Oakland woman and friends shell out $76,000 to sing a protest song at Obama breakfast
An Oakland woman and her cohorts shelled out $76,000 to get themselves into President Barack Obama’s fundraising breakfast Thursday morning in San Francisco, just to disrupt it with a protest song in support of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning.
“It was really worth the money, it really was,” Naomi Pitcairn, 51, said later Thursday, adding that before the breakfast she “was up in the ‘important people room’ and … I asked (Gov.) Jerry Brown about Bradley Manning, and he didn’t know who that is. Hopefully he will now.”
As will the rest of the 200 people at the breakfast, where Pitcairn and her cohorts interrupted the president about five minutes into his speech with an a cappella rendition of their self-composed protest song. Pitcairn took off her outer shirt to reveal a T-shirt in support of Manning.
“All right, guys. That was a nice song. You guys have much better voices than I have. OK, thank you very much, guys,” the president said when the protesters had finished singing, later adding, “Now, there’s an example of creativity that we saw during the campaign. You know, it wasn’t always convenient but it’s part of what made 2008 special.”
The protesters were escorted out of the St. Regis Hotel; none were cited or arrested.