September 19th, 2008
01:35 PM ET
11 years ago

Protesters interrupt Obama

CNN

Protesters holding posters saying Sen. Barack Obama was endorsed by the KKK are escorted from his speech

(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign rally in Coral Gables, Florida Friday was interrupted by a group of about 10 African-American protesters holding signs that called themselves, "Blacks Against Obama."

The signs said Obama was for gay marriage and abortion, and said his candidacy was "endorsed by the KKK." Another sign said, "Jesse Jackson hates Obama."

Obama originally said the protesters could stay inside the event, but they were escorted out when they would not stop shouting.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Tom

    Gay marriage? Abortion rights? Come on guys, FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS!!! It's the economy, stupid.

    September 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Nada

    These are part of the 5% blacks who will not support Obama... It will be good for him since he benifited from an similar attack by Jackson.

    September 19, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. bernj

    Sounds like another repug trick to me. They obviously paid a few fools to act like fools.

    Obama '08

    September 19, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Drew

    lol nice try gop, you can hire all the people you want to smear

    September 19, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. CANADA4OBAMA

    I WONDER WHO PAID THOSE UNFORTUNATE AND MISDIRECTED INDIVIDUALS, TO PARADE THEMSELVES IN SUCH A SHAM OF A DEMONSTRATION?

    September 19, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. Tyree,LV-Independent

    I Can't Believe That Black People Are Interupting Obama.
    That The First Time I Have Seen Anyone Interupt Him, I Guess They Just Wanted To Get On T.V.

    Obama/ Biden 08'- To Get Rid OF Clowns Like This.

    September 19, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Mercedes

    Now you see, Obama doesn't care if protesters stayed but not McCain who had the prosters escorted out the other day.

    September 19, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Bruce

    well he offered to let them stay.More than McCain/Palin did.
    Makes you wonder if what is reported is the case were they a set up?

    September 19, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. PUMA-PAC - Murphy

    96% of the GOP convention was white...

    GOP never shows up at any of the pro-black stuff....

    Swift boat?

    September 19, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Jack

    Too bad they wouldnt stop shouting. It would have been a great way to demonstrate that one candidate tolerates and encourages dissenting voices, while the other campaign tries to shut down a legislative investigation and avoids subpoenas because they dont know "where their loyalties lie". How about the laws of the United States of America? Why dont you let your loyalties lie there?

    September 19, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. Corey Gabriel

    I bet the Republicans put them up to it....those of us that are old enough, remember the "dirty tricks" tactics of prior Republican campaigns.

    September 19, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Lala

    Looks like they were hired. Only 10 ! LOL this is really. Not like the Alaskans NOT for Sarah Palin Rally... I don't see much press about that one

    September 19, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. Kristy

    I'm surprised there was a whole 10 of them.

    September 19, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. Steve, New York, New York

    Wow – for some people, this election is "ALL ABOUT RACE" and nothing else. Maybe those protesters can find some jobs up in Alaska – they'd fit in real well during one of the governor's moose hunts.

    September 19, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Paul

    What a bunch of losers!!!!
    Dont deserve anymore attention

    September 19, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. MIKE

    Guarantee this was a STAGED protest by the Obama camp!

    September 19, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Oh Well

    They say America is strengthened by diversity of opinion – so be it.

    September 19, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. Maggie

    Ridiculous – hmmmm, I wonder how much a rethug paid them to do this

    September 19, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Keisha M.

    While I disagree with their opinions, their signs and their protest, I am happy to see young African-American men involved in the election process and voicing those opinions in a non-violent manner

    September 19, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Sam

    It's called jealousy.

    September 19, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. David of Florida

    That looks like more than 10 black students! We can count Sasha! Not all blacks like Obama and I can see why! Blacks against Obama! He isn't black! He is an African!!

    September 19, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Dem for unity

    They are entitled to their oppinion. Sad it was very ignorant on how it was done

    September 19, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. ChuckinCT

    I wonder how much the McCain camp paid them..ignorant peoples

    September 19, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Walt

    LOL, obviously ignorance is multiracial. I am not sure if they realize just how ignorant they really are. Then again ignorant folk rarely do.

    September 19, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Liberal

    What? This is unbelivable...

    September 19, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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