For a while, I thought I was back in the 70’s.
You wouldn’t believe the scene when I arrived in front of the White House yesterday. There were a couple of hundred, anti-war in Afghanistan protestors: carrying signs, chanting slogans, carrying flag-draped coffins, and some even chaining themselves to the fence.
And when I got to the West Wing gate, there were some 15 or 20 protestors lying on the sidewalk as if dead, blocking the gate and surrounded by a cordon of park police.
It was all peaceful, but nevertheless managed to shut down all operations on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House. Veteran reporters said they hadn’t seen anything like that since the days of Vietnam.
But what made the protest all the more meaningful was what Robert Gibbs told us in the briefing. Even though the White House had said President Obama was weighing all options before deciding to send more troops, Gibbs said the possibility of withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan was NOT under consideration.
In other words, Obama’s considering all options, except the one that makes the most sense.
Turns out those protestors really had something to protest!
That’s my parting shot for today.