From a commenter on this blog who was at the Town Hall meeting orchestrated by the Obama camp on August 14, 2009:
“NEWS FROM MONTANA
“Things are not always what they seem”.
By now you have probably heard that President Obama came to Montana last
Friday. However, there are many things that the major news has not
covered. I feel that since Joe and I live here and we were at the airport
on Friday I should share some facts with you. Whatever you decide to do
with the information is up to you. If you chose to share this email with
others I do ask that you DELETE my email address before you forward this
On Wednesday, August 5th it was announced locally that the President
would be coming here. There are many groups here that are against his
healthcare and huge spending so those groups began talking and deciding
on what they were going to do. The White House would not release ANY
details other than the date.
On about Tuesday Joe found out that they would be holding the “Town Hall”
at the airport. (This is only because Joe knows EVERYONE at the airport)
Our airport is actually located outside of Belgrade (tiny town) in a very
remote location. Nothing is around there. They chose to use a hangar that
is the most remotely located hangar. You could not pick a more remote
location, and you can not get to it easily. It is totally secluded from
FYI: We have many areas in Belgrade and Bozeman which could have held a
large amount of folks with sufficient parking. (gymnasiums/auditoriums).
All of which have chairs and tables, and would not have to be SHIPPED
During the week, cargo by the TONS was being shipped in constantly.
Airport employees could not believe how it just kept coming. Though it
was our President coming several expressed how excessive it was,
especially during a recession. $$$$$
Late Tuesday/early Wednesday the 12th, they said that tickets would be
handed out on Thursday 9am at two locations and the president would be
arriving around 12:30 Friday.
Thursday morning about 600 tickets were passed out. However, 1500 were
printed at a Local printing shop per White House request. Hmmmm……900
tickets just DISAPPEARED.
This same morning someone called into the radio from the local UPS branch
and said that THOUSANDS of Dollars of Lobster were shipped in for Obama.
Montana has some of the best beef in the nation!!! And it would have been
really wonderful to help out the local economy. Anyone heard of the
Recession?? Just think…with all of the traveling the White House is
doing. $$$$$ One can only imagine what else we are paying for.
On Friday Joe and I got out to the airport about 10:45am. The groups that
wanted to protest Obama’s spending and healthcare had gotten a permit to
protest and that area was roped off. But that was not to be. A large bus
carrying SEIU (Service Employees International Union) members drove up
onto the area (illegal)and unloaded right there. It was quite a commotion
and there were specifically 2 SEIU men trying to make trouble and start a
fight. Police did get involved and arrested the one man but they said
they did not have the manpower to remove the SEIU crowd.
The SEIU crowd was very organized and young. About 99% were under the age
of 30 and they were not locals! They had bullhorns and PROFESSIONALLY
made signs. Some even wore preprinted T-shirts. Oh, and Planned
Parenthood folks were with them…..professing abortion rights with their
T-shirts and preprinted signs. (BTW, all these folks did have a permit to
protest in ANOTHER area)
Those against healthcare/spending moved away from the SEIU crowd to avoid
confrontation. They were orderly and respectful. Even though SEIU kept
coming over and walking through, continuing to be very intimidating and
aggressive at the direction of the one SEIU man.
So we had Montana folks from ALL OVER the state with their homemade signs
and their DOGS with homemade signs. We had cowboys, nurses, doctors you
name it. There was even a guy from Texas who had been driving through. He
found out about the occasion, went to the store, made a sign, and came to
If you are wondering about the press…..Well, all of the major networks
were over by that remote hangar I mentioned. They were conveniently
parked on the other side of the buildings FAR away. None of these crowds
were even visible to them. I have my doubts that they knew anything about
We did have some local news media around us from this state and Idaho.
Speaking of the local media…they were invited. However, all questions
were to be turned into the White House in advance of the event. Wouldn’t
want anyone to have to think off the top of their head.
It was very obvious that it was meant to be totally controlled by the
White House. Everything was orchestrated down to the last detail to make
it appear that Montana is just crazy for Obama and government healthcare.
Even those people that talked about their insurance woes……..the White
House called our local HRDC (Human Resource and Development Committee)
and asked for names. Then the White House asked those folks to come.
Smoke and mirrors…EVERYTHING was staged!!!!!!!!!!!
I am very dismayed about what I learned about our current White House.
The amount of control and manipulation was unbelievable. I felt I was not
living in the United States of America, more like the USSR!! I was
physically nauseous. Joe and I have been around when Presidents or Heads
of State visit. It has NEVER been like this. I am truly very frightened
for our country. America needs your prayers and your voices. If you care
about our country please get involved. Know the issues. And let Congress
hear your voices again and again!! If they are willing to put forth so
much effort to BULLY a small town one can only imagine what is going on
in Washington DC. Scary!!”
Thanks to commenter Carlyle for this great report.