(Toledo, OH) Dozens of Toledoans gathered at the corner of Central and Secor this evening to protest President Bush's decision to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq.
By 5:15 I counted 44 protesters for the event, which was sponsored by the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition. The attendees ranged in age from 8 to... well, something much older.
There were many passing motorists who honked in support of the antiwar message. In my unscientific assessment it seemed like there was a greater number of honking vehicles than similar protests since the war began in 2003, and I did not hear a single counter-message shouted out.
One protester, who declined to give his name, said that he was "shocked" when he heard that the President wants to send additional U.S. troops to Iraq.
"I thought that the November election was supposed to be a wakeup call for that bumbling idiot Bush," he said, waving at a honking motorist. "It's like he's not even listening. We're out here to tell George and his cronies that the American public is fed up with this illegal war."
After last night's speech by the President, such sentiments are likely to be expressed by more people.
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