President Barack Obama to Deliver Speech at Gregory Gym Monday, Aug. 9

Aug. 5, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — President Barack Obama will deliver a speech on The University of Texas at Austin campus Monday, Aug. 9 about 2 p.m. in Gregory Gym. More information will be provided on this news page as it is made available.

The university will be providing a live stream of the speech here:

http://www.utexas.edu/know/2010/08/06/obama_gregory/
and
http://realaudio.cc.utexas.edu:8080/ramgen/redundant/obama080910.rm
and a captioned version here:
http://realaudio.cc.utexas.edu:8080/ramgen/redundant/obama080910cc.rm

Ticket information

This is an invitation only event. However, a limited number of tickets will be available to students at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7 at the Texas Union. A valid UT student ID card will be required. Deans and vice presidents have been provided a very limited number of tickets for faculty and staff.

ASL Interpreters are available for deaf and hearing impaired individuals upon request.

University of Texas at Austin student ticket information

There are a limited number of tickets designated for University of Texas at Austin students. All tickets to the speech are free on a first come, first served basis. The ticket limit is one ticket per person. Requests for advance tickets, group tickets, will call or mailed tickets will not be accepted.

Event: President Barack Obama Student Ticket Distribution
Date: Saturday, Aug. 7
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Texas Union Main Lobby Information Desk

In order to be eligible to receive a ticket, students must present a valid UT Austin student ID card. Students may only pick up a ticket for themselves. Only one ticket per student will be issued.

As early as 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6, a line will be allowed to form in front of the Union's exterior doors to the East Patio (area between the Union and the Flawn Academic Center).

Students choosing to stand in line should be prepared to be self-sufficient regarding food and water.

Ticket distribution sign-up

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Monday sign-up

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Location information

Gregory Gym will be closed Aug. 9 until 30 minutes after the conclusion of the event. Some Gregory Gym facilities will be unavailable Saturday through Tuesday to accommodate the event. For more information about facility closures and hours, visit the Division of Recreational Sports Web site.

Parking disruptions

General parking information for the event can be found on the Parking and Transportation Services Web site.

Beginning 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, parking on 21st Street from San Jacinto Boulevard to Speedway will be entirely closed to all traffic. All parking on San Jacinto Boulevard from Martin Luther King Boulevard to 21st Street will also be closed and unavailable for parking. San Jacinto Boulevard will remain open as a thoroughfare and all parking will be available north of 21st Street. This closure will affect parking for San Jacinto Boulevard between Martin Luther King Boulevard and 21st Street for the entire day.

All cars must be cleared from 21st Street between San Jacinto Boulevard and Speedway and San Jacinto Boulevard between Martin Luther King Boulevard and 21st Street by 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, or they will be subject to towing. All locations will reopen and parking will be available by Tuesday, Aug. 10.

There will be a temporary disruption of mainline and UT shuttle service starting Sunday, Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. through Monday, Aug. 9 at 10 p.m. UT shuttle and Capital Metro mainline routes and stops along 21st Street between San Jacinto Boulevard and Guadalupe Street will be affected.

For "A" permit holders: Beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8, 21st Street from San Jacinto Blvd. to Speedway will be entirely closed to all traffic for President Barack Obama’s visit.  All parking on San Jacinto Blvd. from MLK to 21st Street will be unavailable as well.  San Jacinto Blvd. will remain open as a thoroughfare and all parking north of 21st Street on San Jacinto Blvd. will be available. This closure will impact parking for "A" Permit holders on San Jacinto south of 21st Street from 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, until two hours after the completion of the event on Monday, Aug. 9.  All cars must be cleared from this area by 5 p.m. on Sunday or they will be subject to towing.  All locations will reopen and "A" permit parking will again be available by Tuesday, Aug. 10.

If any "A" permit holder is unable to find available parking during this disruption, you may park in the Trinity Garage (TRG), located on the corner of MLK and Trinity, at no charge.  You may validate your entry ticket for exiting at any time prior to 9 p.m. by taking your paper entry ticket and your UT ID to the centrally located office, inside the garage, for a no-charge exit validation.

An event ticket will be required for no charge parking in the Brazos Garage, located on the corner of MLK and Brazos Street.

More information will be distributed prior to the end of the business day Friday, Aug. 6.

39 Comments to "President Barack Obama to Deliver Speech at Gregory Gym Monday, Aug. 9"

1.  Collin Brodrick said on Aug. 5, 2010

Will the university be streaming the speech online?

2.  Beth said on Aug. 5, 2010

Does anyone know how much this costs and how high are the chances of students getting a ticket? Thanks.

3.  Chris Stockett said on Aug. 5, 2010

How much will tickets be for students who want to attend this event?

4.  Brenda Saxon said on Aug. 5, 2010

I would love to hear President Obama's remarks.

5.  megan taylor said on Aug. 5, 2010

Will student tickets cost money, or do we just need our UT ID? Also, can we get tickets for friends by bring their UT ID, or do they have to present it themselves?

6.  Naveen Pattisapu said on Aug. 5, 2010

Where in the Union may students acquire tickets?

7.  Dani Covelli said on Aug. 5, 2010

I am so happy our President is finally coming to Austin. I voted for him and I back him 100 percent. My worst fear of him not being voted into office was the demise of the middle class! He has a huge job and mess to clean up left over from the last figurehead of our country! I think he is the best thing that has ever happened to our country!

8.  M Shaikh said on Aug. 5, 2010

Can you please tell us whether there will there be an interactive session with the students?

9.  Tony said on Aug. 5, 2010

Does anyone know where we can view his speech online or on TV?

10.  Neil said on Aug. 6, 2010

He should have a staredown with Rick Perry at the Texas Capitol from the UT Tower.

