University of Arizona College Republicans

Statement on UA Presents Inaugural Celebration

Posted in Uncategorized by uacr on January 16, 2009


Date:               January 16, 2009

Contact:           Ry Ellison, UACR President




TUCSON, ARIZONA – Unfortunately, a branch of the University of Arizona is once again engaging in inappropriate political activity.  This time, it is UA Presents who is sponsoring a special screening of President-Elect Obama’s Inauguration. 


The official invitation from UA Presents, which reads “WITNESS HISTORY… Experience this landmark event, live in high definition” is a clear endorsement of the election of Barack Obama.  We believe that it is completely unacceptable for an official entity of the University to blatantly use its resources to promote a particular political figure. 


Additionally, we believe that there is no precedent for UA Presents hosting an Inaugural celebration as we have found no evidence that they fêted President Bush in the same manner for either of his inaugurations.  We have little doubt that the same festivities would not have been planned if Senator John McCain, Arizona’s native son, had won the Presidency. 


Regrettably, this stunt is just the latest example of a university system that is hopelessly biased.  As we noted in a prior press release, the Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA) engaged in similar activity by lending their name to an Obama “Yes We Did!” Celebration Rally the week following the election.  Just as we called on ASUA to dissociate themselves from the partisan event, we call on UA Presents to do the same. 


It is time that the University, including all of its official entities, behave in a responsible manner that accurately represents the views of the student body they purport to serve.  UA Presents should remember that they exist to serve all students on campus, and should not neglect this responsibility in the name of promoting their favored political figure. 





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  1. T said, on January 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    To get right to the point, I believe the best way to restore the tarnished Republican/Conservative image is not to “play politics” the way Democrats and Liberals would. Though it may be true that official school sanctioned entities are biased and hold deeper agendas, I strongly feel it is wrong to attack them for what they are doing with the President Elect’s inauguration. (There are better ways to make sure these entities are not biased). As conservatives we must lead the way and show America that no matter what party the president comes from, we must respect them as our President, and the leader of the free world. We mustn’t fall into the bickering and finger pointing traps that caused Senator McCain to lose the election. Though we may not agree with the President Elect’s promised policies we still must voice our opinions in a mature and respectable manner. In short, instead of trying to show why its good to be anti-liberal, lets lead the way into the future by showing why it is good to be pro-conservative.

    PS- Let’s stop playing politics and get down to real business. Perhaps starting some sort of campaign to revitalize the conservative image would be in our best interests.

    “We are Patriots, above Conservatives, above Republicans.”

  2. E said, on January 19, 2009 at 8:05 am

    As a citizen of the United States, I will place my faith in the president until he has done something to tarnish his morale. I stood behind President Bush at his Inauguration, and I will stand by President Obama at his Inauguration. I believe that as a club, the College Republicans ought to focus their energy on other issues, rather than trying to spoil a historic moment in our history. I would like to see both sides come together and make an effort to support our president, once again, and become a country united once and for all. You are free to express your views, I just feel that there are more important ways of spending your time. These institutions provide students with another way to educate themselves about the historical process of electing a president. Furthermore, if you don’t want to watch the inauguration, then don’t attend the airing.

  3. uacr said, on January 19, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks to both of you for your comments. We were worried that it might come off as if we were trying to “spoil” Barack Obama’s Inauguration and that couldn’t be further from the truth.

    One thing we want to make clear—We are absolutely NOT, in any way, trying to attack or spoil Barack Obama’s inauguration. We again congratulate him on his win and wish him the very best as our President.

    This press release is directed towards UA Presents, an entity of the University, and therefore the state of Arizona, who is sponsoring a political event that would likely not have been presented if the other political party had won.

    What we are trying to do is highlight the latest example of what we see as a biased University system, which started with ASUA taking part in an Obama Celebration Rally the week after the election.

    We obviously don’t object to the screening of the inauguration, we object to who is screening it. The correct way for this event to take place would have been for a club, such as the Young Democrats, to have sponsored the event. You can bet that we would have been having an inaugural celebration if John McCain had won and we would expect and hope that our Democrat friends are doing the same.

    What we’re trying to do is expose the bias that exists this campus. Someone has got to do it, and if we don’t do it who will? Nobody!

    I actually just had an interview with the Daily Wildcat about the press release and I hope I tried to make it crystal clear that we’re not “protesting” the inauguration. So thanks for the comments… they were very helpful. I think I actually used the part about being pro-conservative and not anti-liberal that was talked about in one of the comments above.

    Thanks again for the comments. I think this dialogue will be good for the club.

  4. catholicstudent1 said, on January 20, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I think part of your point about this topic is that it has not happened in the past. Most people often do not know how to appropriately deal with new events. This make comparisons to Bush mute. However, there are many issues that will be coming down the pipeline thanks to Obama and the Daily Democrat here at the University.

  5. T said, on January 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Let’s put our brains together and formulate a plan to un-tarnish the republican name.

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