Occupy Wall Street Protests Obama Fundraiser in New York City

The group did not appreciate the president schmoozing with the very people they’ve been protesting.

Posted: 12/01/2011 11:10 AM EST

Occupy Wall Street protesters greeted President Obama Wednesday night in New York City, where he was scheduled to attend three top-dollar campaign fundraising events. The events included a gathering at the home of Jack Rosen, chairman of the American Jewish Congress, a dinner at the tony Gotham Bar and Grill and a reception at the Sheraton Hotel that started at $1,000 a person and went as high as $35,800.

 

Close to 100 protesters greeted Obama at the hotel, bearing signs that called him a “corporate puppet” and expressed other similar sentiments. One man, wearing a mask of the president’s face, carried a sign that read, “I sold out!” 

 

"You know, in this city, that if you're having a $35,000-a-plate dinner, that a lot of those people are going to be the Wall Street executives that we've been opposing for months now," organizer Ben Campbell told the public radio station WNYC. 

 

The group's long-term strategy includes targeting both political parties and holding them accountable. Demonstrators disrupted Obama’s visit to New Hampshire last week and a Mitt Romney fundraiser in Florida this week. They’ve also protested at events attended by Rep. Michele Bachmann.

 

 

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