Quincy Tea Party members wanted President Barack Obama to know they were present Wednesday afternoon during his appearance in Quincy.
About 200 people protesting Obama’s policies loudly chanted “USA, USA” as his motorcade made its way out of the Oakley-Lindsay Center, then sang “Hey, hey, hey, goodbye” as the vehicle went by.
The participants were vocal but well-behaved as they stood on the north side of York Street across from the OLC.
“Having the president come is really something,” organizer Steve McQueen said. “But we do not agree with all the policies of Obama and the current Congress, and we wanted to make sure he knows we are here.”
The crowd carried signs with messages ranging from “Give Us Liberty Not Debt” to yellow flags saying “Don’t Tread On Me.”
Urged on by people with megaphones, the crowd shouted slogans, among them “Remember in November” and “You work for us.”
Tea party groups protest government spending and policies infringing on personal freedoms. The Quincy Tea Party had a well-attended rally in Washington Park last fall.
“We’ve always been respectful and acted with dignity,” McQueen said. “We are out to make our case and make it peacefully.”
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.”
Big Government supplies us with video of the show of force:
Pictures of the protesters who sparked the call for police in full gear at the link.
You’ve got to feel for the cops in this charade.
Dana Loesch has more:
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.“
Intimidation tactic. Plain and simple. There was no violence, no arguments, just a couple hundred patriots who sang patriotic songs and wore red, white, and blue. Unbelievable.
Crossposted at Brutally Honest.