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We went, We booed, W heard!
Leah Faerstein

It was about 15 of us meeting at the train station in Plainfield, NJ. Paulette, Maya and I came by bus. Susan from NJ led the way to the Episcopal Church. People were carrying big signs like "Gore Won", "Illegitimate," and "Tax cut for the rich." Three more women joined us on the way. "We want to hang with you guys! We are from Planned Parenthood."

As we approached the church we were directed on the opposite side of the street were we were delighted to see at least 50 locals, signs and all. "Where have you been?" someone greeted us. "I thought it would be just us." The woman had on a leash a tiny shaggy dog whose saddle said "No Bush." The local Courier filmed and interviewed us. I am told someone from Faux news was there. Good luck with that!

At this time (10:45) we had a good time -reminiscent of Dupont Circle. We revived classics like: "Aw, my God, Gore's ahead/Better call my brother Jeb" and "Racist, sexist, antigay/Bush and Cheney go away." My voice, barely recovered from Not My President's Day rally, is gone now. There was a silent crowd too, sitting by the crossing street. I will not name them supporters because the whole group seemed very contrived. I believe the church called in some favors. These people were not wearing furs, a lot of minorities among them and a minimal reaction to our chants. Once in a while someone would call "Monica" or Mark Rich," which were pale next to our "Thief" and "Illegitimate"

By 11:15 we were all shepherded by the curb, next to the silent ones. I guess the Secret Service decided we were too close to the church (across the street). The silent ones got a bit miffed when pushed behind by our presence. "I didn't come here to look at your sign" one said to Cheryl. "So, don't look" I obliged. The local smartass was trying to bait us with the pardons. "Cheney is been doing the very same thing Rich got nabbed for" one of us informed him. Taken aback he tried a lame "maybe a long time ago" "NO! LAST YEAR" we all shouted. One down, not many more to go...

I'll give one to Smirk: he is punctual! So is the fouling of the weather as he approaches! On J20, it started to rain at 11:45. Today, a beautiful day was fouled by a chilly wind at exactly 11:15. 15 min later the black car (convoy, really) passed by, slowly, since it was a curve. "Booo" "Go Away Bush" "THief" "THIEF" "THIEF." Some poor high school girls playing the fife were completely drowned out. The entire crowd looked like a protest thanks to our signs and chants.

A local woman commented: "He has black windows. It's illegal in New Jersey!"