White House: Town hall audience not screenedBy EMILY ANDERSON Emily.Anderson@gjsentinel.com Neither

By EMILY ANDERSON
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Neither the questions asked of the president nor the potential attendees will be prescreened before Saturday’s town hall meeting with President Obama at Central High School, a White House spokesman said Wednesday.

Each person who gets a ticket to the event will be selected at random, spokesman Adam Abrams said. Abrams said he did not know whether the White House would conduct background checks on ticket holders, but each guest at the event will be screened in a fashion similar to an airport-security check line.

Those hoping to attend the event can visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/advance/ColoradoTownHall8-15-09 to RSVP before noon today. The Web site asks for a first and last name, phone number, e-mail address and ZIP code. Entering a street address and city is
optional.

Filling out the form does not automatically mean a person will get into the event, nor does it guarantee a seat. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. Saturday for the 4:15 p.m. town hall. Applicants can get one or two tickets and will receive information about how to pick up the tickets if they are selected to be in the audience.

As of Wednesday night, White House officials still had not revealed how many tickets will be
awarded.

The president hosted a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., on Tuesday and will host another one Friday morning in Bozeman, Mont.

Video of the New Hampshire event shows that the shouting and finger-pointing present at some town halls hosted recently by members of Congress didn’t occur in the president’s crowd.

Attendees were not prescreened for that event either, according to the White House.


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