Hundreds Rally Outside Troy Marriott Before Romney Fundraiser Event

The presidential candidate is in town for a private event hosted by Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday night.

A crowd of about 200 people gathered Wednesday afternoon outside the Troy Marriott hotel on Big Beaver Road to rally in protest of visiting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Romney is in Troy for a private.

Protesters carried signs and waved at motorists along Big Beaver, many of whom were honking as they passed by.

"We're here to support Barack Obama," said Jeff Klayo of Mt. Clemens, who attended the rally with two fellow UAW members. "He stands for the little guys... The working class."

Liz Ratzloff of Ann Arbor attended the rally and wore the official "Pillamina" mascot costume for Planned Parenthood.

"I'm here sporting Pillamina because Romney doesn't support low-cost birth control for women," she said, adding that the suit is warm. She and other Planned Parenthood supporters are taking turns wearing the suit.

"With the recent attacks on women in Michigan, its just a blueprint for what Mitt Romney would do across the country."

Protesters took turns retreating to a shaded area during the rally as temperatures soared in the mid-90s. 

Romney was last in Troy on Feb. 25, when he . During the rally, Romney played to the home crowd, saying, "It's good to be back in the place we called home for the first 19 years of my life."

Check back often as Patch posts continuous updates of the rally. Are you there, too? Add your photos to our gallery. Have thoughts on the rally or on Romney? Add them in the comments.

