Anti-War Mom Brings Bush Housewarming March

Preston Hollow residents won't be rolling out the welcome mat for Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan, who drew national attention for camping outside former President George W. Bush's ranch in protest of the Iraq War, is following him to Dallas.

Sheehan will lead a demonstration Monday protesting "crimes against humanity."

"We can't allow George Bush's crimes to be forgotten just because he is not in office anymore," she said in an e-mail.

But while most people in Preston Hollow have gone out of their way to welcome the former president and first lady home, they're not exactly rolling out the welcome mat for Sheehan.

"Go away," resident Kathie Taub said. "Go back! Leave us alone!"

Taub said Sheehan had already protested and should "now leave everybody alone."

"She has already made her opinion known, and it is getting old," Michael Taub said. "She needs to go back to wherever she came from."

Neighbor Victor Toledo echoed the sentiment.

"There’s a lot of decent people that call this home, and I’d rather not see that," he said.

The march begins at Preston Road and Royal Lane at 4:30 p.m. and ends on Daria Drive, outside the secure entrance to Bush's Preston Hollow neighborhood. It is not scheduled to cross any major intersections. Secret Service agents will block anyone from going down Daria Drive, which leads to the cul-de-sac where the Bush's live.

It was not clear if Bush or his wife will be at home this weekend, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Neither the Dallas Police Department nor the U.S. Secret Service will reveal any specifics about security for Monday's event. A spokesman for the Secret Service calls it the "first test" of their security measures at the former president's home since he left office.

"Officers will be very visible" says Sgt Warren Mitchell with the Dallas Police Department, comparing the department's expected response with the force shown at the recent Exxon Mobil shareholders meeting, when police outnumbered protesters.

Sheehan, whose son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, was killed in the Iraq War, camped outside Bush's Crawford ranch in 2005 in protest of the war.

She also ran unsuccessfully last year for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's congressional seat.

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