The good folks of Roseburg, Oregon didn’t exactly roll out the red carpet and play “Hail to the Chief” for President Barack Obama’s Friday afternoon visit to the survivors and grieving families of the Umpqua Community College shooting.
In fact, many were downright hostile.
Hundreds of people showed up — some openly carrying — with signs telling the president what they would prefer him to do, as they lined the streets to greet the motorcade.
Breaking 911 tweeted a photo that got a lot of response:
Citizens of Roseburg, Oregon Protest President Obama’s Visit After College Shooting (Photo: @IanKullgren) pic.twitter.com/iZZ7aRkMjB
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 9, 2015
@Breaking911 @LilSouthernSass @IanKullgren Obama go home? To Kenya? — John (@Wildharv) October 9, 2015
@Breaking911 @Gunservatively @IanKullgren Oh snap. That will hurt the thin skinned man-boy now. Weep weep.
— ConservativeChicklet (@anne19brown) October 9, 2015
People of all ages appeared with signs. KATU News reporter Emily Sinovic tweeted:
Just spoke to 14yo boy who asked to come protest–says he wants #POTUS to resign- he has the “go golf” sign — Emily Sinovic (@EmilySinovic) October 9, 2015
And here’s that sign:
CBS News White House correspondent, Mark Knoller, tweeted:
Presidential motorcade passed people with signs welcoming Pres Obama – and others opining: “Gun Free Zones are for sitting ducks.”
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 9, 2015
And KPTV Fox 12 reporter Kaitlyn Bolduc tweeted an example of the signs mentioned by Knoller:
Hundreds protest Obama’s arrival in Roseburg. Some plan to turn their backs to him if he drives by. #UCCShooting pic.twitter.com/LTNa8Sf72y — Kaitlyn Bolduc (@KPTVKaitlyn) October 9, 2015
Townhall editor, and frequent Fox News contributor, Katie Pavlich observed:
Also very clear they aren’t just protesting Obama, but gun free zones as well. @kptvkaitlyn #2A
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) October 9, 2015
To get a better idea of the size of the crowd, Sinovic tweeted this video:
Crowd tripled in size within hour at #Roseburg airport — backing sheriff, slamming @POTUS #liveonk2 #UCCShooting pic.twitter.com/9cYroy7bXi — Emily Sinovic (@EmilySinovic) October 9, 2015
Here’s video of local coverage, via The Real Story:
And this one from The Oregonian:
The kid was right — Obama probably would have had a better time playing golf.
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