The liberal audience was about 40 minutes into a documentary on Wall Street’s supposed malefactors when the Rev. Barbara Woods couldn’t take it anymore. She got up and hollered at her fellow activists.
“Whatcha gonna do about it?” she said. Then she stormed out of the film’s screening at the Take Back the American Dream conference, an annual liberal gathering in Washington, D.C.
“I’m sorry. I was upset by the lies, the thieving and nobody being held accountable,” Woods said afterwards, tears streaming down her cheeks.
Her outburst didn’t seem to upset many conference participants, perhaps because they were feeling the same frustration. The failure to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, President Obama’s woes and the sputtering out of the Occupy Wall Street movement seemed to leave a cloud of gloom over the event.
And worse may be on the horizon. The Supreme Court’s rulings on Obama’s health care law and Arizona’s immigration law are due within the week. The president’s re-election prospects look shaky. Economist Paul Krugman warned darkly of the economic toll and political consequences of pursuing “austerity” to address the deficit.