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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Naomi, Texas

    I'm J. McCain, and I support those posters that I wrote
    (notice all posters appear to have been written by one person)

    September 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. John

    What a bunch of mislead republicans. What a shame. Martin Luther King has rolled over in his grave

    September 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. DPW

    WHAT PEOPLE DO FOR MONEY!!!!!! I WONDER HOW MUCH THEY GOT PAID!!!

    September 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Oh Boy!!!???

    I just saw this on TV and the protesters were obvious plants. Nobody goes that quietly in single file unless they really thought they had accomplished their goal.

    If disruption was their goal, success. Bringing a topic to the people's attention? Jesse Jackson's approval? Endorsed by the KKK?

    Ok, sure, way to go guys. Pick up your checks and go.

    September 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. FL4OB

    Well, we see the 10% right wingnuts standing against their best interests here. At least Obama did the respectful thing by trying to allow them to express their First Amendment rights.

    As a constitutional law professor, Obama understands letting Americans have their rights to free speech, even if the points are misguided.

    Obama/Biden '08
    iSi se puede!

    September 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. victor,nj

    I guess they think McCain will champion their cause. Let them vote for McCain. A man until recently was against Martin Lurther King holiday.

    September 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Don

    What is this going to do for my family and how are the going to keep food on the table. Next Story.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Phoebe in NYC

    We need to not give people like this attention.

    September 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. al in memphis

    Obama handled it the right way by telling them it was okay to display their signs, but he wanted to get on with speaking to people in audience. A dignified way to deal with people who differ with your opinions - A president for the citizens who don't agree with all of his approaches.

    September 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Real Real Change

    Actually Obama is NOT for gay marriage. I'm in favor of gay marriage and wish Obama was too; but he's not.

    And why do I seriously doubt that the KKK has endorsed Obama?

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

    Republican Clown posse ? Hilarious!

    September 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. You must be joking

    We don't need KKK talk in this country. Disgusting....

    September 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. lsdoylejr72

    Come on CNN! I know you consistently try to paint Obama in a much better light than reality thus continually you distort the truth. How could there have been only "10" protestors? Your picture on this very article alone shows 13 signs! Quite lying for Obama. You guys are so incredibly out of touch with the average American. People flock to Fox for a reason!

    September 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Concerned Voter

    That's plain sad....the protestors should be really be ashamed of themselves. This sounds like it was staged by the Republicans. I wonder how much the 10 protestors got paid? And as an African American, I have never been fond of Jesse Jackson...he can take his rhyming irrelevance elsewhere to the highest bidder. Americans want change...and Barack Obama is the man who will deliver that change. Although Jesse Jackson wanted to be the first black president...HE WON'T and THANK GOD FOR THAT. BARACK OBAMA WILL BE!!!!

    September 19, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Denise(proudly supports Obama)

    This is America freedom of speech, however this African American proudly support Obama.

    September 19, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Akinola - Houston

    Black on Black crime!

    September 19, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Donald Winston-Day

    Wow what morons. Obama wasn't endorsed by the KKK, that was a joke that became incredibly widespread. And who cares whether or not Jesse Jackson hates Obama? There's billions of people in this world, are we expected to steer clear of him because of that one man who's presidential bid failed miserably?

    Clearly his reason to be against Obama stems from his own jealousy.

    September 19, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. OhPlease!

    Only 10!!!!, how lame!!!!

    September 19, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. J from DC

    McCain claims he would fire Christopher Cox, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Committee. Yet, McCain won’t even fired his economic advisor is Phil Gramm. The real man who created policies which contributed greatly to this recent Economic Meltdown. Unbelievable! Maverick or Mouse, or pathological liar?

    September 19, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. Molly in MPLS

    I was completely impressed while watching this on CNN. He said they could hold up their signs, but asked that they "settle down." I thought it was the perfect tone to say, I respect your right to have an opinion. This is so much better than having signs ripped from your hands and being forceably removed - as what has happened at the RNC and just the other day at a republican rally.

    September 19, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Ken Pittsburgh

    There was a time in this country when we went to hear speaker talk even if we did not agree with them we allow them to finished before we would take them on for their views. There is abound in this land the fact that we no longer this to take place more the pity for us.

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

    hahahahahahaha GOP did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! get a life losers

    September 19, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. Hillary 2012

    Good job boys
    He can’t sell his lies in Florida
    Hillary supporter for Mc Cain
    Mc Cain 08
    Hillary 2012

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

    who care those are stupid

    September 19, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Danny in Chicago

    Um....yeah.....whatever......

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