PI Original Josh Kalven Tuesday September 1st, 2009, 10:07am

Schakowsky Town Hall: Booing Ted Kennedy? Really?

We attended Rep. Jan Schakowsky's health care town hall meeting in Niles last night where over 2,000 people showed up, packing a high school auditorium and spilling onto the sidewalk outside.  There was a real variety of opinion expressed during the 90-minute meeting, with ...

We attended Rep. Jan Schakowsky's health care town hall meeting in Niles last night where over 2,000 people showed up, packing a high school auditorium and spilling onto the sidewalk outside.  There was a real variety of opinion expressed during the 90-minute meeting, with opponents and supporters of the Democrats' health care reform proposal both well-represented.  

One of the more disturbing moments, however, came right after the first line of Schakowsky's brief introductory speech: "You know, Ted Kennedy had said that this was the great issue of his life," she began.  That initial remark was met with applause and also a surprisingly large number of ... boos.     

That's right: Less than a week after the Massachusetts senator passed away and two days after his funeral, a good number of those in attendance felt it necessary to boo at the mention of his commitment to expanding health care access.  Watch it:

Stay classy, guys.

We'll be posting several other notable videos from the meeting as the day progresses.  In the meantime, check out the Tribune article as well as this great video produced by the Daily Herald and largely shot outside the auditorium, where protesters from both side of the debate gathered. 

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