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A confusing move by the Obama campaign, considering the crux of their plan to retain the Oval Office revolves around tricking everybody into believing that it’s still 2008. This guy was just trying to help them do that, and this is the thanks he gets?
A student was denied entry into a rally featuring First Lady Michelle Obama at the University of Florida on Wednesday because he was wearing a T-shirt supporting Republican John McCain’s 2008 campaign for the White House.
The student, Matt Pesek, said he had a ticket for the event but was pulled out of the line by an Obama staffer who said the speech was for supporters only, the Campus Reform website reports.
“I was waiting in line wearing a ‘Gators for McCain’ shirt when a guy comes up to me to just intimidate me,” Pesek told Campus Reform. He said the representative for the Obama campaign then “asks me for my ticket, saying… this is an event with only Obama supporters.”
Pesek said he even turned his shirt featuring the Arizona senator’s likeness inside out and assured the staffer he had no intentions of disturbing the event.
“I just kept explaining that I just want to see Obama,” added Pesek. “[I] said I would even applaud for her.”
At this point, the Dean of Students, Jen Day Shaw, approached Pesek and reportedly told him that the Obama officials “can refuse entry to whomever they want” because it was a “private event.”
A university spokesman appeared to corroborate part of Peskek’s story on Tuesday. He confirmed that the Obama campaign was given complete control of the event and the crowd.
It would be deliciously ironic if the first lady’s speech that day included a topic she often speaks out about: promoting tolerance for the views and expressions of others.