Republicans barred from Obama speech

Barack Obama, 2004:

There is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America.

Barack Obama, 2007:

I don’t want to pit red America against blue America. I want to be the President of the United States of America.

Barack Obama, 2008:

We are not a collection of red states and blue states. We are the United States of America.

That was when he was seeking office. Today, if you’re a Republican, Obama doesn’t care about you. You can’t even attend his speech:

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.

ASIDE: It should go without saying that the security justification was just a pretext.  If the Secret Service can’t protect the president from a few College Republicans, he can’t be giving public speeches.

This isn’t just disgusting, it’s illegal. As Glenn Reynolds points out, discriminating based on political affiliation at a public university is a violation of the First Amendment. They ought to sue.

UPDATE: The Secret Service claims that they were turned away because the venue was full.

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