March 10th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Rove taunted at University of Iowa

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rove spoke at the University of Iowa Sunday."]

(CNN) - Former top Bush aide Karl Rove didn't get the friendliest of receptions at the University of Iowa Sunday, CNN affiliate KCRG reports.

Rove, who was paid $40,000 to speak at the University, was confronted with an at-times hostile crowd of 1,000, and was interrupted on several occasions.

At one point during the speech, Rove reportedly lashed out at some of the students, saying, "You got a chance to ask your questions later and make your stupid statements, let me make mine."

Police also were forced to remove two people after they tried to perform a citizen’s arrest on Rove for what they said were his crimes while a member of the Bush Administration.

At one point, a person asked Rove if he has ever shed a tear over the war in Iraq.

"I shed a lot of tears and I have been inspired by many of the people who feel their son or daughter should not have to die in vain," he replied.

Toward the end of the speech a member of the crowd yelled, "Can we have our $40,000 back?"

Rove replied, “No, you can't.”

Radio Iowa also reports one audience member told Rove that MSNBC's Keith Olbermann named him the "worst person ever."

"Ever?" Rove joked. "Yea, worse than Hitler, worse than Stalin, worse than Mao and worse than the person who introduced aluminum baseball bats."

Cameras were only allowed to film the beginning of the speech.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Karl Rove
soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. sg

    Show me one tear that you shed over Iraq, you liar.

    March 10, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Corey, Maryland

    So we have a terrible education system in this country and then we go and pay retards like Rove and the "president" of Iran thousands of dollars, instead of buying decent text books. That would only happen in America........

    Obama Richardson 08!!!

    March 10, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. vesper7272

    What I find hard to believe is that anyone would pay Rove forty thousand to speak! He isn't worth a dollar! He's an idiot just like his puppet president that he helped get elected.

    March 10, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. JBS

    Go Hawkeyes!!!!!! Rove is a liar and a national disgrace! Anyone who thinks otherwise is an ill-informed idiot.

    March 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Steph

    It's strange how the liberals constantly talk about being tolerant, being open-minded, and engaging in dialogue with those with whom we disagree instead of aggressively confronting them. Apparently, this philosphy only applies when they are listening to other liberals. Apparently, when a conservative speaks, we are free - no, even encouraged - to engage in disruptive behavior and spew out childish taunts instead of listening thoughtfully like civilized adults.

    March 10, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Ranger7

    We need to set up a deck of cards for Bush and all the masterjerks of the Iraq called war!!!! (actually a police action)..
    > Then try these jerks one by one .....for.. all ...of US to enjoy!!

    Disgusted US ARMY Vet!

    March 10, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Edgar

    So this is what the democratic party has become a fanatical left wing liberals! Shame to all of you and god help America if a liberal takes the White House!

    March 10, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Doug R.

    Rove should be arrested and imprisoned.

    March 10, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Christian

    Why is anyone surprised at how these students act, they're typical democrats...rude and ignorant!

    March 10, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Paul H

    RightyTighty is probably unintentionally comical. He/she/it denigrates the University of Iowa while using apostrophes in order to make words plural. Most people know the simple rules of spelling and punctuation well before junior high school. Perhaps RightyTighty grew up outside the state of Iowa, in a state very red in color.

    March 10, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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