Herb Helzer June 27, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Actually, they're laughing at you for that unique combination of arrogance and ignorance that leaves you forever on the sidelines, sputtering in incoherent rage because you can't convince anyone to join you in your folly. TPTB may well laugh at me or Reinhold, too -- but it would be separate, smaller groups, and for different reasons. I can live with that.
DCC June 27, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Wow, quite a s storm of nonsense one this article. Judy Duke, or judy duke, clearly is so besieged by her Obama Derangement Syndrome that she insists on posting lies. From the factcheck article: "The law merely updates a measure that has been on the books since it was signed by then-President Richard Nixon in 1971, making it a federal crime to trespass on grounds secured by the Secret Service. No new penalties were added, and the bill was not signed “secretly” as some claim. The White House announced the signing publicly just as it does for other such routine measures." - http://factcheck.org/2012/05/obama-criminalize-free-speech/ The article debunks lies being passed along referring to this issue. Her response? Might as well have been "don't go citing facts here buster - I live in a fact free world, signified by hatred, fear, and affinity to ignorance".
DCC June 27, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Hey Herb - good post. :)
DCC June 27, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Rick - yes, many are better off now than four years ago. June 27, 2008 and the direction of the economy? Definitely on the down slope. June 27, 2012? Up. Another question one might ask is, given what you know about Romney's "policies", had he been President since 2009, do you think you would have been better or worse off, and why?
Herb Helzer June 27, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Really, Joan? In 2004, U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama was vetted by George W. Bush's FBI, at a time when 9/11 was still fresh, the Iraq war was at its peak of violence and mayhem, and the feds were were flipping every rock for "secret" Muslims and other ne'er-do-wells. Had they found anything, you can be sure we'd've never heard from him again. In 2007-2008, candidate for President Barack Obama was the subject of vast, well-funded "opposition research" from all sides -- Hillary Clinton's campaign, John McCain's campaign, the Republican Party, not to mention every conservative blogger, right-wing radio talker and Fox News host you'd care to name. Oh, and George W. Bush's Secret Service, too. All told, it adds up thousands of people spending a couple million dollars-plus -- most of them VERY MOTIVATED to find ANYTHING to sink Obama's candidacy. Most of what they managed to dig up is sufficient to rile up the fringes and the extremists, and allowed whackjobs like Orly Taitz and cynical opportunists like Jerome Corsi to make lots of money and grab headlines -- even Donald Trump, with not one new thing to offer, has managed to hoodwink the gullible into watching his rancid mummer's show. Bottom line: They all failed then. And there is nothing new now. If President Obama loses, it will be because of Europe and/or the GOP deliberately tanking the recovery just to hurt the President. Not warmed-over tripe about Bill Ayers or Jeremiah Wright or Kenya or whatever.
DCC June 27, 2012 at 09:02 PM
On target and well written Herb. The idea that anyone would waste campaign funds to protest Romney's appearance was ludicrous anyway. On the other hand, the driver of Romney's bus that on two recent occasions drove around the site where President Obama was speaking blaring its horn in a juvenile effort to heckle the President was indeed someone paid by the Romney campaign.
DCC June 27, 2012 at 09:05 PM
SMH. Is this ignorance or hatred or both? Joy, wish you could ask bin Laden if he thinks President Obama "did" anything.
Herb Helzer June 27, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Not even close, "mike smith." I would LOVE to see you try to think rather than blurt out one-line responses full of mediocre mockery. Put a couple of paragraphs together -- FORM AN ARGUMENT. Please. It'll do you good.
DCC June 27, 2012 at 09:22 PM
R.T., please - right wing blogs delete or bury progressive comments all the time. Rock, your campaign against ignorance will work only with those who are wedded to reality. Don't think that will work with the truly unhinged posting here. (I'd add "you know who you are", but that would be wrong, and by wrong I mean incorrect. A group including posters who insist President Obama has done nothing since Jan 20, 2009 has elected to live on the Bizarro World of Htrae, where Reagan raised no taxes, Clinton's era was marked by vast unemployment, GW's election to be a "war president" kicked off an era of international respect and balanced budgets and had him give up golf, and President Obama did nothing but play golf while all the rich folk went broke. Bizarre indeed.)
Bryce June 27, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Herb, I have a couple of questions. If the problems with the economy today should be placed on the shoulders of Bush II, should the successes of the Clinton economy be credited to Bush I or Reagan before him? Second, why is it when a conservative questions the policies of President Obama it's attributed to racism, but when liberals smeared Justice Clarence Thomas it was because of his views? Thanks!
Lianne Mathie June 27, 2012 at 10:04 PM
What opinions does Mensa have? Mensa takes no stand on politics, religion or social issues. Mensa has members from so many different countries and cultures with differing points of view, that for Mensa to espouse a particular point of view would go against its role as a forum for all points of view. Of course, individual Mensa members often have strong opinions--and several of them. It is said that in a room with 12 Mensans you will find at least 13 differing opinions on any given subject! Just my two cents.
Reinhold Tischler June 27, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Lianne, I really liked your Mensa comment but my recollection was for 12 people over 13 opinions. I only went to two meetings about 40 years ago and repeated it to make sure I never wanted to go again. Obnoxious is only the start. I prefer to use the time at home with my kids and grandkids.. But I did like your post, thank you it was a correct appraisal at least in my opinion. Also you are right about the forums but their individual opinions are really interesting.. Some of them overlap in yhe tail area of the gaussian distribution if you connect them.
Herb Helzer June 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Haven't hollered yet, "mike smith," because I'm still waiting for any of the posters I called out to slink back here and explain their posts and what they honestly meant. Should that ever happen, "mike smith," THEN I might be inspired to "holler racism" -- in the sense that I'd be point out examples of ACTUAL racist statements.
Marty Rosalik June 28, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I was going to stay out of this but... Hey Mike, Us 50+ had local unemployment around here approaching 25% numbers during the economic collapse from 1978 to about 1982. Yes I had it great. I fixed cars at K-Mart, killed weeds for Chemlawn, moved to Texas for $8. hour, and returned to pump septic tanks. I filed 13 W-2 forms in one tax return due to all the jobs I was laid off from. Then I got in with a big car company, worked 31 years so far, lost half my 401k and most of my pension. Too young to stop working and too old to be a desireable new hire Angry? Yes. Bitter? No. FYI Dude! I didn't get to vote on any bailout. And I'm not pointing any fingers. We all have crosses t obear.
