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Obama Gets Unwelcome Serenade at San Francisco Fundraiser

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Protesters interrupted President Obama’s breakfast fundraiser Thursday in a San Francisco hotel, serenading him with a song that included lyrics that decry the imprisonment of Pfc. Bradley Manning, held by the U.S. government on suspicion of releasing classified government information.

“Alone in a six-by-12 cell sits Bradley; 23 hours a day is night; the fifth and eights Amendments say this kind of thing ain't right,” a woman in the event sang, according to several pool reporters who were there to cover the event on behalf of the national media. “I paid my dues, where’s our change?...we'll vote for you in 2012, yes that's true; look at the Republicans -- what else can we do?”

The woman, who shed her jacket to reveal a T-shirt with Manning’s picture on it, sang the lyrics as others at the table hummed along.

Obama brushed off the interruption with a compliment. The woman who sang was escorted out by two White House aides, and the president continued on. “Where was I?...That didn’t break my flow,” he said.

The other guests at the table who hummed along remained for the rest of the speech. They told reporters that they had some affiliation with the website, which advocates that people should sing the song in a public forum, videotape the event and then provide it to the website for compensation. How much singers get paid depends on where they sing and what they wear.

The event at the St. Regis hotel in downtown San Francisco was the third fundraiser President Obama held in the city.  A Democratic Party official said there were approximately 200 people at the fundraiser and that tickets could cost as much as $35,800.  The official declined to divulge how much the cheapest tickets were or the total amount of money they expected to raise. The money goes to the Obama Victory Fund – the joint fund created by Organizing for America and the Democratic National committee.

The full lyrics, as provided by one of the protesters:

“Dear Mr. President we honor you today sir
Each of us brought you $5,000
It takes a lot of Benjamins to run a campaign
I paid my dues, where's our change?
We'll vote for you in 2012, yes that's true
Look at the Republicans - what else can we do
Even though we don't know if we'll retain our liberties
In what you seem content to call a free society
Yes it's true that Terry Jones is legally free
To burn a people's holy book in shameful effigy
But at another location in this country
Alone in a 6x12 cell sits Bradley
23 hours a day is night
The 5th and 8th Amendments say this kind of thing ain't right
We paid our dues, where's our change?”

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Obama Taking the Pentagon's Word: Treatment of Bradley Manning Is Appropriate

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said this week that the treatment of Private Bradley Manning by the Pentagon is "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid."

Asked by ABC News if he agreed with that, President Obama said Friday that he'd "asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of his confinement are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards."

Pentagon officials, he said, "assure me that they are. I can't go into details about some of their concerns, but some of this has to do with Private Manning's safety as well."

Asked if he therefore disagreed with P.J. Crowley, President Obama sidestepped the question, saying he'd responded "to the substantive issue."

Manning was arrested in May 2010 after telling a former hacker that he had given documents to WikiLeaks. Earlier this month, the Army filed 22 new counts against him including aiding the enemy, theft of public property or records, computer fraud, and transmitting information in violation of the Espionage Act.

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