What's this guy afraid of? The free exchange of ideas?
Bristol greets Obama's health care plan with support, protest, questionsNot invited in were just as many concerned citizens who wanted a piece of Obama's skinny butt:
By Sarah Bruyn Jones, Roanoke Times
Bristol, Va. -- President Obama took on skeptics of his plans to overhaul the nation's health care system Wednesday during a town hall meeting held at a Kroger store in this far Southwest Virginia city.
Entrance to the meeting, which lasted about an hour and a half, was by invitation only, with most of the 160 people being employees of the store. Obama made the trip after holding another health care town hall meeting in Raleigh, N.C., earlier in the day. [link] [emphasis mine]
Before Obama's afternoon arrival, more than 150 protesters lined the streets and gathered outside Kroger to make their concerns about health care reform heard.
"We'll be here until the president sees us," said Katie Hughes, 18, of Kingsport, Tenn. "It makes me mad. I mean this could mean our grandparents won't be taken care of."
Art teacher Angie Meade, 39, of Bristol said she worries that government control of health care will mean she can no longer pick her own doctor.
Elaine Powers, 69, also of Bristol, said she thought people over 65 would receive only what she called "end-of life-care."
Powers said she believed the elderly would be given only pain pills.
Rho Griffin and her husband, Blake, drove down from Roanoke to tell the president to keep his hands off their health care.
That pain pill worry voiced by the 69-year-old from Bristol actually arose out of a comment that was made by Mr. Gifted Speaker himself just days ago.
To the daughter of a then-100-year-old woman who had opted to have a pacemaker installed and is still alive at 105 and was wondering if his plan would have prevented her from having that option, Obama said:
"We can let doctors know, and your mom know, that, you know what? Maybe this isn't going to help. Maybe you're better off not having the surgery but taking, uh, the pain killer."
I think Ms. Powers - and the rest of the country - would like to have that term, "better off," better defined. As well as the term "pain killer." A bullet to the brain pan is a pain killer too, don't forget.
In any case, Obama came to Southwest Virginia for a town hall meeting in which the town was banned from joining.
Speaks volumes about Obama and his plan for us.