Barack Obama Delights, Annoys Corona del Mar Fans and Protesters

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Brandon Ferguson
Critics of the president hold a banner in preparation for his OC visit


On a sunny Southern California morning, an evenly split crowd of perhaps 500 protesters and fans of Barack Obama lined the sidewalks of swank, oceanfront Corona del Mar in anticipation of the president's arrival for a fund-raising event at a private residence.

Obama's fans held signs that thanked him for his policies against "hate" and "warmongering," while his critics blasted him as pro-abortion, pro-socialism, pro-debt and pro-wealth redistribution.

"Obama is a socialist," one elderly, white-haired woman told reporters. "I want him to stop taking our hard-earned money and giving to other people. We work hard for what we have. It's not fair." 

But Alice Apkarian, 55, was happy with Obama's OC trip.

"We just want to show that Orange County isn't the monolith everybody thinks it is," she told the Weekly.

Laura Dietz believes Obama needs to be removed from power because she supports "freedom from government interference--interference with my personal life. It's unconstitutional."

Dietz added, "My rights do not come from the government. According to the Founding Fathers, they come from the Almighty."

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All photos by Brandon Ferguson
Tea Partier waves her flag in Corona del Mar
Nearby, a leather-skinned granny rocking a red, white and blue stove pipe hat and standing next to a white Mercedes wasn't happy with a couple Obama supporters--a college-aged woman and her male companion. 

"You guys are so dumb. You're socialists, socialists, socialists!" she yelled.

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She doesn't like King Obama
A middle-aged Latino woman brought a huge sign: "Where's the birth certificate?"

Elsewhere in the crowd, a contingency of pro-marijuana protesters with the Greater Orange County Collectives Alliance held signs and said they are determined to "remove the stigma" about pot smoking.

As you would expect, the scene was loaded with journalists and seven television news trucks.


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25 comments
dozyOC
dozyOC

"Obama is a socialist," one elderly, white-haired woman told reporters. "I want him to stop taking our hard-earned money and giving to other people. We work hard for what we have. It's not fair."  she says as she accepts yet another social security check.

Jack
Jack

R,Scott Moxley has the podium and anyone that disagrees with his emotional twing up the leg for Obama will just have to eat it...

Ashley
Ashley

Orange County conservatives are such an embarrassment...

Kirby
Kirby

Why start the article by stating that the crowd was evenly split when that was not true?

Dke4art
Dke4art

interesting that the article says the crowd was evenly split between Obama protesters and supporters and yet of the five photos posted all but one were of anti-Obama protesters and the fifth was pro cannabis rather than pro Obama.

Vincent
Vincent

It's great to see Orange County's conservative Republicans get their panties all in a bundle, we have to hear this anti Obama BS all the time, but that's to be expected around these parts. It's going to be a hard pill to swallow for these folks when he gets elected for another term! Who's going to hang with him in an election, Romney? Gingrich? Ha, pathetic!!

peaceloveunderstanding
peaceloveunderstanding

His policies AGAINST warmongering? hahahahah have they been living under a rock for the last four years? we are currently engaged in more wars than we were with Bush, get real people!!!! Obama is just like Bush!!!!

909Jeff
909Jeff

oh man I used to love Gallos! 

Colombocooks
Colombocooks

what the hell is up with the bad bush/obama photoshop job on the headshot of the president. Apples and oranges.

jamesd
jamesd

In my head, I imagine the scene from Blazing Saddles when the sheriff is first arriving to town.

Sergio Andrade
Sergio Andrade

so the 1%'s woke up early today,for once in their lives, big news....

Miguel
Miguel

That's because they really couldn't find any Pro-Obama supporters.....

R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

Your accounting is faulty. The horse is definitely pro Obama.

Vincent
Vincent

Where do you get your facts? A Bazooka Joe wrapper?

CHS
CHS

Where was she when I was single lol.

R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

Don't cry SP "909er": I'm sure they still serve white meat despite the president's visit.

909Jeff
909Jeff

And I thought we were making inroads.... 

Game on! 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Moxley and I have been at it for about a month now..... 

Currently we are in a state of cease fire a lot like the Korea's... (I'm south Korea of course) 

Sgtortiz641
Sgtortiz641

Go get him Marine.  "Talk shit get bit!"  This is the little type of weasel I was talking about. 

R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

We were! You had me describing a menu for your pleasure. No good deed goes unpunished...

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