Obama Cites Employed Boston Teacher In Jobs Bill News Conference

BOSTON (CBS) – President Obama used the story of a Boston teacher to push his jobs bill Thursday, even though the teacher has a job.

At the beginning of his White House news conference, President Obama told a story of how he recently met Robert Baroz of Wellesley, an English teacher in the city.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

WBZ-TV’s Jack Williams reports

“I had a chance to meet a young man named Robert Baroz. He’s an English teacher in Boston who came to the White House a few weeks ago. He’s got two decades of teaching experience. He’s got a Master’s Degree. He’s got an outstanding track record of helping his students make huge gains in reading and writing,” the president said.

“In the last few years, he’s received three pink slips because of budget cuts. Why wouldn’t we want to pass a bill that puts somebody like Robert back in the classroom teaching our kids?”

But, Baroz is working in the Boston Public Schools this year as a middle school English teacher.

“I’ve managed to land on my feet, but it’s sometimes at the last minute,” said Baroz, who is endorsing the President’s jobs bill.

He told aides to President Obama that others have not been so lucky in finding a job. He did not meet directly with the President.

“Everybody knows somebody who is a teacher who is not working, or has been impacted. They might be taking on more responsibilities. Their classes might have become larger,” said Baroz. “It becomes more demanding for them to meet the needs of the diversity of the children.”

He’s employed through a U.S. Department of Education teaching fellowship.

On the D.O.E.’s web site, he writes that he’s also employed part-time as an English instructor at Mass Bay Community College.

In recent years he’s been a provisional teacher in the Boston Public Schools serving as a literacy coach and an instructional coach.  However, he was automatically let go at the end of each term.

Baroz says that, over 22 years, he has taught in every grade level from fifth through 12th, in settings from urban to suburban to rural.

  • WrongAgain


  • Cranios

    Maybe the teacher has a job, but just isn’t working? In other words he may be a perfect model for Democrats.

  • Unbelievable

    When is this man ever going to play it straight with us?

    • Douglas Fletcher

      He’s a straight-out liar, how’s that?

      • Barry's CT. SSN 042-68-4425 FAILS 'E-VERIFY'

  • anita rohrborn

    All Obama does is lie.
    What a waste of time to
    listen to this pathological
    liar. What a fraud of a
    human being he is

  • Sensible

    The only way for republicans to lose this election is if their Presidential candidate chooses someone like Joe Biden as VP. There’s something wrong with Biden. Let’s hope he’s still on Obama’s ticket in November.

  • Td Torquemada

    “You lie.” Again

  • joe


  • Ellie Enlightened


  • JJ1970JJ

    Isn’t that just special… a teacher on federal tax payer money with a grant from the DOE. Teachers are supposed to be paid from the state level. Figures Obama would find a stooge on the Federal gravy train.

    • blackbear1

      Teachers are supposed to be paid by their school districts.

  • satch

    If it wasn’t so tragic for the Nation,the Obama Administration would make a great TV sit-com.

    • Jimbo

      Youre right. They should have used Barack as Michael Scott’s replacement in “The Office”!

  • JustAGuy

    Obama does this stuff way too often and nobody seems to care.

    Recently, Obama went to a bridge that’s not in disrepair to talk about crumbling bridges. And before that, Oama went to a business that shipped half it’s jobs to Costa Rica to talk about creating American jobs.

    King Barry has no clothes on, but most of the media is going out of it’s way to ignore tfact that he’s naked.

    • Judy Taylor

      Yes! He’s wearing no clothes and David Brooks was “a sap” for Obama because of the crease in Obama’s trousers. The entire lame-stream media is delusional.

    • Vicky Bevis

      It seems B.O.’s “people” need to vet things better. Thanks JustAGuy for the comment about the Emperor’s New Clothes-HE’S NAKED! ( Just realized how good a word “Emperor” is to describe his arrogant, talking-down-to people attitude that comes across. ) By the way, what little I caught of the speach has, by my count, 13 cases of dropping the “G” in his gerunds. Was he absent the day they taught that in 5th. grade, or is English an “elective” class in Indonesia?

      Are his toadies THAT inept, or do they just not care?

    • Vicky Bevis

      What amazes me is how his “people” never seem to verify his talking points. Thanks JustAGuy for pointing out the “no clothes” comment; I’ve been saying that for almost 4 yrs. now .

      Do they just not care, or are they THAT stupid?

    • mamasaid

      Didn’t he have a child whose Mother had died of breast cancer because they didn’t have insurance? And didn’t it turn out the woman was given every treatment available paid for by the state, but died anyway. That was during the push for health care. WHERE IS THE MEDIA???



