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Jackson reports: "We know why those protesters heckled President Obama yesterday in New Hampshire. After the president's speech, one of the hecklers handed Obama a note criticizing his 'silence' over the arrest of 'over 4,000 peaceful protesters' at Occupy Wall Street-type movements across the country."

An Occupy protester hands President Obama a note at a speech in New Hampshire, 11/22/11. (photo: Charles Dharapak/AP)
An Occupy protester hands President Obama a note at a speech in New Hampshire, 11/22/11. (photo: Charles Dharapak/AP)



Occupier Hands Note to Obama

By David Jackson, USA Today

23 November 11

 

Occupy Wall Street: Take the Bull by the Horns


 

e know why those protesters heckled President Obama yesterday in New Hampshire.

After the president's speech, one of the hecklers handed Obama a note criticizing his "silence" over the arrest of "over 4,000 peaceful protesters" at Occupy Wall Street-type movements across the country.

Thanks to Associated Press photographer Charles Dharapak, we can read the entire note:

"Mr. President: Over 4,000 peaceful protesters have been arrested. While bankers continue to destroy the American economy. You must stop the assault on our 1st amendment rights. Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out."

A group of protesters began yelling at Obama about those arrests at the start of his speech in Manchester, NH. The president's backers began countering with chants of "Fired up, ready to go!" and "Obama! Obama!"

"That's OK, that's OK," Obama told his supporters.

Turning to the protesters, Obama said, "Listen, I'm going to be talking about a whole range of things today."

"And I appreciate you guys making your point," he said. "Let me go ahead and make mine, all right?"

"And I'll listen to you - you listen to me. All right?"

The speech went on without further interruption - and Obama referred to the Occupy movement.

"A lot of the folks who have been down in New York and all across the country, in the Occupy movement, there is a profound sense of frustration," he said. "There is a profound sense of frustration about the fact that the essence of the American Dream - which is if you work hard, if you stick to it, that you can make it - feels like that's slipping away. And it's not the way things are supposed to be. Not here. Not in America."



(photo: Charles Dharapak/AP)

 

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+259 # pernsey 2011-11-23 11:58
I love it!! OWS is speaking out to the dems as well as to the repubs. Both need to exercise change, way to go OWS!

Just a note I noticed he didnt have the people removed, as the repubs do. He listened, and spoke some words about OWS that werent criticism or degrading to the people or the movement. Its a step in the right direction but we have a long way to go!

NEVER EVER VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!
 
 
+122 # cadan 2011-11-23 13:48
There is no doubt that President Obama is one smart guy.

And he has a lot of constraints.

But i believe he himself quoted FDR and said that we'd have to make him do the right thing.

And if we don't, or can't, then these pointless wars will go on forever, or, at least until we're so broken and bloodied that we cannot stand up any longer.

Hope nobody is planning on voting neocon. :)
 
 
+28 # MidwestTom 2011-11-23 14:37
We will need to send Obama more than $45 million to equal what Wall Street has already contributed to his re-election campaign.
 
 
+106 # Billy Bob 2011-11-23 16:10
Which is why we need to make ALL campaigns be 100% publicly financed.
 
 
-52 # chomper2 2011-11-23 14:53
NEVER EVER VOTE FOR IN INCUMBENT!!! Yes, we would lose a small number of good legislators that way, but not many. The vast majority in both parties are owned by the moneyed interests of the country and need to be replaced with persons who would be satisfied to serve their country for one term in an honorable and honest way.
 
 
+80 # jon 2011-11-23 16:25
Quoting chomper2:
NEVER EVER VOTE FOR IN INCUMBENT!!! Yes, we would lose a small number of good legislators that way, but not many. The vast majority in both parties are owned by the moneyed interests of the country and need to be replaced with persons who would be satisfied to serve their country for one term in an honorable and honest way.



The ONLY way we stand a chance is to get a rock-solid Democratic majority in Congress - PERIOD !!

To vote out a Dem for a Koch owned Republican prostitute is a lose-lose situation and would be running in circles - which is what the corporatists want.
 
