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President Obama, speaking in Warrensburg on the campus of the University of Central Missouri on July 24, 2013.

Photo: Jerry Schmidt, Show Me Progress

When President Obama spoke on the campus of the University of Central Missouri last week a few people didn’t get in:

‘Security Threat?’ College Republicans Denied Entry to Obama Speech


WARRENSBURG – 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.

Don’t you just love the Faux News Channel headline?

Uh, anyone who has ever attended a presidential or vice presidential event (ahem, we’re talking to you Faux News Channel) knows that there are periods before the arrival of the president and after the event when movement by individuals into and out of the venue is stopped. You know, for security reasons.

Sure enough, from the University of Central Missouri:

Statement from UCM Regarding Off-CampusWeb Story

An article that appeared on an online web site last week erroneously reported that students with tickets were turned away from President Barack Obama’s speech July 24 because of verbiage on their t-shirts. We are providing the following statement to provide accurate information, and encourage you to share these important details with others who may be interested. A link to a New York Daily News article also provides more information, including comments from a UCM student, who was an eyewitness to the alleged incident.  

Official UCM Statement Regarding Admittance to President Obama Appearance

The University of Central Missouri has thoroughly reviewed claims of individuals being inappropriately denied admission to President Barack Obama’s speech on campus July 24, 2013. These reports are unfounded. No one who presented a ticket was turned away prior to all doors being locked in accordance with Secret Service procedures. We have confirmed everyone who presented a ticket prior to that time was admitted.


From the New York Daily News:

Missouri college denies Republican students were turned away from Obama speech for wearing GOP-themed attire

The chairperson of the Young Republicans backed up the University of Central Missouri’s account, saying a group of protesters was simply too late for the event.


The chairperson of the UCM Young Republicans similarly refuted Scott’s account, telling the Daily News a group of young GOPers staged a protest before the speech and they were too late when they tried to enter the venue where Obama was speaking.

Kailea Bogner, the UCM College Republicans chairperson, added that it wasn’t just College Republicans who were turned away.


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If you’re late you don’t get in.

On the part of some, the republican cult of the victim. Such a display of planning and logistics excellence demands a promotion. Preferably to a republican presidential campaign.


President Obama will be visiting Warrensburg, Missouri next week (July 19, 2013)

President Obama in Warrensburg: lining up for tickets (July 22, 2013)

President Obama in Warrensburg: media preset (July 24, 2013)

President Obama in Warrensburg: photos (July 24, 2013)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): “He’s not in my party and I’ll spout if I want to.” (July 24, 2013)

Would you like fries with that? (July 24, 2013)

President Obama in Warrensburg: remarks (July 25, 2013)