Protesters equate greed with Romney
November 2nd, 2011
01:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Protesters equate greed with Romney

New York (CNN) - Political activists from and other liberal organizations gathered Wednesday in New York to protest against GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and corporate greed.

Romney held a private breakfast fundraiser at the Grand Hyatt hotel while two dozen protesters stood outside chanting and holding mock campaign signs that read "Greed is Good! Romney-Gekko 2012," referring to the infamous Wall Street movie and fictional character Gordon Gekko, played by actor Michael Douglas. The signs showed a photo of Romney as CEO of Bain Capital.

The peaceful demonstration lasted one hour. Shortly before then, a handful of people attempted to walk into the Hyatt to speak to Romney, but were quickly turned away by hotel security for being on private property, and because they were not guests of the hotel.

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  1. judith

    No kidding–Romney is a perfect poster boy for Corporate Greed. I think OWS has found their perfect target in Mitt and his life story of absolute greed. Capitalism run amok and running all over the working class.

    November 2, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. stayintrue

    Uhhh, let's just take a look at todays headlines. Corzine (Democrat/Obama's buddy) is being investigated and walking away with MILLIONS. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the brainchild of Dodd/Frank (Democrats) was given billions (our money) because they made big mistakes giving bad mortgages, and their big whigs are walking away with bonuses of MILLIONS. Two solar companies given huge amounts of money by the Obama administration are bankrupt, but the big guys (also friends of Obama) are getting big chunks of money even though the companies that we the TAXPAYERS funded are and were going under. MAYBE THERE IS A BIT OF POLITICAL MISCHIEF GOING ON HERE? No -it's just the unions who are tied hand in hand with this administration. This article is laughable.

    November 2, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Those look like pretty fancy-shamncy posters...I wonder who paid for them...DNC? Obama?"

    MoveOn is qite capable of raising quite a bit of money all by itself...and they have gone on record attacking Obama and the Dems for various issues in the past. They are non-partisan, but liberal in view....sortof like reality.

    November 2, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    @ Fed up.....
    people are not against others who are wealthy and have done well for themselves...people are tired of the GREEDY ones that do nothing but trample those under them, think the rules don't apply to them, corporations that make record profits and still not hire anybody, and ship jobs overseas. I am sure that there are MANY in Congress alone that have bigger bank statements than President Obama. at least the President has admitted that he is willing to pay more taxes for someone in his bracket. Turn off FoxNews and Glenn Beck for a while and know what people are REALLY upset about. You can tell from your statement you are amongst the ones that are misinformed.

    November 2, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. no1atall

    PRESIDENT OBAMA stays, tea party goes; its as simple as that. Obama/Biden 2012!

    November 2, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Dean

    Typical liberal protesters...they can't even spell. Idiots and morons.

    November 2, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Isn't it funny how the Conservatives continue to demonize the Liberals calling us, Commies, Socialists????


    The present Teapublican House of Congress, gave themselves MORE vacation days! Now for every 2 weeks they work, they get a week OFF WITH PAY! How is that for "hard working"?

    No Liberal, wants anyone to be poor, we want EVERY American to have a chance at the American Dream! In FACT, 65% of the wealthiest 1%...... say they are fine with their taxes being raised!

    We have had the Bush Tax Cuts in place for a decade now, WHERE ARE THE JOBS?????????????????

    November 2, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Protesters equate greed with Romney
    Like white on rice.

    November 2, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. NameMorpunkt

    Class warfare gets you nowhere. Obama's shills are working their Acorn call lists for reinforcements. How pathetic.
    Mitt in 2012.

    November 2, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Guest


    Those look like pretty fancy-shamncy posters...I wonder who paid for them...DNC? Obama?


    Yes because black and white posters are such an expensive commodity.
    OH LORDY LOO how will we ever pay our rent when we need signs with a black and white picture, black background, and white letters!!!
    Or did you just need to get your daily Democrat bashing out of your system?

