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When I go to political events, I generally like to talk to people who attend them. You learn a lot that way.

Not today. I arrived at the President’s health care speech at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa., about 45 minutes early, hoping I might chat with some of the Pennsylvanians who were here. No such luck. The press was stuck behind two sets of barriers. I tried asking several times (nicely, I promise) to wander a bit and talk to people, but was told I would have to wait until after the event. (Both the crowd and I had been through security screening.)

Okay.

So after the event, I attempted to talk to people as they left. That effort, too, was shut down by the security people.

So all I can report is this: The President gave a speech on health care this morning. People applauded and cheered. What motivated them to be here, and what bearing this issue might have on their individual lives — well, I can’t answer that.

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PalmettoProgres
PalmettoProgres

@ktumulty @politicoroger @joevarden Sorry, KT. I still don't get the whining. Are the OFA people armed with tasers? Gonna jail you?

ktumulty
ktumulty

@PalmettoProgres @politicoroger @JoeVarden What you call whining, I call trying to do my job.

PalmettoProgres
PalmettoProgres

@ktumulty @politicoroger @joevarden No, you and Roger et al are "whining" about campaigns not "letting" you do your job. Very weak excuse.

ktumulty
ktumulty

@PalmettoProgres @politicoroger @JoeVarden The more accurate verb would be "preventing"

ktumulty
ktumulty

@PalmettoProgres @politicoroger @JoeVarden They also demand that you stand behind barricades, separated from the crowd.

ktumulty
ktumulty

@PalmettoProgres @politicoroger @JoeVarden It was the security people, not OFA. And yes, they are armed.

PalmettoProgres
PalmettoProgres

@ktumulty @politicoroger @JoeVarden Where are Romney's tax returns? Or are you all just pissed because Obama won't play football with you?

ktumulty
ktumulty

@PalmettoProgres @politicoroger @JoeVarden Take a look at my link. It explains what I was trying to do when I was denied access to people.