Showdown In Quincy: Obama vs. Tea Party Golden Girls

The hundreds of tea party protests that have sprung up since February of ’09 have been entirely peaceful affairs. No police have had to be called in to rein in unruly tea partiers. There has been no violence and no drama. Just a lot of people upset about the direction the country’s leadership is taking us.

But that was before Obama was forced to face the cold, menacing stares of the ladies of Quincy.

Photos via Gateway Pundit:

Obama’s motorcade was greeted before he reached the Oakley-Lindsey/Quincy Community Center by a group of about 200 tea party members singing patriotic songs.  Armed security personnel was called in to quell the crowd. Video via Sharp Elbows:

More videos and pix at Sharp Elbows and Gateway Pundit.

Unreal.

Gateway Pundit reports that a call came from inside the convention center to the Quincy police. He thinks the  Secret Service unleashed the riot police on the tea party patriots.

The question is…why?

UPDATE:

Ace says what I was thinking, but was hesitant to say…because it’s just so ughhhh:

It strikes me as odd, however, that a day after the left is embarrassed to have the riot police called on those “mostly peaceful” bottle-throwing barricade-overrunning immigration protesters, the media suddenly gets the optics of “See, riot police were called on the Tea Partiers, too.

Of course, the optics created are not the optics intended.

The message seems to be that there are privileged points of view and unprivileged points of view. And the privileged speakers get to have riots, and the unprivileged get the threat of having their heads busted in for daring to wave a flag.

…”the media suddenly gets the optics of “See, riot police were called on the Tea Partiers, too.” EXACTLY what I was thinking.

Can they really be that sick?

UPDATE II:

See also Gateway Pundit for: Obama Sniper Teams Ordered to Rooftops To Quash Radical Tea Party Protest

Uh…

This whole things stinks to high heaven if it was done merely to intimidate these (not largely peaceful), but 100% peaceful protesters.You would think that there had been a threat on the President’s life.

But no.  Here’s what Dana Loesch is reporting:

Who gave the order to call in the riot police on protesters? Word is that Secret Service from inside the venue and the presidential team pressured local law enforcement, who were against the idea. Local cops were overruled, I’m told by various sources, including a few members of local press. Moore reported that she overheard Secret Service telling the riot squad to “push them back, out of sight.

Wow.

What next?

See also: Bob McCarty, who was there and has a report with more pix.

UPDATE III:

The official version of what happened, according to the Quincy Herald/Whig:

There were a few tense moments when the crowd moved west down York toward Third Street after the president’s motorcade arrived. A Secret Service agent asked the crowd to move back across the street to the north side.

When the crowd didn’t move and began singing “God Bless, America” and the national anthem, Quincy Deputy Police Chief Ron Dreyer called for members of the Mobile Field Force to walk up the street.

The officers, mainly from Metro East departments near St. Louis and dressed in full body armor, marched from the east and stood on the south side of York facing the protesters.

There was no physical contact, and the officers did not come close to the crowd, but there were catcalls and more than a few upset tea party members, including a woman who shouted, “This is communism!”

McQueen also assisted in asking people to step back to the north side of York. The crowd moved back, the officers stayed for about 15 minutes and left, and there were no other incidents.

“It’s just a communication issue. We were trying to get them to move across the street,” Quincy Deputy Police Chief Curt Kelty said. “We were just trying to move them back, they complied, and it was fine.”

Several of the Quincy Tea Party members thanked Kelty as they left the area.

A marching platoon of officers in full body armor was called in to move the tea partiers to the other side of the street?

Why?

Why did Quincy Deputy Police Chief, Ron Dreyer think that such a draconian measure was warranted?

More video, via Gateway Pundit, of the Showdown in Quincy:

They really were singing patriotic songs.

UPDATE IV:

According to the Quincy Herald/Whig:

When the crowd didn’t move and began singing “God Bless, America” and the national anthem, Quincy Deputy Police Chief Ron Dreyer called for members of the Mobile Field Force to walk up the street.

Bob McCarty takes issue with that:

Not true.  I was there.

Actually, you can see from the video, above, that the police in riot gear were already present before they were asked to move to the other side of the street. They were singing “God Bless America” as they were moving.

In reality, those Tea Partiers — from Missouri, Illinois and Iowa — rallied peacefully outside the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center while the president was inside, delivering a Wall Street-bashing speech.

And who heard that speech?  It was a mostly liberal crowd that included at least four busloads of supporters brought in from Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield and Chicago.  Astroturf.

Related:

Newsbusters: MRC-TV: Brent Bozell Notes Media Double Standard with Tea Parties vs. Immigration Rallies

RWN:12 Of The Worst Signs From The Pro-Illegal Immigration Protests

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16 Responses to “Showdown In Quincy: Obama vs. Tea Party Golden Girls”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    It does feel that way, doesn’t it? I’ll bet one could find lots of Barney Fife’s across the country trying out their marching and their cool, new, riot gear bought with stimulous funds, with love from Obama. I saw on Drudge an article from Pravda the other day (the original one) and it read exactly like the NYTimes. We are definetly through the Looking Glass, and you know the Enemy is responsible. But remember Romans 12:19 and Who ultimately triumphs, and so shall we.

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  2. &HEAVENS Says:

    What a font of wisdom you are there guy. How eloquent and sagacious! And how full of God’s Faith and Light you are!
    I like to listen to you as much as you do! (Sura 2:29)

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  3. nicedeb Says:

    You got a problem, 7Heavens?

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  4. flagheldstrong Says:

    Watch out for those little old ladies with American flags!

    http://tinyurl.com/tea-patriot

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  5. Brett_McS Says:

    Was this so they could say “the riot police were called out to Tea Parties as well!!!”

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  6. DavidL Says:

    It does make you want to go out and hug a little old lady. These old ladies are some smart chicks. They played their sex, age and grandmother cards beautifully. After all who can get mad at grandmother who looks like she going to Bingo game.

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  7. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere Says:

    The kind of bravery we have come to expect from Dim Won and his minions. I imagine in time that this could become part of the narrative of the Great Leader, and how he bravely faced certain death from the Geritol Lady Snipers of the 76th Tea Party Brigades, much like Hillary Clinton braving the sniper fire in Kosovo or wherever it was that she wasn’t actually shot at.

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  10. Alex in Auburn Says:

    I feel like the police might have gone a bit far but the question is if Obama had already passed or not. Clearing the road is kind of a standard thing done to protect the motorcade. Clearing the road after it has passed does seem a bit odd however, IF THIS IS WHAT OCCURRED. I can’t say because I haven’t seen proof either way. As to the snipers, that tends to occur whenever a president visits. I can remember when Clinton visited years ago and there were snipers on the parking garage. They were in the same spot when Sarah Palin visited last year. It is simple security I reckon. In the end, the police seem to be at fault here for possibly acting out of bounds.

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  13. G G Says:

    this is all so lame.

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