 
+69 # Billy Bob 2011-11-23 16:43
Who do you think will replace the incumbents other than the "outsiders" with the most money?
 
 
+39 # michelle 2011-11-24 11:41
That sort of thinking would cost us great representatives like Bernie Sanders. Don't over generalize. Look at voting records before you decide.
 
 
0 # Magars 2011-11-24 18:13
Quoting chomper2:
NEVER EVER VOTE FOR IN INCUMBENT!!! Yes, we would lose a small number of good legislators that way, but not many. The vast majority in both parties are owned by the moneyed interests of the country and need to be replaced with persons who would be satisfied to serve their country for one term in an honorable and honest way.

I don't get, you have -30. So people don't believe congress is bought by corporation,so why OWS movement is fighting for? Answer: because the lack of honesty of people in Congress.
 
 
+4 # Virginia 2011-11-25 10:16
We need to pick and choose carefull y. Look to see if they have taken Wall Street money - hard to tell sometimes because their charities get the funds. It is time for some of the old timers to go. And politicians that have made money in office as a result of their power and inside knowledge need to be replaced. We need dedicated political leaders to the public - not their pocketbooks.

We lean moderate, compassionate, socially responsible and balanced which is neither the Republican or Democrat party platform these days. They are just 2 wings of the same agenda. We need balanced and responsible leadership - untied to Wall Street and willing  to disassemble the unsupervised printing press at the Federal Reserve.

We need leaders that are compelled and capable of controlling the industrial military complex - not wolves dressed in sheep's clothing.

And we need the 3 C's in each and every politician: Consideration, Compassion, and a Sense of Consequence.
 
 
-14 # tapelt 2011-11-23 15:24
Quoting pernsey:

NEVER EVER VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!


If he would realize that taxes on the wealthy are way too low, I would vote for Gary Johnson.
 
 
+112 # Barbara K 2011-11-23 13:07
Please, Mr. President, take a stand and support the 99%, you were once part of the 99%, don't squander and opportunity to show them that you care and that you (and we) appreciate what these people are doing for all of us. We have only you to count on, don't let us all down.

NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN !!
 
 
+41 # dorianb@fuse.net 2011-11-23 14:56
Barbara K,
The Protesters are not only "frustrated" with WS and the 1% which Obama is part of; these courageous young people (for the most part) recognize our political system has been broken by fraud, greed, an obscene amount of election money which depends on cowtowing to the 1% and empty promises to the 99% or OWS and a true intent to realistically challenge the status quo and do something to make life better for the protesters who are not only protesting for themselves but for the citizens abd constituents who have become unemployed and impoverished or wh close to impoverishment and feeling "hopelessness" that Obama or the Repugs will do anything to change this which would threaten their election campaigns based on getting the most money from those who have the most money which is the conundrom in our present system. Bernie Saunders is the only one out there who cares more about the needs and rights of the people than amassing power for personal gain and re-election and he has the courage to call attention to the rampant fraud, corruption and skewed priorities in both political parties. JFK, FDR,Truman, Bill Clinton and even Dwight Eisenhower had more political integrity and concern for the electorate than any politician running for POTUS today and that is what is behind OWS. Our system is broken and the youth in the US want to regain HOPE for their future and QOL.
 
 
+14 # Todd Williams 2011-11-24 05:15
I hate the word POTUS! It's like out of some cheap spy novel. Say "president."
 
 
+10 # Billy Bob 2011-11-24 08:41
It's a term used by people who can't bring themselves to admit that some actually is the President.

Pay attention to how often the AP actually refers to "The President" in a headline.

Now, check again the next time a repug is in the White House. A war of words has been going on for decades because political manipulators (and I'm not refering to dorian) know the real political battlefield is for people sub-conscious.
 
 
+9 # Cassandra2012 2011-11-25 15:05
Yes, and the war begins with the misuse (or rather misappropriatio n) of the word 'conservative'. What we have in reality are right wing RADICAL extremists pretending to be conservative. They are conserving nothing,
And then there is the use of the chomping-on-a-s traw-in-the-mou th "Democrat" for the adjective 'Democratic' party. And of course, the use of 'liberal' as some kind of dirty word....
 
