Protestors demand release of Manning at Obama breakfast fundraiser

Tejinder Singh – AHN News Correspondent

Washington, DC, United States (AHN) – There was unexpected singing at a small breakfast fundraiser being addressed by President Barack Obama Thursday morning in San Francisco with the demand to free Bradley Manning, the American serviceman under detention for allegedly leaking military secrets to WikiLeaks.

The White House pool traveling with Obama reported a woman removing her blazer to reveal a T-shirt bearing a picture of Manning as the singing and humming started while Obama was addressing a gathering of about 200 people.

The lyrics of the song, written on the back of the menu for the fundraiser, were provided by the singers to journalists.

The menu included scrambled organic Petaluma farmed eggs, chicked apple sausages, organic fingerling potatoes; fruit and berries; miniature danishes and Matzo crackers.

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The lyrics are:

Dear Mr. President we honor you today sir

Each of us brought you $5,000

It takes a lot of Benjamins to run a campaign

I paid my dues, where’s our change?

We’ll vote for you in 2012, yes that’s true

Look at the Republicans – what else can we do

Even though we don’t know if we’ll retain our liberties

In what you seem content to call a free society

Yes it’s true that Terry Jones is legally free

To burn a people’s holy book in shameful effigy

But at another location in this country

Alone in a 6×12 cell sits Bradley

23 hours a day is night

The 5th and 8th Amendments say this kind of thing ain’t right

We paid our dues, where’s our change?

President Obama did not first realize that it was a protest song but the journalists noted that the president took the song in stride, stopped and listened and then continued when the interruption stopped saying, “Where was I?”

According to the Pentagon, Pfc. Bradley Manning arrived safely at Fort Leavenworth’s Joint Regional Correctional Facility on Wednesday where he “is now in-processing at the facility and, over the next five to seven days, he will receive an in-depth assessment.”

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