Confronted earlier in the week by Occupy protesters during a speech on jobs at a high school in Manchester, N.H., President Barack Obama offered the movement an endorsement of sorts.
As the President began his speech, protesters in the audience spoke up using the “one voice to many” tactic that has become popular within the movement, according to The Washington Post.
Audience members booed, but Obama allowed the protesters to speak. They voiced concerns about the arrests of Occupy protesters that have taken place throughout the Nation and said that they felt their First Amendment rights were being trampled by authorities.
Obama directly addressed the protesters.
“For a lot of the folks who have been in New York and all across the country in the Occupy movement, there is a profound sense of frustration about the fact that the essence of the American dream, which is if you work hard, if you stick to it that, you can make it, feels like that’s slipping away,” Obama said. “And that’s not the way things are supposed to be. Not here. Not in America.”
Obama went on to say that he agreed with the protesters in that he wanted to see an America where “not only a sliver of folks have opportunity” but where “everybody has opportunity,” a goal he said would take time.