Friday, April 22, 2011
Everywhere he goes he gets heckled. From his shameless foot-dragging on repealing DOMA, to $5 a gallon gas, or his ghoulish treatment of Lt. Bradley Manning. In fact, Obama gets heckled far more often than his predecessor, George W. Bush, ever got heckled.
At a $5,000-a-seat fundraiser in San Francisco, activists sympathetic to the Army private accused in the WikiLeaks case confronted President Obama with a song of protest at a at the tony St. Regis hotel. They had paid more than $100,000 to attend.
About 21 activists from the Bradley Manning Support Network interrupted Obama’s at the $5,000-a-seat event. Some donned shirts that read “Free Bradley Manning” and the broke into a song protesting Manning’s treatment, singing:
Alone in a 6×12 cell sits Bradley
23 hours a day is night
The 5th and 8th Amendments say this kind of thing ain’t right
We paid our dues, where’s our change?
Several protesters were asked to leave, but others remained. Obama later spoke with them and defended the government’s handling of the case, saying the release of the documents damaged diplomatic sources.
Manning, who awaits trial for the leaking of the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables, was recently moved to the prison in Fort Leavenworth, KS. Critics say Manning was subject to cruel and unusual punishment when he was held in solitary confinement and forced to sleep naked while being held at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, VA.