Mark Itall June 28, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Qualifying for MENSA is no big deal. Try Googling for great accomplishments of MENSA members. Keep at it for a long time. Find anything really worthwhile? Nah. A lot of horsepower doesn't mean anything if you can't get the power to the ground.
Katie June 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Mike, You end your argument with 'stop pointing the finger' and then you point your finger? When you're feeling sorry for yourself, or when life is just plain hard, remember - there will always be people out there that have it worse and there will always be people that have it better. No matter what age, generation or circumstance there are hard knocks and life is not fair. Your generation will do much better if you focus on what you are going to do for yourselves. Don't worry about what others are doing or what others have. If you’re not happy with your situation - don't complain, rationalize or get caught up in the blame game - what's the point? Is it going to solve anything? Is it a solution to the problem? No. Don't expect anyone to hand you anything. Use your talents. Be kind to yourself and others. Go out there and make something happen - anything. Always try. If something doesn’t work, try something else. You have the freedom to be the person you want to be and do what you want to do.
Herb Helzer June 28, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I doubt anybody -- not even the banks until they realized how deep their collective problems were with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the looming failures of AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- WANTED the bailouts represented by TARP. The sober reality was that the alternatives were all going to be worse. Naturally, even in a financial crisis of such epic proportions -- with the potential to rapidly drag the U.S. economy into full-on Depression (taking the rest of the world's economies down with us) -- some lawmakers chose to vote against TARP solely so they could campaign on their ideological purity. In 2010 those anti-TARP Republicans were patting themselves on the back, while their colleagues -- who'd chosen the long-term national good over partisanship -- were punished by the Tea Party movement. In the 2010 cycle, far more Republican incumbents were defeated in PRIMARIES by challengers with "clean hands" regarding TARP, than lost to Democrats that November. Oh, and congrats to Marty and Terry for living such virtuous lives in a very different era, when a diploma and gumption could still lead to a career and middle-class lifestyle, colleges were far cheaper and our globalization threats were very specific -- the USSR, Japan and OPEC. Of course, the Soviets didn't threaten us economically, the Japanese didn't threaten us militarily, and while OPEC hurt us twice, inevitably their need to sell oil trumped their desire to punish us over Israel or Iran.
Herb Helzer June 28, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Bryce, those are two very good questions. The "economy" is a vast, lumbering contraption with millions of moving parts -- many of which are inefficient, while many others function in direct opposition to each other. Lots of sparks, grinding gears and horrible sounds that cause the "shade-tree mechanics" among us to argue what might be wrong or how to make it work better, but overall the contraption moves, consumes, and grows over time. Turning the contraption to avoid an approaching obstacle or switch to a smoother road takes time. Years pass before orders from the bridge reach the wheels. all the while, we are buffeted by winds and travel on terrain not entirely of our choosing, and an unforseen or neglected obstacle can dump us all into a ditch with no warning. Metaphor aside, all Presidents inherit the economy from their predecessor. Barack Obama worked to get us out of the ditch we fell into during the Bush years (but doesn't deserve 100% of the credit); Bush largely squandered what he was given and took us into two wars (but doesn't deserve 100% of the blame). George H.W. Bush got a very raw deal between Ross Perot and the backlash from the tax increase he signed; and in many ways we are all still affected by Ronald Reagan's orders from the bridge (some beneficial, others harmful over the long haul). Second: Conservatives are free to question the policies of President Obama; but when the question refers to "YALLS BOY" and "PEEPS"...what should I conclude?
Herb Helzer June 28, 2012 at 04:45 PM
When Mensa held their national convention here two years ago (with the apt slogan, "Who's the Genius that Suggested Detroit?"), my then-fiancee and I took the exams as a lark. When we passed, we paid for memberships and largely forgot about it. They have some good speakers, but we've avoided most of the social stuff. I'll take the hit for continuing the Mensa conversation, but I was tired of Reinhold wielding his membership as if it gave him some sort of "edge" in the arguments. I actually agree with both Mark and Terry about the impact of Mensa membership in isolation. My mother's late cousin was someone with "numbers up in the 180's" -- and he was a conservative of the William F. Buckley mold. I miss him.
mike smith June 28, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Katie now that the supreme court has said Obamacare is in what is your;s and Herb's expert opinion on it.
mike smith June 28, 2012 at 06:25 PM
sorry I am 22 years old we can blame Bush for of this
Jane Taylor July 11, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Different party but the same agenda hence the bridge to Canada and bankrupting the country for the 1% White or black, it doesn't matter which Obama you vote for. They intend to have us microchipped in 2013.
Mary July 12, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Jane - microchipped in 2013? Your source is?
mike smith July 12, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Herbie where are you waiting for some intellectual answer
mike smith July 12, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Jane we need to have herbie answer your question, he knows and understands everything
Mary July 12, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Mike: You need to grow up. I am over 50, I worked by back side off to get my first degree, I supported my kid sister working 2 jobs, worked by back side off for my 2nd degree, became the sole support of my husband and daughter and at times worked 3 jobs. Excluse me - what life of luxury. You don't even know any of us.
Mary July 12, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Pretty accurate - I dropped out years ago as there was no point to it.
Jane Taylor July 12, 2012 at 07:14 AM
When will people realize they have been hoodwinked? Obama did not get us out of the wars and neither will Romney. Both with continue to eliminate the middle class and push the same agenda. Black Obama or white Obama----it makes no difference. This country is screwed.
Jane Taylor July 12, 2012 at 07:15 AM
D M July 16, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Unsubstantiated claim.


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