Update: Privileged few attend Obama speech, with comment added from the Ohio Obama campaign

President Barack Obama's ice cream social Thursday in Sandusky was a sweet deal for roughly 300 VIPs who scored exclusive tickets to the event at Washington Park.
Andy Ouriel
Jul 8, 2012

President Barack Obama's ice cream social Thursday in Sandusky was a sweet deal for roughly 300 VIPs who scored exclusive tickets to the event at Washington Park.

Thousands of others, however, were left with a bitter taste in their mouths, as they were entirely excluded from the heavily secured venue where the president delivered his speech.

UPDATE from Raymonde Charles, a spokesperson for the Obama Campaign in Ohio: "This week's visit to Sandusky was an opportunity for our strong volunteer base in and around the area to see and hear President Obama, who they are working hard to re-elect because they know he is committed to protecting the middle class and creating an economy built to last - one that is grown from the middle class out, not from the top down. And thats exactly why the President came to Sandusky on his Betting on America bus tour -- to explain the stark contrasts between his  belief that everyone should have a fair shot to succeed and should play by the same set of rules, unlike Mitt Romney who embraces an economic philosophy that rewards the wealthy at the expense of the middle class."

Obama's campaign officials earmarked tickets for people who have committed themselves to re-electing the incumbent Democrat for another four years.

Also on the guest list: nearly every single Democratic Erie County official.

Notably absent from the list: two prominent local leaders who have spearheaded efforts to lower the county's debt and reduce spending while promoting the region through Lake Erie and NASA Plum Brook.

At about 4 p.m. Thursday, Democratic Erie County commissioners Bill Monaghan and Pat Shenigo were staked out in the Erie County office building downtown.

Having been left off the guest list, that was the best vantage point they had to watch the president's speech.

"Naturally, my wife, daughter and I were disappointed that we weren't able to get tickets," Shenigo said. "But we were able to have a behind-the-scenes view. We didn't see the president, but we saw some very interesting things of how the Secret Service operates."

For more on the ticket process pick up Saturday's Register.



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Well Princedenny , it's going to suck even more if Rummy gets elected!!  

Mr. outsoursing of jobs, will run the Country as another extension of the Bush years. Speaking of IDEOTS...Yours is the one that sounds STUPID AND UNINFORMED!  I'm sure you voted for Bush both times ..which was the worst 8 years we ever had...Mr.loud mouth stupid ideot!!

The Big Dog's back

 And you are .............


Privileged few?  Gee...I thought they could only find 300 dumb enough to re-elect him. 


We have to get back to agree to disagree but comments like this especially when conservative want to claim the christian backing is not in line with CHRIST like behavior.  To disagree about President Obama policies is one thing but to call voter's dumb is more rhetoric than factual backing.  In understanding that you may be voting against your own betterment self interests to imply that you would rather the Rich be richer and women to be paid less I understand who really may be the dumb ones and it is not the 300+.  Respect for your neighbor is one of Christ 1st calling for Christ says if you can not love the person you can see then how can you say you love him.    Yes I respect atheist.

car 54

   Shenigo and Monaghan know Grubbe only supports real Democrats! 

Erie Countian

Y'know what? It's all politics American-style. I don't agree with how it was all handled, but how about we all just get over it and move on?


 20 hour a week Tom! Your tax dollars Working  part time for you! 


I think the Register's description of the feelings of the 1000's who attended as being left with a "bitter taste in their mouths" is not accurate.  What, did they take a poll or something?

I was there among those 1000 people and did not hear that from anyone I talked to.  Most were excited and happy to be there.  A better description of people's feelings who attended was expressed by Mr. Shenigo who said his family was "disappointed" about not being invited. 

Many people were disappointed and would have loved to attend, but still wanted to participate and watch whatever they could first hand.  Unfortunately, because the security around our President has to be so tight, we were unable to even watch from afar, because of the bumper to bumper bus barricade that was built around the event site. 

It was very interesting to watch the secret service, other law enforcement and air security during this event.  They did an impressive job!

What I experienced was the excitement of the crowd of people who waited patiently for his entourage to pass, so that we could show our support and encouragement for him.  There were a handful of protesters, but they were few compared to the supporters.


It really is time to move on people!    That "privileged few" does not seem accurate to me either!


"Erie Countian says"    I could not agree with you more about moving on.

I think the SR has found an issue here dividing a strong Democratic Party in Erie County. They are not being anti Democrat they just want to keep this controversy going on front page and in big print headlines for it sells papers.

Willing to bet there is an editorial out there in the making so as to keep the controversy at a fever pitch.

Another good example is today they put Ferrell's pic right square on this electronic version of the paper. There is probably no other Democratic office holder who will attain such controversy than Tom Ferrell. SR does not like this guy and can't wait to see him defeated and put out to pasture. It's not SR wants a Republican they just don't want Tom Ferrell no matter what his politics. 

Then to call Sam Artino for comment.........again the SR is playing it for they know darn well no other Democrat will be lose of mouth to blurp out the wrong thing. He is known to have a hot temper and speaks too many times before he thinks.

So this whole issue makes good headlines and it just keeps reinventing itself everyday with a new twist that can make headlines in the SR.

