Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 11/07/2011

‘Occupy Obama’ campaign, Keystone Pipeline protests greet president a year before election day

President Barack Obama talks in the Rose Garden Monday. (Carolyn Kaster - AP)
Exactly one year before 2012 election day, President Obama came under fire from both sides of the political spectrum, both using the same phrase to send out two very different messages.

On Sunday, thousands of environmental activists held signs and chanted outside the White House as they protested the construction of a controversial pipeline. Supporters of the protest rallied on Twitter using the phrase “Occupy Obama.”

Less than 24 hours later, the Republican National Committee began circulating a memo that alleged the president had favored Wall Street at the cost of ordinary people. The campaign was entitled: “Occupy Obama.”

Below, see images of the two “Occupy Obama” campaigns:

Some 10,000 activists protested outside the White House and other federal buildings Sunday, saying the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline would be bad for the environment and bad for the president’s election chances:

(Joshua Roberts - Reuters)

Soon after the Republican National Committee began circulating its memo, a number of Occupy Obama campaigns began on Facebook and Twitter, where one group used a 2008 campaign image of Obama covered with a Guy Fawkes mask to represent itself:

(Image via Facebook)

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