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Required To Volunteer? Obama Ticket Giveaway Causes Confusion
The Denver Channel ^ | August 12, 2008 | Russell Haythorn, 7NEWS Reporter

Posted on 08/12/2008 9:46:51 PM PDT by mdittmar

The Obama campaign has started notifying people of their ticket status for the big acceptance speech at Invesco Field the final night of the convention.

Many of those who received calls told 7NEWS their tickets have come with a caveat.

Those viewers said the campaign told them they must volunteer six hours for the campaign by Friday, Aug. 15, in order to get a ticket.

"I got a call that if I want the tickets I have to volunteer two shifts of three hours apiece -- for one ticket. If I want two tickets, then it's four shifts of two hours apiece," said Berenice Christensen.

Another 7NEWS viewer sent an e-mail that said, "I received a call Monday saying I could 'qualify' for the tickets if I do 12 hours of volunteer work for the Obama campaign between now and Friday the 15th."

The viewer e-mail goes on to say, "To work 40 hours at my job, get to and from work, get to and from the campaign office and complete the 12 hours in three days would be next to impossible."

Dozens of Obama supporters are already volunteering. They are volunteers who believe working for tickets to the biggest night of the convention is a small price to pay.

"They're trying desperately. I mean, they're almost panic-stricken, they want tickets to hear his acceptance speech," said volunteer Terry Andrews.

"I put my name in. I'm keeping my fingers crossed," said Sue Palmer.

Christensen said she too is excited, but a part of her believes the process for signing up was disingenuous. "I mean they made it seem like any Coloradan could go, and now you have to work for your ticket."

The Obama campaign insists that volunteering is not a requirement to get a ticket.

They said those who were told they must volunteer must have clicked on the opt-in button for "all-star seating" when they signed up for the tickets. If you click that button, then you are required to volunteer, but you get a better seat.

If you choose not to volunteer, you retain your place in line for what is called a "community credential," according to the campaign.

People who received tickets for Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium will be notified by text or e-mail between Tuesday and Friday.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: 2008dncconvention; obama; tickets

1 posted on 08/12/2008 9:46:52 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Oh and all the volunteers MUST where beige colored shirts, nifty caps, Obama armbands and a neat little leather cross shoulder strap. (If you are a Von Trapp, you must spend the evening hiding behind tomb stones). LOL.


2 posted on 08/12/2008 9:52:35 PM PDT by johnnycap
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To: mdittmar

Of course they’re required to do something at the direction of Obama and the RATS. Maybe one or two of these dimbulbs will get a clue that this is what’s in store if Obama and the rest of the leftists take power. Ditto for Her Heinous taking over. She’s just as much a leftist who wants to control people’s lives.


3 posted on 08/12/2008 9:52:56 PM PDT by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: mdittmar

Wouldn’t want to be part of the cleanup crew after the big event.

Judging by the building excitement, the seats will probably be soaked in urine.


4 posted on 08/12/2008 9:58:43 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (OMG, I lost my tag line.)
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To: mdittmar
"I mean they made it seem like any Coloradan could go, and now you have to work for your ticket.

community credential

Those Obama folks just love communism.

This is a perfect example of why the Soviet Union Failed.

You can't get com-symps to work, they want free handouts.

5 posted on 08/12/2008 10:00:50 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: mdittmar

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2060970/posts


6 posted on 08/12/2008 10:02:40 PM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: mdittmar

The assumption is that Democratic volunteers don’t hold down regular jobs. Of course, it is those folks they want to recruit the most.


7 posted on 08/12/2008 10:14:21 PM PDT by Wiseghy ("You want to break this army? Then break your word to it.")
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To: mdittmar

Arbeit macht Hoffnungen.



8 posted on 08/12/2008 10:16:28 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: mdittmar

Obama is going to ask us to give of ourselves. People giving of themselves to help Obama so that the sick can be healed and the oceans recede, how wonderful. We are just a few million morons short of Marxist Utopia! We truly are the idiots we have been waiting for.


9 posted on 08/12/2008 10:16:37 PM PDT by WildcatClan (Duncan Hunter isn't opaque.)
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To: mdittmar

Uh-oh! The very first step to being an Obamaton is knee-jerk volunteerism.

Once you’re in, it’s like you’re a zombie, a vampire, you’re....under a spell!!


10 posted on 08/12/2008 10:25:14 PM PDT by SatinDoll (Desperately desiring a conservative government.)
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To: johnnycap

And they’re asking folks to do the Obama Salute:

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/washington-whispers/2008/8/7/one-nation-under-a-new-obama-salute.html


11 posted on 08/12/2008 10:28:55 PM PDT by JavaJumpy (We should be embarrassed by a presidential candidate who's embarrassed by us - Mike Church)
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To: JerseyHighlander

In a free republic;)


12 posted on 08/12/2008 10:30:35 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free)
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You HAVE to VOLUNTEER - that is an oxymoron right there! Shades of what Obama will be like if he is president...


