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. Meagan Oestry

    I think he handled it with maturity and tact. But what's the point in going to a rally full of Obama supporters and protesting something he can't do much about anyway? Since when does the president say if abortion is legal or not? You might note our not-so-brilliant present president doesn't believe in abortion–and yet it's still legal. And I thank whatever God for that.

    January 8, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  2. Greg, Houston TX

    "Wow those protesters were dumb, how's wanting to go back to lifestyle in the middle ages considered "change"?"

    Goes to show how warped people's thinking is. Please explain how being opposed to the termination of a human life is a bad thing. Feel free to address how babies are made in your answer.

    January 8, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  3. CARL


    January 8, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  4. Ross Lippincott; Davenport Iowa.

    Obama the trickster January 7, 2008 10:30 pm ET

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

    Just because a candidate doesn't agree with you doesn't make him a smooth pimp talker.

    If he agrees with every one he's a flip flopper. Wait a minute; that's ROMNEY.

    GO OBAMA/08!!!!!!

    January 8, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  5. Gavin Indiana HRC

    Senator Obama has a careless record on flip-flopping, and talking generalities. I like the guy (I've said it before and I'll say it again (I'm not one of the attack vultures out here like the anti-Hillary ones)), however, he is after 8 years of Bush and the doldrums that we are in...

    we cannot afford a "tag-line" candidate like Obama. His flip-flopping just proves his inexperienced shuffling and its just not his time, just like for others its not thier time....

    Obama, who just recently cleaned up his long-time incessent "ahs" in his overly-academic speaking, must be viewed for his ENTIRE record dating back to the Illinois legistlature. America can't just support the "flavor of the week,"....we did that when GW Bush implied that we should support him because hes "the kind of person you can have a beer with..." WE ALL SAW WHAT HAPPENED THEREAFTER!

    January 8, 2008 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  6. Another Steve

    I actually thought he handled this very well as the crowd probably wouldn't have been so polite had they had their way. He acknowledged their rights to speech and assembly etc. Too bad the poster above can't except that. On a personal note I'd like to know how many abandoned children of the world those protestors have taken home to care for and raise.

    January 8, 2008 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  7. Rob

    I find an interesting sub story with the "womanforhope's" comment. It is clear that there is a HUGE age gap in those that support oboma vs clinton. Some have argued that there is a generational divide at work here. I think many baby boomers are nervous that a new generation is taking charge. That has to be wierd after being the center of everything for the entire lifespan of that generation. I hope that the narritive that would eventually emerge is that the new movements are as a result of the hard work of the previous generation. That a generational battle 'us' them would not result. But I think its important to recognize this tension.

    January 8, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  8. J.

    Obama does not even have a plan let alone any experience. He is just all slick as oil. I don't trust him.

    January 8, 2008 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  9. Jake, California

    how else do you think they should have been taken care of?
    Isn't it the responsibility of the police to ensure peace? This was the US police not Obama staffers so what's the point of your comment!

    Don't worry change is coming and we'll have different ways of handling situations like this.

    January 8, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  10. Anyone but Bush

    I bet its an Obama/Edward ticket, I mean just look at how John Edwards has started to side with and even defend Barack in the debates. It totally cool with me, and its a brilliant stratigy because Edwards can attack Clinton and Obama can keep his hands clean.

    January 8, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  11. Anyone but Bush

    I bet its a Obama/Edwards ticket. I mean just look at the debates, Edwards has already started to side with and even defend Obama. Which is totally cool with me and a brilliant strategy in my opinion because Edwards can attack Clinton and Obama can keep his hands clean.

    January 8, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  12. stewart

    If Obama was acknowledging how difficult it was for the anti-abortionists to protest in a democratic, mostly pro-choice crowd – this was very reasonable.

    Tickster– When have you used the word 'pimp' to refer to a white person ?

    woman with hope– why are you imposing your own personal situation onto a politician? is he responsible for your disappointment with being overlooked for the job promotion?

    where are the comments about his policies instead of your own personal biases?

    If you don't like his actions in the senate- give some details?
    He has spent longer in the senate than Hillary.
    what experience is he lacking- Does hillary's unelected time as first lady count?
    how- she destroyed the health care reform

    Did George Bush have enough experience to make judgements on foreign policy ? military operations without serving ?

    be specific !!!

    curious canadian observer

    January 8, 2008 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  13. Regular Person

    Classy on Obama's part

    January 8, 2008 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  14. Independent

    This is interesting I am undecided as to who to vote for at this point. I will say that I am impressed that Obama is willing to listen to all points of view. That is refreshing after 7 long years of being told we don't have a right to an opinion. The real fact with Hillary is that we can't survive another 4 or 8 years with a Bush or Clinton in the White House. Not after having a Bush or Clinton on the ticket since 1980.

    January 8, 2008 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  15. Keller

    Reading some of these people's comments make me feel ashamed to live in this country. Typing in all caps, irrelevant quasi-sentences and points, and quickness to hate a person who is trying to fix a wrong all show me that our nation is made up of a bunch of third graders.

    I hope you all don't vote.


