Obama Visit Organizers Ban Observers From Taking "Pens and Paper" Into Dobson High School

According to the East Valley Tribune this morning, President Obama's organizers gave the waiting crowd of visitors at Dobson High School a long list of items that were forbidden to take inside, including "pens and paper:"

A steady flow of people trickled in last night, and about 2 a.m. the crowds began showing up en masse.

At 7 a.m., an organizer began reciting the rules, which prohibited people from bringing in pens and paper, cameras with removable lenses and a long list of other items.

This announcement caused a parade of people to head back to their cars to unload their belongings.

Okay, pens -- that sort of makes sense. We've seen enough James Bond movies to know that a pen housing can double as a gun barrel. Pencils seem safer, though we have no doubt that someone like Les Shroud could fashion a first-class blowgun out of a sharp-pointed Number 2 and a jumbo straw.

But, c'mon -- paper?

Maybe the new President is worried about being attacked at the podium by a storm of little, white airplanes.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.