Obama Town Hall Participants Recruited from Princeton Alumni Club

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On Monday, CNBC will host a town hall on the difficult state of the economy with President Obama in the Washington area. But finding suitable audience members to ask questions of the president is apparently proving difficult.

According to an email sent to an Ivy Leaguer (who also happens to be a big-time Republican), the network is reaching out to members of the Princeton Club for town hall participants. Here's the email, helpfully forwarded to Power Play:


The Princeton Club of Washington has received a TIME-SENSITIVE INVITATION to participate in a TOWN HALL with President Obama on Sept. 20. A special group will be selected for this, and it will be held in the Washington, DC area.... On Monday September 20th CNBC will be holding a special live Town Hall event from Washington D.C., featuring President Barack Obama.

We would like to invite you to be a member of the audience. We want your voice to be heard. We are looking to capture the sentiment of the nation ahead of the mid-term elections. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their questions directly to the President during the live event.

REQUIRED: That you be available from 10:00am-1:30pm on Monday, September 20th. If this fits with your schedule, please e-mail the required information listed below to our Producer: xxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx This information if for security purposes, since the White House requires all audience members to be screened 72-hours in advance.

PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION, and YOUR QUESTION for the President ....-Full first name, middle initial, and last name-Date of birth-Social security number-Color photo (please attach the photo to the e-mail back to me)

QUESTION: Please write a question you would like to ask or have answered by the President. Wrote the GOP Princetonian: "What better way to 'capture the sentiment of the nation' than to invite Princeton alumni of DC to a town hall? I wonder if DC-based Princeton alumnae Michelle Obama, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan are on the list?"