Cindy Sheehan Brings Anti-War, Anti-Obama Message to Martha’s Vineyard

By Gorman Gorman

Aug 27, 2009 1:32pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports: If it’s August, it must be time for Cindy Sheehan to drop in on a presidential vacation.Sheehan, perhaps the most outspoken and most visible anti-Iraq war protestor, came to Martha’s Vineyard to push President Obama to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sheehan’s son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004 when he volunteered for a rescue mission in Sadr City. She became a prominent symbol of the anti-war movement with her protests against then-President George W. Bush.Sheehan said today she wanted to tell Mr. Obama that even if he goes on vacation, her group will not take a break from spreading their message of peace.Sheehan noted that “Martha’s Vineyard is a lot nicer than Crawford, Texas” where Bush vacationed.When Sheehan first set up her anti-war vigil, deemed “Camp Casey,” near Bush’s ranch in Crawford in 2005, thousands joined her to protest the president’s foreign policy and demand an end to the war in Iraq.She said at the time she would not leave Crawford until Bush met with her. Sheehan stayed over three weeks in Crawford, but Bush never met with her, sending two senior aides instead. Sheehan dogged Bush for the rest of his presidency and never stopped demanding that sit-down. She even purchased five acres of land in Crawford to hold her rallies but over the course of the second Bush term, the crowds dissipated and her strong views on the war came to be seen as on the fringe.The scene outside the Oak Bluffs School on Martha’s Vineyard today was a far cry from those massive rallies aimed at Bush. Only a dozen people showed up to hear her speak, and about half of them were part of her contingent.Sheehan said she will speak out against Obama’s foreign policy until he ends the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sheehan said she was not a supporter of Obama during last year’s election and disputes the perception of him as a “peace president” or candidate.Sheehan invoked Sen. Ted Kennedy’s passing as part of her message, noting that he was firmly anti-war and how he said his proudest vote as a senator was his 2002 vote against the Iraq war.–Karen Travers

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