Tony Soprano to Bush: Get out of my city

Published September 1, 2004 9:11PM (EDT)

From 30th Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan streaming downtown, tens of thousands of union members joined a huge AFL-CIO Labor Day rally against George W. Bush. Featured were all the labor speakers you'd expect, including AFL-CIO head John Sweeney. A minister read the passage from Exodus about the burning bush, inspiring the crowd to chant: "Put Bush out."

Then James Gandolfini came before the crowd and spoke briefly and pithily. "I can't tell you how mad I am these people are in my city," the actor who plays Tony Soprano bellowed, pointing backward at Madison Square Garden. "I can't tell you how mad I am it took Bush four days to get here after 9/11." And the crowd of New Yorkers -- sheet metal workers, transportation workers, teachers -- erupted.

By Sidney Blumenthal

Sidney Blumenthal, a former assistant and senior advisor to President Clinton, writes a column for Salon and the Guardian of London. His new book is titled "How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radical Regime." He is a senior fellow at the New York University Center on Law and Security.

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