Skip to comments.Obama fires back at AIDS protesters, tells them to hassle GOP
Posted on 10/30/2010 4:55:11 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Obama fires back at AIDS protesters, tells them to hassle GOP By Vicki Needham - 10/30/10 06:53 PM ET President Obama deflected heckling by AIDS protesters during a Saturday rally, suggesting they take up their cause with "the other side" that's opposed to funding.
A group of people interrupted Obama's speech before 9,000 in Connecticut chanting "Fund Global AIDS."
The president was quick to respond to the chorus of protesters saying, "Youve been appearing at every rally weve been doing. And were funding global AIDS. And the other side is not. So I don't know why you think this is a useful strategy to take."
Obama was in Bridgeport as part of a four-state swing during the final days before the midterm elections, stumping for Rep. Jim Himes, who is in a tight re-election race, and the state attorney general, Richard Blumenthal, who is seeking the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Chris Dodd, who is retiring.
"I think it would make a lot more sense for you guys to go to the folks who arent interested in funding global AIDS and chant at that rally," Obama said. "Because were trying to focus on figuring out how to finance the things that you want financed, all right?"
That led to chants of "Obama, Obama" as the crowd stirred and the president tried to calm emotions as the protesters were escorted out of the rally.
"It's very important to remember that an issue like global AIDS is very important," Obama said. "And the question weve got is which party is most likely to actually fund it in ways that help people around the world."
He then added that it will be difficult to move forward on many issues until "we get the economy fixed, unless we can put people back to work, unless folks feel more confident about the future."
"Its going to be hard to move forward on all these initiatives."
O/deadbeat can go back to Kenya.
Bwahahahahahahahahahaha! nobama is such a loser.
That man is no leader and is an embarrassment as a representative of our republic.
Wasn’t it Bush that gave billions for AIDS help in Africa????
Well Brack, Bush funded AIDS far more than you have. You haven’t because you don’t give a crap.
Aids funding gets in the way of you and your wife’s entertainment.
“And were funding global AIDS. And the other side is not.”
Obama voice: You would think they would be saying Thank You.
The world has had enough of the One.
YES...it was president Bush and his administration that gave the most.
“And the other side is not.”
Long criticized for neglecting disease in the developing world, the United States has tripled funding for combating AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
Signed into law yesterday by President Bush, the plan allots $48 billion over the next five years for disease treatment and research. It builds on the five-year, $15 billion Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which earned Bush praise for acknowledging the AIDS epidemic two million deaths last year, most in sub-Saharan Africa and condemnation for ignoring other, equally pressing diseases.
Malaria kills approximately one million people each year. Tuberculosis kills another 1.5 million, and the evolution of extensively drug-resistant strains has raised the possibility of widespread, highly-lethal outbreaks in the developed world.
Liberals and conservatives alike applauded the Bush-backed bill, and Democrats gave the President a rare kudos for his initiative. Senator Joseph Biden (D-Delaware), told the Associated Press that PEPFAR was “the single most significant thing the President has done,” saying it would save hundreds of thousands of lives and the new legislation is even more ambitious.
The legislation “is our compact with developing nations across the globe,” said Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, in a statement last week. “It says that America stands with them in this fight, that our commitment will not waver, and shows them Americas true facge of compassion.”
The bill earned overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Among the objectors was Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), who after the Senate voted told the Washington Post that the plan, which accounts for roughly one-half of one percent of the U.S. budget, is too generous.
“There should be a limit,” he said. “Its one thing to say youll support it at $15 billion; its another thing to say youll support it at $35 billion. To me, its entirely another thing to support it at $50 billion.”
Whatever you think of the Bush bill, strictly on the facts, this shows Obama is a liar. Again.
Sickening. He is ruining the best hope of the World but tearing down our beloved Nation. I wonder how shocked he would be if his teleprompter told him just how much we helped the world in fighting HIV during Bush's administration.
“And the question weve got is which party is most likely to actually fund it in ways that help people around the world.”
The question we SHOULD have is which party is most likely to restore this country to some semblance of prosperity and adherence to the Constitution, idiot.
Feeding on their own...Such a site to see...
Yep.....an no one noticed.......
The disgraced criminal Sen. Chris Dodd, who
is retiring seems to have enough sense to "git while the gittin' is good."
He forgot, that Bush gave something like 8x of our money to africa to combat aids. Obama is cutting it.
yuk yuk yuk
And there’s Barack Insane Obamination slamming the GOP?
If my memory serves me correctly I bitched my brains out when W spent millions to fight AIDS.