Skip to comments.Iranian-Americans, USC CRs, L.A. FReepers join forces to greet President Bush at Shrine Auditorium
Posted on 03/03/2004 8:23:18 PM PST by RonDog
I just got back from an AMAZING rally to support President Bush at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, right across the street from the University of Southern California.An then I heard what they were chanting:Wow.I thought that **I** was intense.It is a good thing that these Iranian-American patriots are on OUR side. :o)As many of you know, we just found about the President's visit here a few days ago, and it is always difficult for those of us with a job, a family and/or a LIFE to break away on a workday to do ANYTHING, particularly during the miserable "rush hour" traffic on freeways leading into downtown Los Angeles.
So, I only knew of a handful of FReepers who would even POSSIBLY be there.
And, I found out early this morning that one of the L.A. Chapter's FAVORITE FRiends, Mr. TED HAYES had a family emergency, and could NOT attend.
So, I was apprehensive as I drove to the site of what we expected to be a major anti-Bush rally organized by the "anti-war" group A.N.S.W.E.R.-L.A.THEIR protest was scheduled for 5 pm, so I arrived early - at 4 pm - to claim a good spot for us to counter them.When I turned the corner onto the street in front of the Shrine Auditorium, my heart sank.There was already a HUGE crowd gathered in the PRIME location. RATs, I thought.They had a half dozen large vinyl banners - each ten feet by three feet, and MANY colorful flags - with at least THIRTY passionate protesters.
They beat me here. :(
"We support...Those guys were on OUR side!!!...President Bush!""We support......President Bush!""We support......President Bush!"
In the mean time, please TURN ON your TV, and watch the nightly news for our rally.A few screen captures would be nice. :o)
But I am glad to hear there were Bush supporters on hand.You have NO IDEA how powerful is their support!
Our side was once again "digital camera-deprived" at this event, but HERE is an image of these guys from another thread:
Bush got more votes in California than Kerry did!!
Posted on 03/03/2004 10:57:17 AM PST by No Dems 2004
Just an interesting tidbit I noticed while perusing the results of the CA primary.
GW Bush received 1,949,746 votes, while
Kerry received only 1,764,436.
Sure, I know the President was unchallenged while Kerry had competition, but even all the Dem voters combined didn't tally that far ahead of President Bush. I thought California was unwinnable for the President and that they were turning out in droves to 'send him a message'.
I was a graduate student at USC in the late 80s...I only had time to talk to a FEW students, but ONE of them was wearing a T-shirt that said:
Sort of like THIS image, from www.irancpi.org/:
And, at OUR rally this evening, there were AT LEAST as many AMERICAN flags as there were IRANIAN flags...
President Launches Reelection Campaign
Bush Addresses Religious Workers
By Mike Allen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 4, 2004; Page A04
LOS ANGELES, March 3 -- President Bush kicked off his general election campaign Wednesday by telling a largely Christian audience he has opened billions of dollars in federal contracts to religious organizations despite resistance from Congress. Then he headed for a pair of fundraisers that raised a total of $4.1 million for Republicans.
Bush drew repeatedly on the vocabulary of the pulpit as he addressed 1,200 ministers and other religious workers at a conference organized by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He created the office to help churches, mosques and synagogues compete for federal contracts for services including tutoring and drug rehabilitation.
"I'm here to thank you . . . for hearing that call," he said. "Actually, I shouldn't be thanking you. I should be thanking a higher power for giving you the call."
The faith-based initiative is one of the White House's primary outreaches to African Americans and Hispanics, and both groups were heavily represented in the audience at the Los Angeles convention center this afternoon. Bush said he was there simply to recognize that in the City of Angels, "there are so many people doing God's work."
OUR side!!!And, for THEIR side, see www.nbc4.tv:
President Bush Praises Those Doing 'God's Work' In 'City of Angels'
Bush Addresses Southland Religious Leaders Seeking Federal Funds For Faith-Based Initiatives
POSTED: 5:55 pm PST March 3, 2004
LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles Convention Center hall seemed more like a church today and President George W. Bush as its pastor, as he spoke to hundreds of religious leaders seeking federal money to carry out their missions."Here in the City of Angels there are so many people doing God's work," he said to cheering attendees of the two-day White House Conference on Faith- Based and Community Initiatives.
"We're talking about healing our nation," he said. "We're not talking about politics."
The audience responded with raucous cheer, sprinkled with shouts of "amen."
Representatives from faith-based organizations attended the conference -- the 11th of its kind -- to learn how they can secure grants from the government to fund the services they provide to their communities.
Last year, a total of $1.1 billion was given to such groups through his initiative, Bush said.
"Church and states need to stay separate, but you can use federal money to help a person quit drinking. You can use federal money to help a person find housing," Bush said.
One attendee said her church could certainly use a little extra help.
"We want to broaden our missions," Laverne Holloway said.
That's why she drove all the way from Nipomo, near Santa Barbara, to learn how she might obtain a grant so the 200-member congregation of Victory Harvest Church can continue its programs for the homeless, elderly and at-risk youth, she said.
