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. beatfreak

    would you have preferred him to have the protesters tazed and dragged away kicking and screaming? lol "dont taze me bro!"

    January 8, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Young guy probably 'TOOK' your promotion cause you don't deserve it... as is the case with Obama.

    Bush had experience from an imperial dynasty, can't say that he never did.. do your research. OBAMA!!!

    January 8, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  3. Fly Fishing Rick-Montana

    Obama is the best at "rappin". Maybe his throat will get soar and he can't rap no more.

    January 8, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  4. ICUrProfiling

    Since when are all people opposed to abortion "religious zealots"?

    Why didn't he debate the issue then and there? Instead, he waits for the police to take the protestors (a right granted in the Bill of Rights!) away and poses himself higher on the Kool-Aid platform. With enough sugar....anyone will drink it.

    NObama '08

    January 8, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Seam, Philly PA

    For you idiots that think Obama did not handle the situation well, at least he offered to talk to them afterwards, rather than simply ignore them like most leaders. These foolish protestors do not get anything done by shouting and being disruptive. Obama's absolutely right.

    January 8, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  6. Dave C - NJ

    1. Maybe we don't need someone with traditional "experience." When a machine is broken, perhaps sometimes you need a new one.
    2. Maybe abortion should not be a presidential issue. Mayby there are more important things on the agenda on a federal level folks.
    3. Maybe all you people trashing him are GOP or HIllary supporters and were not going to vote for him anyway, so mouth off all you want.
    4. Maybe Obama will crush Duckaberry or Rommel...conservative Stay the Course GOP wannabees.
    5. Maybe this country does not have as many bigots as we used to. The GOP won't be able to come up with anything better to hit Obama with other than his name? Please.

    The guy is electable and I think at this point we need a Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Nothing can be worse than W so what are you afraid of?

    January 8, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. bb

    thats ludicrous. the last candidate i would think to plant anyone. and while many ask "why can't you vote yes or no" on this issue it isn't a yes or no issue surely. i believe obama is anti-abortion but free-will. i agree. and people aren't looking for experience in this race. the youth is coming out in numbers and we are speaking out like we never have before and our demographic might be the decider in this election. if that is so look for obama to stay out front. obama was the first to promise change and we believe him. and i concur, his coolness demonstrates presidential ability.

    January 8, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. NoxLupus

    to Womanwithhope:

    Could you sound a LITTLE more jaded and defeatist, please, as if America doesn't have enough people like you in it. Get off your ungrateful ass and MAKE something happen instead of complaining about it.

    "Oh, the younger guy STOLE my promotion", are you serious! If thats true, file a lawsuit against your company for Ageism (sp?). If you feel Obama is inexperienced, prove your point by showing/siting where he made incorrect or unwise decisions. Don't just make blanket accusatory comments. That sort of behavior is generally displayed by those who are inexperiened and prone to rash judgements.

    January 8, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. NoxLupus

    to Ik in NH:

    Wow, conspiracy thoeries... are the aliens reading our minds too!

    That last comment the protester shouted was actually very pointed and potentially damaging. Yes, Obama side stepped it by praising the protesters for their resolve, but show me a politician who doesn't dodge trully tough and devisive questions or subjects... thats the game we live with in our political system today.

    January 8, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  10. Thomas L

    Another Steve: Those protesters are the same people who want to end welfare for those abandoned kids as well. It doesn't make any sense when someone wants to end abortion and also end welfare to help those needy people they are trying to save.

    January 8, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. Bob, NJ

    Sounds like Barack handled this situation well, and in a very classy manner – something missing from our other politicians. The more I see and hear from this man, the more I like him. Easy to see why he is gaining popularity so quickly.

    January 8, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Shirley

    It looks as if the U.S. will get what it deserves once again. Yesterday we saw the charming Barack bragging about his work on the patients bill of rights. Hillary the knowedgeable one chipped in with " We don't have a patients bill of rights." Which Barack admitted, It didn't pass both houses evidently. NOT ONE REPORTER ON CNN PICKED UP ON THIS. Amazing!!! Then we see Barack's Grandmother in Kenya preparing corn for the animals. My question is, what kind of cold fish can't or won't get his Grandmother out of the appalling situation in Kenya??? Its true he has a school in Kenya which can't be used because of the situation there. Nice try though Barack. Unfortunt\ately at this time in U.S. history we need experience rather than charm and a lot more than a nice try. In fairness to Obama perhaps he has TRIED to talk his Grandmother into coming to the U.S. Surely, with all this charm he CAN talk immigration into at least an entry visa for Grandma.
    I know and I do realise that at the rate China is going if somebody doesn't do something soon we will no longer be the most powerful nation in the world and perhaps it doesn't matter. Well it does to me, I'm not willing to relinquish our position to someone who in actual fact can't even get his own Grandmother out of harm's way much less us!!!

