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Friday, October 10, 2008

An Insider's Look At "Angry Man" Rally

More on that Waukesha, Wisconsin rally for Senator McCain and Governor Palin. I was able to unearth three videos from citizens who went there. I think it shows a more intimate view of the rally.

First, here are the two candidates emerging from the tunnel with Cindy McCain. Notice at 1:06 how the camera follows John McCain, but the eyes of all those in the front row are turned directly towards Sarah Palin. All you can hear is "Sarah!!" being shouted in McCain's face.

The famous "Angry Man", as yet unindentified, makes his appearance here. Listen how a lady says, "Yeah Yeah" as he is giving it to McCain good and plenty.

By the way, I am not expert at American accents, but I think this gentleman must not be a Wisconsin native. He sounds like a New Yorker, or another northeastern transplant. Am I right?

The African-American gentleman who later begged, literally, Senator McCain to go after Senator Obama's associations with Reverend Wright and others, is a local radio talk show host. That was much later in the rally, and I am still searching for that specific segment.


This is another camcorder video of the rally, just to give you a more amateur wide-lens impression.

Finally, here are all the videos available on the rally via Fox News, in their entirety (eight minutes each).

(Via Gabrielle Cusamano)

ADDED: Of course, reporters immediately questioned if these people were plants.

Waukesha, Wisconsin -- One of the highlights of the McCain-Palin rally here today came when Scott Southworth, an Iraq War veteran from Mauston, Wisconsin, stood and told McCain that he was personally offended by Barack Obama's suggestion, recently amplified by the McCain campaign, that the US military was just bombing civilians in Afghanistan. The most important issue, Southworth said to loud applause, remained winning the war on terror. Southworth then introduced his son, A'laa, who was sitting in his wheelchair next to his father and who, he said, had been brought to the US from Iraq.

McCain asked Southworth to tell the story of the adoption and Southworth explained that he adopted A'laa from the Mother Theresa orphanage in Baghdad after he learned that A'laa was to be transferred to a state-run facility, which Southworth believed would be unsafe. As he told the story, several women in the audience wiped away tears. It was, for the audience at least, a powerful moment.

Reporters were more skeptical, in part because it came just minutes after Sarah Palin fielded a question from a young woman who runs a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with Down Syndrome. She thanked Palin for her example and for promising to speak out for special needs children in a McCain White House. Several reporters in attendance immediately suspected that the McCain campaign had planted the questioners and that the candidate had called on them for effect.

Sure, plants happen all the time.

But it's probably unfathomable to some people, that a veteran and a mother of a Down Syndrome baby would make a special journey to watch a rally of a veteran and a mother of a Down Syndrome baby.

And then have the temerity to ask questions that concern them...

EDIT: Everyone was a plant! The Angry Man. The Black Man. The Veteran. The Mom. Everyone. From Jeff Blackwell:

Just picked up the newspaper.

The J-S does identify the man as Harris, "a radio host", but does not mention that he works for WTMJ or Journal Communications. I wonder if he also works for McCain?

Here's an exit question for you:

When did Americans have difficulty perceiving the genuine voice of average Americans?

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  • Hey, you didn't have to credit me on that link, but thanks. I saw that video and sent it to like, everyone I know, called all my friends... and my blood was still boiling. That's when I posted my comment! Just venting, basically.

    Everyone is depressed. I went to youtube to get the direct link to the video with the black gentleman. There's another video of it, posted by "the online activist," under the header "Filthy House Nigger Begs McCain to Attack Obama."

    What is happening to our country?

    By Blogger knox, at Fri Oct 10, 10:26:00 am GMT-4  

  • He's Midwestern, you becha. The 'hooligans' and 'dem' 'dese' are all Chicago. Waukesha [where I competed in the State Gymnastics meet a million years ago] is only about 75 miles due north of Chicago, so I'm bettin' he is from around dere.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Fri Oct 10, 03:22:00 pm GMT-4  

  • When did Americans have difficulty perceiving the genuine voice of average Americans?

    Short answer: Around the same time that many younger ones became more self-loathing. It's all related to guilt and debt, and an improper/conflicted response to those feelings.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Fri Oct 10, 06:50:00 pm GMT-4  

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