Supporters of alleged WikiLeaks leaker, Bradley Manning, interrupt Obama speech with a song
Members of the Fresh Juice Party apparently bought a table at $35,800 per ticket for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in San Francisco where President Obama was speaking so they could sing a protest song in support of the U.S. Army private who allegedly gave the WikiLeaks website classified information.
While others were nibbling on scrambled organic Petaluma farmed eggs, chicken apple sausages, and organic fingerling potatoes, the table of 10 interrupted the president Thursday and broke into song (lyrics and video below) in support of Bradley Manning.
Unfortunately for the Fresh Juice chorus, their melody was so sweet that Obama congratulated them on their tone and complimented them for singing better than he sings. The group was escorted out of the fundraiser by the Secret Service.
The Fresh Juice website claims it would pay up to $100 for who film themselves singing the this song in public forums:
Dear Mr. President we honor you today sir
Each of us brought you $5,000
It takes a lot of Benjamins to run a campaign
I paid my dues, where's our change?
We'll vote for you in 2012, yes that's true
Look at the Republicans -- what else can we do
Even though we don't know if we'll retain our liberties
In what you seem content to call a free society
Yes it's true that Terry Jones is legally free
To burn a people's holy book in shameful effigy
But at another location in this country
Alone in a 6x12 cell sits Bradley
23 hours a day is night
The 5th and 8th amendments say this kind of thing ain't right
We paid our dues,
where's our change?
[Correction 12:26am 4/22/2010: an earlier version of this post said that the singers were ineligble for the money from the website because there were not enough of them. That error has been deleted.]
Note: Andrew Malcolm is on vacation.
-- Tony Pierce
Photo: Bradley Manning is the U.S. Army private suspected of being the source of some of the unauthorized classified information disclosed on the WikiLeaks website. U.S. officials say Manning is being moved to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas in the wake of international criticism about his treatment during his detention at the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va. Credit: Associated Press