    January 8, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. MARY


    January 8, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is nice that he tried to include the group in the sense that they are also allowed to do their own peaceful protest. There was no bashing of the other side. We need to have someone who respects all sides and is willing to listen to them. This doesn't mean that the candidate or president needs to be taking their point of view either.

    January 8, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. marama

    Come on folks. THINK!! Obama is telling you what you want to believe. It is the oldest trick in the book. It is easier to BELIEVE then THINK but please dust out the cob webs and think. I do not know who the best person for the job is, but please look before you leap.

    January 8, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |

    On the issue of abortion, it is MY RIGHT TO CHOOSE not yours or our goverment's. Although, I WOULD NOT HAVE ONE.

    God gave us all a choice to choose right from wrong, good from bad. and he doesn't condem you when you make a mistake. This choice is no different it's their right to be able to choose. "What I would do however is to continue to make sure that plenty of information is out there. Continue in a civil manner to let the truth be known about abortion for them to be able to make a rational informed dicision.

    Psalm 1
    1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
    2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

    Isaiah 55:8 (King James Version)
    8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

    These are not evil, wicked people they are uninformed people. Use your resources to continue to inform them; not attacting other people that don't outrightly seem to except your way of living or making dicisions.

    If you really want to force someone to do something, try forceing your goverment to bring down big tobacco. They are allowed to legally sell a highly additive drug(drug dealers) that is well known to kill people (murderers) while they all profit from it.

    January 8, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Gbryant

    To: James Cox

    Looks like you are invading the blogs.

    January 8, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    This is what I love about this man. He may disagree with you, but he carefully considers your viewpoint and respects it for the merits that it has.

    Exact opposite of someone like George W Bush!

    January 8, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. andrew k


    the hillary supporters are getting really scared now... you can tell just by reading this blog.

    the clinton campaign and days of status quo are over, and the clinton base is freaking out.

    obama handled this with class.. we need a president that at least listens to people with opposing views, even though they might not agree. bush has put out a us against you mentality that needs to stop. we need a uniter

    obama 08!

    January 8, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. gnrason i

    Hillary plants too not doubt, just like the ones screaming "Iron my shirt" at her stop.
    Divisive political attack tactics like these are all the Clintonian's have left..

    January 8, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. michael of the north

    Hilary is goin down, The shock the entitlement democrats and repubilcans must fear coming election. Throw the bums out start fresh, drain theswamp

    Obama and anyone but edwards, Edwards is the only one that is more scum sucking than Hilary. The guy would sell his mother and wife for a vote.

    Huckabee while another evangelical nutcase at least is honest in his religion
    aka BUSH trying to appear as a christian...p-l-e-a-s-e. He (Bush) is just a mad teetotaller...many of the conspiratist groups say he fell off the wagon 12 years ago

    Drain THE SWAMP, get rid of the scum starting with the clinton and Bush lovers

    January 8, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Liam

    Tell those people who want to prevent abortions; Support sex education and the use of contraceptives.

    Here is my bumper sticker. Feel free to use it, and put it on lapel buttons.


    January 8, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. NDH

    I think Obama's reaction shows that he really is embracing change and wants to get America dialoguing/debating the real issues again. As I've said elswhere, while I may personally share the conviction that abortion is indeed wrong... I believe that the bipartisanship and unity that someone like Obama can bring to the White House will do more to facilitate a government that actually dicusses/debates "real" issues like abortion, rather than prevents dialogue from even occuring because of anger, party affiliation, and the desire to maintain the status quo.

    January 8, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. therealist

    Studies show that sex education in public school has failed to slow abortion, STD's and sexual promiscuity rates. In fact, in the last 12 years, STD’s and sexual promiscuity have skyrocketed while abortions have remained about the same 1 million per year. And yet, our liberal Congress chooses not to fund abstinence education. Yeah, something needs to change alright.., but we have to take our head out of our @ss first..

    January 8, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |

    MR. AMERICA says if you don't like abortions, don't get one!

    January 8, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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