BREAKING: Obama to speak at Gaston tomorrow!

President Barack Obama will be speaking at Georgetown tomorrow, according to a broadcast e-mail that was just sent out. The speech will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Gaston Hall and the President will be discussing the economy.

Seats will be given out by lottery. Georgetown students, faculty and staff can register for the lottery until 3:00 p.m. today.

Update 11:04 a.m.: The registration site has become slow/inaccessible. I spoke to someone at the Office of Communications who said it’s probably due to high traffic, but that she’d give IT a heads up. She added that as long as you register before 3 today, you have an equal chance of getting picked. If problems persist you can contact them at 202-687-4328.

Update 12:07 p.m.: When you try to register, it now lists the quantity of tickets as “Sold Out,” making it impossible to register. I just spoke with Rachel Pugh at the Office of Communications and she said it is an error they are working on fixing and everyone should be able to register soon.

Update 1:55 p.m.: The University has switched the registration website over to Google spreadsheets and has extended the deadline by two hours, to 5 p.m. According the Office of Communications, the switch was prompted by problems with the EventBrite website.

Also, from TAPPED, the official announcement of the event:

“The President will discuss how each step his administration has taken to confront this economic crisis fits within his broader vision of how we move this economy from recession to recovery and ultimately to prosperity. He’ll also talk about the significant work that remains to be done to get the economy moving forward once again.”

Photo from flickr user jmtimages, used under Creative Commons.

19 Comments on “BREAKING: Obama to speak at Gaston tomorrow!

  1. Actually, according to the e-mail, he will deliver “speech on the economy,” though that really doesn’t say much either…

  2. Yeah, i missed that in my haste to post. Saw it on a second, less “OMFG!!! OBAMA!!” reading of the e-mail and the post is corrected now!

  3. Anyone else having a hell of a time getting the site to load? I’m guessing everyone and their mom is already registering.

  4. Just got off the phone with the Office of Communications and they said it’s probably slow due to high traffic, but that as long as you register before 3 today you’ll have an equal chance of getting tickets. She said she’d give the IT department a heads up and to let them know if people were still having problems later.

  5. I finally got it to load and now the thing is saying “Sold Out.” Since you can’t pick a quantity, it won’t let you move forward. The University should have though of a better way to do this…

  6. do you know why they always have all these speakers come to gaston when so many people want to see them? why not mcdonough? its not as aesthetically pleasing, but at least everyone could attend..

  7. miraculously, i was able to register, but i did so about 2 minutes after the email was sent out. it’s understandable that the site would be slow (i doubt its creators expected such heavy traffic), but it’s not acceptable that the event would say “sold out” during the lottery period.

    oh, georgetown.

  8. It’s a glitch and they fixed is. As of 12:30, the site is fixed.

  9. I just went to the site, and it still says “sold out.”

    Think they’ll run another lottery if this persists? The timing would be tough, but this just doesn’t seem fair.

  10. For those of you still getting “sold out” messages: try hitting refresh a few times, that seems to work.

  11. i just went on the site and, while it still says “sold out” even after i reloaded a few times, it says that there are 3 hours 43 minutes left in the lottery period. of course, the site has been messed up so it could be another glitch, but it’s possible they extended the period to make up for the lost time in which the site was not working.

  12. the registration form is now a google docs spreadsheet and should be working. also, the lottery will be open until 5pm.

  13. So, apparently some people are already planning a protest at the gates. Not Gtown people, but some people who are also offended by his upcoming appearance at ND and who don’t seem to be well informed Catholics. Anyway, does anyone know if there are any plans to contain this/ make sure people can get to class and what not?

  14. Why do you people choose to attend a so-called Catholic University of you do not embrace the Catholic Faith and ALL it’s teachings? Anna, what is a well-informed Catholic? I think your idea of one is severly warped. If you would like to meet some, go introduce yourself to some of those pro-lifers who will be protesting Obama’s appearance at a CATHOLIC University. It is a slap in the face to all PRACTICING, DEVOUT Catholics who fully embrace the Faith that JESUS CHRIST himself taught and handed down through the generations to all if us. If you do not want to attend a Catholic University, there are plenty more out there that are not. It is about time ALL CATHOLICS stand up for the TRUE CATHOLIC FAITH, not the watered-down version you all seem to prefer!

  15. Obama: There can only be one, ‘One’.

    Some people have argued that Obama does not want to use religion to further a political ideology. However, Obama did evoke the Sermon on the Mount, at this Georgetown appearance, to further his economic agenda. Although Obama failed to mention Jesus Christ by name for the Sermon on the Mount.

    “There is a parable at the end of the Sermon on the Mount that tells a story of two men…‘the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house…it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock,’” Obama said.

    “We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand,” he added. “We must build our house upon a rock.”

    The last statement is particularly ironic since building your house upon a ‘ROCK‘ means to build your house with Christ as the foundation. Obama decided to blot out the real foundation from the timeless parable.

    See the hi-res pictures:

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