(This post and updates has been archived at my seldom used blog: http://www.search-engine.com/archives/08-12-2009-obama-julia-hall-the-girl-who-asked-obama-a-question-about-healthcare.php and is also accessible at http://www.meansigns.com/)
Like many others I watched the "town hall" meeting in Portsmouth NH with the supposedly randomly selected audience.
Link changed, updated link:
The second person "randomly" selected to ask a question was a young girl called Julia Hall from Malden MA (asks question at 29 mins 25 secs into the video).
Julia read the following question off a piece of paper: "As I was walking in I saw a lot of signs outside saying mean things about reforming healthcare. How do kids know what is true and why do people want a new system that can help more of us".
This randomly asked question gave Obama the perfect opportunity to
dismiss talk about "death panels that will pull the plug on Grandma"
and to blame Republicans for everything. Over on the town hall comments
thread at AR15.com a user by the name of AtomicPunk09 discovered someone on facebook who might possibly
be Julia's mother and had a photo of her with Obama:
(Edit 8/12, 9.30am EST: Facebook page has now disappeared)
All old information and it cannot be proven that Kathleen is Julia's mother, right????
Hold on, look who is sitting next to Julia in the video:
Another "coincidence" is that Julia said she lives in Malden MA and Kathleen Manning Hall's campaign contributions list the occupation "Legal Asst, Looney and Grossman LLP" and a home address in Malden MA:
Looks like she donated $636 to Obama in 2008.
But wait, there's more:
This lists donations to Obama of $230 on 6/15/07, $250 on 9/28/07, $500 on 9/30/07, $300 on 3/2/08
On that link we have the $636 previously mentioned from "Kathleen Manning Hall" but we also have $1355 donated to Obama by "Kathleen Hall, Legal Assistant, Looney & Grossman" at the same address.
(as an aside Looney and Grossman loves Democrats - their employees donated $12,101 in total to Democrats and $0 to Republicans)
Back to Kathleen's Facebook Page, here are some of her Facebook friends
that had unique names so I googled to see if they were Democratic
Martha Coakley, (Democrat) Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts http://www.marthacoakley.com/
Adam Parkhomenko, former aide to Hillary Clinton, Democrat running for VA House of Delegates (who has the support of the Brady Campaign, President Clinton and Wes Clark) http://voteadam.com/
Addisu Demissie, National Political Director of Organizing for America and former Ohio Get out The Vote director of Obama for America http://www.theroot.com/views/roots-talented-ten-addisu-demissie
Adrienne Elrod, Chief of Staff to Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) http://www.politico.com/blogs/anneschroeder/0609/Seen_celebrating_Adrienne_Elrods_birthday_last_night.html
Alan Rosenblatt, Associate Director for Online Advocacy at the Center for American Progress (and HuffPost blogger) http://www.americanprogress.org/aboutus/staff/RosenblattAlan.html
Alayna Van Tassel, Budget and Policy Director for MA Senator Pat Jehlen http://www.linkedin.com/pub/alayna-van-tassel/5/8ba/b80
I could go on and on and check out every one of her Facebook frends but I think the point is clear - the cute question
about "mean signs" was read from a pre-written note by the daughter of
a Democrat political insider who is know to and has been photographed with President Obama.
Combine that with the first question being from a Democrat State
Representative, then a couple of easy Medicare "give me more handouts"
questions, then a few more pro-Obamacare questions, and by then end
even Obama is begging for a question from someone opposed to his plan.
Kathleen Manning Hall was a Page at the Democratic National Convention.
Kathleen Manning Hall was a Sponsor of Women for Deval Patrick (Dem Governor of MA) http://www.scribd.com/doc/7808134/Women-for-Deval
The First person President Obama picked to ask a question was Peter Schmidt:
Representative Peter B. Schmidt (NH)
Current Office: State House
Current District: Strafford 4
Direct link to video of Julia's question http://www.wmur.com/video/20359292/index.html
Notice how the mother isn't looking at Obama or her daughter during the question - she is looking directly at the piece of paper in the girl's hand to make sure she reads it correctly.
Photo of the mother celebrating President Obama's inauguration:
Thread about this at FreeRepublic: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2313757/posts
Kathleen Manning Hall admits to being the mother but claims her daughter came up with the idea of asking a question:
A girl from Malden asked President Obama a question at Tuesday's town hall meeting in New Hampshire about the signs outside "saying mean things" about his health care proposal.
Eleven-year-old Julia Hall asked: "How do kids know what is true, and why do people want a new system that can –– that help more of us?''
The question opened the door for the president to respond to what he called an "underlying fear'' among the public "that people somehow won't get the care they need.''
