Anti-Obama Carnival Stirs More Controversy on A&M Campus

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

Just two days after creating quite a stir on the A&M campus, the Young Conservatives of Texas were back out at Rudder Plaza protesting presidential candidate Barack Obama's policies, with eggs in hand.

"This egg represents the nest egg that all Americans try and build and save so that they don't have to work their entire lives," a member of the Young Conservatives of Texas told a crowd.

One onlooker said, "It represents what?"

It's a debate that picked back up right where it left off on Wednesday.

"You have to agree to hold yourselves and conduct of your activities in a manner which reveals the greatest ideals of Texas A&M," a passerby said.

"I'm sorry, we are well within our rights to express our freedom of speech," Young Conservatives of Texas Chairman Tony Listi said in response.

The eggs were still out, the pictures still present, and tempers once again heated about an anti-Obama carnival. Despite the fact that this time around, the egg toss wasn't aimed at the candidate himself but at his policies.

"It's not showing they're in support of any candidate," Janie Kunnathusseril said. "It's showing they're only against a candidate."

Janie Kunnathusseril says she upset at how the event is portraying Texas A&M.
So she decides to take things into her own hands, as she grabs an egg and throws it at the ground rather than at the intended target.

Other protesters opted to heat things up a different way....

"I'm going to eat it," one man yelled.

Several students cooked up the eggs on a griddle instead of throwing them at Obama's policies.

Although organizers say they were hoping for, "civil conversation about what we're trying to achieve here today", the event wasn't all it was cracked up to be.

"I think it's quite obvious what those eggs are used for," a supporter of the carnival said. "What are you promoting? This is a university that promotes diversity," another student fired back.

The girl asks, "How are we not promoting diversity?"

"By throwing eggs at a presidential candidate," the student said.

Like it or not, the carnival did manage at least one thing: it got people to talk.

"What you want is Barack Obama to be in charge," one Aggie tells his peers. "With the support of Congress," another student adds. "Yeah, a liberal congress, so he can do whatever he wants," he retorts back.

University officials were on hand at the anti-Obama carnival to make sure things didn't get out of hand and that all rules were followed.


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