Obama Launches Campaign In Empty Arena

May 6, 2012

By ALEXANDER MARLOW, Breitbart.com

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.

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.

To read more, visit:  http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/05/obama-empty-arena

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • jake 00934 says:

    believe in him? he promised me he would eliminate federal taxes for senior retirees, that make 50k or less per year. it didnt happen. add that to the list:
    Remember these?
    ”I promise to eliminate federal taxes for sr. retirees that make $50K or less ”
    “I promise 100% transparency in my administration.”.
    “I promise NO NEW TAXES on a family making less than $250K a year.”.
    “I will allow 5 days of public comment before I sign any bills.”.
    “I will remove earmarks from PORK projects before I sign any bill.”.
    “I will end Income Tax for seniors making less than $50K a year.”.
    “I will bring ALL of our troops home within ONE year.”
    “I’ll put the Health Care negotiations on CSPAN so everyone can see who is at the table!”.
    “I’ll have no lobbyists in my administration.”
    “I’ll close Guantanamo.”
    “I’ll resign if I don’t cut the deficit in half by the end of four years.”
    “I’ll unite the people of this great country.”
    Fool me once shame on YOU!
    Fool me twice shame on ME!

  • Robert M. Henderson says:

    70% capacity crowd is hardly an “empty stadium”. We have truth and right on our side, there is no need for the hyperbole that seems to run rampant in Conservative headlines. In politics there is just no substitute for the “KISS” principle. The simpler your message the less effort you will spend explaining inconsistencies. The other side has to use propaganda, they have no truth to offer those voters who have not already sipped the Obama Kool-Aid.

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