 
+3 # Magars 2011-11-24 18:18
Quoting Barbara K:
Please, Mr. President, take a stand and support the 99%, you were once part of the 99%, don't squander and opportunity to show them that you care and that you (and we) appreciate what these people are doing for all of us. We have only you to count on, don't let us all down.

NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN !!

Please,Mr. President!? Read Obama's books and review his speeches,he promised much Moore than you are asking him for.Check the results,please
 
 
0 # Virginia 2011-11-25 10:29
Too late. Do you know how many homes have been lost, how many pensions were destroyed, how much money has been swindled and how many deaths are associated with this political railroad?! All while this President from the "Aloha" state sat there in SILENCE. He showed no compassion - he said "foreclosures are good for the economy" and he can't or won't stop Wall Street, in fact he pushing to sweep it under the rug by pressing the AGs to settle for pennies when TRILLION$ have been lost and millions have been damaged.

If there is an alternative in this party they would win. Even Biden understands the frauds Wall Street has committed and has called it a Ponzi scheme. If any leader should step aside and go look for his testicular fortitude - it's unquestionably Obama... So we can try to elect someone who represents the 99%.
 
 
+79 # Cactusman 2011-11-23 13:15
Although Dems are a bit more responsive than Pugs are to our concerns, they too need to be held accountable. I agree with pernsey above that this is a good thing, truth to power on all sides.
 
 
+91 # mark_proulx 2011-11-23 13:26
Quoting pernsey:
I love it!! OWS is speaking out to the dems as well as to the repubs. Both need to exercise change, way to go OWS!

Just a note I noticed he didnt have the people removed, as the repubs do. He listened, and spoke some words about OWS that werent criticism or degrading to the people or the movement. Its a step in the right direction but we have a long way to go!

NEVER EVER VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!


Good post. I agree that Obama showed a lot of class (and smarts) by not blowing off the hecklers.
 
 
-20 # dorianb@fuse.net 2011-11-23 15:59
Obama is too smart to act like a fascist Repug but note he offered no solutions nor was he willing to put his political campaign/electa bility on the line by stepping in a new direction. Obama cares as much about personal gain and power and glory associated with being POTUS as the Repugs. It is unfortunate he does not have the self-awareness to face up to his abject failure as POTUS or the chutzpah to ruffle any feathers. In essence, his priorities are ascewed. Being re-elected which is statistically less than 50% or is it 43% is still more important to Obama than the rights and needs of the people and those who voted him into office and who are now suffering and feeling hopeless since he took office. If he had real integrity he would step down and turn his support and campaign money over to a man like Bernie
Saunders who has real conviction abd courage and no personal political agenda like Bernie Saunders or to a woman with experience and the ability to encouter problems head on and who has a good chance of winning such as Hillary Clinton.
 
 
+17 # Billy Bob 2011-11-23 21:03
I gave you a thumbs down - NOT for your comments about Obama, but for your comment about Clinton.

Looking for ethics among these people shouldn't be a shell game. Clinton makes Obama seem honest and straightforward in comparison.
 
 
+11 # Todd Williams 2011-11-24 05:18
Obama cannot just step down and hand everything to Bernie. Biden would become President until the Dem convention. Furthermore, this would be a certain loss for the Dems in 2012. I'd bet my right hand on that one.
 
 
+17 # Bill Clements 2011-11-24 11:05
Obama has been a disappointment to many of us on any number of issues, no doubt. though calling him an "abject failure" is extreme as is your suggestion that he step down.

Yes, I agree with you about Bernie Sanders, but Hilary Clinton is a New Democrat, like her husband and like Obama. A presidency under Bernie would definitely look radically different than what we have under Obama, but one under Clinton would look pretty much like what we have under Obama. They're moderates.
 
 
+36 # fredboy 2011-11-23 13:30
And all that frustration is building a head of steam.
 
