January 7th, 2008
09:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Protestors disrupt Obama rally

ROCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - A group of about a dozen anti-abortion protestors interrupted one of Barack Obama's New Hampshire rallies Monday night.

The group shouted in unison, "Abortion is abomination," forcing Obama to pause in the middle of his speech.

When the noise erupted, Obama first paused and looked up into the balcony where they were standing.

"Alright," Obama said, attempting to squelch the commotion. "Alright."

The rest of the crowd soon got angry with the protestors.

"No need to boo. We appreciate [their] point," Obama said, adding that he'd be happy to talk to them afterwards but that shouting "isn't going to solve anything."

The whole incident lasted about two minutes before they were escorted out by police.

Before leaving the room, one protestor yelled, "True change is ending abortion!" Change has been a major theme of Obama's campaign.

Once the audience calmed down again, Obama said, "Let me just say this, though... Some people got organized to do that. That's part of the American tradition we are proud of."

"That's hard, too, standing in the midst of people who don't agree with you," he added.

- CNN's Chris Welch

soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. lk in NH

    BO, you probably planted those people to try and prove to people that you're actually pro-choice. in reality, you are against a women's right to choose...you couldn't even vote "yes" or "no" on choice issues when you were an Illinois state senator...Illinois NOW wouldn't even endorse you because you were too weak on the issue! How do we know where you stand today?

    January 7, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  2. Chuck

    Com on people – Can't you see through the acting of these candidates? CNN has been great at showing Hillary's tearful moment (not one tear might I add). As far as I am concerned it is all an act – she is doing what she thinks might get her votes. Cafferty where are you? Dobbs???

    January 7, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. Mario

    These thugs were plants and sent in from Hitlery's camp! She knew about it and knew that the numbers are not on her side for tomorrow in NH, she is desperate, she wanted to see how Obuma would handle the situation, he did a good job.
    Hitlery is such a coward, she will deny she had anything to do with it like the government of Pakistan didn't have Bhutto knocked off.

    Hitlery your days are numbers, you will be put back into the cow pasture, so MOOOOOver over Billy boy, your companion is about to join you lol

    Go Mitt!.

    January 7, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  4. Chuck

    Barack has said a lot about "change" but what about it? What will he do? What is he capable of doing?

    He says he can cross the isle, but let's be realistic. He is only saying what he thinks will get him more votes.

    Why are we overlooking candidates like Edwards? Geez!

    January 7, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  5. ahna,Appleton,WI

    I can only imagine what lies ahead. So many views, so little time! Some will make tremendous sense while others, sigh, will be totally anal!! How many lunatics are yet to open their mouths and stick their feet all the way in ?! We've got many months yet before the next Presidential election so I'm listening and getting as many facts as I can before I decide who to vote for.

    January 7, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. Trinette, Sacramento, California

    This is what I love about this candidate – finally, someone who realizes that differences in politics are small compared to the things we all have in common...someone who can disagree while respecting and truly appreciating the effort it took for the other side to speak their truth. I really hope our country seizes this opportunity to be led by someone who brings us together rather than pitting us against each other. With the challenges our country is about to face, we need every person we can get – republican, democrat, independent, to get engaged and involved for real and lasting change.

    January 7, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. Tim

    Don’t let them stop you Barack, this is our time. For eight years the Republicans have been doing nothing about abortion. Let’s get in the White House and change the other terrible things going on in the world that Dick and George have neglected. The years of Dick and Bush will be stopped by Barack Obama. Obama 08 I can’t wait.

    January 7, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    Wow ! Is Barak Obama a class act or what !?!?
    His personal touch is so right on, and compassionate as well.

    January 7, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. obama08

    great man. obama exemplified his appreciation of alternative viewpoints in this incident. he will make a great pres

    January 7, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  10. Anita

    Oh my goodness! So Obama didn't answer to any of the harsh words spoken to the dozen or so "American Voters" that had questions of him? What, Obama actually didn't have anything bright to say this time? What happened? I thought he was supposed to be so eliquent in his speaches? Come on America, let's face it, so the man can talk? What happened to "talk is cheap"?

    We had better vote for someone who really does have experience and not just a sharp tongue. We American's had better vote someone in office who DOES have experience working in foreign affairs that can truly clean up the mess Bush has created with all of our friends overseas!

