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Thousands Join Protest Demanding Barack Obama Resign

On the surface, America’s telecommunications companies are trying to project an appearance of calm. Beneath that superficial appearance, they are scrambling. I spoke this morning to the manager of a Verizon store, and he told me stories of huge numbers of angry customers, panicked conference calls with people from headquarters, and a rash of new phone thefts. “There is a crisis in confidence in the system,” he said.

Yesterday morning, I referred to another crisis of confidence in the system created by the revelations that America’s military is spying against Americans, seizing records of who they call, and tracking online activity on giant networks operated by companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple as well. As part of an article listing some opportunities for activism in protest of government surveillance, I pointed to a petition in the White House petitioning system that demands the resignation of Barack Obama over his decision to continue George W. Bush’s policy of creating an immense electronic surveillance dragnet used to spy on the private activities of the American people.

At the time I wrote that article, there were only 3,000 signatures on that petition. Now, just 24 hours later, the number of signatures on that petition has surged to over 17,000.

That’s within just 8,000 signatures of the old threshold of 25,000 signatures that Barack Obama set that would require an official response to a petition. President Obama didn’t like responding to citizen petitions so much, it seems, and so, not too long ago, he raised that threshold to 100,000 signatures.

Still, if just 83,000 or so Americans will sign this petition demanding that Barack Obama resigns, Obama will have to release an official response to the idea. Wouldn’t that be interesting?

5 comments to Thousands Join Protest Demanding Barack Obama Resign

  • Bill

    “Still, if just 83,000 or so Americans will sign this petition demanding that Obama resigns, Obama will have to release an official response to the idea. Wouldn’t that be interesting?” Thanks for asking. Actually no, it wouldn’t. It’s a silly distraction evidencing helplessness, like a high school graduate taping “FU” atop his mortarboard.

    • No more of a silly distraction than a news conference is a silly distraction, Bill. It is useful and telling to see how those in power respond to challenges to their legitimacy or authority. There are often consequences to these responses.

  • I think it’s a lot more interesting, Bill, than a stuffy old man sitting on his hands and smugly congratulating himself for not doing anything to make anything better, and grumbling about how kids these days keep on being so immature, the way that they try to exercise their constitutional rights, and defend the Bill of Rights.

    Inactive, smug old men who love the status quo are bores.

    I think it would be fascinating to have the President of the United States of America have to justify himself to ordinary citizens, especially in this circumstance, when Barack Obama has disrespected the rights of the citizenry.

  • Update: There are now more than 20,000 signatures on the petition.

  • Daniel

    The problem is that Biden will become president. The petition needs to request that both of them resign at the same time. Change the petition to do that, and I will sign it.

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