Media calling out Obama on staged town hall meetings

United States
July 2, 2009 10:40am CST
The media are reporting that Obama's town hall meetings are staged. That the people asking questions have been invited by Obama and that theyquestions they ask and the stories they tell are all scripted by Obama's staff to go along with his agenda. Which has media calling it propaganda and not true town hall meetings. Where avaerage folks get to ask real questions and get real answers. Bush had "town hall" meetings of sorts. And to get in you HAD to be a proven Bush supporter. No one was allowed in that did not approve of what he was doing. They did not vet and approve the questions before hand but they made sure that the poeple asking the questions would be people who would ask questions that were favorable to Bush. What do you think about this? I think if only supporters are allowed in and that the questions are scripted before hand than it is really just a pep rally and not a true "town hall" meeting. I am disappointed that Bush and now Obama have failed to allow real people with real questions the opportunity to get real answers. Not just the questions they want to answer and in a way that furthers their agenda. Tell me what you think.
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@meandmy3 (2228)
• United States
2 Jul 09
I think it is about time the Media takes off their Rose Colored glasses and sees Obama for what he really is and does not treat him as if he does not wrong and is this awesome president. The man has made mistakes, just this morning they said that we were starting to show signs of coming out of our recession even before he took office, but now his new stimulus plan has put us further into recession and debt, and his wonderful plan has not resulted in more jobs or the economy improving any, in fact it is getting worse. Gee.. that is a BIG surprise
• United States
2 Jul 09
oh the mad spending spree that Obama and congress went on when he first go into office will cost us big time. It will take us a lot longer to get out of it now than before.
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@meandmy3 (2228)
• United States
2 Jul 09
Our children will be paying for this for the rest of their lives.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
2 Jul 09
One news analyst pointed out that this flap started after the presidents news conference when he called on the person form , I think it was the Harrington Blog, a head of the White House Press corp. Many of them felt they earned their way to this position and to bring in a person for a one time and give them the second questions was a insult to the press corp and since the felt they elected the President they will now get even. There is no way around having a select group of people to ask questions. Look at the debates and the questions asked there ... nothing that would embarrass either candidate or force them to take a stand on an issue.
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• United States
2 Jul 09
yep the debate "town hall" meetings were sham too. It was all staged. Either just have regular press conferences or have real town hall meetings. having staged and scripted meetings with the public and calling them "real town hall meetings" is just a lie.
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@clutterbug (1051)
• United States
2 Jul 09
I would love to hear real, impromtu questions asked by people at the town hall meetings. It's all staged I think so that no one goofs up on camera, and their agenda can be pushed down our throats. I wish they were flying by the seat of their pants, instead of this fakery.
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• United States
2 Jul 09
I wish so too. But you nailed it right on the head.THey stage these things so that it pushs their agenda down our throats. It is all a stage proformance and not what the general public thinks it is. I was hoping Obama would not take this play out of Bush's playbook. But he did and took it up a notch.
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@Shellyann36 (11599)
• United States
3 Jul 09
Glad someone called him on it. I am so sick of his "hope & change" already. He has only gotten us into more debt.
• India
3 Jul 09
speculation does not help..
• United States
3 Jul 09
WTF are you talking about, "speculation"? There is no "speculation" it is a FACT that these things were staged and the press FINALLY woke up to that fact!
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@clrumfelt (5452)
• United States
3 Jul 09
Of course they are staged. If they left in an element of chance with no teleprompter available to give pre-fabbed answers, there might be some true transparancy, and that is the last thing they want. I believe all their meetings are structured sell their agenda to the American people.
@Uroborus (910)
• Canada
3 Jul 09
I think that town hall meetings are a good idea when a person runs for municipal office. The idea of having a nation wide "town hall" meeting is stretching the definition of the term. When running for municipal office, the person running is better known by the community and it seems reasonable that a good percentage of the people in the community can participate in the town hall meeting. When we talk about an election for national office, the town hall meeting is pretty much always staged and a tiny fraction of the people who are affected by the election can participate.
@anniepa (27279)
• United States
3 Jul 09
If any of us think any of the so-called "town hall meetings" held by any President or other top government officials in recent decades are entirely genuine we're fooling ourselves. It would be great if it could happen but it wouldn't be possible for security reasons to allow just anyone to attend one of these events without being checked. I know a lot of people are talking about the woman named Debbie who has cancer and can't afford treatment who has been discovered to have been a volunteer for Obama. Does that make her story or those of others like her any less tragic? I don't know this woman so I can't vouch for her story being 100% true but I DO know people with similar experiences so I know it's not something that's far-fetched or beyond credibility. Of course Obama is going to want to have people ask questions that will further his agenda just as Bush did before him and on back through history. It's politics, that's what they do! When it comes to questions about health care there's a lot more propaganda in the media from the other side who wants to make sure we continue to have people in our country like Debbie and that's what really bothers me. Annie
@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
2 Jul 09
I don't agree with it at all, but is anyone really that surprised about it? I mean come on, did he ever once say before/during the elections anything that he was going to do? I recall only ever hearing cr*p along the lines of hope and change, without any real answer about how that "hope and change" was going to come about. I've said it before, I'll say it again, this whole election was strictly a race issue, that's it. It was one big affirmative action for the man in charge of the country. Lets throw someone in there based on race, but heck, we don't need to pay attention to the fact that he has no experience as well as all the other negatives that popped up and weren't given a second thought.