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Protesters reportedly with the Occupy Wall Street movement delayed the start of President Obama’s speech in Manchester, New Hampshire Tuesday, chanting over the president as he took the podium.
“Mr. President, over 4,000 peaceful protesters have been arrested…” they started shouting, according toMediaite.
ABC News reports that a paper relaying their entire intended statement was passed around to reporters:
“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.”
The president’s supporters, however, quickly cut the demonstrators off with a counter chorus of “Obama, Obama,” allowing him to start his speech and eventually make note of the display.
“Families like yours, young people like the ones here today — including the ones who were just chanting at me — you’re the reason that I ran for office in the first place,” Obama said later.
Obama is in the key primary state of New Hampshire, which has been mobbed by GOP presidential candidates seeking to topple him come November, to continue his push for aspects of his jobs bill — particularly the extension of payroll tax cuts.
“If we don’t act, taxes will go up for every single American, starting next year. And I’m not about to let that happen,” Obama told the audience.
Source: the Huffington Post.