President Barack Obama (pictured with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at his address to the nation’s school children earlier this month) says American children spend too little time in school which puts them at a disadvantage with others around the world.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Duncan said, “Our school calendar is based upon the agrarian economy and not too many of our kids are working the fields today.” The Presidents wants schools to add time to classes, to stay open late and to let kids in on weekends so they have a safe place to go.
“Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas. Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom,” the President said earlier this year.
GOV. PATERSON SPEAKS ON MEET THE PRESS
NY Governor David Paterson said Sunday on Meet the Press that President Barack Obama never directly asked him to step aside, and he refused to discuss what presidential aides had told him confidentially.
Paterson, the state’s first black governor who’s also legally blind, said he’s heard the message from Democrats in New York and Washington: “I’m blind, I’m not oblivious. But I am running for governor. I don’t think I am a drag on the party. I think I’m fighting for the priorities of my party.”
At a Syracuse luncheon last week, Paterson said, “I think if I got to a point where I thought my candidacy was hurting my party, obviously it would be rather self-absorbed to go forward,” which many are saying was Paterson’s hint he may not be running after all.
In a recent interview, New York’s First Lady Michelle Paterson said she had never heard of a president asking a sitting governor not to run for reelection. “I thought it was very unusual and very unfair.”
ITALY’S BERLUSCONI CALLS OBAMA “TANNED”…AGAIN
At a rally in Milan following his return from the G20 Summit, Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (pictured with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Summit) said, “I bring you greetings from a person who is called…a person who is sun-tanned…Barack Obama. You wouldn’t believe it, but they go sunbathing at the beach together – his wife is also sun-tanned..”
Berlusconi added that his rapport with President Obama was “easy-going”, and he described the President as a “fine man” with a good sense of irony.
At the G20 dinner last week, the First Lady chose to shake Berlusconi’s hand rather than give him a hug and a kiss on the cheek as she had done with other world leaders. The White House’s reluctance to appear cozy with Berlusconi is because he has been the involved in scandal since April with accusations that he “consorts with minors” with his estranged wife, Veronica Lario, suggesting he is obsessed with chasing women young enough to be his granddaughters.
Seventy-two year old Berlusconi, sparked international outrage last November when he first described President Obama as “sun-tanned”. He said that anyone who found it racist had no sense of humor and was an “imbecile”.