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Montana Prevents Obama From Rigging Town Hall Audience
Washington Times via Newsmax ^ | August 14, 2009 | Matthew Mosk

Posted on 08/14/2009 10:37:18 AM PDT by kddid

There is no guarantee that President Barack Obama will be able to avoid critics of his healthcare proposal when he hosts a town hall meeting in Belgrade, Mont., on Friday.

Local officials in Belgrade and neighboring Bozeman personally oversaw the handing out of passes Thursday in much the same fashion that a venue would dole out tickets to a rock concert. Hundreds of people seeking to attend the president's event began lining up Wednesday afternoon, and camped out overnight in the parking lots of the two local municipal buildings.

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Gibbs said he believes the media have been disappointed that there were no fireworks at the president's town hall. He also made clear that, while the president does not welcome the sort of belligerent hecklers that have surfaced at numerous congressional town halls, he is holding his events to address what he says is misinformation that he thinks is fanning much of the opposition.

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Marilyn Foltz, a city official in Belgrade, said she believes the Montana residents who waited overnight for tickets in queues that she said snaked like the lines at Disney World, "just want to hear what the president had to say."

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"There was no effort," Foltz said, to skew the audience for the president's benefit. "It was very truly first-come, first-served. The tickets were dispensed until they were gone."

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: bhotownhalls; bozeman; montana; obama; obamaplants; patriots; riggeddebate; townhalls
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Usually I avoid any speech by Obama, but if this is broadcast, it may be worth watching (unless Acorn and the SEIU were at the front of the line).
1 posted on 08/14/2009 10:37:19 AM PDT by kddid
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To: kddid

This should be good.


2 posted on 08/14/2009 10:39:08 AM PDT by Islaminaction
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To: kddid

Waiting for the potted plants to show....


3 posted on 08/14/2009 10:39:44 AM PDT by njslim
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To: kddid

I wonder where they can bus in union rats in Montana? Govt and state workers in SEIU (the illegal alien union) and ACORN?

I hope real people are there and Montana did not allow it to be another staged event.


4 posted on 08/14/2009 10:40:45 AM PDT by Frantzie (Lou Dobbs - American Hero! Bill O'Reilly = Liar)
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To: njslim

And 11 year old girls...


5 posted on 08/14/2009 10:40:47 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: kddid

bump for the show coming up.


6 posted on 08/14/2009 10:41:28 AM PDT by hoe_cake (A member of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution.)
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To: kddid

OBAMA CARE BY THE NUMBERS


EZEKIEL EMANUEL AND THE OBAMA CARE FINAL SOLUTION

(Must Read - Shocking, cited quotes by Emanuel)


OBAMA'S BRIDGE TOO FAR

7 posted on 08/14/2009 10:41:49 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: kddid

No way will the White House allow people opposed to this crap to his town hall meeting. I doubt any of the people who will be attending today will be from Montana, they are probably bussing them in from neighboring states


8 posted on 08/14/2009 10:42:24 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Islaminaction

I wouldn’t count on anyone making it to a microphone who has anything honest to say. I just wish someone would ask him about his college records, etc.


9 posted on 08/14/2009 10:42:47 AM PDT by King Hawk
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To: Frantzie; kddid
I wonder where they can bus in union rats in Montana?

unfortunately, they've been bussing in leftists from California for years.

10 posted on 08/14/2009 10:43:09 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Islaminaction

No it won’t, It’ll be the same as it always is. Obama will bogart the floor and use up 90% of the total time wandering around verbally, saying less than nothing, and being mostly non-responsive to the actual questions asked and issued raised.

He loves the sound of his own voice more than almost anything in the world, and that love will be on display for all to see.


11 posted on 08/14/2009 10:44:53 AM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: kddid
Usually I avoid any speech by Obama, but if this is broadcast, it may be worth watching

Let him try his subliminal neurolinguistic programming gestures on a real audience, not just slavish true believers. Diversity is strength, people!

