Things have apparently degenerated so far for the President that he feels the need to openly stack the deck for his “unscripted town hall meetings.”
“When President Obama sits down for his MTV town hall this Thursday, the audience of young people who will ask him questions will have been gathered by a casting call.
According to the casting call for the event from talent agency Backstage.com, first reported by National Review Online, the company requests applications for the event, asking what issues the person is “passionate about,” requiring a “short description of your political views,” and also asks for a recent photo.
“MTV, BET and CMT are casting the audience for town hall meeting with President Obama. Shooting Oct. 14, 4 p.m. in Washington, D.C. Seeking—Audience Members: males & females, 18+,” the casting call says, “To ensure that the audience represents diverse interests and political views, include your name, phone number, hometown, school attending, your job and what issues, if any, you are interested in or passionate about. Also, provide a recent photo and short description of your political views.””
In Russia, during the reign of Tsarina Catherine II, there were allegedly “Potemkin villages,” where a hollowed out shells of villages were built at the direction of ministers to deceive the Tsarina as to the value of a region her armies had conquered, under the leadership of said minister, one Grigoriy Aleksandrovich Potyomkin-Tavricheski. Instead of false villages, we are being treated to faked political events, staffed by hand-selected “beautiful” people with the “right” political views.
Then again, if the President cannot even handle members of the MTV generation without stacking the deck, perhaps the town hall isn’t our problem, but a Potemkin President..which, come to think of it, would explain all of his Tsars.