Ten college Republicans were denied entry to President Obama's speech at a Missouri college because they were told they were a "security threat."
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.
The students had waited in a long line and under the hot sun to wind their way to the front of the line two hours in advance of Obama's scheduled 5:30 p.m. remarks. Still, they were rejected.
"It just didn't make any sense," Scott told The Fix. "A lot of us traveled several hours to watch the speech. We were very disappointed not to be able to attend."
The small group of College Republicans were confused as to why such extreme security precautions were directed at them - but not at the 2,500 other audience members who were granted admission to the event, Scott said.
The speech, the start of Obama's national tour to tout his latest plan to revive the sluggish national economy, drew a crowd to the university's recreation center, creating a crowded, stuffy and stifling environment, some observers said.
No doubt the security guards were just following guidelines issued by the Department of Homeland Security. We all know that wearing a tea party T-shirt is indicative of terrorists so it just stands to reason that the Secret Service would keep tea party supporters away from the venue.
Besides, we wouldn't want to ruin those glorious visuals of all those worshiping Obamabots paying homage to their leader.
Meanwhile, Nathan Harden of NRO has some advice for those kids the next time they want to attend an Obama speech:
I'd like to offer a helpful tip to all College Republicans who hope to attend an Obama speech in the future: Odds of admission improve if you wear a Che Guevara t-shirt, an "I Heart Kim Jong Un" campaign button, and/or a ballcap displaying the slogan "Obama Girl" prominently above the brim.