The Poisoned Ink Well

Friday, May 21, 2004

Presidential visit memorable event for Baton Rouge

By BRETT staff
From a report by WBRZ's Tammi Arender and Summer Jackson

"The motorcade, we knew it was coming because all the emergency vehicles came and they had a Secret Service guy up there," said Terry Dicarlo, who caught a glimpse of the president's motorcade. "And in the second limo was President Bush, and he was just smiling and waving. It was real exciting."

But not everyone on hand was excited to have President Bush at graduation. Some protested his presence by spray painting the words, "Bush is a killer and a coward. And 800 soldiers dead for what?" on the sidewalk next to Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

While some on campus protested his presence, the president received a strong send-off before leaving the city via the Baton Rouge airport. A crowd of 300 supporters gathered to see Bush before he boarded Air Force One.