Obama Says He Was Not a Fan of Mass Protests… Except When He Was
Sen. Barack Obama told the Chicago Sun-Times in 2004 that he had three spiritual advisors: radical Jeremiah Wright, radical James Meeks, and radical Father Michael Pfleger.
But, radical Father Pfleger was more than a spiritual guide for Obama.
They also held protests together:
State Sen. Barack Obama and Fr. Michael Pfleger led a protest against the payday loan industry demanding the State of Illinois to regulate loan businesses in January 2000. (NBC 5 Week of January 3, 2000)
Father Pfleger was temporarily suspended from his church last year after verbally attacking Senator Hillary Clinton from the altar of Obama’s radical church.
If any President might sympathize with the thousands of protesters expected to flood Pittsburgh this week for the G-20 summit, it would be the one who used to be a community organizer.
But in an Oval Office interview Friday with The Blade and its sister paper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, President Obama said while working on Chicago’s South Side in the 1980s, he was not an advocate of mass protests such as the ones planned for this week.
“Probably not,” Mr. Obama said when asked if he might have been holding a sign then. “I was always a big believer in – when I was doing organizing before I went to law school – that focusing on concrete, local, immediate issues that have an impact on people’s lives is what really makes a difference and that having protests about abstractions [such] as global capitalism or something, generally, is not really going to make much of a difference.”
We’re now supposed to believe that the street activist weaned on Alinsky was not into protests.