 
+93 # BobbyLip 2011-11-23 13:54
Back in the day when there was arguably such a thing as a liberal Republican I voted for John Lindsay for mayor of New York City. Now that all Repugs are stupid, batshit crazy, and/or just plain evil, I promise it will never happen again.
Never ever.
Promise.
Really.
 
 
+99 # Saberoff 2011-11-23 13:55
This exchange represents the civilized way to handle things. Those involved are to be commended. And, Great on the fellow that handed the note to BO!
 
 
+84 # g geneva 2011-11-23 13:57
friends don't let friends vote republican.
 
 
+80 # Jill of York 2011-11-23 14:12
Obama condemns the use of violence in Egypt while remaining mute here at home and allowing these types of actions to go on right here under his nose. By not speaking out against these atrocities, Obama, Bloomberg, Pisti Basile (UC Davis), Mayor Jean Quan (Oakland), whomever are complicit with these actions and like we said in the 60’s, “If you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem.”
 
 
+42 # DLT888 2011-11-23 14:26
Quoting Jill of York:
Obama condemns the use of violence in Egypt while remaining mute here at home and allowing these types of actions to go on right here under his nose. By not speaking out against these atrocities, Obama, Bloomberg, Pisti Basile (UC Davis), Mayor Jean Quan (Oakland), whomever are complicit with these actions and like we said in the 60’s, “If you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem.”


I've noticed, sadly, that Obama knows the right thing to say and says it --- but his actions are contradictory to what comes out of his mouth.
 
 
+56 # seeuingoa 2011-11-23 15:04
When the Constitutional Right to Protest
Peacefully is violated it is not any longer an internal state problem to be
tackled by the governor or mayor.

It is on the desk in the White House.

Obama was sworn in hand on the Bible
to up- hold the Constitution, and what
has he been saying until now?
Nothing, apart from when he was mic checked and he arrogantly was saying
"It´s OK It´s OK" as a father correcting
and excusing his naughty children.

Axelrod was saying in an interview
about Michelle Obama´s campaign activity
that "Her mission is to energize folks and give them encouragement to go out
and do the work"
What about energizing her husband and give him encouragement to go out and do the work he was elected to do?

and don´t forget that the
American Constitution begins with:

"WE THE 99%..."
 
 
+17 # jon 2011-11-23 16:27
Well said !!
 
 
+21 # krispykremeyum 2011-11-23 17:25
True. He's just as owned by Wall Street...and has these crooks as "Advisers"...ta lk about insult to injury. I'm placing my hopes on Elizabeth Warren in the future...but until then in 2016..we are so screwed.
 
 
+74 # Texas Aggie 2011-11-23 14:15
The thing that has bothered me for most of Pres. Obama's administration is that he was once a professor of Constitutional Law at U of Chicago. How does that fit in the way he has trampled on the human rights outlined in the Constitution? I'm referring to his support of the Patriot Act, his use of government secrets to cut short any legal proceedings against the government, his lack of comment on the 1st amendment right trespasses by the constabulary, and other situations. I'm not talking about the TP fascination with their version of the 10th amendment or their opposition to the Federal government regulating interstate trade.
 
 
+35 # NOMINAE 2011-11-23 17:47
Great Post, Aggie !

Yes, for this President, unlike his cognitively challenged predecessor,
there is simply zero % possibility that Obama "just doesn't *know* any better" !
 
 
+11 # futhark 2011-11-23 20:58
Barack Obama the "Constitutional Scholar" is a fraud, plain and simple. No one could make the claim of constitutional scholarship and stand in front of the original copies of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights at the National Archives and propose, in a speech that was nationally televised, a program of "indefinite detention" as Mr. Obama did. Don't support this kind of in-your-face hypocritical fascism just because the guy spouting it has a "D" after his name.
 
 
+34 # DLT888 2011-11-23 14:25
I don't know how many of you know about this but before Obama ran for President and was in the Senate, a bunch of people requested his audience because they wanted to speak with him about 9/11. They waited outside his office for hours and hours for him. They were quietly and politely waiting -- no chanting. Obama stayed in his office and would not come out but, instead, called the police and had them arrested. So if we expect Obama to stand up for our rights to free speech, I don't think we are going to have any luck. Just my hunch.
 
