What the hell happened on Tuesday? Everything was off. Students waited in line for almost an hour for the president, when their attention span usually matches the cooking time of ramen noodles. Secret Service was everywhere, and some people even got turned away from an FAU event they had tickets for. Then, there was a math professor who poured his heart out about how he hates the government and, as expected, the Republicans complained about Barack Obama. Here’s the rest of the weirdest, but funniest, stuff the UP noticed on the day the president came to campus.
- Students started to line up at 12:30, two and a half hours before the speech started, and within 15 minutes, the line was over a mile long.
- Students stood in line for about 50 minutes before going inside the Burrow.
- President Obama’s speech lasted for just 34 minutes.
- There were three cops at every metal detector, and there was a Secret Service officer posted at every other metal detector.
- Out of the 3,500 people who came to see the president, around 30 people protested against him.
- Only one professor protested against Obama: math professor Stephen V. Kizlik
- Roughly 50 ticket holders were turned away from The Burrow when it hit capacity.
- 3,500 people sat in the Burrow for 15 minutes after the speech ended.
What did you say?:
“If you’re not a member of the NRA [National Rifle Association], you’re not American” – Mickey Valentine (part of a Republican protest)
“The president is a communist. Obama is not welcomed at FAU.” – Jeff Arnolds, president of FAU College Republicans
“I’m here ‘cause I really wanna fist bump Obama.” – Anonymous student
“Like in Ghost Busters, ‘If someone asks if you’re a God, you say yes.’ If someone asks if you want to see the president of the United States, you say yes.” – Todd Walsh, tech support
What Professor Kizlik had to say:
“I would continue to abolish the Congress, and the Supreme Court, all of it, and we could try to all get along like brothers and sisters, like we were meant to.”
“[The government] keeps us divided to be conquered, but I don’t want to be conquered. I don’t want us to have to pay taxes to dumb people that literally say that the poor citizens were to be tortured.”
“So, you know, to me, I am no longer going to go to vote because I think it won’t make some large difference. I will not. I will not. I will not collaborate with the murder of innocent children.”