The President Gets Mixed Reaction From Protestors
by Shannon Royster
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Protesters and supporters came out by the dozens hoping to greet President Obama on his way to McGavock High School.
The scene was very hectic and lively in front of McGavock High School. Many of the people waiting outside the school's campus said even if he didn't hear their message, it was important for them to participate.
"I think it's a testament to our democracy that people are out here together," said Maria Brewer, a supporter of President Obama.
The crowd was together in the physical sense only because their voices didn't speak the same sentiments for our nation's leader. In fact, there was strong opposition on subjects like the country's debt.
"He wants to spend, spend, spend on all these programs when were already 17 trillion dollars in debt," said protester Matt Dentino.
Others defended the President and his policies.
"When he came into office," said Brewer, "he inherited a really bad situation economically. Our economic situation has improved."
Many protesters want him out of office altogether saying they don't stand behind many of his actions.
"I'm angry about his executive pen that he's bypassing the constitution making illegals legal," said protester Toni Osborne.
While supporters like Dwight Lyons said it's his actions making this country a better place.
"The national debt was cut in half since he's been in office," said Lyons, "and the employment rate has gone down so he has done so much for the middle class and the people here."
Even though each side felt strongly about their beliefs, there was a middle ground -- they came in peace.