Monday, October 25, 2004

Green Bay Press-Gazette - Moore heats things up at UWGB

Green Bay Press-Gazette - Moore heats things up at UWGBPolitical theater was in full flower Saturday night at the Weidner Center, inside and out.

Inside, Michael Moore — filmmaker, liberal activist and George W. Bush opponent — held forth on Republicans, Bush, the war in Iraq and the importance of young people turning out to vote.

“(Republicans) control the White House. They control the Senate and the House of Representatives. They have the Supreme Court and the majority of governorships, yet they don’t represent the majority thinking in the United States,” Moore said, standing in front of a photo of the White House with a moving van in front of it.

His presentation, a cross between George Carlin-esque vocal impersonations and soap-box preaching, brought the sell-out crowd to its feet several times. In what appeared to be a predetermined protest to Moore’s presence, a portion of the audience got to its feet and kept going, walking out about 20 minutes into the program.

Outside, Bush-supporting protesters, who were the first to show up Saturday, stood in a blocked-off area on one side of the entranceway canopy chanting and engaging in a shout-out with a much smaller group of Kerry supporters.

“I just feel Michael Moore is too far to the left. He just doesn’t have any idea of what’s going on, especially in Iraq,” said Harold Grimes of Allouez, a Korean War and Vietnam veteran.

Debbie Hendriks of Appleton shouted “John Kerry for president of France,” successfully combining two insults in only six words.

Mike at Temple University Thursday October 21


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