Pro-voucher D.C. Democrats Lodge Protest Same Day Obama Addresses American Students

Today as President Barack Obama was preparing to deliver a speech to America's students, some school voucher-supporting Democrats in the District of Columbia were gearing up to protest the president's decision to scuttle the city's federal voucher program by blocking the doors to the federal Department of Education building in Washington.

Nikita Stewart of the Washington Post's D.C. Wire blog covered the planned protest in a post this morning and fellow Postie Nick Anderson reported on the protest -- joined by D.C. councilman Marion Barry (D) and led by former D.C. councilman Kevin Chavous (D) -- after the fact shortly after noon.

Local ABC affiliate WJLA also has a story on its Web site.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews has told his viewers that he disagrees with Obama's decision and supports renewing the congressionally-funded D.C. voucher program. It should be interesting to see if Matthews covers the protest today on his "Hardball" program.

I wouldn't hold my breath for any coverage elsewhere on MSNBC or on the broadcast networks tonight, however.

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is a writer living in New Carrollton, Md.