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WashU students interrupt Obama at campaign event

Two Washington University in St. Louis students spent $250 apiece on tickets to an Obama campaign event Tuesday, intent on getting Obama’s attention over the Keystone XL Pipeline Project:

Senior Arielle Klagsbrun fell in love with Barack Obama in 2008 when she worked on his presidential campaign.

When she saw the man she voted for three years ago on Tuesday, she interrupted him during a pause in his speech to ask him to veto the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.

“He had been talking about our future, and that’s what vetoing Keystone XL is about: It’s about protecting not only the climate, but also our water sources and our agricultural fields and our indigenous land for the people that come after us,” Klagsbrun said.

[…] President Obama acknowledged their interruption after finishing his speech, noting the presence of environmentalists in the crowd.

This was probably not the reaction they were aiming for.

In July, the Wall Street Journal endorsed the proposal, a U.S.-Canadian oil pipeline awaiting U.S. regulatory approval, saying the project would create 100,000 jobs.

[Student Life]

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