Some ‘Occupy DC’ protestors not happy with Obama either
Protestors in the Washington arm of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement have another message for the 1 percent: Listen up, President Obama.
Several Republican presidential candidates have criticized the movement as anti-American, divisive, and “in search of scapegoats.” But many members of what has become known as Occupy DC are not warming up to the Democratic president either, a fact that could frustrate what analysts say are Obama’s hopes to co-opt a burgeoning movement representing average Americans.
“[Obama and Biden] may be making a bet that this thing will get real traction among the middle class and young people, who have largely checked out of politics,” said Paul Light, a political science professor at New York University.
Many protestors in Washington, who said they voted for Obama in 2008, see the current administration as part of the problem.
“We elected Obama, we had a Democratic Congress and it did not work. This isn’t about any candidate. It’s about how things are being run,” said Thom Reges, 26, sitting next to a bench stocked with donated food and coffee in McPherson Square, a park in downtown Washington and meeting point for Occupy DC.
“He took his Latino and black constituents for granted,” said Theron Cook, 51, who runs a management consulting business in Washington. “If he continues like this … No, I won’t vote for him again.”
“We’re frustrated with Obama because we think he’s not putting up enough of a fight,” said Julie Levine, 52, a professor at the University of Southern California. Levine and Cook spoke to Reuters outside the White House on Friday where they had hoped to attend a demonstration.
“Just as the Tea Party did, we need to pressure him from the other end,” Levine said.
The Occupy Wall Street movement began last month in New York and has spread across the country to other cities, including Los Angeles, Boston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Washington, where over 100 people were camping out a few blocks from the White House.
Photo Credits: REUTERS/Stephen Lam (A demonstrator at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco), REUTERS/Marcus Donner (Demonstrators waves signs at passing cars in Seattle), REUTERS/Lily Kuo (In Washington a demonstrator appeals to morning commuters).