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Think you get to see Obama for free? Not so fast, sucker: you have to EARN that privilege.

Or so the Obama campaign is telling his supporters by requiring that they give six hours of volunteer service towards his campaign for one free ticket. And they have to do it by this Friday. As in, August 15th.

Me personally, I can think of a lot better things to do. You know, like, work for a living, spend time with my family, sleep, shove bamboo shoots under my fingernails... stuff like that. But I guess if you support the Obamamessiah and want to see your idol, you must automatically put your life aside and sacrifice every hour you aren't at your job volunteering for him. Who needs sleep when you've got the Obamamessiah?

The Obama campaign has begun notifying people who got tickets for the big acceptance speech at Invesco Field the final night of the convention.

Many of those who received tickets told 7NEWS they have come with a caveat.

Those viewers said the campaign told them they must volunteer six hours for the campaign by Friday in order to get a ticket.

"I got a call that if I want the tickets I have to volunteer two shifts of three hours apiece -- for one ticket. If I want two tickets, then it's four shifts of two hours apiece," said Berenice Christensen.

Another 7NEWS viewer sent an e-mail that said, "I received a call Monday saying I could 'qualify' for the tickets if I do 12 hours of volunteer work for the Obama campaign between now and Friday the 15th."

The viewer e-mail goes on, "To work 40 hours at my job, get to and from work, get to and from the campaign office and complete the 12 hours in three days would be next to impossible."


But... but... but... but it's the Democrats who work for a living, not Republicans! I thought it was Democrats who care about working families, not these hoity-toity righties! Unfortunately, not so much:
"My whole reason why I'm so mad about it is because Democrats need to act like Democrats," said Heather Kreider, a working mother from Centennial.

"Democrats work for a living, and they have to work and take care of their families. And they say these are open to those in the community, so they shouldn't ask people to drop everything in their lives for this," Kreider said Tuesday.


I guess that Democrats aren't as concerned about their supporters working and taking care of their families. But of course, this is typical Obama. We're supposed to give up everything for him, support everything he does, and then cheer wildly about it at the end of the day. And why would he give anything away for free? This bait-and-switch deal with Obama is the premise of his entire campaign: he lures you in with pretty words and nice-sounding promises, and then once he's got you hooked, he knocks you over the head with reality.

Ed Morrissey also makes a great point:

Obama didn't require Germans in Berlin to work for him in order to cheer him at the Tiergarten. Why does Obama treat Germans better than Americans?

I guess he's more concerned about garnering support from Europeans than he is from the people who can, you know, actually vote him into office. Is anyone surprised that someone who calls himself a "citizen of the world" will put his own people last? I'm not.

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin


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Comments (31)

"Required" to "volunteer" f... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Required" to "volunteer" for a "free" ticket. Screw Obama, the Democrats are rewriting the dictionary. I can hardly wait to see the "new" Democratic definintion of "energy independence" and "victory".

On another note, if you are... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

On another note, if you are dumb enough to fall for this and "volunteer", you should have a big "O" branded on your ass. That way, when the Chosen One finishes his speech, all can then bend over and drop their pants. Just hope they're going to hand tubes of KY jelly out at the gates.

God its great to see ultra ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

God its great to see ultra right wingers like the author snarl, snark, obsess and generally foam at he mouth about our next president. When do you think your head is going to explode? Are you per chance Malkin's alter-ego, twin sister, soul sister or what?

Shorter JFO:Qui... (Below threshold)

Shorter JFO:

Quick, change the subject! Let's talk about something, ANYTHING else! How about personal attacks? Those are always good diversions!

J.

JFO, ever hear the expressi... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

JFO, ever hear the expression "arbeit macht frei"?

Garand, THERE'S a classic. ... (Below threshold)

Garand, THERE'S a classic. I bet he doesn't get it.

Oh, and JFO: aren't you being a bit presumptive? His Obamaness isn't even officially the nominee, let alone won the general election. Can we at least go through the formalities BEFORE we coronate him?

J.

So you think Obama is a Naz... (Below threshold)
JFO:

So you think Obama is a Nazi? Wow your heads really are exploding.

Tsk tsk Jay Tea you've been leaving you "independent" label in the drawer for quite a while. Yes, I'm confident he will be ELECTED PRESIDENT. I've offered you a wager before but you are a person who won't put his money where his "independent" mouth is.

I didn't take your wager, J... (Below threshold)

I didn't take your wager, JFO, for several reasons.

