“Several hundred people stormed the small yard of President Bush’s chief political strategist, Karl Rove, yesterday afternoon, pounding on his windows, shoving signs at others and challenging Rove to talk to them about a bill that deals with educational opportunities for immigrants.
Protesters poured out of one school bus after another, piercing an otherwise quiet, peaceful Sunday in Rove’s Palisades neighborhood in Northwest, chanting, “Karl, Karl, come on out! See what the DREAM Act is all about!”
Rove obliged their first request and opened his door long enough to say, “Get off my property.”
“Seems like he doesn’t want to invite us in for tea,” Emira Palacios quipped to the crowd.
Others chanted, “Karl Rove ain’t got no soul.”
The crowd then grew more aggressive, fanning around the three accessible sides of Rove’s house, tracking him through the many windows, waving signs that read “Say Yes to DREAM” and pounding on the glass. At one point, Rove rushed to a window, pointed a finger and yelled something inaudible.
Shortly thereafter, sirens shot through the neighborhood and Secret Service agents and D.C. police joined the crowd on the lawn. Rove opened his door long enough to talk to an officer, and the crowd serenaded them with a stanza of “America the Beautiful.”
The protest was organized by National People’s Action, a coalition of neighborhood advocacy groups based in Chicago.
…And after about 30 minutes of goading by protesters in English and Spanish, Rove agreed to meet with two members of the coalition on the condition that the rest of the protesters board their buses and leave his street. The group obliged.
Rove opened his garage door and allowed Palacios and Inez Killingsworth to enter. The meeting lasted two minutes and ended with Rove closing the garage door on Palacios while she was still talking.
Palacios said that Rove was “very upset” and was “yelling in our faces” and that Rove told them “he hoped we were proud to make his 14-year-old and 10-year-old cry.”
A White House spokesman said one of the children was a neighbor.
Palacios, trembling and in tears herself, said, “He is very offended because we dared to come here. We dared to come here because he dared to ignore us. I’m sorry we disturbed his children, but our children are disturbed every day.”
So you have busloads of kooks encircling Karl Rove’s house, yelling, & banging on the windows. His kids are quite understandably terrified and then after a furious Rove finally meets with these lunatics, their leader Palicios is crying and trembling like she’s the victim. Poor her! Karl Rove yelled at her for bringing a mob to tresspass on his property and terrify his children over some bill that probably 500 people outside of the loons who were protesting know or care about.
But of course, as outrageous and indefensible as the “National People’s Action” was, there are of course people at the Democratic Underground cheering them on! Way to stick to Rove’s kids guys! Here are a few select comments from a http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=104&topic_id=1306649 on this article…
johnlr6: “Kind of reminds me of that scene in “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” when the townspeople march the Fascists out of their palace, and, well . . . ’twasn’t pretty, but it was war. Rightwingers declared war on liberals and anything or anyone else in their way over ten years ago. Dems seem to be sitting this one out, or, in the words of the writer of FWTBT, have made their “separate peace,” and refuse to join the fight against our own homegrown Fascists. From behind enemy lines in West Texas (please send books! almost any kind of book. Please!)”
DemLikr: “No one “busted into” Karl’s house. Isn’t the question here primarily one of where are our priorities? Which is worse? The countless crimes of Bushco or the tears of a Rovian offspring? Given the abomination that this administration has turned out to be, the sanctity of Karl’s azalea beds are not at the top of my list”
SemperEadem: “Rove only *said* they were crying… he was probably lying they probably weren’t even home at the time.”
Joanne98: “It’s not a child it’s spawn. When fighting monsters you have to be a monster. It’s the only thing that works. They would do it to us.”
tom_paine: “Eichmann had children, too. It was said he was a doting father. So?”
camero: “The utter hypocracy in this thread. We give lip service to those who have been beaten down by the Bush Admin and when they decide to fight back against their oppressors, some here denounce it. Give the protesters credit for standing up for themselves. Pushing paper isn’t going to knock the Brownshirts out.”
rezmutt: “Well said, camero! You’ve got to fight the evil with fang and claw.”
camero: “Oh yes. What if the Founding Fathers made “nicey-nice” with King George III? Or the French revolutionaries made “nicey-nice” with Marie Antoinette? The biggest weapon we have is that we now know WHERE HE LIVES. and he knows it now.”
Isn’t it ironic to hear Karl Rove called a Nazi by people who support mobs banging on his window and gleefully intone that “the biggest weapon we have is that we now know WHERE HE LIVES”?