Last night, Occupy Wall Street occupied Times Square to protest President Obama's fundraiser at the Sheraton in Midtown. Flanked by police, protesters began their 45-minute march at Bryant Park before stopping at barricades southwest of 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue. Though the sight of barricades deterred some demonstrators, over one hundred still made the journey to offer their criticism of the president.
Why Obama though? Well, the minds behind the march say they want to show that their disapproval is for politicians across the board. The New York Times reports that Ben Campbell, who helped orchestrate the march, did so to show the world that Occupy Wall Street has no favorites when it comes to politics. "President Obama is coming to town solely to raise money from the richest of the rich,” Campbell said amidst several signs that skewered Obama.
Other signs showed off this equal-opportunity anger, most notably one that read "Obama is a corporate puppet." One protester wore a mask of the presidents face, holding a cigar in one hand and a sign in the other saying "I sold out." As far as Occupy Wall Street's concerned, anybody can get it.
While we understand that few are safe from their anger, we also can't help but wonder if this criticism is too harsh. When Barack Obama took over in January of 2009, he was basicaly handed the reigns to one of the worst team's in the league, yet expected to immediately lead them to a championship. With an election year on the verge, we look back over his time in the White House ask whether it's been a disappointment, or was he just given a problem that would take more than one term to fix?
[via The New York Times]