The girl later told the Globe that picking the president's brain was "incredible."
"It was like a once in a lifetime experience," she said.
Julia's mother was an early Obama supporter in Massachusetts during the presidential election, so she had previously met First Lady Michelle Obama, the Obama daughters Sasha and Malia, and Vice President Joe Biden.
"This was my first time meeting Barack Obama, and he's a very nice man," Julia said. "I'm glad I voted for him."
She said Obama won a mock presidential election at the Cheverus School in 2008. And on Tuesday, he approached her after the town meeting.
"He said 'great question,'" Julia said. "I shook his hand and got his picture."
Kathleen Manning Hall, Julia's mother, was shocked when her daughter said she wanted to ask a question. They wrote it down beforehand, and Julia didn't miss a beat when Obama called on her.
"It was surreal," said Manning Hall, a coordinator of Massachusetts Women for Obama during the election.
She said Julia was moved by a woman's testimonial on Tuesday before the president spoke. The woman described her ordeal battling liver disease without health insurance.
"Julia talked about it the whole way home," said Manning Hall, adding that they often discuss politics. "We talk a lot about human rights and having compassion for people."
Julia also enjoys soccer and playing guitar, especially songs by Taylor Swift, her favorite artist.
"She entertained my whole family on Christmas Day," Manning Hall said. "She's a wonderful child. She's a very sensitive, smart girl and I'm hoping she becomes more interested in politics and helping people."
She may get her wish. Julia said she'd like to run for office someday, maybe even for president.
"It would be awesome if I could work in politics," she said.
Responding to Julia –– an honors student entering grade 6 at the Cheverus School –– Obama said:
"Well . . . I've seen some of those signs,'' prompting laughter. "Let me just be specific about some things that I've been hearing lately that we just need to dispose of here. The rumor that's been circulating a lot lately is this idea that somehow the House of Representatives voted for "death panels" that will basically pull the plug on grandma because we've decided that we don't –– it's too expensive to let her live anymore. And there are various –– there are some variations on this theme.''
Another photo of Kathleen Manning Hall:
Next to Kathleen Manning Hall is Martha Coakley, Democrat Attorney General of MA. The photo is from the website of New England Women for Change:
NEW ENGLAND WOMEN FOR CHANGE was formed in February 2007 and was originally known as Massachusetts Women for Obama (MA WFO), a group dedicated to electing President Barack Obama to office.
During the 2008 primary season, MA WFO worked for then candidate Obama in seven states (as well as Puerto Rico), where we did canvassing and phone banking, and also attended rallies and fundraisers and visited churches to read Senator Obama’s message of hope to congregations.
While the general election campaign played out, MA WFO hosted highly successful fundraising events in and around Boston and on Martha’s Vineyard, raising significant funds for the campaign. From late summer 2008 through Election Day, we canvassed tirelessly in New Hampshire every weekend and phone banked regularly from Boston. And in the last two weeks before Election Day, many of us worked hard in NH and in distant battleground states.
TODAY…because we want to support and advance our new President’s agenda, we continue our mission. We will help implement President Obama’s agenda by supporting progressive Democratic candidates and by working to raise money for Organizing for America, the political arm of the White House. New England Women for Change (NE WFC) holds regular group meetings, the dates for which will be posted on this website:
Michelle Malkin posts about this: http://michellemalkin.com/2009/08/11/little-girl-at-obama-town-hall-has-not-so-random-political-connections/
Gateway Pundit posts about this: http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/08/shocker-little-girl-who-asked-obama.html
Kathleen Manning Hall was in DC for the inauguration and attended the Eastern Ball:
While in DC Kathleen Hall prepared food for the homeless along with Angela Menino, the wife of Thomas Menino, longtime mayor of Boston and co-founder (with NY Mayor Bloomberg) of "Mayors against Illegal Guns"
photo via http://picasaweb.google.com/KathleenManningHall/2009Inauguration
(edit: can't get the Menino picture to show up, will try posting it separately)
Here's some more links between Kathleen Manning Hall and healthcare reform:
Aug 12 (Tues)
Boston Roof Deck Reception with David Cutler and Carol Fulp
Dorothy Keville and Kathleen Manning Hall invite you to join them
on Dorothy's roof deck overlooking Boston Harbor, to meet and hear
David Cutler, Harvard professor and key advisor to the Obama
campaign on health care policy matters
; and Carol Fulp, Chair, MA Women
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Suggested Contribution: $100/$150
For more information or to RSVP contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is Dorothy Keville?
Dorothy Keville is a self-employed Health Care Consultant who generously donated to the Obama campaign.
Here are Kathleen and Dorothy at the inauguration ball: