Woman In Black Burka Kicked Out Of Obama Campaign Event
RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — A woman dressed in a black burka was removed during President Obama’s inaugural re-election campaign stop at Virginia Commonwealth University Saturday.
According to a White House pool report, photographers observed the woman being escorted out of the gym by Richmond police and other security officials. The woman appeared to be wearing dark clothing and U.S. military pins and was carrying a book. She cooperated with police, according to the report.
CBSDC obtained video of the incident from VCU journalism instructor Vivian Medina-Messner. In the video, you can hear the woman shouting while being escorted out of the building by police.
VCU Police Chief John Venuti told CBS 6 WTVR that the Secret Service is now investigating the incident.
On Saturday, the president opened his bid for a second term in two states critical to victory in November. He flew to Richmond from a similar rally in Columbus, Ohio, on the Ohio State University campus.
Like Ohio, the Richmond crowd was largely a young one, college and high school students and Boy Scouts. It was the same demographic that formed the core of Obama’s well-organized army of volunteers that delivered Virginia for him four years ago.