Supporters, protesters greet Obama in S.F.
"People in the Bay Area are very sensitive to the two critical issues right now - health care and Afghanistan - and they're unhappy on both fronts," said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink. "They want single-payer and they want an exit strategy."
"It would have been good for the president to hear from the Bay Area, and it would have helped to release his inner progressive," she said. "We know it's there somewhere. You just have to dig deep these days." Read more...
SF: GROUPS PLAN PROTESTS IN UNION SQUARE AHEAD OF OBAMA VISIT
The group Code Pink says it will
ask the president to commit to an exit strategy from Afghanistan. The
group plans an outdoor banner display in Union Square, while a Code
Pink member will try to deliver petitions to the president inside the
Obama Gets It Left and Right in San Francisco
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Belcher and his group of
demonstrators will include doctors, nurses and other health reform
activists. They want the federal government to allow state's to create
their own single-payer system, regardless of which health plan Congress
decides on. Belcher and his demonstrators will likely rub elbows
with members of the female activist group Code Pink, who never miss a
chance to protest. Known for their brazen ability to disrupt everything
from national speeches to Congressional meetings to recruiting centers,
they plan to unfurl a banner in Union Square. Their message to the
president: Develop an exit strategy from Afghanistan.
"Rather than continuing violence with a troop surge in Afghanistan and
continued drone attacks over Pakistan, Obama should promote real peace
in the region by furthering economic stability and justice," said the
group's national organizer Rae Abileah." read more...
President Obama Heading To San Francisco Today
Even though this is
liberal territory, demonstrators, including the group "Code Pink", say
they'll be there to greet the president and remind him of his campaign
"We will be reminding him of what we elected him to do, which is to
ensure that health care is a right for all in this country and to end
the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and do something about the
illegal occupation of Palestine." said Rae Abileah of Code Pink. read more...
Obama ducking Code Pink?
I'm sure some will say that this
just proves Obama's handlers won't allow anything to put him in a
situation where he always looks good, and others might say it's odd
that he won't sit down with a network that would actually challenge him
and now he can't even face the people who elected him. But what I'm
curious about is whether this is a double standard in that the left
didn't like the Joe Wilson outburst but now there's going to be
a Code Pink protester attempting to interrupt the president by handing
him a petition.