A University of Nebraska-Lincoln associate professor was given a personal invitation to meet President Obama following a speech in Omaha Wednesday because of her staunch anti-gun activism.
The woman, Amanda Gailey, an English professor, is also the director of a group known as Nebraskans Against Gun Violence, according to her Facebook profile.
In addition to her anti-gun position, Gailey doesn’t appear to be much of a fan of law enforcement either.
In a public post on her Facebook page dated Dec. 28, 2015, less than a month before she met the president and the same day it was revealed that a Cleveland police officer would not face charges in the shooting death of Tamir Rice, Gailey unleashed a profanity-laced diatribe cursing the police, the National Rifle Association, prosecutors and others.
“F**k police officers who undertook a job that carries inherent risk but think any perceived threat to them whatsoever justifies instantaneous lethal force,” she wrote.
“F**k police officers who pull up as close as possible to an alleged threat so that they can execute the person as quickly as possible without assessing the situation first.”
That version of Gailey did not quite sound like the person who told the Lincoln Journal Star on Tuesday how excited she was to meet the president the following day.
“I think it’s just wonderful that Obama has made this a policy priority,” she told the Journal Star. “I hope that it results in bringing this issue to the forefront of the political conversation in our state as the legislative session begins.”
The Journal Star reported that Gailey was among 10 members of Nebraskans Against Gun Violence who received a personal invitation from the White House to attend the speech at the Baxter Arena, but Gailey was the only one of them asked to meet Obama himself.
She told the Journal Star Obama’s decision to expand the amount of gun vendors who have to conduct background checks was “really important mostly because they have put the issue forward as a major policy point.”
Perhaps the White House should have done a more thorough background check on the teacher it invited to meet the president.
As is known from how it vets immigrants, like the San Bernardino terrorist Tashfeen Malik, the administration isn’t big on checking social media profiles, but it might be a good idea to start making a point of it.
On Wednesday evening, I personally posted on the Facebook page of Nebraskans Against Gun Violence to ask if Gailey had made derogatory statements against the police, to which page administrators quickly replied “No.”
Minutes later I posted a screenshot of the comments and asked if the writer of those comments and the woman who met the president were not, in fact, one in the same.
Rather than reply, the page administrator’s deleted all of our correspondence, including the picture, and blocked me from the page.
BizPac Review reached out to Gailey as well via her Facebook page but have yet to hear back.