12 posted on 08/14/2009 10:47:38 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("A cultural problem cannot be solved with a political solution." -- Selwyn Duke)
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To: Islaminaction

Sounds good ~ and maybe I’m just a bit too skeptical ~ but this could also be one of those Clintonian styled PR spins; where he builds out a little raw meat in advance of the event only to have his array of potted plants in place when it actually comes off.

Obama’s constant is cowardice. The guy has no kind of spine to stand on. I can’t imagine that he would sign on fo such an event without it being rigged by his handlers.

As always, I’d love to be wrong on this.


13 posted on 08/14/2009 10:48:05 AM PDT by incredulous joe ("No road is too long with good company" - Turkish Proverb)
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To: kddid
Hundreds of people seeking to attend the president's event began lining up Wednesday afternoon, and camped out overnight in the parking lots of the two local municipal buildings.

Sounds more like a bussed-in rent-a-crowd than actual residents.

14 posted on 08/14/2009 10:48:09 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: kddid

Any reason why obozo picked Montana considering it would be pro-American conservative?


15 posted on 08/14/2009 10:50:16 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: savedbygrace

I heard last night that there was a “word count” at the last “townhall meeting”.

0bama had them by 8000+ words to 1000 words.
That’s 0bama talking versus the entire audience talking.


16 posted on 08/14/2009 10:50:16 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
And 11 year old girls...

From another state.

17 posted on 08/14/2009 10:50:42 AM PDT by ladyjane (Where is Michelle? Perhaps having plastic surgery?)
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To: savedbygrace

Agreed....he drags out his answers to use up time so other questions can’t come up. Typical politician.


18 posted on 08/14/2009 10:50:43 AM PDT by RC2
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To: JennysCool

“Sounds more like a bussed-in rent-a-crowd than actual residents”

Count on it.


19 posted on 08/14/2009 10:51:30 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: kddid

We will see.


20 posted on 08/14/2009 10:51:46 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: njslim

Hmmm, Conservatives have jobs. Who would best be able to camp out and wait for days to get Obama tickets?


21 posted on 08/14/2009 10:52:16 AM PDT by mallardx
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To: kddid
Hundreds of people seeking to attend the president's event began lining up Wednesday afternoon, and camped out overnight in the parking lots of the two local municipal buildings.

People with the ability to wait on line for a long time are usually unemployed.

ML/NJ

22 posted on 08/14/2009 10:52:16 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: njslim

Waiting for the potted plants to show....
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Yeah, the POTUS/TOTUS socialists will have a few ‘tickets’ in their back pockets to hand out to a few select ‘citizen’ activists, who will be nicely rewarded, at some point in the future, for asking the PC/screened/approved questions.

We’ll see, but color me skeptical..


23 posted on 08/14/2009 10:52:35 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: incredulous joe

You could be right, I would not put anything past him. He plays by no rules.


24 posted on 08/14/2009 10:53:06 AM PDT by Islaminaction
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To: RC2

One thought here...if Obama attempts to talk long and hard to avoid questions, he WILL say something untrue and stupid.


25 posted on 08/14/2009 10:53:08 AM PDT by King Hawk
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To: SeattleBruce

.....but color me skeptical......

you said color.......racist, racist , racist


26 posted on 08/14/2009 10:53:54 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . fasl el-khitab)
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To: savedbygrace
Yeah, but the more he does it, the quicker the bloom wears off the rose, and the more it ultimately helps us. His infatuation with himself is wearing very thin even with his starry-eyed kool-aid addicted Obamabots - ask Peggy Noonan.

Heck, I'd like to see him have a 'town hall' meeting every day of the week this month. And maybe after that, take another Apology Tour to kowtow in front of yet another bloody anti-semitic tyrant or kleptocratic tinpot dictator or two on foreign soil, and issue yet another set of grovelling apologies about how eeeeeevil America truly is. The American people really love seeing him do that, too.;-)

27 posted on 08/14/2009 10:54:30 AM PDT by leilani
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To: King Hawk

If he truly cares what the people think, forget the speaches. People already know what he wants to do. Go directly to the questions, for the whole meeting. But.....then he wouldn’t hear his own speach......while everyone sleeps.


