November 1, 2004
Pawlenty Was Wrong!
The Presidential Election is drawing near (thankfully--let's just GET IT OVER WITH!), and Minnesota's swing state status means that the candidates come through almost daily.
This weekend, Bush was in town to rev up his base at the Xcel Energy Center. Naturally, Tim Pawlenty was there to support his party. While Pawlenty spoke, he held up the U of M flag--a gold M against a maroon background--and, to show his support for the President, he turned it upside down to so that it was a big W. He waved it proudly to the crowd, suggesting that the U of M supports Bush.
I didn't know the university endorsed Bush?! Last I knew, the university was not affiliated with a party, and considering how much the Republicans have cut funding for higher education, I'm quite honestly SHOCKED to think that the university would support Bush.
I hope that the university administration voiced concern over Pawlenty's actions. I hope that I'm not the only one who is outraged. And, above all, I hope this all doesn't matter in a few days anyway, when Bush is voted out of office!
Posted by chri1010 at November 1, 2004 10:15 AM
Wow, I hadn't heard about that. That's horrifying.
And for Pawlenty of all people to do that ... ! He's no friend of the University, even if it is his alma mater. Appalling.
Posted by: Stacie at November 1, 2004 11:19 AM
What the heck was he thinking? I don't get it. I mean, was he trying to be clever or something? Yes, an M upside-down is a W - I learned that in kindergarten...another place that's underfunded.
Posted by: Philip at November 1, 2004 7:25 PM
Were you at the rally? I haven't been able to find any more information about Pawlenty's antics, but I am very interested in knowing more so I can write my letters of outrage...
Posted by: Danielle at November 2, 2004 1:35 PM
I wasn't at the rally, but they showed the footage on local television. That's how I heard about it. The clip was pretty long, and it actually showed Pawlenty turning the flag upside down.
At least MN remained a blue state...
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