Breaking News

Tue May 14, 2013 7:0AM

US President Barack Obama has paid a fund-raising visit to New York City, where he was greeted by more than a thousand Occupy protesters. They demanded action on a variety of causes, ranging from ending corporate governance to environmental reforms.
Drums beat and voices chanted in unison as more than a thousand Occupy protesters closed in a fundraiser attended by US President Barack Obama at the Waldorf Astoria. Hundreds called for Obama to stand up against "fracking" -- the practice of using chemicals to extract natural gas that studies have shown to be bad for the environment. Weissman also protested new corporate trade agreements -- such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- which activists say grant unprecedented corporate power at the expense of labor and environmental interests. Now every protester -- at least that we spoke with here tonight -- voiced a certain amount of displeasure between Obama the campaigner -- and Obama the President. Many of them say there couldn't be more of a difference in the two. Many demonstrators say that when so much money is needed to run for President -- its inevitable that a candidate will end up working for the corporate good -- no matter which political party he or she belongs to. More than a dozen clean energy groups were represented -- and other protesters spoke out about the lackluster federal response to Hurricane Sandy victims. Obama has proven to be the most capable campaign fundraiser in American history -- raising nearly three quarters of a billion dollars for his last presidential campaign. The money came from a wide variety of different places -- including bundles from trade groups and educational institutions -- and corporations such as Microsoft and Google. Protesters pointed out broken campaign promises from the President -- including vows to close Guantanamo and shut down US wars in the Middle East.
Comments
Before you submit, read our comment policy. Send your Feedback.
Captcha
500 characters left
Loading ...