    January 8, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  16. Diana

    It is not at all true that Obama has no plan, no stand on the issues. Feel free to check out the many links on http://www.barackobama.com, starting with the one labeled "Issues." Then, even if you still disagree with him, you will have a better idea what exactly you are disagreeing with.

    Otherwise, you just make it clear that you aren't interested in knowing the truth.

    As for "what has he done", the website covers that too. Check under the "Learn" link at the top of the page.

    January 8, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  17. Spongerob

    There are some things I don't understand about the concerns about Obama...

    1) His message about change isn't just about changing the whitehouse, it's about working to get the people elected to lead the USA to actually acheive goals, vs. partisan bickering and congressional deadlock. This can only be done through inspiration, comprimise and communication, and not through strong arm tactics that we have seen used and are likely to see used under clinton or edwards. Where am I wrong here?

    2) Obama has very specific policy points! He is recently being accused of his campaign being entirely about change...but when you go to his website he lists detailed plans for a variety of issues, and how he would pay for them. You may dissagree with his points (how much can taxing the wealthiest 2% more really pay for?), but he has them!

    So please: help me figure out what I am missing!

    January 8, 2008 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  18. Ken

    Carl, Carl

    Count me out as Hillary supporter. I'm supporting a candidate with the most experience in leading this country forward. And definitely someone with a positive track record....not just someone who voted "present" on critical issues. Incompetence is a direct results of Katrina, Iraq, and 911 attacks.

    January 8, 2008 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  19. Ray

    Wow, Obama handled this so well.

    For all of those who say Obama doesn't have a plan go check out his website: http://www.barackobama.com

    He has so much more content on it as far as his policy plans than any of the other leading candidates (at least Democrats.)

    I hope you take time to read it before posting comments.

    Again, Obama showing why he is best qualified to be POTUS.

    January 8, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  20. Girl in Texas

    Hey y'all....particularly the negative ones....can't you just be nice and support your candidate and their viewpoint on the issues?

    Obama leads a nice example, if you need one.

    January 8, 2008 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  21. Ken

    If you don't like his actions in the senate- give some details?
    He has spent longer in the senate than Hillary.
    what experience is he lacking- Does hillary's unelected time as first lady count?
    how- she destroyed the health care reform

    Stewart- State Senate? Obama is someone who just voted "present" on critical issues like abortions or to support a bill that would let some juveniles be tried as adults. 136 times Obama voted "present" when he was in the State Senate. That's easy, even I could have done that.....voted "present" 136 times but I certainly wouldn't count that as part of my experience.

    January 8, 2008 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  22. Ed

    stewart: Actually, no, Obama hasn't spent more time in the Senate than Clinton. She was elected to the Senate in 2000, and is in her second term. He was elected to the Senate in 2004, and is only half way through his first term.

    I'm not a supporter of either. I'm just sayin' ...

    January 8, 2008 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  23. Rayne

    This situation shows that Obama is willing to listen even in the face of opposition. He acknowledged them, even though they were being rude and disrespectful by interupting his speech. This is he kind of leader America needs, someone who will listen to the voice of the people. He handled the situation with dignity.

    January 8, 2008 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  24. Vince, Phoenix AZ

    I cannot imagine how anyone of ANY level of intelligence can determine that Obama handled the disruption with anything but class.

    Don't be blinded by party or even candidate.

    January 8, 2008 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  25. michael of the north


    We have had a Clinton or Bush in the White House for the last 24 years... Pappy Bush) was a Veep under Regan. They are nothing but scum bags.

    Bush senior was a do nothing president, out of touch with reality, did not even know the price of a quart of milk and loaf of bread.

    You want to talk about do nothings,,,what did Bubba Clinton do in the longest period of prosperity in American History...nothing but a skirt chasing piece of scum

    OH yes and his Co president Mrs Clinton..her claim to fame in the health care fiasco was the infamous quote, Small businesses are undercapitalized and thats why they cannot afford health care...a direct quote from 1994 I believe...That was the last we heard from her for the next two terms. a- men

    Oh and remember the Bible carrying Bubba going to confessional with his Hilary standing by her man...The two of these bring scum bag politics to a new level
    Anyone that even thinks of bringing back either of the two characters is in la la land.

    Look at their (Clinton wanna-bees) up their on the Podium after Iowa, Madeline Allbright who basically give the green light to Sadam to march into Kuwait and went to N Korea and watched a parade of their nukes and said nothing

    Oh yea and the Dude who was caught shuffing 911 documents down his pants
    The Hilary campaign has him lurking in the background..

    Oh yes and lest we forget General Clark, He sure added a lot to Gore's campaign

    As for Dubya, you think its due to him the walking moron that we have not been attcked since 9-11..Boy what are you smokin...The man who was in texas drinking gin while New Orleans flooded. The guy who it took 10 mins to stop redaing to choildrena fter the 9-11 planes hit...This man saved us..oh my god and you can vote

    and the democrats don't have the Kahones to say the Impeach word. Nancy Pelosi what a lightweight joke...Is this an improvement over Denny (Mr Dunkin Donut's) Hastert

    Real Change...Bloomberg;Obama and Ron Paul and Huckabee

    Drain the swamp

    January 8, 2008 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
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