At his speech in New Hampshire today, Occupy Wall Street protesters interrupted the president and urged him to take a stand against police brutality.
Here’s the video from ABC News:
The protesters chanted, “Mr. President, over 4000 peaceful protesters have been arrested. While bankers continue to destroy the American economy,” they were then interrupted by Obama supporters, chanting the president’s name. Obama got control of the room before things went too crazy, and said, “Listen, 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. I’ll listen to you. You listen to me.”
In a written statement the protesters said, “Over 4000 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.”
Unless the Occupy protesters want their movement to become a partisan one, Obama has to stay out of it. The right is already trying to define Occupy Wall Street as a movement run and controlled by President Obama and the Democratic Party. The fastest way to kill the Occupy Wall Street movement is to have the president take a public position. What has made Occupy so strong is that appeals to both the left and the right. If Obama supports Occupy Wall Street, it loses its base for widespread popular appeal.
Occupy Wall Street would be best served by President Obama staying out of it. The movement is effective because it isn’t tied to a political party. The minute that Obama comes out in support of Occupy, the right will pounce and try to kill Occupy Wall Street through partisan politics.
The one thing the protesters demonstrated today is that Occupy Wall Street is just as willing to protest Obama as they are to stand up against the GOP, so much for the right wing propaganda that Occupy Wall Street is a movement that is run by Obama and the Democratic Party.
Occupy Wall Street is a movement of the people that knows no partisan affiliation.