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Photos: Protesters decry George W. Bush's "Global Service" award from DU

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"Oh, can't you see/This award shames our degrees/Brought a criminal to town/So we're marchin' all around."

This was one chant repeated by a group of students, professors, Occupy Denver leftovers and other activists Monday afternoon outside the Hyatt Regency. They were expressing dismay over the University of Denver's decision to present former president George W. Bush with a Global Service Award.

The award -- given to Bush at a private fundraising dinner by DU's Josef Korbel School of International Studies -- was first announced in July and was originally called the "Improving the Human Condition" award. But this honor was opposed by the majority of Korbel faculty members, who signed a letter asking that DU reconsider. Afterward, the name of the award was changed, but not the recipient.

Neither press nor protesters were allowed to attend yesterday's event. But afterward, DU released the following photo of the former president chatting with Korbel Dean Christopher Hill, who'd served as Bush's Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to South Korea and U.S. Ambassador to Poland....

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Courtesy of DU
...and noted that the event raised in excess of $670,000 earmarked for scholarships, plus faculty programs and research.

Prior to the gathering, however, a crowd gathered outside the Hyatt for a protest organized by the Colorado Student Power Alliance, with members using a megaphone to voice their complaints from behind a large anti-Bush banner.

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Some of the protesters at yesterday's event at the Hyatt.
The first to speak was law student Sara Fitouri. "We are here today because we don't believe George W. Bush committed a global service. We believe he has committed war crimes," she said.

This notion appeared to have been uniformly supported by those in attendance., some of whom expanded on Fitouri's statement to include a multitude of other alleged Bush crimes against humanity.

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Photo by Nick Petrak
One protestor didn't limit his ire to Bush, extending it to Barack Obama as well. "Really, all U.S. presidents are guilty of war crimes," he said. "The U.S. is built on slavery and genocide and exploitation and imperialism."

Terry Burnsed, affiliate professor of theater at Metropolitan State University, spoke with focus and determination when given his turn at the megaphone. "We must denounce imperialism and war crimes by the developed world against the deliberately underdeveloped world wherever they happen, whenever they happen," he said.

Burnsed added his hopes for what the demonstration might accomplish: "to alarm some of the public to the fact that war criminals are being lauded by our educational institutions, even as the same processes unleashed by those war criminals domestically are demolishing education, both K-12 and higher."

More from our Politics archive: "George W. Bush 'Global Service' award protest about DU values, organizer says."


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Chris Estus
Chris Estus

So was he wrong when he called Iran, N Korea and Iraq the axis of evil and the biggest problems in the world? Must have been a lucky guess by Bush.

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

"least coherent arguments" = Bush is a war criminal ??? While Obozo WANTS to START WWIII - A perfect example !!!

Sean Liebe
Sean Liebe

Why are they protesting an award that doesn't mean anything, when we're being forced into another war against another country that didn't attack us?

Mark Ball
Mark Ball

What was his service to the globe? Killing a fuckload of people in the middle east, many of our own, many my age? Yeah, fuck that guy, those were eight dark years.

Shawn Allbritten
Shawn Allbritten

Bush is a war criminal on a par with Hitler. We should be striking his name from any American history and not glorifying it. This makes me sick to my stomach.

Philo99
Philo99

At this point in time Bush has to feel like a complete failure after seeing what his successor has been able to do.


Bush had 2 measly wars and the "Patriot Act",

 But, Obama he took it to a new level. He had the war in Iraq, he sent more troops, spent more money and lost more lives in Afghanistan, he sent drones to Yemen, fighter jets to Libya and is about to bomb Syria with cruise missiles. He not only renewed the "Patriot" act but he also created an NSA surveillance program that spies on our own citizens, all while managing to keep Guantanomo open for 5 more years after promising the world he would close it.


Bush needed a few more wars if wanted to earn the Nobel Peace prize like his brother from another mother, B-Rock Obama.

Mary Manning Schumacher
Mary Manning Schumacher

You can always count on a 'conservative' to throw around the most insults and epithets and the least coherent arguments in the whole thread. A perfect example.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Why aren't Truman and Eisenhower criminals for Korea? 36,000 killed, 92,000 wounded and we're still there 60 years later.   

Charlie Whiskey
Charlie Whiskey

Daniel King the Fourth. Man, life's gotta be really awesome when you're so angry, huh? I bet it's super enjoyable.

Brandon Charles Haug
Brandon Charles Haug

If bush is a war criminal then so is Obama. No differentiation. No discussion.

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

Obozo WANTS to START WWIII & U STUPID LIBS are 'Mentally-Constipated' on George W. Bush - PROVING that YOU'RE ALL a BUNCH of FUCKING STUPID Dumbocrat IDIOTS - who PARROT whatever MoveOn.org TELLS U TO SAY & THINK !!!

Aaron Koenigseker
Aaron Koenigseker

Bush did many good things for the world (AIDS research and support for one), but good grief, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan alone should disqualify him for this particularly named award.

Merréll Barry O'Brian
Merréll Barry O'Brian

I'm straight down the middle. He was a patriotic idiot. Not a criminal. Not a good leader. He declared WAR on gays and lesbians as non-Americans on June 13, 2003. He is the great divider, and a bigot...however...I believe he loves God, loves America and meant only the best for this nation. That's as fair as I can be.

Harry
Harry

A bunch of people with very little to do.  You students didn't even hit puberty yet when Bush was in office, give me a break.

occupiedsole
occupiedsole

whats an occupy denver leftover?  is that like a 2 year old burrito that got left in the park?  occupy was the biggest chance this country had to actually change, any any writer that shits on that period should be ashamed of themselves.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Harry I know this might come as a shock to you, but there are law schools, business schools, medical schools, etc, with students older than the typical undergraduate population.

Philo99
Philo99

@occupiedsole  The people of occupy couldn't manage to change their underwear, yet the world. 


If you want to change the world you need to put down the drums, lay off the pipe and get off your ass. Nobody has changed the world by sitting down in a drum circle.

occupiedsole
occupiedsole

@BackOffImStarving @occupiedsole just cuz something "failed" doesn't mean it wasn't awesome.   (not that i think it was a failure, but  the fact that it was so easily smashed by state repression and infighting says more about america then occupy)

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