    Let's vote for Clinton, who truly does have the experience we all need! Let's not make another HUGE mistake this time around.

    Thank you!

    January 7, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. dilmont

    Calm and cool in the face of whackjobs. Very presidential demonstration.

    January 7, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. WomanWithHope

    "That's hard, too, standing in the midst of people who don't agree with you," he added.



    January 7, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. Obama the trickster

    What a sick thing for Barack to say. He basically brushes off concerns from the opposition. Smooth pimp talker he is.

    January 7, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  14. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Abortion is an issue that has been exploited by Conservatives to activate the evangelical base. Let us say that a healthy woman could conceive and deliver 15 children in a lifetime. We pretty much agree that American women should not be having 15 kids. One to three children would be a nice sized family. So what is the woman to do?

    If she chooses to abort pregnancy 1, give birth to pregnancies 2, 3, and 4, then prevent pregnancies 5-15 by birth control or having her tubes tied, what is the issue? Some people believe that the soul enters the body at birth, some at conception, some at 6 weeks or 12 weeks. Some believe that we don't have a soul. None of us know, and none of us should force his theology on the others. Any group that is able to do so will be a minority imposing its opinion on the majority, since NONE of our opinions is held by a majority of Americans.

    Personally, I wish there were no abortions and no unplanned pregnancies. That would require a lot more research into new birth control methods and a vigorous sex education program in all schools.

    However I believe that we will continue to shout at each other, resolve nothing, learn to hate each other a little more, allow our teenagers to get pregnant and have a kid they don't want or feel guilty about having an abortion. It's becoming the American way.

    January 7, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. shlomoamir

    Obama is such a gracious man. He handled a disruptive ruckus in a way that was jest soooooo cool. Way ta go, Obama!

    January 7, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. P.Catanzaro - Miami Florida

    The slogan of Mr. Obama "Change". I am asking the american people what kind of change we are talking about. I don't like to change anything in this great country of ours. The only issue I would work upon is the medical care and the mitigation of taxes for retired people, care for the elderly must be the first thing any politician should be interested as their primary goal. Slogans like "Change" are totally childish, this is not matter of whom has the most attractive slogan, this is matter of exposing a platform with projects, let me tell you that anyone can say "I am the change" this may mean a change of a dollar into quarters, dimes or nickels!
    So lets have actual projects, we are looking for honest people in the government with management experience and not talkers. Be honest to the tax payers explaining in details without maintaining a "limbo" make taxation easier and will reduce medicare costs by half, peoples struggle and get sick trying to survive among all the expenses and taxes they have to sustain every day. So please give the american people a break!
    Regardless of partisanship we have the necessity of somebody Female or Male no problem! but to talk with honesty to the American people and not to abandon the elderly of this country that have made America great with their abnegation and sacrifice.

    January 7, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. Christy Charles

    Everyone in the media is focussing on the fact that Obama has become a movement. One question has anyone really focussed on which candidates from both parties have any experience or could possibly do this important job I mean we have had a president for the last few years that was voted in and really has no experience and look what has happened to the country. Lets all take a look at the real issues not the presonalities it would be a real shame if we were to vote for a president because of only change other issues we have as a country etc.

    January 7, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I hope the protestors stayed around so Obama could talk to them so they could learn how engaging he is for change. He understands their need to be heard and a responsible solution.

    January 7, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. cathy

    Very presidential. Classy too.

    January 7, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  20. Richard

    wow, they were taken care of with alot of dignity!

    January 7, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  21. WoamnWithHope

    Isn't this intersting. No comments for Obama article but many for Clinton artilcles

    January 7, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  22. Lucy Thom

    He just seems to say the right thing at the right time that leaves those to whom he is speaking with dignity and those who a listening inspired.

    January 7, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  23. Lovell Sewell

    I really applaud Obama because he did say he will talk to them. That sound like someone that want to know what making a person upset.

    January 7, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  24. JC

    Barack Obama is the leader we need now to unite this country.

    January 7, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  25. Gobama, NY, NY

    "Abortion is abomination,"


    Then don't do abortion if it's an abomination!
    I mean, who is forcing these people to abort? LOL

    January 7, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
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