They haven’t been assimilated yet

Obama nixes parley with ‘Occupy’ activists

President Obama has taken nearly every opportunity lately to express support for the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters, but he failed to meet with some of the movement’s activists when he had the chance on his Southern bus trip.

A group of “Occupy” activists in Greensboro, N.C., asked for a meeting with the president, who stayed overnight Monday in a local hotel. But Mr. Obama didn’t bite.

White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters traveling with the president that the White House communications staff had no contact with the “Occupy Greensboro” movement. Apparently, that left some of the activists frustrated.

“About 50 people protested as Obama’s motorcade made it’s way to the Proximity Hotel,” Ben Lassiter, a member of Occupy Greensboro, wrote on the group’s Facebook page. “As he passed the chant was, ‘Hey Obama, I’m no fool, I know you’re a corporate tool.’”

Obama only meets with Potemkin audiences. If he showed up in front of an un-screened audience who knows what they might say.

I still believe that OWS is astroturf – not all the members but the leadership. The goal is to dissipate progressive energies and focus their anger on the GOP.

They’re not supporting him, but they aren’t opposing him either. And next year they’ll be voting for him because “The Republicans are worse!“™

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19 Responses to They haven’t been assimilated yet

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Every campaign stop in Virginia is closed to the public. Yes, I said campaign stop. How stupid does he think we are ?

    Looks like his OWS/OFA peeps are finding out the hard way, he’s just not that into you either.

  2. ‘Hey Obama, I’m no fool, I know you’re a corporate tool.’”

    Now THAT is a chant I could do!

  3. WMCB says:

    Yeah, “screwing us in the end” flows better.

  4. Lol- thanks for the help- “Screwing us in the end” it is then!

  5. Rocky Hussein Squirrel says:

  6. DandyTiger says:

    A little birdie told me the NC contingent that wanted to meet with him are rogue and not part of the real OFA leadership. Hence that meeting was never going to happen. There will likely be meetings when it’s with the “real” OWS.

    • HELENK says:

      this struck me funny

      The White House had considered stops in Danville, Newport News, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg. But prominent Democrats in Virginia — where Obama’s approval rating hovers around 50 percent — encouraged the White House to alter the schedule so he would no longer visit districts where members of his party were involved in tight races.

      Instead, Obama will speak at a high school in Emporia on Tuesday and at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton and a fire station in Chesterfield County, outside Richmond, on Wednesday. He will be joined by first lady Michelle Obama in Hampton. All three events are closed to the public.

      By Anita Kumar | 11:48 AM ET, 10/18/2011

      • yttik says:

        LOL! That is kind of funny. Please don’t visit our districts, President Obama, we’re having enough trouble without your endorsement.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Please Obama, don’t help. Thanks. Bye bye.

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  8. Three Wickets says:

    Jack Tapper’s one-on-one with Obama.

    Obama acknowledged that widespread popular frustration is directed at him because of the administration’s failure to jumpstart job creation and economic growth. But he shrugged off the suggestion that he could have done more from the start, including focusing less on health care legislation.

    “You ever wonder that if you had focused entirely, exclusively, not to take away your work on healthcare and Wall Street reform, but if you had just focus on jobs as some people suggest you should have been doing, that maybe it would be different than now?” Tapper asked Obama.

    “Probably not,” Obama replied. “Every day, I think about other things we could be doing different and the truth of the matter is, we passed a very big recovery act that we knew was going to take some time to take effect. It made a difference.”

    In other words Mr. President, do you ever think if you hadn’t been so preoccupied bailing out banks and private insurance companies, you could have done more for homeowners and jobs and people on main street who aren’t rich enough to afford lobbyists.

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