13 posted on 08/12/2008 10:39:30 PM PDT by ikka
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To: mdittmar
they want tickets to hear his acceptance speech," said volunteer Terry Andrews.

Like the Presidential acceptance speech? LMFAO!!!

14 posted on 08/12/2008 10:43:39 PM PDT by MaxMax (I'll welcome death when God calls me. Until then, the fight is on)
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To: mdittmar
If you choose not to volunteer, you retain your place in line for what is called a "community credential," according to the campaign.

"Community credential" must be another word for "fat chance".

15 posted on 08/12/2008 10:51:07 PM PDT by 6SJ7
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Lenin and Stalin could only dream of what Obama is trying to get away with.

Obama's sh!t reaks of Communism.

"Community Credential?"

Why not just call it the "United People's Pass" or "Worker's Paradise Pass?"

16 posted on 08/12/2008 11:25:31 PM PDT by Prole (Channon. May God watch over them.)
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To: Prole

reaks = reeks


17 posted on 08/12/2008 11:27:39 PM PDT by Prole (Channon. May God watch over them.)
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To: mdittmar
This just gets better and better. Just one step away from forced "volunteerism" just to have a potato to eat for dinner.

I need to watch Dr. Zhivago again.

FMCDH(BITS)

18 posted on 08/12/2008 11:30:17 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: JerseyHighlander

That’s sick.

Funny ! - but sick...


19 posted on 08/12/2008 11:59:36 PM PDT by Wil H
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To: mdittmar
...The viewer e-mail goes on to say, "To work 40 hours at my job, get to and from work, get to and from the campaign office and complete the 12 hours in three days would be next to impossible."

Waaaaaaaah! You want to vote for a marxist, and go hear a marxist give his speech in a stadium packed with other marxists, but like most marxists, you want to sit back and hope someone else will do the work that your marxist overlord tells you to do. Yeah, boo-hoo, I really feel bad for you, moron. You should be proud to "volunteer" your services for your new marxist messiah, not whining about it. That, or you're just an ill-informed idiot that has no idea what marxism is, even when your marxist hero wants you to show that you're a good marxist in order to get a good seat. Either way, you're an idiot.

20 posted on 08/13/2008 12:26:45 AM PDT by smedley64 (UHbUHmUH- The incoherent candidate.)
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To: mdittmar

Just like the Mafia, everything comes with a price, and once you get in, you don’t get out, unless it’s feet first.


21 posted on 08/13/2008 2:42:04 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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In the future...under Obama, if you want your government issued meal tickets, you’ll have to volunteer for the National Army.


22 posted on 08/13/2008 3:23:53 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: AliVeritas; holdonnow; Miss Didi; Bahbah; bvw; Fred Nerks; STARWISE; pissant

You will be required...

This is up at Hot Air too- Ed Morrissey says:

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/13/obamas-fine-print-on-convention-speech-tickets/

“You are required to volunteer.” That would normally be a splendid example of an oxymoron, but it also describes the process for those who want to see Barack Obama speak at Invesco Field as he accepts his nomination. Instead of simply throwing open the doors to the public free of charge, as the Obama campaign publicly proposed, tickets get distributed on a pay-in-kind basis...

This raises some questions about the event. If the campaign requires people to work for several hours to acquire them, doesn’t that make this an in-kind contribution rather than volunteer work? If people who have already contributed to the limit for Obama perform work as compensation towards these tickets, then they could break campaign law by doing so.
Even without the campaign-finance issues, this looks very much like a bait-and-switch by Obama. The entire point of the Invesco address was to welcome everyone for free, perhaps because they wanted to ensure that the place was filled to capacity. Now, with everyone excited about attending this free event, Obama suddenly tells them that they can’t get a seat unless they work for him first.
Like most of Obama’s plans, nothing is free. We’ll pay one way or the other for every supposed giveaway in his policies. And in the end, he wants everyone working for him, while tossing hosannas at his feet and giving him the best optics he can possibly get.
One last thing: Obama didn’t require Germans in Berlin to work for him in order to cheer him at the Tiergarten. Why does Obama treat Germans better than Americans?


23 posted on 08/13/2008 7:43:48 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

Michelle has laid this all out for us already. You will not be ALLOWED to go back to your lives as usual.


24 posted on 08/13/2008 8:36:40 AM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: mdittmar

BTTT


25 posted on 08/13/2008 9:26:06 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Ezekiel Op. We have help in heaven. Commies cast out only by prayer and fasting.)
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