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Nancy Pelosi booed, heckled at Netroots Nation 2013

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By EMILY SCHULTHEIS
6/22/13


SAN JOSE, Calif. — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was booed by progressive activists Saturday for defending President Obama on the NSA’s surveillance programs and suggesting that alleged leaker Edward Snowden broke the law.

Speaking in a wide-ranging Q&A session at this year’s Netroots Nation conference, Pelosi said it’s unfair to equate Obama and former President George W. Bush on the issue of surveillance.

As Pelosi was saying the country needs a “balance” between security and privacy, Marc Perkel, a 57-year-old activist from Gilroy, Calif., started shouting at Pelosi during her answer and was escorted out of the room.

“It’s not a balance. It’s not constitutional!” he yelled. “No secret laws!”

Others in the room began shouting as well, saying things like “Leave him alone!” or “That’s what a police state looks like right there!”

The moderator, Zerlina Maxwell, worked to quiet the crowd by saying audience members needed to submit questions via Twitter rather than shouting them out, but Pelosi said she didn’t mind.

“I welcome the challenges that people pose because I think that those questions must be answered,” Pelosi said.

She was further booed when she said Snowden did break the law by leaking the information he revealed.


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Maybe it time for Pelosi to retire. What's next? Audiences booing Obama?
 

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Seriously who gives a ****? Any politician who retires because they get booed is a pansy.
 

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I hate Pelosi, the liberal queen mother, but booing doesn't really mean much. Especially after I saw Ron Paul get booed at the GOP debate because he brought up the golden rule when dealing with other nations.
 

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Rude people are rude. When Dan Quayle came out to visit us when we were deployed in the gulf, I would have been ashamed to be that much of an asshole.
 

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By EMILY SCHULTHEIS
6/22/13


SAN JOSE, Calif. — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was booed by progressive activists Saturday for defending President Obama on the NSA’s surveillance programs and suggesting that alleged leaker Edward Snowden broke the law.

Speaking in a wide-ranging Q&A session at this year’s Netroots Nation conference, Pelosi said it’s unfair to equate Obama and former President George W. Bush on the issue of surveillance.

As Pelosi was saying the country needs a “balance” between security and privacy, Marc Perkel, a 57-year-old activist from Gilroy, Calif., started shouting at Pelosi during her answer and was escorted out of the room.

“It’s not a balance. It’s not constitutional!” he yelled. “No secret laws!”

Others in the room began shouting as well, saying things like “Leave him alone!” or “That’s what a police state looks like right there!”

The moderator, Zerlina Maxwell, worked to quiet the crowd by saying audience members needed to submit questions via Twitter rather than shouting them out, but Pelosi said she didn’t mind.

“I welcome the challenges that people pose because I think that those questions must be answered,” Pelosi said.

She was further booed when she said Snowden did break the law by leaking the information he revealed.


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Nancy Pelosi booed, heckled at Netroots Nation 2013 - Emily Schultheis - POLITICO.com

Maybe it time for Pelosi to retire. What's next? Audiences booing Obama?
Nancy Pelosi is a strong woman and a leader, she is not going to retire because of this booing.
 

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I wish politicians had more opportunities to hear booing.
 

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Here's what I don't know: Is Pelosi frequently booed by progressives? If so, this isn't news. If not, perhaps it is.
 

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Rude people are rude. When Dan Quayle came out to visit us when we were deployed in the gulf, I would have been ashamed to be that much of an asshole.
Did you boo Bush or Cheney in their many trips to Iraq? I'm sure you shouted and praised Biden and Obama when they visited you in the Gulf. Oh , I forgot Obama never visited there until June 2008, well after claiming that the Petraeus Surge was a failure. Turned out it worked but Obama's Surge in Afghanistan has turned out to be the failure. Seems Obama racked up a lot of American KIA in just over 4 years.
 

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Did you boo Bush or Cheney in their many trips to Iraq? I'm sure you shouted and praised Biden and Obama when they visited you in the Gulf. Oh , I forgot Obama never visited there until June 2008, well after claiming that the Petraeus Surge was a failure. Turned out it worked but Obama's Surge in Afghanistan has turned out to be the failure. Seems Obama racked up a lot of American KIA in just over 4 years.
You make alot of assumptions, all wrong. You would think you would get tired of being proven wrong...

I served from 87-93...
 

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I strongly support citizen passion, in the name of whatever cause, as long as it's not violent or oppressive.

That said, Pelosi is right in both comments - it is unfair to Bush to equate him with Obama as it relates to surveillance - Obama has taken it to far greater levels - and Snowden did break the law, obviously - the question is whether or not it is a crime to disclose unlawful acts by your government before those unlawful acts have been declared so by a court. Snowden would be on far safer ground had he sued the US government on constitutional grounds - I'm sure he could have gotten plenty of supporters to help foot the bill.
 
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