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Obama risks egg-throwing in trip to Texas A&M

Barack Obama campaigning in Texas in 2008
Texas is not Obama country. In fact Barack Obama lost the Lone Star State to Republican John McCain by a not-even-close 55-43 margin.

But today the president makes his first trip to Texas since winning the White House, accepting the invitation of former President George H.W. Bush -- otherwise known as Bush 41 -- to join him at Texas A&M University to celebrate volunteerism.

And conservatives on the Aggie campus are planning to protest, a wide-ranging complaint about everything from Obama's healthcare plan to his recently announced Nobel Peace Prize. As one put it on meetup, "The opportunity to make sure Obama gets a very clear TEXAS-SIZED MESSAGE to stop the liberal assault on our country cannot be passed up."

Worried the protests might get out of hand, Bush 41 wrote an open letter to "the A&M Family," on Wednesday that began with “Howdy” and concluded, “I cannot wait for Obama to experience the open, decent and welcoming Aggie spirit for himself. This will be an important national moment, and a moment for Texas A&M to shine in the national spotlight as it always does. I hope and believe it will serve as a point of Aggie pride for many years to come.”

Does the first Bush have cause for worry? Well, you be the judge. Last fall the school's Young Conservatives held an anti-Obama event on campus, encouraging students to throw eggs at a picture of the presidential candidate and participate in a "socialist on a stick" Obama ring-toss.

-- Johanna Neuman

Photo: Candidate Barack Obama at a 2007 campaign rally in Austin, Texas. Credit: Ben Sklar / Getty Images

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I hope Obama will give these lousey punks exactly what Cheney, the Bush's or Saint Raygoon or Nixon would've given them, chain gang for 20 years.

I hope Obama will give these lousey punks exactly what Cheney, the Bush's or Saint Raygoon or Nixon would've given them, chain gang for 20 years.

For the LA Times to represent Texas A&M like this is shameful. I worked the event, and President Obama was treated with nothing but respect.

Just because everybody at A&M is not a typical liberal college student, that means we're going to throw eggs at the man? Please. Disappointing, but not surprising considering the LA Times' reputation for "fairness."

You should be ashamed.

Conservatism stands for Pro Life, God, freedom and a strong military, can someone please tell me what the Liberals stand for?

Texas. It's a whole 'nother country.

You PBHO haters do know the world is watching and listening, don't you? Daddy Bush is a wise old man because he realizes that, and invited PBHO to Texas mainly for that reason. Daddy Bush's message to the world, "I am not a racist like the majority of these white Americans. I actually support, admire and agree with President Obama because he's a decent good-hearted man who loves America as much I do."

 
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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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