I was not happy with the way all this was done either BUT I will handle that off the front page of the SR and I will demonstrate my distaste in how I donate, how much if any I work and how hard I work.

Bottom line it's time to close up this discussion in the public eye and get it off the front page of the SR or anywhere inside the paper. Any and all dsicussions should be behind closed doors in Demcratic Party settings.  



Captain Gutz



Some questions:

Do you subscribe to the Sandusky Register?

Do you believe Tom Ferrell has done a good job as County Commisioner?

Do you understand the reason the Register calls Artino is because he is the only one who will comment? Do you think the Register should waste their time by calling people who they know will not comment?

Do you believe that people who are not members of the Democratic Party have any interest in what the Democratic Party has in store for them?

Do you feel that your party has done a disservice to its rank and file?



Julie R.

The fact that somebody was low enough to leave two of the county commissioners off the list ~ specifically the ONLY ones that have actually done something for the betterment of Erie County ~ but not good 'ole buddy Tom Ferrell should tell people something by now.

As an afterthought, isn't Mr. Monaghan related by marriage to Baxter? If so, Baxter sure doesn't put too much stock in family either, does he?



Sure, there were some local elected officials and party members at the rally Thursday, but the far majority were just Mr. or Mrs. John Q. Public who answered the call to get involved with the campaign by making phone calls, knocking on doors, or hosting campaign workers.

Time to move on, Matt and Andy.

Friday's Register was one of those rare editions worth tucking away in a drawer to look back upon as the years pass.  Great coverage of a historic day in our city !

Dragging out this aspect of the story in Saturday's edition is unworthy of an award winning newspaper.


Well Reese...I was there amongst the people who got called personally , who had to step to the side because their names were not on the list, after they were told that they were chosen to see the President.They waited till everyone was in the park that was picked, only to be told to go home. No more room in the Park. We have our 300 people.

There were many I saw who were upset. they felt they were lied to by the Local Democratic party people.

The Paper is right to print that there was upset people, because I was standing near them.

Mrs. Grubbe made sure her friends and relaitves got in to see the President while others  were turned away. Sounds like a little nepatism going on !  

I personally think it was handled unprofessionally. I never thought the Democratic Party would treat their people so shotty. Short notice on his arrival, and then we find out the VIP people who attended were already picked before hand by the VIP officials!!! 


Interesting I see words like priviliged, ranked, and vip. Hmmmm who's thinking of the middle class now?



Your so right bluedot!  They ran it like a republican based government. The big shots ran the show!!! LOl  

Swamp Fox

Great to watch the infighting, its like two vultures fighting over the carcass just in time to see the truck run over them.


3 lawyers and 1 of their wives who have their office in seneca county scored tickets.   yep, the privilaged.


reese, I agree with you.  I also agree with brwright that there were some upset folks.  So we carry on!  I am glad to have had the President stop here in Sandusky.

As Craig Ferguson says on the opening of each his shows, "It's a great day for America, everybody!"

Swamp Fox

This is like watching an alligator fight a crocodile fight for the the last bite of spoiled carcass.


How many of you commenting on this rag of a newspaper's stories, and that's just about the best way to describe what they write, were actually involved in the creation and delivery of this event?  Was the Register?  Was Andy?  Was Matt?  How many of you that are complaining about the privileged few know what went into the planning of this?  I haven't seen one person complaining on here say they knew the details of how this all happened.  And you actually believe the Register?  Come on, show some intelligence. Not everyone in Sandusky is this stupid.  


 While I am one of those "evil right wingers", I do applaud Commissioners Shenigo and Monaghan for their efforts to reduce the county's debt, while also looking to cut spending.  


I'm impressed that your efforts compelled the President's minions to hold their grudge against you by not allowing you to attend.


Gentlemen, I am truly sorry you didn't get to see the President....but you did learn one valuable lesson.  Our dear leader is incredibly thin skinned.

The Answer Person



Waa waa waa.  I got no cake.  waa waa waa!


This is comical. "Nothing to see here" Except how the Dem party leaders are the elite and have a good old boy network your not invited to.

The Big Dog's back

Gee, how many of you right wingers were invited to romney's rally? Oh wait, he didn't have one. Must have been at one of his vacation homes.


With a font that huge, I think spell-checking before you post is a good idea. (Privileged) I'm not trying to be mean, buddy, but when I see an article with misspellings or poor grammar, I stop reading. 


I think the visit was all about securing more money and keeping the money flowing.  There are big donors in this area.  The unions are all tapped out spending most of their money on the Wisconsin deal.  Money is drying up for Obama.  Obama spent time with the big donors making sure the donors are still good for yet another round of donations.


Before anyone comments on the President of United States stop in Sandusky and the people allowed to attend this social.  The facts should be had and not just a brain F--t.  I would hope that any President visiting an outdoor event the public would 1st want him/her to be secured.  I would wonder in this comment did you ask the question when the "MITT" had a smaller session and then complained of the cookies.  How were those people chosen to sit and talk with the "MITT".  Yet everyone on the Register thought wave finds fault with the President stopping in Sandusky.  Suggestion to the President if he decides to come back to Sandusky would have been appropriate instead of this rhetoric of what thoughts of who where allowed and not the facts as to who were allowed in this small setting.


Fair and balanced

Smell the reek of the slanted journalism of the Register.