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January 09, 2009



When W visited the elementary school I was teaching at during his first campaign, all the members of the audience were hand selected and the students were confined to their classrooms all day, including lunch and recess, for "security" purposes. At the last minute, it was decided the students could assemble and greet him as he entered the school. Then they were shuttled back to their classrooms, and did not witness or participate in the speech in the gym. It was a completely manufactured photo op that disrupted our school day and provided no learning opportunity for our students. When Obama held a town hall meeting at the local high school this past summer, tickets were handed out, first come first serve, to anyone who wanted to attend. The two situations were so vastly different, and so indicative of the men they represented.

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