Obama Comes to Portland, Maine – and Meets the Tea Party

by Crocker on April 1, 2010, 4:33 pm

in Health Care,Politics

Hope ‘n Change came to Portland today, selling Obamacare during a speech at the Portland Exposition Building (known locally as the “Expo”).

The Tea Party was out in force – by the time Hope ‘n Change arrived around 3.15 pm, our crowd had swelled to 350 – 400 people. Our people were armed with dozens of hand bells (“Liberty Bells”), creating a constant background of pealing bells to emphasize our presence.

A partial view of our demonstrators at around the time Hope ‘n Change arrived. Expo in the background.

The signs were both creative and downright amusing.

There were costumes, too.

The crowd was dense.

A “Liberty Bell”. There were dozens throughout the crowd.

We Mainers are not known for being a particularly demonstrative lot – but we gathered a huge crowd in the middle of Portland, Maine – not a hotbed of conservatism.

The Hope ‘n Change crowd on the other side of the street was strangely subdued and dispersed immediately after The One arrived.

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Andrew Ian Dodge April 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm

And, of course, Obama & Co. held it in the middle of a weekday afternoon. For tea party people, its hard to get off work to attend, no so much it seems for Obama’s fans. Find it amusing they couldn’t count and oversold the tickets to the Obamacare lap of honor stop.

Richard E. Cross April 8, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Dear Sir;

Richard E. Cross and Hal Bumby from Naples , Maine was at the Tea Party Event. We did not know it was a Tea Party Event. Hal and I went up to represent the Naples Republican Committee and try out Hal Bumby new idea. The idea that Hal had was to purchase 50 bells representing all 50 states to be passed ot to people to ring. Our slogan this year is LET FEEDOM RING. We put it into effect on April 1, 2010 at the portland event. It worked well. Everybody wanted to get in on it so we are planning mayby go nationally. It sure took off in Prtland Maine. We had so many reporters asking us what we were doing with the bells and we told them. We hope this will catch on all over the country. I will be up to Augusta representing Naples once again and hope to bring the Bells along.

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