    • Douglas Fletcher


  • Peter

    Wow! How did Bush, Chaney and Rove pull that off ! Man they are good! Our poor Barack was duped again!

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  • George Johnson

    There’s dozens of reasons NOT to pass “his bill” and no GOOD reasons to pass it.

    For starters, he is the president, he does NOT WRITE BILLS.
    NOTHING he is going to do, is going to create jobs. He’s had THREE years, and has only LOST jobs. Even after spending about FIVE TRILLION dollars. So why is another half a trillion going to do anything?
    The “bill” is just more of the same. Payback for his unions and slush funds for dimocrats.

    But you wait, the closer we get, and the more obvious it becomes they’re gonna lose big time, the worse it’s gonna get. They know about about to lose power, big time, and won’t be able to get anything for quite some time. The failure of liberalism is on full display. And to put a stop to it, they’re gonna get really bad. Wall Street is nothing. It’s going to get really bad, because they are NOT going to go quietly. They saw this as their last chance. And they BLEW IT. BIG TIME.

    • James - Longdrycreek Ranch - Texas Panhandle

      I agree. Obama gets angry with modest questions he does not like. And he has the personality of a vindictive person. When he loses the 2012 election unless he suspends the election, which I believe is likely, he will throw a series of temper tantrums that put the Nation at risk – foreign and domestic.
      When cornered in the Bunker in Berlin, and it was apparent Germany had lost the war, Hitler railed against the German military and citizens and said they were unworthy to live. He wanted to destroy everything.
      Underneath the smile, Obama has the same fragile mentality and thus is dangerous. I am not sure anyone in Washington is prepared to thwart him, because we believe the a change of administrations is done decently and in order.
      However, recall that when he won in 2008, he pulled out a sign – “Office of the President Elect/” That was a signal to me to watch this man as his ego is large and any rejection will be met with explosive behavior. Just watch. I hope the U.S. Military does not have to remove the Obamas from the White House or countermand an order to use nuclear weapons.

  • James - Longdrycreek Ranch - Texas Panhandle

    Obama has trouble with details. He has lied so long and so often before he became President it is impossible for him to remember the truth. He is a pathetic case. He must have lied his way from birth to now and finds truth to be a strange land.

  • lyingliar

    It’s mouth is open. It’s lying again.

  • For sure

    Let’s not forget that most union contracts require the school district to lay off based on seniority rather than on ability

    • NoMoreTeachun'

      Agreed. I have taught in 3 districts in the last ten years and at the beginning it’s always “we’re so glad you’re here” but after “tenure year” it’s “sorry, the position is just not in the budget,”……if you’re lucky enough to even get the courtesy of an explanation. The cronies win.

  • OuttaWork

    Hmmm. I’m a teacher and have been out of work for over 16 months. I sure have noticed your “help” Mr. President.

  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    How about addressing these issues Barry?

    Obama’s Original vault copy of Certificate of Live Birth in the USA: — Released 4.27.2011 raises as many questions as it answers.

    Certificate of Live Birth — Released – Proven Counterfeit – Obamacrimes.com

    Obama/Dunham marriage license — Not released

    Soetoro/Dunham marriage license — Not released

    Soetoro adoption records — Not released

    Fransiskus Assisi School School application — Released

    Punahou School records — Not released

    Selective Service Registration — Released – Proven Counterfeit

    Occidental College records — Not released

    Passport (Pakistan) — Not released

    Columbia College records — Not released

    Columbia thesis — Not released

    Harvard College records — Not released

    Harvard Law Review articles — None (maybe 1, Not Signed)

    Baptism certificate — None

    Medical records — Not released

    Illinois State Senate records — None (Locked up to prohibit public view)

    Illinois State Senate schedule — Lost (All other Illinois state senators’ records are intact)

    Law practice client list — Not released

    University of Chicago scholarly articles — None

    When you have your finger on the thermo-nuclear button we want to know everything about you.


  • yourunionrep

    If you are a teacher, you should have gotten yourself hired twenty years ago. Union says seniority is all that matters. You were just too stupid and got yourself hired too late. That’s why the government has to take care of you. You’re too stupid to play by our rules.

  • Denae Washington

    More Obama games. From Obama to Pelosi to Reid to Wasserman to Biden, this is the most divisive, dishonest, destructive and incompetent band of Democrats this nation has ever had to suffer through.

    2012 can’t come soon enough to rid this great nation of the staggering con man Obama and his merry band of Marxist buffoons.

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  • Jnfr

    “He’s got two decades of teaching experience. He’s got a master’s degree. He’s got an outstanding track record of helping his students…”

    When speaking about an English teacher, shouldn’t the President use proper English?

    • Smitty

      Not when you are a idiot.

  • shredz

    It sounds like Mr. Baroz is OVER-employed.

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