First, Bush was hit Hard with Utah Front Pages.
Then the ARG Poll comes out showing Bush's support has collapsed like a wet taco.
Then over 2,000 citizens, in the reddest of states, marched on Bush.
The protest was led by none other then the Mayor of Salt Lake City himself - Rocky Anderson !!
And his tag line in his speech to the crowd - "we're not going to take it anymore!"
ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY!
The 1st link has video of the Mayor's speech LINK
The 2nd link is a news radio report from the March LINK
In the 3rd link, the radio reporter interviews a little girl, who says that her doll is brighter than Bush. LINK
In the 4th link, the Mayor gives a no-quarter interview with the local hate radio robot. The Mayor is just great in this interview - he hits Bush with the kitchen sink (quick someone e-mail this to Biden).
It's a little hard to listen to because its a talentless Schmuck who does the interview. LINK
The 5th link is video of the march LINK
Below -- we have: more photos, excerpts of the AP story on the March, and graphs from today's Poll
[As] Bush spoke...to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, while three blocks away about 2,000 people gathered to protest Bush administration policies and the war in Iraq.
[But it was] Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson addressed both the VFW convention and the protest.
Anderson told the crowd that people were afraid of what they had to say and they're "not going to take it anymore."
The mayor ended his speech by saying "it's up to the people to keep speaking up and this is a turning point for our nation here today in Salt Lake City."
``The message we want to send is that we are behind our troops, we care very much about our troops. That if their lives are going to be put on the line, they are going to be put in harm's way, that we're told the truth and our nation hasn't been told the truth,'' Anderson said.
Chants of ``Rocky!'' followed Anderson as he took the podium at the anti-war rally.
``Those who take a stand ... who stand up to deceit by our government. Those are true patriots. You are true patriots,'' Anderson said.
Barbara Wright, 56, drove five hours from her home in St. George to attend the rally at Pioneer Park.
"There's a lot of reasons I'm unhappy. Predominantly due to the war, but also about the economy, Social Security," Wright said.
Her father, a World War II veteran, was unable to come with her, but she said he would have come along for the same reasons.
"So I'm here for him too," she said.
Several people attending the protest boasted that they were from military families or had served in the armed forces.
Salt Lake resident Hugh Musser, 74, said he was a Korean War veteran who came to the protest because of ``the lies about this war and the reasons we went into it.''
``I'm so opposed to our administration. I'm not politically motivated, I'm an independent. I think we have really lost our democracy,'' Musser said.
The featured speaker was Celeste Zappala, a co-founder of Gold Star Mothers for Peace with Cindy Sheehan, who made news camping outside Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch in hopes of meeting with the president.
Zappala's son, Spc. Sherwood Baker, 30, was killed in Baghdad on April 26, 2004. He was a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard which was deployed to help provide security for a survey group looking for evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, she said.
Zappala said she was overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up at Pioneer Park.
``I expected and hoped that 100 people would come out. This place is overflowing with patriotic Americans,'' she said.
She said she has traveled over the past 16 months speaking out about the war because of a promise she made at her son's funeral.
``My sweet and noble son was the 720th American soldier to die in the hideous miscalculation called the war in Iraq,'' Zappala said. ``I vowed to him I will not be quiet.''
Zappala and members of her family have spent the last week in Crawford, she said, hoping the president would take time to answer one question from families who have lost loved ones in the war.
``What noble cause is it? What noble cause is it that has taken the lives of our best Americans? What noble cause is it this month?'' Zappala said. ``Why do the architects of this war not risk the lives of their children?''
One of the event's organizers, Aaron Davis with a group called Veterans for Peace, said he filed a permit for a gathering of 1,000 people. Thirty minutes into the three-hour event Monday, he said he knew there would be that many and more.
``Not only is our message today support our troops and bring them home now, but treat them right when you bring them home,'' said Davis, who said he served as a Marine from 1972 to 1976.
"It's like Vietnam all over again, and I opposed that too," said George Muller of Salt Lake, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who was dressed in desert fatigues.
Muller, who said he served from 1961-2002, said he was pleased to see so many people at the rally, and that he believed there was a shift in the country's attitude toward the war.