Nov 5, 2012
When an anti-abortion protester started to make his views known at an Obama event yesterday, an entire stadium of Obama supporters turned on him, literally screaming and jeering for the man to be apprehended.
The incident took place at a supporters rally at the University of Cincinnati basketball arena in Ohio. The president stopped speaking as the crowd became extremely animated, booing and quickly drowning out the protester with chants of “four more years.”
“I guess y’all are still fired up,” Obama told the crowd as the incident unfolded.
In one video of the incident, Obama is seen chuckling to himself as the protester holds out a placard with disturbing images of aborted fetuses on it.
According to some reports, the sign read “This Moral Wrong Should Never Be A Constitutional Right”. It is not clear whether the president could actually see the sign.
When police rounded on the man and prized him from his seat where he was holding onto an upper tier railing, the stadium erupted into cheers. As he was dragged out by police, Obama launched back into the scripted speech about Ohio knowing what it was like to experience deadly storms.
“Get him. Get his ass.” people in the crowd could be heard shouting.
Watch the video:
Later on during the same event, another protester at the back of the arena stood and began to heckle the president. Obama supporters could be seen turning in his direction and throwing their fists at the man in fits of anger.
“It’s okay folks. Everybody, it’s okay. We’re good,” Obama said, trying to clam the crowd down, before giving up and waiting for the protester to be escorted from the stadium by police.
The president, clearly caught off guard, tried to make a joke out of the situation by suggesting the protesters were fans of two out-of-town football teams.
“These might have been some Tennessee Titans fans mad about the Chicago Bears,” who delivered a 51-20 beatdown on Tennessee Sunday. “My Bears are pretty good.” Obama stated.
At the end of he event the crowd sang and danced along to Stevie Wonder performing a live version of his song ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’.
The scene reminds one of the ‘two minutes hate’ from Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four, where images of the political “enemy” are flashed up and the angry mob directs every ounce of vitriol in their bodies toward the screen.
Here are both protest incidents from a different angle:
Here is Orwell’s ‘two minutes hate’ from the film adaptation of Nineteen Eighty Four…