Crowds at Missouri football game boo during National Guard ceremony

Sunday, November 3, 2013 | 7:18 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The mention of the U.S. president elicited booing during a halftime ceremony at the Missouri-Tennessee game.

During halftime, new members of the Missouri National Guard were being sworn in on the field of Memorial Stadium, said team spokesman Chad Moller.

Part of the oath the service members took reads, "I will obey the orders of the president of the United States." During a pause after that line was read, members of the crowd could clearly be heard booing and jeering, said LeMari Porter, an MU student present at the game.

MU student Julia Bosley was sitting in the general admission section on the hill during the game. She said she thinks the man standing behind her, who appeared to be a Missouri fan was the first to boo.

"He started booing, and then it just sort of spread around the stadium," Bosley said. "I was sitting with my boyfriend's family, and we all just turned around and looked at him in disbelief."

Bosley said no one said anything to stop the man, and several people nearby joined in.

Some people said they found the display inappropriate.

Tennessee native Madi Kirk was sitting in the visitors section and heard booing from all sides of the stadium. 

"I felt like it was a very serious time and for good reason," Kirk said. "I thought the booing was disrespectful and that it was the wrong time for it."

MU sophomore Jacob Bogage echoed that sentiment.

"I can't even imagine what that ceremony means to someone and having that as a memory is unconscionable," Bogage said. 

Moller said he did not hear any of the reported booing and could not comment on it because he'd spent halftime in the locker room.

This is not the first time mid-Missouri has publicly expressed its distaste for President Barack Obama.

This booing at the mention of the president comes less than three months after a rodeo clown in Sedalia mockingly donned a mask of Barack Obama's face at the Missouri State Fair.

However, presidential booing has been known to cross the political aisle. Former President George W. Bush was booed at a Washington Nationals game as he walked out to throw the first pitch in 2008.

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Michael Williams November 3, 2013 | 11:06 p.m.

"Former President George W. Bush was booed at a Washington Nationals game as he walked out to throw the first pitch in 2008."

So what? In this case, it's obviously racist.

(Sarcasm button off)

(Nonetheless, the booing was tacky)

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Ellis Smith November 4, 2013 | 6:42 a.m.


If, in fact, the booing began with a single person, perhaps that person had imbibed in too much boo-ze. :)

Odd, when I voluntarily joined the United States armed services in the 1950s we pledged to uphold the United States Constitution.

An oath to obey any specific federal official would be something I wouldn't want to see: far too reminiscent of the German National SOCIALIST* era, when all military officers were required to swear a personal oath to obey Hitler.

*-Damn, Michael, there goes that "Caps Lock" key, sticking again. :)

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Corey Parks November 4, 2013 | 10:34 a.m.

Ellis it appears that it changed a bit after you did it.
"I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God." (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).
I swore in in 2002 and again in 2006 and did not remember the President part until this story. I always had my focus on the Constitution.

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Ellis Smith November 4, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.

@ Corey:

Thanks. I do not recall certain parts of the oath you quote. I do recall something about adhering to the UCMJ, which would make total sense, because there are provisions in the UCMJ that are markedly different from those of other federal civil and criminal law.

If the previous oath had no mention of any specific federal official (President, Secretary of Defense, etc.) I for one find the change deeply disturbing. Our service people should only be sworn to defend the Constitution.

On the other hand, there seem to be those who if given ANY chance would willfully and happily gut our Constitution.

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