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Hunts Point, WA Protesters Greet Bu$h With Chorus of Boos

Police officers barred protesters from approaching the home of billionaire Craig McCaw, where Bush was to attend a $2,000-a-plate luncheon.

The crowd, including union members, retirees and other protesters, staged demonstrations just outside this suburban Seattle neighborhood that is home to some of the world's richest men.

The president's motorcade arrived at Hunts Point around 1:30 p.m., greeted by a chorus of "boos."
Police barred protesters from approaching the mansion of billionaire Craig McCaw
Police barred protesters from approaching the mansion of billionaire Craig McCaw
One protester was arrested along Highway 520
One protester was arrested along Highway 520
Protesters Greet The President With Chorus of Boos

August 22, 2003

By KOMO Staff & News Services

HUNTS POINT, WASH. - Several hundred protesters awaiting President Bush's arrival at a private fund-raiser here derided his record on the environment, the war in Iraq and administration policies they said are gutting basic civil liberties.

Police officers barred protesters from approaching the home of billionaire Craig McCaw, where Bush was to attend a $2,000-a-plate luncheon.

The crowd, including union members, retirees and other protesters, staged demonstrations just outside this suburban Seattle neighborhood that is home to some of the world's richest men.

Protesters held signs including "Bush lied. People died," and "Impeach Bush," and yelled chants including "Whose tax cut? Our tax cut," "Whose oil? Our oil" and "Whose deaths? Their deaths."

"Solders in Iraq are dying, and he's out golfing and attending $2000 dinners," said Mark Capellaro, a 35-year-old Seattle resident who works as a mechanical engineer in Bellevue. "He's a really lousy president," Capellaro said, citing "more job losses, pillaging the environment, and what is probably an illegal war if you look at it by international standards."

One protester was arrested along Highway 520 during Bush's visit.

Police from Clyde Hill booked the man into jail for investigation of disorderly conduct.

He was walking on the south side of Highway 520 on the shoulder near the route of the president's motorcade.

Air Force One landed at Seattle's Boeing Field around noon, and Bush told reporters he met with local economic leaders for about 25 minutes before traveling to the McCaw mansion.

The president's motorcade arrived at Hunts Point around 1:30 p.m., greeted by a chorus of "boos."

Karen and Les Wahlstrom, of Bellevue, said they consider themselves moderate Republicans but that the policies of the Bush administration had driven them from the party.

Earlier in the day, about 150 people rallied in support of Bush in downtown Bellevue, a few miles from Hunts Point.

Joyce Youtsey, 67 and a retired nurse from nearby Kirkland, said she attended "for our troops and to support George Bush and his efforts to bring peace to Iraq and the Middle East. I feel that we're in a worldwide fight against terrorism. We couldn't sit back and wait for another attack like 9-11."

She said she believed the United States would find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and said of the president: "He's a good and honest man."

Regina Frank, a 45-year-old office manager from Renton, was among the president's supporters gathered in downtown Bellevue. She didn't care whether she got to see Bush, saying it was enough for him to know that they were out supporting him.

She said she was born and raised in the Czech Republic and that she supports Bush because "all I see on the Democratic part is tending toward socialism, which I really hate."

Despite the size of the crowd at Hunts Point, protester Les Wahlstrom said it was hopeless to think the rally would have any effect on the administration.

"It's just a matter of standing up for your own self and participating to a small degree so that there will be some record that people have peacefully protested and opposed him and that we're not all radicals," he said.

Across Lake Washington, near Seattle's famed Pike Place Market, a crowd of about 500 protesters gathered for a demonstration organized by a coalition of Democrats, unions and anti-war groups.

Speakers criticized Bush's economic policies, focusing in on unemployment rates, the weak job market and the high cost of health care coverage. Campaigners for Democratic presidential hopefuls Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich also worked the crowds.

Many protesters spoke out against the war in Iraq.

"We said this would turn into a guerrilla war. We said that this was going to cost billions. We said that we needed more time, that the United Nations was right, and it's proven to be true," said Seattle resident Ruth Taylor, 56, who was holding a sign that said "Ha, ha, ha, I told you so."

She added: "We've gotten involved and created another Vietnam. We have an 'Iraqnam' now."

Several other demonstrations were planned throughout the Puget Sound region.

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