By Karissa Marcum
October 24, 2007
The White House reacted harshly Wednesday after a protester at a House hearing got close enough to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to put her dyed hands in Rice’s face.
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, referencing the incident and calling it “despicable,” said it “seems that, increasingly, Congress is being run by Code Pink.”
The anti-war group’s members are often arrested on Capitol Hill for disrupting congressional hearings and events.
However, few protests have been as dramatic as Wednesday’s, at which protester Desiree Anita Ali-Fairooz screamed at the secretary of State and yelled that the blood “of millions of Iraqis” is on the hands of the administration.
She was one of five protesters arrested at the hearing and was charged with disorderly conduct, defacing of government property and assault on a federal officer, U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said.
Perino thanked Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) for “trying to restore order to that hearing.”
Protester Paul Zulkowitz, who had already been arrested on Monday, was charged with unlawful conduct and disruption of Congress. Also arrested were Susan Benjamin and Lori Perdue, as well as an unnamed protester.