Action, according to the old saw, speaks louder than words. How ironic then that Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer would send out an email announcing today’s utterly pointless White House educational opportunities summit under the headline “Year of Action.” It is hard to imagine an event less action-driven and more vapidly rhetorical than today’s 6-hour gab fest with college president and business leaders.
The goal of the one-day conference, UPI explains, is to extract a promise from college heads “to increase their enrollment of high-performing low-income students” and “to increase the number of students who ‘graduate from college with the skills they need to succeed.’”
To add insult to injury, the president is choosing to hold this meeting at a time when the unemployment rate for recent college graduates is 13.5% and 18- to 34-year-olds account for 46% of all unemployed Americans. Is there any wonder that Obama’s approval ratings among Millennials now tracks with those of all adults for the first time in his presidency? Is anyone in the administration surprised that a near-majority of youth voters would support recalling the president?
With young Americans accounting for almost half of those who are unemployed, we are losing out under Obama…. But instead of pushing Harry Reid to take up the hundreds of House passed jobs bills that will increase our employment, Obama puts us at the kids table by holding youth summits and events at the White House, like today’s, where a lot of empty rhetoric is substituted for real action.