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. Wayne, Greenville TX

    WomanWithHope January 7, 2008 10:25 pm ET



    I think that young guy "took" your promotion because he knew how to spell "experience".....


    January 8, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Somewhere in Afghanistan

    I've been watching US politics unfold from somewhere in Afghanistan and it occurred to me that most of us Americans don't have a clue of what is happening beyond or within our borders.

    Obama – credible, honest, and passionate young man, but Afghanistan and Iraq are of strategic importance to the US. Although the pretentions for the Iraq War are questionable (I am not pro-war or anti-war, just a pragmatic realist), there is no doubt in my mind that we must not leave Iraq or Afghanistan right now or anytime in the near future, but should establish a "Marshall Plan" as we did in Japan and Germany. People in this part of the world would consider American withdrawal as a despicable and dishonorable abandonment that would propagate a "de facto" victory for Al-Qaeda, not to mention the fact that it will further destabilize the region and affect life as we know it in America. How do you get food to the supermakets, go to the hospital, and go to work? – oil.

    Hillary – her claims of experience are limited to gubernatorial and presidential first lady with limited success as a US Senator. I recommend you come out and live in Afghanistan or Iraq for a year (or ten) to develop "real" experience with foreign affairs and to gain a better insight on national affairs. Try building a school in Taliban-controlled areas or establish a single health care center in Sadr City. You will definitely come to tears when things don't go your way. Americans need resolve, tenacity and intestinal fortitude if we are to perservere in resolving national and foreign affairs.

    Edwards – just seems like a well polished version of Hillary, with better hair ($400 dollars worth. Comparison: an Afghani Colonel makes $400 per month or less) and a warmer personality.

    I think Obama has a good prospects, but I am very interested to see how his campaign will unfold and how he will put his words into actions.

    The U.S. and the Rest Of The World have very high expectations, irregardless of Republican, Democrat or Independent leadership.

    Somewhere in Afghanistan

    P.S. For all you fools that can't write or spell, consider this: most people in this region speak or write three to four languages. The majority of Americans can barely even speak or write one language. Therefore, the idea of coming in to a foreign country and "tearing down their doors to shoot them in the head" is as reprehensible as what the extremists believe, Ron O., so please exercise a little bit of humility, tolerance and basic respect for humanity. Open up a dictionary once in a while too.

    January 8, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Harold Bishop, NH

    If a woman is raped and becomes pregnant, should she not have the right to choose an abortion in that scenario?

    I favour this great man's position: Obama is pro choice and there is nothing wrong with leaving it at that.

    He handled the situation with Presidential aplomb.

    January 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Griz-Montana

    Obama say, “Some kind of change, I’m gonna make and I don’t have the experience it’ll take. If it’s change you want I’ll be your man and to tell you the truth I don’t have a plan. And I’m not gonna fell the stress, if my change creates a mess”. Next line someone

    January 8, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |

    You know it's one thing to hold a job and accomplish something, another just keeping a seat warm.


    Just because i'm married to an Engineer does not mean I have gained experience to be an Engineer and are able to do his job!

    Nor does the passage of time qualify anyone to say they have experience doing something they have never done.

    January 8, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Louise

    "A person can have RESPECT for the sanctity of life and not be a "Christian wack job."

    Unfortunately, the two usually go hand-in-hand. People opposed to abortion think that no one should ever be allowed to have one under any circumstances, and their basis for that decision always coes back to either the bible or God. They'd rather ruin 2 people's lives by forcing a child on someone who doesn't want it. Adoption, you say? How many kids are waiting to be adopted now? Like the previous poster said, if you don't favor abortion, then don't have one. But don't preachand mandate your beliefs on others who don't share them.

    January 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. John G

    Hey yet another example of a time when a democratic candidate sat idly by as people were robbed of their right to free speech

    First Hillary allowed a mob to expel a protester from one of her speeches and now Obama allows the police to "escort" people out for engaging their constitutional right to dissent with him. Their shouting was not hurting anyone so he should have let them remain.

    January 8, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    Ron O.

    Are you the missing link?...

    January 8, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Abm Habibullah, Dallas, TX

    Barak Obama can inspire people and that is extremely important. True inspiration can make you things you won't do otherwise.

    January 8, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. John Q. Public

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

    Obama is speaking from personal experience here, as most people in the country disagree with him!

