April 4th, 2009
02:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Protesters disrupt first lady's trip

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/04/art.michelleobamafrance.gi.jpg caption="First Lady Michelle Obama arrives at Rohan Palace on April 4 in Strasbourg, France."]
STRASBOURG, France (CNN) - Protesters in Strasbourg, France, forced a last-minute detour for First Lady Michelle Obama Saturday.

She and spouses of other leaders attending the NATO summit there had planned to tour a hospital. But protests blocked the way to the event, the first lady’s office said, prompting the visit to be scrapped.

Instead, France’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, met Mrs. Obama and the other spouses for a tour of the Palais Rohan. They then resumed their planned schedule with a visit to Strasbourg’s Cathedral of Notre-Dame.

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. IK

    Europe – where more people show up for protests and street theater than their countries can send to fight a war. Europe is finished – old, tired, and worn out.

    April 4, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Matt, Chico, CA

    As long as First Ladies (and in Ms. Obama's case I use the word Lady loosely) male public appearance they will be fair game for protests. First Ladies are not elected and therefore should have no agenda.

    April 4, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Pepe

    For the first time in my adult life I'm proud to be French!

    April 4, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Miranda

    Keep wishing rethugs! The French love the Obamas as well as the rest of Europe. Its a shame that you wingnuts don't have the mental capacity to actually comprehend these articles.

    April 4, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Shecky

    If that angry "I'm not proud of my country" woman came to my city, I'd protest her. And her socialist husband, too.

    April 4, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. SC

    These people were not protesters. When you protest, it is done peacefully with a reason. These are thugs and POS that are only there only to cause trouble.They don't give a rip about the policies or the president of our country or any other. It's what they do. Sad the first lady and her group could not continue to the hospital.

    April 4, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    The protester's have a right to protest as long as it is peaceful.

    April 4, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. Noel

    Obama is selling is out to the world! The comments he made about America; Americans at the G-20 sounds to much like a POW in captivity trying to gain leverage with his captors. I served for 25 years in the armed forces, the medals that I earned were for good reason and the missions associated with them served a purpose. This so called president is slapping every man and women in the armed forces in the face with no shame in front of a world audience. I would spit on him if I got the chance. Who cares about the first ladies, they are not the commander in chief, let them go out and run up their husbands charge card and visit with Oprah.

    April 4, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Bill

    Super MOD,
    "Our lives should always focus on leaving a better legacy for our children and future generations." So why are we putting up with this crap that Obama, Reid and Pelosi are doing with our economy. They are focusing on destroying our children's and our grand-children's lives.

    April 4, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Wanda

    Perhaps they were protesting the visit.

    April 4, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. Patrick

    See left wing 99% of protesters are idiots. We shouldn't listen to them. You probably applauded them when they were protesting Bush but now that they're turning on Obama you will begin to understand their ignorance.

    April 4, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. the French, don't they have wine to make?

    protesting the 1st lady just seems like something the French would do and at a cancer hospital, how French of them

    April 4, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. Michael B

    I don't like protesters that are this disruptive. But hopefully it serves as a reminder and a grounding agent to die-hard Obama supporters. Believe it or not, even the Obamas have people that oppose them, and they're not Republicans.

    April 4, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. strong

    Have these protestors no shame??

    Don't they realize Michelle is the wife of The Chosen One?

    April 4, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Lee

    It is really nice that the President & First Lady of the US can be presentable, get some working agreements with allies, move the ball forward, set an example for presentability, compassion, and thoughtfulness and model the kind of behavior that we seek from our counterparts throughout the world. They don't just talk about how others should do it; they do it. Bravo! And what a relief!

    April 4, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. Perusing-Through

    Protesters = = "Democracy in Action", (and sometimes a bit inconvenient).

    April 4, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. Chris

    Protests are fun, although it is a waste of time because our leaders do whatever they want anyway. President Bush always found protests wherever he went. Just wait till President Obama has to make some unpopular decisions. It is inevitable.

    April 5, 2009 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
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