The University of Virginia has turned down President Barack Obama’s request to speak on campus next week. UVA cited security costs and the potential disruption to their first week of classes for their decision.
FOX News reported that the Obama campaign wanted to use one of two outdoor venues – the school’s Amphitheater or the Harrison-Small Library plaza when the president visits Charlottesville, Va. this Wednesday. But UVA officials said that more than 186 classes would had to have been cancelled during the first week of the fall 2012 semester.
Virginia's top Democrat is playing down the snub.
Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran stated that “we're proud that he's coming. We're very excited that he's coming to Charlottesville, regardless of where in Charlottesville.”