It’s hard to understand what was being said so here is the transcript:
”Mr. President, over 4,000 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.”
Then you hear it devolve into “Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.” and then very quickly the crowd started drowning out the OWS protesters with “Obama, Obama, Obama!”
All in all it was a horrible mic check because of the way it just broke down into chaos and it was also kind of sad. A few people cry out against the injustices that are happening and the crowd covers them up with cries of the President’s name. He was cheered on as if it was some sitcom television show with a beloved main character.
Regardless of what side of the political spectrum you fall on. This guy is the leader of our country and he hasn’t made a single statement about the fact that protesters are being beaten, sprayed and jailed for doing nothing more than a peaceful protest/assembly. His silence is deafening. And while this mic check does nothing and the president isn’t the one we have to go to if we want to make a change, it’s just a sign of the times and just how frustrated people are. I suppose this does nothing but… at least it was aired live and unedited on the TV.
Obama: A former civil rights attorney, a community organizer in Chicago that fought for tenants rights and that taught constitutional law. What happened to him?
Money. Money happened to him.
Today, he is nothing more than a brand of a puppet sold to the people through advertising, like the Nike shoe, the McDonald’s lunch, or the Goodyear tire set. Obama is a master politician. He handled this perfectly. Nothing phases him and he stays cool no matter what. His republican opponents are really fucking unskilled. He’s going to act like he’s on the side of the protesters, and don’t let him fool you. He’s on Wall Street’s side. Obama has been quietly collecting massive campaign contributions from the financial sector. This brand of corruption and cronyism is the epitome of what OWS opposes. Of course I’m appalled by some of the militant police action, but remember, this is not the principle issue in the movement. Getting corporate money out of our government is the principle issue.