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  • Where are the Obama protestors?

       January 20, 2009

    Looking through our archives, I was struck by the number of stories and pictures of protests at Bush's 2004 Inauguration. Where are the similar stories about the Obama inauguration? I can think of a few possibilities.

    1. The liberal media is refusing to report news about protests so as to perpetuate the 24-hour Obamabration. Yeah, I don't buy it. I mean, I buy the liberal media bias part, but I also think that they'd jump at any chance to portray Obama detractors as a bunch of racist hicks. That'd help continue the inevitable meme that if you're not for Obama, you're a racist. Next!

    2. "Everyone I know voted for Obama, why would anyone protest?" Au contraire, mon frere. In fact, over 58 million people voted against him. That's pretty close to the 59 million who voted against Bush in 2004. So clearly, there are plenty of people to protest against Obama's election, if so inclined.

    3. McCain voters, due to the innate class and sense of maturity of Republicans, would never be whiny crybabies like the Dems in '04. Ha ha! Yeah, anyone who's ever borne the brunt of a whiny Republican "You're a RINO!!" attack knows that that's a bunch of BS. Republicans can be just as immature and destructive and obnoxious as Democrats. Well, probably not as much as these guys, but close.

    So again, I ask, why no widespread despair, destruction and dismay over the Inauguration?

    The only thing I can come up with is that no one is protesting Obama because he hasn't done anything yet. So far, he's the perfect politician - full of sound and fury and signifying nothing tangible, but rather the wispy dream of "hope" and "change". How do you protest against "hope"? Maybe we've collectively decided that, in these troubled times, it's best to just settle down, give the guy a chance and wait and see what happens before we get all riled up.

    It's not as fun as shouting catchy slogans, but, oddly enough, doing nothing tomorrow is just as effective.

    Posted by at January 20, 2009 01:02 AM

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    #  January 20th, 2009 6:46 PM      kris
    I'm confused. I thought that I wouldn't have to worry about putting gas in my car anymore. But today, I had to pay to put gas in my car.

    #  January 20th, 2009 9:57 PM      themandownthehall
    They're smart. Most of the Obama supporters are thugs and union goons who wouldn't think twice about capping some anti-obama protestors. We'll do our protesting when the time comes. If Obama even sneezes the wrong way, we'll be there with a tissue and a bullhorn.  
    #  January 20th, 2009 9:58 PM      themandownthehall
    Either that or the would be Obama protestors are hung over from drinking their fears away! :)  
    #  January 21st, 2009 3:02 AM      TheUnabrewer
    Because conservatives don't do protests, typically (abortion clinics are one of the very few exceptions, and even those are small).

    Most anti-Obama protests will come from the left, like perhaps Code Pink protesting that the Iraq withdrawal isn't happening quickly enough.  
    #  January 21st, 2009 8:50 AM      kris
    I actually think it's a bit inappropriate to protest at the Inauguration. He's your President whether or not you voted for him. What would you be protesting for? That you didn't get your way? That you don't believe in the democratic process?  
    #  January 21st, 2009 3:22 PM      Squibbly
    How about protesting the Inaugural Ball? I watched about 10 minutes and then was laughing too hard to watch much more. You have these celebrity performers performing, and a tiny group of politicians dancing lamely on a raised dance floor while hundreds of people watch. It struck me as just plain stupid.  
    #  January 21st, 2009 8:44 PM      themandownthehall
    I agree, Kris. We've already given Obama more time than Bush got.  



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