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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Obama's 'Unscheduled' Campaign Stop Was Both Scheduled And Staged

By Susan Duclos

Jim Hoft describes a "surprise" stop at a diner which was supposed to be "unscheduled", but was actually a staged event as evidenced by Los Angeles Times, Tribune Washington Bureau pool reporter, Michael Memoli, who points out that Team Obama coincidentally had the bios of three of the men he spoke to at this "unscheduled" stop.

Bert Atkinson Jr. over at Independent Journal says this is not  a big deal, but staging supposedly unscheduled visits "doesn’t give Americans a fair chance to say what they want. If the President is choosing his audience in his favor .his discussions with veterans about their interests and concerns will not cover the whole gamut necessary for the proper progression of politics."

Every politician sets up photo ops or uses real life stories from people that work in their favor. It is not rare, in fact, it is a common practice, but the dishonesty of publicly calling an event a "surprise" or "unscheduled", when it clearly was staged with Team Obama knowing who would be present ahead of time, makes every Obama event, every Obama claim and every story repeated by Obama, suspect.

Mr. Atkinson is correct, it isn't a big deal, in and of itself, but it goes to character and many would see this type of false narrative as lacking in character.

[Update] The Oregonian:

The three veterans who had lunch with President Barack Obama Tuesday in outer Northeast Portland didn't just happen to wander into the Gateway Breakfast House.

 All have connections to the Obama reelection campaign and were presumably chosen for good political reasons.