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Posted on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 : 1 p.m.

President Obama unable to attend Logan Elementary's Reading Month celebration

By Danielle Arndt

President Barack Obama regrettably turned down an invitation to attend a Logan Elementary School National Reading Month celebration, the Ann Arbor Journal reported.


Barack Obama speaks at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor last month about college affordability. file photo

According to the Journal, Logan sent an invite to Obama to participate as a guest reader in the school’s heritage assembly on Friday, March 30. The assembly will mark the close of Logan’s month-long dedication to revitalizing children’s interests in the printed word.

Schools across the United States will be hosting similar celebrations throughout March for National Reading Month.

A White House staff member, Alex, called the elementary school to send the president’s regrets, according to the Journal. She said his schedule “does not allow him to accommodate your invitation.”

“The president values each invitation he receives and we thank you for your interest in including the president in your plans,” Alex said.

To listen to the full message that White House staff left with Logan officials, read the Ann Arbor Journal’s report.

Staff reporter Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at



Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 6:35 p.m.

The principal there does this every year, and the last two years has tried to turn this non-story into a story. It is just a principal trying to get some media coverage. Wonder what her political aspirations are?

Deborah Hinojosa

Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 3:47 p.m.

man, you people are harsh. I enjoyed the story.


Thu, Mar 1, 2012 : 10:13 p.m.

Oh wow yes I agree! This was a very strong piece and extremely well written for the surprisingly large amount of content! I love sooo much! <3 <3 <3


Thu, Mar 1, 2012 : 5:21 a.m.

What about this story interested you?


Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 1:32 p.m.

I let my dog out.


Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 11:49 a.m.

Also of news, I woke up on the right side of the bed. Quick someone contact an "reporter" to write a story.


Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 11:49 a.m.

This just in, I just woke up.


Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 11:40 a.m.

He has a golf outing, what you expect?


Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 11:37 a.m.

What did you expect ...Logan doesn't have a teleprompter.....

Usual Suspect

Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 5:18 a.m.

And next, an amazing story about an Annarborite who always votes Democrat.


Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 1:23 a.m.

More breaking news: man plays lottery, fails to win. Local woman gets call from Mitt Romney, turns out to be robocall. Oh, and I drove home without incident tonight.

The Picker

Mon, Feb 27, 2012 : 11:14 p.m.

Did they actually think he would show up ? Elementary school kids can't vote !

Get over it

Mon, Feb 27, 2012 : 9:56 p.m.

Did they think he is like Bush A beer summit, he's there


Mon, Feb 27, 2012 : 9:08 p.m.

1 invitation in 50,000 per day turned down by this - or any President. It would have been news if he'd accepted. Tell us....why is it news that he declined?


Mon, Feb 27, 2012 : 8:03 p.m.

Seriously? This is a story? In other news, local woman's request to meet Brad Pitt for drinks goes unanswered. Local man applies for job, gets turned down. Kid gets $2 from Tooth Fairy.


Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 1:31 p.m.

$2 from the tooth fairy would be headline news for my kids!!!


Mon, Feb 27, 2012 : 11:50 p.m.

Hard hitting news with biting commentary, something you can sink your teeth into.


Mon, Feb 27, 2012 : 9:08 p.m.

@a2citizen See? My news is hard hitting.


Mon, Feb 27, 2012 : 8:11 p.m.

$2 !!!??? Are you serious?

The Black Stallion3

Mon, Feb 27, 2012 : 7:42 p.m.

Oh well...........mot much to worry of the teachers can read for loss.


Mon, Feb 27, 2012 : 7:24 p.m.

How is this news? There is only one president, did you expect him to be there?