Obama OC Town Hall Update

We have received numerous inquiries regarding President Obama’s visit to Orange County and how to get a ticket to the event. Below is the latest information that we have received. 

President Obama’s first official visit to Orange County will be Wednesday, March 18th at 4 p.m. The White House will be hosting the town hall meeting at the Orange County Fairgrounds, Building 12. The event is free and will be open to the public. 

Tickets to this event will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis on Tuesday, March 17th starting at 10 a.m. at the OC Fair and Event Center,88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. Please enter at Gate 1 or 10 and park in Lot A. 

Parking at the Fairgrounds for the event will cost $5. Please note that security is going to be extremely tight. It is recommended that people not bring bags and limit personal items. Also, NO signs or banners will be allowed at the event. 

The Democratic Party of Orange County is NOT hosting this event and is unable to distribute tickets to the public as it is being hosted directly by The White House and the Office of the President.

  6 comments for “Obama OC Town Hall Update

  1. March 16, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Yes! I’ll be going at 5am or so!

  2. Eric Cooper
    March 16, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    This is unfortunate timing and badly planned. A lot of the people who could normally get to go cannot due inability to take off time from work, on two different days, on such a short notice. I am one of them. I look forward to the day when a Democratic president can schedule an appearance here on a weekend so more people can show up. Have fun!

    (if one of you lucky souls can do a video of some kind and post it, it would be appreciated)

  3. March 16, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Costa Mesa? Isn’t that the city with an immigration policy to rival that of the GOP?

    Lets see they want me to spend one day in a line knowing full well there will be no tickets when I get there and if I DO get a ticket spend another full day trying to get into see the prez. And do all this at the Costa Mesa fair grounds?

    At least at the swap meet I might meet someone I like.

    Who’s idea was this anyway? Have they ever seen the fair grounds? Have they ever tried to get INTO the fair grounds without ending up inside a boat yard?

    Forget it!

  4. There has to be a better way!
    March 16, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    OK, so let me see if I’m getting this right.
    I got a flurry of emails on Monday afternoon telling me that in order to see the President on Wednesday afternoon in Costa Mesa I need to line up as early as possible on Tuesday morning.
    So I’d need to pretty much take time off from work 2 days in a row in order to make this happen.
    Not something I can do in this economy.
    Seems like a giant cluster-f#%k to me!
    Been told each adult can get 2 tix, under 16 y/o can only get one.
    This can’t be the best way to fairly distribute these tickets.
    If I want to see President Obama Thursday in LA, I go to a website, enter my info for a random drawing, and am notified Tuesday afternoon.
    I’ll take my chances with LA instead.
    Why the different systems for the two sites?

  5. March 18, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    If I’d known people would wait overnight, I could have done likewise. I didn’t get enough information in advance. Although I would have LIKED to have a sign that said “Shame on crooked student government” because I knew some of the guys from Orange Coast College were going to attend.

    I couldn’t even go past in the bus, because they altered the routes. I bet they didn’t even allow people to walk up unless they had a ticket.

    My pal David Adame ( former Student Trustee of Fullerton College ) told me our friend Kendra Maestas was going to go and get to shake his hand, too! So my guess is they cut down on tickets so pre-invited people like student government and club students and presidents and chancellors of colleges could go.

    When I arrived Tuesday for tickets, it was already too late. I DID see a phalanx of Secret Service walk through. Depressing.

    And it isn’t fair to not allow banners and signs. Isn’t it our right to hold signs when there are cameras and media around? I would’ve liked to get a chance to be there, and it’s too bad we didn’t get enough info in advance.

  6. March 18, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    And why didn’t I get the info about the LA event lottery until today? That stinks to hell. How often do we get a visit from ANY President?

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