Tags: obama | town | hall | supporter

Obama's Town Hall Filled With Party 'Plants'

Monday, 30 Mar 2009 05:59 PM

By David A. Patten

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Here’s one change you can believe in: President Obama’s town hall meetings are carefully stacked with his political supporters.

While the online portion of last week’s town hall meeting was open to all comers, that was not the case for five of the participants the president called on in the East Room.

It appears they were carefully selected among 100 people in the audience. Indeed, the five are among Obama’s most ardent supporters. The Washington Post reports the group consisted of:

  • A member of the Service Employees International Union, which endorsed Obama.

  • A Virginia businessman who donated money to Obama’s 2008 campaign, as well as some $2,750 to Virginia Democrats last year, the Post reports.

  • A member of the Democratic National Committee who also is active in Obama’s Organizing for America group. He even campaigned for Obama to turn out the Hispanic vote.

  • A Democrat who ran for a state delegate seat in Virginia before endorsing Obama’s candidacy in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star.

  • A leader of an American Federation of Teachers local in Philadelphia, who is also a member of the Facebook’s Pennsylvania for Obama page.

    White House spokesman Nicholas S. Shapiro told the Post, “The White House reached out to a number of community groups, and the chamber of commerce and those groups invited their folks to come and participate.”

    Shapiro did not indicate why only Obama supporters were called upon to ask questions in person. None of them mentioned their ties to Obama when they identified themselves, although one mentioned she was there “with my fellow nurses from SEIU.”

    The White House declined to identify a sixth questioner, who gave her name only as “Elle.”

    One questioner, Sergio Salmeron, told the Post he was invited to the event through an Organizing for America pledge drive.

    “I got a call from this woman who has been working with me for the pledge drive,” he said. “You know, we’re trying to get support for the president’s agenda.”

    The Atlantic.com has reported the president was not briefed on the questions in advance.

  • © 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

    Share:
      Comment  |
       Contact Us  |
      Print  
      Copy Shortlink
    Around the Web
    Join the Newsmax Community
    Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
    >> Register to share your comments with the community.
    >> Login if you are already a member.
    blog comments powered by Disqus
     
    Email:
    Country
    Zip Code:
    Privacy: We never share your email.
     
    Hot Topics
    Follow Newsmax
    Like us
    on Facebook
    Follow us
    on Twitter
    Add us
    on Google Plus
    Around the Web
    Top Stories
    You May Also Like

    Mali's Islamists Withdraw Cease-Fire Pledge

    Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:06 PM

    Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we . . .

    Fmr. CIA Director Hayden: Iran Nuclear Crisis Gets 'Scarier'

    Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 18:11 PM

     . . .

    Join Fmr. CIA Director for Special Iran Briefing, Assess the Danger

    Friday, 13 Jul 2012 12:27 PM

     . . .

    Most Commented

    Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

     
    NEWSMAX.COM
    America's News Page
    ©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
    All Rights Reserved