"If you're a church in the community, they expect you to do it all," said Holloway, who's hoping for $30,000.
Rolland Brown is a grant writer/consultant from Fresno who helps faith- based groups with no experience in accessing federal money. "The federal government has realized that faith-based and community organizations are really close to these social problems," he said.
When Air Force One landed at Los Angeles International Airport this afternoon, Bush greeted Charlotte Van Fleet, a volunteer at the Harambee Christian Family Center in Pasadena.
It's people like Holloway, Brown and Van Fleet that Bush commended today, calling them "social entrepreneurs."
"You're soldiers in armies of compassion," he said. "You're people who've put on the armor of the one above to save lives."
Bush also praised local leaders who were on hand, including Mayor Jim Hahn.
"His being here is a testimony to his understanding that the faith community in Los Angeles can help him do his job better," Bush said.
Outside the Concourse Hall stood three lone protesters holding anti-Bush signs.
Wade Novin of Los Angeles said he doesn't agree with federal money going into the hands of religious groups.
"It's called the First Amendment. That all that needs to be said on it," he said.
Bush's visit to a state he lost in the last election, but one now run by a Republican governor, comes a day after Democrats around the country signaled their intent to rally behind Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to reclaim the White House.
The president was scheduled to speak this evening at a "Bush-Cheney 2004" fund-raising reception at the Shrine Auditorium, where he will likely be greeted by a lot more protesters, including those with the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism Coalition.
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...The president was scheduled to speak this evening at a "Bush-Cheney 2004" fund-raising reception at the Shrine Auditorium, where he will likely be greeted by a lot more protesters, including those with the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism Coalition.To paraphrase Monty Python, "NOBODY expects the Iranian-American patriots!"
We REALLY caught the A.N.S.W.E.R. RATs flat-footed with THIS rally. ;o)There were four corners at the main entrance to the venue - where all the attendees had to drive into the "VIP" parking area.
The Shrine Auditorium itself was on the northeast corner, but since all cars had to enter from the east, and make a right turn - north - into the parking lot, the northwest corner had the best visibility.
That is where the Iranian-Americans set up their flags and banners.When I arrived, I recruited a few of their people to stake a claim the the southwest and southeast corners - using MY two ten foot by three foot banners.
That left only the least favorable corner for the RATs - who did not even START to get there until almost 5 p.m.By 6 p.m., they probably had over a hundred "anti-Bush" protesters, but they were marginalized in a poor position. :o)
I was an undergraduate there in the 70s. And while we're talking nostalgia. . . El Rey Taco, Tommy's, Julie's, and the Pantry. I even bought my first car at Felix Chevrolet when I graduated.
Is it just my imagination or is parking getting worse on or near campus all the time? Seems like it was easier back then.
There WERE lots of still cameras there - from the AP, from a Santa Monica newspaper, and from two USC newspapers, plus several TV cameras - from KTLA-5, UPN-13, a spanish-language TV station, and channel 2, I think. (Maybe MORE that I missed.)Plus, MANY students with camcorders - most working on "school projects."
So, we will EVENTUALLY get some images posted online - from them, we hope - later this week. :(
But, YES - they are fired up about joining us on March 20 in Hollywood.They just found out about THIS event this morning...
I collected some e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.
...which makes it a particularly impressive turnout!
...several TV cameras - from KTLA-5, UPN-13, a spanish-language TV station, and channel 2, I think. (Maybe MORE that I missed.)Can you guys try for some good screen captures?
I know that KTLA interviewed the USC guys that I recruited to hold the "GOD BLESS AMERICA" sign - on the southwest corner.They also had my 20" x 30" bright red sign, with 6" letters that say:
It generally photographs well on TV.
Say a prayer, all, for the liberation of the Iranian people...I know I will tonight.
Good call, really really hard for the neo-commie pro-Soddomites to counter people so passionate from the region.
Hey, weren't they all there last June in Century City?Yes. Many of them were the same people, I think.
Only MORE intense ths time. :o)It REALLY demoralizes the "anti-war" crowd to see their intellectually-bankrupt, but emotionally-held positions totally DESTROYED by the reality of someone who has actually experienced the evil of our enemies firsthand.But VERY professional.VERY aware of the dangers of tyranny - from PERSONAL experience.
Almost all wore suits.
Doctors, lawyers, CPAs.
Most had family and friends still in Iran.
HUGE contrast from the "anti-war" rabble.MUCH like the Vietnamese-Americans that we met at "Support Our Troops" rallies in Garden Grove.Incredible moral authority.
