Protesters wrapped their way around the block-long hotel, chanting about the candidate’s record on job creation and weaved their way through bemused tourists, tour-bus promoters and a large mass of police. The meeting was generally peaceful as police directed the demonstrators and the protesters kept moving. Among the chanters, Margaret Passley, a member of labor-affiliated United NY, was one of the loudest in the crowd. Passley, 48, told Capital New York that in 1996 she underpaid New York State 75 cents in taxes and then needed to buy a 99-cent money order to pay the bill. She asked why the government singled her out, but let Romney exploit loopholes: “For three months, they kept bothering me. They don’t go after Mitt Romney. Why?”Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly asked Romney about his inability to connect with the common American. “Guess what? I made a lot of money,” he replied. “I’ve been very successful. I’m not going to apologize for that.” He went on to blame the Democratic National Committee for the negative impression people have of him.
Meanwhile, a group of mock millionaires dressed in expensive-looking clothes pretended to support Romney while drinking white grape juice disguised as champagne. They chanted that they were the one percent while dramatically laughing at words like “unions” and “workers rights.” One of them said it would highlight the influence of money in politics. “I think it’ll work,” said Stuart Leonard. “In New York, especially, some satire will work.”
A plain-clothes police officer spoke with some of the organizers before they marched. He asked about the hula hoops and said, “I’m the hula hoop champion of the world.” A unifromed officer said, “He’ll show you up.” As far as we know though none of the police officers were hooping.