28 posted on 08/14/2009 10:55:57 AM PDT by RC2
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To: Sarah Barracuda
No way will the White House allow people opposed

You're absolutely correct. No way, especially given how thin skinned The One is.......waaay too much at stake; this event is going to be buttoned up tight.

29 posted on 08/14/2009 10:56:32 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Impeach now....not next month... now)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I’m hoping that some vigilant conservatives in the area do a thorough check of this process and vet it thoroughly. I really want to know if the passes have been handed out impartially and to “real” people (as opposed to 0bamadrones and fake doctors).

Until I have proof positive (and that proof might require several angry citizens asking very pointed questions of TOTUS), I am going to assume this is just another staged event. 0bama has NEVER done a public event that wasn’t totally scripted, and I can’t believe that this one hasn’t been “arranged” either.


30 posted on 08/14/2009 10:57:33 AM PDT by henkster (The frog has noticed the increase in water temperature)
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To: kddid

It doesn’t matter who gets in. It matters who is allowed to speak. If Obama knows in advance who are going to ask the puff questions, it’s going to be a joke again.


31 posted on 08/14/2009 10:58:05 AM PDT by cowtowney
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To: kddid

Somehow, I don’t believe this. It could be that is what the WH wants us to think.

We will see.


32 posted on 08/14/2009 10:58:14 AM PDT by dforest (Who is the real Jim Thompson? I am.)
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To: JennysCool

I’ve read from another site, that part of Montana is very anti-Obama. If the audience wasn’t packed it’s going to be interesting. The local meeting in central WV yesterday was just ARRP members and retired teachers. There were no signs nor union thugs. Upwards of three hundred showed up. That’s a huge meeting for WV. People skewered the ARRP reps. Seniors are pissed. The polls are correct. Obamacare is as popular as a dead rat stinking up a house. The townhalls are the tip of the iceberg.


33 posted on 08/14/2009 10:58:29 AM PDT by meatloaf (Obama, Obozo ... what's the difference?)
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To: kddid

34 posted on 08/14/2009 10:59:11 AM PDT by BJClinton (One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: sam_paine

Great Bumper Sticker I saw once in Montana

“Keep Montana Beautiful
Put a Californian on a Bus”


35 posted on 08/14/2009 11:01:16 AM PDT by Murtyo
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To: kddid

This whole town hall business has got me thinking about the media-staged ‘town hall’ type debates & focus groups they use during presidential election seasons... they always use “undecided voters” — which guarantees an audience of unprincipled, fickle morons. If you get into the final stretch of an election and can’t decide who to vote for, you shouldn’t be voting at all, and you certainly shouldn’t be called on to provide your alleged voting wisdom to the masses.

Town hall meetings would be much more meaningful and entertaining if the entire audience was filled with raging extremists from both sides.


36 posted on 08/14/2009 11:01:36 AM PDT by Sloth (Irony: Freepers who call Ron Paul a "nut" but swallow all the birth certificate conspiracy crap.)
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To: newfreep
It sounds “fishy” to me. I certainly wouldn't trust Obama in any way. I agree that if people are camping out, they probably don't have a life. It sounds like a typical obama supporter.
Obama has never been an honest player. I have no idea why anyone would have ever thought otherwise. His whole political career has been built on taking advantage of his opponents in the most unseemly ways. Why would anyone trust him? Why would anyone take anything he does at face value? He has to have a cult of personality because if they actually delved into his past behavior, his devotees would find that he is one nasty and underhanded and lying gutter snipe.
37 posted on 08/14/2009 11:02:55 AM PDT by madinmadtown (Nuclear...better to mispronounce it, than not understand it.)
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To: newfreep

Any reason why obozo picked Montana considering it would be pro-American conservative?


Are you forgetting that Montana has a Democrat Governor and two Democrat Senators at the moment? Max Baucus is the leading Democrat writing the Senate version of Obamacare.