 
+24 # Timaloha 2011-11-23 14:48
Quoting DLT888:
I don't know how many of you know about this but before Obama ran for President and was in the Senate, a bunch of people requested his audience because they wanted to speak with him about 9/11. They waited outside his office for hours and hours for him. They were quietly and politely waiting -- no chanting. Obama stayed in his office and would not come out but, instead, called the police and had them arrested. So if we expect Obama to stand up for our rights to free speech, I don't think we are going to have any luck. Just my hunch.

How about you provide some proof of this. Sounds like something from a rightwing propaganda email.
 
 
+16 # Bodiotoo 2011-11-23 19:14
Proof please.
 
 
+13 # Billy Bob 2011-11-24 08:44
Yes please! Some proof would be nice.
 
 
+29 # jwb110 2011-11-23 14:34
Washington has become the sort of moral vacuum that no longer has an ethic against which to "come out in support of" any movement. They made their deal with the Financial Devil of the Banks.
OWS doesn't need the morally bankrupt Washingtonians on either side of the aisle. We are the 99% and we have each other and wether Washington and the Financial Sector have noticed or not, we have them bu the short hairs.
 
 
+48 # lcarrier 2011-11-23 14:39
One employment of the bully pulpit to tell the enablers of the police brutality to "knock it off," and it would stop. Don't mince words, Mr. President, tell the corporate elite that you're drawing the line in the sand.
 
 
+48 # Billy Bob 2011-11-23 14:44
I'd like someone to hand him another note saying simply:

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.

I wonder when the secret service and DHS will be outlawing pieces of paper as potential weapons of "terrorism".
 
 
+26 # Billy Bob 2011-11-23 16:12
Maybe we could also send him a note saying:

WE'RE PAYING ATTENTION. WHERE ARE YOUR LOYALTIES?
 
 
+14 # Capn Canard 2011-11-23 14:59
There, now was that so damn difficult? Rove, Bachmann, and Paul could learn a lesson here and the Occupy protesters got what they wanted. Very easy
 
 
-4 # futhark 2011-11-23 21:04
Why are you lumping Ron Paul in with arch neocons Bachmann and Karl Rove? Ron Paul has spoken out repeatedly against the PATRIOT Act and against all aspects of the imperialistic American overseas adventures. Dr. Paul shames Nobel Peace laureate Obama in his battle against the MIC and against the surveillance state.

Sinclair Lewis warned us in "It Can't Happen Here" that "“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.” I would add that it could also have a "D" after the name of the politician promoting it.
 
 
+7 # Cassandra2012 2011-11-25 15:11
Ron Paul's attitude towards women is medieval at best. His personal and/or religious beliefs do not trump women's individual rights to their own bodies or other people's beliefs on abortion, birth control etc.
 
 
+20 # giraffee2012 2011-11-23 15:22
You gotta believe that President Obama is no fool. First, the "right" (ala FAUX and others) have accused the President is "in with" the OWS - in a negative manner. The President does "NOT" have the POWER (as President) to actually act "FOR THE OWS" -- but he's been standing for their "cause" as far as he "can"

And he has criticized the Banks, the CULT of Norquist, and others who are taking our Democracy down. But he does not CONTROL the Congress nor the Supremes and through each and both of these bodies of our government "changes get made in law" etc.
If you want a GOPer in the W.H. then keep on asking the President to do what "he cannot" - and criticize him for what you want.
I'm with BarbaraK - NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN.
With a Dem Congress + W.H. + a liberal to replace Gingsberg in the next few years = we (the OWS of the USA 99%) will prevail.

The police who have acted like military subduing terrorists are mostly FUNDED by the Koch brothers (etc)-- the first protest of the OWS in NY (Brooklyn Bridge) was funded by a check from Koch to the N.Y. Police department who hired "mercenaries"

The 2010 decision by the Supremes to give "person hood" to big$ to buy our government has nailed the 2012 election to the one with the most $$. President Obama needs some money from the BIG$$
 
 
+8 # dorianb@fuse.net 2011-11-23 16:01
He doesn't need more money, he needs more character.
 
