President Barack Obama was mic checked today in New Hampshire, by protesters urging him to defend our 1st Amendment rights to protest and police brutality! Our media isn’t reporting his FULL response, but I think it is is important to know his full response, and WHAT the protesters were saying. Please share! (short video of mic check)
From CBS- “A group of protesters seemingly affiliated with the “Occupy” movement interrupted President Obama’s speech in Manchester, New Hampshire on Tuesday, engaging in a call-and-response protest for about 20 seconds before being drowned out by Mr. Obama’s supporters.
"Mic check!" yelled a voice from the crowd as Mr. Obama was giving a speech calling on Congress to pass and extend a payroll tax cut. Other protesters repeated "mic check," in the style of the Occupy protests, as Mr. Obama halted his speech and looked out into the crowd.
"Mr. President, over 4,000 peaceful protesters," the lead protester began, his words then repeated by the other protesters. They then made reference to those protesters being arrested, though their words became difficult to hear.
At this point those in the crowd began booing and chanting “Fired up, ready to go,” prompting Mr. Obama to say, “no, no, no, it’s ok. It’s ok.”
“All right, OK guys,” he continued, trying to calm the crowd as supporters started chanting “Obama” over the protesters.
“I’m going to be talking about a whole range of things today, and I appreciate you guys making your point, let me go ahead and make mine,” he said. “All right? And I’ll listen to you, you listen to me." The comment prompted applause from the audience.
He went on to reference the movement twice more in his remarks.
“A lot of the folks who’ve been down in New York and all across the country in the ‘Occupy’ movement, there is a profound sense of frustration, there’s a profound sense of frustration about the fact that the essence of the American dream, which is that if you work hard, if you stick to it that you can make it, feels like that’s slipping away,” said the president. “And that’s not the way things are supposed to be, not here, not in America. This is a place where your hard work and your responsibility’s supposed to pay off, it’s supposed to be a big, compassionate country where everybody who works hard should have a chance to get ahead, not just the person who owns the factory, but then men and women who work on the factory floor."
The protesters handed out their full message on paper to the assembled press.
"Mr. President, over 4000 peaceful protesters have been arrested while bankers continue to destroy the American economy," it said. "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."
I am happy this exchange happened. I’m not saying the fight is over, or that I have full faith in his re-election. But I think it is IMPORTANT for everyone in the Occupy movement to know exactly what the exchange was, not just the biased media version.
Please reblog to spread word. Peace~~~
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the World: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
John F. Kennedy — who was assassinated 48 years ago today. RIP.
Here is an interview from OWS. A Vietnam Vet, who happens to be a heroin junkie, enters asking for help. It’s just another example of how our government operates. The suicide, homelessness and drug rates among vets are staggering. There is also a very sad rate of vets not getting medical treatment they so desperately need. We do not need War. We are all ONE Human race, ONE planet. War is ALL about profit. Please research the Military-Industrial-Complex. Peace~~~~~~
Must remember this at all times~~~
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