    November 2, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. NameMorpunkt

    Hey. How come "Wire Palladin S. F. Gets his post put on this CNN blog site every time? It's a rigged site.
    CNN is not balanced.

    November 2, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Mitt the Flipwit deserves all this criticism and more. He has nakedly aligned himself with the Big Business and the filthy rich. He has not a single idea of value to the 99%ers, and instead parrots the same tired and disproven GOBP deathcult talking points manure about tax cuts and deregulation. He cares only for the greedy and not the needy.

    November 2, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. sara

    Hey!! My mansion isn't BIG enough. Time to fire some of the "little people"

    November 2, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Looks like all those unemployed ACORN losers found a part time job! Or is it the other leftist losers from OWS?

    So to the left, if success is greed, then poverty must be generousity, generousity is good therefore poverty is great and it is what we must all strive for. One problem, who are they going to tax to pay to live in this fantasy world they live in?

    Welcome to the insane world of the left.

    November 2, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY


    Those look like pretty fancy-shamncy posters...I wonder who paid for them...DNC? Obama?

    Not like the T-B party rallies, funded by the Koch Brothers and other GOP front organizations. And at least the people who did the OWS signs did a little thing called spell-check before....unlike the Baggers who made so many mistakes, they should have been on "Are you smarter than a 5th grader?" The answer would be no....."Get a brain, MorAn" "No Pubic Option" "Obama–half breed Muslin""No Amensty"

    November 2, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |

    Romney is a moron, son of a billionaire, who got eevthing free and clear at his birth.

    Then who else is left? Will vote for Cain/Gingrich ticket if GOP will allow me, or not choose their own candidate. Otherwidse, I am out voting for Obama as I did last elections when GOP chosen Palin as VP candidate.

    November 2, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Liberals are Racists pigs...

    Romney is a true liberal posing as a GOPer which explains his stagnation in all likely GOP voters.. All of you racists liberals who secretly want their Manchurian Canidate to take over the world your time is up.

    November 2, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Ed DFWTX

    Romney-Gekko 2012! Greed is good in the eyes of Mitt! Mitt thinks Corporations are people! It's about time people woke up to the abuse we are suffering at the hands of the corporations. They pay off the politicians like Mitt to keep their gravy train rolling. Even as household income drops by 6.7 %, executive salaries keep going up. The average CEO makes 343 time the average worker; the worst ration of any country in the world. The biggest reason government is broken is because of ill-informed voters who often make the wrong choices. It is ill-informed voters who vote against their economic best interests. If you like to work harder and get less keep voting for the Repubs!

    November 2, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Darrell


    Yes, the President is a millionaire, who has said he is willing to pay higher taxes. Also he has made his money writing books, not buying companies and laying off employees. Hope that answers your question.

    November 2, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. chuck weidemann

    Has Romney ever worked a day in his life?? He pays someone to cut his grass !! That's creating jobs to republicans. How many of them will take that job. They don't want to put people to work building bridges. Have to pay more for that!

    November 2, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Ray E. (Georgia)

    So what is wrong with working hard and being sucessful? Nothing as far as I'm concerned. So if you want to be sucessful, you have all the tools already. All you have to do is apply them. You may not get rich, I'm not rich but I am happy. REMEMBER WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE BULLMOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY!

    November 2, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. TJ

    I cant wait for SNL this week! LOL.

    November 2, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. Brandon Wooldridge

    Did anyone notice there were only 2 dozen protestors? How does this qualify as as national news story? CNN...Stop pushing your liberal agenda. It greatly dimishes your credibility.

    November 2, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    "So to the left, if success is greed, then poverty must be generousity, generousity is good therefore poverty is great and it is what we must all strive for.:"

    Wow, if there's a point in that manure-flavored word salad, it cannot be discerned by sane people. You seem to believe things about "the left" that you've simply made up on your fevered imagination. See, sane people see a clear and simple distinction between success and greed. Flipwit has made clear he's on the side of greed. Is that so hard for you to understand?

    November 2, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. whocares

    What a bunch of lib losers

    November 2, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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