Rolling out the unwelcome mat: Plenty of vitriol will greet Obama in Chattanooga
President Barack Obama speaks about the economy July 24 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. Obama's scheduled Tuesday visit to Chattanooga's Amazon fulfillment center has sparked plans for protests by conservative groups. Photo by As
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -
The visit may be historic. He may be the leader of the free world and the first black president. Chattanooga may be a blue dot in one of the most Republican states in the country.
But the deeply conservative are rallying to give President Barack Obama a red welcome when he comes to outline his economic plans Tuesday at the Amazon distribution center here.
"Obama has left the bubble of Washington and come to mingle with the common folks," said Mark West, who runs the Chattanooga Tea Party and is organizing a rally close to the distribution center to protest Obama's visit. "This is his opportunity to come out and hear from everyday American citizens and hear their grievances."
And the grievances are many. Taxes. Spending. Gun control. Health care. The list goes on.