Obama Event Coordinator: "Get Me More White People… We Need More White People"
“You feel like your pain and struggle is all your own and you’re alone in your failure.”
Giving Hope a Comeback
Carnegie Mellon University
April 2, 2008
The dynamic duo of Michelle Obama and Teresa Heinz Kerry wowed the crowd at the Skibo gym.
Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, holds hands with Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
While the crowd was indeed diverse, some students at the event questioned the practices of Mrs. Obama’s event coordinators, who handpicked the crowd sitting behind Mrs. Obama. The Tartan’s correspondents observed one event coordinator say to another, “Get me more white people, we need more white people.” To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, one coordinator said, “We’re moving you, sorry. It’s going to look so pretty, though.”
“I didn’t know they would say, ‘We need a white person here,’ ” said attendee and senior psychology major Shayna Watson, who sat in the crowd behind Mrs. Obama. “I understood they would want a show of diversity, but to pick up people and to reseat them, I didn’t know it would be so outright.”
Mrs. Obama was introduced by Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of former Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry (D–Mass.), who endorsed Mr. Obama’s candidacy in South Carolina last January. Heinz Kerry stressed the similarities between Mr. Obama and her late husband John Heinz III, the popular senator from Pennsylvania. She remarked that she has become friends with Mrs. Obama, mainly from exchanging messages on their Blackberries.
There is video of Michelle Obama’s appearance at Carnegie Mellon HERE.
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