Bizarre: Protesters Heckle Obama Through The Magic Of Song And You Can Too (For Money!)
Don’t feel bad, Paul Ryan. Everyone gets heckled now and again. This time it was President Obama who was speaking at a fundraiser in San Francisco when 10 protesters sang a fun song about the treatment of WikiLeaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning. Actually, do feel bad, Paul Ryan. You just got boring boos.
Obama was speaking to the room of about 200 people when a woman stood up and loudly announced that she and the people at her table had a song to sing. Here is the lyrics of the song (courtesy of Drudge Report):
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?
Charming, right? Well these protesters clearly felt good about it considering they spent $35,800 to get in to the event. However, speaking of money, there’s an even stranger wrinkle to this story.
The group passed out written versions of the lyrics (scrawled on the back of the fundraiser’s menu no less!) that also included the URL for the website FreshJuiceParty.com. An intrepid mind over at The Blaze went to the site and found, in addition to a pleasant, light green color scheme, this incredible offer: The Fresh Juice Party is willing to pay money to people who sing the above song in a public place. Here’s their offer:
“FRESH JUICE PARTY is pleased to annouce our newest public service, Loose The Juice! It’s your opportunity to make some quick cash and make a difference!
All you have to do is:
1. Sing the song “Where’s Our Change?” (Lyrics and sound file posted to the right) in a PUBLIC forum. Singing means projecting your voice – whisper singing doesn’t count. Public forum means any public place where it is legal to sing and video yourself: maybe a mall, college campus, a public rally, perhaps on the sidewalk in front of your local governmental offices, steps of your State Capitol Building or the White House. FOLLOW ALL LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS. We do not condone illegal behavior and your video will be ineligible if it depicts or suggests illegal activity.
2. Make a video of yourself publicly singing the song AND handing out our Fresh Juice Party Bucks (PDF download here). Just print a bunch of these and hand them out to your audience. Document this part on video, as well.
3. Upload your video to youtube. Make it shareable and public. If you delete your video or change the privacy setting of your video before the contest is over, you will not receive your payment. Email us your link and we will post eligible videos on this website.
4. If you have followed the above rules, we will pay the following amounts for your shareable, public youtube video links:
$50 in a public forum showing at least 20 people in surrounding areas within earshot of the song. Clearly show us your audience and venue in the video.
$75 for singing in a costume in a public forum showing at least 20 people in surrounding areas within earshot of the song. Clearly show us your audience and venue in the video.
$100 for singing the song in a Bradley Manning mask and t-shirt in a public forum showing at least 20 people in surrounding areas within earshot of the song. Clearly show us your audience and venue in the video.
$100 for singing within the legal peramaters of the steps of your State Capitol Building, the U.S. Capitol Building or the White House.
If you send us an eligible video and we post your youtube link on this website, we will send you a money order or transfer the payment into your paypal account. At the end of the contest, you will be guaranteed this cash.”
Wow. That’d be tempting even if I didn’t know who the hell Bradley Manning was!
The Blaze theorized that the group at the fundraiser today might be getting money from the Free Juice Party, however, a press release on another section of the site reveals that that was the party itself. In it, they call this morning’s event their “grand debut.”
So, yeah, whatever you think of that song up their, chances are good you’re going to hate it soon. If these Fresh Juice types are actually handing out money, YouTube is going to fill up with videos of it really quick.
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