38 posted on 08/14/2009 11:03:11 AM PDT by jamese777
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To: King Hawk

Why are all those people out there holding up those MEEEAN signs about the plan to take care of the old people?


39 posted on 08/14/2009 11:03:11 AM PDT by ichabod1 (I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet (GOP Poet))
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To: kddid
Hundreds of people seeking to attend the president's event began lining up Wednesday afternoon, and camped out overnight in the parking lots of the two local municipal buildings.

While perhaps not the case at this event, it seems that an emerging tactic by SEIU thugs is to have these townhalls in small venues on a first-come-first-served basis, and then bus in your supporters in the wee hours of the morning so as to stack the line with members before the general public begins arriving.

-PJ

40 posted on 08/14/2009 11:05:39 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (This just in... Voting Republican is a Terrorist act!)
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To: kddid

Montanans: Give. Him. Hell.


41 posted on 08/14/2009 11:06:53 AM PDT by kromike
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To: RC2

that’s why a town hall only has 10 actual questions.


42 posted on 08/14/2009 11:06:55 AM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: newfreep

A lot of commies in Bozman, UM.


43 posted on 08/14/2009 11:07:18 AM PDT by Little Bill (Carol Che-Porter is a MOONBAT.)
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To: savedbygrace

I wish someone would have the guts to ask him to release all his Hawaiian Birth documents!


44 posted on 08/14/2009 11:07:26 AM PDT by Danae (- Conservative does not equal Republican. Conservative does not compromise.)
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To: JennysCool

Most of the actual residents are busy trying to eke out a living.

They are out rounding up dogies, driving a tractor trying to get the hay in before the storm, and serving up country breakfasts to people at the local diner.

They will show up at the meeting and express their opinions if allowed to. But they will be fairly respectful. After all, it is the president of the United States.

All bets are off if Baucus or Tester were having town meetings. That could get pretty raucus. Baucus mind works like it has polio and I doubt if he would be quick enough to respond to anything.

Montanans that have lived in the state for awhile or grew up here are pretty darn sick of government. Instead of new programs they want the existing ones to work. Work on that for awhile. Why is change the only constant?

People are pretty darn poor out here, especially some of the ones that grew up here and stayed. All the money seems to stay in the cities and never makes it out to the really rural areas. Mining is gone. The final few sawmills are closing down and scrapping out. We can’t drill our own oil and put our people to work in good jobs. People don’t have the money for vacations so tourism is kinda slow.

But then again, it’s like that all over the country.


45 posted on 08/14/2009 11:09:39 AM PDT by montomike (Politics should be about service and not a lucrative, money-making opportunity!)
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To: Frantzie

There’s not a whole lot of major population centers close to Bozeman. Are they going to bus in SEIU and ACORN from Denver or the Twin Cities?


46 posted on 08/14/2009 11:10:06 AM PDT by Feasor13
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To: JennysCool

These locals have jobs. The POS rent-a-mob are all blood suckers, and the vote of each of these bastards is equal to my vote.

Get ready!


47 posted on 08/14/2009 11:11:02 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: ladyjane

They can import them from Butte, a lot of commies were living there in the early 50’s when I lived there as a kid. The mines, Wobblies.


48 posted on 08/14/2009 11:11:13 AM PDT by Little Bill (Carol Che-Porter is a MOONBAT.)
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To: rwfromkansas

Someone needs to ask the Senator, if he is allowed to speak....”Will you vote for this Bill? Now...be careful of your answer, since we are all voting in 2010. The first words out of you mouth have to be “Yes or No”. Then you can give your reasons for your ansewer. Answer the question Senator, Yes or NO.”


49 posted on 08/14/2009 11:11:13 AM PDT by RC2
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To: kddid

It’s time for a couple of “concerned citizens” in opposition to magically appear with pointed questions, be booed down by the crowd and Obama to be “peacemaker”- followed by a multitude of alphabet network talking head interviews of the questioners who claim they have been impressed by Obama’s message and ability to listen and are willing to compromise. Watch it happen.


50 posted on 08/14/2009 11:12:22 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Proud FR Mobster)
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