Around five dozen people showed up for the protest. There were anarchists, Iran-sanction-lifter folks, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, VoterMarch MN, and more. There were tons of flyers, good chants, and lots of friendly honks.
The police were out in force. There were great signs. Some people even got to go inside the Convention Center, after they took the sticks off their signs.
Inside, Cheney was predicting that Minnesota would go Republican in 2004 and he would be swearing in his new pet Senator, Normy. Yeah, and I might grow fins on my back. Thanks, Dick, could you stop over and jump my car if you're not using all that voltage today?
Right after the protest, WMNN radio reported the protest and rebroadcast Ann R.'s interview where she said she would go wherever Bush/Cheney visit in Minnesota to let them know she does not support their coup. Way to go, Ann!
We got coverage on Channel 4 at 6 o'clock. They quoted me saying, "Cheney's energy plan is to devour dead dinosaurs from now until eternity."
I smiled when I thought about them picking the esoteric line.
Channel 4 also caught us chanting "Big Oil Dick."
Channel 9 led off their news at 9 with Cheney's energy policy getting mixed reviews and quoted me saying that "We're here to protest Dick Cheney. We see this as an illegitimate presidency and an illegitimate energy policy." They used the same quote on Channel 9 at 10.
WE WERE SO PSYCHED!!!!!
After almost all the protesters had left but for Gena, Linda, and I we noticed cop cars suddenly blocking off all the entrance streets and a welling of lights-blazing cop cars up the street toward the north (?). Gena had her arms full of signs. We quickly said, "Quick, pick up a sign!!"
Then we saw it. With two or three cop cars in front, followed by an SS black SUV, a long black limosine with two antennas on the trunk.
We grabbed our signs. "What should we chant?" we asked each other. It was clear.
So as the tiny symbolic parade of flashing police cars and oily black government vehicular tokens of taxpayer largesse glided by not 10 feet away from us, we stood in a small mountain of protest signs waving with singular enthusiasm a sign each, and chanting at the tops of our lungs, "BIG OIL DICK!!!!!"
He heard us, too.
And he saw us.
We laughed. Great protest, everyone! Next time, let's double the numbers!
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