Where has he been?

Bus driver? Where was your chauffeur?

Via Hot Air:

Obama Surprised To Learn Schools Use “Trailers”

While addressing college students in Richmond, VA, President Obama was surprised to learn that schools use trailers, also called ‘modular buildings’ or ‘modular classrooms.’ During his visit Obama said he was approached by an educator who mentioned she teaches in a trailer. Obama did not mention that the teacher had a problem with her situation, but he made it clear this was unacceptable.

“I just — in the back, I was taking some photos with folks who had helped out to organize this event, and there was a young lady who is a teacher. And she said, “I heard your speech last night. I really appreciate it. I’m teaching eighth grade English, and I teach in a trailer.” We shouldn’t have people teaching in trailers. We shouldn’t have kids learning in trailers. They should have classrooms with Internet and science labs,” President Obama said to the college crowd.

The practice of using trailers is quite common at public schools and more often than not the accommodations in the modular buildings are better than classrooms inside the the main building. These modular buildings are used for several different reasons including for temporary purposes. For example, while the building or a classroom is being renovated the school may opt for a trailer until the improvements are completed. Ironically, renovating classrooms and schools is something Obama is pushing for in his this new stimulus bill.

I’m older than Obama and we had trailers when I was going to school. Of course I didn’t go to no fancy private prep school, I went to public schools like the rest of the proles.

I guess we can’t expect much awareness from a guy who didn’t know his own constituents were freezing:

”Obama, who has worked as a lawyer and a legislator to improve living conditions for the poor, took campaign donations from Rezko even as Rezko’s low-income housing empire was collapsing, leaving many African-American families in buildings riddled with problems — including squalid living conditions, vacant apartments, lack of heat, squatters and drug dealers. The building in Englewood was one of 30 Rezmar rehabbed in a series of troubled deals largely financed by taxpayers. Every project ran into financial difficulty. More than half went into foreclosure, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found. “Their buildings were falling apart,” said a former city official. “They just didn’t pay attention to the condition of these buildings.” Eleven of Rezko’s buildings were in Obama’s state Senate district.“

“For more than five weeks during the brutal winter of 1997, tenants shivered without heat in a government-subsidized apartment building on Chicago’s South Side.”

“It was just four years after the landlords — Antoin “Tony” Rezko and his partner Daniel Mahru — had rehabbed the 31-unit building in Englewood with a loan from Chicago taxpayers.”

“Rezko and Mahru couldn’t find money to get the heat back on.”

“Rezmar kept getting city and state funding, even as earlier projects fell into disrepair and financial troubles.
But their company, Rezmar Corp., did come up with $1,000 to give to the political campaign fund of Barack Obama, the newly elected state senator whose district included the unheated building.”

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17 Responses to Where has he been?

  1. votermom says:

    My kids school uses a trailer for extra classrooms. Remarkably, the have the internet in those trailers! And even bathrooms!
    Heck, the Fortune 500 company I worked at once used a trailer for offices (while constructing a new addition).

    So is an amendment banning trailers in schools going into the Jobs bill now?

    The story makes me mad but the pic makes me lol.
    The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    We had trailers in the 60’s, only they were called portables. I grew up in northern Virginia remembering they couldn’t build schools fast enough to keep up the population explosion. When a new school opened…..they already had the portables added !

    • votermom says:

      They’re called modulars over here.

      • Karma says:

        We had them too.

        A rainy day with no covered walkways was the worst thing about them. In CA…you might actually get damp before getting to class.

        It was in one of the best academic districts in the state….so no one’s test scores took a dive because they walked into one.

        I would look at school supplies for kids and the quality of teachers before trailers. I saw a lot of kids who did poorly in school because they literally didn’t have paper or access to computers in order to complete their homework. So they would check out mentally and the spiral of decline would start there.

      • Our music class was in a trailer, way back when.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    The NYT has a review (?) up on the McGinnis book….


    He could have written it from his home in MA. LOL!

  4. ROFLMAO! My sons works for a major command in the military- their offices are located in a trailer- awaiting renovation of a WWII era building on base. The trailer has intertubz and toilet facilities and lights and everything!
    One of the elementary schools I attended was an ancient one story l shaped building that had once been a civil war shoe factory. In Jr High our math class was in the basement of another antiquated building- pieces of the ceiling frequently fell down. Plaster. Explains the math teacher giving up teaching for accounting.
    We would have gladly moved in to a nice, new trailer!

  5. European Central Bank (ECB) has decided, in coordination with the Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan and the Swiss National Bank, to conduct three US dollar liquidity-providing operations..

    Will probably put more pressure on the dollar. Hope Geithner knows what he’s doing.

  6. China interested in switching US debt for equity. Hrm.

    He said there is “$10 trillion” waiting to be invested in the US, if America will open its doors.

  7. Mary says:

    OT: Jobless claims jump to 428,000 (up 11,000)

    Dept. of Justice tells GOP investigators: Guns from Fast and Furious linked to 3 more murders in Mexico.

  8. Jadzia says:

    This feels like Obama’s “grocery scanner” moment a la George Herbert Walker Bush.

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