I have to say, I’m pretty upset that President Obama tried to speak before the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and was so rudely treated, all at the instigation of the Romney campaign.
Mitt Romney made a campaign appearance yesterday at a charter school in inner-city Philadelphia, but he received a hostile reception on the streets nearby, the Washington Post reports:
Residents, some of them organized by Obama’s campaign, stood on their porches and gathered at a sidewalk corner to shout angrily at Romney. Some held signs saying, “We are the 99%.” One man’s placard trumpeted an often-referenced Romney gaffe: “I am not concerned about the very poor.”
Madaline G. Dunn, 78, who said she has lived here for 50 years and volunteers at the school, said she is “personally offended” that Romney would visit her neighborhood.
“It’s not appreciated here,” she said. “It is absolutely denigrating for him to come in here and speak his garbage.”
Mayor Michael Nutter addressed the protesters. “You want to have an urban experience?” the mayor said. “You want to have a West Philly experience? Then come out here and talk to somebody in West Philly.” Inside the school, Romney was doing just that.
Offended that he would come?
“ORGANIZED BY OBAMA’S CAMPAIGN”???
The protests are fine, democracy in action. That they would need to be prompted and paid for by the Obama machine is a different, distinctly repulsive, story. James Taranto comments:
And the hostile tone of the Obama-organized protesters is reminiscent of the false media caricature of the Tea Party. Imagine if an Obama opponent showed up outside one of his campaign appearances and told a reporter: “It is absolutely denigrating for him to come in here and speak his garbage.” The civility police would be demanding that Romney disassociate himself from such hate. In this case, the Obama campaign actually is associated with it.
Associated with it, behind it, all over it. The Republican nominee reaches out to all Americans, regardless of race or class, and the Democratic nominee arranges a hostile, disruptive reception.
That’s Democrats, not democracy, in action. Whole different thing.
What a disgusting perversion presidential politics. Obama and the entire party should be ashamed, and should be called out publicly. Should be, but won’t be—not by the eunuchs of the press.
PS: Was anyone “offended” or “denigrated” by this Philadelphian?