Tag: Grand Junction

College Student Questioning Obama Was Republican Staffer

Zach Lahn got a lot of attention yesterday for his question to President Obama in Grand Junction about how private insurance companies could possibly compete against a Government non-profit, and his cocky attitude, shouting out and play to the media.

He failed to disclose he was a staffer for one of Colorado's most right-wing Republicans in the State legislature. (He's taken his Linked-In profile down.) As Colorado Pols says,

It also takes some "chutzpah" to fail to disclose to either the President or to reporters interviewing you afterward that you're a staffer for one of the hardest-right Republicans in the Colorado Senate, Sen. Greg "Obama's Gonna Take Yer Guns" Brophy, wouldn't you say? It's not like that should have disqualified him from asking the question--much like the infamous Brooks Brothers riot of Florida 2000 legend, though, it would have helped explain why he was so, um, "passionate."


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Grand Junction Odds and Ends

Wrapping up President Obama's visit to Grand Junction yesterday:

  • While Obama was at the health care forum, Michelle Obama and their daughters toured High Country Orchards, famous for its peaches, in nearby Palisade. (You can order online, or buy them at Whole Foods and some King Soopers stores.)
  • Both the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff's Office assisted with security for the President's visit. The police department estimates it cost them $3,000 to $5,000 and the Sheriff's office puts its tab around $5,000 to $10,000. Both agencies said it was an honor to assist the Secret Service and will not seek reimbursement from the feds. There were no arrests.

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Obama in Grand Junction: Live Thread

Air Force One is on the ground in Grand Junction. The town hall expected to start half hour early, at 3:45 pm MT. Local news in Grand Junction reports 4,000 protesters showed up earlier at Lincoln Park.

Grand Junction NBC page with live feed here. CNN is and MSNBC will also carry it live.

Let's keep comments to this thread on Obama's talk in Grand Junction and your reactions to it.

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