 
+12 # Todd Williams 2011-11-24 05:28
A voice of reason is Giraffee. You nailed it my long necked friend! I am so sick of folks shredding Obama. The dude is doing the very best he can in the face of TP lies, right wing media BS, obstructionist Congress, a stupid Supreme named Thomas and racist pigs like the NASCAR fans who dissed Michelle and Jill. And that is only the tip of the iceberg. Then he has to contend with turncoat fake Dems who want to abandon him before the election. My God, will some of you people cut this dude some slack? I'd like to see some of you do a better job.
 
 
+17 # seeuingoa 2011-11-23 16:01
Honestly!

Please Mister " COOL " how come you
are not angry as Hell, screaming and shouting when the Constitutional Rights
to Demonstrate Peacefully is violated
right in front of your eyes?

And if it is not your style, you should make it yours!
 
 
-20 # sig 2011-11-23 18:45
Is this indeed the presidents hand? Why was this picture taken of it if it is?
If it is his hand, then what is one to make of the fact that his thumb nail has some dirt under it?
I don't mean to be anything but curious. I don't mean to suggest that the president of the US has to have a impeccable manicure but at the same time I try to make sure my finger nails are clean. So I just don't know what to make of this picture---forge t all the other stuff this is more basic a question. I am serious this does have an impact as to how seriously we are to take the preceding comments.
 
 
+5 # Billy Bob 2011-11-23 19:29
How seriously should we take your comment?
 
 
+5 # Ken Hall 2011-11-23 19:49
It need not be the president's hand, the foto could have been taken before the note was handed to the pres.
 
 
-1 # Byronator 2011-11-23 21:07
Guess again and try to think harder -- this was definitely not Obama's hand, the photo was taken before the note was presented to the President. So get a grip or, maybe, just come off it.
 
 
-1 # pernsey 2011-11-24 07:23
Quoting sig:
Is this indeed the presidents hand? Why was this picture taken of it if it is?
If it is his hand, then what is one to make of the fact that his thumb nail has some dirt under it?
I don't mean to be anything but curious. I don't mean to suggest that the president of the US has to have a impeccable manicure but at the same time I try to make sure my finger nails are clean. So I just don't know what to make of this picture---forget all the other stuff this is more basic a question. I am serious this does have an impact as to how seriously we are to take the preceding comments.


Not that we should be talking about fingernails, but if you look at the first picture the second is just a close up of that picture so yes its the presidents hand.
 
 
+12 # pwortman 2011-11-23 19:17
I'm still waiting for anyONE of the political class--Dem or Repub--to offer any support for OWS. Their silence has been deafening. Of course, they are all so addicted to the $ from the 1% for the coming $6 billion campaign in 2012 that their fear overcomes any sense of compassion and integrity. Until the the BIG $$ is removed from politics we'll be subservient to the 1% and their Supreme Court enablers. We probably need a Constitutional amendment to require public financing of all political campaigns. Don't forget Obama was the first Dem who opted out of public funds.
 
 
+16 # Peach14 2011-11-23 21:40
I really thought we had a chance with Obama. I worked very hard to get him elected but the last three years have made it more than obvious that we MUST GET RID OF PRIVATELY FUNDED CAMPAIGNS!!!
Maybe then people like our president could actually live up to their campaign promises!!
For now what we can do is prove to those who are now in power that the 99% is a force to be reckonded with. If we vote as a block in every precint in this country all the money in the world won't buy our democracy!!!
 
 
+8 # JJS 2011-11-25 07:46
I think we did have a chance with Obama, but the "schellacking" given to Obama at the mid-terms, as well as the delay in getting Al Franken into office and other deflective methods of the right wing machine, thwarted any progress Obama could make. It is amazing that the Affordable Healthcare Act was passed at all. Unfortunately, it had to be watered down terrribly. It should have gone through with single payer, but the deck was stacked against Pelosi, et al.
 
