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Supporters of alleged WikiLeaks leaker, Bradley Manning, interrupt Obama speech with a song

Manning Is it really a protest song if the person you're heckling doesn't know you're complaining?

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.]

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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

 
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the lines do not rhyme, but i've contacted my my wife & 18 friends..)

When quired by a member of the audience as to what action he might take in response to $5/gal gasoline & heading higher, Obama, without the aid of a pre-programmed teleprompter, responded with a bumbling chatter about his Administration's support of 'windmills'. This buffoon of a man is either totally clueless -or- simply doesn't care about the severe economic distress that his socialistic polices have forced upon the average American family. In either case, it's imperative that we ship this guy back to Chicago on the next cattle car heading in that direction. One has to wonder what non-sensical response Obama may have given had he been quired concerning the rapidly escalating cost of basic food prices that American families are also confronted with? Obviously, with their non-stop luxury vacations, and gourmet dining on lobster thermidore and Kobe beef, the Obama family is totally detached from the plight of the average American family. And, THIS is a man who subsists solely on the fear-mongering of Republican policies introduced in the Ryan budget intended to forestall the inevitable financial collapse of the American economy. An impending event forewarned by the recent Standard & Poors debt analysis ( and even his OWN Debt Commision forecast ) under the un-bridled imposition of the Obama socialistic agenda. Greg Neubeck

One sad day when o bumer took office, what a evil person he is!

You miss the point. Bradley Manning is not 'the wikileaker'. He was reporting a war crime. Your paper ought to cover that and the U.S. Code of military conduct requires him to report war crimes. Show that footage, please.

This was a dignified and clever and expensive free speech-freeedom of expression protest interruption of the president of the united states.
A very politically correct and probably actually correct protest of the imprisonment of a government whistle blower.

Read the rules of the video contest more closely, LA Times. You need an audience of 20, not an ensemble of 20. -FJP

Let's do the tea party thing and grab him and lynch him before charges or trial. Hopefully nobody will be armed this time except the partiers.

I just watched the recent California fund raiser for Pres. Obama
where hecklers sang for Bradley Manning and were quickly disposed of
what was interesting if not shocking was what came next. President Obama
was talking to an audience member and on the issue of Bradley Manning
He said well lookit when you dump documents its illegal and your Guilty
and that takes care of that but that Not TRUE not in our system of justice
and as a constituitional lawyer and professor I would expect better in fact
I'm appalled and every Judge down to citizen juror should be too.
You see Manning has not been arrained in due process he's not been
tried or convicted. Now he has sat for 10 month in a cold frozen cell
and only after the latest general public outcry has been moved on to
levensworth with not any anticipation for a speedy trial nor especially a
fair one when your commander in chief has declared your already guilty.
How can a Defence team in a military trial HOPE to compete or even play.


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