Mr Decreasing Popularity, is all dressed up with no place to go.
(NBC 29) –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.
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.[...]
One wonders, that if this was 2008, during the height of Obama’s popularity, if the situation would remain the same. Would UVA have jumped at the chance to host Obama, regardless of the cost?
UVA’s statement at link.