11.  Kristen said on Aug. 6, 2010

It's not like he has any good news to share. Long live the comrade!

12.  Alvez said on Aug. 6, 2010

Does anyone know if you have to be enrolled in summer classes to go to this event?

13.  Billye Wheeler said on Aug. 6, 2010

Please, how can I get an invite to this? I would so much love to hear the President speak!

14.  Kyle Bouthilet said on Aug. 6, 2010

Maybe Mr. Obama will tell us students attending The University of Texas at Austin to drop out because redistributing the wealth of America is far easier than getting an education, a job and providing for yourself. This anti-capitalistic crook and his self-avowed communist advisers have a simple message: punish success in this country by taxing the wealthy and redistributing that wealth to people who will vote for democrats during the election. When is America going to wake up and realize that all these politicians want is a vote? They don't care about our country or doing what's best for their constituents. Political correctness and politicians with their "elitist" mindsets are going to ruin this country. God bless America.

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." Thomas Jefferson

15.  Barbara said on Aug. 6, 2010

For those of you asking...for events like this, the tickets are always free. The number of tickets...well, who knows? But I do wonder like the rest of the other commenters if this will be streamed online.

16.  Yvonne McDaniel said on Aug. 6, 2010

I'm a grad student at UT. I too, voted for President Obama. As did my husband, and both our college-age daughters! I agree, his administration does have a monumental mess of things to clean up from the previous administration! Where were the "Tea Partiers" when the previous administration was consuming the surplus amassed by the Clinton administration? Change can be painful! Even more so for the citizens who enjoyed GREAT PROFITS from our lack of regulations! I am excited about our president's visit, and HOPEFUL about the direction his administration is leading this nation!

17.  Sheri Parr said on Aug. 6, 2010

Will it be broadcast via the UT Web site?

18.  Aryelle Ford said on Aug. 6, 2010

My family has a campus tour scheduled for Aug. 9. Will prospective students be allowed to attend or purchase tickets?

19.  Melissa said on Aug. 6, 2010

Will this be aired on TV/online? I wish I was still at UT.

20.  J.D. said on Aug. 6, 2010

What time is the speech scheduled for? I haven't seen any time mentioned anywhere.

@Beth It's free, but I assume getting tickets will be difficult.
@Chris Again, tickets for students are free.
@Megan, Billye and anyone else who can't read, it says, "There are a limited number of tickets designated for University of Texas at Austin students. All tickets to the speech are FREE on a first come, first served basis. The ticket limit is one ticket per person. Requests for advance tickets, group tickets, will call or mailed tickets will not be accepted." Stop asking.

21.  Monica said on Aug. 6, 2010

Would it be possible to put loudspeakers outside of Gregory Gym during the speech and let people (or at least those people with a UT ID) come and listen?

22.  Joe said on Aug. 6, 2010

O-bots will be packing the campus...don't slip on the kool-aid!

23.  Thomas Just said on Aug. 6, 2010

Exactly how many tickets will be made available to students on a first come, first served basis?

24.  Doug said on Aug. 6, 2010

Is there a way to ask the President about when he plans to phase out the most intrusive and undemocratic portions of the Patriot Act? Also, is there a way to ask him to explain how his plan to shut down the prison at Gitmo is coming along? It would also be great if we could find a way for him to explain his position on getting Israel to give up their nuclear weapons.

25.  William Vaughan said on Aug. 6, 2010

I keep looking, but nowhere do I see mentioned the time of the speech - only the date. What time will he be speaking at Gregory?

26.  Michael Anthony said on Aug. 6, 2010

Obama Austin part III

27.  hinder weston said on Aug. 6, 2010

What time will the president speak?

28.  Annie said on Aug. 6, 2010

The time for the speech is at 2 p.m.

E-mail sent on Aug. 5 by President Powers stated: "President Barack Obama will deliver a speech on our campus on Monday, Aug. 9. We confirmed today that the event will take place at 2 p.m. in Gregory Gym."

29.  Lizzie said on Aug. 6, 2010

Are we allowed to bring dSLR camera with removable lenses?

30.  Meredith Whipple said on Aug. 6, 2010

Can I still get a ticket even if I am not currently registered for classes?

31.  Ashey Pena said on Aug. 6, 2010

How many tickets will be available to students on a first-come, first-serve basis? And are we allowed to bring a camera?

32.  Sammie said on Aug. 6, 2010

Is there any way ACC students can also attend?

33.  Lindsay said on Aug. 6, 2010

What about UT San Antonio students? :(

34.  Jake Leighton said on Aug. 7, 2010

If anyone could actually read a few books, no one would show up. But what are you gonna do? Have fun with your fairy tale, kids.

35.  Stephanie said on Aug. 7, 2010

Will the speech be shown on TV or online?

36.  H S said on Aug. 7, 2010

Doug (# 24) says asking Obama to close Gitmo. Isn't it ridiculous that the economic condition of the U.S. is in the doldrums and you're bringing in this nonsense matter in between.

As for Obama, he could do nothing else better than campaigning for himself and his colleagues' political ambitions. This commie is eating us!

37.  Zach said on Aug. 9, 2010

There is going to be a much much better live video feed of his speech on the White House Web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.

38.  Oliver said on Aug. 9, 2010

Time to visit with students but NO TIME to discuss the border crisis with Governor Perry. BHO is no president -- he is a community organizer!

39.  GEORGIA said on Aug. 10, 2010

I agree with Kyle. When will America wake up to what we have in Washington, not only our leader but the Democrats who are helping send our beautiful country down the river to other countries. Mr. Obama is supporting those nations to the tune of millions of dollars regularly and we do nothing. They are buying munitions with our money to use against us. Wake up, America! Don't be fooled by his talk.