Conservative pundit (and Cornell grad) Ann Coulter visited Yale University Tuesday and didn't mince words in bashing the president.
According to the Yale Daily News, Coulter provided her bountiful young audience with plenty of quips related to Obama and the Occupy Wall Street protests:
"Liberals love mobs because they see them as their path to power," she said, explaining her belief that the Occupy Wall Street protests were only the latest incarnation of a liberal political machine designed to inflame an ill-informed populace.
Mobs, however, were not Coulter's only target. Other critiques, each delivered with a joke on the side, targeted the Obama's economic, foreign and health care policies. One of Coulter's more pointed remarks targeted his attempts to raise taxes as the opposite of President Ronald Reagan's approach.
"It's like [Obama] took everything Reagan did right and did exactly the opposite," she said.
Coulter is no stranger to controversy on campus (who could forget the time she was warned to watch her mouth by Canada!). See some of her more talked-about college visits below.
Long before she began her lecture -- entitled “Ann Coulter and the 2008 Election: Why Liberals are Wrong about Everything” –- TCNJ students were distributing armbands and pamphlets in an attempt to combat Coulter’s presence on campus. One of Coulter’s more provocative moments came when she referred to white liberals as “a bunch of (p---ies) and declared that they’d prolonged slavery in America. TCNJ students, once referred to as some of the nation’s most apathetic by “The Princeton Review,” got riled up. Thirty minutes into her talk, about 40 students stood up, many wearing white armbands with Coulter’s name on them and an X drawn through it. They walked out roaring, “Gay, straight, black, white! Same struggle, same fight!” Despite the on-campus anger, Coulter still made $24,000 for her 40-minute long speech.
"I love to engage in repartee with people who are stupider than I am," Coulter told the crowd of more than 2,600 after some began to jeer at her and shouted, "You suck" and "I want my money back." Coulter ended up cutting her speech short, holding a question and answer session instead. Before she did, she called Bill Clinton an "executive buffoon" and said several crude remarks about gays. Outside, about 100 people protested her appearance. Bill O'Reilly later backed Coulter up, calling the students who chanted insults during her speech "far-left Nazis" who "should have been arrested for disturbing the peace."
When Coulter visited the university in April 2008, student groups -- including the Economics Association, Students Against Silence and the Promotion For a Non-Violent Peace Resolution -- convened outside the school's Vandament Arena for a "Truth Rally." The Economics Association sold black T-shirts that had Coulter's face with a line through it on them. During her speech, attendees left in groups in silent protest. Students also created a Facebook group called "NMU Students AGAINST Ann Coulter," which attracted 603 members in one week.
In the middle of answering a question about terrorism during a 2004 speech on the Tuscon campus, Coulter was attacked by two pie-throwing men. She gasped and asked Marines in the audience of 2,400 to find the assailants, both of whom were eventually arrested.
Coulter trashed Democrats to an audience of 230 in fall 2007 while 150 multi-faith students protested outside -- some holding signs that said "Thank you, Ann, for uniting Jews, Christians and Muslims." When a questioner asked Coulter if her brash style "muddled her message," she said no.
Coulter's fall 2009 speech at the school, during which she said women shouldn't have the right to vote, inspired a critique lecture by two professors on the power of rhetoric. The school's Young Democrats group protested outside the lecture, which allegedly cost the school $25,000
Prior to Coulter's May 2009 speech, the editorial board of the Columbia Spectator wrote an op-ed imploring students to be respectful of Coulter -- and comparing her visit to campus to that of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.