Blasphemers at the gate
President Bubble Boy almost got his bubble pricked in Denver:
President Bush’s spokesman says a diversity of views is welcomed at events across the country as the president builds support for his Social Security reforms, even as three people say they were singled out and removed from an event last week because of a bumper sticker.
During a news conference Tuesday, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the president hears different viewpoints on the news, and the events are meant to educate the American people about the problems facing Social Security.
“That’s what they’re designed for, to talk about the problems that we face and to talk about possible ideas for solving it,” McClellan said.
Internet technology worker Alex Young, 25; marketing coordinator Karen Bauer, 38; and lawyer Leslie Weise, 39, were approached by what they thought was a Secret Service agent and asked to leave the March 21 event at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum.
The three said they had obtained tickets through the office of Rep. Bob Beauprez, R-Colo., had passed through security and were preparing to take their seats.
Bauer said the agent put his hand on her elbow and steered her away from her seat and toward an exit.
Tom Mazur, a Washington-based spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, said an inquiry found none of the agents responsible for protecting the president were involved with the group’s removal. He said it didn’t appear any laws were broken because tickets were issued and a host committee has the right to remove people who might be disruptive.
Young said event officials told them the next day they were identified as belonging to the “No Blood for Oil” group. The three say they belong to no such group but the car they arrived in had a bumper sticker that read: “No More Blood for Oil.”
You know it’s all fun and games until someone like Dick Cheney sees a bumpersticker like that and next thing you know he’s clutching his chest and flopping on the ground like a landed trout…