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Barack Obama launched his campaign in unspectacular fashion today at Ohio State University, the largest college in the crucial swing state. A photo posted to twitter by Mitt Romney's campaign spokesman Ryan Williams reveals sparse attendance. The above image, according to Williams, was taken during the President's first official campaign speech.
During the speech, Obama ripped into the presumptive GOP nominee and discussed nation building at home, but the most newsworthy item of the day was not the talking points Obama delivered: it was the crowd... or lack thereof. According to ABC News, the Obama campaign had expected an "overflow" of people. Instead, the arena looked half-empty. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Obama organizers even had people move from the seats to the floor of the gym in order to project a larger crowd on television.
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.
On Sunday evenings, President Obama meets with his top ten campaign officials to "gather for a confidential briefing on his re-election," according to the New York Times. Present at these meetings, which, we learn, usually take place after the president's Sunday golf outings, are a slew of White House and campaign officials.
But there is one person conspicuously missing: Vice President Joe Biden. (Hillary Clinton and the rest of the cabinet are also absent.) "Instead, the room is filled with a group of trusted confidants who were at his side during the last campaign," writes the Times, suggesting that Biden is not indeed a 'trusted confidant.
Originally posted by Chadwickus
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
14,000 people in a place that can hold 18,300 doesn't sound like half to me...
According to the Toledo Blade, the venue for Obama's rally seats 20,000 but "there were a lot of empty seats." Comparatively, Obama drew a crowd of 35,000 at Ohio State when he campaigned for former Governor Ted Strickland in 2010. The official Barack Obama Tumblr boasts a figure from ThinkProgress that 14,000 attended the event--70% of the stadium's seating capacity.
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.
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
Mitt Romney at Ford Field:
He wishes he had 14,000 like Obama did at Ohio Stadium. Obama didn't fill the stadium bleachers, but 14,000 is a big crowd for a political rally.
(eidt - accidently posted rally photos from 2010, not 2012)
Breitbart.comm is just living in utter denial, desperately hoping no one will actual look at the attendance figures of the Ohio rallies, but all they're doing is highlighting just how pathetic Romney is in comparison to him. At least Ron Paul can hold his own, and he would certainly be the best GOP challenger for Obama in 2012. Romney? Won't even come close, unless the mainstream GOPpers (Rove, et.al.) resort to their usual bag of tricks.
edit on 6-5-2012 by Blackmarketeer because: (no reason given)