1) I don't make such bets.

2) I doubt you'd honor it if you lost.

3) I consider the election still very much a toss-up, and have no intention of betting on what is, in essence, a toss of the coin.

But I see you're still persisting in your desperate attempts to change the subject. Why don't you have anything to say about Obama's demanding "volunteer" labor? What about the law, that might consider it a "contribution in kind?"

But since Obama is pretty much president anyway, he can just pardon himself, right? Is that how you're working that angle?

J.

Whoopsie, Cassy. Those tequ... (Below threshold)
MyPetGloat:

Whoopsie, Cassy. Those tequila fanny-bangers must be blurring the details of the article;

"The Obama campaign insists that volunteering is not a requirement to get a ticket.

They said those who were told they must volunteer must have clicked on the opt-in button for "all-star seating" when they signed up for the tickets. If you click that button, then you are required to volunteer, but you get a better seat"

Feh. Still it ain't as cool as a loyalty oath!

JFO, thanks for comparing m... (Below threshold)

JFO, thanks for comparing me to Michelle Malkin. That's a HUGE compliment. What, did you think I'd be insulted?

And MyPetGloat, do you think its possible that campaign insiders are "insisting" it's not a requirement to cover their asses? And it doesn't matter about the all-star seating difference, because clearly these people were not informed about the volunteer requirement beforehand. So it's still a legitimate complaint.

Funny - I had a number of l... (Below threshold)
cirby:

Funny - I had a number of lefties froth at the mouth and tell me I was full of shit because I said that the Obama speech at the stadium would not be free.

Of course, I was assuming it'd be $20 or something instead of the $40+ worth of "volunteer" time...

JFO:Frankly I cou... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

JFO:
Frankly I could give a rats ass about the requirement for the tickets

I call bullshit. You obviously do otherwise you wouldn't have commented under the article 3 times already.

From the newspaper article:... (Below threshold)
engineer:

From the newspaper article:

"A Breckenridge resident e-mail 7NEWS with a similar experience:

"My experience matches what you are hearing from other sources. Because of my work schedule and other activities going on, I did not sign up for the All Star tickets. But I was called by the campaign and told that I had to volunteer this week in order to get tickets at all. I finally agreed to one three-hour shift, but it left a bad impression for this lifelong Democrat. I hope someone in the campaign understands that they are turning off volunteers with their aggressive and disorganized approach," the Breckenridge resident wrote.

Susan M. Martinez, from Boulder, Colo., wrote us to say, "There is no way I can volunteer between now and Friday (if that is the timeframe). I think I entered my name for consideration early. I entered my name within 5 minutes of the 'Breaking News' message appearing in my e-mail from TheDenverChannel. I just might wait to see if "community creditionals" really exist."

The Obama campaign insists that volunteering is not a requirement to get a ticket.

They said those who were told they must volunteer must have clicked on the opt-in button for "all-star seating" when they signed up for the tickets. If you click that button, then you are required to volunteer, but you get a better seat.

If you choose not to volunteer, you retain your place in line for what is called a "community credential," according to the campaign."

So, if enough people "volunteer", which by the way isn't required, except it is for 'some tickets', will there be any tickets remaining for those who don't 'volunteer'?

Of course, I was assumin... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Of course, I was assuming it'd be $20 or something instead of the $40+ worth of "volunteer" time...

Federal min wage is $6.55. At 12 hours, those tickets are closer to $80.

Great post Cassie. Anythin... (Below threshold)
epador:

Great post Cassie. Anything that gets JT compared to MM is a real Wizbanger!

"Well, Republicans, I guess... (Below threshold)

"Well, Republicans, I guess, can [stand in line for a couple hours] because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives." -Howard Dean

How's that looking now, Howie?

Why don't you have anyth... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Why don't you have anything to say about Obama's demanding "volunteer" labor?

First of all, as noted previously, it's a seating option, not a demand.

Secondly, it's a private event (yes, the political parties are private entities), and they can set whatever pricing they want.

And besides, is it any worse than Bush actively barring citizens from his public appearances without any alternative?

Sounds just like the Army... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

Sounds just like the Army--"volunteer" is voluntold.

Hey, JFO:I'd be happ... (Below threshold)
RedBalls:

Hey, JFO:
I'd be happy to take your money. Actually, it would be my money since whatever you suck-off the tit of our government for, including your welfare check, comes from my hard earned tax dollars.
Nevertheless, it would still be fun to clean your clock. Just say where and when.

