John Boyer stood in front of 3,000 students last night, asking President Barack Obama to visit his World Regions class and discuss foreign policy.
Boyer, a local celebrity and geography professor known as the Plaid Avenger, was filming a YouTube video to be immediately posted online in hopes that Obama would see it.
"This is impossible. We make the impossible possible here at Virginia Tech," prefaced Boyer before filming the clip.
"We want to personally invite you onto our campus and into this class to have a conversation about the often ignored yet vitally important issues facing America internationally, and also to get your vision of the United States in the globalized 21st century," said Boyer into the camera.
Boyer has used this tactic in the past to get Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez to bring their movie "The Way" to campus, as well as have a Skype chat with Burmese democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Boyer made it clear he was not looking for a campaign speech, and wanted Obama to come and speak to students in "a fireside chat" about issues of foreign policy.
"The world is of much more consequence than petty tax policy, I will always think that,” Boyer said. “In a fully globalized world, domestic issues still, quite frankly, take up 99.9 percent of everybody's time and debate.”
Sophomore Communications major Corrie Purvis was in the front row with an "I love Obama" sign for the event, and was eager to have the President come to Tech.
"I think it would definitely be a positive thing here for his campaign. Virginia is a big swing state and we're trying to get the college vote to come here," said Purvis.
However, not everyone in the crowd was so supportive of the President, such as Senior Marketing major Robert Smith.
"Personally I don’t support him, but I figure it would be really cool if he did come. He's the most powerful person on the planet and it would be really sweet to be in the same room as him. I honestly think (Boyer) can pull it off," Smith said.
The crowd was sporting various noise makers such as air horns and vuvuzelas, other items such as lamps, American flags and vacuum cleaners.
In addition to Obama, Boyer hopes to bring the Dalai Lama to Tech during his visit to Virginia, as well as have Aung San Suu Kyi come in person during her trip to Washington, D.C.