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. Chaz

    Shannon Shiflett March 10th, 2008 10:27 am ET

    "based on overwhelming evidence, rove should be in prison for treason. if you don't agree, then you must hate america and should leave."

    You ain't got a clue baby. Grow up!

    March 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. shaun

    Throw this monster in prison and lose the key.

    March 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Paul TX

    What a criminal! First of all, way to go crowd for showing him that he is unwelcome. For those of you supporting him, you should be tried for treason and war crimes along with Bush, Cheney, and Rove. You may want to be careful, your're out on a very short limb that's about to break and you will all come tumbling down to the ground.

    March 10, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. TheLeftNut

    Karl Rove's speech OR Baby Bush singing OR barbed-wire enima

    I'll take back door #3.

    March 10, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Randy - Denver

    Why were cameras only allowed at the beginning of the speech I wonder? Were these Rove plants? (just a joke folks do not construe that to mean I think they were in some vast right wing conspiracy)

    March 10, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. JF in San Antonio

    Karl Rove is a genius and all of these comments sound intellectually lazy. None of these responses are saying anything really except Karl Rove has that much influence on your opinions. I'm waiting for Obama to say something relevant instead of things that were relevant in the 90s and first three years after 2000. Yes We the war in Iraq...and Somalia, Iran, Korea, Venezuela, Peru, Spain, England, Philippines, Pakistan, Afghanistan,'s not just Iraq people. Iraq affects all those other countries and by running away from Iraq like Obama wants us to, we'll be majorly shorthanded to fight those other wars. If we run away from Iraq, I do believe more Americans will just won't be as obvious and transparent which is what the Dems have always liked to sell...comfort. I love the Bush Administration! Go Rove!

    March 10, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Travis from CO

    Rove and Lindbaugh could be twin brothers. They are both fat lazy disgusting excusses for humans.

    March 10, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Rovie

    Awesome!!! People like this are going to start getting their due in return. Times are chaning folks!!!!! Good job students for not letting this guy get off scott free!!! Love it.

    March 10, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Thorsten

    What does it say about someone who – when accused of being the worst person in the world – has to use Hitler, Stalin and Mao (who are all dead, by the way) as a comparison:
    Uhhh, I believe Hitler was a little worse than me...

    March 10, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Linda

    This is why Hillary's stuff won't fly now, either. These college kids and young people are getting involved and don't want to accept the *** that politics has been all these years.

    Those kids were smarter than he is. They can see right through him. Notice that young people at Obama's rallies don't act this way. Some even walked miles together just to vote.

    I'm proud that they are paying attention, even though some of the actions were rude. They pale in comparison to the cannibal that is Rove.

    March 10, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. LeftCoast Tim

    Bush's brain, huh. As it turns out...Bush is one of history's great dolt. I predict that when the history of this era is written, no one will want to be any where near Bush. The schrapnel will be devastating.

    March 10, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Bill

    They should have tripled his pay for having to listen to those uneducated punks who were like 9 during the first Gulf war. I'm sure if obama were on stage he'd be cheered for his coddling of terrorists.

    March 10, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Al in Dallas

    I was born and raised in Iowa and have had several reasons to be proud of it, but today is the icing on the cake. Hawkeyes, you rock!

    March 10, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. A Bag of Chips

    hmmmmmmm I thought this blog was about Karl Rove! I see a lot of stuff in here bashing Obama!! WOW!!!

    March 10, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. LeftCoast Tim

    Above we have one clown referring to Rove as a "brilliant strategist". Why, because he was able to trick the feeble-minded amongst us to vote for the village idiot.

    To quote the British publication of the Daily Mirror the day after the '04 election: "How can 59,054,087 people be so dumb?"

    I rest my case.

    March 10, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. HS

    In looking at the comments here, three things are obvious about today's colleges:
    1. They do not teach respect for opposing views – only their own.
    2. Thye do not teach spelling as is evicenced by these comments.
    3. They do not teach proper English and sentence structue as is evidenced by these comments.

    I fear for our country because of the likes of Rove but, I fear even more that these comments represent the future "leaders" of our country. God help us.

    March 10, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. TheLeftNut

    Rene, Lt Col USAF wrote:

    The medial should concentrate on the senator’s lack of experience but more importantly his lack of knowledge...

    Well put Coult...O'Reil...Limbau...Hanni.... I'm mean you.

    Bush/Cheney/Rove administration has scacrificed lives of the men and women of our military for ANOTHER country's consitiution and to babysit ANOTHER country's dysfunctional government in a "war" that was purposefully design as a 'barbed' invasion so that withdrawl is near impossible without catostrophic injury all in the name of maintaining the Millitary Industrial Complex.

    Look at the big picture before you start critizing Obama.

    Someone please follow the money.

    March 10, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Bonnie

    Last time I checked the UI has one of the finest medical schools in the world. It is a university; kinda rhymes with diversity and that is good. Where did Karl get his degree? Oh that's right he dropped out of college! Couldn't cut it. I would have loved to be in the crowd. The video should be showing on YouTube soon! Anyone interested in a movie party watching Karl sizzle in the UI Memorial Union???
    Bonnie in IOWA
    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Deborah

    The students were right to BOOOOOO!! ROVE

    ROVE is EVIL He just needs devil horns on his head and you'll see the perfect picture of a devil.

    He has no caring for the normal people in the world.

    GO away ROVE

    March 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. simon

    The university and any committee that participated in Rove's selection and payment of the forty thousand are the people these students should question. Rebuke and/or Ridicule isn't necessary; it's newsworthy.
    In fact, did they let their displeasure with this choice be known ahead of time?

    March 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Joseph Fafian

    If it weren't for the Bush administration defense of our country against terrorists and other enemies, these kids would not have the freedom to act rude and less than grown up.

    March 10, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |

    Get the money!! Yes all of the $40,000 Mr. Rove!!! Then get the hook. When the police arrive handcuff him and take him to jail. Any body
    know how to waterboard????????????

    Obama 2008 for Pres.
    Not V.P. to the dirty rotton scoundrals.

    March 10, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. yemiray

    Yes!! people like Rove who have no conscience deserve this.
    This is the politics of new generation on the way!!

    March 10, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Jeremy

    like to see any of you liberal brainwashed idiots do his job, you'd do worse

    March 10, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. TheLeftNut

    Edgar wrote:

    Are we all patriots of this nation or not!

    Dude, you are prime example why this country is in a bind.

    March 10, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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