    January 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Jack K.

    Yep...it's alright to organize...but what about when they start shooting physicians and abortion clinic staff? You know, I don't think any "Right To Life" groups are on the terrorist watch lists. Yet, in the past decade–we've had more "actual" violence crimes, assault and deaths among abortion clinic workers than many other categories of terrorist groups on our watch list. Why is that?

    January 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. ICUrProfiling

    Louise posted:

    "People opposed to abortion think that no one should ever be allowed to have one under any circumstances, and their basis for that decision always coes back to either the bible or God. They'd rather ruin 2 people's lives by forcing a child on someone who doesn't want it. "

    That was a very specific statement to make for humankind as a whole. You were NOT, however, referring to ALL people opposed to abortion.

    I agree with THERAPEUTIC ABORTION and in cases of rape and/or incest. I DO NOT AGREE with using abortion as a means of birth control. Practice a little SELF control and abortion would not be an issue in cases other than for therapeutic reasons.

    And just an FYI:
    Therapeutic abortion is defined as the termination of pregnancy before fetal viability in order to preserve maternal health. In its broadest definition, therapeutic abortion can be performed to (1) save the life of the mother, (2) preserve the health of the mother, (3) terminate a pregnancy that would result in the birth of a child with defects incompatible with life or associated with significant morbidity, (4) terminate a nonviable pregnancy, or (5) selectively reduce a multifetal pregnancy.

    January 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. concerned

    why US does not make a policy to give a president trial for – 1-2 months to show how he/she can lead and do the promised, if they fail, why not to go for the runner ups? Like in store, you buy – let's say clothes, try them on for a month, do not like it, return, and get better.... sounds terrible? Maybe the elections should be done different way. This candidates fighting is stresfull, sometimes out of dignity, out of most people abilitye to really know who is who, who will do the right thing.

    Everyone is putting one person on pedestal – this is what was done for dictators, + mass hysteria, + badmouthing , + all the bad which comes from it. Why people are not able to deal with theri differencies with dignity? With tolerance to others opinions? Why it has to be throwing a dirt n others? Hillary is the one who is scrutinized without mercy – she is a human being, someone who wants the good fr this country too, you know? Not only mr. Obama and the others. I can read body language well, I found Obama to be arrogant, he does not like Hillary -it is obvious, she was pushed to defend herself, and she did it with dignity too. She pointed out what she knows- the truth, and she was scrutinized for it. When others point out on others or her, it is OK. Why? Double standard? Bc she is a woman?

    my comments to following:

    well, this can be interpreted many way, as individual understands it – or wants to understand it.

    He handled it the way he did, no need for ovations for having a class....I remember Hillary said at the table in NH talks that he is likable, he responded with not nice look and tone " you are likable enough..." this is rather harsh statement the way it was done....I felt sorry for her....

    .... all this fighting can go on and on and on, and the winner is standing behind laughing to it all.... it is someone who is not involved usually....

    Hillary shows her emotions – and she is questioned if it was gennuine emotion! Please, give her break. These attacks are terrible!
    Intelligent and strong people do not need this. She is blamed of getting upset, yes, if I would be accused of no truth, I would get upset, would not anybody?

    the whole world must be shaking their heads...

    January 8, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. concerned

    the protesters event:
    1) was orchestrated by oponent,
    2) was it orchestrated by himself so he can show people how cool he is,
    3) it just happened – not orchestrated by anyone from opposition
    4) other ideas?

    January 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. fredobjective

    Sounds like the Clintons are singing a song called 'Oh, crap! Let's get mean fast! Bring out the mud catapults–and FIRE!!!"

    January 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. keep the peace

    It is obvious that you are just plain dumb/ignorant, put nicely. First of all why would you lay down and get pregnant? You do have CHOICES. Did you not know this? Especially when you already have all the answers. How can you place any value on life when you choose to detroy it. O, I forgot you do value life; your own you selfish..... Sex is meant to create life , did you not know this? Not just your selfish gratefication. How is it that someone else is destroying your life or your childs life if it lives by the choices you make? After all it is your choicesss not a Christian wac-job or any other person in this world. Trying to instill some wisdom and knowledge isn't preaching and mandating but trying spare you of the grief that you obviously are having now.


