Skip to comments.UVA Declines Obama Campaign Request
Posted on 08/25/2012 9:36:50 PM PDT by jb729
A University of Virginia spokeswoman says President Barack Obama will not be at the university when he comes to Charlottesville on Wednesday. In a statement released Friday, it was confirmed that the university declined the president's request to speak at UVA.
UVA says the Obama campaign requested the use of one of two outdoor venues - the Amphitheater or the Harrison-Small Library plaza. The university declined the request for a number of reasons including class cancellations, which UVA estimates could be more than 186 classes on the second day of school. The other main reason is they would have to take on the full cost of security, and because of university policy and their federal and state tax exempt status, they would have to offer the same opportunity to the other candidate so as not to show favor for either candidate.
Virginia's top Democrat is playing down the snub. While stopping in Albemarle County, Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran told NBC29, "We're proud that he's coming. We're very excited that he's coming to Charlottesville, regardless of where in Charlottesville. Charlottesville is known for the University of Virginia, so I don't think that's going to be missed on anyone."
Other than the denied request from the university, questions still remain about the where and when of the event.
The Albemarle County Democratic Party blocked off 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on their website's calendar for Obama's visit, but there is still a lot of speculation and uncertainty.
UVA spokesperson Carol Wood confirmed President Obama will not be speaking at the university. Meanwhile, other information coming in Friday is narrowing down the details.
According to the UVA Communications Office earlier on Friday, they offered up John Paul Jones Arena, but were told it "was not academic enough" by the Obama for America campaign.
Meanwhile, Albemarle County Police Chief Steve Sellers says they know of a "proposed" location, but can't say where because of Secret Service restrictions. It could be the nTelos Wireless Pavilion.
nTelos Wireless Pavilion General Manager Kirby Hutto tells NBC29 they've been asked to save the date, but nothing's been confirmed. Regardless of where or when it is, the Obama campaign office says it's ready.
Charlottesville Democratic Co-chair Jim Nix said, "Virginia is one of the battleground states and we're quite excited that Charlottesville is considered one of the more important destinations in Virginia, a place that will play a big role in electing the next president, so we're very excited about it and looking forward to it."
Nix says there's no confirmed time or date for selling tickets for the event, but it's possible that the time will be set for Sunday at noon, if everything is in place by then.
The full details about the president's visit are expected to be released no later than this weekend. We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
I’m sending them a check for their music department tomorrow.
Anyone have their address?
“According to the UVA Communications Office earlier on Friday, they offered up John Paul Jones Arena, but were told it “was not academic enough” by the Obama for America campaign.”
The canal behind the university would be academic enough for POSUS.
Interesting. Does anyone know if that happens often? I don’t think I have ever heard of a school turning down a Presidential visit.
Not real familiar with the intricacies of the War of Northern Aggression, but perhaps Charlottesville is a hill too far...
Partied there many years ago.
Heh. It was a serious question, though. I just can’t recall if it’s ever happened before. Rule of thumb for colleges is to freak out and cancel classes so they can all adore at the feet of THE ONE. Giver of Federal Grants and Liberal Wisdom.
Academia is bound to treat him sympathetically because he is the true embodiment of themselves. Narcissistic, resentful, superior, and often dead flat wrong about anything.
Unless this was a Conservative college, and how many of those are out there?
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