Featured speaker/performer at Atlanta Tea Party
Posted by Joe M. Turner | TurnerMagic.com on April 16, 2009
Last night I was a featured speaker and performer at the Atlanta Tea Party, the largest such gathering in the nation! My performance before the 15,000+ attendees illustrated that no matter what the message, magic can be an effective and entertaining way to communicate it to an audience.
Coordinated at the grassroots level, the Atlanta Tea Party was a collection of people across party lines who are seeking a return to common sense in government policies relating to taxation and spending. It was a great night!
The Atlanta Tea Party was held at the State Capitol in downtown Atlanta. Sean Hannity of Fox News Channel broadcast his show live from the gathering. While I did get any airtime on FNC, the great news is that I performed for somewhere upwards of 15,000 people last night at the Atlanta Tea Party. I did get to meet and snap photos with Congressman Tom Price, Dick Armey, and Sean Hannity. I even met Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, whose offhand question to then-candidate Obama began a wave of media interest that landed me on a report that was featured on Good Morning America.
When I first arrived at the event, it looked at first as if I might be cut from the program schedule altogether. When Sean Hannity got on site, the producer demanded several changes to the schedule at their hour; nobody was to be on stage during the actual broadcast. The organizers had to cut an hour of programming… and my planned 5-minute set was one of the pieces on the chopping block. They were able to put few people back on the program by running people on the main stage during Hannity’s commercial breaks. The people restored to the program were Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, Congressman Tom Price, and me! I was onstage during the 9:30pm commercials. I was fortunate to be part of that group, as there was not enough time to restore several other scheduled performers and speakers to the program.
Hannity’s show was tightly packed and packaged and set… there was no way I was going to get on this time. (But that day is coming, I am sure!) I am told there is a video of my performance from the feed that went to the jumbotrons; I’ll try to get my hands on it.
Here are some photos from the Atlanta Tea Party.
with Joe the Plumber (cell phone photo)
with Sean Hannity (forgive the silly face — trying to snap this in an instant as he was passing by and shook my hand — no time to get someone to take it for me)
with former House Majority Leader Dick Armey
with Congressman Tom Price
Waiting backstage to go on and escape the chains of socialist policies combined with irresponsible government spending…
Performing on the stage at the Atlanta Tea Party during a break in the Hannity show; those two folks are about to pull that chain through my midsection!
Here we go… we have to pull together if we’re not going to be bound by debt and socialism.
And we’re through — they pulled it right through my body!