Friday, April 22, 2011

Singing For Bradley



I'm sure y'all have already read, heard, watch something about this. I think I remember seeing a little headline at the bottom of CNN last night while slinging pizza. This is my first chance to actually read about it.

Via The Wired via BoingBoing.net

As Obama was speaking at the $5,000-a-plate breakfast fundraiser, an unidentified woman at one of the tables (above) reportedly began humming and singing a modified version of the song "Where's Our Change?," before she removed her blazer and shirt to reveal a t-shirt with a picture of the young Army intelligence officer who is suspected of leaking a massive cache of classified and sensitive documents to the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks. As the rest of the group at the woman's table joined in with her song, they held up signs that read "Free Bradley Manning," according to MSNBC.

"Each of us brought you $5,000 -- we'll vote for you in 2012, yes that's true. Look at the Republicans, what else can we do," the group reportedly sang (see video below). As White House aides escorted the woman from the room, she said, "Free Bradley Manning. I'm leaving. I hope I don't get tortured in jail."

An Oakland, California activist named Naomi Pitcairn told The San Francisco Chronicle that she paid $76,000 to get the protesters tickets to the event, which was held at the swanky St. Regis hotel downtown.

I'd say for $5,000 a plate, President Obama should've let them finish their song. LOL

4 comments:

Loki's Log said...

Totally agree and thanks for posting and keeping us up to speed on this issue.

Writer said...

You're welcome. I would have issue with Manning's detainment anyway, but I have even more of an issue with it given how much shit we gave China over the detainment of the prisoner who won the Nobel Prize last year. x(

gp said...

It's bad enough that Manning's been behind bars for so long waiting for a trial. But what's really objectionable is the abusive treatment that he's received throughout the time he's been incarcerated. We'd been promised that the practice of torturing prisoners ended with the departure of the cheney/bush regime.

Writer said...

gp, I don't know about out and out torture, but I believe he's being mistreated. No, as the paper asked this weekend, is Obama morphing into Bush?