September 19th, 2008
01:35 PM ET
6 years ago

Protesters interrupt Obama

CNN

Protesters holding posters saying Sen. Barack Obama was endorsed by the KKK are escorted from his speech

(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign rally in Coral Gables, Florida Friday was interrupted by a group of about 10 African-American protesters holding signs that called themselves, "Blacks Against Obama."

The signs said Obama was for gay marriage and abortion, and said his candidacy was "endorsed by the KKK." Another sign said, "Jesse Jackson hates Obama."

Obama originally said the protesters could stay inside the event, but they were escorted out when they would not stop shouting.


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  1. African American 4 Obama

    Some African Americans and its a very small minority of them feel that he has not done or has not said anything about helping the African American community and that he will turn his back on them to prove that he is not favoring them. They do need to realize he is not running for President of the African American community. He is running for President of the United States and there are a mix of people here. He represents everyone not just African Americans. And yes there are some very conservative African Americans as well.

    September 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. David

    Wah, wah, wah. The Dem nutjobs on these blogs had no problem when Palin was heckled but when the all mighty Obama gets heckled the tears and insults just come pouring out. So much for the tolerance that the Dems love so much, LOL.

    September 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Steve

    Nada points out that they must be part of the 5% of AAs that will not support Obama. And all the white politicians now saying that race IS a factor and lots of people will not vote for Obama because he's black. What about the MANY AAs that are ONLY voting for Obama because he is black?! If McCain had support from 95% of the whites in America, we would never hear the end of how RACIST America is! Obama and his racist followers have no chance to win this election.

    September 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Bettie

    The young people who were "protestors" were not there of their own volition. I believe that they received some type of renumeration to go to the rally. I also believe that their goal was to totally disrupt the rally – which of course did not happen, only because truth has a history of prevailing. There is not a single black person in the world who would be supported by KKK, as indicated by one of the "homemade" signs. That in itself tells the story. No Black person would ever attend anything making that kind of claim – history belies the claim of that sign. Also another sign siad that Rev. Jackson hates obama, that to is not true (Rev. Jackson has said as much himself). I urge that all who are investigating will not only find out who these young people are, to not only find out who made the "homemade" signs, but find out who paid them to do this... Also, I think it is an insult to the intelligence of America to attempt to use young people for ulterior motives which are far from positive.

    September 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. $$$$$$$$$$$$

    Apparently buys anything.

    Sellouts.

    September 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Ellie

    WAY TO GO YOU INDIGNANT MORONS!! KKK SIGNS??? ARE YOU INSANE? YOU MUST BE MUCHOOOOOO "LOCO".

    WHAT A BUNCH OF IGNORANT PEOPLE. THE KKK ORGANIZATION LOVES YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE TOO STUPID TO REALIZE THAT YOU ARE DOING THEIR RACISTS WORK FOR THEM!!! UNBELIEVABLE.

    WOMEN AREN'T ABOUT TO LET YOU RUIN OUR FOCUS AND OUR DETERMINATION ON ELECTING SEN. BARRACK OBAMA. IF THAT'S ALL YOU HAVE THEN YOU'VE REALLY UNDERSTATED THE "POWER OF THE WOMEN", YOU HAVE TO DO BETTER THAN THAT.

    IT'S PROTESTORS LIKE YOU, THAT WILL SEAL THE FATE OF THE McCAIN-PALIN TICKET.

    September 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. kathy

    Ha..i bet the mccain party paid 'em....afterall obam gets blamed for protestors at his rallies.

    September 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. James

    he is for gay marriage and abortion rights...so he wants to kill cute tiny babies...what's new.

    also, I like how when I write negative things about him...they never get posted....CNN BUSTED!!!

    September 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Phoney protestors. Obama endorsed by the 'KKK?' A new one. But at least is goes to show that blacks don't all think the same way, which is a good thing for republicans to consider.

    September 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. CCJ

    Abortion and gay mariage are very important if your a Christian!!

    McCain/Palin '08!!!!!!!!!!

