Letter to the Editor

BY DI READER | DECEMBER 16, 2011 7:20 AM

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Disrespectful showing at Gingrich event

I got to listen to Newt Gingrich Wednesday. I was excited to see him, I happen to be a fan of his, but I was deeply disappointed in a few things.

First, the person who introduced the former speaker of the House, I believe she is the chairwoman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans, was chuckling as she did so. It sounded as though she was making a joke about the whole event and didn't believe a word she said. It reminded me of those "Saturday Night Live" skits in which the actors break down and laugh. It was an incredibly poor showing and showed a lack of maturity.

Quickly after that was another appalling display of disrespect, but nonetheless common these days. A woman behind me yelled, "Mike check," several times, which several other people quickly repeated. Then she pulled out her script and read it very loudly, interrupting Gingrich, who paused to listen. As these Occupy Wall Street people are known to do, they repeated every sentence she screamed. Is that the way to get your point across? Is that changing people's minds? I believe that when you can't engage people on a rational, thoughtful basis, you resort to yelling, showing a glaring lack of character.

The last disappointment was the very last question Gingrich answered from the audience. It was a man that I happened to recognize from an Occupy Iowa City event I visited a few weeks ago. He asked about a supposedly corrupt process by which Gingrich earned book sales. His last remark was, "You seem to have a Ph.D. in cheating on your wife."

Real class act.

I hope that, for the image of this terrific university and the people who live, work, and study here, next time the organizers and the organized will find it in themselves to just — show some respect.

Andrew Lorelli
UI law student

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