31 January 2006

Leave it to His Majesty to refuse to be out-dumbed

Honestly, this makes Sheehan's meet-and-greet with Hugo Chavez look positively inspired, in comparison.
Capitol Police arrest antiwar activist Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq who reinvigorated the antiwar movement, was arrested and removed from the House gallery Tuesday night just before President Bush’s State of the Union address, a police spokeswoman said.

Sheehan, who had been invited to attend the speech by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., was charged with unlawful conduct, a misdemeanor, Capitol Police told NBC News. Sheehan was taken in handcuffs to police headquarters a few blocks away and her case was processed as Bush spoke.

Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said Sheehan had worn a T-shirt with an antiwar slogan to the speech and covered it up until she took her seat. Police warned her that such displays were not allowed, but she did not respond, the spokeswoman said.

The T-shirt bore the words “2,245 Dead — How Many More??” in reference to the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq, protesters told NBC News.

Police handcuffed Sheehan and removed her from the gallery before Bush arrived. Sheehan was to be released on her own recognizance, Schneider said.
And I thought the Dems' standing O for Dear Leader's, "Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security, " line was some funny stuff.

With the army of operatives and spin doctors necessary to save the preznit from himself, how could they let that happen? You'd think one of them would've had an iota of foresight on this one. What did they think would get more press, Sheehan sitting there, wearing her t-shirt, or being arrested and led out in handcuffs for it? Whatever stage Sheehan would've had, they just threw a spotlight on it.

She couldn't have asked for a better scenario. Her (attempt at) silent protest was on all the newsfeeds in minutes, and El Presidente continues his pattern of stifling dissent and ends up looking like the despot he is. Cindy really ought to send him a thank you note.

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