Hundreds of people gathered outside of the Northwest Boys and Girls Club in Hartford to catch a glimpse of President Bush.
Students, protesters, and North Hartford residents stood outside on an open green field to greet President Bush. He spoke at the Boys and Girls Club about his Malaria Initiative in Africa. Some waved flags and others held signs, protesting the human and economic costs of the Iraq war.
"Fight for school not war. Fight for schools not war".
Avery barker was one of the people chanting. She's a freshman at Weaver High School. When she walked down to the Boys and Girls Club in her Steve Madden sunglasses and silver accessories, she didn't know that she would join the protesters.
"Dog, yeah. They were like, â€˜fight for school, not war,' and I agree with that 'cause I don't like Bush because he be hurtin' too much in Hartford and in Connecticut and in all them other places, so I feel where they're coming from."
Carla Johnson, a fifth grade teacher at Annie Fisher Magnet School, says her students got an impromptu civics lesson. Some of her students help up signs that said 'Keep 'em safe; Brin 'em home.â€™ And the children from mark Twain Elementary School sat on risers, waved American flags, and sang the Star Spangled Banner.
Anti-war activist John Humphries stood in the sun, protesting the Bush Administration's policy on torture. He wore an orange Jump suit, and he fielded many questions from students.
"A couple of groups of high school students came up and said 'What's up with that? What are you doing wearing that orange jumpsuit and that hood?' And I was able to talk to them about Guantanamo bay and the issue of torture and abuse of prisoners."
An anti-war protest also took place in rural Kent, where President Bush will attend a Republican fundraiser at the home Henry Kissinger.