BwahahahahahahahaL... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Bwahahahahahahaha

Lefties are repulsed by the very idea of having to 'volunteer' their time to get something 'free', or that was purported to be free, before the id10t's that run the Obomasiah's campaign decided to bend them over and screw them for free labor to get it.

I can't wait to see how fast this idea gets thrown under the bus and BO blames it on an underling.

If this is any indication of how he's going to run this country *if* he gets elected ya'll better strap in tight because its going to get really interesting when he tries to enact similar programs for the country. He's already suggested a similar idea for a civilian workfarce that will be larger and better funded than our armed services.

Well, it wouldn't surprise ... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Well, it wouldn't surprise me if part of the campaign service didn't include pointless, obsessive covert ops such as tracing I.P. addresses and user names for anti-Obama blogs. Or blog hacking just for the hell of it cuz one doesn't actually have a life and doesn't know how to mind one's own business. Oh, the hope and changeyness of it all! ;)

In running errands earlier,... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

In running errands earlier, I was listening to
Rush Limbaugh. He reports the city is ready
for the protesters in Denver.
They've got the next Guantanamo all ready for the arrested, inside of a huge warehouse.
Chain link cages with roofs of barbed wire.

Gee, do you suppose they wi... (Below threshold)
iurockhead:

Gee, do you suppose they will also be required to walk on their knees from the parking lot into the stadium? I mean, such penence would seem reasonable to prove they are True Believers, wouldn't it? Maybe a little self-flagulation thrown in for good measure.

Free healthcare for ... (Below threshold)

Free healthcare for everyone...

check up: 20 hrs community service
specialist visit: 30 hrs
vision exam: 12 hrs
prescriptions: generics 2 hrs, class I 5 hrs, class II 10 hrs, class III 40 hrs (refer to attached comprehensive formulary classification document)
hospitalization: no admission 30 hrs, admission 60 hrs per day
substance abuse: not covered (no longer an issue)
mental health services: office visit 10 hrs, in patient services 30 hrs per day, conservative reeducation - no charge

Brain - "First of all, ... (Below threshold)
marc:

Brain - "First of all, as noted previously, it's a seating option, not a demand."

It isn't?

Funny, if you decide to exercise that option it is a DEMAND. Put another way, in order to get "front row seats" you're REQUIRED to give up your spare time and "volunteer."

I didn't get my tickets to ... (Below threshold)
SAHMmy:

I didn't get my tickets to the Pro-Bush rally in '04 just for the asking. They asked me to put in some time at my local Bush for President office and I said I would.

I wanted Bush to be re-elected and I didn't think it was a big deal to be asked to do that in exchange for the 7 Rally tickets.

It isn't?No... (Below threshold)
Brian:

It isn't?

No, it isn't.

Funny, if you decide to exercise that option it is a DEMAND. Put another way, in order to get "front row seats" you're REQUIRED to give up your spare time and "volunteer."

Yeah, funny, when you go to the theater and ask for orchestra seats they DEMAND that you pay more than for mezzanine. And when you fly on a plane, in order to get first class seats you're REQUIRED to pay more.

[Tickets for Bush'... (Below threshold)
Brian:
[Tickets for Bush's inauguration] sold for $125 by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, mostly to invited guests -- which were required to reach much of the prime space along the parade route.

Think you get to see Bush for free? Not so fast, sucker: you have to PAY FOR that privilege.

Wow..both of those stories ... (Below threshold)
MunDane:

Wow..both of those stories cited by Brian and MyPetGoat are longer serving than Obama's senate career...

Look, Free means free. If I am giving a service for it, it is pay.

Look, Free means free. I... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Look, Free means free. If I am giving a service for it, it is pay.

Agreed. So where did Obama's camp claim the tickets were free? The only appearance of "free" is in the heading Cassy invented for this non-story.

I suppose I could whine about having to pay hundreds of dollars to attend one of McCain's "free" fundraising dinners, but I would just be making it up.

Cassy, you missed the real ... (Below threshold)
epador:

Cassy, you missed the real story here [sarcasm]

It appears a number of Democrats applied for the tickets and didn't read the small print. They THOUGHT they were getting something for nothing and now they have to actually do something for their prize. Others are totally appalled at the apparent lack of organization at the Colorado Democratic Obama offices regarding volunteer workers. They are getting educated before the election. Might be an eye opener for them.




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