Sunday, October 18, 2009


San Antonio resident Matthew Medina directs an anti-Obama protest outside of the Rudder Auditorium at Texas A&M University. Medina led the crowd in chants of "Tell the truth" and "Obama been lyin'."

President Barack Obama addresses Daily Point of Light recipients and civic leaders at Texas A&M on Friday. Obama joined with former President George H.W. Bush and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to promote the idea that community service is essential to fulfilling national priorities.

I left Austin for Texas A&M without press credentials for the Presidential forum on community service and returned with photographs of Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush, angry protesters and two plastic badges labeled MEDIA. With a little bit of chuztpah, patience and blind luck, Daily Texan reporter and close friend, Lena Price and I were given access to the venue by the same A&M press officer that told us driving down would be futile. I think she was impressed with our determination because the first thing she said after we introduced ourselves was, "You young people! What are we going to do with you! I'll see what I can do." She came back with two press passes and walked us into the press booth at the back of the auditorium.

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