CLINTON LATE FOR APPEARANCE
AT NOB HILL MASONIC CENTER
Senator Hillary Clinton. Photo courtesy clinton.senate.gov
By Brigid Gaffikin, Bay City News Service
January 28, 2006, 9:26 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was
running late tonight for a scheduled appearance at San Francisco's
Nob Hill Masonic Center.
Around 8:30 p.m., Joan Haratani, president of the San Francisco
Bar Association, told the waiting audience that Clinton was "on
The announcement provoked some hissing and commotion, and some
members of the audience stood and walked out of the auditorium.
In the hours leading up to tonight's event, which was scheduled
to begin at 8:15 p.m., California Street was lined with media
vans and police cars in preparation for the New York senator's
Clinton is slated to be interviewed on stage by television personality
Jane Pauley in an event that will benefit the charitable programs
of the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Around 6 p.m., protesters gathered outside the auditorium waving
signs and banners. Several groups, including Code Pink and World
Can't Wait, protested Clinton's support of the war in Iraq.
The steady rains sent most of the protesters away by 7:15 p.m.
Meanwhile, inside the center's foyer, a crowd of all ages gathered,
drinking wine, talking and waiting for the auditorium doors to
open. Unobtrusive police and secret service agents dotted the
Around 7:30 p.m., a handful of protesters from a group calling
themselves 10 Against Torture made their way into the foyer. They
threaded through the room, two dressed as armed security guards,
one wearing a black hood and another clad in an orange jumpsuit.
They attracted stares and caused a small ripple before being
led out by security guards.
Deeper into the crowd, protesters held large, white signs with
red letters reading "Witness against Torture'' and "Guantanamo.
Guantanamo.'' The signs prompted a few hostile remarks but otherwise
received scant attention.
Most of the crowd seemed excited to hear Clinton speak. Sarah
Bothe of San Francisco said she wanted to hear what Clinton has
to say in case the senator runs for president in 2008.
Sandro Tuzzo of San Francisco said he decided to attend tonight
because he "wanted to feel connected with the national theater.''
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