Monday, July 27, 2009

Obama Town Hall in Bristol Virginia July 29

Update: Watch full video of the town hall here.
Obama will be meeting with grocery store workers at 4 p.m. eastern, Wednesday, July 29. The event should be live streamed at or
BRISTOL, Va. – Midway Street Kroger employees have been working around the clock to get ready for their chance Wednesday to talk with President Barack Obama about health care, which costs their company more than $1 billion per year.

Obama – whose top domestic priority has been a health-care overhaul – is slated to meet at 4 p.m. with the Bristol grocery store’s 87 employees for a town hall-style meeting.

Although no one could say Monday why the Bristol Kroger was chosen as the location for the meeting, it comes as leaders push for progress on health care before lawmakers go home for their August recess. Obama and congressional Democrats are seeking a government health insurance plan that critics say would lead to a federal takeover of the private health insurance marketplace.

On Monday, Kroger employees spruced up the store with a fresh coat of paint on the front awning and freshly scrubbed floors. Many picked up new name tags.

“We want to put our best foot forward,” Kroger Manager Rick Caldwell said, adding that he’s honored the president chose his grocery store to host the event. Read the rest at Tri Cities
Update July 29: This morning on NPR, we get a subtle reminder that racism is alive and kicking. Bristol is in the infamous Appalachia region. Listen: