[Marxism] Code Pink "protests" Obama with $30, 400 check for VIP dinner
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Sat Oct 17 10:20:53 MDT 2009
Supporters, protesters greet Obama in S.F.
San Francisco Chronicle, October 16, 2009 -- President Obama was met
with cheers and jeers Thursday in his first visit to San Francisco as
commander in chief.
"People in the Bay Area are very sensitive to the two critical issues
right now - health care and Afghanistan - and they're unhappy on both
fronts," said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war group Code
Pink. "They want single-payer and they want an exit strategy."
Obama is backing health care reforms that include private and government
insurance plans, while he is considering whether to send more troops to
Afghanistan amid a Taliban insurgency.
Benjamin said she was disappointed Obama wasn't being seen outside
high-priced political events.
"It would have been good for the president to hear from the Bay Area,
and it would have helped to release his inner progressive," she said.
"We know it's there somewhere. You just have to dig deep these days."
Jodie Evans, a co-founder of Code Pink, paid $30,400 for a pair of
tickets to the VIP dinner, where she presented Obama with a petition
from women in Afghanistan urging him not to send additional troops.
Evans said she spent several minutes discussing the war there with the
president and told him that the country's women "want a place at the
table" in resolving the conflict.
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