    September 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. the other jd

    HAHAHA @ MIKE....see I told ya the Palindrones would be saying Obama was behind this

    September 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Biff Biffington RETURNS...

    funny, when protesters at republican events speak up, it is usually about an ISSUE…. (IRAQ, GLOBAL WARMING.. BUT 'ONE' ISSUE)

    THIS WAS A MISH-MOSH OF … 'STUFF…. KKK, JESSE JACKSON… GAY MARRIAGE…. HUH???

    I WOULD BET MY LIFE IT WAS A COORDINATED REPUBLICAN DIRTY TRICK !!!

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. tjp, valley forge, PA

    Wow, a disruption at an Obama event?? This is usually how libs behave. I wonder how they like it?

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Sarah

    Cool.
    FOUR MORE YEARS.
    FOUR MORE YEARS.
    FOUR MORE YEARS.
    FOUR MORE YEARS.

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Realize these real lies.

    You must understand!!! Everybody AIN'T GONNA MAKE IT...Some just won't get it if it came up and slaps them in the face. let's just keep our eyes on the prize.. The prize is life(a good one)....

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. Kimberly from Houston, TX

    Thanks CNN this is really news worthy...NOT!

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. suzyku

    There are always bigots, everywhere! No matter what the color.

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. REG in AZ

    If someone’s strong bias, prejudice or emotional attachment just makes it impossible for them to vote for Obama-Biden, then that is a real shame but maybe it just can’t be overcome. Even recognizing that John McCain is really out of touch with the people and with the problems and literally, like George W Bush, is focused on Special Interests and continuing policies that have and are failing all Americans; even recognizing that Sarah Palin could become president, if McCain-Palin were elected, and seeing that she is self-focused, extreme, bazaar, arrogant, aggressive and incapable; and even noting that they both are literally dishonest saying anything and everything they think will get them what they want, even to often copying whatever Obama says; even if someone’s conscience identifies all of those things and yet they still need to rationalize that Obama and Biden have faults too and they then try to build that into something more meaningful; then maybe the only rational and conscience driven thing for them to do is just not vote. The Bush-Cheney administration has left America with a whole lot that we desperately need to recover from and it actually has become more and more obvious that a McCain-Palin administration would very possibly be even worse. We, America, just can’t take that! If anyone does recognize the truth but still can’t overcome their resistance, for whatever reason, and just can’t vote for Obama-Biden, then they should follow their conscience and just not vote. That would be more responsible.

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Nicole in Ga

    I'm African American an Independent voter for Obama and just want to say people have the right to freedom of speech ,but it was very disrespectful for these guys to interrupt a Women's Equality and Issues rally for these absurd lies they have made up. I smell a Jessie Jackson rat.

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Ignacio

    what a bunch of morons.... aaahhh... America, you are great!

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Linda

    Wow!!! Now this is news. AA actually protesting against "The One". I bet Oprah will kick them all out of her book club.

    Maybe he can get Rev. Wright to save them like he did the Obama's.
    But if I were those protestors, I'd be careful...remember Obama could get his friend Rezko (the criminal) or his friend Bill Ayers (the terriorist) to hurt them. They better be careful.

    I bet all the Obamabots will blame McCain for them. Well seeing how this morning on Morning Joe it was reported by the Obama camp that the McCain camp hasn't done anything to reach out to AA. So they did this all by themselves. Their kool-aid didn't have the stuff in it I guess.

    Please print this CNN...I know you are all in it for Obama but fair is fair. There are two opinions to each story. Be fair!

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Scott M

    I don't know if most of the posters here, who are obviously far left, are more paranoid, shrill or fascist. When it comes to Palin or McCain, shouting them out is admirable, but if some wackos do it to Obama, there is obviously a sinister GOP plot afloat. Pathetic.

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Robert

    RELIGION -

    IT MAKES PEOPLE ACT CRAZY.

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Rick

    These posted comments just prove once again what democrats really think of African-Americans:

    "Uncle-Toms"
    "Idiots"
    "Pathetic hateful homeless sycophants"

    I don't understand why African-Americans keep letting democrats take them for granted and use them for their own political gain.

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Susan

    About ten protesters holding up signs that were wrong. To bad they don't read or watch TV, but rather accepted the $20.00 the McCain Campaign gave them to do this.

    By the way CNN, you show an outright lie about Obama, but where is your coverage of KEATING FIVE?

    September 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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