TWO AMERICAS  1:59 pm August 4, 2008

John Edwards Screwing High School Kids, Too

by Ken Layne

Not cool.Aging pretty-boy multi-millionaire John Edwards was a senator for a few years after a lucrative career as a personal-injury lawyer. For some reason, this made him John Kerry’s pretend vice president, which led to a sweeping Edwards’ fail in this year’s Democratic primary. And now he’s shutting down the scholarship program he started for poor kids at a North Carolina high school.

Edwards launched “College For Everyone” in 2005, when he started running for the Democratic nomination for 2008. Through the Center for Promise and Opportunity Foundation — a non-profit Edwards started and funded — the tuition was paid for 190 kids who wouldn’t otherwise have gone to college.

The News & Observer reported Friday:

During his presidential run, Edwards had said he wanted to extend College for Everyone nationally to 2 million students at a cost of $8 billion. Edwards said he would pay for it by changing the way student loans are made, cutting out banks as middlemen.

“The chance to go to college meant everything in my life, and I want every young person to have the same chance,” Edwards said last year during a visit to the high school in Snow Hill.

Now he no longer wants every young person to have that chance, plus his political career is finished, so he shut down the whole thing last week, the end.

(But will he pay for the college education of his Love Child?)

Edwards ending college program [News & Observer]

 

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shortsshortsshorts August 4, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Slowly Edwards will destroy that pesky, “other” America. THANK GOD back to arugula for John.

AnnieGetYourFun August 4, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Huh. I actually just find this kind of sad.

AnnieGetYourFun August 4, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Ack! The picture in the accompanying story! Crazy eyes!

Nasara August 4, 2008 at 2:07 pm

When will Wonkette start its own scholarship fund – the Little Wonkette Urban Achievers?

Truculent August 4, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Damn pain and suffering award caps have cut into his income stream.

NotUrEvryDayWEzl August 4, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Maybe Edwards can pay of Hillary’s debt with all the savings he’s getting!

Advocatus_Diaboli August 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm

The comments on that N&O site are very telling; Edwards creates a PILOT (i.e., not meant to last forever) program that upped college applications at one school from 26 to 94%, and he’s the bad guy. Fucking retards.

AngryBlakGuy August 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm

…oh Ken you know how get my attention! Too bad there was know underage sexin’ going on in the thread!

NotUrEvryDayWEzl August 4, 2008 at 2:16 pm

[re=51306]Nasara[/re]: You mean pay for our drinks?

anabellum August 4, 2008 at 2:16 pm

the last payment to his videographer has him strapped for cash…

post-production expenses are a bitch…

tunamelt August 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm

[re=51314]Advocatus_Diaboli[/re]: But that’s a far less interesting version of the story. Edwards hates poors is way more fascinating.

MoodProcessor August 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Believe it or not, $400 haircuts add up….

wx insider August 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm

I can’t wait until he kicks his cancer-ridden wife to the curb!

Aurelio August 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm

[re=51299]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Don’t mourn for John. There will always be another ambulance to chase. Always another settlement to negotiate. Always another bimbo to father a love-child with. He’ll be okay.

tsunami August 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm

[re=51324]anabellum[/re]:

[from a couple posts ago] hard to keep up at work…

hungover or not…
great name for a band

whew…

magic titty August 4, 2008 at 2:29 pm

[re=51303]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: That’s his “O” face.

MoodProcessor August 4, 2008 at 2:36 pm

[re=51336]magic titty[/re]: “I’m fading….fading awaaaayyyyy.”

Vewol Mevemont August 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm

[re=51314]Advocatus_Diaboli[/re]: [re=51327]tunamelt[/re]: Eh, I think the story is that Edwards created a pilot program that lasted exactly as long as his presidential campaigns.

anabellum August 4, 2008 at 2:48 pm

[re=51334]tsunami[/re]: my IQ is down 40 points today according to the Wechsler Adult Incoherence Scale…

edgery August 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm

a pilot program intended to last 3 years, ended after “BREAKING NEWS:” 3 years! But hey, why bother with facts with smears read so much better….

poligirl August 4, 2008 at 9:13 pm

actually, it was a pilot program that was only supposed to be 3 years long, so no, Edwards is not screwing everyone.

From the AP article on it:

*Program director Pamela Hampton-Garland said the program was designed to last three years.

“The program was a huge success,” she said. “The numbers soared. The interest from students and parents and the community rose. It seemed the whole notion of college access changed.”*

Edwards had not been involved in the running of the program for a couple years now…

llyn August 4, 2008 at 11:49 pm

Lay off John Edwards already!

A Geek Tragedy August 5, 2008 at 9:16 am

[re=51765]poligirl[/re]: If Wonkette starts worrying about what’s true before getting snarky, the terrorists win.

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