Occupy meets Obama.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Nov 22, 2011
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Occupy Wall Street interrupts President Obama. Crowd boos OWS. “No-no-no, It’s okay.”

Occupy tactics: sometimes self-defeating.

Occupy: we young liberals seem talented at making enemies of allies. The Tea Party wraps itself in patriotism, we wear dirty jeans, cry anarchy and…get tear gassed.

There’s been many calls for a change in tactics: dress nicely, learn how to communicate respectfully and clearly, remember that dissent is patriotism—we don’t have to hate the US to criticize it, and by the same token we can love it while wanting it to be better for all Americans.

Here’s the somewhat too-long message (especially via hard-to-hear Mic Check) the OWS tried to pass along:

“Mic check.”

“Mr. President.”

“Over 4,000 peaceful protesters have been arrested while bankers continue to destroy the American economy. You must stop the assault on our 1st Amendment rights. Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.”


Later, President Obama said:

“A lot of the folks who’ve been down in New York and all across the country in the ‘Occupy’ movement, there is a profound sense of frustration, there’s a profound sense of frustration about the fact that the essence of the American dream, which is that if you work hard, if you stick to it that you can make it, feels like that’s slipping away…”

Let’s all remember what this is about:

Our flag was still there:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Occupy meets Obama.”

  1. jhon baker says:

    The frustration is that it has slipped away.

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  3. elephantjournal says:

    Diana Devine Caile Love and mic check mojo!

    Katy Hall ‎"I'll listen to you, you listen to me." That about sums it up.

    Paul Leard Do not believe what people say, believe in their nature. No point in being gullible.

    Dianne Dragon You have to watch the 2nd video…sweet…

    Polly Smock An authority figure who is not threatened by public demonstrators.

  4. Satyavira says:

    The private Federal Reserve cares not for who's in office, Dem or Repub.