Yesterday afternoon, Secretary Sebelius and Senator Specter gave a Town Hall at the Constitution Center on Independence Mall. The event was scheduled by the White House, and the idea was that, after opening ceremonies, each would make opening remarks and then take questions from the audience.
I received an email on Saturday about the event, with brief details, and a phone number to call if I wanted to volunteer. The phone number belonged to a very politically active friend. When I called to find out what she needed, she informed me that teabaggers were planning on attending and disrupting the event both inside and outside, and volunteers were needed on a strict non-engagement basis. The idea was to try to have enough people to stand quietly, with signs, so that if there were TV cameras, the pro-administration group would be as large as the idiot group.
I couldn't figure out how to put the pictures into this post, but you can read the whole post about the event here and see the photos.
The Cliff Notes version is that the teabaggers were ugly, and the Secretary and the Senator did their best to get actual information across while the idiots were trying to shout them down. Outside, the right had even fewer manners.