i thought this was the most disgusting thing I’d read today…
It seems that the President spoke at Ohio State University’s graduation ceremony last week. There, the students responded to an announcer’s urging that the President be given a “thunderous” ovation.
The students were also admonished that any demonstration or heckling would result in expulsion and arrest. (It isn’t clear from the story whether the word expulsion refers to from the event or from the University, although someone who claims to have been there says in this post that the latter was the case.)
That’s bad enough, but here’s the real kicker: In 1996, President Clinton spoke at the same university. Clinton was heckled. He also had the presence of mind to respond to the hecklers. No pre-speech threats of expulsion or arrest then (however, the presence of security guards probably had a lot to do with the hecklers quieting down). The obvious double standard is disturbing.
(via the MegaTokyo forums, where some interesting discussion is going on)
// update //
Correction: According to Spinsanity, the original AP report I quote here is misleading. A later, revised story indicated that the urging for a "thunderous" ovation was on behalf of University President William Kirwan and not Bush. In addition, sources cited by Spinsanity cast doubt on the alleged firsthand account.
However, even the second version of the AP story reports the admonishment against protesting. While it seems no protestors were arrested, I think a case can still be made that students were threatened if they exercised their First Amendment rights.