The president was attending his final fundraising event, of several scheduled, during his two-day trip to the Bay Area in order to drum-up financial support for his 2012 Presidential Re-election Campaign.
Those attending the fundraising event at the
The White House pool reports that President Obama was addressing a crowd of approximately 200 donors when a woman, identified as Naomi Pitcairn, an
The president reportedly asked the woman to refrain at the time, but Pitcairn, along with her entire table broke into a song that emphasized the $5,000 donation made in order to be at the event as well protesting the treatment that Bradley Manning has endured during his solitary confinement at the Marine-run facility in
Private Manning, accused of providing tens of thousands of confidential embassy cables to WikiLeaks, was said to have been stripped of his clothing on several occasions, and forced to stand in the nude outside his cell during routine inspections at
In addition, Manning was reportedly held to 23-hours-a-day solitary confinement and given the additional hour of a day to exercise in an empty room.
Reportedly, the president seemed perplexed and looked to
Regaining his composure, President Obama complimented the group saying, “That was a nice song,” describing it as “an example of creativity.” The president returned to the subject at hand, getting Americans back to the excitement displayed during his 2008 Democratic Presidential Campaign that promoted a “change we can believe in” and the slogan, “Yes we can!”
Pitcairn, without resistance, was removed from the event by a police escort.
President Barack Obama previously stated that he defended the treatment of Private Manning at
Manning’s supporters were previously focused only on the alleged treatment of the 23-year-old private at
On, April 19, The Pentagon announced that Manning will be moved to the U.S. Army-run Midwest Joint Regional Facility in
According to Lt. Col. Dawn Hilton, garrison commander at
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