    January 8, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. d

    I think Hilary has the potential to be the President. As a Senator she has made changes for the best. She has plans for the future, unlike the other competitors. She has the will power to go forth and suceed. She is the kind of person that has the commitment to get to the place she wants to be.

    January 8, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. People do force

    People actually do force their young girls to have abortions.
    I have seen many girls that are only 13 years old end up pregnant with one or multiples in her womb.

    Her choice is to have the child, and her father MADE her get an abortion. Her mother was quite upset.

    It really is a shame to support Obama, "IN MY EYES". Abortion was not here in the beggining and I hope it will not be here in the end.

    Obama supports it because he believes it's the Woman's moral right and decision. It is her body and she should be able to say whether or not she wants to have the child.

    I like the fact that he respects woman's moral decisions....but how many of those woman or young teenagers, even pre-teens act on moralality if their having free sex.?

    January 8, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. bigyaz

    San Francisco: First, you cherry-pick lines from Obama speeches. Then you write, "Notice the lack of content."

    If you go to his website and actually read his proposals you'll find a tremendous amount of content: specific proposals for addressing health care, the environment, immigration and much more.

    But of course it's much easier to just make stuff up than to do some research.

    January 8, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Chris, Middletown, CT

    The Kool Aid must keep making the HRC (aka Hillidiots) mutter the phrase "but she has "experience"

    HRC's experience was as the first lady for 8 years....aka the surgeons wife....as much experience as anyone reading the newspaper

    Then Hillary (knowing that she had a snowballs chance in hell of being elected to anything in her home state of Arkansas) – picked up and moved to a place that would elect anyone with a D after their name....NY

    She has 6 years elected experience – Obama has more years of "elected" experience than HRC....

    Maybe you believe that saying it over and over makes it true....yet....its just sad (at least for people who are literate)

    January 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. VNJD

    I'm a conservative Republican, I am on some level against abortion, I'm probably not going to vote for him this time around, but I still think Barack Obama is a class act and a true gentleman.

    January 8, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. ObamaGirl81inKentucky

    Obama for President 2008!!!

    He has my vote!!!

    January 8, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Rono Lyze

    Rono you lie – we've been attacked a few times since 9/11 – did you forget about the anthrax attacks? There were multiple ones...how about attacks on our embassies? Do you just get to classify who is a terrorist only when convenient for your argument? Bush didn't stop any terrorist lol (I could just see ol' George trying to wrestle a box knife away from Al Habbib hehehe). Increased detective work, better diplomacy, and financial restrictions played more of a role than throwing a big army in some general direction ever could.

    You red staters need to stop the knuckle-dragging. Republicants.

    January 8, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. N8Ma

    You say talk is cheap for Obama but it's really just your own laziness to not understand where he stands on the issues.

    Every candidate has a website, and a detailed policy platform. Obama's can be found here:

    It is called "Blueprint for Change" and is 64 pages in length. Don't say talk is cheap; instead acknowledge your own ignorance. All the candidates have serious and lengthy policy platforms. However, one can't get all of it out on the stump. The media likes to quote soundbytes, and you shouldn't be relying on those to make up your mind.

    Obama has a serious record in both the Illinois state senate and the US Congress. He has put forward serious, concrete proposals for change–energy independence, open government, principled foreign policy–so don't go around saying he's a one-word candidate.

    January 8, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. witness to change in L.A.

    I think Hillary, Obama, and Edwards are all smart and have great ideas to effect new policies. I also appreciate how all the candidates and their volunteers are making this the most exciting election year ever. But what I admire most about Obama is his understanding that change will come not simply through a change in policies but through a deeper transformation of the political system – and his ability to inspire that change. His grassroots campaign has done the most to make everyone feel welcome in the political process. Last night, my mom called me to tell me she and my dad had registered to vote for the first time. In their 33 years as American citizens, they have never voted in a primary or election. Now instead of watching the Korean news, they’re glued to the presidential debates. As someone who has watched them work incredibly hard and overcome all kinds of challenges to integrate into this country and establish their business and put their kids through college, I have rarely felt more moved than by their belief that it is important that they too get involved in the American political process. I believe Obama understands what ensures a democracy's greatness – the participation of all its people rather than a particular policy – and what my parents came here for in the first place.

    January 9, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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