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Protesters To Celebrate Obama Inaugural

We almost missed this, buried as it was in the “Metro” section of the DNC’s Washington Post:

Activists protest across from inaugural offices. Some groups say they see an opportunity for change and thus don’t want to appear adversarial.

At Rallies, Giving ‘Please’ a Chance

Activists Weigh How to Push Message While Abandoning Adversarial Tacks

By Lori Aratani
Wednesday, January 14, 2009; B01

Code Pink, Arrest Bush, the Coalition for Peace and other liberal activist groups plan to jam the Mall and line the parade route on Inauguration Day. They will hoist banners, wave signs and call for action. It might look a lot like a protest rally. But don’t call it that.

"It’s not a protest; it’s a celebratory event," said Jose Rodriguez, a longtime activist who is coordinating an Arrest Bush demonstration in front of the FBI building Tuesday.

Their guy might have won, but after almost a decade of being on the opposite side of presidential decisions on the Iraq war, Supreme Court appointments and a host of other issues, progressive activists have a new problem: how to make demands without appearing adversarial.

"We don’t want to be seen as protesting against [Obama] so much as pushing him to fulfill his promises," said Medea Benjamin, founder of Code Pink. "It’s totally, totally different." …

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and other law enforcement officials said they don’t foresee any trouble but will deploy additional security to manage a crowd that many expect might number in the millions. Sal Lauro, chief of the U.S. Park Police, said that for the first time, 1,300 D.C. National Guard troops will be brought in to supplement other personnel…

"We don’t expect any kind of conflict [like] the protests we’ve had in the past," she said.

Progressive groups say their shoe-throwing and anti-Bush banners will be replaced by more "positive" slogans. Sonia Silbert, co-coordinator of the Washington Peace Center, said several groups are collaborating on a "Hope" project in which people will be invited to share their visions for the future. They’ll be able to fill in the blanks on signs and postcards that read, "President Obama I wish for _______."

"We want to have them think: ‘What do you want? What are you hopeful for?’ " Silbert said.

Even groups that oppose any form of government, including some anarchists, are taking a different approach to the new administration, Silbert said, coming to Washington to educate people rather than disrupt the day’s festivities.

Silbert said the goal is to create momentum but to be realistic: People are impatient for change, but they have to realize it might not come as quickly as they want.

"There are folks that remember when Clinton was elected," she said. "There was a lot of hope, but people became disillusioned. If Obama doesn’t follow through or isn’t able to follow through, that’s not a reason to give up hope."

One wonders how these professional protesters will be able to keep their funding with Mr. Obama and the Democrats now in total control of the levers of power.

Of course, as even the article suggests, they will still serve a purpose. To push things even further leftward.

So the paychecks and health benefits (just kidding) will continue.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Protesters To Celebrate Obama Inaugural”

  1. River says:

    The Left has painted itself into such an awful corner by making Bush and his presidency the focus of evil in the modern world. The office just isn’t a god-like position, and there are many limits on its power. These people are going to throw the biggest tantrum in history when the months and years go by without CHANGE, and GOOD FEELINGS, HEALTH CARE, and GOODIES.

    They’re going to be screaming, “BUT YOU PROMISED!” And they’ll be going, “WAAAAAAHHHH!!!!” while they sit around jobless and bored with a moribund economy shackled by taxes and regulations we’ve never seen before. And the IslamoNazis will keep at it, and the crypto-communists will be attacking the U.S., and the Euro-pacifists will be disappointed that the world will be getting even more tense than it is now.

    • Barbie says:

      I have to disagree – the leftists have no idea what they actually stand for so they’ve no awareness or idea of what will not be delivered. It’s all ‘feelings’ with them. They’ll never notice – it will never occur to them. They don’t mind sitting around jobless with a dying economy – taxes and regulations mean nothing to them as they are not affected (effected?). Plus, they LOVE the Islamo Fascists and will welcome them since they are not Christians. These are dangerous people who have no concept of value of this country. They’re in power now and they’re going to let it slip away without a moment’s regret or awareness.

  2. caligirl9 says:

    What irritates me the most about the messiah’s catchphrases “change” and “hope” is honestly, we don’t know what they mean. What exactly is the change we need? What are we hoping for?

    I am afraid that we just might get what the sheep were looking for, and that isn’t necessarily be change for the better of this nation. It will probably be good for the millions of able-bodied people who are looking to sit on their butts and wait for the check that’s in the mail, along with the government cheese.

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    Wow! Think of the savings! Anti-American protestors who come dressed for a stay at Gitmo. Why all we’d have to do is pull up, throw them in the back of a van. I bet you could have them processed at Gitmo by dinnertime.

  4. proreason says:

    “People are impatient for change”, check, “handouts”

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    What up with the jail threads? From the picture posted…..I see pissed off ACORN workers who didnt get paid but 2 packs of Kools and a 6 pak of Old English 300.

    They wanted “Change”…….and “Change” is what they got. A whole handful of change!!

  6. Barbie says:

    This is slightly off \discussion -I think there should be a website where conservatives can throw shoes at Code Pink people. If the site charged just a little (to go to a conservative group), I bet they could make some decent money. I’d LOVE to throw a shoe at all of them.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I’d throw a gunny sack over the whole lot of them. These hags haven’t a right to be seen in public. Olive Oyl is Miss America compared to these hens.

    • AmericanIPA says:

      I’ve got to keep my shoes. But I do have a pretty substantial stack of bricks behind my shed.

  7. Alice L. says:

    What a bunch of sickies! Wasn’t Cindy “I am so important” Sheehan supposed to run against Mommy Nancy in San Francisco?


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