Every time I think I can’t possibly be more amazed, something else comes along:

(CNSNews.com) – First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday said she was “thrilled” to announce a new program that asks U.S. businesses to allow employees to spend part of the work day volunteering with young people. The program will be run by the federal agency tasked with overseeing volunteerism in the United States.

“And that’s why today, I am thrilled to announce that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has teamed up with several major companies to establish a Corporate Mentoring Challenge,” Obama said at a summit held by CNCS and the National Mentoring Partnership MENTOR at the Library of Congress.

“This is a program calling on businesses of all sizes to allow their employees to mentor for short periods during the work day, giving kids positive role models and offering employees a way to give back,” Obama said.

Many people working at their jobs are already serving positive role models and “giving back” to kids. That’s what frickin’ work is! People work, they get a paycheck, their kids get to live in a house with heat and the family can afford clothing, food and education. Then their kids, having been raised with that role model, grow up and do the same for their kids — all without the need for people who are incapable of minding their own business butting in and doing nothing except creating more of the problem.

So how much time off for volunteering elsewhere do you suppose Michelle Obama gives her staff on any given workday? Just wondering.

You can see the rest of Michelle Obama’s comments on the next episode of “People who have never run as much as a lemonade stand say the darndest things.”


22 Responses to “FLOTUS Asks Businesses to Give Employees Time Off to Serve as Youth Volunteers”

  1. Linda on January 27th, 2011 7:28 pm

    Oh boy! Just what we need… And FLOTUS probably wants the employer to pay them while they're out volunteering, too. Geez, nothing like people who have never done an honest day's work telling businesses how to operate…

  2. cindy on January 27th, 2011 7:34 pm

    phony, hypocrite & full of themselves. This couple do all they can to kill businesses of all sizes during economical crisis. That is all.

  3. Jimmy T on January 27th, 2011 7:37 pm

    "the federal agency tasked with overseeing volunteerism in the United States."

    Kinda sums up the whole mess, don't it?

  4. Adam on January 27th, 2011 7:42 pm

    Keep in mind, MO has never earned a paycheck in her life. She's received paychecks, just never EARNED one. So it's no surprise that "knocking off work a little early" wouldn't bother her at all, just as long as the full amount gets directly deposited into her account every week.

  5. SignPainterGuy on January 27th, 2011 7:47 pm

    It has been a common practice here for businesses to demonstrate their appreciation for their employees service to country by continuing to pay them while they take off that "one weekend a month and two weeks a year" to fulfill Nat`l Guard duties ! Is this new idea of volunteerism / mentoring the same thing ?

    And who decides what time of day this mentoring takes place – will it always or ever be at a time that is convenient for the business ?

    I seriously doubt Moonchelle has considered the ramifications of her proposal !!

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  7. della street on January 27th, 2011 8:28 pm

    Another Fed Agency!!!! Oh for pete's sake ! More affirmative action jobs for Bo's 'base'..
    If Mo would get out there and talk to teens about self control, maybe they'd have a few less future hoodlums who need 'mentoring'.

  8. SignPainterGuy on January 27th, 2011 9:38 pm

    Perry Mason`s wise Secretary and Asst. lives on !

  9. OK_Loyalist on January 27th, 2011 10:44 pm

    "If Mo would get out there and talk to teens about self control"

    Only after she takes 30 pounds off her back side else they will never believe her

  10. SignPainterGuy on January 27th, 2011 11:27 pm

    As I saw expressed recently;

    Those who can, do !
    Those who can`t, teach !
    Those who can`t do either, administrate !

  11. Joe Redfield on January 27th, 2011 11:28 pm

    Doug, you should begin agitating for businesses to start having an annual 'Take a Progressive to Work Day'. It won't teach them anything, but it might make them sick enough to shut up for a few days. Well, a few minutes, maybe.

  12. Doug on January 27th, 2011 11:48 pm

    Hey, I love that idea! I might have to run with it!

  13. Nanny on January 28th, 2011 12:01 am

    Great Idea – Please do spread the word!!!

  14. OK_Loyalist on January 28th, 2011 12:08 am

    On the grand tour, "This is the dumpster", kick in and smile all damn day !

  15. Marshall_Will on January 28th, 2011 1:37 am

    Oh that's right! That 'was' her name! Good memory.

  16. Marshall_Will on January 28th, 2011 1:40 am


    I'm thinking of printing up "Good Citizenship Citations" and hanging them on windshields if we like your bumper sticker! ( Probably ought to include Doug & MM's website for a goof )

    Saw a sure winner the other day:

    My mom told me 'anybody' could become President!

    ( And now I 'believe' her… )

  17. Marshall_Will on January 28th, 2011 1:42 am


    How rude on my part.., Welcome Aboard!

    (And we'll never ask you to take dictation or make coffee! )

  18. SignPainterGuy on January 28th, 2011 1:52 am

    Now after you pat me on the back for a rare moment of lucididity, our new guest turns out to BE Della Street and not just a play on names, I`m gonna feel a bit silly for sure !

    Yes, BTW, Della, welcome, join the fun !

  19. SignPainterGuy on January 28th, 2011 2:12 am


    Good idea AND good bumper snicker !

    Oh, and an interesting thing happened the other day, speaking of bumper snickers ! I drove around in the SF of the East Coast, and saw NOT EVEN ONE Obama sticker – a FIRST in three years !!

  20. nannykins on January 28th, 2011 11:28 am

    Probably because they all "bought" new cars under the Cash for Clunkers program. A lot of those stickers got dumped along with perfectly good vehicles that could have been donated to those "in need".

  21. SignPainterGuy on January 28th, 2011 1:08 pm

    While I`m certain you are correct in many cases, here in the SF of the East Coast those new vehicles were delivered with pre-installed O/B stickers…I did notice a couple conspicuous "clean rectangular" spots on some otherwise dirty Forresters and Priuses !

  22. SignPainterGuy on January 28th, 2011 4:33 pm

    I can`t stand it, I have to tell my "Della" story !

    She was a lovely lady in her late 50`s, Della had this marvelous dry wit that made her an absolute delight to be around, was cashier at a hardware / homecenter / gas station where I worked part time in my early 20`s. "Doyce" was a semi-retired part-timer there who had been, among many other things, a young boys Sunday School teacher, myself included. Both were liked by everyone !

    One stock day, Doyce noticed "bastard files" among the list of pieces to be matched with price stickers and then shelved. He took it upon himself to "protect" Della`s feminine sensibilities and tried futilely to locate them first ! After working himself into a visible tizzy, he swallowed hard and asked Della, "Have you seen a small box of files in the new stuff?" She grinned and answered, "Yeah, I put the little bastards up a little while ago !"

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