Activist Sheehan is a bipartisan vacation protester

August 27, 2009

OBAMA/War protester Cindy Sheehan, who sought to be a thorn in President George W. Bush’s side over the Iraq war, has set her sights on a new war, Afghanistan, and a new U.S. leader, President Barack Obama, this week.

Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq in 2004, set up a small “Camp Casey,” named for her late child, near Blue Heron Farm, the compound on the Massachusetts island Martha’s Vineyard where Obama and his family are spending a weeklong holiday. While Bush was president, she was a frequent protester during his vacations in his adopted hometown of Crawford, Texas. She began visiting Crawford in the summer of 2005 when she wanted to meet with Bush while he was vacationing at his ranch. Bush had met with her after her son died but did not see her again, although he sent two top aides to talk to her.

Sheehan became perhaps the most public face of opposition to the Iraq War, but some strident statements made some observers categorize her as more of a fringe figure over time.

Sheehan’s supporters shouted at Obama’s motorcade as he drove by on his way to play golf. Some members of her group had posted small placards reading “World Needs Vacation from War” near a filing center set up for the traveling press, and distributed handouts noting that soldiers had died in Afghanistan while Obama played golf this week.SHEEHAN-CONGRESS/

But her efforts drew scant attention. On Martha’s Vineyard, happy crowds have greeted the Obamas wherever they have traveled this week. Only about a dozen people turned out for Sheehan’s public statement Thursday morning, and several of those were with her entourage.

Picture Credit: Obama bike riding with his daughter on Martha’s Vineyard, Reuters/Jason Reed; Cindy Sheehan, Reuters/Kimberly White


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when she was protesting outside bush,s ranch it was a big deal with the press. there is a difference now and that is there is a democrat in office,so the press will do all it can to protect Obama and she will either be discredited or she will not get the press she coverage she thinks.Also Obama declared this a just war so we will see limited war protests from his leftist surrogates.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

So the same number [or more] of people showed up as when she was protesting against Bush, but now it’s too small to mean anything. You press people are either insane, stupid, or both. Do yourselves a favor, check how reporters and photographers make in Cuba or Vens. or Moscow, is that what you want for America? Why would Obama pay you more once he has total control? How many rich reporters in Cuba eh?

Posted by Moe C. Larry | Report as abusive

The great Charlie Gibson (ABC) last week said while he had “sympathy for Cindy Sheehan losing her son in the war, “Enough already”! What a contemptible and ugly thing to say, though not unexpected from the likes of Gibson and others in the media, now that President Bush is no longer the target. I’ve never been a supporter of Cindy Sheehan, but it is pretty disgraceful the way the “MSM” has turned on her. They have no shame.

Posted by Marianne | Report as abusive

Yes, sadly, only minimal press coverage on Camp Casey this go around.

Anyone remember this loving photo of Rev Al ministering to broken-hearted Cindy? tomicconspiracy/MamaMoonbatAndAl-1.jpg

Touching, eh? But I trust you also saw the uncropped photo, didn’t you? tomicconspiracy/MamaMoonbatAndAl-2.jpg

No? Hmmph, imagine that.

Whatever became of her run to unseat Pelosi? Is that still on?

Posted by king13 | Report as abusive

Hang in there Cindy. The supporters of human sacrifice can’t always prevail.

Posted by Rodger Lemonde | Report as abusive