Actor Sean Penn gave a speech at San Francisco State University regarding his endorsement of Dennis Kucinich for President. During the speech, Leigh Wolf, President of the College Republicans at SFSU, stood with his back to Penn, holding up a sign that said “Stop Supporting America’s Enemies.”
Penn kept speaking until someone attempted to stop the protestor, at which point, Penn said, “That’s okay, this is San Francisco.” When the protester’s sign was removed, he held up another which said, “Hey Sean, have you seen a UFO too?”
In his speech touting Kucinich, which is transcribed here, Penn slammed Hillary Clinton and warned of personal agendas:
“Let’s remind our friends in the social circles of New York and the highbrow winner-friendly and monied major cities that support Mrs. Clinton, that this is not Bill Clinton. For all the misgivings I have about our former President, he raised up friends and opposition alike, his great gift as a motivator of interest and activism, of self-education and participation was, on its own merits, a unique gift. But don’t underestimate personal agendas, those that initiated NAFTA, betrayed Haitian refugees and gay rights in the military within a minute of his own election. Don’t underestimate that part of him when he gives his wife the face of his talent. Don’t underestimate the damage her poisonous ambition can do to this country. We can’t wait for the benefit of hindsight to service the benefit of Mrs. Clinton’s career. Let’s raise up men and women of vision, of integrity, of belief in our principles. How exciting would that be to do?”
Penn will soon begin acting in the title role in Gus van Sant’s biopic of slain SF gay rights leader Harvey Milk.