‘No on TPP': Hecklers disrupt Obama’s DNC speech
President Barack Obama’s speech on Wednesday highlighted the need for party unity and long term commitment to changing the political system. However, his speech was upstaged by TPP protesters and other noisy audience members.
Early into his speech, Obama covered many of the tragedies that have befallen the nation during his presidency. “There are pockets of America that never recovered in factory closures,” he said as one loud voice shouted out “No more TPP!” Quieter protesters held up anti-TPP signs during his speech.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is supported by Barack Obama; so much so that some have speculated that he had hoped it would be a lasting legacy of his administration.
The partnership is a trade pact that was negotiated in secret establishing regulations between 12 countries in the Pacific Basin. Its opponents say these regulations would undermine jobs in the US and work to the benefit of corporations rather than nations their workers. Bernie Sanders is a strong opponent of TPP, while Clinton first supported the pact, but then distanced herself from it as Sanders’ popularity grew.
The final DNC platform does not include opposition to TPP – a fact which has caused a number of Democratic voters to stage protests.
This was not the first time protesters have brought up the TPP. The chant was something of a refrain during this particularly heated DNC.
I’m against it too, but I’d bet these people who are interrupting the president with “NO MORE TPP” couldn’t name five countries it affects.— John Anthony (@chocobohomo) July 28, 2016
Protesters chant "No More TPP!" During Obama's speech at DNC Convention - Hah!— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) July 28, 2016
That one guy shouting "no more TPP" is going to get so much coverage tomorrow.— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) July 28, 2016
Obama plowed ahead through his speech, but gave Sanders’ supporters a brief shout out saying, “If you agree that there’s too much inequality in our economy and too much money in our politics, then we all need to be as vocal and as organized and as persistent as Bernie Sanders’ supporters have been during this election,” while adding, “that’s right, feel the Bern!”
However, the lack of decorum displayed by TPP protesters was nothing compared to that shown by one unidentified audience member who, based on social media, knows nothing of social graces or indoor etiquette. In fact, the hatred expressed towards this person on social media may even rival that reserved for the TPP.
This man – nay, this monster – became known on Twitter as the “wolf whistle guy.” No one liked the wolf whistle guy.
Can someone tell their uncle in the crowd that the wolf whistling has got to stop #DemsInPhilly— Andrea Grimes (@andreagrimes) July 28, 2016
Do you think wolf whistle and "c'mon now" guy are the same person?#DemsinPhilly— Ben Burris (@BurrisCommaBen) July 28, 2016
Can Cowbell hit Wolf Whistle in the head please? #DemsInPhilly— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) July 28, 2016
Put wolf whistle guy in a barrel with TPP chant guy and send them both over Niagara Falls.— Shannon Proudfoot (@sproudfoot) July 28, 2016
We get it, person in the hall, you can wolf-whistle.— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) July 28, 2016
SHUT UP, WOLF WHISTLE BRO— Sarah Emerson (@_loveallthis) July 28, 2016
Here's to you, wolf-whistle guy: someone will explain it to you later #DemsInPhilly— DrewCurtis (@DrewCurtis) July 28, 2016
The third place runner up for loudest audience member was the cowbell guy – a person who seemingly decided it was appropriate to bring a cowbell to the president’s speech.
Honey make sure to bring my cowbell"--a guy at the #DemConvention apparently.— Rhana Natour (@RNatourious) July 28, 2016
Cowbell guy and whistling guy gonna rumble when this is over.— Krisandry (@Knitting_Kninja) July 28, 2016
"Welcome to Hell, here are your roommates: Cowbell Guy and Whistle Guy from the 2016 DNC" #DemsInPhilly— Jess Lane (@notjesslane) July 28, 2016