Why Was Bush Afraid of a T-Shirt? Will Cindy Sheehan Run for Office?
Reported by Marie Therese - February 1, 2006
FOX & Friends this morning announced that activist Cindy Sheehan was handcuffed and escorted from the Capitol Building last night for wearing a T-shirt with an anti-war slogan. The San Francisco Chronicle reports today that Mrs. Sheehan was given a ticket to attend the State of the Union speech by northern California Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey. They also report that Mrs. Sheehan may have political aspirations.
Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said Sheehan was charged with unlawful conduct, a misdemeanor. She was taken in handcuffs to police headquarters a few blocks away and was expected to be released on her own recognizance later.
Schneider told the Associated Press that Sheehan wore a T-shirt with an anti-war slogan to the speech and covered it up until she took her seat. Police warned her that the shirt was not allowed, but she did not respond, the spokeswoman said.
"It stunned me because I didn't know in America you could be arrested for wearing a T-shirt with a slogan on it,'' Woolsey said. "That's especially so in the Capitol and in the House of Representatives, which is the people's House.''
Woolsey said she thought the shirt Sheehan was wearing was from Veterans for Peace. Referring to the number of Americans killed in Iraq, the shirt read, "2,245 and how many more?''
Some other members were upset about Sheehan's arrest. "I'm still trying to find out why the president's Gestapo had to arrest Cindy Sheehan in the gallery. ... It shows he still has a thin skin,'' said Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont.
In the morning, Sheehan had attended an event at Democratic National Committee headquarters near the Capitol, where she chatted with lawmakers and party activists.
She told The Chronicle that she is seriously considering challenging California Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the Democratic primary this year because she doesn't think Feinstein has been vigorous enough in opposing Bush's Iraq policy. The senator voted for the 2002 resolution authorizing Bush to use force in Iraq.
"The Democratic Party has not been a true opposition party. It's been very weak -- and frankly, the war is not the only issue." (San Francisco Chronicle, 2-1-06)
Cindy Sheehan running against Dianne Feinstein for the Senate?
Batten down the hatches, folks!!
The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy is going to go off the deep end on this one!
As for the T-shirt incident, I suspect that, even if Mrs. Sheehan had been dressed to the nines, they would have found some pretext or other to force her to leave. After all, it wouldn't do to have an anti-war mother sitting conspicuously in the gallery while a pro-war mother sat so close to the First Lady.
Why, that would have ruined the photo-op!