 
+22 # unitedwestand 2011-11-23 23:27
It should be no surprise to anyone that the OWS protestors target
ALL politicians. The point, from what I've personally have observed going to my local OWS in Los Angeles, is that they are non-partisan and may I add, peaceful.

I'm very proud of each and everyone in the movement as I believe they are brave patriots who are sick and tired of all the partisan obstructionism.

Personally, I hold one party more responsible than another, but lets be real, since our system is broken, all in power can be held accountable.

Today, I was called and asked to contribute to my party, I answered that the party needs to realize that we cannot continue to spend the enormous amounts of money on elections and that I would prefer that the party worked on reducing the money needed for elections.

GET THE MONEY OUT OF ELECTIONS. Problem solved.n
 
 
+9 # Bill Clements 2011-11-24 11:12
I think it's great that this guy was able to deliver a note to Obama. Can you imagine that happening with Bush? And his criticism of Obama is right on. It's another opportunity to show some leadership and he fails to take advantage of it. By remaining silent, people can only wonder and imagine the worst: that he is complicit in a national strategy to ratchet up the pressure (aka violence) on the OWS movements across the country.
 
 
+5 # Magars 2011-11-24 16:19
When I see situations like this one, I'm convinced that we have problems with our short memory.Politici ans know how to play games during election times. Of course Obama had to say something after he was given the note! TV cameras were there,something had to be done in front of them.Ah by the way,when Obama was in Coral Gables, Florida,he had removed from the theater,those student that were demanding changes and policy of wars. America is facing serious financial,polit ical and moral problems. Wars,interventi ons censorship,,att ack to civil liberties and you think that three words are a sign of any change ? How about all the news that we daily read on RSN about the big mess in the country and the lack of action by Obama Administration. Did you read what his close friend did in Chicago as a mayor with the budget?! Did you paid attention to Senator Bernie Sanders ? How can we forget all that ?
 
 
+6 # Linda 2011-11-25 07:15
Todd Williams, while I can agree with most of what you said I would ask you to please not lump all NASCAR fans together under the same redneck ,neo-con/Tea Party banner ! There are a good deal of us who are not rednecks ,Neo-cons or Tea Party and were embarrassed by those idiots who booed the First lady and the VP's wife Jill .
There is nothing that says you have to be a Republican to like racing or to be a race car driver . I am a Liberal and my son is a race car driver and he is a Democrat !

As far as comments on Obama I think that giraffee2012 understands more than most here that the President does not make the laws Congress ,the Senate and the Supreme Court does .If he doesn't have the support in both houses he will not get any laws he wants passed !
Having said that I do wish he would be more verbal in his support of OWS and I wish he would stop the police violence if that is in his realm to do .
I support those who said NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN ! In 2016 I will have Elizabeth Warrens back if she choses to run for President !
 
 
+10 # bobert1041 2011-11-25 11:57
President Obama has not been able to accomplish what he campaigned on. Who is at fault? Congress is at fault.....both parties. The RepubliCONS want Obama to fail no matter the consequences. When you hear the minority leader in the Senate (turtle-face McConnell) declare that their goal was to make Obama a one term president, what does that tell you? The RepubliCONS do not give a s##t about the American people and economy.
The Democrats have been complicit and spineless.
That being said anyone from the middle class who votes for ANY RepubliCON for ANY office is either brain-dead or not paying attention.
If you think things are bad now wait until the RepubliCONS get complete control of the Federal gov't. Then you will see what their goal is: A complete regression to the 1920's and 30's.
I believe this with all my heart. If you want to continue to see at least incremental improvement in the conditions for the middle class then VOTE and VOTE DEMOCRATIC!!!!!
 
 
+1 # BishopAndrew 2011-11-26 20:01
This is the president whose Dept. of Homeland Security coordinated the attack on the encampments nationwide and infiltrated various Occupy events. I would not trust him as far I can spit! We know what the Rethugs want which is a return to Hoover's America or maybe Polk's but apparently the Dems are little better!
 

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