[Marxism] Code Pink "protests" Obama with $30, 400 check for VIP dinner

Charlie charles1848 at sbcglobal.net
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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