President Obama denies College Republicans the same respect he gave the Muslim Brotherhood four years ago in Cairo.
Last week the College Fix reported that a group of College Republicans were turned away from from a speech that President Obama was giving on their campus, despite the fact that they had purchased tickets. (h/t InstaPundit)
Ten College Republicans were dubbed a security threat and refused admittance to President Barack Obama’s speech at the University of Central Missouri on Wednesday.
Despite the fact that the students had tickets to the event, security personnel turned them away at the door to the recreation center where Obama gave a speech on economic policy, telling the group it wasn’t about their politics but the president’s safety, State Treasurer of the College Republicans Courtney Scott told The College Fix.
The students, some of whom donned Tea Party T-Shirts and others who wore patriotic or Republican-inspired clothing, had protested the president earlier in the day on campus, but had put away their signs and said they were ready to simply listen to Obama when security shut them down – and even told them to leave the vicinity and stay several hundred yards away from the rec center.
Four years ago, President Obama went to speak in Cairo. Though it couldn’t have pleased his host, former Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak, he insisted on certain guests attending his speech.
A sign that the Obama administration is willing to publicly challenge Egypt’s commitment to parliamentary democracy: various Middle Eastern news sources report that the administration insisted that at least 10 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s chief opposition party, be allowed to attend his speech in Cairo on Thursday. The brotherhood is a Salafist/ Islamist party with branches in many countries, and it does not have a reputation for liberalism and has supported violent campaigns against Israel (and Egypt’s own government).
The President supported a group of Islamists who supported democracy only until they were elected; perhaps emboldening them to later impose their will on Egypt beyond the bounds of their mandate. But Americans who accept the same premises of democracy as the President but differ in how to govern, were dismissed out of hand.
Do you recall how the Washington Post described candidate Obama prior to his first election?
He is deliberate but not indecisive; eloquent but a master of substance and detail; preternaturally confident but eager to hear opposing points of view.
What happened in Missouri is just one more example of how false that description was. Obama is not at all eager to hear what the opposition has to say.