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Protest Planned for Bush's Monticello Visit

Posted: Updated: June 30, 2008 03:32 PM EDT

President Bush will celebrate part of his Fourth of July Friday at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, but some critics are saying the visit is an insult to the country and Constitution.

Those planning to protest the event say Bush has abused the power of the Constitution and is the wrong person to be attending the ceremony.

Others say the day shouldn't be about politics, but about welcoming new citizens to the U.S.

“I certainly hope no one intends to disrupt or disrespect anyone who's becoming a citizen, but I would like becoming a citizen to mean something; I would like it to continue to be a citizen of a democracy, not a citizen of a dictatorship,” said protester David Swanson.

“The president has come to honor their sacrifice to become U.S. citizens, and I think it's important that we respect the day of these new naturalized citizens and not try to ruin what is probably the greatest day of their lives by petty political protesting,” said Christian Schoenewald with the Albemarle Republican Committee.

Protesters will gather Friday around 8:30 a.m. along Route 53 leading up to Monticello. President Bush is expected to arrive by 10 a.m.

The Bush camp tells us the event will be open to the public.

Reported by Annie Scholz
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