I just got back from an AMAZING rally to support President Bush at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, right across the street from the University of Southern California.Wow.I thought that **I** was intense.It is a good thing that these Iranian-American patriots are on OUR side. :o)
......I was apprehensive as I drove to the site of what we expected to be a major anti-Bush rally organized by the "anti-war" group A.N.S.W.E.R.-L.A...... I arrived early - to claim a good spot for us to counter them.When I turned the corner onto the street in front of the Shrine Auditorium, my heart sank.There was already a HUGE crowd gathered in the PRIME location. RATs, I thought.They had a half dozen large vinyl banners - each ten feet by three feet, and MANY colorful flags - with at least THIRTY passionate protesters.
They beat me here. :(
"We support......President Bush!"
See also the NEW thread:
Bush draws a crowd
[USC Daily Trojan covers pro-Bush Iranian-American/Free Republic rally]
www.DaliyTrojan.com ^ | March 4, 2004 | SHRADDHA JAISWALI
Posted on 03/04/2004 5:32:13 AM PST by RonDog
President Bush spoke at the Shrine Auditorium Wednesday. More than 100 showed up for the event.
Elizabeth Leitzell | Daily Trojan Mixed Emotion. The Iranian American Republicans were among the demonstrators who welcomed President Bush to the Shrine Auditorium Wednesday afternoon; they said they support him because he opposes terrorism in Iran.
By SHRADDHA JAISWALI
President George W. Bush's visit to Southern California on Wednesday was marked by demonstrations from more than 130 supporters and opponents who packed onto the four corners of Jefferson Boulevard and Shrine Place in the early evening.
The demonstrators, both for and against the president, waved signs and shouted slogans at the drivers passing the Shrine Auditorium where Bush was scheduled to speak at 5:35 p.m.
With the clock ticking down to the November presidential election, Bush planned a three-day visit to California in hopes of raising funds for his re-election campaign.
The anti-Bush corner was home to about 80 people of all ages waving signs reading everything from a general "Stop Bush" to the more specific "End Occupation in Iraq" and "Immigrant Rights."
Many of the anti-Bush signs were provided by the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism organization, but they were joined by groups such as Code Pink, The Socialist Organization and Out Against War as well as by individuals simply wanting to be heard.
Those gathered at the corner shouting against Bush's policies felt it was necessary to protest even at a fundraising event to open the eyes of Californians.
"I hope to call attention to the fact that other people who think he should not be president will know they are not alone," said Eda Hallinan, a member of the women's peace group Code Pink.
"Bush is probably the worst president this country has ever had," she said. "I think that we are so much worse off now than when he first took office, in terms of the economy and our own security."
Along with the sea of anti-Bush posters, the protesters chanted their messages from a megaphone with sayings such as, "George Bush we know you your daddy was a killer too," and "Hands off Haiti."
But despite the loud anti-Bush sentiments, Bush supporters were not deterred from standing their ground. The largest group of Bush advocates at the four corners was a group of Iranians waving flags and shouting praises of the president's international policies.
"We're here to support President Bush because he's for democracy, not only in Iran, but around the world," said 59-year-old Reza Ershadi.
Fellow conservatives praised the Iranian effort to support Bush saying that they were dedicated and knew that Bush could help them.
"These guys have been here since 3 p.m.," said Ron Smith [aka RonDog] pointing to the Iranians. "Think about it, they've got family in Iran. They've got family right now in a brutal regime, and they're saying, 'well we appreciate what you did in Iraq, how about coming over here and helping us out in Iran...'"
It REALLY demoralizes the "anti-war" crowd to see their intellectually-bankrupt, but emotionally-held positions totally DESTROYED by the reality of someone who has actually experienced the evil of our enemies firsthand.
Watch news March 20th. Ft. Bragg, NC.
Watch news March 20th. Ft. Bragg, NC.You bet!
We will also be countering them in HOLLYWOOD!See also:
A.N.S.W.E.R. plans "Global Day of Action" on March 20, 2004 - in NY, LA, SF, DC, Boston, Chicago
www.internationalanswer.org ^ | International A.N.S.W.E.R.
Posted on 02/23/2004 8:51:06 PM PST by RonDog
BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
END COLONIAL OCCUPATION
from IRAQ to PALESTINE and EVERYWHERE!
Los Angeles March and Rally
Saturday March 20, 12 noon
Hollywood & Vine
This will be part of worldwide protests that day
The Los Angeles march will assemble at Hollywood & Vine at noon and march about 1 1/2 miles to the Army recruiting station at Sunset and La Brea for the rally. There will be speakers at Hollywood & Vine as well as at the main rally.
There is ample parking on side streets as well as parking lots, which have reduced rates on weekends. There are subway stops at both Hollywood and Vine and at Hollywood and Highland. There are several restaurants and coffee shops near the rally site. Map
Confirmed speakers as of 2/18. Ron Kovic. We will be listing more speakers shortly.
GWB Is The Man!
We are winning ~ the bad guys are losing ~ trolls, terrorists, democrats and the mainstream media are sad ~ very sad!
We got very little coverage here in Richmond of the event.LOL!
FReepers need to have "do-it-yourself" media reports. :o)Too bad that we didn't have a digital camera yesterday...
... but HERE is one of the banners that we had last night, from a previous rally: