An Ugly Incident at the American Political Science Association Meetings
Each year, on Labor Day Weekend, political scientists from across the country meet to present and discuss their research. At this year’s meeting, in Seattle, fellow Ricochet blogger John Yoo was a member of the panel, “The 150th Anniversary of Fort Sumter: Lessons for Presidential Power Today.” He presented his paper, “Rehabilitating Lincoln.”
At least that was his plan. Instead, a protestor disrupted his presentation. Eventually, security had to oust her from the event.
Below is the video.
John displayed an incredible sense of poise and humor. He began with a one-sentence thank-you to R. J. Pestritto for organizing the panel. Except he was disrupted before he could finish that sentence. Once security escorted the protestor from the room, Yoo continued his thank-you, “I’d like to thank R. J. for making me feel at home, arranging for part of my entourage from Berkeley to accompany me.”
I have sent a letter to the officers of APSA, asking them to condemn the disruption. Stay tuned.