March 11, 2008

U of Iowa students show their love for Turdblossom

When Rove tried to start speaking, jeers from the crowd immediately interrupted him.

Police escorted two people out after they attempted to perform a citizen’s arrest on Rove for his actions during the Bush administration. Some students didn't appreciate the crowd’s behavior.

"I think that no matter what your opinion of him is, it's important to hear him. You can tell people you heard him because he is important in history and will be in the textbooks," UI student Maria Tyson said.

At times, Rove had trouble saying more than a few words before someone shouted at him from the crowd.

"You got a chance to ask your questions later and make your stupid statements, let me make mine," Rove said.

Later, (when asked if he ever shed a tear about all the deaths in Iraq) Rove said he felt bad for all the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in Iraq.

"I shed a lot of tears and I have been inspired by many of the people who feel their son or daughter should not have to die in vain," Rove said.

Rove supporters stood and applauded him at times while the rest of the crowd booed.

"We study elections all of the time here, this is a man who has gone out and one [sic] it and been successful each time he's done it," UI student Greg Baker said.

Despite all the criticism from the crowd, Rove largely remained calm and simply sat silently until he could speak.

Near the end of the talk, someone shouted from the crowd, ‘Can we have our $40,000 back?’

Rove responded, “No, you can't.”

Rove only allowed journalists to videotape the first few minutes of his remarks. After that, the media had to turn off all cameras and tape recorders.


At 3/11/2008 8:30 PM, Anonymous nooncat said...

"...gone out and one it"? Tell KCRG he said "...gone out and won it." Not to worry about the U of I educational system - that phrase is an Iowa regionalism.

At 3/12/2008 2:06 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...



How can a misspelling be an "Iowa regionalism"???

And the misspelling appeared in a report on a television stations website, and so had nothing to do with the U of I.

At 3/12/2008 11:56 AM, Blogger tiz said...

Our lovely local media (I'm in IC and I think they suck) should have also mentioned that Greg Baker is the head of UI College Republicans and probably one of the handful of people there not to protest Rove. I understand the lecture committee wanting to bring in diverse viewpoints but I feel like we just spent $40K so people could yell at Rove. You'd think they could bring in a conservative who, you know, people might sit down and listen to.

That being said I wanted to ask him if he's going to repent for all the shit he's pulled the same way Atwater did. Couldn't make it though - probably just as well.

At 3/12/2008 3:45 PM, Blogger Craig said...

I may be a student at the University of Illinois in Springfield, but today I am a Hawkeye!

At 3/12/2008 4:05 PM, Blogger Tacky said...

Is it even worth responding to people like nooncat? Peace
I do think it is rude to interrupt vile persons like Rove.
Most Iowans are polite and respectful of others.
Incidentally, why is a NY official's sexual behavior the #1 story, when I thought the war in Iraq is. The worst day for our soldiers ( in months) was barely mentioned. The QC Times had less than three inches. The ARGUS has decided we are no longer interested in the war.

At 3/12/2008 7:46 PM, Anonymous nooncat said...

The regionalism isn't in the misspelling.

To say that you were victorious in some effort is to say that you "won 'em". If your team beats the other team, you don't say "we beat 'em," you say "we won 'em".

Obviously, in standard English, beat and won aren't synonymous. As I said, it's a regionalism.

At 3/12/2008 8:16 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...


"...this is a man who has gone out and one [sic] it and been successful each time he's done it." is a regionalism?

Sounds like standard english to me.

How else would you say that? "This is a mand who has gone out and beat it and has been ....." ?

Surely not.

The only thing I noticed was the obvious misspelling.

I've never heard anyone say "we won 'em" before, but I'll take your word on that.


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