War, taxes, education _ Bush appearance brings out protesters
By DEEPTI HAJELA
Associated Press Writer
June 23, 2003, 8:23 PM EDT
NEW YORK -- Inside the hotel on Monday, President Bush extolled his record on a number of topics _ the war in Iraq, tax cuts, education policy.
Outside, protesters lined the streets to demonstrate against his administration on those issues and more.
Bush came to New York as part of a nationwide effort to raise funds for this re-election campaign. And raise them he did, putting a record $4 million in the coffers from the city event at the Sheraton New York. About 1,000 people stood in the hotel ballroom to hear him speak, cheering, "Four more years!"
Bush also brought out those against his policies in droves. Protest pens were set up on the blocks leading away from hotel, filled with people carrying signs like "Bush lies, People die" and "Bush leaves no millionaire behind."
The topics of protest ranged from the war in Iraq to abortion rights to education issues. The anti-war ANSWER coalition offered pedestrians the chance to sign sheets calling for Bush's impeachment on charges he committed war crimes and crimes of deception.
Nathan Guisinger, a 33-year-old computer programmer, was speaking out about Iraq.
"This administration has obviously put us into a quagmire of historic dimensions," he said, adding that the Iraq war was waged on "the questionable veracity of American intelligence."
Maryann Natoli was demonstrating for family planning rights, saying of Bush, "His policies worldwide are against women. We're cutting off funds for contraception and abortion."
Associated Press writer Verena Dobnik contributed to this report.