December 11, 2006, - 12:06 pm

Is This For Real?!: Education Secretary, Prez Waste Time/Money on Barney Cam Video

By Debbie Schlussel
Now that she’s voiced her opinion supporting the absurd Title IX (which discriminates against men and male athletes in favor of women in public education), Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings (and her boss, President Bush) must think all of America’s educational crises in the publick skools are solved.
First, Spellings guested on “Jeopardy.” And now, she, President Bush, and Karl Rove are wasting taxpayer time and money on stupid “Barney Cam” videos with former NFLer/”Dancing with the Stars” contestant Emmett Smith. We thought these video skits were a once a year thing at the National Press Club dinner. But, now, apparently, they’re a year-round production. Did we elect a President, or a Saturday Night Live skit team?
When I first got this e-mail from Dept. of Education Deputy Press Secretary Trey Ditto, I thought it was a joke, a scam e-mail, a spoof. But, no, it’s all true. Is this the kind of juvenile stuff the Education Secretary should be wasting time on–and promote in PR e-mails? Click on the link:

— “Ditto, Trey” wrote:
Subject: Barney Cam, Secretary Spellings and Emmitt Smith
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 11:43:43 -0500
From: “Ditto, Trey”
To: “Ditto, Trey”
Pardon the blast…
Hall of Fame running back turned ballroom dancer Emmitt Smith has added another line to his resume:
After apparently being rejected in an American Idol style try-out, U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings calls Emmitt Smith who gives her advice on dancing. As you know, Emmitt won the Dancing with the Stars Competition.
But who comes out with that coveted yellow American Idol piece of paper? None other than Karl Rove.
Here is the link to the short film:
Thought this would be a great mention!
Trey Ditto
Deputy Press Secretary
Office of Communications and Outreach
U.S. Department of Education

I can just see Barney, the Bush White House dog, rolling his eyes at this dumb exercise in government waste. Too bad they dishonored the U.S. Marine Corps Band, by making them participate in this absurdity.

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5 Responses

Bush’s first Secretary of Edumacation was Rod PAIGE. Now, Margaret SPELLING. Whos’ next, Greg Grammar?

Thee_Bruno on December 11, 2006 at 2:09 pm

You gotta give Bush credit on this one, Debbie.
What’s wrong with you? You started the week by attacking people: Kofi and now Bush. Be nice for a day, will ya?
Yes, there are evil people in this world, but can’t you find anything good in them?
For example, Bin Laden is a loving, caring man, he built bridges in Afghanistan and protected its women from the barbaric Muslim men before that evil imperialistic nation of ours illegally invaded it.
So let me tell you something, using Barney Cam is a smart move by Karl Rove.
Poll numbers and the mid-term elections showed that Bush’s popularity is in the toilet, so Karl came up with that brilliant idea of subsidizing Bush with much smarter characters, such as Barney.
The American people demanded change, and change is what we’re getting, the Rove way.
I heard rumors in the Beltway that Elmo, Harry Potter and Yoda are next in line -in that order- for President, Vice President and Speaker of the House.

Independent Conservative on December 11, 2006 at 2:18 pm

Awww, I really liked the Barney Cam Christmas video.

dm60462 on December 11, 2006 at 7:36 pm

Geeeeeeeeesh. Chill out, babe. Being angry ALL the time isn’t very becoming.

Rocketman on December 12, 2006 at 8:32 am

Good artical !

Goku on May 9, 2016 at 2:25 am

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