'Occupy Wall Street' protests spread as Obama weighs in
October 7th, 2011
08:55 AM ET
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'Occupy Wall Street' protests spread as Obama weighs in

New York (CNN) - The "Occupy Wall Street" protests are scheduled to go on Friday as the grassroots movement continues to grow, spread to other cities and grab the attention of the president.

President Barack Obama said Thursday that the demonstrators are giving a voice to those frustrated with the financial system as protests popped up in more than a dozen American cities.

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  1. Orchid333

    And yes, we're even having the protests here in Boise, Idaho! Don't think that just because we're a "Republican" state that we're complacent!

    October 7, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Congressional republicans are basking in an approval rating around 11%, yet they will do nothing to help Americans. It appears that they have lost touch with reality. It may be time to have elected officials drug tested.

    October 7, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republican class warfare against workers and the middle class, and 99% of the American people, for the last thirty years is starting to catch up with the elite 1%.

    October 7, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Just waiting to hear how many republican thugs and anti protesters will be bused in by the Kochs, like they did in Wisconsin.

    October 7, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. SuperD

    I don't believe a word of this. Follow the money and this will trace right back to the Whitehouse. This is part of the "Rules for Radicals" that Obama employs. He wants to get everyone stirred up over banks, no better way than get a bunch of stupid 20 year olds to stand around chanting nonsense.

    Obama can't run on his record, so he has to revert to these tactics. It's nothing but an effort to distract the voters.

    don't buy into int. If there ever was "Astro-turf" this is it.

    October 7, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Enough is Enough

    There are many reasons why the economy is horrible unfortunately we have a president who supports the blood sucking leaches who are helping to destroy the economy the trial lawyers, illegals, and unions.

    October 7, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Terry, VA

    Obummie continues his class warfare as he sends his union thugs to Wall Street. Obummie continues to reinforce the idea that one person's failure is because of another person's success. Socialism plain and simple. This shouldn't surprise anyone as Obummie said that he wanted to spread the wealth. (Translation....I will steal from those that worked hard to get ahead and give to those that are deadbeats). If Obummie is re-elected we better change our country's name to Obummie's Socialist States.

    October 7, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. Renee

    JOBS NOW!!!!!!!! OBAMA 2012

    October 7, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. Roger Harrison

    "Occupy Wall St" (American Spring) is a show of frustration by the majority who are tired of being jerked around by a small group of ideological demagogues who have no clue of economics (cut spending to end a recession? Crazy!) and have pledged allegiance to some no-name (NOT to the American people). Who are perfectly willing to put our country into default and not help the unemployed in the name of "reducing the deficit." Who withhold FEMA money unless job producing programs are cut while American people are knee deep in flood water. What do they propose we do with all these unemployed and flooded out people? Put them into a dumpster somewhere? Like political road-kill?
    We've seen what those narrow-minded fanatic rightwing-nut Repubs would do if in power. The American Spring is a counter-balance to that mind-set of stupidity, and self-destructive cruelty.
    We now know that there are FOUR branches of government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial, and now the Special Interests. The Special Interests control the Legislative, and the Legislative makes the laws. There's the rub: Special Interests can buy the laws they want. And they are driven by short-term profit, not long-term benefit to American people. They are perfectly happy to poison the air and water, charge sneaky fees, withhold business loans to keep unemployment high, gamble away our life savings, etc if it makes them a buck or get Obama out. Corporate ownership of the lawmaking arm of government is what's driving this American Spring. We now know why so many laws protect and benefit the rich, at the expense of the poor and the "middle-lass soon to be poor." That's why they are out in force on symbolic Wall St.

    October 7, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Stop the Charade

    Social conscience is not the American way. After you make your millions, billions or trillions at the expense of others then you give some money to a charity that will name somehing for you or put your name on a plaque and its all good.

    October 7, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. NVa Native

    This is great – this "Occupy Crowd" is doing what the corporation's tee-baggers always claimed to do, while really doing the opposite.
    We can all be proud of these true Americans of "Occupy America" actually doing something "real" about the fascists theocrats of the USA.

    October 7, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Marcus

    They should focus on the root cause of coruption in both parties. Real reform of campaign funding laws. No more private or PAC contributions to political campaigns. Provide public funding ONLY of camapigns, one man one vote; not one dollar one vote. If you get a minimum number of signatures then you get public funding regardless of what party you are – same amount for all i.e. $200 million for Pres, $50 million Senate, $10 mil for Representatives.

    October 7, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Rsprings

    Obama is playing a dangerous game. He is inciting people who certainly have a right to protest but don't really have a fundamental understanding of what they are really protesting or have any better solutions to their grievances. Their mind set is capitalism is bad, corporations are bad, profits are bad, success is bad, They want all kinds of "free" stuff without thinking through who pays for all this. They are being whipped up by Obama's rhetoric. He does not understand what he is doing...He is using his skill as a community organizer in a very bad way.

    October 7, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. gt

    both the left and the right are sick to death of the economy....america is hurting and our leadership just fights for t v air time and blames the other side...pathedic...

    October 7, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Ed DFWTX

    I fully support the protests. It's about time the American public rise up against corporate greed and Wall Street's tactics. It's "by the people for the people" not "by the chosen wealthy for the chosen wealthy."

    October 7, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Sandy

    Obama understands. Republicans are baffled as to why people are mad at Wall Street.

    October 7, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Sniffit

    NO QUARTER!!!!

    "To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is barbarity."
    -Robespierre

    REAP WHAT YOU'VE SOWN, PLUTOCRATS.

    October 7, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Sniffit

    Mercy's bought with mercy, not pleas(e). Where does that leave you Wall Street? Conservatives?

    October 7, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "Obama is playing a dangerous game. He is inciting people who certainly have a right to protest but don't really have a fundamental understanding of what they are really protesting or have any better solutions to their grievances. Their mind set is capitalism is bad, corporations are bad, profits are bad, success is bad, They want all kinds of "free" stuff without thinking through who pays for all this. "

    Thank you for concisely stating the general misperceptions the MSM and GOP desperately want to sell the public about this movement. Everything you've said is, in fact, completely untrue and disproven by both the behavior and words of the people out there. It is true that they are very diverse and have no one singular complaint or theme or motivation, but they are actually exrtemely coherent and united in purpose. Downplay it, ignore it, pretend it is powerless and ineffectual all at your own peril.

    October 7, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Mary

    Enough is Enough

    There are many reasons why the economy is horrible unfortunately we have a president who supports the blood sucking leaches who are helping to destroy the economy the trial lawyers, illegals, and unions
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    Well said 'Enough is Enough', very well said and the majority in this country couldn't agree with you more!

    October 7, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. ThinkAgain

    The best answer to these frustrations: Regulate Wall Street (and enforce those regulations), so people's hard-earned money no longer feeds these gambling addicts. Bring back the Glass-Steagall act. If these banksters can't make enough money to satisfy their greed, then tough!

    Lastly, prosecute for fraud, larceny and violations of FEC laws every single one of these Wall Street creeps who took the global economy down the toilet! Punish them by seizing all their assets, making them work for the rest of their lives (no retirement), garnishing their wages to repay us, leaving them with $2,000 a month to live on.

    October 7, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. ThinkAgain

    @Marcus re: Campaign finance reform. GREAT IDEAS!

    October 7, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |