September 19th, 2008
01:35 PM ET
12 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.


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  1. Todd

    Oh please! He's on record of having a personal opposition to gay marriage though also opposes an amendment against it as well. And does anyone seriously believe that the KKK would endorse a person of color? They protested Barney at one point because the actor INSIDE THE SUIT was black!!

    September 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. please

    the KKK endorsed his campaign? how much did the RNC pay these people to protest? Kinda funny. Yup, support McCain, the party that doesn't even want blacks to vote.

    I understand if they don't support him for his abortion views as well as gay marriage, but come on the KKK endorsed him. RNC, do a better job of vetting your shills – oh what's that, you don't know what vetting means? Kinda thought so.

    September 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. jay nyc

    So let me get this right – people are against Obama because he supports gay rights and abortion? Give me a break. If the USA and John McCains so called constitutional judges institute slavery or revoke women's riight to abortion again, would that make them happy? I am glad that Obama is standing up for people that others are too scared to support! SHAME ON THEM!

    September 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. anthony

    Obama endorsed by KKK? What planet do these people come from?

    September 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Spencer from VA

    Sounds like a Karl Rove plot to try and divide and conquer the black community. Sorry Johnny boy, it won't work. Gables Florida??? Majority of the blacks in Florida are in Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami.

    September 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Tony

    What happened to "Freedom of Speech" that all of you were yelling about when they escorted the protesters out of the Republican meeting the other day???

    September 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Tino

    Its a shame that there are some African-American men who despise Obama for asking them to be responsible fathers. That is why these idiots and whoever is their sponsor are angry about. I honestly think that it time for us as black men to own up to our responsibilties, respect our women, and take care of our children. Stop all the scapegoat nonsense and support the one man who is standing up for all American people. If we continue down this reckless path of denial and self destruction, we risk alleanating many people who are slowly but surely beginning to embrace our contributions to the common good of all.

    September 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Brian

    What a crock. I wonder what the republican operative outside the event paid these poor folks to go inside and wave these signs.

    Obama/Biden '08!!!

    September 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. jim, kansas city MO

    Key word for Obama is invertebrae, check the dictionary what that means for you who do not have science background.
    I saw his so called "economic plan" which is non existent as of today.
    What do you know he did not take a stand.
    He supports what Paul and Bernake do, which indirectly he supports Bush administration, which in past has accused McCain of doing.
    Will he stand for anything, or just give speeches to hyponotized followers.

    September 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Old Fart

    Such an obvious Republican tactic. This just shows how scared they are of losing Florida. Interesting that they would use blacks, since Republicans don't allow blacks to vote in Florida anyway.

    September 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Kendrick

    Welll I guess they cant say all blacks are supporting Obama because he is black.

    September 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Jim Dell

    This was a shame. Must be McCain's fault.

    September 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. withheld

    This belong on the INN network, not CNN.

    September 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    This is America we have a right to Protest. Can please eveybody or make happy at the same time. The good of the many out weights the bad of the few. Go Obama/Biden

    September 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Deborah

    If these people have issues ... why were't they presented to the people in the offices before this time. Barack Obama has been campagning for 19 moths... how long have they been living in Fla. under the cirucustances they are upset about.

    September 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. no-longer Happy in CT

    What can you say? I mean People are just blindly hating Obama for the color of his skin...

    They have NO other real substance to argue him on...

    The U.S. is showing it's colors No pun...

    -V

    September 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Tired of the Lies

    Proof positive that idiocy knows no racial boundaries.

    My favorite was the sign stating the KKK would rather have a black man in the highest office in the nation than the poster-boy for the priveledged white man, McCain.

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Matt

    Is this planet Earth? I mean really. We all know that there is such a thing as black Republicans. Everyone's entitled to their opinions and beliefs. But "Obama's campaign is endorsed by the KKK"???? Ludicrous. Madness. Sickening. I'd laugh if it wasn't so utterly disgusting.

    As we know, Rove and the republicans have adopted Hitler's strategies for misinforming and manipulating the public. But c'mon, Hitler said to "tell the Big Lie" and keep repeating it so everyone believes it...he didn't say "make something up so crazy that you sound like a schizophrenic on LSD."

    September 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Jordan Whicker

    There are black people who don't like Obama?!
    Quick, someone mobilize the "White People Against McCain" organization!

    September 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. ln

    You would think that folks would get their facts straight before making posters and heading off to make fools of themselves. Obama is not for gay marriage, and their is a difference between being pro-choice and pro-abortion. And endorsed by the KKK??? Hahahaha. That's hilarious. That story was written as a joke in a British satirical newspaper.

    Give me a break. These people should have done a little research before making themselves look stuipd on national television.

    September 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. peter

    comedy central! kkk endorsed obama? thats news, america is surely moving forward

    September 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Jonathan

    Wow, McCain's people are playing real dirty in Florida

    September 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. sophia nyc

    McCain couldn't find white people to do it?

    September 19, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Shari, NY

    Wow, freedom of speech at its best, and Jesse Jackson gets hauled into this! On second thought I wonder if this group got paid to protest.

    September 19, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. The BOTTOM Line.....

    WHATS WRONG WITH GAY RIGHTS AND BEING PRO-CHOICE......THIS IS AMERICA PEOPLE. WE ALL ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE THE SAME VIEWS, BUT AT LEAST WE CAN LIVE AS ONE NATION. THE KKK FINALLY DID SOMETHING WELL WITH THEIR MONEY.......LOL.

    September 19, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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