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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AFP KS Day At The Capital w/Michelle Malkin

On the agenda today in Topeka, Michelle Malkin, P.J. O’Rourke, AFPF President Tim Phillips, AFPF Vice President of Policy Phil Kerpen, and more.

I got here about 2 and 1/2 hours late, but was pleasantly surprised that I arrived in time to hear Michelle Malkin’s speech, (on the culture of corruption in Washington), and that there were media tables in the conference room for bloggers like me to set up shop.

Michelle:  President Obama’s contribution has been the Chicagoization of the Potomac. “Hope and Change” came with brass knuckles…

Kansas Watchdog aka Kansas Meadowlark has been busy tweeting the conference – You can read more of Michelle’s quotes and quotes from others at the conference using the #afpks hashtag on Twitter.

I already have a copy of Michelle’s book, “Culture of Corruption”, but  forgot to bring it. I’m wondering if I should go buy another, just to get in the book signing line? I missed meeting her at CPAC…

PJ O’Rourke should be good. He recently made a splash with his Plague of ‘A’ Students article in The Weekly Standard, but I thought he was being too kind. The Obami are not just well meaning, nerdy, smart guys who think they have all the answers. As Michelle enumerated, there’s been a lot of corruption, thuggery, and lying going on with this gang in the White House.

We’re having a lunch break now, so I’m going to go get some chow, and be back in a jiff.

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Okay, apparently I missed PJ O’Rourke…

Oh well. Punctuality matters. At least I didn’t miss lunch. That was tasty.

Later on this afternoon, the assembly here, will be moving to the State Capitol, where there’ll be an AFP rally, which I’ll also be covering.

Conservative State Senator, (and father of six), Ty Masterson gave a good speech about cutting taxes; “We need to get out there and counteract the propaganda out there in the general public”, he said.

Kansas Watchdog will have video highlights of the speeches up later today.

photo via Kansas Watchdog

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Obama Putting “The Wrong Kind Of Bully” Into The Bully Pulpit

That’s my favorite line from this piece by Dennis Kneale at CNBC: Obama is a Bully. It’s my favorite line, not only because it’s witty, but because I agree with it, completely. I’ve been shocked by Obama’s bullying tactics since day one.

Bam is a bully. Bad enough that he bashes Wall Street, but this President has gone farther than any in modern history in putting the wrong kind of “bully” back into what Teddy Roosevelt had called the bully pulpit.

Obama’s latest broadside came over the weekend, when he vehemently criticized the state of Arizona and its (Republican) governor for passing a tough new law on illegal immigration.

The President called the measure “misguided” and all but labeled it un-American. He even ordered the Department of Justice, before the ink on this bill-signing has even dried, to examine the civil-rights “implications” of the new law. Seems like the courts and rights groups could handle that once any problem actually emerges.

Can you remember any other modern President, wagging a finger from on high, so directly and bitterly criticizing a new law passed by any state?

This is hubris at best and ignorance of the Constitution at worst. The U.S. was founded in part on the precept of states’ rights as an important counterweight to a rapacious federal government. Thus a President must step softly here, questioning gently but avoiding rancor and browbeating.

This episode brings to mind Obama’s chiding of the Supreme Court at The State of the Union address, which showed a shocking lack of decorum and civility, as well. One expects to hear a statesman at a State of the Union address. Instead, we got a bully:

Obama the Bully, at his State of the Union address, had the temerity to criticize the Supreme Court of the United States for its new ruling that companies have a right to free speech in political campaign advertising (a right that unions already enjoyed, by the way). He did this as the justices themselves sat before him in the audience, paying their respects to a leader who showed them none.

Perhaps President Obama had forgotten an American civics lesson: The Supreme Court is the supreme law of the land. It is unseemly and disrespectful for a President to so bluntly and blatantly question the justices’ judgment and intent—especially right in front of their faces.

I can’t remember of any other President in my memory having done this. Nixon maybe? An unfortunate comparison, indeed.

Read it all. Kneale also delves into the President’s unseemly demonization of Wall Street, and his predecessor, GW Bush. I would also add the tea party people, since he’s singled them out on more than one occasion to mock them, and Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. We’ve been forced to witness this shockingly unpresidential behavior for 15+ months .

That and the lies…the constant, bold faced lies….

People are noticing.

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