Obama goes to Quincy, Illinois for a speech at the convention center and notices the Quincy Tea Party Rally in progress. What does the Obamanation do? He calls out SWAT because they are SO dangerous.

See just how dangerous they are here:


  • Red State Eddio

    It’s Organizing for America’s new uniforms.

    They look a lot like SWAT uni’s.

  • Christopher Nutter

    Dang… there’s nothing left for me to denounce.

    Troy, if you’re seriously interested in attacking police oppression, do some time as a disadvantage Black or Latino youth in an inner-city.

    There’s tons of real police corruption and real police oppression in this country. Take the scandal in Camden, NJ for instance. If that’s too remote, I’m sure you can find a real incident closer to home.

    It’s an epidemic.

    • Troy La Mana

      I’m not attacking police oppression. I just find it funny that Obama, or someone on his staff, thought the Tea Party was dangerous enough to call in SWAT.

      Normally the regular police would be there to help direct traffic and whatnot. This was just plain stupid.

      My point is you have the protests in Phoenix that really required SWAT and they call it a mostly peaceful protest. Here you have a protest so peaceful that all the police have to do is ask nicely to keep on the sidewalk and there is instant respect and adherence to instruction.

      • Christopher Nutter

        “I’m not attacking police oppression.”

        You support police oppression then?

        • Brian H

          Nutter….you make me laugh. That was funny.

        • Troy La Mana

          Obama does with his secret police.

  • Rochelle

    The real difference here is that conservatives look at this and say “yeah, its an exercise.” If it was flipped around and it was code pink and a Republican speaker, this would be all over the news and the headlines would be how riot police were called in for a peaceful protest, etc, etc, etc.

  • Neil Braithwaite

    Gotta agree with you Boru.

    • Neil Braithwaite

      …about it being an “exercise.”

  • Rochelle

    I have to admit, it does look like a practice drill that just happened to be at the same time as the protests. The protesters actually look like bystanders watching a parade, as if they are there to watch the SWAT practice.

  • Alaina Segovia

    They have SWAT in Quincy, Illinois?

    • Gil Rice

      Yeah, they bought the gear with their stimulus money. Actually, they are the ROTC from the high school!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.politicalderby.com/ Jason Wright, Editor

    I also hate to agree with Kaiser, especially since he made me buy his lunch the other day in Fairfax, but this hardly seemed worth posting.

    And yes, Kaiser is a real person. After sending me love notes for years we finally met face to face. He’s every bit as moderate and Swiss-looking as I suspected.

    • David Kaiser, Editor

      You were falling over yourself to buy me lunch you big stud you!

  • http://www.sotr.us Cordeiro

    As much as it pains me to agree with Kaiser, there’s no way The One called these guys out to march down the street. These are cops, just doing their job.

    If The One wanted to intimidate the Tea Party people, he would have called up the SEIU thugs. He’s got those guys on speed dial.

  • Boru

    The new Share feature is a pain in the arse. I keep accidently mousing over it, causing it to cover up the content that I’m viewing.

    If you can, please change the trigger setting from mouse over to mouse click.

    Or, please monitor it to see if it is really helping the site more than it is hurting the site for being so darn annoying.

    • http://www.politicalderby.com/ Jason Wright, Editor

      Boru, could it be user error? ;-)

      Anyone else having a problem with the share feature? Anyone using it?

      • Neil Braithwaite

        It does pop up sometimes when I’m reading – but not really a bother. My arse can take it.

  • Boru

    Seemed more like an exercise for new riot control troops.

    Just look at body postures and movement. These are newbs.

    What better place to have such an exercise than where there is a crowd with almost zero chance of violence…not even to the presence of riot guards.

    This is a testament to the non-violent nature of the Tea Party.

  • Gil Rice

    I honestly believe Oba-wan is very capable of doing this, if for no other reason, just to say to the T-P’s, “look, I can control any situation however I deem necessary.”

    • David Kaiser, Editor

      Gil, I think we all know Obama has an ego, but I just still don’t buy this.

      • Brian H

        I’m so with you, David. I think if Obama had ordered the Salvation Army to take to the streets they would have been more of threat than this. LOL

  • WilliamK

    Hey, the city has sunk a lot of money into all that gear, training and such. They HAVE to use it. This was a great excuse for breaking it out and walking around out of step while some want-a-be drill sgt walks them around.

    In the mean time the Mayor gets to talk about how bringing in the riot squad “Prevented” problems by showing the protesters they are ready to respond.

    And lets not forget that any time Bush visited places, riot gear guys were often on hand “just in case” too.

  • David Kaiser, Editor

    Seriously Troy?

    You really think Obama ordered this?

    You honestly believe that he picked up the phone and said he felt threatened and that they should go break up this unruly mob?

    It’s amazing that not one real news source seems to have reported it like this, not even Fox News. The only places saying “Obama called out SWAT on Tea Party Protesters” are Tea Party and conservative blogs.

    I find this very, very hard to believe.

    • Brian H

      LOL…….If Obama ordered this then he is weaker then I ever believed him to be. LOL

      Ohhhhh my gosh….. it is so funny to see how 1 minute of video can be used to create drama where none exists.

      David said: “Seriously, Troy? You reall think Obama ordered this?” LOL I sense sincere and befuddled concern in David’s voice when asking this…HAHAHA

      Sorry…..This just really made me laugh. It makes our side look like the KOOKS and LOONS when we take something like this and create a conspiracy from it.

      Very funny.