Obama urges students to pressure Congress on loan rates
May 4th, 2012
01:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama urges students to pressure Congress on loan rates

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Friday urged high school students to e-mail, tweet, and teach their parents to tweet a message to Congress to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1.

In his continuing push to extend the current 3.4% interest rate charged on federal student loans, Obama told students at a Virginia high school that the goal is to provide all Americans with the best possible education.

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  1. Michael

    Obama should look at an even bigger issue – the cost of tuition. Whack it in half, please

    May 4, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Myviewis

    Uh, how cute you guys are all making excuses now that Obama was not sold to the people in the last election as the next Messiah, that he was going to fix the world, fix our country, join hands across the oceans and sing Michael row your boat. Remember the children's books drawing Obama with a beaming light and Obama is the next Robin Hood and Yes, We Can???

    May 4, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Knowitall – That slush fund that the republicans want the college loans to be paid out of is designated for women's health care. It is not 'slush.'

    May 4, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Michael - Obama should look at an even bigger issue – the cost of tuition. Whack it in half, please
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    Last I heard Obama hadn't taken over the colleges YET. I'm sure it is on his "to do" list though. Socialists just love to steal what belongs to others.

    May 4, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In 2007 gasoline was around $3.15 in Florida. In the summer of 2008, it reached $4.15 at the height of the economic meltdown. So if you only look at January 2009, it was $1.78, but people who do not have a short memory already know this.

    May 4, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If we make college available only to the rich, we would not have to worry about college loans, or a future for our country either.

    May 4, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Lynda/Minnesota - Good to see that President Obama is stepping up his "Get Out The Vote" campaign by reaching out to America's youth, especially those now 18, or soon to be 18.
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    There should be laws against political pedophiles like Obama. He should be doing hard time for abusing yound kids like this.

    May 4, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    @Myviewis – "Remember the children's books drawing Obama with a beaming light and Obama is the next Robin Hood and Yes, We Can???"
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    Funny how right wing amnesiac, revisionist history works for the faithful, eh? If it's not to our liking, we'll invent it ! haahaha

    May 4, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens/McDonnell, probing our way in 2012.

    May 4, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    @Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country – or should I say masquerading as "nothing but the real truth"....
    ur posts are way too similar.. Someone give you the bump, or have you converted your soap-on-a-dope to a troll-on-the-roll approach.. bwahahaha

    May 4, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Myviewis

    Obama should do his job and he should pressure Congress not ask kids to do it for him. Oh wait, Obama doesn't have time since he probably will be busy with George Clooney and the Hollywood gang at one of Clooney's expensive dinners.

    May 4, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When tax payers wealth is redistributed to big oil, billionaires, Wall Street and big banks, we have GOP socialism.

    May 4, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. California Conservative

    Obama, Your radical extreme occupy (bowel) movement is only about themselves and parrot your socialistic and communistic ways. The majority of the country want nothing to do with either. Occupy = 1% and not the liberal math way of 99%. Take your astroTurf movement with you when you leave the White House within the next year.

    May 4, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    @Myviewis – "Obama should do his job and he should pressure Congress "
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    More amnesia – he tried. The Grand Obstructionist Party successfully blocked (or filibustered) their 119th piece of legislation. Perhaps you need to get out from under that rock once in a while. Maybe some fresh air might blow out some of the cobwebs.

    May 4, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Pham

    Same old story. Distract and divide which is Obama's mantra. Distract from the real issues of our economy and trump up divisive and fake issue like student loan rates. It’s no different now than when I went to school and the smart kids that want to start fresh take a longer time to get through school and have to work so they do not graduate with a mountain of debt. Unfortunately educational costs have gone through the roof which Obama seems to want to ignore.

    May 4, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republican radical right wingnut agenda has put our country in the crapper.

    May 4, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. California Conservative

    The demcorats will continue their DOA way's according to Reid. Reid is blocking for Obama so Obama doesn't appear to be President NO but we all know he is.

    May 4, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. California Conservative

    The democrats don't even care to do the findemental basics of a federal government which is to pass a budget (1100+ days and counting. Demcorats obviously do not care about this country. It's perfectly clear.

    May 4, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hey Truth:

    Let me guess. You were going for the "jock-shock" effect?

    May 4, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    OK, so is YET ANOTHER taxpayer paid for campaign trip for this thieving dirtbag???

    May 4, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    And WHY are all of these MINORS being used as Obama's political props??? Did all of their parents sign releases for them to attend this waste of time?? They SHOULD be in CLASS learning.

    May 4, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Were any of these kids forced to attend this political theater by the Pedophile-in-Chief??? If so then there should be law suits against Obama and the Democrat party.

    May 4, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Look at salaries if you want to know why tuition is so expensive.

    May 4, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Ramirez

    College grads need jobs not a lower loan rate. If Obama had focused on the economy this would not be an issue. A lot of these folks are going to pay a high price for electing Obama to office initially.

    May 4, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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