Obama Gives First 2012 Campaign Speech To A Lot Of Empty Seats
Embarrassing start to Obama’s re-election campaign:
Of course, the Obamamaniacs on Twitter are trying to spin this as “before the speech,” but even if that’s true, it’s also true that Obama couldn’t fill the stadium. Obama for America’s own Tumblr reports 14,000 people were there, which is far short of the reported 20,000 seat capacity of this stadium.
At the same time, he acknowledged the pain that still exists more than three years into his presidency. Two years ago, when campaigning on the Ohio State campus for former Gov. Ted Strickland, he drew some 35,000 people. There were a lot of empty seats today in the Schottenstein, which seats 20,000.
Especially when they predicted overflow crowds:
Four years after “Obamamania” swept college campuses and across the country, we will get a glimpse of what the phenomenon looks like the second time around. The Obama campaign expects overflow crowds at both OSU and VCU as part of carefully orchestrated optics. Aides want to portray the president as still highly popular among young people and still able to energize large crowds.
What it looks like the second time around, ABC, is like people aren’t drinking the kool-aid this time. Organizers even had to ask people to move to create the illusion of a larger crowd.
But the event fell short of the 20,000 supporters the campaign had forecast as organizers moved people from seats to the arena floor in front of the dais to project fullness to television audiences. Obama volunteers had worked feverishly over the last week to gin up a crowd, making multiple calls to residents believed to be supportive of the president.
In fact, the fact that they moved people makes it possible that the pic above was taken after the people had been moved around to try to fool people into thinking the stadium was filled. And what’s even sadder is that they worked for a week and that was the best they could do: Six thousand empty seats after predicting an overflow crowd. Sort of like the rest of Obama’s pie-in-the-sky promises.
Bottom line, as I said earlier today:
Sounds like a really tough sell, given that in the Obama economy a lot of college grads and near grads are having a lot of trouble finding employment. Are they going to want to continue with the guy that gave them the status quo, or switch to someone with a solid business record (his political record is troubling to a conservative, his business record isn’t)?
The crowd at Ohio State U seems to bear that out; college kids see the employment situation, and they’re not rallying to the over-promising politician that let them down.
(h/t Big Government)