 2010, the administration found a great P.R. stunt to relate to. The idea of a government shut-down loomed and of course all the wonderful things that the government does for us was in jeopardy. A group of 8th graders from Longmont, Colorado had planned a road trip to Washington, D.C. One of the mothers of one of the students emailed President Obama a letter.

In the email she said, “..for the last few days, the kids in her son’s class had been worried and upset that they might have to cancel their trip because of a shutdown.” They even had a trip to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they would be laying a wreath.

This sad, sad story was just the opportunity for President Obama and his administration. He had to show everyone what a great guy he was by agreeing to the Continuing Resolution for FY2010. I can just see him in the meetings with Boehner, Reid and Biden.  I can hear President Obama say, “Come on guys, we have to keep the government opened so that those future voters, um wait I mean 8th graders, can have their road trip to D.C. a success.”

Now who can deny little kids a road trip to D.C.? I think that is what broke the stalemate. I can see tears welling up in eyes knowing that little kids would have to cancel their trip.

Sarcasm aside, it seems that this situation was nothing but a P.R. stunt that this administration just had to capitalize on. In fact, when the kids got to D.C. the President had to visit with the kids and give them his words of wisdom and of course another photo-op for the Prez.

Whether passing the Continuing Resolution for FY 2010 was a success or not for either party is irrelevant.  Politicians will do what politicians do what’s best for them politically. But when this administration uses kids to be in the middle of the situation, well, that’s just not right.

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