Video: Obama heckled by Occupiers in New Hampshire; Update: Rahm Emanuel heckled by Chicago Occupiers, too

posted at 1:25 pm on November 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

It’s either karma, or just desserts, or chickens coming home to roost, as Barack Obama’s old pastor likes to say.  After stoking the passions of class warfare for the last two months, the protests that just coincidentally arose at the same time arrived on Obama’s figurative doorstep as he campaigned in New Hampshire.  Occupiers heckled Obama using the “human mic” technique, as this clip shows:

Business Insider couldn’t make sense of the human-mic chant.  The Hill offers this report, laden with understated irony:

Just as the president started his speech, protesters, apparently from the Occupy Wall Street protest movement, used the “human mic” technique to amplify their voices. It was unclear what the protesters were saying, or what point they were attempting to make.

That sounds like a pretty good description of the Occupy movement in general, doesn’t it?  Incoherence and pointlessness are their hallmark political offerings.

Update: Our colleague Jazz Shaw notes that the hecklers were probably cheering Obama by the end of the speech; I haven’t seen any reports yet to that effect, but I wouldn’t be surprised, since they’re singing from the same hymnal these days. Meanwhile, former Obama chief of staff and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel also got heckled by Occupiers yesterday, via William Amos:

View more videos at: http://nbcchicago.com.

The Occupy protesters aren’t making very many political friends these days.

Protesters interrupted Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s remarks Monday at a news conference to announce new holiday lights in the Loop.

The boos and jeers began as soon as Emanuel was introduced, and he appeared to cut his remarks short.

Well, in Chicago, who else can you heckle except a Democrat?

Update II: Perhaps Emanuel should follow his counterpart in Los Angeles by offering the Occupiers some land. I’d be careful about accepting that deal; in Chicago, that might mean a plot of land six feet deep — although the good news is that it wouldn’t interfere with voting in the future.

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All smoke, no fire. Come election day, they’ll still vote for him.

unclesmrgol on November 22, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Perhaps Emanuel should follow his counterpart in Los Angeles by offering the Occupiers some land. I’d be careful about accepting that deal; in Chicago, that might mean a plot of land six feet deep — although the good news is that it wouldn’t interfere with voting in the future.

yeah really. And it might land someone, like Tony Rezko, ten years in the slammer.

ted c on November 22, 2011 at 7:59 PM

If there’s a single most annoying thing about Occupy, it’s gotta be that human mic thing. Unless it’s the drumming.

SukieTawdry on November 22, 2011 at 9:15 PM

So… I rather hear the human mic goofyness than hear teh Obama… Obama… Drone-bama… zombies. Does that make me a flip-flopper? Nahhhhh….
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RalphyBoy on November 23, 2011 at 3:14 AM

Made Barry look all fatherly. All above it.
DRONE DANCE!
Nothing takes Barry’s eyes off the teleprompter. He was eyeing them before the broke out in mantra, waiting, cueing.
Drone Dance. Barry leading a fancy campaign 2 step.

onomo on November 23, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Over 4000 arrests, the protestors demand the President take action, and the President says he sympathizes with them.

Yet these arrests are not simply violations of the law instituted by a society hell-bent on profit and prosperity, peace and quality of life. Trespassing? Civic disturbance? Public intoxication? Demonstrating without a permit? Those are for less worthy offenders. Oh, no; the President isn’t satisfied on siding with protestors who are merely left behind in terms of accomplishment and maturity.

Instead, he’s siding with people who are protesting because some of their own have been incarcerated for rape, assault and arson.

So are these activities now righteous when perpetrated by the OWS? Sounds like Obama was listening very well when sitting under Jeremiah Wright’s sermons.

rwenger43 on November 23, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Obama to his occupiers:

You’re the reason I ran for WON the office in the first place!

FIFY. :oP

DannoJyd on November 23, 2011 at 11:05 PM

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